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Grand Rapids City Council Meets

Last night, Meds 1 Emergency Medical Services was given an award during last the Grand Rapids City Council Meeting. The City of Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Police Department wanted to show appreciation to Meds 1 for helping the city’s police officers with Emergency Medical Responder training over the course of 6 weeks. Mayor Dale Adams (audio).
Approval was also given for the parks and recreation department to purchase playground equipment for a new city park in the Remer/DeSchepper neighborhood. The Pokegama Golf Course was given the approval to set up an Electronic Funds Transfer system, giving season pass buyers the option to pay in monthly installments for a seasonal pass.
The next Grand Rapids City Council meeting is Monday April 27th at 5 o’clock.

By |April 15th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Grand Rapids City Council Meets|

Schwitz Appears in Court

Last Friday, 56 year old Edward Robert Schwitz appeared in Itasca County District Court of charges of Assault in the Second Degree, Terroristic Threats, and Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana.
Schwitz allegedly threatened a neighbor with a handgun Wednesday April 8th, then refused to surrender to authorities. The St. Louis SWAT team, along with other authorities, gained entry to Schwitz’s property only after using a chemical agent.
Charges include Assault in the second degree, a felony, with the maximum penalty of 7 years in prison, a $14,000 fine, or both; Terroristic Threats, a felony, with the maximum penalty of 5 years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both; and Count 3: Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana, a petty misdemeanor, with the maxi mum penalty of a $300 fine.
Schwitz next court appearance is scheduled for April 20, 2015 at 9:00 o’clock a.m. The Court ordered bail in the amount of $100,000 without conditions or $50,000 with conditions.

By |April 15th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Schwitz Appears in Court|

Wabana Stand-off

A 56 year old Wabana resident was taken in to custody after a stand-off with police.
Yesterday, the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an assault involving a weapon in Arbo Township.
Sheriff’s deputies attempted to negotiate with the suspect.
Finally, the sheriff’s office, Thousand Lakes Tactical team, Grand Rapids Police Department, St. Louis County SWAY team, DNR, Grand Rapids Fire Department, and Meds One Emergency Medical Service used chemical agents at the residence. The suspect was taken into custody. Seized were several full loaded firearms, several thousand rounds of ammunition, and drugs.
The suspect is expected to be formally charged today.

By |April 9th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Wabana Stand-off|

Thrasher Sentenced

A Bovey man has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison on drug charges.
61 year old David Vincent Thrasher appeared in Itasca County District Court Tuesday. He was convicted by a jury of committing the felony crime of controlled substance crime in the fifth degree and the misdemeanor charge of obstructing the legal process.
Thrasher, and Kevin LeClair, were arrested in Taconite last June.
Thrashers sentences was stayed by the court and he was ordered to serve six months in the Itasca County Jail and placed on probation for five years. The sentences is consistant with Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines. He is currently in the Itasca County Jail.

By |April 8th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Thrasher Sentenced|

MDI Hires Fundraiser

Minnesota Diversified Industries, MDI, has hired Peg McQuillen as the Director of Development. McQuillen has eleven years of experience in the development at Memorial Blood Centers and Emergency Foodshelf Network. Prior to that, McQuillen spent six years in marketing.
Peter McDermott, MDI president and CEO said McQuillen is an experienced fundraiser and passionate about securing support for people with disabilities that MDI serves.
MDI provides job opportunities and progressive development for people with and without disabilities who provide products and services to business customers.

By |April 8th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on MDI Hires Fundraiser|

Floodwood Man Injured

A three vehicle accident on Highway 169 in Mille Lacs County injured a Floodwood man. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a vehicle driven by 55 year old Todd Nelson of Garrison was stopped to turn when it was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by 18 year old Chase Ruuska of Floodwood. The Nelson vehicle was pushed into the northbound lane and was hit by a south-bound vehicle driven by 32 year old Chelsie Krafka of Brainard. All three drivers were alone in the car. All three drivers were injured. Injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

By |April 7th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Floodwood Man Injured|

Highway 6 Accident Injured Two

A two vehicle accident on Highway 6 in Cass County injured two Deer River residents Monday afternoon. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a vehicle driven by 76 year old Allen Wink was traveling north on Highway 6, south of Remer, when the vehicle crossed over the center line and struck a south-bound semi. The semi was driven by 51 year old Bradley Kupser of Zimmerman. Wink and his passenger, identified as 72 year old Marcia Wink, also of Deer River, were both injured in the accident. Injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.

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Power Outages

Grand Rapids, MN – Lake Country Power line crews are currently working to restore power outages throughout its service areas.  Crews repaired at least 50 outages during the day yesterday.

Nearly 4000 Lake Country Power members were without power during the day yesterday.  The outages are weather related due to the high, sustained winds that are blowing trees and limbs onto power lines. In some locations, lines have been knocked to the ground. The outages are widespread throughout the cooperative’s service area- primarily in the Mountain Iron and Grand Rapids service areas. Outages were also reported in the Kettle River service area.

LCP is working with several emergency 911 crews at various sites as grass fires are being reported as well.

To report and outage, visit the Outage Center online at for a real-time outage status.

By |April 3rd, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Power Outages|

Wirz to be Charged as Adult

The fourth defendant in the group home assault last December is set to stand trial as an adult.

The trial of 17 year old Ricky Leland Wirz of Brainerd has been moved from juvenile to adult court.  Two of the other defendants have already been sentenced.

Wirz is accused of four counts of assault on a staff member of the TNT Group Home.  The staff member sustained serious bodily injuries.  Wirz appeared in Itasca County district Court on Thursday.  At the hearing, the court set bail at $100,000 without conditions, $50,000 with conditions.  Wirz next court appearance is April 6th at 10am.



By |April 3rd, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Wirz to be Charged as Adult|

King Charged as Adult

A Cloquet man will be charged with four counts of assault in adult court after an Itasca County District Court agreed to transfer his case last Thursday.
18 year old Dakota Lee King is charged with assault in the first degree, two counts of assault in the second degree, and one count of assault in the thirs degree.
The charges stem from allegations that King and three others assaulted a staff member at a group home in December. The other three defendants have already been sentenced.
The staff member was hospitalized for his injuries.
The court set bail at ($100,000) one hundred thousand dollars with conditions, or ($50,000) fifty thousand with conditions.
King’s next court appearance is April 20 at 9am.

By |March 31st, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on King Charged as Adult|