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 Grand Rapids, Minnesota

Grand Rapids is a city in Itasca County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 10,869 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Itasca County.

The city of Grand Rapids is named for the 3.5-mile (5.6 km) long local rapids in the Mississippi River, which was the uppermost limit of practical steamboat travel during the late 19th century. Today, those rapids are hidden underneath the dam of the Blandin Paper Mill.

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updated Mon. December 18, 2023

Roger Bannister, the first man to break the four-minute mile, passed away last weekend. As a man who made history after reaching what was previously thought an impossible level of conditioning, Bannister's passing has gotten me thinking about my own level of physical fitness. Or lack thereof. Bannister ...

Soon voters in School District 318 will be going to the polls to vote yes or no on the school district's referendum. My concern is that one part of the referendum is to add onto the existing Cohasset Elementary School which seems fine but the school district also wants to add on a senior citizen center.
Richard Shustarich stands above an oil pipeline where it's melted the snow on his property near Grand Rapids, Minn. (Dan Kraker | MPR News)1 / 2 ... It's that simple," said Richard Shustarich, 77, who lives along the current Line 3 route just outside Grand Rapids, Minn. He has no problem with pipelines.
A sign for Line 3 where it crosses Richard Shustarich's property about five miles east of Grand Rapids, Minn. Dan Kraker | MPR News. Listen Story audio. 2min 58sec. Enbridge Energy wants to leave its aging Line 3 oil pipeline in the ground if it gets Minnesota regulators' approval to build a replacement ...


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