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Fatal Rollover on Shadywood Road

The Itasca County Sheriff s Department responded to the report of a vehicle rollover off of Shadywood Road, south of Grand Rapids last Friday night.

Deputies arrived on scene and discovered the victim, Barron Cottingham. Cottingham was transported via ambulance, and was later transported to Duluth via Life Flight where he passed away as a result of his injuries. It appeared as if Cottingham was not wearing his seat belt during incident.

The Minnesota State Patrol and the Itasca County Sheriff s Office are still investigating the cause of the crash.

The Itasca County Sheriff s Department was assisted at the scene by the Minnesota State Patrol, Meds-1, and the Grand Rapids Fire Department.

By |November 10th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Fatal Rollover on Shadywood Road|

GR Police Ace Review

The Grand Rapids Police Department passed its review by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officers Standard and Training Post Board. At last night’s Grand Rapids City Council meeting, Mayor Dale Adams congratulated the police department for passing their review on October 27th of this year. After a comprehensive review of their records concerning mandatory employee training and department policies, the organization proudly passed its review.
Also at last night’s Grand Rapids City Council meeting, William Thayer was appointed to the Grand Rapids Fire Department. Director of Pokegama Golf Course Bob Cahill informed the council that revenue was up this past season at the golf course, and reminded the public that the golf course is fully funded by itself and no tax monies are used.
The next Grand Rapids City Council meeting will be Monday November 23rd at 5 o’clock.

By |November 10th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on GR Police Ace Review|

Lockdown At ICC

Students at Itasca Community College were put on lock-down this morning.
According to Grand Rapids Police Chief Scott Johnson, Grand Rapids police responded to a report that a young man was in the parking lot of Itasca Community College with a gun, threatening to commit suicide. College administrators put the college on lock-down. Officers arrived on the scene within 3 minutes and were unable to locate the individual. The man was not at the college and they can’t verify he was ever there. Itasca County Sheriff’s deputies did find the man on Scenic Highway 7.

By |November 4th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Lockdown At ICC|

Johnson Pleas to Hotel Rapids Altercation

Eighteen year old Patrick Markell Johnson of Deer River pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of felony threats of violence. Johnson appeared in Itasca County District Court in connection with an altercation at the Hotel Rapids on August 4th.
Johnson threatened the hotel manager and claimed to be in possession of a gun.
Under the agreement, Johnson will be sentenced under a stay of execution and placed on five year’s supervised probation. He will complete 240 hours of community service work, work or school full-time, and a chemical dependency evaluation. The plea agreement is subject to approval of the court.
Johnson’s next court date is December 28th at 9am.
Co-defendant Dylan Michael Wise is scheduled to be sentenced November 23rd.

By |November 4th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Johnson Pleas to Hotel Rapids Altercation|

Election Day

Today is Election Day. Since it’s an off-year, most ballots are school related.
A record number of districts across the state are asking voters to approve school referendums. Residents of Independent School District 318 will decide whether the district should build two new elementary schools.
The ballot question, “Shall the school board of Independent School District No. 318 be authorized to issue its general obligation school building bonds in an amount not to exceed $80,135,000 to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities, including the acquisition of land for and the construction and equipping of two new elementary school facilities?”
Polls are open until 8pm.

By |November 3rd, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Election Day|

Calumet Man Injured in Car/Bus Collission

A two car accident on Highway 169 near Marble injured a Calumet resident. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a car driven by 42 year old Allen Smith of Calumet rear-ended a bus that had slowed down to make a right hand turn. Smith’s car hit the back of the bus and rolled, coming to rest in the right hand ditch. The driver of the bus, identified as 62 year old David Amundson of Bertha, Minnesota, was not injured. The bus was carrying five passengers. None of them sustained injuries

By |October 27th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Calumet Man Injured in Car/Bus Collission|

Body of Ball Club Man Found

The body of a missing Ball Club man has been found in Grand Rapids. According to the Grand Rapids Police Department, the 39 year old man was reported missing by his mother on Saturday. He left his home to shop in Grand Rapids last Thursday. He spoke to his mother on Friday and was reported missing Saturday. Monday, officers were called to the 600 block of South Pokegama Avenue.
According to Grand Rapids Police Sergeant Bob Stein, initially, it does not appear foul play is involved.
The victim will identified after family members are notified.

By |October 26th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Body of Ball Club Man Found|

Aitkin Resident Injured

Two Aitkin residents were injured in a two car accident Thursday afternoon. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a pickup driven by 62 year old Mark Bill of Aitkin was west-bound on Highway 210 and stopped to make a left hand turn onto Highway 6. A vehicle driven by 69 year old Jacqueline Walen of Port Wing Wisconsin didn’t notice that the Bill vehicle had stopped and rear-ended the vehicle. Injured in the accident were Walen and a passenger in the Bill vehicle, identified as 98 year old Margaret Bill of Aitkin. Injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

By |October 23rd, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Aitkin Resident Injured|

Voting Is Open

Independent School District 318’s school board met in regular session Monday night. Superintendent Dr. Thomas reminded the public that early voting for the two new elementary schools referendum is available at the court house, and voting will take place on November 3rd.
The district will hold a federal food audit this spring. The board approved a new vending machine contract which better clarify that the district vending options do meet USDA requirements. The district has already has been working on other requirements on the food audit list.

By |October 21st, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Voting Is Open|

Liberty Township Formerly Disolved

Liberty Township is no more. Tuesday, Itasca County commissioners voted to finish off what voters of Liberty Township residents put in motion in November of 2014.
Voters of the northern township voted 11 to 9 to dissolve the township and allow Itasca County to take over governmental services. County Commissioner Terry Snyder praised county staff for creating a plan to make that happen. Monies left over in the Liberty fund will be used to benefit Liberty residents

By |October 15th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Liberty Township Formerly Disolved|