July 15, 1899-A national park or forestry reserve association for the governmental preservation of over 7 million acres of land in northern Minnesota has been formed in Chicago.

July 15, 1899-Road overseer W.D. Liiman has just completed a job of corduroying at the west approach of Prairie River Bridge that was much needed. The road leading to Trout Lake is in a most abominable condition.

July 15, 1899-Charlie Mitchell of the Alexandria Post-News sizes up Grand Rapids as “Dan Gunn’s town.”


July 14, 1909-A number of Grand Rapids young men have decided to form a lacrosse club and play the Canadian national game.

July 14, 1909-Eugene Neveaux has opened up a barber shop in the building formerly occupied by O’Leary and Frazer on Leland Avenue.

July 14, 1909-A hearing was conducted in Deer River to discuss a petition of the Minneapolis and Rainy River Railway Co. which wishes to abandon the Marcell branch, which runs from Marcell Junction to Marcell.


July 16, 1919-The Pattee Sheep Co. of Upton, Wyo., has decided to move its sheep ranch from Wyoming to Itasca County and has bought land in Harris and Grand Rapids townships.

July 16, 1919-The Anderson Studio in Grand Rapids has been purchased by P.S. Gault of Durand, Wis.

July 16, 1919-B.L. Lieberman has started work on the erection of a new business block between the First National Bank and the McAlpine Block.

July 16, 1919-Edgar Strande, 17, Coleraine, drowned in an area lake.

July 16, 1919-The electric power plant of the village of Grand Rapids will be dismantled and all power after about Oct. 1, will be secured from Minnesota Utilities Co.

July 16, 1919-Otto Peterson has resigned as butter maker at the Itasca Creamery and his place was taken by Carl Morck of Albert Lea.


July 10, 1929-Recent improvements to the large dairy barn on the James Skelly farm west of Cohasset makes it without question the finest dairy barn in Itasca County.

July 10, 1929-An option for a lease has been exercised on the Canisteo Mine at Coleraine.

July 10, 1929-The Duluth, Missabe and Northern Railroad has asked permission to lease the Duluth and Iron Range Railroad, the two lines to be operated as one system.


July 12, 1939-Itasca County will have a new courthouse. A site one block north of the present courthouse and one block from Pokegama Avenue has been purchased to house the new building.

July 12, 1939-Judge and Mrs. J.W. Gardner of Grand Rapids received a visit from his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Gardner of Morris, Minn. The senior Mr. Gardner is one of the few Civil War veterans living in Minnesota.

July 12, 1939-Henry Kuluvar was named acting game warden supervisor for this district.

July 12, 1939-The 55-piece Grand Rapids High School Band appeared in its new orange and black military-style uniforms.

July 12, 1939-Two bids were opened for the construction of a new district county garage at Bigfork.


July 14, 1949-Three wolf cubs, made orphans by forest fires last April, are making themselves at home at the Nine-Mile Corner store of G.J. Baldwin.

July 14, 1949-A drive to enforce a village ordinance against noise which causes radio interference was announced by the Grand Rapids Junior Chamber of Commerce.

July 14, 1949-Grand Rapids Village Council members accepted the county’s offer of $6,000 for village lots in the future courthouse block on Fourth Street between First and Second avenues. The council’s bid of $1,000 for three lots at the east end of the present courthouse site has been accepted by the county.

July 14, 1949-The Rev. Liukkonen, secretary of the Bovey Moose, was elected vice president of the Second District.

July 14, 1949-Dr. O.C. Braun, associated with the Itasca Clinic at Nashwauk since 12941, will become part of the Itasca Clinic staff in Grand Rapids.


July 14, 1959-Clarence Eslinger was elected chairman of the Greenway School Board.

July 16, 1959-Western Mining Co. of Cleveland, Ohio, has received state permission to mine iron ore owned by the state under Cavanaugh Lake bed near Tioga.

July 16, 1959-Northern Minnesota iron ore mines was silent as United Steel Workers Union members went on strike.

July 16, 1959-Funds for enlarging the pavilion at the Itasca County Home were approved by the Blandin Foundation.


July 10, 1969-World-famous Percy Faith will direct the Minnesota Orchestra in the 1969 Symphony Pops Jubilee at Grand Rapids July 12.

July 10, 1969-Sunday liquor sales were approved at a special election for Ball Club precinct by a margin of 25-19.

