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October is Domestic Abuse Awareness Month

If you are in a relationship that isn’t healthy, there are people to talk to. Itasca County Health and Human Service Director Eric Villeneuve addressed the county board yesterday.
If you do not feel safe in your relationship, reach out to someone who you can trust. will send you to Advocate for Family Peace. First call for Help is also available by calling 2-1-1.

By |October 26th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on October is Domestic Abuse Awareness Month|

Bail Set for Pair Charged with Murder

Bail was set Friday morning for 35 year old Joseph Thorensen and 22 year old Kayleene Greniger, both of Grand Rapids, in the death of David Haiman in July. Bail was set at $2 Million without condition and $1 Million dollars with conditions. At the bail hearing on Friday, bail was for both Thoresen and Greniger. Thursday, and Itasca County Grand Jury indicted both Thoresen and Greniger on first and second degree degree murder charges. the next joint court appearance is scheduled for December 13th at 1:30pm.

By |October 24th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Bail Set for Pair Charged with Murder|

Thieves Steal Chain Saws From Kids

Last Saturday, October 15th, the Grand Rapids High School’s forestry program had six of their chain saws stolen at the school forest. The forest is located off of Itasca County Road 325 (not too far off of county road 49). These were Stihl chain saws, model numbers MS 290 and 066 with GRHS stenciled on them. Please contact Itasca County Sheriffs Department (218-326-3477), or Grand Rapids High School (218-327-5760) with any information or leads.

By |October 21st, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Thieves Steal Chain Saws From Kids|

First Degree Murder Charges Filed

An Itasca County Grand Jury Thursday indicted 35 year old Joseph Christen Thoresen and 22 year old Kayleene Danielle Greniger, both Grand Rapdis Residents on two counts of Murder in the First Degree and two counts of Murder in the Second Degree in the death of 20 year old David Haiman.
The indictments are based on allegations that Thoresen and Greniger assaulted Haiman, kidnapped, and later assaulted Haiman with a baseball bat, a knife and a machete. Haiman’s body and head were found in the Ball Club area on June 21.

Thoresen’s next court appearance is set for October 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Greniger’s next court appearance is set for October 21, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.

By |October 21st, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on First Degree Murder Charges Filed|

Minnesota Power to Close Units 1 and 2 in Cohasset

Minnesota Power has confirmed it is closing Unit 1 and Unit 2 at the Boswell Energy Center in Cohasset. Allete President and CEO Alan Hodnik said in a press release issued yesterday, “the decision to retire units 1 and 2, though difficult for our employees and host communities, is consistent with Minnesota Power’s EnergyForward strategy of diversifying its energy mix, reducing its carbon footprint and evolving away from smaller, older coal generators”.
Thirty employees are directly affected and the company said it is working to avoid layoffs through attrition and retirements.

By |October 20th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Minnesota Power to Close Units 1 and 2 in Cohasset|

Itasca County discusses E-Cig Indoor Ban

The Itasca County Board of Commissioners took no action yesterday after the county health department asked for a county ordinance banning electric cigarettes, or e-cigs, from all spaces included in the Indoor Clear Air Act.
Commissioner Terry Snyder said the board has spent countless hours encouraging job growth. “The last thing I want to do is create hurdle”.
Board Chair Rusty Eichorn said he thinks the board felt it was a little premature to take any action right now.

By |October 19th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Itasca County discusses E-Cig Indoor Ban|

Grand Rapids City Council Forum

The candidates for Grand Rapids City Council participated in a public forum and City Hall on Friday October 14th. The forum was jointly sponsored by the Grand Rapids Herald Review, ICTV, and KOZY/KMFY radio. Here is the full audio of the hour and a half forum.

Grand Rapids City Council Forum

By |October 14th, 2016|News, Newsroom|Comments Off on Grand Rapids City Council Forum|

Magnetation to Close Final Plant

A U.S. bankruptcy court Thursday approved a motion to terminate Magnetation LLC’s pellet purchase agreement with AK Steel, marking the end of Magnetation. A statement from Magnetation, LLC.

“Now, our focus shifts to safely shutting down the Pellet Plant and Plant 4 in order to preserve their value for a potential buyer of the plants,” said Magnetation President Matt Lehtinen in a statement. “We are grateful for the contributions of the hundreds and hundreds of people over the last five years on this pioneering effort. We are hopeful that a buyer of the plants will be secured so that all stakeholders can look forward to a better future.”

Magnetation filed for bankruptcy protection in May of 2015.

By |October 6th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Magnetation to Close Final Plant|

Grand Rapids Business Man Pleads Guilty

A Grand Rapids business man is expected to serve one year in jail and be placed on 10 year probation after being charged with one count controlled substance crime in the third degree. Sixty year old Steven Donald Storrs of Grand Rapids pleaded guilty as charged pursuant to a sentence agreement with the prosecutor. Storrs was arrested May 4th in Grand Rapids and about 42 grams of suspected methamphetamine were seized from his vehicle. Authorities were searching Storrs business, “The Hawg Pen”, when they saw Storrs driving near the business. A canine search indicated a controlled substance in the vehicle.

By |September 27th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Grand Rapids Business Man Pleads Guilty|

Burgler Enters Home on 3rd Avenue South East

One man is in jail on charges of second degree burglary and theft after entering a home on 3rd Avenue South East in Grand Rapids and changing the locks. Tuesday, an unknown man entered the home and changed the locks. A resident of the house, who was outside at the time, asked the intruder what he was doing. He told the resident that the landlord had asked him to change the locks and that’s what he was doing. When the adult homeowner got home, the family was locked out. They called police.
Grand Rapids Police entered the home through an open upstairs window. Officers found the intruder sitting on the couch in the living room. With guns drawn and after multiple commands for him to lie on the floor, he did so. The homeowners don’t have a landlord and do not know the intruder.
He’s being charged with second degree burglary and theft.

By |September 22nd, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Burgler Enters Home on 3rd Avenue South East|