July 22, 1899-Wright and Rellis, the Swan River Hotel men, are building a new hotel at the junction and expect to have it completed in about four weeks.

July 22, 1899-Song Wah left for China where he will remain until October. He will return to Grand Rapids and re-engage in the laundry business.

July 22, 1899-Some saloon men in Grand Rapids are apt to get into serious trouble. Several boys of the village aged from 12 to 18 years have been seen on the streets of late in an intoxicated condition.

July 22, 1899-E.A. Kremer was re-elected to the school board. Mrs. C.C. McCarthy is the other member. A total of 267 votes were cast.


July 21, 1909-The Herald-Review appears today the product of Grand Rapids. It was produced at Grand Rapids on paper made in Grand Rapids by Grand Rapids people.

July 21, 1909-Byron Quigley, 21, Duluth, was accidentally shot and killed by Mrs. John Griffen of Bovey at the Ogema Hotel at Lake Pokegama.

July 21, 1909-Walter J. Hill, youngest son of James J. Hill, railway magnate, arrived in Grand Rapids. He is making an inspection of the area.

July 21, 1909-Voters of Grand Rapids Township voted yes to issuing bonds. Electors also appear to demand the issue of road and bridge bonds at this time.

July 21, 1909-The largest log jam ever seen in the Big Fork River at Grand Falls has been abandoned by the drivers, leaving the river filled for three miles with 25 million feet of logs in jam.

July 21, 1909-Another crusade against alleged liquor laws violators at Bovey was conducted. Four dealers were arrested on charges of keeping businesses open on Sunday.

July 21, 1909-W.N. Delcour, who has been local manager of the Mesaba Telephone Co. for more than three years, has resigned to take effect Aug. 1.

July 21, 1909-S. Schumacker, who has been engaged to take charge of the manual training department of the Grand Rapids schools for the coming year, was arrested on a charge of setting a forest fire near Bass Lake.


July 23, 1919-A hearing was conducted before Judge H.S. Huson in the case of Stoyan Kerchiff of Bovey, who was charged with having in his possession intoxicating liquor with intent to sell the same. He was held over for a grand jury.

July 23, 1919-It appears there will be a movement in the next few days that will bring many head of Montana cattle, sheep and horses into Itasca County to fatten them.

July 23, 1919-A baseball league comprising of teams of the towns on the Western Mesaba Association has been formed.


July 17, 1929-Slot machines and punch boards are barred from Itasca County following action take by W. B. Taylor, Itasca County attorney.

July 17, 1929-The Duluth Chamber of Commerce urged the paving of Highway 8 between Duluth and Grand Rapids.

July 17, 1929-Ethel Thompson saved Helen Rodberg from drowning at the McKinney Lake Beach.

July 17, 1929-Remodeling work on the Great Northern Depot in Grand Rapids is about completed.

July 17, 1929-Fire destroyed the old wooden ware plant in Hill City.


July 19, 1939-The Rev. F. L. Von Husens has been called as pastor of the First English Lutheran Church to succeed the Rev. E.G. Debelstein.

July 19, 1939-A recreation camp site, Seelye Point on Big Cutfoot Sioux, built by CCC enrollees, will be dedicated.

July 19, 1939-Ground will be broken for the erection of a large bottling plant which J. Costello and Son are having erected on land just east of the village limits.

July 19, 1939-A new county road which travels around the west end of Bass Lake, northwest of Cohasset, has been completed.

July 12, 1939-Addison M. Parker, attorney at law, is establishing new offices in the McAlpine Building in Grand Rapids.


July 21, 1949-Installation of stop and go signals at two Grand Rapids intersections started this week.

July 21, 1949-A public storage warehouse will be opened in the W.C. Chalberg Co. plant in Grand Rapids.

July 21, 1949-Capt. William Odom, holder of world records for non-stop distance flying in light aircraft, landed at Wilderness Airport at Otis Lodge.

July 21, 1949-Fifty-five of America’s finest professional football players, members of the Philadelphia Eagles, are drilling in Grand Rapids.

July 21, 1949-The Rapids Bowling Lanes in the Redding Building was sold by Harry Wenholz to John McArdle of Jacobson.


July 21, 1959-Bids have been called for construction of a vocational education building and a three-story addition to Grand Rapids High School.

July 21, 1959-Gordon Kossow and Howard Thompson of Deer River completely dominated the rugged Minneapolis Aquatennial Canoe Derby to win top honors.

July 21, 1959-Five directors were elected for the board of a land clearing corporation to be formed for Itasca County. Chief aim of the group is to sell stock and obtain funds to obtain control of the Bushwacker, now owned by Art Frick and George Dimich of Balsam.

July 21, 1959-Grand Rapids native Doug Bolstorff has been named head basketball coach at Macalester College in St. Paul.

