37 Seniors will graduate from Ely Memorial May 27

Commencement ceremonies are Saturday, May 27 for the 2017 graduating class and ticket holders will fill Washington Auditorium for the event. Graduates include: +* Erin Bianco Braxton Casey
+* Susan Cook
Zachary Dean
+* Catherine DeRemee
Thomas Deyak
Maisy Fadum
Mason Folz
+* Joshua Heiman
+* Caroline Homer
Naomi Isbell
* Courtney Kellogg
Mark Killoran
+* Matthew Killoran
Ryan Knuutti
Kyle Lakner
+* Logan Mann
Sydney Matthias
* Spencer McEntyre
Thomas Meador
Louis Meskill
+* Morgan Moravitz
+* Izaak Nosbisch
Solomon Olson
* Evan Omerza
+* Taryn Osthoff
Brandon Perushek
Eric Peterson
+* Theodore Pierce
Adam Porthan
* Lily Pylka
* August Richter
Katelynn Stavig
* Simon Stouffer
Caleb Synnes
+* Anna Urbas
Evan Wognum


UK’s Royal Airforce hosted for Ely canoe trip

The Union Jack flew over White Iron Lake on Friday and Saturday in honor of 14 Airmen from the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force. Hosted by North Country Canoe Outfitters for the third time, two women and 12 men headed out into the Boundary Waters for a six day outdoor education canoe trip. The two groups of seven each headed out on opening day from Snowbank Lake and Lake One. Their intent was to paddle the same route in opposite directions. Only one participant had been to the USA before, having participated on an earlier trip with North Country. Of the rest of the party, many had never been out of the UK.


Ely Rotary salutes Jr. Rotarians

JUNIOR ROTARIANS HONORED, l-r: Exchange Student Felipe Reis, Caroline Homer, Erin Bianco, Josh Heiman, Anna Urbas, Zach Dean, Cate Deremee, and Teddy Pierce. Photo by Susan Kasbeer

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Spring Dance Recital Friday and Saturday

KEEP CALM AND DANCE ON at the Studio North spring recital at 7 p.m. Friday, May 19 or at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at Washington Auditorium. Pictured are fourth grade group “Supersonic”: back (l to r): Janae Murphy, Maggie Fetterer & Aaylah Myers;
middle: Senja Kess, Anya High, Madelyn Moen & Anya Moger; bottom: Bella Davis, Kennedy Zupancich & Rylee Larsen. Photo by Tara Kay Photography.


Sticker shock at the school

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On May 14, 2017 firefighters from the Superior National Forest, Montana, Oregon, and Idaho successfully burned 51 acres on the Foss Lake Prescribed Fire Unit located west of Ely, MN. The weather conditions were good for the broadcast burn to reduce fuels.

The Foss Lake prescribed fire unit is well contained and will be patrolled for hotspots. Crews continue to check the Old Baldy (30 acres), North Arm Unit 8 (41 acres), and Log Bay (38 acres) prescribed fire units each day and all have been quiet with very little to no smoke visible.

Location: In northeastern Minnesota, in St. Louis County on the LaCroix Ranger District of the Superior National Forest approximately 10 miles west of Ely, MN and north of the Wolf Lake Road, between Foss Lake and the BWCAW. T63N R14W S35.


Update on prescribed burn south of Bear Island Lake

On May 13, 2017 firefighters from the Superior National Forest, Montana, Oregon, and Idaho successfully burned the 38 acre Log Bay Prescribed Fire Unit located on Bear Island Lake south of Ely and northwest of Babbitt. The weather conditions were good and helped produce a nice understory burn for fuels reduction and ecosystem management.

The prescribed fire unit is well contained and will be patrolled for hotspots.


Log Bay Prescribed Fire unit on Bear Island Lake set for today, May 12

The Log Bay Prescribed Fire unit on Bear Island Lake near Babbitt is now tentatively planned for May 12, 2017

The West Zone-Superior National Forest is tentatively planning to implement the Log Bay Prescribed Fire unit on Friday, May 12, 2017. Depending upon wind direction there might be some drift smoke visible along the Bear Island Lake shoreline, County Road 21, and in Babbitt.


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Team Rubicon makes its mark

FIND OUT MORE about why Gerad Volkerwas bucking up a downed tree in a story about Team Rubicon in this week’s Ely Echo. Submitted photo.


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