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High Speed Chase

A 48 year old man was jailed Sunday on domestic assault charges after leading police on a high speed chase along Highway 37. Deputies attempted to arrest the man in Cherry Township for an incident that occurred Saturday in the McKinney Lake area. The man fled and led duties on a high speed chase on Highway 37 and south on Highway 53. On several occasions, the man waved a long gun out the driver’s side window and eventually threw it out the window. Near the area of Highway 53 and Highway 33, deputies performed a PIT stop and disabled the vehicle. The suspect was uninjured but was taken to a hospital for evaluation before being booked into the St. Louis County Jail.

By |May 30th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on High Speed Chase|

Aurora Hiker Found

An Aurora woman is safe after becoming lost while hiking in the Boundry Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Saturday evening, St. Louis County sheriff’s Deputies were alerted by the woman’s husband that he received a text from his wife saying that she was lost near Angleworm Lake. The St Louis County Volunteer Rescue Squad sent two teams into the Echo Trail. 49 year old Rachael Lehman was located just before midnight. Lehman was taken to the Ely Bloomenson hospital with possible hypothermia.

By |May 30th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Aurora Hiker Found|

IMCare to be Managed by County

On a 3-1 vote, the Itasca County Board of Commissioners voted to assume the financial risks of managing IMCare. Chair Terry Snyder was absent and Commissioner Ives was the dissenting vote.
IMCare is a Health Care Program Administered by Itasca County Health for people served by Minnesota Care or Medical Assistance.
An IMCare subcommittee met and discussed the risks, benefits, and challenges. Commissioner Tinquist thanked the committee for its time and patience.

In other action:
The board of commissioners approved a payment of $1.7 million dollars to St. Louis County as its fiscal disparities payment.
Approved the building of a new garage in Warba for county equipment. The vote was 3-1 in favor, Commissioner Ives dissenting.
And approved the sale of $8.2 Million dollars’ worth of bond refinancing, saving the county $150,000 in interest saving.

By |May 26th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on IMCare to be Managed by County|

Home on Arbo Road Expoldes

A home on Arbo Road exploded around 9:00 this morning. One woman was in the home at the time, and escaped with minor injuries. The home was engulfed in fire after the explosion. Grand Rapids, Cohasset, Trout Lake Fire Departments and Minnesota DNR Wildfire crew assisted in battling the fire. The cause of the explosion and fire is unknown and is being investigated by the Minnesota Fire Marshall’s Office.

By |May 16th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Home on Arbo Road Expoldes|

Floodwood Fire

A fire Monday afternoon at Matt Incorporated damaged a small part of the building. Patty Karpik told us the employees did a great job when the fire was discovered, keeping the fire contained until fire crews arrived. Karpik said it could have been a lot worse. The roof was damaged by the fire, but so far it’s not leaking. Karpik said she offered employees the chance to be laid off until the damage was cleaned-up, but they all stayed on to help with the cleanup. Karpik thanked the Floodwood, Culver, and Arrowhead Fire Departments for their great work.

By |May 16th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Floodwood Fire|

ISD 318 Superintendent Search

Learn more about the candidates for Superintendent of Independent School District 318.
The public is invited to the Superintendent finalist interviews from 5:00-6:00 PM at the Reif Center. The board is interviewing its top 6 Monday and Tuesday. Three finalists will be identified and answer public question on:
Wednesday, May 17 ~ Candidate A
Thursday, May 18 ~ Candidate B
and Friday, May 19 ~ Candidate C
According to the ISD318 web site, this is your chance to meet the finalists, ask questions of the candidate, and share your feedback with the School Board. Interviews will take place at the Reif Center in the Mary Ives Studio Theater on May 17 & 19 and in the Theater Classroom on May 18.

Visit the district’s website at for more information.

By |May 15th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on ISD 318 Superintendent Search|

Great Scott Township Accident

One adult and one child were killed in a two car accident at the intersection of Highway 169 and County Road 25 in Great Scott Township in St. Louis County.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a vehicle driven by 39 year old Maegan Rae Hunt of Hibbing was traveling west on Highway 169 when it collided with a vehicle driven by 39 year old Jason Michael Gates of Superior Wisconsin. Gates, and a 7 year old passenger in the Hunt vehicle were killed.
All five occupants of the Hunt vehicle were injured, one other seriously. Gates’ passenger was also injured.

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Cohasset Fireman Retires

After 42 years serving as a Cohasset fire fighter, Jerry Snetsinger is retiring. Cohasset Fire Chief Davin Tinquist said Snetsinger is always the first one to the trucks.
The Cohasset City Council accepted Snetsinger’s retirement with thanks. The council also congratulated another long-time employee- Duane Kilde celebrated 30 years on the job this month. Kilde accepted a plaque during tuesday night’s meeting.
In other action, the council approved the Cohasset Economic Development Authority’s recommendation for a small business loan of $94,500 to Nelson Wood Shims. The loan will be paid back over 10 years.

By |May 10th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Cohasset Fireman Retires|

Essar Decision

US Bankruptcy Judge Brendan Shannon received only one bid for the now-shuttered former Essar Steel Minnesota plant in Nashwauk. Justice Shannon formally accepted the bid from Tom Clarke’s Chippewa Capital Partners, LLC as the best option for the plant. Clarke’s proposal includes plans to pay Essar’s creditors $250 million, pay back local contractors and vendors, and repay the state of Minnesota $65 million in infrastructure. The bid includes financial backing from GFG Alliance. Judge Shannon set a May 22nd confirmation hearing to approve the deal. Clarke recently purchased the bankrupt Magnetation.

By |April 27th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Essar Decision|

Grand Rapids Police Report

Grand Rapids police conducted 15 tobacco compliance checks Thursday. 14 of the clerks passed- with one given an educational packette.
A burglary was reported from NE 13th Avenue. The lock was broken on a garage- nothing appears missing
A lawnmower was taken from a business on Pokegama Avenue South. It was recovered behind target.
A white cat with an orange collar was found with a note saying she was house-trained, pregnant, and homeless. The person who found the cat said he would keep the cat til its owner is found. He didn’t want to see the cat go to the pound. Cat is mostly white with patches of tan and black.

By |April 25th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Grand Rapids Police Report|