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Fri
27
Oct

Lake Country Power advising members to seek safety and warmth during outage

The conditions following the late Thursday night snowstorm is making it difficult for linemen, bucket trucks and heavy equipment to access poles, wires and downed trees. As a result, Lake Country Power is advising any members still without power by 8:00 p.m. tonight to seek alternatives to stay warm.

Line crews have restored power to more than 4,000 members since 11:00 p.m. Thursday night. Crews worked all night and day on Friday in an effort to restore electric service. While crews are making progress, they will need a mandatory rest period from 8:00 p.m. this evening until 6:00 a.m. Saturday morning.

Most outages are located in the Mountain Iron service area, including Lake Vermilion, Ely, Orr and Crane Lake. Other outages also affected members in the Grand Rapids and Kettle River service areas as well. As snow and ice melts from the lines, more outages are anticipated throughout the co-op’s service area.

Fri
27
Oct

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Fri
27
Oct

Gov Dayton comes out for PolyMet

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Fri
27
Oct

Burnout event means business

SPINNING TIRES at the Jake Forsman Memorial Burnout Competition were his parents Al and Bonnie Forsman last Saturday morning in front of the Ely city hall. Photo by Ruthanne Fenske.

by Tom Coombe -

The engines were revved up.
Cars spun, made noise, created a bit of smoke and laid patches of black rubber in front of City Hall.
It was legal, people came out in droves to cheer and applaud, and Ely’s downtown was abuzz with activity...
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Fri
27
Oct

Opioids hot topic at Ely drug forum

BABBITT police chief Chad Loewen asks a question prior to the drug forum on Wednesday night.

by Nick Wognum -

Fri
27
Oct

Snow promised for Halloween in Ely

HALLOWEEN rolls into Ely on Tuesday. In addition to traditional trick or treating, there will be a Trunk or Treat at Whiteside Park from 4:30-7 p.m. sponsored by Northern Tier High Adventure and the Ely Jaycees.

Fri
27
Oct

Snowstorm creates outages across northland

An overnight snowstorm is affecting electric service for nearly 2,500 Lake Country Power members. Those affected are mostly located in the cooperative’s Mountain Iron service area, including Lake Vermilion, Ely, Orr and Crane Lake. Additional outages are affecting members in the Grand Rapids and Kettle River service areas as well.

Many trees came down on power lines from the heavy, wet snow. Line crews are replacing broken poles, too. The biggest factor affecting outage restoration is slow and slippery travel with poor roads.

All available Lake Country Power line crews are working to restore service. Lake States Construction is also assisting.

Members may call the cooperative at 1-800-421-9959 for more information, or visit the Outage Center online at www.lakecountrypower.coop or http://mi.lcp.coop:82 for a real-time outage status.

Thu
26
Oct

Snow expected in northeast Minnesota

Winter Storm Information

A winter storm is expected across much of the Northland tonight into the weekend. It is expected to bring significant snowfall to portions of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin as well as very strong northeast winds.

Ely had its first snowfall of the season earlier in the week, which quickly melted. Drive safe!

Wed
25
Oct

Whitefish, tullibee sport-netting to open on Tower, Ely area lakes

Recreational netting dates for whitefish and tullibee (cisco) have been set on several Schedule I Lakes in the Tower fisheries work area, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Schedule I Lakes, which are more susceptible to sudden changes that impact water temperatures, will be opened and closed on a 48-hour notice posted at lake accesses, other public places, and the DNR website.

Schedule I Lakes (48 hour notice)

The following Tower Area lakes will be open Saturday, Oct 28 – Friday Nov. 17:

Vermilion (all except Pike Bay, south and west of a north-south line at narrowest portion between Echo Point and Punchers Point) - 3.5 inch mesh.

Fall – 1.75 inch mesh

Basswood – 1.75 inch mesh

Newton – 3.5 inch mesh

Wed
25
Oct

Proposed shift in Ely ambulance funding puts city, Morse at odds

by Tom Coombe -

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