Four people were injured in another accident at the intersection of Highway 2 and Grimsbo Road in Cohasset on Wednesday. A vehicle driven by 23 year old Alexandra Emery of Grand Rapids was eastbound on Highway 2, attempting to make a left hand turn off the highway when a vehicle driven by 20 year old Kathryn Tinquist of Cohasset rear-ended the Emery vehicle. Emery’s passengers have been identified as 16 year old Andie Cooper of Bovey and 21 year old Katrina Yurrick of Grand Rapids. All four people involved were injured in the accident. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Highway 2 does not have a center turn lane at that stretch of road.
Itasca County will receive $825,000 over the next two years to try to stop the spread of zebra mussels, Eurasian water-milfoil, purple loosestrife, and zebra mussels. Tuesday, Dan Swenson, Environmental Services Administrator, told the county board how the money is to be used.
The state of Minnesota will spend $4.5 million dollars in 2014 and $10 million in each year after that. The money was appropriated based on each county’s share of watercraft trailer launches and on each county’s share of watercraft trailer parking spots. Only St. Louis County received more money than Itasca.
Minnesota Power’s Boswell Energy center in Cohasset will conduct multi-agency hazardous materials exercises on Saturday. From 8 a.m. until approximately 4 p.m.. these exercise will include: Minnesota Power’s hazmat team, Grand Rapids and Cohasset fire departments, Grand Rapids Chemical Assessment Team (CAT), Itasca County Sheriff’s Office, MEDS 1 (Emergency Medical Service), Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital and Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM).
About 80 firefighting, public safety and other personnel will participate in medical preparedness and rescue training.
The exercise is designed to give public safety professionals the knowledge necessary to enhance the safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of medical response and clinical care following a hazardous materials incident.
Area residents will see numerous fire trucks, rescue vehicles and personnel in and around the plant entrance as part of the planned exercise. Barricades at the facility and training area will restrict access to the site.
More information can be found at www.mnpower.com.
Two Grand Rapids residents pleaeded guilty on Monday in Itasca County Court to charges of possession and use of methamphedamine. 37 year old Travis Jon Furman and his wife, Sulamita Furman, accepted plea deals. Travis Furman’s plea deal calls for a 57 month executed prison sentence on felony third degree sale of a controlled substance and one count of misdemeanor DWI. Sulamita Furman’s plea was for felony fifth degree controlled substance possession and one count of gross misdemeanor third degree DWI. Sulamita Furman is scheduled to appear in court on August 18th while Travis Furman is scheduled for an appearance in September 22nd.
The school board of Independent School District 316 meets tonight at 6:30 in the Staff Development room.
Items on the agenda include a status update and Action Items of Teacher Contract Negotiations. The board may also close the meeting for a negotiation strategy session.
The City of Grand Rapids now has two new police officers. At last night’s city council meeting, Mayor Dale Adams swore in Justin Edmunson and Gregory Lease Jr. With the two new hires, the city’s Police Department is still not fully staffed.
Also at last night’s city council meeting a donation was accepted from Mighty Mutts that will cover the cost of a K-9 bullet proof vest and the Grand Rapids Fire Department was given the approval to offer conditional offers of employment to Will Richter and Donny Wilson pending pre-employment background screening. The next Grand Rapids City Council meeting is July 14th.
Over two thousand steelworkers and supporters rallied Monday in Virginia as part of the Save Our Steel Jobs movement. The U.S. Commerce Department is expected to rule on proposed sanctions on foreign steel that steelworkers believe are being dumped in the U.S. Imports of South Korean pipe steel have doubled between 2012 and 2014.
State Senators Tom Bakk and Dave Tomassoni spoke, as well as Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken sent letters of support that were read aloud during the rally.
The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office has received recent reports from Itasca County Social Services reporting that 2 families have had parties knock on their doors, claiming to be Social Workers. The parties then say that they are there to investigate reports of child abuse and the conditions of their homes.
These “Social Workers” are not from any Itasca County agency and no one knows who they are. If you have someone come to your home and you do not know them, please do not allow them to come into your home and call the Sheriff’s Office immediately by dialing 911.
Beginning today, the Mississippi River, Pokegama Lake, and Jay Gould will be under a no-wake zone. Itasca County Sheriff Vic Williams said that because of the high water levels, debris from land gets washed into the river and lake and can get pulled into the boat’s wake. Shore-land erosion also occurs more quickly with high moving water. The no-wake enforcement is supported by the DNR.
With the flood-stage rainfall we’ve had, Williams also asked motorists to be careful driving over roadways that standing water.
Having a long driveway with a canopy of trees overhead may be picturesque- but it almost cost a Mountain Iron family their home.
According to a story from Northland’s NewsCenter, a home in Mountain Iron lost power. When the owner tried to reconnect it, it sparked a blaze. Firefighters were unable to bring equipment to the home because of the driveway configuration. The Department of Natural Resources was called in because the fire spread into a nearby woods.
It took over two and a half hours to put out the fire.
For information on making your home easy to access by emergency crews, visit www.Firewise.org. Click on Home and Landscape.