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12
Apr

Nine Ely speakers going to state meet

Ely will once again be well represented at the state high school speech competition.<BR><BR>The Timberwolves sent 10 speakers to state a year ago, and this Friday’s State Class A meet will include nine Ely speakers.<BR><BR>That was assured after the Wolves turned in a solid second-place showing at the April 2 Section 7A competition at Hermantown.<BR><BR>Three Ely seniors won section championships and head the local contingent that will compete in the state event at Centennial High School, located in Circle Pines.<BR><BR>Brian Kess topped the field in the Humorous division, Raychal Zupancich was first in Drama and Kai Bowen earned the gold medal in Great Speeches.<BR><BR>Kess and Zupancich teamed up a year ago to win the section title in Dramatic Duo last year, and both captured individual championships this time around.<BR><BR>Six other Ely speakers were in the top three of their respective categories, good enou

Mon
05
Apr

New look begins for ELYECHO.COM

Since 1999 the Ely Echo has had a presence on the World Wide Web as ELYECHO.COM. As the site has grown and interest in the internet has evolved, we've evolved with it.<BR><BR>The new look for the Echo's website starts this week as the Echo switches providers while retaining the same domain name.<BR><BR>While many of the areas on the new site remain the same or similar, browsers can expect some surprises as well. We hope all surprises will be pleasant ones and encourage Echo readers to keep an eye out for the changes.<BR><BR>Echo subscribers on the web were notified of the change in store.

Mon
05
Apr

New look slated for ELYECHO.COM

Since 1999 the Ely Echo has had a presence on the World Wide Web as ELYECHO.COM. As the site has grown and interest in the internet has evolved, we've evolved with it.<BR><BR>A new look is coming for the Echo's website as the Echo switches providers while retaining the same domain name.<BR><BR>While many of the areas on the new site will remain the same or similar, browsers can expect some surprises as well. We hope all surprises will be pleasant ones and encourage Echo readers to keep an eye out for the changes.<BR><BR>Echo subscribers on the web were notified of the change in store.

Mon
05
Apr

Radio Shack moving to Sheridan Street

This summer shoppers on Sheridan Street will be able to fill their electronic needs as Radio Shack moves from Chapman Street to the building currently occupied by the North American Bear Center.<BR><BR>“We needed more sales and more space and we think more walk-in traffic will help,” said owner Cam Peacock. <BR><BR>After spending five years on Chap-man Street, Radio Shack and Peacock’s other business, Range Lock and Alarm, will relocate as of July 1.<BR><BR>“We want to be open by the middle of June but our absolute deadline is July 1,” said Peacock.<BR><BR>What was once the Ely Vet Clinic and Steger Mukluks will become the home of one of the nation’s best-known electronics stores.<BR><BR>“We want to put in a wider variety of Radio Shack items and we’ll have more space to do that,” said Peacock.<BR><BR>“Plus we’ll be able to expand the lock department in the back.

Mon
05
Apr

Owner of Babbitt Junction plans to rebuild after fire

A devastating fire burned a Babbitt landmark early Monday morning. A fire at the Babbitt Junction bar and restaurant was reported just before 5 a.m. and firefighters battled the blaze for several hours but the building was a total loss.<BR><BR>Owner Gary Burow said he received a call from the Midway dispatcher Monday morning. “They called me at eight minutes to five, I got there at 10 after six and it was gone,” said Burow, who lives in Makinen.<BR><BR>The building, originally the Babbitt Legion, had been constructed with a tarred flat roof. After a metal roof was put on and developed leaks, a rubber coating was added, providing plenty of fuel for a fire that reportedly started in the electrical system.<BR><BR>“The fire department managed to get a few jerseys out of my office which they took out and brought to me,” said Burow. “One of things they brought was my dad’s flag from his casket and that had a special meaning to me.

Mon
05
Apr

Bear Center at a crossroads

The next few months may go a long way in determining if a full-scale bear museum will be located in the Ely area.<BR><BR>For the last two years, the North American Bear Center has maintained a presence in Ely through a downtown storefront mini-museum, while boosters raised money for the development of a larger facility just outside of town.<BR><BR>And while the group has raised about half of the $1.3 million they need to launch the project, several obstacles remain.<BR><BR>NABC Executive Director Bob Matson said fundraising remains a primary issue.<BR><BR>“It’s a critical time for us right now,” said Matson.

Mon
05
Apr

Only two days left to enter Ice Out Contest

Only one winner with one guess will be the recipient of the $100 in Grand Ely Lodge dollars at the end of the Ely Echo’s Shagawa Lake Ice Out Contest.<BR><BR>And there are only two days to get your entry in if you haven’t yet entered. <BR><BR>Send your entry to: Ely Echo Ice Out Contest, 2 E. Sheridan, Ely 55731 or email to: thepub@elyecho.com.<BR><BR>You must include the date and time you estimate the ice will be out on Shagawa Lake and include your name, address and phone number.

Mon
05
Apr

Feds to fund 169 project

The long wait for funding to improve Highway 169 may be over.<BR><BR>Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives was set to pass a transportation bill that includes more than $14 million in federal money for safety improvements to the much-traveled roadway between Ely and Virginia, much to the delight of area citizens who have worked for several years to advance the project.<BR><BR>US. Rep.

Mon
05
Apr

10th annual Echo Progress Edition released this week

Included in this week’s newspaper is the Ely Echo’s 10th annual Progress Edition.<BR><BR>More than 30 area businesses and entities, some new, many that have made significant changes during the past 12 months, are profiled via reports and/or photographs in two special Progress sections.<BR><BR>This week’s paper is one of the largest editions in the publication’s 30-year history.<BR><BR>Also included in the edition is a “Business Honor Roll,” a listing of dozens of local businesses and the year they came into existence.<BR><BR>Since 1995, the Echo has released a Progress Edition each spring. It’s included reports of 16-to-24 pages, depending upon the amount of activity on the area business front.<BR><BR>

Mon
29
Mar

169 project coming to life

by Tom Coombe<BR><BR>With nearly $3 million in improvements on the way and funding for more in the works, members of the Highway 169 Task Force will reconvene.<BR><BR>The group that recommended $43 million in improvements and reconstruction for the thoroughfare between Ely and Virginia will gather April 29 at the Tower Civic Center (6:30 p.m.).<BR><BR>Andy Hubley, who facilitated task force activities for the Arrowhead Regional Development Council, is scheduled to attend the public meeting and present an update on the 169 project as well as other area highway projects.<BR><BR>Task force members, including representatives from each entity along the highway, met several times in 2000 and 2001 and recommended a series of safety-related improvements to state highway officials and U.S. Rep.

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