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30
Aug

Gardner Trust awards $6,300 for Ely artists and arts organizations

The Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust board of trustees completed their 2004 grant round at their August 18 meeting. The board was very pleased to award $6,300 in total for an individual artist grant, project grants, and operational funding grants this year. “There were many good applicants this year,” said executive director, Keiko Aylsworth, “and the board had really great discussions about each application. Community impact was highly rated as well as serving more children and families as well as collaborative efforts.”<BR><BR>Individual artist grant recipient, Kevin Strauss, will be working one-on-one with a storytelling mentor of international recognition and will produce a CD with his own stories.

Mon
30
Aug

6A, council forums set for VCC theatre

A pair of candidates forums will be held in Ely the week before the Sept. 14 primary election.<BR><BR>Those seeking election to Minnesota House of Representatives seat 6A have been invited to a Sept. 7 event, while Ely mayoral and city council candidates are set to take part Sept. 8.<BR><BR>Both forums will be held in the theater at Vermilion Community College.<BR><BR>Starting times for both events will be announced later.<BR><BR>Several local organizations are working together to sponsor the forums.<BR><BR>The Ely Rotary Club, the Arrowhead Association of University Women, the Ely Echo, WELY Radio and the Ely Timberjay are all on board as sponsors.<BR><BR>The groups sponsored similar candidates events in 2002.<BR><BR>Three candidates are in the 6A race as incumbent Democrat David Dill faces a primary challenge from party-endorsed candidate Bill Hansen.

Mon
30
Aug

Judge rules for Friends in Chain of Lakes case

A federal judge has ruled in favor of environmental groups over permit levels for motorboats on lakes connected by water.<BR><BR>U.S. District Court Judge Jack Tunheim ruled in favor of the Friends of the Boundary Waters writing that the Forest Service was not given authority by Congress to recalculate a cap on permits. <BR><BR>The decision, once implemented, would drastically reduce the number of permits available on the Moose Lake chain.

Sun
29
Aug

Report: Extend ‘16’ if need arises

A hotly-debated proposal to extend Lake County Highway 16 in Fall Lake Township seems destined for even further debate.<BR><BR>The results of more than a year of research and public input were displayed Tuesday during an open house at the Fall Lake Town Hall, with both friends and foes of the project finding things they liked about the scoping report authorized by Lake County.<BR><BR>The report, drafted by the Howard R. Green Company of St. Paul in consultation with representatives of the township, county, U.S.

Sat
28
Aug

Back to school for area students

Summer vacation is all but over for local students.<BR><BR>Classes begin this week both in the Ely School District and at Vermilion Community College.<BR><BR>Students in grades 1-12 are scheduled to report for school Wednesday, while Ely’s two kindergarten groups start Friday and Sept.

Mon
23
Aug

Loon Calling Contest winners announced

A CROWD GATHERED on the Chocolate Moose terrace last Tuesday to enjoy the Ely Echo’s annual Loon Calling Contest. It was a warm, sunny afternoon just right for participants to enjoy their free ice cream cones complements of The Chocolate Moose. <BR><BR>The contest is sponsored by the Echo, Piragis Northwoods Company, Chocolate Moose and the Ely Chamber of Commerce.<BR><BR>The top three girls’ division contestants had first place going to Lydia Kaprelian of Wauwatosa, WI, second place winner Elizabeth Garvin of North Liberty, IA andthird place winner Lucy Stouffer of Ely.<BR><BR>Nailing first place for the boys was Danny Finke of Cosmos, MN, second place went to Reed Kaprelian of Wauwatosa, WI and in third place was Ki Coleman of Oshkosh, WI.<BR><BR>A tie for second place meant there were four winners in the adult division of the loon calling contest. First place winner was Laney Laitala of Crystal MN.

Mon
23
Aug

City holds key to joint garage project

Plans for a joint public works garage outside of Ely have reached a pivotal stage.<BR><BR>St. Louis County has committed to the $7 million project and is waiting for Ely to do the same.<BR><BR>City officials heard another sales pitch from county commissioner Mike Forsman last week, agreed to discuss the project in detail at an Aug. 31 study session and moved toward a Sept. 7, in-or-out vote.<BR><BR>Ely would have nearly 30,000 square feet of space in the 69,000 square foot facility and be on the hook for over $2.8 million in costs, and city participation is all-but-essential if the project is to go forward, Forsman told council members Tuesday.<BR><BR>“It is extremely important and possibly a deal breaker,” said Forsman.

Mon
23
Aug

Mayranen fills in for Morse

A familiar face is coming back to the Morse Town Hall.<BR><BR>Former town clerk Charlotte Mayranen is returning to her old job, at least temporarily.<BR><BR>Mayranen, who served six years as town clerk during the 1990s and also had stints as deputy clerk, has agreed to replace Keiko Aylsworth, whose resignation takes effect this week.<BR><BR>“It’s only interim,” said Mayranen. “I’ll do it until they can find someone else.”<BR><BR>With Aylsworth’s final day of work set for Tuesday and a primary election less than a month away, supervisors needed to act quickly to fill the part-time position.<BR><BR>They turned to Mayranen, who will be paid $11 an hour, the same wage that Aylsworth received.<BR><BR>Aylsworth submitted her resignation at the Aug.

Mon
23
Aug

City, owner of theater building set to negotiate

The city of Ely will make another attempt to buy the Ely Theater building.<BR><BR>City council members voted Tuesday to form a three-person committee - comprised of city attorney Larry Klun, city clerk-treasurer John Tourville and council member Mike Hillman - to negotiate with building owner Gary Quigley.<BR><BR>Just three weeks ago, Quigley told the city’s land committee the building was not for sale.

Mon
23
Aug

The blues fest is back in town

It started in 2001 with a one-night free concert, scheduled to coincide with Ely’s Harvest Moon Festival.<BR><BR>Three years later, the Boundary Waters Blues Festival is an extravaganza all on its own.<BR><BR>The 2004 edition is set for this weekend at Winton’s Longbranch, featuring several big name acts and including nearly 20 hours of music over two days.<BR><BR>In its brief history, the festival has become one of the best small-town blues events in the country, according to organizer Mike Jankovec.<BR><BR>Jankovec, co-host of WELY Radio’s morning show as well as the host of a weekly blues show, said the festival has evolved quickly since its inception.<BR><BR>The first two events were one-night shows at Whiteside Park, held on the Saturday night of Ely’s September Harvest Moon weekend.<BR><BR>The festival grew in 2003, expanding to a second night and moving outside the city limits to Winton.<BR><BR&g

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