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Fri
25
Aug

Eclipse interest wasn't clouded in Ely, skies were

LONG LINES - There were people lined up down the block to get eclipse glasses at the Ely Library.

Thu
24
Aug

Final open house for BWCAW – School Trust Land exchange DEIS is Sept. 7

The third and final open house for the U.S. Forest Service’s draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for a proposed land exchange with the state of Minnesota is Thursday, Sept. 7. The open house will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., in the lobby at the Department of Natural Resources headquarters located at 500 Lafayette Rd., St. Paul.

The state of Minnesota owns 83,000 acres of School Trust Lands located within the borders of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). School Trust lands were granted by the federal government and set aside at the time of statehood for the purpose of generating income for Minnesota public schools. The 1964 Wilderness Act and 1978 establishment of the BWCAW boundary prohibited the state from generating income from those School Trust lands.

Thu
24
Aug

Highway 169 Eagles Nest Lake Reconstruction Project monthly meeting scheduled September 1 in Ely

The Eagles Nest lake Area Reconstruction project monthly project status update meeting is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, September 1, at Eagles Nest Township Hall, 1552 Bear Head State Park Road, Ely, MN 55731.

The public is invited to attend. The project manager and construction staff will provide an update about the project. There will not be a formal presentation.

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter or other reasonable accommodation, call Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota); 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (Minnesota Relay). You may also send an email to janet.rae.miller@state.mn.us.

More information on the project can be found at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d1/projects/Hwy169eagles/index.html

Wed
23
Aug

Referendum on rec center? School board chair suggests public vote on plan to use campus site

by Tom Coombe‘
Ely area voters may get to decide if a proposed community recreation complex will be located on the school district campus.
That was the suggestion Monday by school board chairman Ray Marsnik, who floated the idea during the board’s regular monthly meeting.
Marsnik said a public referendum may be the best way to decide an issue that he contends has generated much controversy in the community.
“To me, it’s a very important decision,” said Marsnik. “Maybe some people on this board may be more comfortable letting the public decide this issue.”
Board members took no action this week, and it’s not clear what voters would be asked to decide, should plans for a referendum proceed.
Generally, school board referendum elections are linked to proposals to raise taxes, either for operating levies or construction bonds.

Wed
23
Aug

School enrollment may hit 600

by Tom Coombe
When school starts in Ely next month, enrollment could reach the 600-student mark for the fiåst time in a decade.
That was the report Monday night, when school board members heard from district administrators about enrollment projections for the start of the 2017-18 school year.
Principals Anne Oelke and Megan Anderson both reported anticipated enrollments of roughly 300 students.
If those numbers hold, district student population would jump for the fourth year in a row anåd hit the 600 mark for the first time since the start of the 2006-07 school year, when Ely had 609 students in grades K-12.
After a decade-and-a-half of steep decline, when enrollment tumbled by over 40 percent, the student population in Ely has inched back up.
It plummeted from 921 students in 1995, bottoming out at 538 in the fall of 2009.

Sun
20
Aug

Single lane closures on Highway 1 between Isabella and Ely begin August 21

Motorists traveling on Highway 1 between Isabella and Ely will encounter single lane closures and a flagging operation beginning Monday, August 21.
Work on this project will continue through October of 2017 and includes tree clearing and rock removal which is necessary for culvert replacement. During this time traffic will be restricted to a single lane in each direction. A flagger and pilot car will lead traffic through the construction area.
Work to resurface and repave the road is scheduled to take place in the summer of 2018.
Drivers please use caution in and around all work areas.
For more information visit: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d1/projects/hwy1isabella/index.html
For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.

Fri
18
Aug

World Press journalists return to Ely; Public roundtable Monday at Miners’ Dry, bringing mix of politics, world affairs and culture

by Tom Coombe
Without ever leaving town, Ely area residents and visitors have the chance to gain a global perspective on Monday.
In a sense, the world comes to Ely with the arrival of 10 touring journalists, all part of the World Press Institute fellows program.
They’ll take part in a public roundtable discussion, sponsored by the Ely Echo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Miners Dry building at the Pioneer Mine complex. The program is free and people may come for all or part of the presentation, moderated by the Echo’s Tom Coombe.
Journalists from Afghanistan, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, England, Finland, Germany, Kenya, Poland and Russia will be in town, offering their insight on everything from journalism in their country to their thoughts on the world’s political scene.
“Right here in Ely, we’ll get the chance to meet the journalists and hear their perspectives on issues of the day,” said Anne Swenson, publisher of the Echo.

Fri
18
Aug

Ely’s hometown newspaper - The Ely Echo - delivers the spirit of Ely and its people

Letters to the Editor always welcomed at the Ely Echo. Send to: thepub@elyecho.com

A brief look at this week’s writers and their letters include:

...this event provides a closed course where a driver can legally show the car’s capability

... Any changes to the 1965 documents are simply new Federal Documents

... adopting a sane policy

... a thorough reversal is in order

... where the business gets the money

Send in YOUR letter early in the week, please. And thanks for reading and sunscribing!

Fri
18
Aug

VCC opens new housing - Dignitaries celebrate ribbon cutting day at Timber Ridge

NORTHEAST HIGHER EDUCATION PRESIDENT and Ely native Bill Maki greeted those gathered for the ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, as Vermilion Community College celebrated the completion of a $6.5 million student housing complex.

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
18
Aug

$25,000 raised during Ely’s Cancer Walk - Relay for Life

CANCER SURVIVORS walk first at Relay for Life, held in Whiteside Park Aug. 11. Over $25,000 was raised this year. Photos by Hailey Worth.

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