Nov. 25, 1899-O’Brien and Akeley will construct a board and shingle mill in Grand Rapids.

Nov. 25, 1899-R.H. Bailey and Joseph Fletcher have taken charge of the Michigan House, a Grand Rapids hotel.


There was no Nov. 24, 1909, edition on record at the Grand Rapids Public Library.


Nov. 26, 1919-D.M. Gunn, owner of the Pokegama Hotel for 25 years, sold the business to J.R. O’Malley.

Nov. 26, 1919-The veneer factory which is being built in Grand Rapids is to be known in the future as the J.J. Nartzik Co., successors to the Minnesota Veneer Co.

Nov. 26, 1919-James Passard, former county commissioner and well-known pioneer citizen, died as the result of exposure from a fall into the icy waters of Big Trout Lake while hunting.

Nov. 26, 1919-The Itasca County Board turned down a petition to form a township in Splithand.

Nov. 26, 1919-Fire destroyed car repair shops, blacksmith and machine shops and warehouses belonging to the Minneapolis and Rainy River Co. at Deer River.


Nov. 27, 1929-John R. Donohue, 61, who was once a Grand Rapids lawyer and former Itasca County attorney, died in St. Paul.

Nov. 27, 1929-Einar Brenden, Jessie Lake, died in a traffic accident on Highway 61 near Deer River.

Nov. 27, 1929-C.K. Blandin, president of Blandin Paper Co., is trying out the airplane as a rapid method of transportation. He can travel to here from St. Paul in about two hours by air.

Nov. 27, 1929-The decline in the stock market is making itself felt on nearly every farm in Itasca County. When the stock market fell, many orders for fur jackets were canceled.


Nov. 22, 1939-Four Itasca County boys won free trips to the National 4-H Club Congress in Chicago, Ill. They are Wallace Lane, Wesley Anderson, Chester Buccanero and Elmer Nelson..

Nov. 22, 1939-Ethel Gumm, mother of Judy Garland, married William P. Gilmore of Santa Paula, Calif.

Nov. 22, 1939-John Marohn has opened a garage in Grand Rapids.

Nov. 22, 1939-Dick Raines, one of the top-notch wrestlers of the U.S., will become a summer resident and businessman in Itasca County. He will purchase Carrigan Resort on Clear Lake, near Wirt.


Nov. 24, 1949-War veteran hospital patients at Fort Snelling Hospital next June will have a fresh walleyed pike dinner if plans formulated in Grand Rapids are carried through to the finish. The plan was proposed by Art Jetland.

Nov. 24, 1949-National recognition and honor came to the North Grange of southwest Itasca County and northeast Cass County. The Grange unit was named winner of the National Community Service Contest. National prize is a $49,000 Grange hall.


Nov. 24, 1959-Major Lawrence F. Allard is now commanding officer of the 707th AC&W Squadron in Grand Rapids.

Nov. 26, 1959-A 75-foot spruce from Itasca County now stands in front of the Brown and Bigelow Building in St. Paul. The tree came from the Splithand area.

Nov. 26, 1959-Francis Hook, 58, Bemidji, died in a traffic accident on Highway 2 a mile east of Cohasset.

Nov. 26, 1959-The Rev. Herbert J. Marth of Cass Lake will be installed as pastor of Squaw Lake Centennial Lutheran and the Deer River Redeemer Lutheran churches.


Nov. 20, 1969-One man is dead and a second hospitalized as the result of a bizarre series of events on Little Winnie. Frank and Sam Fisherman of Ball Club were seining whitefish on the lake when their canoe became stuck in ice. Thinking to free the craft, the men apparently stepped out of the canoe, fell through the ice and scrambled back into the canoe. By the time they were discovered, Frank was dead of exposure and Sam required hospitalization.

Nov. 20, 1969-Diane Korhonen of Swan River, Brian Carlson of White Oak and Mark Wilberts of Goodland were named Itasca County’s Outstanding 4-H Club members.

