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Project Labor Agreements Before Board

Itasca County’s transportation department has 14 projects planned for 2018. Tuesday, the Itasca County Board split in its decision to NOT use Project Labor Agreements for those projects. Not all projects need to use a PLA, according to County Engineer Karin Grandia. There are specific conditions to use a PLA on a project. During the last meeting, commissioners heard some discussion about PLAs. Commissioners passed the agenda item on a 3-2 vote, Commissioners Trunt and DeNucci dissenting. Commissioners agreed that discussion should continue.

By |January 24th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Project Labor Agreements Before Board|

ISD 318 Approves Referendum Amount

In April, voters of Independent School District 318 will head to the polls to vote on two new elementary schools and more. Monday, the school board approved the amount of the referendum for $68,910,000. The project includes two new elementary facilities, a renovation of Cohasset elementary, and $5,140,000 the amount for secondary athletic facility improvements. The board also heard an enrollment update from Superintendent Joni Olson. The current district enrollment is 3961 students. The highest enrollment continues to be at the kindergarten, 3rd grade 4th grade, and 8th grade level.

By |January 24th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on ISD 318 Approves Referendum Amount|

State Trooper Recognized

[Grand Rapids, MN] On January 19th Minnesota State Trooper Tesa McCleod was recognized by the United States Police K-9 Association for her actions several months ago that led to the recovery of a large quantity of Methamphetamine. While patrolling Highway 169 in Coleraine at 1:30 AM she witnessed the driver of an automobile commit a traffic Violation. Trooper McCleod stopped the vehicle and identified the driver and passenger. The driver was from the Twin Cities and neither could offer a legitimate explanation as to where they were coming from or going. Suspecting that the pair may be involved in drug activity, Trooper McLeod, radioed for Grand Rapids Police K-9 Officer Gary O’Brien who responded with his K-9 partner “Radar”. Radar performed an open air sniff the vehicle which indicated that illicit drugs were present. A search of the vehicle revealed a large quantity of Methamphetamine. Both driver and passenger were arrested and placed in the Itasca County Jail.

By |January 19th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on State Trooper Recognized|

Highway 2 Car/Bus Accident Update

Highway 2 (between Grand Rapids and Cohasset) was shut down for an hour or so this morning after a car/bus accident. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a Subaru Legacy driven by 61 year old Lynnea Marie Dale of Grand Rapids was southbound on Foxtail Lane. An El Dorado Bus, driven by 69 year old Timothy Plonis of Deer River was westbound on Highway 2. The Subaru made a left turn onto eastbound Highway 2 and was struck by the El Dorado. The bus had 12 passengers. Only one passenger was taken to Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Other passengers were not injured. The driver of the Subaru was taken to Essentia Health- Deer River with non-life-threatening injuries.

By |January 3rd, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Highway 2 Car/Bus Accident Update|

Two Vehicle Accident Shuts Down Highway 2

Highway 2 (between Grand Rapids and Cohasset) was shut down for an hour or so this morning. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the Subaru Legacy was southbound on Foxtail Lane and the El Dorado Bus was westbound on Highway 2. The Subaru made a left turn onto eastbound Highway 2 and was struck by the El Dorado. Names of those involved and their health conditions have not been released yet.

By |January 3rd, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Two Vehicle Accident Shuts Down Highway 2|

Carbon Monoxide Death

A 46 year old Saginaw man and his dog were found dead in their cabin Saturday afternoon. The preliminary cause of death, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, is carbon monoxide poisoning. Stanley Skare had a generator running inside the cabin.
The St. Louis County Sheriff’s office has responded to multiple carbon monoxide deaths in recent years. They urge citizens using generators to be sure they are placed a safe distance from living and sleeping areas.

By |December 18th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Carbon Monoxide Death|

Woman Killed in Snowmobile Accident

An 18 year old Eveleth woman was killed in a snowmobile accident Sunday morning on Lost River Road. Kirja Mae Kishel of Eveleth was riding a snowmobile with 21 year old Nathan James Giese of Gilbert when the sled struck a forestry road gate. Kishel died at the scene. Giese was taken to a Duluth hospital. The accident is under investigation to determine who was driving the machine.

By |December 18th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Woman Killed in Snowmobile Accident|

Cohasset Woman Drowns

One woman is dead after an ATV went through the ice on Rice Lake in Cohasset on Saturday evening. According to the Itasca County Sheriff’s office, Michael Anthony Gibbons of Duluth and Bernice Elaine Kane of Cohasset, broke through the ice on an ATV.
Gibbons was able to get out of the water and call for help. Kane is believed to have drown. Her body was recovered from the water Sunday afternoon. Ages are not available.
The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office and Itasca County Medical Examiner’s office continues to investigate.
Itasca County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the Cohasset Fired Department, MEDS-1 Ambulance, Itasca County Search and Rescue, Itasca County Dive Team, Life Link III, and MN State Patrol.

By |December 17th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Cohasset Woman Drowns|

Seven Injured in Two Car Accident

A two vehicle accident Friday night shut down Highway 169. A Chevrolet Suburban, driven by 62 year old Vicki Lee Benes of Hill City was traveling south on Highway 169 at 8 Mile Road (south of Grand Rapids). A Nissan Frontier, driven by 70 year old Michael Slattery of Grand Rapids, was traveling east on 8 Mile Road, crossing Highway 169. The Nissan attempted to cross the highway and broadsided the Suburban at the driver side. Slattery was ejected from the vehicle. His vehicle came to a rest in the south bound ditch. The Benes vehicle came to a rest in the northbound ditch. Slattery was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth with life-threatening injuries. Benes was also taken to St. Mary’s in Duluth with non-life threatening injuries. The five children in the Benes’ vehicle were taken to Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The highway was closed to traffic for over half an hour.
Itasca County Sheriff’s Office, MN State Patrol, Grand Rapids Fire, and Lifelink Helicopter Service responded to the accident.

By |December 16th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Seven Injured in Two Car Accident|

Goveror Dayton Appoints Smith to Senate

Minnesota News Network
Governor Dayton has selected Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to replace Al Franken in the U.S. Senate. Smith will be appointed to serve a one-year term in the Senate, concluding in January 2019. Smith announced today she will run in the 2018 election. At that time, Minnesotans will choose a U.S. Senator to serve the remainder of the term being vacated by Senator Al Franken in a Special Election, which will be held concurrently with the 2018 General Election on November 6, 2018. Governor Dayton says, “Tina Smith is a person of the highest integrity and ability. There is no one I trust more to assume the responsibilities of this important office. I know that she will be a superb Senator, representing the best interests of our state and our citizens.”

Carleton College political analyst Steven Schier says the choice is not surprising. He says Smith has”been a stabilizing force and an ally of Governor Dayton. She’s done a lot of policy work for the governor, and she’s developed a strong reputation at the State Capitol for being a credible figure.” Schier says the selection of Smith makes good political sense, as it will likely not be a controversial choice within the Democratic party.

By |December 13th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Goveror Dayton Appoints Smith to Senate|