1899

July 4, 1899-The resources of Itasca County are not being utilized. Time is being wasted by Grand Rapids. As an example, the county has vast quantities of the most valuable oak timber for the manufacturing of spokes and hubs.

 

July 4, 1899-John Hepfel formally opened his new sample rooms on Third Street.

 

July 4, 1899-The Grand Rapids Village Council passed an ordinance prohibiting bicycles on sidewalks in Grand Rapids.

 

1909

July 7, 1909-Judge McClenahan handed down a decision which makes the township bond election void. He ruled that at least two separate ballots should have been used and a temporary  injunction was granted restraining the board of supervisors of Grand Rapids Township from advertising for bids or selling bonds.

 

July 7, 1909-It was decided to pave Third Street for a distance of about seven blocks. Pavement will be 27 feet in width between gutters and cost $2 per yard.

 

July 7, 1909-The Alderman Law, limiting saloons to one for 500 inhabitants in towns where a larger number does not already exist, has been sustained. The case was argued at Grand Rapids.

 

July 7, 1909-Attorney Price of Grand Rapids has taken on Attorney H.W. Stark of Crookston as a partner.

 

1919

July 9, 1919-A representative from Great Falls, Mont., visited Grand Rapids seeking the possibility of shipping sheep and cattle to Itasca County because they are starving due to lack of grass..

 

July 9, 1919-Itasca County may look forward to the enforcement of the liquor laws. The Indian department revenue officers, county, local and village authorities will be at work with power to apprehend and prosecute..

 

July 9, 1919-Itasca County voters will vote on a $2 million bond issue to have part of the roads planned under the proposed Babcock system..

 

July 9, 1919-James Balka, transient laborer, was fatally injured in the local railway yards while trying to board a fast freight for the west.

 

July 9, 1919-Through the efforts of the Grand Rapids Women’s Club, a drinking fountain will be erected on the corner of Kindred Avenue and Fourth Street near Central School.

 

1929

July 3, 1929-Search for a new field of iron ore is now underway near Ball Bluff and Bain in Aitkin County.

 

July 3, 1929-William Plummer, son of Superintendent W.H. Plummer of the Oliver Mining Co. at Marble, was killed in a motor accident while on his way to Chicago.

 

July 3, 1929-Grand Rapids has now joined the rank of advanced villages where radio interference is prohibited by law.

 

July 3, 1929-Durant Barclay of Coleraine was again named chairman of the Lake Superior Mining Section of the National Safety Council.

 

July 3, 1929-Discussion at a Grand Rapids Commercial Club meeting was conducted in regard for the need for changing names of avenues in Grand Rapids to numbers.

 

1939

July 4, 1939-More boys are enrolled at Camp Allan, on Pokegama Lake, than ever before at the opening of its season.

 

July 4, 1939-Mining activity on the western Mesaba Range will show a substantial increase over 1938 for the balance of the season.

 

July 4, 1939-Ed Johnson, about 55, well-known Deer River citizen, was killed in a highway accident.

 

July 1939-Itasca County will have a new courthouse soon. This is assured by members of the county board of commissioners who inspected several possible sites for a new building.

 

July 4, 1939-L.G. Hedman, game warden supervisor in this district, was relieved of his duties. He is alleged to have done certain things which were not for the good of the service.

 

July 4, 1939-Henry Larson, 52, transient laborer, was struck and killed by a train on the trestle over the Prairie River.

 

1949

July 7, 1949-Traffic was so heavy in the Grand Rapids business district that village police were forced to direct traffic at Fourth Street and First Avenue West.

 

July 7, 1949-Hyman Lantz, veteran Grand Rapids businessman, has announced his retirement as head of the Lantz Economy Store. The store will be operated by Bruce and Leon, his sons and longtime partners.

 

July 7, 1949-Bodies of two Hibbing men. Truman Betters, 36, and Lester Betters, 38, were recovered from Little Winnie Lake.

 

July 7, 1949-John Anderson, 48, well-known painter contractor, died.

 

July 7, 1949-Roger Madson left Grand Rapids to begin schooling at the United States Coast Guard Academy.

 

1959

July 7, 1959-Northeast sector headquarters of the Drivers License Bureau Division of the state highway department is now in Grand Rapids.

