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Sun
07
Nov

Diatom studies in Ely gauge water quality in area lakes

Dr. Euan Reavie and Amy Kireta are environmental scientists in a research laboratory at Vermilion Community College. <BR><BR>Their office is an off-campus research facility of the University of Minnesota Duluth, and is funded by the state, with logistic support from the community college. <BR><BR>In the 1990s it was determined that a research lab was needed in this area to support environmental concerns in the lake district and have contact with public organizations, as well as the university. The Ely office is a component of the Center for Water and Environment (CWE), which is part of the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI), based in Duluth. The primary mandate of the CWE is environmental assessments and applications for the public and private sectors. <BR><BR>The Ely research lab was previously directed by Dr. John Kingston who passed away in June 2004 as a result of a brain tumor. Dr. Reavie was hired to join Dr.

Sun
07
Nov

Diatom studies in Ely gauge water quality in area lakes

Dr. Euan Reavie and Amy Kireta are environmental scientists in a research laboratory at Vermilion Community College. <BR><BR>Their office is an off-campus research facility of the University of Minnesota Duluth, and is funded by the state, with logistic support from the community college. <BR><BR>In the 1990s it was determined that a research lab was needed in this area to support environmental concerns in the lake district and have contact with public organizations, as well as the university. The Ely office is a component of the Center for Water and Environment (CWE), which is part of the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI), based in Duluth. The primary mandate of the CWE is environmental assessments and applications for the public and private sectors. <BR><BR>The Ely research lab was previously directed by Dr. John Kingston who passed away in June 2004 as a result of a brain tumor. Dr. Reavie was hired to join Dr.

Wed
03
Nov

Skraba elected Ely Mayor; Zupec, Debeltz and Novak on council

For Roger Skraba, the third time was the charm.<BR><BR>After an unsuccessful bids for mayor in 2000 and the state legislature two years ago, Skraba has made a triumphant return to elected office.<BR><BR>Tuesday, Skraba won Ely’s mayoral race, topping incumbent Frank Salerno in convincing fashion. He carried all four city precincts and gathered 1,207 votes to Salerno’s 875, a 58-42 percent split.<BR><BR>Ely voters also returned two council incumbents and defeated another.<BR><BR>Incumbents Mark Zupec (1,223 votes) and Jerome Debeltz (1,197), along with political newcomer Chuck Novak (1,049) won four-year terms on the city council.<BR><BR>The other incumbent - Paul Kess - finished fifth among six candidates and will leave city government after a decade in office.<BR><BR>Patrick Osaben finished fourth with 968 votes, while Kess followed with 842.

Mon
01
Nov

Member questions Joint Powers’ focus

An original member of the Ely Area Joint Powers Board has called on the organization to do more to spur economic development.<BR><BR>Rudy Semeja, chairman of the Ely School Board and part of the joint powers group since its inception seven years ago, told members Wednesday that the group needs to focus on job growth.<BR><BR>“We don’t even talk about getting jobs in the area,” said Semeja. “We don’t know what’s going on, what’s being done. I don’t hear anything anywhere. We’ve got to keep moving on this. I see what’s happening in Hibbing, Grand Rapids, Aurora with the new (coal gasification) power plant. Nothing is happening. I’m disappointed.

Sun
31
Oct

Bear Center close to land deal

The North American Bear Center may soon have the land it needs to develop a full-scale bear museum outside of Ely.<BR><BR>This week, St. Louis County commissioners are expected to give final approval to a plan that would allow the non-profit organization to buy 33.5 acres of tax forfeited land just west of town on Highway 169, the proposed site for the new facility.<BR><BR>Construction would begin next summer in an effort to open by 2006.

Sun
31
Oct

A special day for Ely’s Polka Pal

In Ely, Don Micklich and Saturday mornings go hand-in-hand.<BR><BR>For four decades, area residents have woken up to the sounds of Frankie Yankovic, Ely’s own Barich Brothers and every other notable polka act on the morning-long polka show hosted by WELY Radio’s Polka Pal Don.<BR><BR>Micklich’s devotion hasn’t gone unnoticed.<BR><BR>Several years ago, Micklich gained polka music’s lifetime achievement award and his Saturday program on WELY is so popular that volunteers show up each week to take down the requests called in by loyal listeners.<BR><BR>And on Saturday, Oct.

Sun
31
Oct

Wolf Center critical of Bush television ad

As the presidential race heads toward a dramatic conclusion, Ely’s International Wolf Center has jumped into the fray by denouncing a television advertisement sponsored by the Bush campaign.<BR><BR>Center officials are howling about a commercial that they say compares wolves to terrorists.<BR><BR>The commercial, released Oct. 23 and playing around the country, shows wolves in a wooded setting while a speaker warns of a terrorist threat to America.<BR><BR>That struck a nerve with the center director Walter Medwid, who’s based in the organization’s Minneapolis office.<BR><BR>“Using wolves as a metaphor for terrorists rekindles the old fears and prejudice that we have worked hard to overcome,” said Medwid. “Wolves suffer when the most powerful office in the world associates them with such a widely feared and revised symbol of evil.

Sun
31
Oct

Now, it’s up to the voters

Bush or Kerry? Breaker or Dill? Salerno or Skraba?<BR><BR>The answers, finally, are in your hands.<BR><BR>The seemingly endless barrage of television, radio and newspaper advertisements, letters to the editor, public meetings and on-the-street discussions will be over in less than 24 hours, when decisions in an emotionally-charged election campaign go to the voters.<BR><BR>Polls open in four Ely precincts, neighboring townships and around the state at 7 a.m.

Fri
29
Oct

Four charged in burglary, including granddaughter

Two men and two women have been charged in county court following a burglary at an Ely residence that included over $250,000 in cash.<BR><BR>The home of Rudolph Robich west of Ely on Hwy. 169 was burglarized on Saturday, Oct. 16. In addition to the case, a safe and several firearms were reported stolen. <BR><BR>According to Lt. Edward Kippley of the St. Louis County Sheriff's Department in Virginia, one of the four charged is Robich’s granddaughter.<BR><BR>Stacy Jauhola, 20, of Ely was charged with second degree burglary and possession of stolen property.

Sun
24
Oct

Vermilion opens downtown Tech Center

Vermilion Community College will soon have a downtown presence with the opening of its TechNorth Prep Center.<BR><BR>Part of the True North economic initiative advanced by the regional community college system, the TPC will be the home of a VCC employee and a location aimed at marketing and promoting the development of high-technology jobs in the Ely area.<BR><BR>VCC has signed a one-year lease for 1,200 square feet of office space in the Queen City Federal building on East Sheridan Street. The college will use the space previously occupied by Ely Realty.<BR><BR>Bill Henning, former Ely area economic developer and current member of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board, is working for VCC as a consultant on the project.<BR><BR>“What the TPC is going to do is provide a contact point with the college,” said Henning.

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