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Itasca County Rejects Plan

The Itasca County Board of Commissioners gave a thumbs down to a reorganization plan for the former Essar Steel, now known as Mesabi Metallics. The Essar plant, idled for a year and a half, is restarting some core processes under the approval of the bankruptcy court, even as at least one other company bids for the unfinished plant.
Mitch Brunfelt, Mesabi Metallics General Counsel, updated the commissioners Tuesday.

On Saturday, Chippewa Capital Partners LLC — and which includes Tom Clarke, owner of ERP Iron Ore, submitted a bid of $250 million to a federal bankruptcy court. Clarke was the successful bidder last year for the bankrupt Magnetation

By |April 12th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Itasca County Rejects Plan|

Cohasset Parking

Cohasset residents with RVs and campers don’t need to worry about where you park your toys. The Cohasset City Council pared down a proposed city parking ordinance. The agenda item drew phone calls to city hall.
The ordinance was adopted, allowing security officer Dean Scherf to issue parking tickets to people parking in handicapped parking spots, no parking areas, and the boat landing.

By |April 12th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Cohasset Parking|

Woman Injured in House Fire

A Grand Rapids woman is hospitalized in a Twin City hospital after being pulled from a burning building in Grand Rapids last night.
31 year old Wendy Vraa was pulled from the building on North West 3rd Street around 5:30 last night. She was non-responsive. She was given CPR and transported to Grand Itasca then airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center.
Another resident was able to escape on his own and a dog was rescued by firefighters.
The State Fire Marshall’s Office is investigating.

By |April 12th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Woman Injured in House Fire|

Crime 04-10-17

From the Grand Rapids Police Department:

Thursday, a small boxer with a collar was found and transported to the pound.
A number of minor accidents were reported over the weekend.
A yellow lab was found in Cohasset and transported to the pound.
Friday, a jar of change was reported stolen from a home on 14th avenue
A dog at large citation was issued to a resident on nw 3rd avenue
A burglary was reported from NE 5th street. Someone broke a window on a door leading from the garage to the home. A US Treasury Mint coin book, a tv, some jewelry, and some 1920’s Matchbox toy cars were taken.
A woman was cited for 5th degree assault after a driver stopped on the road in front of her. The pedestrian walked to the driver’s side door, opened it and hit the driver numerous times. The pedestrian was cited.
Saturday, a woman and her dog were walking on a trail north of the fairgrounds when her dog was attacked by a dog being walked without a leash. The male owner walked away. Vet bills are estimated at $300.
Sunday afternoon, a call was received about two naked residents, parking at a boat landing. The two were questioned about drug and admitted having a small amount of marijuana on them, as well as pipes used to smoke meth. Both were expected to receive citations.
A purse was reported lost at Aldi’s.
Sunday evening, a report of a fire near the Showboat landing. A resident was burning and the fire got out of the fire ring. The resident was able to get the garden hose on the flame.

By |April 10th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Crime 04-10-17|

One Dead, Another in Critical Condition

**Grand Rapids Police Department Press Release

(Grand Rapids, MN) On Thursday, March 30th at 3:47 PM the Itasca County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center received a 9-1-1 call of a medical emergency at a residence in the 1300 block of 4th Street Southeast. Emergency personnel arrived within four minutes of the call. They found within the residence a deceased 29 year old man who lives at the residence. Also in the residence was the man’s 8 year old son who was in critical condition suffering from a gunshot wound.

The two were found by the man’s mother who came to the residence to check on them. She called
9-1-1. The 8 year old was airlifted by helicopter to a medical facility in Duluth.

This incident is being investigated by the Grand Rapids Police Department, Itasca County Sheriff’s Department and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The Minnesota State Patrol assisted at the scene.

The identities of the individuals within the residence will be released at a later time. “We have no reason to believe that the public is any danger,” stated Grand Rapids Assistant Police Chief Steve Schaar.

