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March 21, 2014
Itasca County teen gets probation for high-speed chase
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. -- An Itasca County teenager will be on strict probation through 2016, and will have to pay $12,800 in restitution and perform 71 hours of community service, according to a sentence read Wednesday in district court. Grant Gunderson pleaded guilty in February...
March 21, 2014 - 9:51am
January 3, 2014
Bail increased for suspect in Itasca County church break-ins
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. -- Bail was increased Thursday for a Grand Rapids man facing 15 charges related to multiple burglaries at churches across Itasca County the past year. Danny Edward Madsen, 42, faces nine counts of second-degree burglary and six counts relating to the...
January 3, 2014 - 1:25pm
December 17, 2013
10-year-old seriously injured in Itasca County accident
A 10-year-old Grand Rapids boy was seriously injured in a two-vehicle collision Monday night on U.S. Highway 2 in Itasca County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2004 Buick Rendezvous driven by Christine Flannigan, 56, of Grand Rapids, was westbound on Highway 2....
December 17, 2013 - 10:21am
December 16, 2013
Beltrami County among most dangerous for drunk driving
BEMIDJI -- Before lifting that cup of cheer to toast the New Year, designate a sober driver. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety office has been jacking up DWI enforcement efforts and racking up arrests since Thanksgiving. The extra patrols are part of a monthlong Drive Sober...
December 16, 2013 - 7:04pm
August 29, 2013
Updated: Tornado warning remains until 7 p.m. for parts of Itasca, Aitkin and Cass counties
The National Weather Service says a tornado warning issued for south-central Itasca, northwest Aitkin and east-central Cass counties remains in effect until 7 p.m. At 6:40 p.m., a tornado was confirmed 5 miles east of Remer moving southeast at 25 mph. High wind gusts and golf-ball...
August 29, 2013 - 5:34pm
August 28, 2013
Oldest-known wild bear dies in Minnesota
By Sam Cook Forum News Service The world’s oldest-known wild bear has died of old age in Itasca County at the age of 39½, according...
August 28, 2013 - 9:06am
July 30, 2013
Deer River man charged in death of girlfriend
BEMIDJI -- A Deer River man is being held without bail after being charged with the murder of his girlfriend. Eugene Nason, 50, shared a home at 508 5th Street South with 43-year-old Sonya Ann Smith. While the criminal complaint released Tuesday evening by the Itasca County Sheriff's...
July 30, 2013 - 6:46pm
July 8, 2013
Teen accused in Itasca County chase may be tried as an adult
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. -- The Itasca County Attorney’s Office said Monday it wants a 17-year-old involved in a high-speed chase last week to be tried as an adult. Grant Edward Gunderson of Grand Rapids appeared Monday on five felony charges resulting from the incident. According...
July 8, 2013 - 8:03pm
June 19, 2013
Minnesota traffic deaths rise in 2012
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Traffic safety officials say Minnesota last year saw its first increase in traffic deaths since 2007. The final crash report shows Minnesota had 395 traffic deaths in 2012. That’s a 7 percent increase from 2011, when 368 deaths were recorded. But...
June 19, 2013 - 4:08pm
May 30, 2013
Zebra mussels found in Itasca County lakes
By John Myers Forum News Service DULUTH -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Thursday confirmed that zebra mussels have been found in Sand Lake in Itasca County. DNR aquatic invasive species experts confirmed the finding of a citizen who discovered...
May 30, 2013 - 9:16pm
March 7, 2013
Bovey man sentenced for Grand Rapids murder
GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — A northern Minnesota man has been sentenced to at least 35 years in prison for a fatal shooting in Grand Rapids just before Christmas. The sentence imposed by a judge in Itasca County Thursday says 26-year-old William Levi Payne will have to serve at least 35...
March 7, 2013 - 11:51am
March 6, 2013
Former Itasca Co. sheriff's deputy faces charge of using cellphone to record girl, 17, in shower
ST. PAUL – A former Itasca County Sheriff’s Office Deputy was charged Wednesday with a felony for allegedly attempting to capture video of a juvenile in a bathroom. Aaron Edward Apitz, 45, of Deer River faces a felony charge of interference with privacy against a minor under 18....
March 6, 2013 - 3:48pm
December 4, 2012
Foul play ruled out in death of Minn. man at party
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — Investigators have ruled out foul play in the death of a 19-year-old man found unresponsive at a hunting camp party in northern Minnesota this fall. The Itasca County sheriff's office says an autopsy found that Steven Shields-Moreno of Nashwauk did not...
December 4, 2012 - 5:08pm
Corrections officer faces sex charges
GRAND RAPIDS – A corrections officer faces felony charges on accusations he engaged in multiple acts of sexual misconduct with a female inmate while working at the state correctional facility in Togo. During a court hearing this week, bail for James Allen Bongaarts, 56, of Tower...
December 4, 2012 - 4:51pm
October 31, 2012
Sheriff investigating death at party
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. -- The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of a man who died during a large weekend party as authorities try to determine how he died. Steven Shields-Moreno, 18, of Nashwauk, was found unresponsive about 3 a.m. Sunday outside a cabin at a hunting...
October 31, 2012 - 11:52am