1900

Feb. 10, 1900-Sen. Nelson introduced a bill granting Grand Rapids Water Power and Boom Co. to build a bridge across the Mississippi River and to construct a dam.

Feb. 10, 1900-The grand opening of The Northern Restaurant was undoubtedly the most successful one ever attempted by a similar institution in this village. Rody Hawley is manager.

Feb. 10, 1900-Mose Manston, LaPrairie farmer, wants to develop a cooperative county livestock association in the spring.

1910

Feb. 9, 1910-Current rumor has Great Northern planning to make Grand Rapids a division point of considerable prominence in the near future.

Feb. 9, 1910-Cohasset saloons want to be county models as proprietors want to forestall any possible action on account of the Indian question.

Feb. 9, 1910-The Hill City, Mississippi and Western Railroad from Swan River to Hill City, has been sold to the Armour Packing Co. The road was owned by local capitalists living along the route.

Feb. 9, 1910-A.E. Wilder will open an automobile garage in Grand Rapids, called Wilder Motor Co. It will be the first of its kind in the village.

Feb. 9, 1910-It is the general opinion that many residences will be erected in Grand Rapids, and in anticipation of that, Passard and Spang have had their land on the east shore of McKinney Lake platted. It is known as McKinney Lake Addition.

1920

Feb. 11, 1920-Grand Rapids Village Council members created a park board for the village.

Feb. 11, 1920-Fourth in importance and wealth in the entire state of Minnesota, Itasca County is an important financial institution.

Feb. 11, 1920-The census proves Grand Rapids is still the largest town in Itasca County. An exact number is now known but the coveted goal of 3,000 has been passed.

Feb. 11, 1920-Thorpe Brothers will build Sherwood Forest, a new resort on Deer Lake.

1930

Feb. 12, 1930-Grand Rapids welcomes a new business firm to its circle as Lasker and Upin, the firm which succeeds the B.L. Lieberman Co. W.S. Kamman will serve as manager.

Feb. 12, 1930-Herman Purra of Bovey is charged with the possession and sale of liquor. For some time, Sheriff Harmond and his deputies have been endeavoring to plug up a leak in the supply of illegal liquor in Bovey.

Feb. 12, 1930-Two Grand Rapids High School debate students have earned trips to the state tournament as the result of their performances at the region meet. Alberta Bahr was first in discussion and Wilbur Inman was second in extemporaneous speaking.

1940

Feb. 7, 1940-The Grand Rapids Commercial Club took the first steps toward the Golden Jubilee for the village.

Feb. 7, 1940-Murdo Gibson, timber cruiser, author and lover of wildlife, died in Canada. He entered his activities in Itasca County many years ago.

Feb. 7, 1940-The Cutfoot Sioux CCC Camp is slated to close in April, and the camp at Bena will close July 1.

Feb. 7, 1940-Roy L. Johnson arrived from Morris, Minn., as manager of Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. in Grand Rapids.

Feb. 7, 1940-Joe Waleski speared a 30-pound northern pike in Wabana Lake.

Feb. 7, 1940-The post office mural painted by James Watrous of Madison, Wis., is considered a disappointment here.

1950

Feb. 9, 1950-Kenneth Hickman received the Junior Chamber of Commerce District Service Award for 1950.

Feb. 9, 1950-Plans for a program of laying the cornerstone for Itasca County’s new courthouse are being made.

Feb. 9, 1950-The Dairyland Electric Cooperative Association (South Itasca) added 600 customers to its roster during 1949.

Feb. 9, 1950-Tervo’s Steam Baths and Grocery will conduct its grand opening in Grand Rapids.

1960

Feb. 9, 1960-Cynthia Hagman was chosen homecoming queen at Grand Rapids High School.

Feb. 11, 1960-Fair board members will meet with the Chamber of Commerce Camp Committee to discuss possibilities for a camp area in the Itasca County Fairgrounds.

Feb. 11, 1960-Dedication of Drumbeater Island in Pokegama Lake for Boy Scout purposes will be in early July.

1970

Feb. 5, 1970-Family Life and Sex Education has suddenly replaced the District 318 high school site dispute as the hottest subject in the community. More than 400 persons attended an open meeting to discuss the program.

