The Arrowhead region of Minnesota was found to have 4,099 artists and creative workers of the state’s 104,148 total. 24 percent of self-identified artists in Minnesota are employed full time as artists, 42 percent are employed part time, and the rest, 34 percent, are retired, hobbyists or students.
The total economic impact of artists and creative worker spending in the state is $644 million annually. In the Arrowhead, the economic impact of non-profit arts and cultural organizations is $63,200,000.
The most commonly practiced artistic discipline is visual arts, followed by theater and music/opera/musical theater. Creative workers are defined as people who make their living wholly, or in part, by working for for-profits, non-profits, or self employed, in 41 creative occupations.
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THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT - Betty Kunstel, who serves as a cheerleader for high school boys and girls basketball games, was thanked with flowers by Ely seniors Susan Cook, Morgan Moravitz and Maggie Isbell before the Wolves’ Parents’ Night win over Northeast Range. Betty was also featured on WDIO telesion news report Thursday night on the 10 p.m. news segment.
SNOWMOBILES at the ready as the Pink Ribbon Riders prepare to leave Saturday for their fundraiser to provide financial assistance to men and women with breast cancer. At the group’s banquet Saturday night at Grand Ely Lodge it was announced this year over $75,000 was raised. Photo by Nick Wognum.
FIRST PLACE in the Ely Jaycees Broomball Tournament were the Jersey Boys. Pictured (l-r): Front row (laying down) Aleksy Perry; Middle row: Andy Krunkkala, Cole Kellogg, Thomas Montana, Tayler Banks; Back row: Matthew Gerzin, Teddy Pierce, Drew Jordan, Max Gantt, Ben Bialik.
IN BONAIRE - Pete Ahlfs a former and future Elyite with Leann Luhring on vacation while enjoying the Ely Echo on the beautiful island beach in Bonaire. Bonaire, an island municipality of the Netherlands, lies off Venezuela’s coast in the southern Caribbean.
by Tom Coombe
An environmental organization has joined the legal fight over exploratory mining leases near Ely.
In a ruling earlier this week, a federal judge allowed Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness to become a defendant in a lawsuit filed against the federal government by Twin Metals Minnesota.
Last fall, Twin Metals took action challenging the federal Bureau of Land Management’s authority to revoke long-held leases critical to the development of a proposed copper-nickel mine near Ely.
While Twin Metals is suing the federal government, Judge Susan Richard Nelson said that NMW meets the legal requirements to become a co-defendant.
In a filing made in November, NMW cited “dangers posed by mining and other activities - such as those proposed and undertaken by Twin Metals - to its members’ use and enjoyment of their property and the Boundary Waters as well as to their livelihoods.”