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Fri
08
Sep

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Fri
08
Sep

Ely’s Jack Daniels Band returns after 40 years

PERFORMING for a crowd of over 100 people in Jerry Fink’s yard last Sunday were Jack Daniels Band members Justin Champa, Jef Cierniak, Jerry Fink, Dave Waggoner and Earl Bulinski during a band practice session. Photo by Nick Wognum.

Fri
08
Sep

House passes Emmer-Nolan amendment to halt mining ban in Superior National Forest

The U.S. House Thursday approved a bipartisan amendment by U.S. Reps. Tom Emmer and Rick Nolan to halt the withdrawal of 234,328 acres of the Superior National Forest from all mining activities.
The amendment, which will become part of the omnibus FY 2018 federal spending package, specifically “prohibits funding from being used to implement a January 13, 2017 effort by the U.S. Department of Interior and Agriculture to restrict all leasing, exploration and potential development of approximately 234,328 acres of federal land in Northeast Minnesota.”
Following passage of the amendment, Nolan released the following statement:
“I was proud to help lead the way to passage of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) Wilderness Act back in 1978. None of us who live in northern Minnesota and love the great outdoors would ever support mining in the Boundary Waters.

Fri
08
Sep

Ely’s school year begins

Washington Elementary teacher Tiffany Davis lining students up on the playground on the first day of school. Photo by Nick Wognum

Fri
08
Sep

Gardner, Bercher first at Trezona Run

FEMALE WINNER - Evelyn Bercher (314), a senior on Ely’s high school girls cross country team won the women’s division at last Saturday’s four-mile run around the Trezona Trail. She is running side-by-side with her father, Tim (373), who was seventh in the men’s division. Close behind was Ely track and cross country coach Jayne Dusich (321).

by Tom Coombe -

Tue
05
Sep

Some magic for Harvest Moon; 24th festival features arts, crafts, food and unique entertainment acts

by Tom Coombe
Visitors to Ely’s second major festival of the year are in for a bit of magic.
Magician Kelvin Saline and his Magic Village Show will entertain those who come to Whiteside Park for the 24th annual Harvest Moon Festvial, slated for Sept. 8-10.
The spinoff and much smaller version of Ely’s Blueberry/Art Festival has carved its own unique niche in its nearly quarter-century of existence, with entertainment acts serving as a major attraction.
The magic show is new to this year’s lineup, with Saline on tap for four performances over the weekend, two each on Saturday and Sunday of festival weekend.
According to a news release, Saline “is sure to be entertaining with demonstrations of magic blended with clean comedy and conversations with his ventriloquist dummy about why he was fired from his job.”

Fri
01
Sep

Start of school year signals good things in Ely and the Ely Echo

The Ely Echo offers positive news about the town, the area and its people. Over 100 faces can be found on its pages this week and most weeks. This week only there is a special half price deal on printed Echo delivery. Call for details. Ask for Anne: 218-365-3141 or 1-800-492-3555.

Fri
01
Sep

School year starts in Ely; Students return to class Tuesday

LOOKING GOOD - The pieces are nearly all in place for the new elementary playground. Volunteers were pouring concrete. The landscaping is yet to come for the project. Photo by Nick Wognum.

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
01
Sep

Fishing still great in Ely area as season winds down

David Lynch, Spearfish, SD was cruising the shallow waters of Johnson Lake, tossing a Booyah Frog from Babe’s Bait & Tackle when this largemouth bass exploded onto his lure.

Erin Miller, Denver, IA let go the 27 inch, 7 lb. walleye she caught and released on Pipestone Bay, while a guest at Packsack Canoe Outfitters and Log Cabins.

Fri
01
Sep

Snowmobile clubs benefit

DONATION - Jim Zup (right) of the Fun Run Committee made a presentation to Bill Hane of the Ely Igloo Snowmobile Club. The Fun Run donated $6,030 to each snowmobile club in Ely, Babbitt and Tower.

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