 

July 7, 1959-Businessmen from Effie, Bigfork, Marcell and Grand Rapids have requested the state highway department to improve Highway 38 and to increase load limits up to seven tons.

 

July 9, 1959-Two Grand Rapids men will participate in Seaway dedication ceremonies in Duluth as members of the U.S. Navy. They are Midshipman Tom Brandon of the U.S. Naval Academy and David E. Schultz, radarman second class..

 

July 9, 1959-Village council plans for blacktop, curb, gutter and sidewalk projects this summer were canceled. Plans were not ready and it would be too late in the summer to start the projects.

 

1969

July 3, 1969-Itasca County Historical Society officials have requested the county board to purchase the former Merritt Plastics building at 1120 Fourth Street West for the society’s museum and headquarters.

 

July 3, 1969-Dr. James Sauter, who became superintendent of schools for District 318 on July 1, admits frankly that “I’m not really comfortable in this office yet.”.

 

July 3, 1969-John L. Saxhaug and Guy C. Baker have merged the LeVasseur-Saxhaug Insurance Agency and the Baker Insurance Agency to form the LaVasseur-Saxhaug-Baker Co.

 

July 3, 1969-Retiring from Itasca Junior College were two longtime faculty members, Andrew L. Sjoquist and C.E. Davies..

 

July 7, 1969-Webb LeBeau, 55, District 318 instructor and coach since 1946, died.

 

July 7, 1969-Village council members will adopt an ordinance increasing the penalty for carrying concealed weapons.

 

July 7, 1969-Four new faculty members have accepted assignments at Itasca State Junior College. They are Edward Dutton, Mrs. Ralph H. Olson, Mrs. Richard Scanlon and James Spooner.

 

1979

July 5, 1979-Stephen Paul Chamnerick, 18, Hibbing, died in an accident while swimming in Mirror Lake in northeast Itasca County.

 

July 5, 1979-D. Peter M. Friedlieb, a specialist in internal medicine, will begin practicing at the Itasca Clinic on Aug. 1.

 

July 9, 1979-The city of Grand Rapids has applied to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for a permit to operate a solid waste disposal facility. The facility is currently in operation.

 

July 9, 1979-Hibbing Shell Tire has purchased Itasca Tire Co. of Grand Rapids from Roger L. Olsen.

 

1989

July 5, 1989-In what could be a giant step forward in making a proposed No. 7 expansion at Blandin Paper Co. a reality, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has approved the findings of fact for the environmental assessment worksheet on the proposed expansion.

 

July 5, 1989-The grand opening to celebrate the relocation of the Sears Catalog Store in Grand Rapids will be July 6-8..

 

July 9, 1989-About 35 mayors, civic leaders, business persons and citizens of Itasca County met to talk about plans of action regarding Burlington Northern Railroad’s proposed abandonment of the rail line between Grand Rapids and Keewatin.

 

July 9, 1989-County commissioners will consider the addition of a new township, which may eventually be called Wildwood Township, when they meet July 11.

 

1999

July 4, 1999-As head of the United Way of 1,000 Lakes, Marla Beaty is in the thick of efforts to positively affect the lives of area residents.

 

July 7, 1999-A stifling holiday weekend gave way to damaging storms July 4 and 5, across northeastern Minnesota. More than three inches of rain fell in Grand Rapids during the two-day blast, causing flood-like conditions.

 

2009

July 5, 2009-A study shows a severe housing need in Itasca County. Low wages and high unemployment make affordable housing especially hard to attain.

 

July 5, 2009-The District 318 School Board earmarked $1.6 million for the construction of a new shared bus garage/maintenance facility.

 

July 8, 2009-The bus driver charged with misdemeanor careless driving in the April 6 death of a six-year-old Greenway student has pleaded guilty and been sentenced.

 

July 8, 2009-Residents of Blackberry Township will celebrate 100 years July 12, with a variety of activities.

 

July 8, 2009-Newly-certified Senator-elect Al Franken chose the Iron Range to spend his Fourth of July holiday, marching in six Independence Day parades, including the annual Nashwauk parade.

 

July 8, 2009-The U.S. Census Bureau released estimated population data for 2008 and numbers for Itasca County show population in incorporated cities has decreased while rural townships are gaining residents.

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