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Remembering Forrest Willey, a True Hero, Through Memorial Scholarship

On October 5, 1966, a 15-year-old student, David Black, approached the Grand Rapids Middle School with a loaded .22 caliber pistol. He shot and seriously wounded one of his intended targets, 14-year-old Kevin Roth, a fellow student who Black felt had teased him. Forrest L. Willey, the Director of Secondary Education at the Grand Rapids Middle School, heard there was a student with a gun on campus and did not hesitate to go directly to the scene. He approached David and asked him for the gun. David shot at Mr. Willey and missed with the first bullet, but continued to

By |June 1st, 2022|Categories: News|0 Comments

$50,000 Matching Grant for Great Tails Animal Rescue Building Fund

Great Tails Animal Rescue, a nonprofit organization in the Itasca County Area with the mission of providing temporary shelter and veterinary care for stray, abandoned, and surrendered animals of Itasca County, has received a second challenge grant for their building fund. An anonymous donor will match donations up to $50,000 for Great Tail’s Building Fund from Memorial Day, May 30, 2022, through Labor Day, September 5, 2022.   Last December this same donor offered their first challenge grant of $50,000 and several donors did match that amount for a total of $100,000 towards the Great Tails Building Fund.  Last Fall,

By |May 25th, 2022|Categories: News|0 Comments

Itasca Area Cancer Crisis Fund is Year of Giving’s April Donation Recipient

Rapids Radio and partner, Timberlake Lodge, through their “Year of Giving” program are donating $2500 every month of 2022 to an area nonprofit.  Five local nonprofits are drawn randomly at the beginning of each month and then one winner is randomly selected from those five at the end of the month. The “Year of Giving” April recipient was the Itasca Area Cancer Crisis Fund.   The Itasca Area Cancer Crisis Fund supports crisis needs of individuals and families dealing with cancer. Since the IACCF began in 2010, it has paid out $412,857 in grants to 383 individuals or families fighting

By |May 18th, 2022|Categories: News|0 Comments

Spartan After School Program Receives Grant from Nashwauk Area Community Fund

The Spartan After School Fun Club at Nashwauk-Keewatin received $5,000 from the Nashwauk Area Community Fund to purchase snacks and craft items for the after-school program. The Spartan After School Fund Club provides enrichment and quality supervision for children from kindergarten through sixth grade after school.  Daily events include academics, enrichment, fun activities and a daily snack. The program provides all children a safe, supervised location after school and is open four days per week until 5:30pm.  The Fun Club provides participants with support and enrichment opportunities to improve academic outcomes, social-emotional learning, healthy behaviors and provides economically distressed students

By |May 11th, 2022|Categories: News|0 Comments

Itasca County Continues It’s Successful Journey to Fight Against Cancer!

Teamwork makes the dream work! Right? Local organizations worked together to create a generous donation recently by highlighting the new location and services of Northwoods Acupuncture and its Open House, while at the same time raising funds for the Itasca Area Cancer Crisis Fund (IACCF).  Since the IACCF began in 2010, it has paid out $412,857 in grants to 383 individuals or families fighting cancer!   Many of us remember the Bash event held every summer at Portage Park in Cohasset to keep funds flowing into the cancer fund (IACCF) for local area cancer recipients. This well-attended event had fun

By |May 4th, 2022|Categories: News|0 Comments

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