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All Grand Rapids and Itasca County citizens are invited to write letters to the future marking the 125th anniversary of the founding of the city and the county in 2016.

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After sitting vacant for approximately two years, the corner of 13th Street Southeast and Pokegama Avenue South is seeing some activity, activity which will result in a new grocery store and fast food restaurant.

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The search for a superintendent is nearing its end for Greenway with the announcement of a finalist during Wednesday’s regular meeting of the ISD 318 School Board.

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Hundreds of middle school children from surrounding communities, along with parent volunteers and teachers, gathered at Fairgrounds Park in Grand Rapids Tuesday to learn about water conservation during the 2016 Annual Water Summit hosted by the Itasca Water Legacy Partnership (IWLP).

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Many people are familiar with the fresh local foods sold at the Grand Rapids Farmers’ Market. Sure, there are different varieties of potatoes, melons or greens than what you find in the store, but they’re not so different that you wouldn’t know how to cook them in your kitchen.

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Americans will be traveling at a near-record rate this Memorial Day weekend, and while those driving the roadways will find recent rising gas prices when they fuel up, the price at the pump will still be considerably less than a year ago.

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What is bound to be one of many celebrations from many different organizations over the summer of Grand Rapids’ quasquicentennial, Get Fit Itasca is hosting the fourth annual Open Streets Event on Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. located north of Northeast Fourth Street on Pokegama…

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ST. PAUL — The bipartisan Omnibus Tax Bill approved by lawmakers helps all Minnesotans — from students to farmers to families to businesses to local governments — say legislative leaders.

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A public hearing to address the adoption of an ordinance amending and updating parts of the city’s zoning ordinance also resulted in a directive to city staff to look into a possible rental ordinance for the city.

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A brief ceremony was held Monday, May 16 at the Itasca County Law Enforcement Memorial in front of the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office in honor of Law Enforcement Memorial Day. Each year, officers from throughout Itasca County remember the Itasca County officers who have died in the line of d…

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The following are gross misdemeanor and felony convictions as reported in the Itasca County Court Disposition Bulletin.

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislators introduced 7,763 bills in the 2015-2016 legislative period, most of which went nowhere. Here is a look at some of the bills that passed or did not pass this year, including some still awaiting Gov. Mark Dayton’s approval.

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Despite nearly freezing temperatures two weekends ago during walleye opener, warmer temperatures have many excited for the upcoming summer tourism season.

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Minnesota legislators came to St. Paul with hopes to pass a good many bills, but they failed to approve two major issues, transportation and public works funding, by a midnight Sunday deadline.

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Imagine trying to hold in a huge sneeze - all day long - for fear you’ll blow your friends, family and bystanders away by the magnitude of it all. And, do this while trying to concentrate on daily life - so that you appear “normal.”

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Edna Rasmussen of Grand Rapids marked her 100th birthday this week in hand-cuffs. Retired Itasca County Chief Deputy Gregg Deutsch escorted Rasmussen to her party in Bovey on Monday. Rasmussen grew up in the Splithand area and stayed in Itasca County her entire life. The family is hosting a …

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The ISD 318 School Board met for a workshop prior to Monday’s regular board meeting to discuss upcoming summer projects and options to upgrade Forest Lake Elementary, Grand Rapids Middle School, and Grand Rapids High School. Many plans were discussed to alleviate the space issue ISD 318 has …

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A former Itasca County deputy has filed a federal lawsuit against Itasca County, Sheriff Vic Williams, Chief Deputy Denise Hirt and Investigator-Supervisor A.J. Morse. The suit was filed in United States District Court on April 18.

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Minnesota’s favorite comic son returns to the Reif Center in Grand Rapids as part of a spring tour of his home state. Catch his one-night stand Thursday, May 26, 7:30 p.m., at the Reif Center (Wilcox Theater).

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ST. PAUL — House DFLers hijacked a seemingly trivial hunting bill on Wednesday and used it as a forum to blame Republicans for major legislation not yet approved by lawmakers, with less than a week left in the 2016 session.

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Thursday’s Citizens Academy witnessed a press panel at the Grand Rapids Fire Hall and were allowed the opportunity to find out why the media does what it does. The press panel featured Staff Writer Lisa Rosemore from the Grand Rapids Herald Review and Program Director Kathy Lynn from KOZY/KM…

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A Grand Rapids man charged in connection with a cooperative drug investigation with the Grand Rapids Police Department, the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has pleaded guilty.

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The following are gross misdemeanor and felony convictions as reported in the Itasca County Court Disposition Bulletin.

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As his attorney was starting to ask for a new court date, a Grand Rapids man charged in connection with a heroin bust that led to federal charges against his co-defendants stated “I changed my mind,” and pleaded guilty to one charge of felony first degree conspiracy to commit controlled subs…

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Dozens gathered Monday to observe the ceremonial ground breaking of Stephanie Severson’s new home in Deer River built with the help of Itasca County Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Financial.

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A 19-year-old Deer River man has 43 months of prison hanging over his head for the next 10 years, thanks in part to a collaborative policing effort which resulted in his arrest for burglary in February.

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It’s an opportunity for people to make their mark on this town and time is running out to take part. In honor of the 125th anniversary celebrations of the city of Grand Rapids and Itasca County this year, the last spots on the local legendary Yellow Brick Road near Old Central School are up …

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The Itasca County Relay for Life is this Saturday, May 21 at the Noble Hall Football Field at Grand Rapids High School.

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota has still not done enough work to merit an extension on complying with the federal Real ID driver’s license standards, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans likely will pay higher vehicle license fees if the governor and lawmakers reach a transportation funding deal this year.

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More than 300 degrees were awarded for the 2015-16 school year at Itasca Community College’s commencement ceremony Thursday in Mullins Gym. More than one-third of ICC students graduated “with honors” or higher.

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The heroin epidemic in Grand Rapids has become so widespread that one resident said she finds no other option than to leave the community. Her concern regarding the dangerously addictive controlled substance that has been threatening the health of communities throughout the country was prese…

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The award of a multi-million dollar bid for Phase II of the Cohasset Industrial Park took up a large portion of Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Cohasset City Council. After a lengthy discussion, which included talk about Minnesota’s responsible bidder statute, the council voted, 4-1, to awa…

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The 30th year of the Grand Rapids Farmers’ Market may have started on a cool and misty morning last Wednesday, but the vibe was warm and toasty as the season’s first vendors headed to the spot next to Glen’s Army Navy.

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ISD 316 continues their search for a full-time superintendent with the goal to find one before the end of the month. This was the premise of ISD 316 School Board’s Work Session Wednesday.

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