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Mon
17
Oct

Northshore reaches settlement in gender discrimination lawsuit

Attorneys for Northshore Mining and a plaintiff class of female employees jointly announced they have reached an agreement to settle a gender discrimination class action lawsuit.<BR><BR>Northshore will pay $1.3 million in the case that involves 42 current and former female employees. The settlement amount includes attorneys’ fees. <BR><BR>In the suit, Holly Mathers, Sue Gundy, Rose Seelen and Dianne Thiel, alleged that they and other women had been discriminated against on the basis of gender in promotions, training, job assignments and overtime.<BR><BR>The lawsuit was originally filed in December, 1999 and was certified as a class action in September, 2003 to include 38 other current and former female hourly and non-exempt employees of Northshore Mining.

Mon
17
Oct

Oberstar lauds Ely projects

Congressman Jim Oberstar talked about his Slovenian heritage, tried out a logging simulator and trumpeted federal funding allocations he secured for the area during a whirlwind visit to Ely Wednesday.<BR><BR>The Eighth District Representative stopped at Vermilion Community College, the downtown technology center and the college’s outdoor learning center before holding a press conference at the Grand Ely Lodge. He them moved on to Fortune Bay Resort and Casino for a political fundrasier that evening.<BR><BR>At some of the stops he discussed his Slovenian roots and longtime connections to Ely - harkening back to dealings with the late J.P.

Mon
17
Oct

Echo newscasts airing on WELY

Radio station WELY has added local news - provided by the Ely Echo - to its programming lineup.<BR><BR>The news broadcasts, which originate from the Echo news room, began earlier this month and air several times each weekday, generally at 10 minutes before the hour.<BR><BR>“Having local news is part of the responsibility of a community radio station,” said WELY General Manager Bill Roloff. “We added local news because there was no place for people to get daily local news.”<BR><BR>Echo editor Tom Coombe goes on the air with most of the reports, and general manager Nick Wognum fills in when necessary.<BR><BR>“We’re very happy to be providing the news for WELY,” said Coombe. “We’re getting the chance to get the news out on a daily basis and we’re giving our readers a peek at what’s coming in their newspaper on Saturday. On the radio, you don’t have time to give more than the headlines and a few tidbits of information.

Mon
17
Oct

Website host has big problems

Three months of Ely Echo news disappeared over the weekend when 1upsoftware, the Echo host, had internal problems.<BR><BR>On Monday Echo staffers learned the site had been compromised and information posted had been lost.<BR><BR>At this time the site will be rebuilt for the issue sent to its subscribers for Saturday, October 15, 2005. The missing weeks will be reposted at a later date.<BR><BR>We apologize to our online readers for the inconvenience.

Sat
06
Aug

County backs housing project

Plans for a 26-unit housing development in Ely picked up steam last week with support from the St.

Sat
06
Aug

Administrator has Monday deadline

Ely City Council members won’t know until Monday if the city has a new chief executive.<BR><BR>That’s when Jill Teetzel, who was offered the job in late-June, is scheduled to begin her duties as Ely’s clerk-treasurer-administrator.<BR><BR>But Teetzel’s arrival appeared far from certain when the Echo went to press.<BR><BR>City officials had not received a signed employment contract as of late Wednesday, and a published report indicated that earlier this summer Teetzel had accepted - but never showed up - for a similar job in Sebeka, a central Minnesota city.<BR><BR>Another published report indicated that Teetzel was exploring job options in several cities, including Ely.<BR><BR>Council members didn’t address those issues during discussion Tuesday night, but it appears their patience may be wearing thin.<BR><BR>They indicated that they’ll move in another direction if Teetzel - who could not be reached for comment

Fri
05
Aug

Fortune Bay unveils expansion plans

Fortune Bay Resort Casino will add 60 rooms to its hotel and more than 3,500 square feet of casino space in the first phase of an ambitious expansion plan.<BR><BR>Bois Forte tribal officials approved the plans, which were announced last week and resulted from years of discussion involving tribal leaders, Fortune Bay staff and board members.<BR><BR>“We are committed to improving the regional economy and providing excellent jobs to area residents,” said Kevin Leecy, chairman of the Bois Forte Reservation Tribal Council.

Fri
05
Aug

World Press journalists set for public forum

World affairs will be the subject Monday, Aug. 8 at the Grand Ely Lodge when the Ely Echo hosts a panel discussion featuring 10 foreign journalists.<BR><BR>The journalists are spending the weekend in Ely as part of the annual World Press Institute fellows’ tour, and the public forum starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. at the Grand Ely Lodge. Coffee is served starting at 9:30 a.m.<BR><BR>Both national and international issues are likely to be addressed by this year’s WPI contingent, who represent Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Nepal, Nigeria, Peru, Romania and the Philippines.<BR><BR>“It’s always a very fascinating discussion,” said Anne Swenson, publisher of the Ely Echo. “We look forward to hosting the journalists and getting their insight.

Sat
30
Jul

Joint Powers group may tout itself

Facing scrutiny by some public officials as well as tight budgets from funding sources, members of the Ely Area Joint Powers Board may take a proactive approach to promote the work of the economic development organization.<BR><BR>In existence since 1997, the Joint Powers includes Ely, Winton, Morse Township and the Ely School District as full voting members and the entities work together since its inception to fund the activities of the Ely Area Development Association.<BR><BR>The organization has expanded its focus the last two years, adding Babbitt and Vermilion Community College as non-voting members, and crafting cost-share agreements for local recycling, Hidden Valley, the Ely Public Library and the Small Business Development Center’s Ely office.<BR><BR>Joint Powers has also been the fiscal agent for numerous grants, including a recent $45,000 award from the IRRRB to cover part of the local match required for a $1.8 million project at the air

Sat
30
Jul

Tentative start date set for new administrator

It looks like Ely’s top administrative position may finally be filled.<BR><BR>Jill Teetzel, who was selected last month from a field of five finalists and 20 total applicants for the city’s vacant clerk-treasurer-administrator job, has indicated to city officials that she’ll take the job and start work at City Hall on Aug. 8.<BR><BR>The city had not received a signed contract prior to the Echo’s deadline, but council member Butch Pecha said Wednesday that he believes Teetzel will come on board.<BR><BR>“She accepted the job verbally to me,” said Pecha. “Her planned starting date is Aug. 8.

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