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Sat
23
Sep

Ely Marathon 2017 winners announced - unofficial as yet

While festivities continue in Ely tonight with live music in Whiteside Park, the Ely Marathon Races have ended.

Unofficial results: Boundary Waters Bank Half Marathon winner is LISA SMITH, 35, from Hibbing, MN in 1:26.50, first out of 234 finishers.

The half marathon men's division unofficial winner is Michael Eden.

The unofficial winner of the half marathon portage division Daniel Drehmel with an approximate time of 2:20.

Unofficial results: Ely marathon winner is HUDSON KINGSTON,34, from St. Paul, MN in 2:59.01. First out of 79 finishers.

Fri
22
Sep

Study on broadband needs up next

The program at the September 20 Rotary Club meeting featured speakers looking into the past and into the future. Erik Simula (left) spoke to the club about the Minnesota Canoe Museum, the evolving efforts to capture our canoe history, and Jack Maytum of Design Nine told about his work through a Blandin Foundation grant regarding better internet service to Ely.

Fri
22
Sep

Ely students set for Homecoming

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
22
Sep

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Fri
22
Sep

Finishing touches go in on new playground

VIEW FROM ABOVE - Students, teachers and volunteers work to spread wood chips Sept. 15 at the new Washington Elementary playground. Photo by Nick Wognum. WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY students were helped by Ely Memorial students in spreading out wood chips on Sept. 15 for the new playground facility. Many photos by Nick Wognum in this week's Ely Echo on newsstands now!

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Fri
22
Sep

Almost 120 years ago - This was Ely’s Sheridan Street

Utilizing the Ely Echo’s over 600 page “Blue Book” - Ely, Since 1888 and the 1900 Sanborn Map of Ely and the area, the detail on the Vail Hotell (far left) and the many saloons of Ely are noted in this week’s Ely Echo. Patrick Vail was Ely's first fire chief in 1889 when the volunteer department was formed. He was the owner of the hotel which burned on March 17, 1905. Vail was elected Mayor of Ely twice.

Fri
22
Sep

Mid-November before County 88 bridge opening

Looking south on County 88, Grant McMahan Boulevard, one see puddles but not much river as workers prepare for the cement pour. Once that is done, there will be a 30 day wait for the concrete to cure and be able to take the weight of vehicles and trucks. Meanwhile area residents in the Burntside and north Shagawa Lake area must still drive added miles to Ely. Plus this weekend the two Ely Marathon runs will shut down Echo Trail and the southeast portion of 88 as well as many Ely streets and avenues for runners.

Fri
22
Sep

Ely’s Slovenian Union of America’s 90th anniversary celebrated

Miro Medved, Honorary Consul of Republic of Slovenia, presenting a proclamation from Slovenia celebrating Ely’s Slovenian Union of America’s 90th anniversary. Receiving the proclamation at the Grand Ely Lodge Sunday Sept 17 was Ely’s SUA Chapter 23 President Pat Koski. The proclamation was in Slovenian with an English translation. About 30 people attended including guests from Slovenia, Biwabik, Gilbert and many from Ely.

Wed
20
Sep

School plan modified before rollout

by Tom Coombe
It took several months and a series of meetings to develop a proposed strategic plan for the Ely School District.
But at least for now, the district will wait to take the plan public.
Goals set by a 20-member committee have been condensed, and superintendent Kevin Abrahamson has developed objectives and action items related to each goal.
The committee, minus many of its members, gathered Monday with consultant Ralph Brauer to review the work and talk about the next steps in a process that started midway through the 2016-17 school year.
There was brief discussion this week of a public rollout, perhaps during parent-teacher conferences next month, but several committee members said more remains to be done - including internal discussions with school staff and perhaps further development of specifics.
Elementary principal Anne Oelke said she “would want to be very confident,” about the plan before the district moves forward.

Wed
20
Sep

Ely school tax levy could go down again

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