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Taconite Man Sentenced

A Taconite man was sentenced to prison for drug possession. Tuesday, 54 year old Kevin John LaClair was sentenced to a year and a day in prison.
LeClair appeared in Itasca County District Court Tuesday for sentencing on one count of sale of synthetic canaboids. Law enforcement seized about 3 ½ pound of Spice (the street name for synthetic canaboids), 30 Adderall pills, and methamphetamine residue.
The one year and a day is an upwards departure from normal sentencing guidelines, based on recommendations from the prosecutor, Department of Corrections and Taconite residents.
LeClaire was taken into custody immediately and will be transferred to a state prison to serve his sentence.

By |April 21st, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Taconite Man Sentenced|

Another Accident near Grimsbo Raod

A two vehicle accident on Highway 2 near Grimsbo Road in Cohasset injured a Deer River resident. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a vehicle driven by 37 year old Kristina Ross of Deer River was facing east and topped on Highway 2, waiting to turn, when her vehicle was rear-ended by a vehicle driven by 26 year old Addison Smith of Deer River. Ross was injured in the accident but her injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening.

By |April 16th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Another Accident near Grimsbo Raod|

Grand Rapids City Council Meets

Last night, Meds 1 Emergency Medical Services was given an award during last the Grand Rapids City Council Meeting. The City of Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Police Department wanted to show appreciation to Meds 1 for helping the city’s police officers with Emergency Medical Responder training over the course of 6 weeks. Mayor Dale Adams (audio).
Approval was also given for the parks and recreation department to purchase playground equipment for a new city park in the Remer/DeSchepper neighborhood. The Pokegama Golf Course was given the approval to set up an Electronic Funds Transfer system, giving season pass buyers the option to pay in monthly installments for a seasonal pass.
The next Grand Rapids City Council meeting is Monday April 27th at 5 o’clock.

By |April 15th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Grand Rapids City Council Meets|

Schwitz Appears in Court

Last Friday, 56 year old Edward Robert Schwitz appeared in Itasca County District Court of charges of Assault in the Second Degree, Terroristic Threats, and Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana.
Schwitz allegedly threatened a neighbor with a handgun Wednesday April 8th, then refused to surrender to authorities. The St. Louis SWAT team, along with other authorities, gained entry to Schwitz’s property only after using a chemical agent.
Charges include Assault in the second degree, a felony, with the maximum penalty of 7 years in prison, a $14,000 fine, or both; Terroristic Threats, a felony, with the maximum penalty of 5 years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both; and Count 3: Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana, a petty misdemeanor, with the maxi mum penalty of a $300 fine.
Schwitz next court appearance is scheduled for April 20, 2015 at 9:00 o’clock a.m. The Court ordered bail in the amount of $100,000 without conditions or $50,000 with conditions.

By |April 15th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Schwitz Appears in Court|

Wabana Stand-off

A 56 year old Wabana resident was taken in to custody after a stand-off with police.
Yesterday, the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an assault involving a weapon in Arbo Township.
Sheriff’s deputies attempted to negotiate with the suspect.
Finally, the sheriff’s office, Thousand Lakes Tactical team, Grand Rapids Police Department, St. Louis County SWAY team, DNR, Grand Rapids Fire Department, and Meds One Emergency Medical Service used chemical agents at the residence. The suspect was taken into custody. Seized were several full loaded firearms, several thousand rounds of ammunition, and drugs.
The suspect is expected to be formally charged today.

By |April 9th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Wabana Stand-off|

Thrasher Sentenced

A Bovey man has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison on drug charges.
61 year old David Vincent Thrasher appeared in Itasca County District Court Tuesday. He was convicted by a jury of committing the felony crime of controlled substance crime in the fifth degree and the misdemeanor charge of obstructing the legal process.
Thrasher, and Kevin LeClair, were arrested in Taconite last June.
Thrashers sentences was stayed by the court and he was ordered to serve six months in the Itasca County Jail and placed on probation for five years. The sentences is consistant with Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines. He is currently in the Itasca County Jail.

By |April 8th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Thrasher Sentenced|

MDI Hires Fundraiser

Minnesota Diversified Industries, MDI, has hired Peg McQuillen as the Director of Development. McQuillen has eleven years of experience in the development at Memorial Blood Centers and Emergency Foodshelf Network. Prior to that, McQuillen spent six years in marketing.
Peter McDermott, MDI president and CEO said McQuillen is an experienced fundraiser and passionate about securing support for people with disabilities that MDI serves.
MDI provides job opportunities and progressive development for people with and without disabilities who provide products and services to business customers.

By |April 8th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on MDI Hires Fundraiser|

Floodwood Man Injured

A three vehicle accident on Highway 169 in Mille Lacs County injured a Floodwood man. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a vehicle driven by 55 year old Todd Nelson of Garrison was stopped to turn when it was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by 18 year old Chase Ruuska of Floodwood. The Nelson vehicle was pushed into the northbound lane and was hit by a south-bound vehicle driven by 32 year old Chelsie Krafka of Brainard. All three drivers were alone in the car. All three drivers were injured. Injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

By |April 7th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Floodwood Man Injured|

Highway 6 Accident Injured Two

A two vehicle accident on Highway 6 in Cass County injured two Deer River residents Monday afternoon. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a vehicle driven by 76 year old Allen Wink was traveling north on Highway 6, south of Remer, when the vehicle crossed over the center line and struck a south-bound semi. The semi was driven by 51 year old Bradley Kupser of Zimmerman. Wink and his passenger, identified as 72 year old Marcia Wink, also of Deer River, were both injured in the accident. Injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.

By |April 7th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Highway 6 Accident Injured Two|

Power Outages

Grand Rapids, MN – Lake Country Power line crews are currently working to restore power outages throughout its service areas.  Crews repaired at least 50 outages during the day yesterday.

Nearly 4000 Lake Country Power members were without power during the day yesterday.  The outages are weather related due to the high, sustained winds that are blowing trees and limbs onto power lines. In some locations, lines have been knocked to the ground. The outages are widespread throughout the cooperative’s service area- primarily in the Mountain Iron and Grand Rapids service areas. Outages were also reported in the Kettle River service area.

LCP is working with several emergency 911 crews at various sites as grass fires are being reported as well.

To report and outage, visit the Outage Center online at www.lakecountrypower.coop for a real-time outage status.

By |April 3rd, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Power Outages|