Nov. 20, 1969-Predator control became an issue at the meeting of the county board as commissioners drafted a resolution asking the state Department of Conservation to declare Itasca County an open area for taking of predators. The measure, obviously prompted by signs and reports of wolves the commissioners encountered during deer season, was taken after the board heard a similar resolution drafted by the Koochiching County Board.

Nov. 24, 1969-District 318 at Grand Rapids pays the highest master’s degree minimum salary of all schedules reported in the state, $8,200, according to a study.

Nov. 24, 1969-An attorney general’s opinion has declared that the village of Grand Rapids may legally sell property within American Legion Memorial Park to School District 318 for the site of a new high school.


Nov. 22, 1979-The Itasca County Board went on record supporting the development of a park on land owned by Deer River in the Deer-Moose Lake area.

Nov. 22, 1979-Twelve South Vietnamese who huddled with 400 passengers in a 70-foot vessel for nine days without food and water finally reached a new home in Grand Rapids.

Nov. 22, 1979-District 318 will not be able to build the addition to the school bus garage it had planned for in 1980. Superintendent James Sauter told the school board that the state department of education had “changed its mind” about the district’s right to use bus operation funds for the project.

Nov. 22, 1979-Beverly Sigfrinius is the new clerk of district court. She replaces Ursula Peters who is retiring after more than 20 years in the position.

Nov. 26, 1979-Tim Lox of Boy Scout Troop 42 received the coveted Eagle Award.

Nov. 26, 1979-Some city recreational programs will be eliminated even though School District 318 restored $5,000 of the $10,000 it had cut from the district contribution.

Nov. 26, 1979-Plans for a community-wide trail system in Grand Rapids will be discussed. Barton-Aschman Associates, Inc., Minneapolis, has been hired by the city to prepare the plans.

Nov. 26, 1979-William Cummings, 37, Finlayson, Minn., died when the car he was driving was struck by a wheel that fell off a semi trailer truck west of Swan River.

Nov. 26, 1979-James K. Knight, 85, Effie, author of “We Homesteaded,” and a pioneer resident of Itasca County, died.


Nov. 22, 1989-The levy for fiscal year 1991 was reduced by $111,960 during a public hearing conducted by District 318 School Board. The levy is $11,273,600.

Nov. 22, 1989-Former Grand Rapids Mayor John Craig sent a correspondence to the current Grand Rapids City Council asking for an investigation into the handling of the 1989 municipal election, charging City Clerk Karlene Gale acted inappropriately.

Nov. 26, 1989-Doors opened on Grand Rapids High School’s Technical Center this fall.


Nov. 21, 1999-Itasca County Commissioners will consider whether or not to implement a solid waste service fee as well as increase the per bag fee for household garbage beginning Jan. 1, 2000.

Nov. 21, 1999-Itasca County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Wanda Bunes as hospitalized as a result of a one-car accident on Count Road 27, 12 miles southwest of Grand Rapids.

Nov. 24, 1999-The Itasca County Board agreed to a service fee schedule that will apply to all of the homeowners and businesses in Itasca County. Year-around residents will pay $30, seasonal residents $20. Homeowners that also have a cabin in the county can expect to be charged for both. Commercial businesses and resorts will be billed $90 and owners of apartment buildings and those with commercial businesses in the home, $150. Tax exempt structures like schools and churches will also pay $30 a year.


Nov. 22, 2009-The “financial crunch” has bitten Minnesota Discovery Center, formerly Ironworld, and will result in a mass layoff and temporary closure.

Nov. 22, 2009-Local volunteers with the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association are very disheartened to discover there are people putting up “imposter” hide collection boxes and deceiving hunters.

Nov. 22, 2009-The Boundary Waters Blues Festival will move farther from its namesake next summer. The 10th annual festival will be held at the Itasca County Fairgrounds in Grand Rapids. It has previously been conducted in Ely.

Nov. 25, 2009-Itasca County Commissioners signed off on a revised Airport Joint Powers Agreement with the city of Grand Rapids.

Nov. 25, 2009-Grand Rapids’ credit rating is taking a very slight hit, but the Grand Rapids City Council unanimously approved moving forward with the sale of $28.5 million general obligation bonds to finance the city’s wastewater treatment plant project.


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