Sept. 2, 1899-Perhaps the most important building to be constructed in Grand Rapids this year will be the new Odd Follows building at the corner of Second Street and Leland Avenue.

Sept. 2, 1899-The fare to St. Paul and Minneapolis from Grand Rapids is $675 round trip and includes a free ticket to the fairgrounds..

Sept. 2, 1899-John Skelly and Robert McCabe have 40 acres platted at the town site of Compton which adjoins the original site of Cohasset. They are exploring business opportunities.


Sept. 1, 1909-Edward Logan, who has served as chief deputy for Sheriff T.T. Riley, tendered his resignation. Albert Hachey will fill the vacancy.

Sept. 1, 1909-Matthew Metzger has purchased the interest in Metzger’s Meat Market, formerly owned by his brother, J.F. Metzger.


Sept. 3, 1919-O.J. Lidberg, county highway engineer for many years, resigned. James Rose of Hibbing is his successor.

Sept. 3, 1919-The Montana stock which was brought to Itasca County for pasturage is being widely distributed throughout the northern part of the state.

Sept. 3, 1919-Itasca County won first at the state fair for best county exhibit in the northern section, and the potato exhibit from the county tied for first

Sept. 3, 1919-Poles for extension of power lines to Grand Rapids are being distributed and crews of men are engaged in getting them in place. They are now distributed from Deer River to Grand Rapids.


Aug. 28, 1929-The Unity Mill Service Co. will open business in Grand Rapids. H.E. Hagen is the local manager.

Aug. 28, 1929-Work will be started this fall to dewater the Canisteo Pit at Coleraine. The project is led by Cleveland-Cliffs Mining Co.

Aug. 28, 1929-Instruction in flying and in the mechanics of aviation will be taught in a regular flying school to be located at Coleraine of present plans are carried out.


Aug. 30, 1939-Duane Mergele of Taconite, who was committed to the state school for boys at Red Wing some time ago, escaped that institution. He was caught up in Alvwood with a car he had stolen in Minneapolis.

Aug. 30, 1939-Four boys had a narrow escape from drowning in Pokegama Lake when their boat turned over. The boys were Gale Zurcher, Bud Voges and Jack Brunsvold, all of Grand Rapids, and Jack Tucker of Ventura, Calif. The boys were saved by Leonard Peterson and John Christianson.

Aug. 30, 1939-Grading and digging to prepare the space to be used by the federal CCC repair shops in Grand Rapids is well underway.


Sept. 1, 1949-“We’d like to come back next summer.” That was the almost unanimous opinion expressed by the Philadelphia Eagles – who had their training camp in Grand Rapids. A farewell party was held for the team.

Sept. 1, 1949-August was a record bear bounty month in Itasca. The county paid bounties for 72 adult bears and 36 cubs.

Sept. 1, 1949-Itasca County’s agricultural exhibit booth was awarded the grand championship sweepstakes and $100 at the state fair competition.


Sept. 1, 1959-Civil Air Patrol pilots flew 77 search missions looking for a plane missing since Aug. 21, that carried four Iowa men.

Sept. 1, 1959-Four out of 15 persons injured in a two-car collision near Bena are in critical condition on Itasca Memorial Hospital.

Sept. 3, 1959-Payment of nine cents per mile for county employees using their own cars at work will be restricted to employees in the land commission, assessor’s and surveyor’s offices.

Sept. 3, 1959-R.C. Elvin, Minneapolis contractor who posted the low bid on construction of the senior high addition, has refused to accept the contract. He told the school board he made a 424,000 error in submitting his bid. The bid was then awarded to a firm from Virginia, Minn.

Sept. 3, 1959-Forestry officials of Minnesota & Ontario Paper Co. met with the Itasca County Board asking that consideration be given to change in taxation of certain forest lands in the northern part of the county.


Aug. 28, 1969-Leech Lake Indian Reservation Business Committee warns all non-resident white people that state law prohibiting ricing on their reservation by white people not residing there will be enforced by Indian arrests of those violating this law.

