Aug. 5, 1899-The most inviting resort area in northern Minnesota, Lake Pokegama, has been neglected. What the citizens of Grand Rapids should do is build several cottages for accommodations for visitors.

Aug. 5, 1899-The Itasca County Board passed a resolution appropriating $2,000 to be used as a bonus for the establishment here of manufacturing enterprises.


Aug. 4, 1909- F.E. King of Grand Rapids purchased a new Buick touring car in Minneapolis and drove it back to Grand Rapids, a 348-mile trip. It took four days to make the trip. Bad roads were encountered between Marble and Taconite.

Aug. 4, 1909-A.W. Hostetter of Hibbing arrived in Grand Rapids to assume the position of local manager of the Mesaba Telephone Co.

Aug. 4, 1909-Harry Benjiman has opened his restaurant, The Grill, in Grand Rapids.


Aug. 6, 1919-The second murder on the Range within a week occurred at Nashwauk where Buda Cueticanin, 51, was murdered. One man is being held.

Aug. 6, 1919-The campaign for a $2 million bond issue to provide Itasca County with 178 miles of hard-surfaced highways under the Babcock Plan has begun.

Aug. 6, 1919-The first shipment of cattle and horses from the drought-stricken regions of Montana arrived in Grand Rapids and are now feeding near Pokegama Lake.

Aug. 6, 1919-The first Itasca Count post of the American Legion was formed in Grand Rapids. It was voted to adopt the name Tomberlin Post, in honor of Sylvester K. Tomberlin of Deer River who was killed in action in France. Officers are R.A. McQuat, Grand Rapids, president; John M. Gannon, Nashwauk, vice president; Mort Taylor, Grand Rapids, secretary; and Stafford King, Deer River, treasurer.


July 31, 1929-Martin Skarens, a farmer in Moose Park Township, was injured when an angry neighbor tossed a stick of dynamite into the barn where he was working.

July 31, 1929-Two members of the Minnesota Highway Motor Patrol visited Grand Rapids and said they will make regular patrol in this section. They are Kenneth Moore and Paul Ryder.


Aug. 2, 1939-Archie Lofberg, Grand Rapids, young man who is known for his genius in handicraft, has invented a new type of lamp shade. The shade is made of rubber and contains figures, pictured and drawings which show clearly when the light in on.

Aug. 2, 1939-Stanley Booth, 58, pioneer farmer and logger in the Togo community, was killed when he tripped and accidentally shot himself near his home.

Aug. 2, 1939-Olof Bromberg, Little Falls, Minn., has been named manager of the Grand Rapids Red Owl Store, to succeed the late Conrad Salermo.

Aug. 2, 1939-Three Nashwauk High School girls performed well at the AAU swimming and diving matches. They are Agnes Jean Larson, Betty Bemis and Lorraine C. Bemis.

Aug. 2, 1939-Work was commenced to replace the long timber bridge across Pokegama Lake on Highway 169 with a concrete box bridge set below the top of the grade.

Aug. 2, 1939-Frank Mager of Grand Rapids is opening a new industry, a tire recap service, in Grand Rapids.


Aug. 4, 1949-A field investigation of the Blandin bathing beach reveals that it “is reasonably satisfactory from a sanitary viewpoint.”

Aug. 4, 1949-The Philadelphia Eagles professional football team will stage an exhibition at the Grand Rapids High School athletic field.

Aug. 4, 1949-Walter Mornes was elected commander of the McVeigh-Dunn American Legion post in Grand Rapids.

Aug. 4, 1949-Itasca County will call for bids for iron ore prospecting on the county home property.

Aug. 4, 1949-Itasca County received 9.08 inches of rain in the month of July, the highest total since records were started in 1903.


Aug. 4, 1959-L.D. “Dad” Lammon, 81, editor emeritus of the Itasca Iron News in Coleraine, was found safe 33 hours after he had been lost while picking blueberries about nine miles southeast of Coleraine.

Aug. 4, 1959-Dallas Hanson, 21, Deer River, was killed in a traffic accident on Highway 6 north of Deer River.

Aug. 4, 1959-Darrell R. Carls, 16, Hibbing, was killed in a motorcycle accident on old Highway 169 near Nashwauk.

Aug. 6, 1959-Construction has started on a base housing project for the 707th AC&W Squadron at Grand Rapids. Eighteen houses will be built north of the Edna J. Murphy School.

