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Wed
22
Feb

Spring truck weight restrictions start for north-central frost zone

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will end winter load increases in the north-central frost zone Saturday, Feb. 25.

Road restriction maps showing the locations of weight-restricted routes and those state highways open to maximum 10-ton axle weights are listed at www.mndot.gov/loadlimits. Also available is a text list of the restricted segments and exceptions to the map.

Overweight permits for more than 80,000 pound gross vehicle weight will continue and new permits will be issued if all axle and group weights are legal.

Full-summer overweight permits can be issued during the spring load restriction period only on interstate through movements.

Middle-range overweight permits become available within each frost zone when spring load restrictions are lifted. Full-summer overweight permits become available two to three weeks after spring load restrictions are lifted.

Tue
21
Feb

Wolftrack Sled Dog Race cancelled

Race director Ellen Cashman stated that last night the board of the Wolftrack Classic Sled Dog Race reviewed course information and cancelled the race planned for this weekend due to unsafe conditions.

Sat
18
Feb

BWCA tourism study finds $77 million economic impact, but low pay for jobs

A study conducted by a Twin Cities based non-profit group attempts to put numbers to the impact of tourism in northeast Minnesota.
The Friends of the Boundary Waters released the study along with Dr. Evan Hjerpe of Conservation Economics Institute and the Quetico-Superior Foundation.
Surveys were given to people going on a trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) in 2016.
The results include an estimated overall economic impact of $77 million in Cook, Lake and St. Louis counties.
“We’ve always believed that Boundary Waters visitor spending creates sustainable economic opportunities and jobs in the surrounding communities,” stated Paul Danicic, executive director, FBWW.
“The study scientifically validates that the BWCAW is critical to the economic health of Northeastern Minnesota and will continue to have a significant impact for years to come.”

Fri
17
Feb

County board gives final approval to mining resolution

The vote was the same Tuesday as the St. Louis County board gave final approval to a resolution that opposes the removal of 240,000 acres of federal land from mineral exploration and potential development.
“It was like everyone was resigned to the fact it was going to pass 4-3,” said commissioner Tom Rukavin. “A few people showed up, there were more pro-mining people. However there was a lady who said she was moving to Ely to run Sustainable Ely.
“I told her the building you’ll be working in was fixed up with mining company money.”
Sustainable Ely was able to get funding from AEOA to make repairs on the Sheridan Street building. The funds originated with the IRRRB which is funded by mining royalties.
The final vote to approve the resolution was 4-3 with Rukavina, Keith Nelson, Pete Stauber and Mike Jugovich voting yes. Commissioners Frank Jewell, Patrick Boyle and Beth Olson, all from Duluth, voted no.

Fri
17
Feb

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Fri
17
Feb

Ely Memorial High School Winter Frolic royalty

2017 WINTER FROLIC Queen Sidney Matthias and King Tommy Deyak. Photo by Nick Wognum.
Ely Memorial High School Winter Frolic candidates included:: Susan Cook, Sydney Matthias, Morgan Moravitz, Lily Pylka, Tommy Deyak, Logan Mann, Spencer McEntryre and Teddy Pierce.
More photos from the Frolic in this week’s Ely Echo.

Fri
17
Feb

Ely’s Speech Team does well at Hibbing

The Ely speech team competed in its first meet, Saturday, February 11 at the Hibbing High School. The team at this meet was small but mighty with the duo team of Cate DeRemee and Taryn Osthoff taking first place out of thirty duos competing. Austin Blanchfield also received an Honorable Mention in discussion. The next meet is Saturday, February 18, in Virginia. All team members are expected to be competing, including, front: Cari Eibler, Taryn Osthoff, Cate DeRemee, Raif Olson, back: Shane Spangler, Austin Blanchfield, James Schwinghamer. Photo by Donna Kari

Fri
17
Feb

AND THE WINNER IS ...

AND THE WINNER IS - the Evinrude motor at the Veterans on the Lake event was won by Ann Johnson. She is shown with general manager Neil Weisinger (left) and chairman of the board Neil Olson (right).

Thu
16
Feb

County board gives initial approval to resolution supporting copper-nickel mining

There’s still one step to go, but the St. Louis County board has moved ahead with a resolution that opposes the removal of 240,000 acres of federal land from mineral exploration and potential development.
The board had tied at 3-3 in a previous effort by commissioner Tom Rukavina to put the board on record on the issue.
Keith Nelson was not present when that vote was taken.
This time it was Rukavina moving the resolution and Nelson seconding it at Tuesday’s committee of the whole meeting.
The vote to approve the resolution was 4-3 with Pete Stauber and Mike Jugovich joining Rukavina and Nelson. Commissioners Frank Jewell, Patrick Boyle and Beth Olson, all from Duluth, voted no.
“After we listened to testimony, you could see it was going to pass 4-3,” said Rukavina.

Tue
14
Feb

EUC proposes rate increase

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