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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.

Mon
29
Mar

Firefighters want another chief

Ely firefighters say their department needs a chief and that the city should fill the position vacated by the retirement of Gary Klun.<BR><BR>That was the message delivered to city council members last week by members of the volunteer fire department.<BR><BR>Most of Ely’s 27 firefighters attended Tuesday’s council study session, called to gather input on the future of the department’s only paid full-time position.<BR><BR>And while city officials have explored cost-cutting alternatives such as assigning Klun’s duties to current personnel or creating a public safety director position that would incorporate supervision of both the police and fire operations, firefighters urged the council to resist the temptation.<BR><BR>“We think it would be good to replace the fire chief,” said Ely firefighter Joe Gerzin, who addressed the council last week. “You don’t have to replace a chief at Gary Klun’s wage.

Mon
29
Mar

Reunion events are taking shape

With just about three months to go, the 2004 Ely Memorial High School All-Class Reunion is falling into place.<BR><BR>Registrations are coming in daily, anticipation is building and a full slate of reunion events are taking shape.<BR><BR>Ely’s first all-class event in nine years is set for June 30-July 5, and organizing committee member Pat Koski said last week that more than 100 graduates have already paid their $40 registration fee.<BR><BR>Registration packets were mailed to those who graduated from Ely High as recently as 10 years ago, and alumni dating back to classes in the late-1920s and 1930s.<BR><BR>They’re all invited to take part in what’s shaping up to be an almost full week of fun and festivities.<BR><BR>The schedule of events kicks off June 30 with registration at the JFK Cafeteria, and the reunion begins in earnest the following day, with an open house at the high school<BR><BR>Alumni can tour the

Wed
17
Mar

Echo Ice-Out Contest begins for 2004 entrants

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