Aug. 6, 1959-Lyman L. Huntley of Grand Rapids has been elected president of the Minnesota Board of Education.


July 31, 1969-Grants totaling $68,753 have been approved by the Charles K. Blandin Foundation for community and state projects.

July 31, 1969-Nabors Drug Store opened this week in south Grand Rapids.

July 31, 1969-Army Specialist 4 Thomas L. Bellanger of Squaw Lake received the Purple Heart near Phuoc Vinh, Vietnam.

Aug. 4, 1969-Action seeking to halt proposed Itasca County participation in a nursing home facility “as part of, or in conjunction with, the Northern Itasca Hospital in Bigfork” has been started in district court at Grand Rapids.

Aug. 4, 1969-Mississippi Melody Showboat steamed to a new attendance record of 6,200 for seven performances in its 14th season, 400 more than the 1968 high.

Aug. 4, 1969-Lorene Olson was Wild Rice Festival Queen at Deer River.


Aug. 2, 1979-The Itasca County Family YMCA proposal for a multi-purpose building on Central School property received the support of downtown businessmen and the strong opposition of groups using the school building.

Aug. 6, 1979-State commander Archie Pavek cited the Ponti-Peterson Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1720 for 50 years of service to state and community.

Aug. 6, 1979-Department of Transportation officials have requested a permit for placing fill material in the bed of Deer River for replacement of a Highway 2 bridge just east of Deer River.

Aug. 6, 1979-Richard Gustafson has joined the Grand Rapids Clinic in family practice.

Aug. 6, 1979-A Blandin Paper Co. request for vacating Third Street between Second and Ninth Avenues northwest was withdrawn. It may be resubmitted later. Vacating the street would facilitate the possible installation of a paper machine..


Aug. 2, 1989-Itasca Nursing Home Administrator Patrick McNeil has announced he will resign his post effective Aug. 31.

Aug. 2, 1989-A re-dedication ceremony with Gov. Rudy Perpich and a free “neighborhood clinic” will be conducted at Hill City’s Quadna Four Seasons Resort Aug. 9. Under new ownership since March, Quadna has made many improvements in its facilities.

Aug. 2, 1989-The Grand Rapids water treatment plant has been completed for some time, but the total scope of the plans included a public park area, which is just getting started.

Aug. 6, 1989-The elected officials of Itasca County’s newly-established Wildwood Township will ask approval of their township name.

Aug. 6, 1989-The Grand Rapids Public Utilities Commission has completed the first of four steps to improve electrical reliability of lines in south Grand Rapids and the southwest rural areas.

Aug. 6, 1989-Grand Rapids Public Library Director Marsha Valance has resigned her position and is preparing for a position in Milwaukee, Wis.

Aug. 6, 1989-The Itasca County Regional Railroad Authority held its organizational meeting July 31.


Aug. 1, 1999-The DNR was notified of what is believed to be Eurasian Water Milfoil near the public access and south of the fishing pier on Ice Lake, located adjacent to the Itasca County Fairgrounds.

Aug. 1, 1999-Five sites under consideration for a new Grand Rapids Middle School got close scrutiny at a meeting.

Aug. 1, 1999-The 40-plus Pokegama Lake residents arriving to learn more about the new rest area designed for south of the new Pokegama Lake causeway raised some strong concerns such as loud noise and facility placement among them.

Aug. 4, 1999-Two cousins were arraigned in Itasca County District Court for allegedly operating an illegal methamphetamine lab in Pomroy Township. Richard Paul Neunsinger, 44, Waite Park, and Michael Jay Neunsinger, 39, Alexandria, were arrested.

Aug. 4, 1999-Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland’s childhood pal and frequent co-star, will travel to the star’s birth place and will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the film “The Wizard of Oz” during Tall Timber Days in Grand Rapids.


Aug. 2, 2009-In a 3-2 vote, with Mayor Dale Adams and Councilor Dale Christy dissenting, the Grand Rapids City Council approved the appointment of Sgt. Jim Denny, as recommended by the city’s police commission, as the new chief of police.

Aug. 2, 2009-Itasca County was cautioned against cost-sharing with Living Word Bible Camp on a Environmental Assessment Worksheet. The camp plans a development on Deer Lake.

Aug. 2, 2009-The Greenway School Board unanimously voted Bob Schwartz onto the school bard.

Aug. 5, 2009-Surprisingly, numbers show that the economic slump has not affected the collection of child support in Itasca County.


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