July 23, 1959-Mighty Bronko Nagurski, all-time Minnesota football great and wrestling star, will officiate bouts at Deer River’s 11th annual Wild Rice Festival.

July 23, 1959-The Itasca County Board voted to abolish the personal property tax on household goods, effective Jan. 1, 1959.

July 23, 1959-Cohasset businessmen and resorters have requested an investigation of Conservation Department action which cut piers in the Bass Lake Dam on July 15, and started to lower the water level.


July 17, 1969-Two Itasca County men have key roles in the Apollo II Lunar landing mission this week. First Lt. Phillip J. Pechek of Bovey is an aeronautical engineer at the Manned Space Center in Houston while Leonard L. DeVries of Bigfork is deputy chief of aerospace environment division in the National Marshall Space Flight Center at Huntsville, Ala.

July 17, 1969-Wesley Libbey of Grand Rapids, longtime conservation leader, was elected to a three-year term as a national director at the 47th annual convention of the Izaak Walton League of America.

July 17, 1969-State auditor William J. O’Brien said that state officials have learned of renewed interest by private investors in refinancing Quadna Mountain Lodge in Hill City.

July 21, 1969-Thousands of Itasca County residents joined millions throughout the United States and the world to watch two men land on the moon and walk its powdery surface.

July 21, 1969-Allan P. Kosak was named chairman of the District 316 School Board at Coleraine.

July 21, 1969-Opposition to new regulations regarding Medicare reimbursement to hospitals was voiced in Grand Rapids by U.S. Rep. John A. Blatnik.


July 19, 1979-Dean Mervin Herdman, 54, Bovey, was killed in a Highway 169 accident east of Grand Rapids.

July 19, 1979-The Itasca County Board requested an environmental assessment worksheet on a proposed property development on Wasson Lake.

July 19, 1979-John Henry Hamilton, 14, Jacobson, drowned while swimming in a gravel pit near Jacobson.

July 23, 1979-Margaret Matlamaki presented a plaque in honor of her husband, Dr. William Matalamaki, to the North Central Experiment Station.

July 23, 1979-Steven John Epeseth, 29, Grand Rapids, died in a car accident on Highway 2 1/2 miles east of Grand Rapids.

July 23, 1979-The city of Grand Rapids and Minnesota Power and Light Co. were cited by the federal government for violation of discharge permits during the first three months of the year.


July 19, 1989-The Itasca County Board accepted a petition from residents of Sand Lake asking the board to establish a Sand Lake Improvement District.

July 19, 1989-The District 318 School Board agreed to accept a grant from the Blandin Foundation to establish two elementary counseling positions.

July 19, 1989-Ralph Wayne Schaaf, 32, Ball Club, pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular operation, driving while intoxicated, and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident. The charges stem from an incident where a six-year-old Minneapolis boy was struck and killed while riding his bicycle June 3, in Itasca County.

July 23, 1989-The Grand Rapids City Council hired Craig J. Mattson as city administrator and Jean M. Lane as finance director.


July 18, 1999-The township where Chief Busticogan made his home east of Effie, which is recognized as the Deer Creek Indian Reservation, may have development on Busties Lake. Residents are saying that land may have been part of the extended camp of the chief.

July 18, 1999-The LaPrairie City Council finalized the annexation of land in Hoolihan’s Addition and also land south of the U.S. Highway 169 right-of-way.

July 21, 1999-The attack will be aggressive. That’s the battle plan by the Department of Natural Resources to rid infested McKinney Lake of Eurasian Water Milfoil.

July 21, 1999-Sixteen people came out to an isolated, wooded site east of Effie to protest the development of a 55-acre parcel bordering Busties Lake. The parcel, they believe, has historical significance as part of the extended camp of an Indian leader who lived there at the turn of the century, Chief Busticogan.

July 21, 1999-Duane Arnold Jenkins, 21, Cass Lake, was killed in a one-vehicle rollover near Ball Club.


July 19, 2009-A partially-finished addition being built onto the Advocates for Family Peace office building on Highway 2 in Grand Rapids collapsed temporarily trapping one construction worker under fallen boards and injuring the worker’s leg. No other serious injuries were recorded.

July 19, 2009-Another business has expressed preliminary interest in utilizing the rail line Itasca County is constructing to support the proposed steel mill north of Nashwauk. Magnetation, Inc. has expressed interest to use a portion of the rail line.

July 22, 2009-The city of Coleraine will celebrate the centennial of what its founder and residents hail as “the model village” July 23-25.

July 22, 2009-The Minnesota Court of Appeals heard arguments on whether or not the environmental impact statement prepared by the Minnesota DNR for the Essar Steel Minnesota project near Nashwauk properly addressed global warming pollution.


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