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Truency Is Still An Issue

Truency isn’t the problem. It’s usually a symptom of a bigger problem. Tuesday, Linda and Amy Ross of Ross Resources presented some of the services Ross perform for the county, including drug testing and screening, truancy prevention, and supervised visitation.
Students that miss 10% of the school year (17 to 18 days a year), are less likely to succeed. Kim Geislinger has a staff of 10 who work with teachers, principals, law enforcement, and counselors to keep kids in 4 area school districts in school. She said absenteeism often is a symptom of other issues within the family, including mental health issues, chemical dependency, and poverty.

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Search for Missing Boater

Cass County Sheriff

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on June 12, 2018 at 1:30 PM, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of two parties that had been thrown from a boat on Hay Lake, located in Ponto Lake Township, rural Pine River, MN. Responders and Deputies arrived and located an adult male, who had been operating the boat. This party was transported to shore and treated on scene for minor injuries. The search continues for the adult male who was a passenger in the boat. Assisting the Cass County Sheriff’s Office is North Memorial Ambulance, North Memorial AirCare, Lakes Area Dive Team and the MN DNR Conservation and aircraft.

By |June 13th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Search for Missing Boater|

County Signs with New Health Plan

The Arrowhead Pro-Care Pool has voted to dissolve group health insurance as of June 30th.
Itasca County employees needed an alternate plan. For the balance of the year, the county will move to the Northeast Service Cooperative. On Tuesday, Human Resources Director Lynn Hart came before the Itasca County Board of Commissioners and asked the board to accept the changes. All of the county’s 11 unions have agreed. Some changes include a fifty percent premium increase in all the plans. A new, higher deductible HSA plan, which includes a deductible of $3500 for single and $7000 per family.
The county has held an open enrollment period, allowing employees to make changes.
For the year 2019, other options will be considered.

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Cass Lake Man Assaulted- Died

A 25 year old Cass Lake man was taken to Cass Lake Indian Health Services Hospital Thursday night with injuries suffered in an assault. The man was pronounced dead shortly after. Two search warrants were issued to residences in Pike Bay Township. Tom Burch, Cass County Sheriff, and the Leech Lake Tribal Police are investigating. An autopsy is planned.

By |June 11th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Cass Lake Man Assaulted- Died|

Fuel Tanker Rolled in Mountain Iron

A semi, carrying approximately 7400 gallons of #2 diesel fuel rolled over in Mountain Iron early Saturday morning. The driver, 42 year old Joseph Mickle of Grand Rapids, was not injured. The tanker rolled over on the Parkville Road in Mountain Iron around 4:30am. Mountain Iron Fire Department was called as a precaution while the fuel was transferred from the over-turned tanker to a second tanker. No fuel was leaked. The scene was cleared around 9am.

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Deer River Residents in Car Accident

Two Deer River residents were injured in a two-vehicle accident Friday afternoon on Highway 53 in Cook. According to the State Patrol, a vehicle driven by 48 year old Gretchen Bachman of Deer River was stopped on Highway 53, waiting to turn north onto Highway 1 when the vehicle was rear ended by a vehicle driven by 19 year old Kristen Lilya of Orr. Bachman, her passenger, 27 year old Aaron Burnside also of Deer River, and Lilya were all transported to the Cook Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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National Police Week

The Grand Rapids City Council yesterday proclaimed this week, May 13th thru the 19th, as
National Police Week. Mayor Adams, “now therefore be it resolved, that I Dale Adams, Mayor of Grand Rapids, formally designate May 13th thru the 19th as national police week and publically recognize the service of law enforcement officers in our community and communities across the nation.”
Also at yesterday’s council meeting the council named two new members to the human rights commission and appointed a new member to the housing and redevelopment authority. There will be another position on the housing and development board opening soon.

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Waters south of us are suffering from poor water quality. Homeowners on lake shore can help reverse that. David Lick, with Itasca Waters, Itasca Water Legacy Partnership, has a web site offering tips for landowners, including Buffer strips of native wildflowers, grasses, trees, and shrubs protect water quality and provide habitat for wildlife. Learn about how to maintain your shore land, and the things you can do to help your lake stay healthy and your property maintain its value by visiting

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MADD Presents Award to Kim Johnson

Drunk driving is still the number one cause of deaths on our roadways. Preventing or reducing drunk driving related deaths on roadways is the goal of Madd. Madd Minnesota presents awards to people who work to reduce drunk driving deaths. This year, Kim Johnson, Itasca County Public Health Nurse and Toward Zero Deaths Coordinator, received the 2018 Madd Statewide Recognition award for Environmental Strategy Prevention.

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Cohasset Fire Hires Two Trainees

Cohasset Fire responded to 216 calls in 2017. 153 calls were for medical assistance. 63 for fire rescue. The cost of calls depends on the type of call. Medical calls average $158.00 per call. Fire calls average $171 per call. The one thing volunteer fire departments are struggling with is manpower. The 25 man roster of Cohasset Fire averages 50% of the roster during the working day. Cohasset added two fire trainees to the roster Tuesday, hiring Kevin Ott and Brady Randolph.

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