July 10, 1969-Chamber of Commerce President Sam Podany outlined “bright prospects” for obtaining two blocks of parking along the Great Northern Railroad at a village council meeting.

July 10, 1969-The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce heard a somewhat grim report on the condition of Minnesota iron mining as Abe Mathews of Mathews Engineering Co. spoke to the group.

July 14, 1969-Terry Watson of Grand Rapids took first place in the Grand Rapids Jaycees Soapbox Derby and will be off to Akron, Ohio, for more competition.

July 14, 1969-Little Winnie Resort has been sold to Mr. and Mr. Russell Kopp of St. Paul by Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Olson.


July 12, 1979-Itasca County Environmental Council members support the reasonable upgrading of CSAH 33 north of Winnie and Bowstring.

July 12, 1979-Trustees of the Blandin Foundation authorized a grant of up to $3.46 million for the construction of a multi-use facility for the Itasca County Family YMCA.

July 12, 1979-City council members will hold a special meeting to consider Paul Winberg’s request for street and avenue vacations to allow a shopping center development in southeast Grand Rapids along Highway 169.

July 12, 1979-Directors of the Blandin Wood Products Co. recently authorized final approval of a more than $37 million expansion to its waferboard manufacturing operation.

July 16, 1979-Groundbreaking ceremonies July 27, will mark the beginning of construction of the Interpretive Center building at the Forest History Center at Grand Rapids.

July 16, 1979-Sean LuMaye, 2, of Green Bay, Wis., died after falling off a dock in Prairie Lake near Grand Rapids.


July 12, 1989-State Sen. Bob Lessard testified in front of the Itasca County commissioners in an appeal to urge the board to approve a joint powers agreement over management of the Big Fork River.

July 12, 1989-Grand Rapids police are going to make an effort to further enforce offenses which involve minors staying out on city streets beyond curfew.

July 12, 1989-B. Bakken’s Drumbeater conducted its grand opening.

July 16, 1989-Itasca County saw a 0.5 percent decrease in population between the period between 1980 and 1988.

July 16, 1989-The Grand Rapids City Council gave approval for an architectural firm to continue working on design plans to renovate the former municipal liquor store into a new police station.

July 16, 1989-Malcolm S. Forbes, publisher, author and multimillionaire, stopped for lunch in Grand Rapids.

July 16, 1989-The city of Grand Rapids and its Economic Development Authority agreed to proceed with a plan which outlines a mortgage agreement totaling $125,000 as part of the NorthPrint Co.’s plan of bankruptcy.


July 11, 1999-As water from last weekend’s torrential rains started to reach flood-like conditions, area businesses saw their own floods as customers streamed in looking for supplies.

July 11, 1999-Murphy McGinnis Interactive, the electronic media support company for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review and Manney’s Shopper, and MP Telecom, have formed an alliance to provide residential Internet, email and personal web pages to local subscribers.

July 14, 1999-A Lake Country Power employee didn’t die of natural causes when a severe storm swept through Northern Minnesota on the Fourth of July. Leslie Beach, 49, a senior staking technician from Cohasset, died from injuries he sustained while working on damaged power lines near Hill City.

July 14, 1999-There will be a few new faces on the Grand Rapids Public Utilities Commission when it conducts its next public meeting. The city council appointed three new commissioners who are Ernie Jacobson, Steve Welliver and Joe Parkinen. Mayor Juan Lazo and Rick Glorvigen also serve on the commission.


July 12, 2009-The Itasca GLBTA Alliance recently celebrated the group’s 10th anniversary with its fifth annual Pride Picnic at Veteran’s Park in Grand Rapids.

July 12, 2009-Two candidates for governor, Susan Gaertner and Rep. Marty Seifert, were in Grand Rapids campaigning.

July 15, 2009-Essar Steel Minnesota will soon be the new owner of approximately 3,975 acres of tax forfeited land formerly held by Itasca County for a purchase price of $1,782,920.

July 15, 2009-Austin Hughes, 16, Grand Rapids, reported missing on July 8, has been found safe and sound in Nashwauk.

July 15, 2009-The community of Calumet will celebrate 100 years with a celebration on July 18.

July 15, 2009-Grand Rapids Fire Chief Steve Flaherty said adequate emergency response time is a concern for recently-annexed Grand Rapids Township.


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