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No One Injured in Train Derailment

Sunday morning, three cars in a Canadian National train derailed near Highway 101 in Mountain Iron. The cars remained upright and held their load. Trailing cars remained on the tracks. Traffic was able to continue across the highway. The three cars were hauling iron ore. A crew was on scene Sunday to repair the damage.

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Bogus Shooting Reports

Grand Rapids Police Department


[Grand Rapids, MN] The Grand Rapids Police Department is investigating telephone calls made to Grand Rapids businesses in which the caller reports that someone has been shot in the parking lot behind the business. On the night of March 20th, between 11:34 PM and 11:46 PM, local businesses, including Country Inn and Suites, Holiday, M&H, and Grand Itasca Hospital and Clinic received telephone calls from a male caller. The male caller told the businesses that he wanted them to call 9-1-1 to report that someone had been shot behind their business. The caller said he could not call 9-1-1 himself because the “9” on his cell phone was broken.

When officers responded to each business, they discovered that there was nobody behind the business and there had been no shooting. “It is against the law to report a false crime. We are currently investigating this and when we find the person responsible they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law” said Grand Rapids Assistant Chief Steve Schaar.


By |March 21st, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Bogus Shooting Reports|

Greenway School Threat Investigated

Writing on a bathroom wall sent Greenway Schools into a soft-lockdown Friday. According to a release from the district, a message was discovered on a bathroom wall about 10:30.
Students were placed into a soft lockdown. At 1:30pm, after a thorough investigation, the situation was determined to be safe and the school day resumed.
Superintendent David Pace thanked law enforcement for their swift action and the community of parents, staff, and students for their patience.

By |March 19th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Greenway School Threat Investigated|

Grand Rapids Shooting Prank Call

A 9-1-1 call Friday afternoon claiming “a school shooting” sent authorities to all Grand Rapids school buildings. The caller did not name a school, so authorities checked all buildings for any disturbance.
Forest Lake, Murphy, Southwest, Robert J Elkington, and the Grand Rapids High School were all checked and eliminated.
The call reportedly came from a cell tower in northwest section of Grand Rapids.
Video from the high school is being viewed. There are no suspects, but the incident is under investigation.

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Three Arrested after High Speed Chase Through Grand Rapids

Three people were arrested after a high speed chase through Grand Rapids on Thursday afternoon.
An Itasca County Sheriff’s Deputy and Grand Rapids Police attempted to make a traffic stop, suspecting the occupants of a vehicle were involved in an attempted burglary south of Grand Rapids. At the intersection of Highways 2 and 169, officers attempted to stop the vehicle. The vehicle sped away, traveling west on Highway 2 to Cohasset. The suspect vehicle then turned south on County Road 62, west on County Road 63, and north on Highway 6. When the vehicle turned north on Highway 6. Itasca County Sheriff’s deputies deployed tire deflation spikes. As the tires deflated, the vehicle slowed down to 70 miles an hour and the driver lost control. Three people, including the driver, were taken into custody.
Suspects were seen throwing items from the vehicle at a number of locations. Law enforcement found the items. Charges are expected

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SWAT Team called to a Grand Rapids Residence

Near midnight, Grand Rapids police were called to check on the welfare of a resident on 14th Avenue South West. According to Grand Rapids Police Chief Scott Johnson, three people were in the home at the time, an adult woman, man, and a teenager. Officer saw the man waving a gun around inside the home.
The home was surrounded and the SWAT team was called out. The incident endeed around 4 O’Clock this morning. The man was taken into custody.
He’s expected to be charged by the Itasca County Attorney’s office.

By |February 23rd, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on SWAT Team called to a Grand Rapids Residence|

Two Men Held in Dollar General Robbery

Two men have been charged in the armed robbery of the Dollar General in Deer River on Wednesday. Eighteen year old Montana Cutbank of Cass Lake and twenty-two year old Norman Cutbank of Duluth have both been arraigned on charges of first degree armed robbery.
The men allegedly entered the Dollar General store in Deer River wearing sweatshirts that were tied around their faces, pointed a handgun at the clerk’s face, and demanded cash. The suspects entered S&S Bottleshop and were picked up in a silver Mountaineer.
Thursday, a citizen traveling to work found a backpack near County Road 142 with clothes matching the suspect’s description. The backpack also contained a piece of paper labeled “dad”- with a phone number. Officers called the number and identified the parent of the two men.
The vehicle was located and impounded. As deputies were executing a search warrant, they discovered two more people hiding under clothing in the rear of the vehicle.
At the hearing Friday, Norman Cutbank’s bail was set at $400,000without conditions. Montana Cutbank’s bail was set at $200,000 without conditions.

Both men are expected back in court on Monday, February 5th.

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Armed Robbery in Deer River

According to the initial report released to the media Thursday morning, a clerk made a report that he/she was held up at gunpoint Wednesday night arounD 8:35pm. Deputies arrived on scene and scouted the area for a suspect.



On January 31, 2018, at 8:35 PM the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a robbery at The Dollar
General, 307 Main Avenue West in Deer River, Minnesota. The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance in identifying two male individuals involved in an armed robbery. We believe that the vehicle is a Silver Mercury Mountaineer. Contact the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office at 218-326-3477 with any information.


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Senators Visit Area

The Senate Capital Investment Committee made stops in Cohasset and Grand Rapids on Tuesday afternoon.
Chair Senator Dave Senjem and a committee group of about 8 listened to presentations from Max Peters, Cohasset Administrator and Dale Adams, Grand Rapids Mayor pitch projects in their respective communities. Peters, asking the committee for $1 million dollars to create a 25 mile mountain bike path through the Tioga Pit area and Adams, asking for $8 million dollars to transform the IRA Civic Center.
The IRA needs a new roof, needs to replace the ice coolant system and flooring, and needs to become handicapped accessible.

By |January 31st, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Senators Visit Area|

Missing Person

G.R. P.D

[Grand Rapids, MN] The Grand Rapids Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a 30 year old Grand Rapids woman, Tawhna Pringle. She is 5’2” 135 lbs and has medium length dark hair. She was last seen driving a 1999 Ford F150 pickup truck, silver in color, bearing Minnesota license 698 XHU.

Ms. Pringle’s ex-husband contacted the Grand Rapids Police on Saturday, January 27th to request the police to go to her residence in the 400 block of SE 21st Street to check on her welfare as he had not been heard from in over two weeks. The police found the door to the apartment to be unlocked, nothing disturbed within the apartment and her vehicle was not in her garage. The mail had not been collected. The police contacted friends and family and nobody had seen or heard from her.

Ms. Pringle has ties to the iron range and Duluth. She has lived Grand Rapids less than a year. At this time there is no reason to believe that Ms. Pringle’s absence is not voluntary but police would like to speak with her.

The Grand Rapids Police request that you contact them at (218) 326-3464 if you have any information as to the whereabouts of Tawhna Pringle.

By |January 29th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Missing Person|