Sept. 16, 1899-Special commissioners have been appointed by Gov. Lind to take testimony in the case against Itasca County Commissioner Charles E. Leeman, charged with attempting to exact a bribe. Commissioner W.V. Fuller, complaining witness, gave testimony that injured his own official standing.

Sept. 16, 1899-It’s long been apparent that people of northern Minnesota are by no means pleased with the manner in which the state agricultural experiment station at Grand Rapids is conducted.


Sept. 15, 1909-The list of exhibits and programs of sports for the Itasca County’s 18th agricultural fair will be one of the most complete of any fair year held in the Range country.

Sept. 15, 1909-A tornado touched down in Coleraine destroying the grandstand and scattered the fence at the baseball field. It also damaged scaffolding of the jump of the Itasca Ski Club which was to be used in the national tournament slated for Coleraine next winter.

Sept. 15, 1909-The life-sized statue of Our lord has arrived and has been placed on a pedestal on the grounds of St. Benedict’s Hospital.


Sept. 17, 1919-At the close of the first week of school, the enrollment in the three local schools totaled 711.

Sept. 17, 1919-Politics will be banned altogether from consideration in the forthcoming examinations for postmaster at Deer River, according to the National Civil Service Reform League.


Sept. 11, 1929-In the northeast corner of Itasca County, in Carpenter and Bear River townships, many rich dairy farms are found.

Sept. 11, 1929-Officers of McVeigh-Dunn American Legion Post are Clarence McLean, Al Furley, Ed Hooker, Ed Buffmire, A.K. Seckinger, O.E. Saxhaug, L.L. Huntley, Dr. H.E. Binet, Dr. M.M. Hursh, and Joe Waleski.

Sept. 11, 1929-At the state fair, Bart Scherf of Cohasset named champion potato grower of Minnesota. Teresa Rice of Keewatin was state champ in bread baking and Mona Toms of Coleraine was speaking champion. Alice Snyder of Grand Rapids was first in garment judging.

Sept. 11, 1929-Matt Pavala, Embarrass, Minn., a workman employed by Minnesota Power and Light Co., was electrocuted while working at Marble.


Sept. 13, 1939-A new electric light plant in Effie will provide electric lights and power to that community.

Sept. 13, 1939-Six instructors in schools in Keewatin and Nashwauk brought suit against the district in efforts to retain their positions due to violation of the teachers tenure law.

Sept. 13, 1939-I.D. Rassmussen, 73, Grand Rapids, one of the best-known citizens of Itasca County, died. He was clerk of court for the county for 40 years.

Sept. 13, 1939-All but four of 47 aliens were granted citizenship before Judge Alfred L. Thwing.


Sept. 10, 1949-John McCauley of Warba was elected chairman of the Itasca County Central Committee of the American Legion, succeeding John Zingg of Marble. Frank Drobnick of Bovey and Elmer Salo of Warba also are officers.

Sept. 10, 1949-Judge Arnold C. Forbes was appointed to the bench by Gov. Luther W. Youngdahl.

Sept. 10, 1949-Cedric Adams and a 17-act talent show will open the 1949 Junior Chamber of Commerce Potato Festival in Grand Rapids.

Sept. 10, 1949-Final reburial services were held for Lt. Donald E. Winter in Wahpeton, N.D. The son of Stella Baxter of Coleraine, he was killed in action while on a B-17 attack mission over Brunswick, Germany, on Jan. 30, 1944.


Sept. 15, 1959-No trace has been found of the four Iowa businessmen whose plane has not been seen since Aug. 21.

Sept. 15, 1959-Itasca County 4-H members earning awards at the state fair were David Harthan of White Oak, Erland Niemi of Swan River, Terry Houwman of Pokegama, and Doris Danson of Splithand.

Sept. 15, 1959-Burglars entered the Effie Municipal Liquor Store and took $1,500 from a safe.

Sept. 17, 1959-Preliminary figures show a total of 4,914 students in District 318.

Sept. 17, 1959-Applications for relief maintenance have been granted to 179 families of striking Itasca County miners since July 27.

