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Fri
13
Oct

American Legion Auxiliary revived in Ely

LEGION AUXILIARY IS BACK - Carol Pengal and Patti Buffington of the revived Ely American Legion Post 248 Auxiliary presented a check to Anne Oelke, principal of Washington Elementary School, for the school’s new playground. The Auxiliary has also made contributions to Veterans on the Lake and the Silver Bay Veterans Home, and will be resuming the Auxiliary tradition of bringing apples to elementary school teachers in November. Photo by Tom Coombe

Wed
11
Oct

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Tue
10
Oct

Revenue chief in Ely, mayor lobbies for jobs; Novak: Fill empty cubicles

by Tom Coombe -

Tue
10
Oct

Wild rice regs worry council

by Tom Coombe
Officials in Ely have doubled down and reiterated their opposition to proposed new standards related to wild rice standards.
Joining the Ely Utilities Commission, the city council voted Tuesday to ask that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s rule making process be suspended through May and charged that rules being proposed would have “devastating impacts on our cities, industry and communities in northeastern Minnesota.”
“They’re doing it backwards,” Ely council member Paul Kess said of the MPCA.
At issue is a new edict regarding the enforcement of standards pertaining to wild rice waters, and a concern that regulations related to sulfate levels could require cities across northeastern Minnesota - including Ely - to absorb millions of dollars in capital expenditures and operating costs.

Mon
09
Oct

MINER Act introduced

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
06
Oct

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

THREE TIMES the paid subscribers of any other local newspaper - that’s the Ely Echo. Providing news, photos and service to the community since 1972. Proudly locally owned and operated with offices at 15 East Chapman Street. Legal newspaper for the City of Ely, Ely School District, Town of Morse and Fall Lake.

New subscribers always welcomed!

Fri
06
Oct

Wolf threatens dogs near Babbitt

by Nick Wognum
A Babbitt couple feels lucky to still have their two black labs after a run-in with a wolf outside of town.
The incident took place six miles east of Babbitt off the Tomahawk Road on Sept. 29.
Dave Soular, 66, and his wife Carol, 62, were walking their two black labs, Carly, age 9, and Lexi, a one year-old recently rescued from Contented Critters.
“We were near the Snort Lake gravel pit on a little side road. We’d walked in a couple hundred yards and Carly goes in the woods 20 yards and lets out a yip or a squeal. I thought she got her paw in a trap.
“She came out with her hair up and the younger dog goes in the woods and does the same thing....

Read the full article in the sports section of this week’s Ely Echo or the New Babbitt Weekly News. Both available today on the Echo’s newsstands and area newsstands throughout the area.Subscrptions sent by email are just $30 per year for the Ely Echo.

Fri
06
Oct

Zahn gets thanks and recognition from area veterans

HONORED for his work on behalf of veterans and the community of Ely was Dick Zahn.

A special dinner honoring Richard Zahn was held recently at Veterans on the Lake for Dick’s “dedication and work to improve the community of Ely and his endless support and leadership to the many Ely veterans that have proudly served our country.”
Zahn has been active in the leadership of the VFW, American Legion, Veterans on the Lake and the Ely Memorial. A Five Star” dinner was served at the resort to attendees which included Dick’s wife Joanne and area veterans.

Fri
06
Oct

Homecoming parade held on Friday, Sept. 29

SEND IT - The sophomores had a unique float in this year’s Fall Homecoming parade held on Friday, Sept. 29 prior to the football game. Photo by Tara Kay.

Fri
06
Oct

Engineer expects bridge to open October 28; work to continue next spring to complete project

The construction of County Bridge 336 on CSAH 88, Grant McMahan Boulevard is being closely watch by residents north of there who are finding the added travel time and mileage to Ely cumbersome..
The road has been closed since August 7. According to Matt Hemmila, St. Louis County Bridge Engineer, “All the work is required to be complete by October 28, 2017 with the exception of the final wearing course of bituminous pavement, the concrete wearing course on the bridge and other miscellaneous finishing items. Traffic will resume across the bridge by October 28.”
Hemmila noted, “All the remaining work will be done by the contractor between May 21, 2018 and June 9, 2018. During that time, the bridge will be closed to traffic to allow for the final road paving, bridge painting, installation of the bridge concrete wearing course, pavement markings and road shouldering.

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