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Wed
17
Mar

Dewitt book to be featured at authors conference

Dawn Dewitt has been invited to take part in a book signing of her book ‘Search for Blue Bears’ at the “Festival of Authors 2004.” It will be held on Saturday, April 17 as part of the 16th Annual Spotlight On Books conference. <BR><BR>Spotlight On Books will be held at Ruttger’s Sugar Lake Lodge in Grand Rapids. Kate DiCamillo, Linda Glaser and Rick Chrustowski are the other featured authors who will give formal presentations on Saturday. <BR><BR>Dawn’s book was inspired by a true life event that happened when she and her two grandsons Jordan and Jacob, their mother Heather and son-in-law Louie Champa watched a bear munching an apple under a tree. At the time Jordan was four sitting on his daddy’s shoulders and Jacob was in the stroller. <BR><BR>The story goes on to where they ...

Wed
10
Mar

Public access hits yet another snag

A special city committee spent nearly five months to develop a plan for rejuvenating Ely's public access cable television channel, but members may be sent back to the drawing board.

Wed
10
Mar

Public bodies assessing needs for joint garage

Plans for a joint public works garage and maintenance facility are in the formative stages but moving forward.<BR><BR>Representatives from several public entities are talking about working together in an effort both to save money and put their public works operations under one roof.<BR><BR>Their last session, held Feb. 27 at the Morse Town Hall, ended with support for the project, at least in concept. <BR><BR>Next, each entity will come up with its expectations and desires for the facility.<BR><BR>"What we decided is that everybody will go back to their respective boards or councils and determine what they need for square footage," said St. Louis County Commissioner Mike Forsman. "Things like how many vehicles they'll have there, how much space they'll need, more specific things like that.

Wed
10
Mar

Joint Powers plans '05 spending

It's still 10 months away, but the Ely Area Joint Powers Board is already looking ahead to 2005.

Wed
10
Mar

Cable rates to jump $3

Cable television rates in both Ely and Babbitt will increase by just over $3 a month - effective with April billings - according to the cities' cable provider.<BR><BR>Charter Communications has notified officials in both communities that beginning next month, rates for the basic 100-channel-plus expanded basic service will increase to $41.99. <BR><BR>That's up from the current monthly rate of $38.95.<BR><BR>Company officials say the rate increase is attributed to, according to company government affairs and public relations representative Mike Hill, "a significant increase in our business costs."<BR><BR>Hill said that a substantial part of the increase is due to the rising costs associated with obtaining cable programming.<BR><BR>And though Charter has a franchise agreement with both Ely and Babbitt, the municipalities have no voice in the rate process.

Sat
28
Feb

Grooming Time

Even some warm weather last week did little to Ely area ski and snowmobile trails.<BR><BR>The Ely Igloo Snowmobile Club has been out grooming the Tomahawk Trail that runs from Ely to the North Shore along with the Trezona Ski Trail around Miner's Lake.<BR><BR>"Right now we have some of the best trail conditions we have ever seen up here," said Club President Nick Wognum. "We have been able to add several pieces of equipment and we are grooming more miles of trail than ever before."<BR><BR>In addition, the DNR has been able to contract with the Igloo Club for additional grooming on the Taconite Trail between Ely and the spur to Babbitt.<BR><BR>"We did that section on a Saturday night during the three-day weekend and the Taconite was in great shape the whole weekend," said Wognum.

Sun
16
Feb

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