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Sat
18
Feb

Ely Nordic skiers to compete at state meet

Cold weather forced the postponement of the state high school Nordic ski meet, which was scheduled for Friday at Giants Ridge near Biwabik.<BR><BR>Forecasted highs of 10-below and wind-chill readings as low as 40-below prompted meet organizers to delay the event until Tuesday, when it will begin at 11 a.m.<BR><BR>Five Ely Timberwolves are scheduled to participate.<BR><BR>Section triple-crown winner Adam Shultz was one of two Ely boys to qualify. Joining the standout senior at the state event is junior Nick Peterson.<BR><BR>Ellen Anderson finished second in the section pursuit race at Giants Ridge Feb.

Sat
11
Feb

Ice candles brighten park

Frank Fifo had been observing Whiteside Park all 12 years of the Voyageur Winter Festival with its beautiful snow sculptures. <BR><BR>As spectacular as the sculptures may be, Fifo was beginning to think the park looked a little boring, like there needed to be something a little new, a little different, a little more life…something more festive about the park. He approached the snow sculpture committee and offered his idea of ice candles and volunteered to make them himself. <BR><BR>And so for the last three years the park has had a nice little extra sparkle about it starting at dusk when Frank and sometimes his wife Retta joins him to light the many ice candles. The twinkle pulls the attention into the park and perks it up a bit. <BR><BR>The wind is a huge factor in lighting the candles and it didn’t cooperate Friday night, the opening night of the festival.

Sat
11
Feb

City to form CC committee

City officials aren’t about to take immediate action on the fate of the Ely Community Center.<BR><BR>They want more information - from a gauge of public opinion to the options and costs associated with both restoring and demolishing the nearly 70-year-old building - and a “blue ribbon” committee will be formed to do the legwork.<BR><BR>City council members voted Tuesday to form a 12-member committee and advertise for applicants.<BR><BR>“I’m not looking for any (specific result),” said mayor Roger Skraba, who proposed the committee at the onset of the regular council meeting. “Whatever comes out of this, comes out of this.

Sat
11
Feb

Morse board hit by a double whammy

Town of Morse supervisors were hit with a double whammy Wednesday night, a possible 25 percent across-the-board increase in land values and 2007 budget shortfall that would require a double digit levy increase.<BR><BR>The board was informed by township assessor Ed Latva that due to high property sales, the land values in Morse have increased significantly.<BR><BR>This could trigger a state-mandated increase in all land values. Latva cited a recent land sale wherein acreage was bought for $3,100 per acre buy a developer and then resold for $6,600 per acre.<BR><BR>In preparation for the annual township meeting on March 14, the supervisors worked on the 2007 budget, trimming various accounts in hopes of keeping a property tax levy from reaching double digits.

Sat
11
Feb

Ely’s Lego Robotics Team takes first in state

Different missions are set up all over the board and they start at home base and complete about all done with an all Lego-made robot. Ely’s Robotics club took first place in State Competition. The seven member team includes, l-r: Kaosu Takani, Joe Gerzin, Luke Dahlin, David Erickson, Jake Westlin, Matt Lakner, and Ernie Horvat under the supervision of Bo DeRemee. They competed against 12 other state teams at Dunwoody College. Ely repeated last year’s win. All members of the team were seniors and new to the group except for Luke Dahlin who’s a Junior and participated last year as well.

Sat
04
Feb

Contractor picked for housing project

Plans for a senior housing project took a major step forward Wednesday with the selection of a general contractor.<BR><BR>Krause Anderson Construction Company of Minneapolis - a firm that has completed local projects including the clinic addition at Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital, was selected by the Ely Housing and Redevelopment Authority to serve as general contractor on a proposed 26-unit, $3.5 million townhome complex on East Washington Street, between Eighth and 10th Avenue East.<BR><BR>Five contractors submitted proposals to the HRA, which will own and operate the facility, and Krause Anderson was picked from among three firms that received interviews.<BR><BR>The company’s experience and a promise to complete the project by Oct. 1 weighed heavily in the selection, according to HRA director Marty Hendrickson.<BR><BR>“There were a couple of different reasons,” said Hendrickson.

Sat
04
Feb

Ely ArtWalk graces city with variety of art

Since its inception in 1999 when the Ely ArtWalk was a mere dusting of 16 artists, it has grown. <BR><BR>This year it unearthed up to 94 individual artists and four group shows with about 60 kids participating from Community Ed, VCC, high school and the elementary school. There are somewhere around 155 artists participating. That is a huge growth over the years. <BR><BR>This year there are a lot of new types of arts with quilters, weavers and fiber arts, along with the traditional clay, paintings, sculpture, stained glass, origami, knitting and weaving, bead pictures, photography, wood burning, furniture, jewelry and poetry interwoven with art. Lots of variety from traditional art to modern expressions with over 650 pieces of art to view. <BR><BR>Dayna Mase, coordinator of the event says, "The whole thing about the ArtWalk is that anyone who expresses themselves artistically should have the opportunity to show it.

Sat
04
Feb

Two-hour parking: On the way out?

Ely’s two-hour parking ordinance could soon go by the wayside.<BR><BR>The possibility was raised Tuesday night by city council members during their monthly study session as they discussed implementation of the city’s civil enforcement ordinance.<BR><BR>“We only enforce it in the summer anyway,” said council member Dan Przybylski.<BR><BR>And council members suggested that doing away with the law that limits motorists to two hours in one parking spot may be easier than trying to collect from those - particularly non-city residents - in violation.<BR><BR>Once the city launches its civil enforcement ordinance later this year, it will bypass the criminal court system and issue citations for local ordinance infractions, including non-moving traffic violations such as parking tickets.<BR><BR>The move was designed to improve enforcement on matters such as blight, as well as providing more revenue in the city coffers.<BR><B

Sat
04
Feb

Echo office hosts Pam Roberts’ photo display

On display in the Ely Echo’s art window presently are the photographs of Pam Roberts. More photographs can be seen inside the office at 15 East Chapman Street.<BR><BR>Roberts, freelance photographer for the Ely Echo and elsewhere, started in 1978 shooting for the Echo. recently she has contributed the “O’Clock Hour” to the pages of the Echo. That feature is completed in an hour chosen randomly.<BR><BR>Her work for the Echo, Roberts said, “gave me the opportunity to connect with this community and capture the moments of life in Ely on camera for the world to see.”<BR><BR>She attended Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Hutchinson Vo-Tech and Vermilion Community College. She is also known in the area for her acting skills, having recently appeared in “Simon’s Night,” and writes and records music. She also makes specialty soaps.

Sat
28
Jan

Ely snubbed in bonding proposal

Two Ely projects failed to make the cut when Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) presented his recommendations for state bonding on Wednesday.<BR><BR>Very few northeastern Minnesota requests were included in Pawlenty’s $897 million proposal, with the city of Ely and Vermilion Community College among the entities on the outside looking in.<BR><BR>The city is seeking $1.4 million in state money to complete its financial obligation for the joint public works garage project.<BR><BR>VCC is once again seeking $420,000 to acquire the trailer park property adjacent to the college campus.<BR><BR>Of more than 30 Northland projects, only five made Pawlenty’s list.

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