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Home Damaged by Fire

Grand Rapids, Cohasset, and Trout Lake Fire Departments responded to a home fire on South East 3rd Avenue in Grand Rapids Saturday night.
According to the Grand Rapids Police report, officers responded to the scene at 112 S.E. 3rd Avenue in Grand Rapids and found the home owner out of the home. He told officers that the home was filled with smoke and he saw flames coming from the basement furnace room. The homeowner told police that he had just had a new furnace installed in mid December.
Fire fighters were able to knock down the fire and save the residence, according to Grand Rapids Fire Chief Travis Cole.
The state Fire Marshall has been called to investigate the fire. No value is available on the damage.

By |January 7th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Home Damaged by Fire|

Gun Drawn on Driver

One man was taken into custody at gunpoint early this morning after a car crash in LaPrarie.
Another suspect is still on the loose.

According to the incident report, the Minnesota State Patrol was pursuing a vehicle north-bound on Highway 169, near Itasca Community College, when it crashed near Midway Trailer Court. The driver was being held at gunpoint and the passenger, reported to be in possession of a handgun, fled into the woods when Grand Rapids Police were called to assist.
Grand Rapids police held the perimeter and searched the nearby woods. Grand Rapids K-9 was called, but was not able to track the passenger.
The passenger is described at 6’3”, Native American, strong build, feather tattoo on his face, black jacket, blue jeans, and carrying a red backpack.
Anyone with information is asked to call 9-1-1.

By |January 4th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Gun Drawn on Driver|

MPCA Issues Final Permit for Polymet


The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) today issued the final air and water permits for PolyMet’s proposed NorthMet project in northeastern Minnesota.

“Issuing these permits comes after a years-long process that saw the most thorough environmental review any construction project has ever had in Minnesota,” MPCA Commissioner John Linc Stine said. “We are confident the requirements in these permits will protect the environment and human health over the long term.”

The MPCA developed draft permits and released them for public comment on Jan. 31, 2018. During the time the draft permits were open for public comments (through Mar. 16, 2018), the MPCA received more than 700 comments. After carefully evaluating the comments and revising the permits based on those comments, the revised draft permits were sent to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which has federal oversight on the air and water permits. The EPA had no comments during the period allotted, and MPCA Commissioner John Linc Stine signed the final permits effective Dec. 20, 2018.

The permits MPCA issued include the combined federal/state permits for water discharge and air emissions.The water permit is the key mechanism for protecting water quality. The agency also issued the Clean Water Act Section 401 certification, which focuses on wetland protections.

Stine said the permits contain numerous safeguards to assure they will fulfill their purpose. For example, the water permit requires the construction of advanced water treatment technology to meet permit limits, the installation of a seepage capture system around the perimeter of the existing tailings basin, and a robust monitoring system and annual performance evaluations. The air permit includes specific emission limits — addressing both ore processing and transport from the mine site to the processing plant — and rigorous daily, […]

By |December 20th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on MPCA Issues Final Permit for Polymet|

Three Vehicle Accidents Kills Two

Two people were killed in a three vehicle accident Wednesday evening near Virginia. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a semi driven by 47 year old Jason Scott Evans of Deer River was southbound on Highway 46 (near milepost 10). A Ford pick-up, driven by 39 year old Jake Andrew Perrington of Deer River, was northbound on 46. Following the Ford was an Impala, driven by 34 year old Steven Mark Kubiszewski of Wyoming Minnesota.
According to the report, the semi struck the Ford on its side then struck the Impala head-on. Kubiszewski, and a passenger in the Impala, 57 year old Arthur Mark Kubiszewski, suffered fatal injuries in the accident.

By |December 20th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Three Vehicle Accidents Kills Two|

North Homes Lawsuits

Two $10 million dollar lawsuits have been filed against North Homes in Grand Rapids. The first suit is in regard to a sexual relationship between a female juvenile at a North Homes facility and a 23 year old employee in 2004.

The second lawsuit was filed by the father of a resident of Itaskin Juvenile Center. The juvenile ran away from the center and was discovered later at the home of an center employee. The woman, a former social worker, pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct. She was fired and served three months in prison.

Jim Christmas, CEO of North Homes, told KMSP-TV that the facility made numerous changes after the incidents. Changes include: weekly reviews of mandated reports, student grievances, and any boundary concerns between youth or staff. He also said the administration has added staff, improved the screening and vetting process, and increased training.

