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11
Jul

Reunion, Fourth a hot combination

Cash registers were ringing, people were smiling and the crowds were overflowing in Ely over the Fourth of July weekend.<BR><BR>The community’s usual Independence Day festivities, combined with the Ely Memorial High School All-Class Reunion, turned Ely’s usually quiet streets and sidewalks into a hub of activity.<BR><BR>Ely’s Fourth of July and park activities drew large crowds while many business owners reported brisk business throughout the weekend.<BR><BR>“It was almost like Blueberry Festival (weekend),” said Steve Piragis, owner of Ely’s Piragis Northwoods Company. “I’m not sure if it was because of the reunion or because of the rain, but we were up significantly from last year. We had a heck of a Monday.”<BR><BR>Many local merchants had similar sentiments.<BR><BR>“I don’t care whether it was lodging, restaurants or tourism, it was a super weekend,” said Linda Fryer, who directs the Ely Chamber of Commerce.

Sun
11
Jul

Aviation jobs sought for Ely

Before turning heads while flying over Ely during the Fourth of July parade, the yellow Wipaire Fire Boss airplane had the full attention of U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar. <BR><BR>The plane was flown to the Ely airport on Sunday at the behest of state Rep. David Dill (DFL-Crane Lake), who has been trying to get Wipaire to locate a maintenance base and construction facility in his district, possibly at the Ely Airport.<BR><BR>Getting Oberstar to look at the plane may help bring some very good paying aviation jobs to northeast Minnesota. <BR><BR>Dill said Wipaire, which has a plant in St. Paul, has been unable to get the floatplane approved for use in fighting fires on federal land.<BR><BR>“The Fire Boss is FAA certified, it can even be sold to the general public.

Sun
11
Jul

Aviation jobs sought for Ely

Before turning heads while flying over Ely during the Fourth of July parade, the yellow Wipaire Fire Boss airplane had the full attention of U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar. <BR><BR>The plane was flown to the Ely airport on Sunday at the behest of state Rep. David Dill (DFL-Crane Lake), who has been trying to get Wipaire to locate a maintenance base and construction facility in his district, possibly at the Ely Airport.<BR><BR>Getting Oberstar to look at the plane may help bring some very good paying aviation jobs to northeast Minnesota. <BR><BR>Dill said Wipaire, which has a plant in St. Paul, has been unable to get the floatplane approved for use in fighting fires on federal land.<BR><BR>“The Fire Boss is FAA certified, it can even be sold to the general public.

Sun
04
Jul

Two mile morning routine - A good walk with a good neighbor and friend

Taking their morning walk, picking some of God’s bounty along the way. Alice Richards and Millie Blus found some ripe wild strawberries and a beautiful flower as they walked their two mile morning routine. <BR><BR>Alice had been walking this stretch alone for years and years (over 20) and her neighbor Millie has joined up with her for the last five. Both live on County 88, also known as McMahan Boulevard, which circles around Shagawa Lake going out one side of Ely and coming back around on the other. It is a heavily traveled road, greatly needing a wider shoulder for the bikers and hikers. <BR><BR>The women wave to everyone as they go by, and everyone waves back. Alice says they get out to walk every day, unless it is below 25 below zero or there’s a heavy downpour. That would detour them from walking. <BR><BR>“It’s my therapy. It starts my day off to get out here... and we smell the roses as we go along the road,” Alice says.

Sun
04
Jul

City may lose more aid

The city of Ely could lose over $200,000 in state aid unless state lawmakers correct a mistake in the funding formula.<BR><BR>Gov.

Sun
04
Jul

Now open on Sheridan Street: Ely Sportwear

They came to Ely on the advice of their customers. The two men who own the newly-opened Ely Sportwear store at 21 East Sheridan Street were told that Ely was a great tourist town.<BR><BR>Mauricio Gutierrez and Habib Greco have made a clothing niche in Wisconsin with stores in Wisconsin Dells, Eagle River, Minocqua, and for eight years in Hayward. They recently purchased the building in Ely which had housed the North American Bear Center and prior to that, Bare Bones Studio.<BR><BR>Already the freshly-painted walls are lined with fleece pullovers, t-shirts, shorts and more. Their specialty is to have each design in several colors and sizes, each with embroidered decorations. The sport wear is for anyone, from child to adult. T-shirts can be embellished at no extra fee with any of the many colorful designs which feature wildlife.

Sun
04
Jul

Drug bust follows high-speed chase

It started as little more than a routine traffic stop.<BR><BR>It quickly escalated into a chase that extended outside of Ely, through Babbitt and Embarrass, with speeds topping 120 miles per hour.<BR><BR>And by the time it was done, the result was an arrest of an Ely man and the filing of several felony drug charges.<BR><BR>Franklin Alan Miller, 29, is accused of four controlled substance crimes - all connected with the illegal possession and sale of methamphetamine and cocaine.<BR><BR>Miller was arrested the morning of June 27, at the intersection of Highway 21 and 169, after allegedly leading authorities on a high-speed chase that began in Ely.<BR><BR>According to the criminal complaint filed in district court, Miller had over $800 in cash and plastic bags containing methamphetamine in his possession at the time of the arrest.<BR><BR>A subsequent search of his vehicle, and his home at 30 East Conan, recovered

Sun
04
Jul

Salerno seeks another term

Frank Salerno’s third stint as Ely’s mayor has easily been his most tumultuous.<BR><BR>Shortly after Salerno took office in 2003, a city council resolution opposing the U.S. military invasion of Iraq created a furor, divided the community, and resulted in widespread publicity.<BR><BR>Since then, the council has dealt with a string of difficult budget issues, including the elimination of Ely’s emergency dispatching service, created largely by reductions in state aid.<BR><BR>But Salerno said last week that hard times haven’t quenched his urge for the job.<BR><BR>When filings for this fall’s city elections open this week, Salerno intends to seek another two-year term in office.<BR><BR>“We’ve got a lot of irons in the fire,” said Salerno, who served as mayor twice during the 1990s and also spent two terms on the city council. “We’ve gone through some pretty hard times.

Sun
04
Jul

Reunion: fond memories, old friends

Byron Moren looked around his old classroom Thursday with a wide smile on his face.<BR><BR>It’s been 20 years since Moren had taught business education in the top floor room at Ely Memorial High School, and the typewriters that were a staple of Moren’s curriculum were long gone.<BR><BR>In their place were a century’s worth of memories - yearbooks, old school newspapers, band uniforms, letter jackets and other school memorabilia.<BR><BR>Moren’s old room was dubbed “The Remembering Room” for Thursday’s Day at School, the kickoff event to the 2004 Ely Memorial High School All-Class Reunion, and if the smiles worn by Moren and the hundreds of others who walked through the halls and school grounds were any indication, fond memories were the rule and not the exception.<BR><BR>“I think it’s just great,” Moren said during a break from shaking hands and renewing acquaintances with former students.

Sun
27
Jun

Talent show set for school auditorium

Talent spanning seven different decades will be on display Saturday night during the All-Class Reunion Entertainment Extravaganza.<BR><BR>Set for 7 p.m. at Washington Auditorium, the show will feature plenty of music and singing, some dancing and even a brief history lesson.<BR><BR>“Our theme is ‘School Days Remembered,’” said Darlene Nemanich, who joined Terri Muhvich in co-chairing the event.

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