By |March 31st, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on One Dead, Another in Critical Condition|

“Consider Yourselves Adopted”

“Consider yourselves our adopted constituents. “ Senators Franzen, Isaacson, and Simonson held a listening session last Saturday at the Sawmill Inn, sponsored by the Senate DFL. About 60 people attended the listening session, voicing their concerns about the bonding bill, local government aid, education, votech training, school trust lands, roads, and the Hill Annex State Park. Senator Isaacson told residents to feel free to contact any of them to voice their concerns.
The Grand Rapids area flipped parties in the 2016 election, favoring Republican Representative Sandy Layman and Matt Bliss and Senator Justin Eichorn.

By |March 27th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on “Consider Yourselves Adopted”|

Hill City Man Killed in Car Accident

 

One person was killed and two others injured in a one vehicle accident Saturday morning on Highway 169.  According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a Volkswagen Passat was northbound on Highway 169 in Spang Township when it left the roadway, vaulted over a driveway approach, rolled and came to rest on its wheels.  It hasn’t been determined who was driving.  Killed in the accident was 40 year old Michael Joseph Washburn of Hill City.  The two who sustained life-threatening injuries are identified as 39 year old Thomas Charles Cuellar and 48 year old Bradley Gene Doree.  Cuellar was taken to St. Luke’s Medical center in Duluth.  Doree was taken to St. Mary’s in Duluth.   Their conditions are not available.

By |March 13th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Hill City Man Killed in Car Accident|

Thomas to Retire at ISD 318

ISD 318’s Superintendent Dr.  Bruce Thomas has announced his retirement.   Yesterday Dr. Bruce Thomas announced he will retire as superintendent.  Dr. Thomas started at ISD 318 in 2013 after a long career as an educator and administrator.  He was initially just coming on board for 7 months and ended up staying for 4 years.  He says he could not have asked for a better place to finish his career than this district.  Dr. Thomas and his wife intend to spend enjoy retirement at their lake home within the district.

By |March 9th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Thomas to Retire at ISD 318|

Two Arrested for Possession of Meth

A Grand Rapids resident has been charged with possession of about one pound of suspected meth.
Wednesday, 25 year old Morgan Marie Scheff of Grand Rapids appeared in Itasca County district court, charged with meth possession.
According to the complaint, Scheff, along with 22 year old Christopher George Nytes of Coon Rapids, were traveling on Highway 169 on Monday when they failed to move over for a stopped state trooper.
When Nytes vehicle was stopped, the trooper found a needle cap in Scheff’s pocket. Canine officers detected a controlled substance. After a search, 16 ounces of suspected meth was discovered in a toiletry bag.
Nye was convicted of a controlled substance crime in 2007 and 2009.
Scheff was convicted for a controlled substance crime in 2014. She was arrested in a previous warrant.
They’re next court appearance is scheduled for Monday.

By |February 24th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Two Arrested for Possession of Meth|

Law Report for 2-22-17

From the Grand Rapids Police Department…

Saturday, a theft was reported from the Robert J Elkington School parking lot. A resident dropped his keys in the parking lot on the way to a game. A woman found them, located the car, was seen on video sitting in the car for about 3 minutes, then brought the keys to the concession stand. The resident found the keys on the concession counter and discovered his wallet missing from his car.

Saturday night, police were called to a restaurant on highway 169 south. A man was in physical distress. When officers arrived, he told them he had been stopped by police in a car earlier in the evening and ate 5 points of meth. He believed he was overdosing. Meds 1 transferred the man to Grand Itasca.

Monday evening, officers were alerted to a fraud. A resident on 3rd street was contacted by a man pretending to be a police officer. He told the resident that his grandson was in jail in Hibbing and he needed $3000 in bail money. The resident purchased gift cards and read the man the numbers. The card money was emptied and he hadn’t heard from his grandson. Officers educated the man on the scam. Always check with local police or call official posted phone numbers to verify these kind of calls.

From the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office…

Friday afternoon, a resident on Silverwood Avenue in Marble was arrested for animal cruelty. A car was transported to a vet and the male was arrested.

Also, Friday afternoon, a storage space in Wabanna was reported broken into. There were pry marks […]

By |February 22nd, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Law Report for 2-22-17|