By |December 20th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on North Homes Lawsuits|

ISD 318 Approves Quest Transition Program

At Monday’s school board meeting, the board received a final design/development report of the upcoming elementary facilities. The board will now move forward with their construction document phase and authorize bidding. The board also approved a new program for young adults ages 18-21 called the “Quest Transition Program”. This is for students who are not ready to yet enter the adult workforce and could use further support and teaching. According to Brent Brunetta, “it is a great opportunity sitting right in front of us, for us to capitalize on and meet the needs of our learners”. The board entered into a 2 1/2 year lease agreement with MDI for space for the program. David Moody reporting.

By |December 11th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on ISD 318 Approves Quest Transition Program|

Chappy’s Residents Removed

A Hill City-based assisted living facility was shut down just after midnight when the Minnesota Department of Health shut down the facility for a 90-day suspension of the facility’s license.
According to Fox 9, the Minnesota Office of Inspector General Licensing Division suspended Chappy’s Golden Shores’ license to provide home and community-based services effective 12:01 a.m. Dec. 7.
A source said Thursday that residents were packing removed from the facility. 35 residents and 30 staff members are reportedly affected by the order.
In a letter to Chappy’s Golden Shores from the Office of the Inspector General, the action was taken because the Licensing Division, “received information alleging that multiple and repeated serious incidents affecting vulnerable persons occurred in your licensed program.”
The Minnesota Department of Health released the following statement:
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has issued an immediate 90-day suspension of the comprehensive home care license for Chappy’s Golden Shores, based on serious alleged violations of Minnesota home care laws found by a department investigation. The alleged violations are deemed to pose an imminent risk to the health and safety of the clients served by this home care provider.
MDH is working with county and state partners to ensure the safety and appropriate ongoing care of the clients impacted by this action. Additional information will be provided to clients and families in the days ahead. The department is also continuing its investigation into Chappy’s Golden Shores.
Clients and family members with questions can contact their case manager, county adult protection or the Minnesota Ombudsman for Long Term Care (800-657-3591). Any allegations of maltreatment should be directed to the Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center (844-880-1574).
**With help from Fox 9

By |December 7th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Chappy’s Residents Removed|

Walz, Flanagan launch five-day, 24-community listening tour

Minnesota News Network

Governor-elect Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor-elect Peggy Flanagan launch a “listening tour” today that will visit over two-dozen cities in the next five days. Sunday, they’ll cover the Iron Range and central Minnesota. On Monday it’s the Arrowhead, finishing up in Duluth.

Sunday, December 2nd

Who- Governor-elect Walz
Time- 11:00am RED LAKE
Place- Red Lake Tribal College, 15480 Migizi Dr, Red Lake, MN 56671

Time- 1:30pm BEMIDJI
Place- Mayflower Building, 102 1st Street W Bemidji, MN 56601

Time- 5:00pm HIBBING
Place- Little Theater- Hibbing Memorial Building, 400 E 23rd St, Hibbing, MN 55746

By |November 29th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Walz, Flanagan launch five-day, 24-community listening tour|

Fatal Officer-Invlved Shooting in Bemidji

Minnesota News Network

A fatal officer-involved shooting is under investigation in Bemidji.
It happened last night just before 11 pm when a Bemidji officer pulled a vehicle over and confirmed that one of the passengers had a felony warrant. As the passenger was exiting the vehicle, an officer noticed a handgun and when the officer tried to take the gun, a struggle ensued. The officer and an assisting deputy fired their weapons and struck the suspect, who died at the scene. NO other injuries were reported. The handgun was recovered from the scene. The officer was wearing a body camera.
The officer and deputy involved have been placed on standard administrative leave.

By |November 29th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Fatal Officer-Invlved Shooting in Bemidji|

Two Dead in Spalding Township

Two bodies were discovered in a residence in Spalding Township in Aitkin County on Tuesday. Aitkin County Sheriff Scott Turner said in a news release that the residence was secured and deputies had to force entry into the residence. Identification is pending at the Ramsey County Medical Examiner Office. Deputies were called to the residence for a welfare check. Turner states that he believes that the public is not in any danger.

By |November 29th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Two Dead in Spalding Township|