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Hutchinson Man Found

Grand Rapids Police Officer Justin Edmundson pulled over a man driving 38 miles an hour in a 30 mile zone Friday near midnight and discovered the man was in need of help. The driver, identified as Darwin Mathews of Hutchinson believed he was only 10 minutes from Hutchinson. He explained that he left to get groceries 30 minutes ago and was almost home. Officer Edmundson contacted the man’s family and discovered the man was last seen 7 hours ago and his family had notified police that he was missing. Mathews was taken to Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital for an evaluation.
Grand Rapids Police Chief Scott Johnson, in an email, said, “if not for Officer Edmundson, the outcome could have been tragic. A job well done.”
Mathews’ family arrived around 6am Saturday and picked up Mathews and his vehicle at Grand Itasca.

By |August 21st, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Hutchinson Man Found|

DNR Open Public Comment on Polymet

The Department of Natural Resources has opened a 30-day public comment period, Aug. 11 until Sept. 12, on draft water appropriation permits for the proposed Poly Met Mining, Inc. (PolyMet) NorthMet mining project in northeastern Minnesota.
State law directs the DNR to manage water resources to provide for reasonable use while ensuring long-term sustainability and natural resource protection.
The proposed NorthMet project would require six water appropriation permits for various construction and operation activities at the mine site and plant site. In addition to these six water appropriations permits, the project would also need six additional DNR permits, as well as several other state, federal and local permits and approvals in order to proceed.
The DNR recently completed its comprehensive review of the company’s six water appropriation permit applications and considered input from state, local and tribal governments. These applications are consistent with rates and volumes evaluated and discussed in the NorthMet Environmental Impact Statement.

The DNR is now seeking public review and input on draft permit language before making any permitting decisions.

This public comment period concerns only the six draft water appropriation permits. The DNR’s review of PolyMet’s other pending applications – dam safety, public waters work, and permit to mine – is ongoing and there will be future public comment opportunities.

The DNR will accept written public comments on the draft water appropriation permits from Aug. 11 until Sept. 12. Commenters should include the words “NorthMet Water Appropriation” in the title of their comment emails and letters.

Written comments may be submitted by email to or by U.S. Mail to:

MN Department of Natural Resources
ATTN: PolyMet NorthMet Project
500 Lafayette Road N, Box 45
St. Paul, MN 55155-4045

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By |August 11th, 2017|News|Comments Off on DNR Open Public Comment on Polymet|

Classic Bass Championship Comes to Rapids

Visit Grand Rapids announced Wednesday that the Classic Bass Champions Tour championship is coming to Pokegama Lake in Grand Rapids September 1st. At the end of the day, one of the 24 Tour anglers will win a new Skeeter boat- and bragging rights as Tour Champion. Megan Christianson of Visit Grand Rapids said, “We couldn’t be more excited that the Classi Bass Champions Tour chose Grand Rapids and Lake Pokegama for the site of their first ever championship.” Visit for more information.

By |August 10th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Classic Bass Championship Comes to Rapids|

Hibbing Man Held in Infants Death

A 24 year old man was arrested following the death of an 11 month child in Tower on Wednesday morning. According to details released by the St. Louis County Sheriff’s office, the Hibbing man is in custody in Virginia and expected to be charged with second degree manslaughter, child neglect, auto theft, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of narcotic paraphernalia.
The body of 11 month old Bentley Joe Lewis Koski was found after firefighters extinguished a home fire at 813 3rd Street North in Tower. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The suspect’s name will be released after he is charged.

By |August 3rd, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Hibbing Man Held in Infants Death|

Motorcycle Speed

A motorcycle, clocked at 111 miles an hour, attracted the attention of the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office on Monday night. According to a report from the Grand Rapids Police Department, the rider traveled from Nashwauk to Bovey to Grand Rapids around 5:57pm with deputies in pursuit. The rider drove around 4th Street and Pokegama Avenue before heading west on North West 4th Street. The rider traveled west to Cohasset, then south on County Road 62 and finally to Walker Minnesota. The rider turned around and traveled up Highway 6 to just south of the Itasca County line. The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office tracked the bike with a fixed wing air craft.

By |August 2nd, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Motorcycle Speed|

Accident Stalls Downtown Traffic Monday

A three vehicle accident at the intersection of Pokegama Avenue and South East 1st Street injured three people yesterday morning. According to a witness, a vehicle driven by 22 year old Jessie Mindrum of Hill City was traveling west-bound on South East 1st Street and failed to stop for the stop sign on Pokegama Avenue. Mindrum’s vehicle collided with a vehicle driven by 33 year old David Krueth of Grand Rapids, which was traveling north on Pokegama. Krueth and a passenger, 27 year old Savannah Rose Krueth of Hill City, were both injured. Traffic was rerouted for about half an hour while victims were treated and vehicles were towed.
Mindrum and both occupants of the Krueth vehicle were transported to Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital. A third driver, Susan Young, was also injured. Young was treated and released.

By |August 1st, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Accident Stalls Downtown Traffic Monday|

Cotton Man Injured in ATV Accident

A 21 year old Cotton man was injured in an ATV accident Saturday afternoon. Dakota Voight was driving an ATV on an off-road trail in a remote area in Alborn Township when he attempted to climb a steep hill and the ATV rolled over. Voight was not wearing a helmet and, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s office, sustained serious injuries. He was airlifted to St. Luke’s hospital in Duluth and was listed in stable condition.
Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident.

By |July 31st, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Cotton Man Injured in ATV Accident|

Car Accident on Highway 37 Injures Five

Five people were injured in a three vehicle accident Saturday afternoon on Highway 37. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the three vehicles were traveling east on Highway 37. The vehicle driven by Emily Gardeski rear-ended a vehicle driven by 18 year old William Butkovich, which rear-ended a vehicle driven by 37 year old Aimee Raskovich. The Butkovich vehicle contained three passengers. The only person not injured was Raskovich. Injuries are not considered life-threatening.

By |July 31st, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Car Accident on Highway 37 Injures Five|

Boat-In Movie This Saturday

This Saturday, boaters are invited to drive up to the movie screen at Tioga Beach and enjoy the movie, “The Great Outdoors” starring John Candy and Dan Akroyd.
Boaters can hear the movie through their own stereo and watch the 40 foot screen.

By |July 26th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Boat-In Movie This Saturday|

No Decision on County Attorney Salary

Judge Charles LeDuc ruled last week that Itasca County must increase the salary of Itasca County Attorney Jack Muhar. Muhar filed suit against the county after commissioners failed to pay a two percent raise for this year, and a two percent contractual raise from last year. Muhar also asked for a one-time $9000 bump in salary.
According to the Notice of Appeal, Muhar claims the board’s salary structure and budget are “arbitrary, capricious, and in unreasonable disregard for the duties and responsibilities of his office.”
The lawsuit, alleging that Muhar’s pay rate is not keeping pace with either his subordinates pay or his increased workload, was filed in January.
Tuesday, the Itasca County board of Commissioners met in a closed meeting for a case consultation and legal advice regarding Muhar’s salary.
After the meeting, the commissioner’s public comment was simply that there is no comment at this time.

By |July 26th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on No Decision on County Attorney Salary|