Sept. 1, 1969-Two Japanese secondary school English teachers arrived in Grand Rapids and will live here until Sept. 15.

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Sept. 1, 1969-David W. Barrett of Chicago is in custody and faces aggravated assault charges in connection with the alleged stabbing of Richard Bailey, 21, of Nashwauk following a fight outside the Nashwauk Liquor Store.

Sept. 1, 1969-Mrs. Trella Rick is retiring after more than 25 years as a waitress at Mickey’s Cafe in Grand Rapids.


Sept. 3, 1979-The construction of a landfill that will accept sludge from the Grand Rapids secondary sewage treatment plant was explained at a hearing conducted by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Sept. 3, 1979-New teachers in District 318 include Marlene Anderson, Cheryl Harrington, Barbara Kelly, Janet MacNeil, Roland Mann, Mary Ann Salladay, Haroly Wilenius, Janice Goudy, Michael Beseres, Sheldon Hedlund, Perry Jarva, Robert Munkel, Norma Eppinga, Mary Kathleen Lillie and Renee Marshall.

Sept. 3, 1979-John A. Pechek, Bovey, Greenway High School principal, received an award for his long years of service in education during Education Day ceremonies at the Minnesota State Fair.

Sept. 3, 1979-Roger Jourdain, chairman of the Red Lake Reservation, claims someone shot at him while he was driving near Marble. The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office claims a rock struck the windshield.

Sept. 6, 1979-The Grand Rapids City Council voted to give authority to the Central School Committee to seek funding to restore or replace Old Central School

Sept. 6, 1979-The Grand Rapids School Board will ratify a salary contract with the Grand Rapids Federation of Teachers which will give the teachers a 16 percent total package increase over two years.

Sept. 6, 1979-The LaPrairie Church of God will dedicate its new building.

Sept. 3, 1979-The Rainbow Bottle Shop on Highway 169 East was held up at gunpoint by two men armed with a shotgun. The men made off with several hundred dollars.


Aug. 30, 1989-The Grand Rapids City Council voted 3-1 to approve making a grant request from the Central School Commission to the Blandin Foundation for $100,000 to help with replacing the bell tower, installing air conditioning and other projects.

Sept. 3, 1989-Two people died as a result of an accident in which the van they and six others were in left the road on Highway 200, one mile east of Hill City. The victims have not been identified but are from Eden Prairie, Minn.

Sept. 3, 1989-The Blandin Foundation approved a $37,000 grant to be used by the Quad County Telecommunications

Project, stationed in Remer.

It will further educational opportunities for students in the area.

Sept. 3, 1989-More than 1,100 people poured into the open air music hall at McCormick’s Store north of Grand Rapids to watch a performance from country music superstar Merle Haggard.


Aug. 29, 1999-After two years of negotiating, the Grand Rapids Public Utilities Commission has signed a stipulation agreement with the Minnesota pollution Control Agency setting forth penalties for an incident that occurred in March 1997. A $50,000 fine is included.

Sept. 1, 1999-For four straight days, vandals dug their tires in deep forming a raceway on the lush greens of Lakeview Cemetery in Coleraine.

Sept. 1, 1999-Joe Silko is the new principal of Grand Rapids High School and Lloyd Styrwoll is the new superintendent in the school district.


Aug. 30, 2009-A public hearing during the Itasca County Board meeting addressed a concern of residents on County Road 63 regarding the placement of rumble strips along the side of the road and the noise produced when vehicles drive over them..

Aug. 30, 2009-Referring to it as a “necessary evil,” Greenway School Board members voted to use OPEB bonding to help fund the district’s retiree health care obligations into the future – an option that will come at taxpayers’ expense but will help keep Greenway’s finances above water.

Aug. 30, 2009-Brad Gary Lemke,38, Grand Rapids, died as a result of a car/motorcycle accident at the intersection of River Road and Harris Town Road, about three miles southeast of Grand Rapids.

Sept. 2, 2009-Brian Patrick Buria, 47, Bigfork, a former Minnesota DNR conservation officer, was sentenced in Itasca County District Court on two felony charges of fifth degree possession of a controlled substance.


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