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Fri
20
May

Group asks for plants for Pioneer Mine entrance

From 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Ely Greenstone Public Art members will be planting and will welcome you and your plant cuttings to make the area attractive. Bring a bucket of dirt, some tools and pitch in if you can. Young or old, your help is important to make the mine area something of which we can all be proud, and new plants are welcome too!<BR><BR>Memorial fund iniated, donations being encouraged<BR><BR>Greenstone has also started a special fund for a memorial to the miners who died in Ely’s mines. You can donate to the tax-deductible fund at: Ely Greenstone Mine Memorial, 2647 Van Vac Rad, Ely. For more information call Anne Swenson at 365-3141 or 365-5917 or contact any Greenstone member. Members include Judy Fredrickson, Bill Defenbaugh, Phil Sauer, Mike Sinesio, Anne Swenson, Claire Taylor and Emily Wahlberg. Ex Officio members: Sue Anderson, Barb Berglund, Janice Erickson, Betsy Flaten and Tanya Thompson

Sat
14
May

Semeja plans to leave school board

The Ely School Board may soon have a vacancy.<BR><BR>Longtime board member Rudy Semeja is planning a move to Virginia - perhaps as soon as this summer - if a tentative deal to sell his rural Ely home goes through as expected.<BR><BR>“Nothing is official yet,” Semeja told his fellow board members during Monday’s regular meeting.

Sat
14
May

Morse signs off on airport project

The Morse board of supervisors gave initial approval to fund a share of the $1.8 million project to extend the runway at the Ely Airport.<BR><BR>Ely Mayor Roger Skraba pitched the project to the board. Federal funds would pick up 95 percent of the tab, leaving $90,000 in local funds.<BR><BR>Skraba said a joint proposal from area governments could entice the IRRRB to supply a grant for up to half the costs. <BR><BR>Babbitt, Ely and Winton have already signed onto the deal. <BR><BR>In a formula based on population, Morse would be responsible for 23 percent of the cost.

Fri
13
May

Saturday is Echo’s new publication date

The Ely Echo will be in the hands and homes of subscribers on Saturdays from now on, announced general manager Nick Wognum. The change will make the publication more timely and allow shoppers to plan their shopping for the coming week.<BR><BR>“The Echo has been a Monday publication for many years,” said publisher Anne Swenson, “although it started as a Wednesday paper. We discovered that the present day earlier deadlines for news and advertising each week allowed us to come out two days earlier than previously.”<BR><BR>Starting for the summer this week is the North Country Angler which is included in this edition. The columns by Bob Cary and Nick Wognum appear in this section of the paper.<BR><BR>“The Echo’s in-house print shop is booming,” Wognum said.

Sat
07
May

Ely takes note of National Tourism Week

The contributions of travel and tourism to our country are being celebrated across the nation from May 7-15. This is an opportunity to recognize the economic, social and cultural value of tourism. <BR><BR>In terms of direct and indirect expenditures, travel and tourism in Minnesota is a $9.2 billion industry. That number is impressive yet it doesn’t reflect just how deep the travel and tourism dollar trickles. <BR><BR>The travel dollar creates about 250,000 jobs and generates $1 billion in state and local tax revenue. One out of every eight jobs is indirectly created by travel and tourism. Tax dollars, generated by travel, fund vital educational programs, build roads, hospitals, and schools; and support social and community projects. <BR><BR>Although tourism impacts the success of Ely’s overall economy, it also ensures our quality of life because it influences every business and affects almost every aspect of our daily lives.

Sat
07
May

Ely kids returning to Global Finals

If it’s spring, it’s time for school students to take a field trip.<BR><BR>Ely’s sixth-graders make an annual visit to the Environmental Learning Center past Isabella.

Sat
07
May

Skraba to pitch garage project in Washington, D.C.

When federal lawmakers consider whether to allocate funding to help Ely pay for its share of a joint public works garage, they may get a nudge or two from local officials.<BR><BR>Mayor Roger Skraba will head to Washington, D.C. next month to lobby for federal assistance. He’ll join another Elyite - St. Louis County Commissioner Mike Forsman - in the nation’s capital.<BR><BR>Skraba’s trip was authorized last week by his fellow council members. About $1,500 in city monies were set aside for the mayor’s travel-related expenses.<BR><BR>Ely is seeking a $1 million federal grant for the project - to help offset a $2.6 million city share should the council decide to join St. Louis County in the $6.3 million initiative - and funding is sought as part of a federal transportation bill.<BR><BR>Skraba said the trip with Forsman will be timed so that they’re in D.C.

Fri
06
May

Strike averted at Ely nursing home

Just hours before they were to go on strike, licensed practical nurses at Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital and Nursing Home reached an agreement on a new contract.<BR><BR>The 11 LPNs voted late Tuesday to accept what hospital officials termed “a final offer,” averting what would have been the first work stoppage in the history of the local hospital.<BR><BR>According to hospital administrator John Fossum, the deal calls for annual wage increases of 2.5, 2.5 and two percent over a three-year term that runs from 2005-2008, as well as a two percent raise retroactive to July 1, 2004.<BR><BR>That’s exactly what the hospital had offered days before, when union leaders, who were seeking wage hikes of five percent retroactive to 2003 and an option to renegotiate in 2006, filed a strike notice.<BR><BR>But rather than walk off the job, union members decided - after a day of talks with hospital representatives and a state mediator - to accept the

Mon
02
May

Buchner takes keys at Sir G’s

One of Ely’s most popular eating establishments is in new hands.<BR><BR>Jim Buchner took over as owner of Sir G’s Italian Restaurant earlier this month, purchasing the business from longtime proprietor Barb Weisinger.<BR><BR>Located on the 500 block of East Sheridan Street, Sir G’s has been a staple of Ely’s dining scene for four decades.<BR><BR>The business is perhaps known best for its variety of pizzas and Italian dishes, and that isn’t likely to change anytime soon.<BR><BR>“The core menu is going to stay the same,” said Buchner, who plans to be an active owner/operator. “The customers are going to find the same meals they had before. The pizzas are going to stay the same...

Mon
02
May

Coldwell Banker is starting Babbitt office soon

In May, 2004 Jan and Gary Erchul of Coldwell Banker 1st Ely Realty purchased the former Gossip Bench building and moved right in the center of Ely's business district. <BR><BR>This month they will be opening an office in Babbitt, at 23 Central Boulevard, to better serve the Babbitt-Embarrass area. The office there will be staffed full time by Jim Smith, Gary Erchul, Lori Schulze and Jennifer McLaughlin. The phone number will be 218-827-8300. <BR><BR>Jan Erchul began her real estate career 25 years ago with Duane Krause of D. Krause and Associates. In 1994 Jan and Gary purchased Ely Realty from Jack Garske. <BR><BR> In May 2004, Ely Realty became affiliated with Coldwell Banker. The benefit of going from an independent company and joining the Coldwell Banker franchise is now they have a connection with the 3,400 Coldwell Banker offices throughout the United States. Coldwell Banker is America's largest full service real estate company.

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