Minnesota Power, a utility division of ALLETE (NYSE:ALE), has filed an updated request with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) to reduce the amount of its current rate request from $55 million to approximately $39 million.
In its filing, the company told state regulators that increased energy demand from the region’s mining industry is expected to result in higher-than-expected revenue from electricity sales. Consequently, the required revenue from other customers, including residential and small business customers, will decrease.
“Minnesota Power believes that healthy mining and timber companies improve our region’s economy and quality of life,” said David McMillan, executive vice president Minnesota Power. “One way that area residents benefit from these businesses is in the cost of energy. As mining and paper companies expand production, they use more energy, which in turn can reduce the costs others must pay for delivering the energy we produce.”
Citizens interested in commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources strategies for managing Tower area lakes are encouraged to review draft management plans and ask questions or submit comments by Friday, March 17.
Management plans describe the past, present and desired future conditions of the fishery and identify specific management activities planned for that lake in the next 5 to 20 years. The plans include background on the water body including water chemistry, temperature, habitat quality and species present, and are important in understanding the potential of a fishery.
More then 100 faces of family, friends and visitors are found in this week’s Ely Echo. News, columnists and the ever popular Letters to the Editor. Send in YOUR comments to: thepub at elyecho.com. You may not agree with all the opinions and comments made, but in a democracy you understand that people want and deserve to be heard!
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RIBBON CUTTING Thursday for the new offices of certified public accountant Chuck Zeugner at the former James Drug building were Dave Sebesta, Charles R. Zeugner, Mayor Chuck Novak, Chris Chandler and owner Tanner Ott. Ott is completing renovation on the structure and plans to make offices available for lease in the historic structure. Photo by Teri Reinesch
Photographer Eric Sherman found these two swans enjoying the warm weather last week on the open water of Shagawa River along County Road 88. By Friday, the temperatures which had reached close to 60 degrees had dropped considerabley as winter approached its final hurrah. All in all, Ely has had a remakrable great winter!
The Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust board met on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 and approved its budget for 2017 that includes nearly $36,000 available for grants to individual artists and youth, arts organizations, the Ely Public Library and college scholarships.
The Trust’s spring grant round has a deadline of 12 noon on Friday, March 24. And there will again be a fall grant round with a deadline at the end of September. “The Trust and board have been working on some goals to update and improve our grantmaking process over the next few years.” stated Keiko Williams, the Trust’s executive director. “Recently the Individual Artist and Youth Grants have been updated. If people are going to apply to either of those grant programs they should make sure to download the newest forms from the website at www.gardnertrust.org.”