Grand Rapids man charged with drug sales

A 57-year-old Grand Rapids man was charged with first degree controlled substance sales in Itasca County yesterday.

According to a release, 57-year-old Larry Zempel resided at a property where, after a search warrant, more than seven ounces of methamphetamine and over $20,000 in cash were found, which was seized by the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office.

Unconditional bail was set at $200,000, and Zempel will make his next court appearance next week.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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