History of Itasca County

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Dirty “Pete”

Pete Weigant By: Bob Anderson 2000 I started out writing Pete Weigant, Mayor of the Big City of Craig and that sand

By |2011-06-02T19:02:04-05:00June 2nd, 2011|

Splithand “The Early Years”

This contains the early history of the people living in Splithand east of the Mississippi River. We list these separate from the west side of the river because they were a community apart from the rest of Splithand. The first person to homestead was Pete Tory in the year 1891, followed by Carl Carlson in [...]

By |2017-10-24T15:47:53-05:00May 17th, 2011|

Native Know-How

By Brian Vroman The Ojibwe, and before them the Dakota, who lived in this region before the coming of European immigrants, had an intimate knowledge of the woods and waters and the things therein. They found sustenance, manufactured clothing, and constructed shelter with materials at hand. At the Itasca County Historical Society there recently surfaced [...]

By |2011-06-07T16:34:45-05:00April 26th, 2011|

Issue 2: Thursday, July 10, 1890

The Grand Rapids Weekly Eagle Itasca County’s First Newspaper Issue 2: Thursday, July 10, 1890 edited by Don Boese THE EAGLE is proud of its reception at Grand Rapids. The 2,000 copies of the first issue went off like celluloid cakes. Subscribe for the EAGLE. […]

By |2017-10-24T15:47:53-05:00April 8th, 2011|

Issue 1: Thursday, July 3, 1890

The Grand Rapids Weekly Eagle Itasca County’s First Newspaper Issue 1: Thursday, July 3, 1890 edited by Don Boese The eagle, sui generis, (this is not Chippewa,) is the feather-covered bird of liberty that screams for equal rights, and flaps his wings on the American dollar. The Grand Rapids EAGLE, except the feathers, will have [...]

By |2017-10-24T15:47:53-05:00April 8th, 2011|

Intro – Itasca County’s First Newspaper

The Grand Rapids Weekly Eagle Itasca County's First Newspaper edited by Don Boese The first newspaper in Itasca County was the Grand Rapids Weekly Eagle published briefly in l890. No copies survived, or so it was thought, until during the summer of 1998. The first two issues surfaced in a collection of family materials being [...]

By |2011-04-08T19:02:19-05:00April 8th, 2011|

A Dialogue with President Emeritus Harold E. Wilson

The Wilson Years A Dialogue with President Emeritus Harold E. Wilson with Additional Commentary Itasca Junior College, Itasca State Junior College, Itasca Community College 1941-1975 Conducted, compiled, and edited by Don Boese First mention in the local press had both name and background in error in the Itasca Iron News of July 17, 1941: The [...]

By |2017-10-24T15:47:53-05:00April 8th, 2011|

History of Itasca Community College

Notes on the History of Itasca Community College By Don Boese Across the Range at the turn of the century school districts took very seriously the need to educate the influx of people arriving from diverse places. In our area, in the Canisteo District on the western Mesabi, John Greenway placed particular emphasis on educational [...]

By |2017-10-24T15:47:53-05:00April 8th, 2011|

Voyage to the Caribbean

Voyage to the Caribbean by Don Boese The great Itasca Community College trek to visit the British and American Virgin Islands had been long anticipated by the present and past students and others joining our group of fourteen. Nine of us were to depart from Itasca on Saturday, August 1, l998, and we gathered at [...]

By |2017-10-24T15:47:54-05:00April 8th, 2011|

Rossman and Blandin Correspondence

Rossman and Blandin Correspondence edited by Don Boese Laurence A. Rossman, publisher of the Grand Rapids Herald Review and C. K. Blandin, owner of the Blandin Paper Company, were best of friends. Blandin had served as editor-publisher of two small-town Minnesota newspapers in his early career and that, plus mutual interests in regard to the [...]

By |2017-10-24T15:47:54-05:00April 8th, 2011|