Feb. 9, 1970-The Grand Rapids City Council is expected to adopt an ordinance annexing approximately 220 acres lying south of the village airport.

Feb. 9, 1970-Jack Rajala of Bigfork has been elected president of the Northern Hardwood and Pine Manufacturing Association, Inc.

Feb. 9, 1970-Grand Rapids High School students who earned berths in the state debate tournament are Pamela Moe, Renee Gilbertson, Nancy Carlson and Barb Smith.

Feb. 9, 1970-Mr. and Mrs. Keith Austin of Warba were awarded the 1969 Outstanding Conservation Farmer Award.

Feb. 9, 1970-Karen Oaks was named homecoming queen at Itasca State Junior College

1980

Feb. 11, Grand Rapids City Council members will consider hiring a certified building official.

Feb. 11, 1980-Rep. Norman Prahl of House District 3B has announced he will not seek re-election in 1980.

Feb. 11, 1980-Plans for the first phase of a redevelopment proposal for a 60,000 square foot shopping mall in downtown Grand Rapids will be presented to the city council.

1990

Feb. 7, 1990-Recent state media attention aimed at lawful gambling organizations is shedding bad light on 98 percent of organizations who are operating in good faith and good management, two itasca County gambling managers say.

Feb. 7, 1990-The city of Bovey will receive nearly $375,000 from the state to help in the costs of a new water tower and upgrading of the city’s water system.

Feb. 7, 1990-Seven outstanding athletes have been selected as the first inductees in the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame. They are the late Judge John J. Benton, Dr. Donald K. Buffmire, Joan Richardson, James Kamman, Ray Tomberlin, Dr. William Baker and James Jetland.

Feb. 7, 1990-The Itasca County Human Services Board ordered the Human Services Department to conduct a county-wide study on the impact and benefits of prohibiting the sale of cigarettes in vending machines in the county.

Feb. 7, 1990-Herald-Review managing editor Bob Schmalfeldt has accepted the position as general manager of the Bristol Bay Times in Dillingham, Alaska, and will be leaving Feb. 20. Beth C. Sundin, currently associate editor of the Herald-Review, has been promoted to the position of news editor.

Feb. 7, 1990-Carin Streufert was named queen and Jeff Wilson king at Grand Rapids High School Homecoming proceedings.

Feb. 11, 1990-The official Olympic Torch will run through Grand Rapids by more than 25 runners this summer as part of a statewide circulation of the torch honoring the U.S. Olympic Festival in the Twin Cities.

2000

Feb. 6, 2000-Within two days, two separate vehicles carrying Wisconsin ice fishermen plummeted through the thin ice near Plughat Point, located on the eastern portion of Lake Winnibigoshish near Winnie Dam. There were no injuries.

Feb. 9, 2000-Thanks to grand employees and enthusiasm, Grand Rapids Mayor Juan Lazo said the city has positioned itself for a great future.

Feb. 9, 2000-A proposed rental rate hike for prime space drew building tenants to the Central School Commission meeting to determine numbers for the new tiered rate structure concept it recently accepted.

Feb. 9, 2000-Patricia Ann Dieren, 58, International Falls, was killed in an one-vehicle rollover on Highway 46 north of Deer River.

2010

Feb. 7, 2010-It’s likely that the 2010 census will force a legislative redistricting in northeast Minnesota that will merge Iron Range districts that are already among the largest in the state and cost the area political representatives in the Legislature.

Feb. 7, 2010-Three juveniles are suspects in vandalism of Christ Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids. Damage estimates to the church range anywhere from $75,000 to $100,000.

Feb. 7, 2010-It was more than 100 combined years of police department service which walked out the door as four Grand Rapids police officers retired from the force. They are Chief Leigh Serfling, Gene Bennett, Tim Dorholt and Brian Johnson.

Feb. 7, 2010-Hillary Legler and Michael Halling were crowned Grand Rapids High School Winter Homecoming Queen and King.

Feb. 10, 2010-A fire at the Sugar Hills Country apartment complex destroyed one apartment and caused more than $200,000 in damage to the A building, and damage estimates may go even higher.

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