Sept. 17, 1959-District 318 teachers who voted in favor of a new comprehensive clinical type hospitalization coverage plan are now covered by the policy.


Sept. 11, 1969-Grand Rapids residents will vote in December on a proposal for a $130,000 bond issue for remodeling and enlarging the public library.

Sept. 11, 1969-The Rev. and Mrs. David Kimball of East Wareham, Mass., will be moving to Grand Rapids on his acceptance of the call to become pastor of Faith Baptist Church.

Sept. 11, 1969-We’ll get improved bus service for Cohasset school children if I have to go all the way to the President of the United States,” Mrs. Harvey Vobejda told the District 318 School Board.

Sept. 11, 1969-Paul D. Peterson, 18, Osseo, Minn., died of an accidental gunshot wound at Cloverdale.

Sept. 11, 1969-A disastrous fire destroyed the main saw mill of the Marcell Mill owned by Wally Probst of Marcell.

Sept. 15, 1969-Aims of the 21 task forces named to tackle community problems were explained to Total Community Development officials.

Sept. 15, 1969-Open house will be held Sept. 19, in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Grand Rapids Herald-Review on Sept. 14, 1894.


Sept. 17, 1979-A panel of Minnesota Supreme Court judges will hear testimony in St. Paul on two cases which involve Itasca County. One involves taking a blood sample from an unconscious driver and the other deals with blowing up beaver dams.

Sept. 17, 1979-Most septic systems on five lakes surveyed this summer operate in a safe and sanitary way, the Itasca County Health Department reports.

Sept. 17, 1979-Bass Brook’s fire department is the first in this area to be connected with the dispatcher’s switchboard in the Itasca County Sheriff’s office.


Sept. 13, 1989-Industrial Lubricant Co. President Jim Hoolihan has filed to join the race for Grand Rapids mayor this fall. It is a two-man race as he goes up against incumbent Mayor John Craig.

Sept. 13, 1989-Two Grand Rapids men were among 22 people arraigned on charges of riot activity and destruction in International Falls.

Sept. 17, 1989- County Attorney Hugh Cameron determined there were no violations of law in campaign incidents which were alleged at a Grand Rapids City Council meeting.

Sept. 17, 1989-In a Sept. 6 letter to county employee Diane Gross, the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibilities stated an admonition had been issued to county attorney Hugh Cameron on May 16. The admonition, described by the board as unprofessional conduct of an isolated and non-serious nature, was the result of an investigation on Cameron’s behavior in response to complaints filed by Gross.

Sept. 17, 1989-A report commissioned by the Itasca Development Corp. shows that the impact of the No. 6 expansion at Blandin Paper Co. on the economy of northern Minnesota is quite extensive. That same report shows a No. 7 expansion would have an even greater impact.


Sept. 12, 1999-Lyonne Joan Leming, the former executive director of Itasca County Citizens Committee on Aging is charged with five counts of theft by swindle after allegedly robbing almost $5,000 from the very individuals she was supposed to help.

Sept. 12, 1999-The Valley Forest Resources sawmill and cut-stock pallet plant in Marcell closed.

Sept. 15, 1999-A new gaming casino, a little closer to home than Cass Lake and Walker, may be coming soon to Itasca County. The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe plans to build a small-scale casino on 40 acres of tribal land near the junction of Highway 2 and 46 in Deer River.

Sept. 15, 1999-Myron “Mike” Latimer, a man who made his mark in forestry and in the local community, died at age 81.


Sept. 13, 2009-Gregory Alan Snyder, 44, Bovey, a former investigator for the Itasca County Sheriff’s Department, pleaded not guilty to 33 felony counts of criminal sexual conduct.

Sept. 13, 2009-The preliminary operating levy for the City of Cohasset is at just under $2 million, the same amount as last year.

Sept. 13, 2009-The Itasca County Board approved the sale of $6.1 million in bonds to pay for the modernization and renovation of the Grand Village Nursing Home campus.

Sept. 16, 2009-A union official said that he’s been told by U.S. Steel that the Keetac taconite plant will soon resume production.

Sept. 16, 2009-The Grand Rapids City Council passed an interim ordinance to allow city residents to raise chickens within city limits.


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