Two Grand Rapids residents pleaeded guilty on Monday in Itasca County Court to charges of possession and use of methamphedamine. 37 year old Travis Jon Furman and his wife, Sulamita Furman, accepted plea deals. Travis Furman’s plea deal calls for a 57 month executed prison sentence on felony third degree sale of a controlled substance and one count of misdemeanor DWI. Sulamita Furman’s plea was for felony fifth degree controlled substance possession and one count of gross misdemeanor third degree DWI. Sulamita Furman is scheduled to appear in court on August 18th while Travis Furman is scheduled for an appearance in September 22nd.
The school board of Independent School District 316 meets tonight at 6:30 in the Staff Development room.
Items on the agenda include a status update and Action Items of Teacher Contract Negotiations. The board may also close the meeting for a negotiation strategy session.
The City of Grand Rapids now has two new police officers. At last night’s city council meeting, Mayor Dale Adams swore in Justin Edmunson and Gregory Lease Jr. With the two new hires, the city’s Police Department is still not fully staffed.
Also at last night’s city council meeting a donation was accepted from Mighty Mutts that will cover the cost of a K-9 bullet proof vest and the Grand Rapids Fire Department was given the approval to offer conditional offers of employment to Will Richter and Donny Wilson pending pre-employment background screening. The next Grand Rapids City Council meeting is July 14th.
Over two thousand steelworkers and supporters rallied Monday in Virginia as part of the Save Our Steel Jobs movement. The U.S. Commerce Department is expected to rule on proposed sanctions on foreign steel that steelworkers believe are being dumped in the U.S. Imports of South Korean pipe steel have doubled between 2012 and 2014.
State Senators Tom Bakk and Dave Tomassoni spoke, as well as Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken sent letters of support that were read aloud during the rally.
The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office has received recent reports from Itasca County Social Services reporting that 2 families have had parties knock on their doors, claiming to be Social Workers. The parties then say that they are there to investigate reports of child abuse and the conditions of their homes.
These “Social Workers” are not from any Itasca County agency and no one knows who they are. If you have someone come to your home and you do not know them, please do not allow them to come into your home and call the Sheriff’s Office immediately by dialing 911.
Beginning today, the Mississippi River, Pokegama Lake, and Jay Gould will be under a no-wake zone. Itasca County Sheriff Vic Williams said that because of the high water levels, debris from land gets washed into the river and lake and can get pulled into the boat’s wake. Shore-land erosion also occurs more quickly with high moving water. The no-wake enforcement is supported by the DNR.
With the flood-stage rainfall we’ve had, Williams also asked motorists to be careful driving over roadways that standing water.
Having a long driveway with a canopy of trees overhead may be picturesque- but it almost cost a Mountain Iron family their home.
According to a story from Northland’s NewsCenter, a home in Mountain Iron lost power. When the owner tried to reconnect it, it sparked a blaze. Firefighters were unable to bring equipment to the home because of the driveway configuration. The Department of Natural Resources was called in because the fire spread into a nearby woods.
It took over two and a half hours to put out the fire.
For information on making your home easy to access by emergency crews, visit www.Firewise.org. Click on Home and Landscape.
A 61 year old Cass Lake man will spend ten years in prison for the sexual assault of a nine year old girl. According to the Cass County Attorney, Francis, “Tuffy” Peter Isham committed the assault in 2006. Isham pleaded guilty to one count of Second Degree Criminal Sexual Assault in May. According to the plea, a similar charge in Beltrami County was dismissed.
Isham will be on conditional release after his release. He will be required to register as a risk level predatory offender for life.
The Leech Lake Tribal Police Department and Cass County Sheriff’s Office investigated the crime.
56 year old Frank Scherf of Cohasset was injured in a motorcycle-deer collision on Highway 60, south of Worthington, Minnesota on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
Scherf was riding his Harley Davidson near Highway arker 6 when the collision occurred. Scherf received non-life-threatening injuries in the accident.
Four people were injured in a two vehicle accident in Kitzville on Tuesday afternoon. A vehicle driven by 29 year old Shawn Lawless of Zim was traveling west-bound on Grace Road through the intersection of Highway 169 when it was struck broadside by a vehicle traveling north-bound on Highway 169. The north-bound vehicle, according to the Minnesota State Patrol, was driven by 61 year old Frank Hanegmon of Chisholm.
Injured in the accident were passengers in the Hanegmon vehicle, including 61 year old Kathleen Hanegmon, 31 year old Amanda Hanegmon, 33 year old Molly Hanegmon, and 10 year old Alexis Pustovar. The Hanegmons are all listed as Chisholm residents. All injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening.