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Tomahawk still closed,others re-open

The Superior National Forest lifted the temporary closure of a twelve-mile section of The Grade Road (Forest Road 170) on the Tofte Ranger District between the Sawbill Trail and Wanless in Cook and Lake Counties, MN.

Forest managers closed this and some other sections of Forest Roads on November 29, 2017 due to the thick layer of ice that had created an extreme hazard for traffic in those areas.

While road conditions have improved in some areas, all motorists are urged to continue to use care when driving on Forest Roads and to be aware that many Forest Roads are not plowed to remove snow in the winter.

Mon
11
Dec
Mon
11
Dec

Twins coming to Ely Jan. 25

The Minnesota Twins are making a habit of coming to Ely.
Once again, the Major League Baseball team will make Ely a stop on their annual winter caravan. Team officials announced Thursday that a contingent will be in town on Thursday, Jan. 25.
The time, nature and location of the event are all still to be determined, but broadcaster Dick Bremer will be joined by outfielder Eddie Rosario and pitcher Jose Berrios.
Previous Twins’ events have included a lunch, program and a chance for photos and autographs with the players, as well as a raffle for autographed items.
The Twins’ visit has become somewhat of a winter tradition in Ely. This marks the 10th time since 2004 that the caravan will stop in Ely.
In all, the 2018 Twins Winter Caravan includes stops in more than 50 communities across the upper Midwest from Jan. 15-25.

Mon
11
Dec

Fossum reflects on two decades

by Tom Coombe -

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10
Dec

Ely hospital names new CEO

by Tom Coombe
As Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital bid farewell to longtime administrator John Fossum, it is welcoming the facility’s new chief executive officer.
Michael Coyle has been tabbed by the hospital board to replace Fossum, who is retiring in early-2018 after a 20-year stint in charge of the community’s hospital.
Coyle was among three finalists to interview for the post in late-November, and hospital board member Kelly Klun told Ely-Bloomenson shareholders Monday, during the hospital’s annual meeting, that a job offer had been made.
It was official the following afternoon, and Coyle is set to come to Ely from Sisseton, S.D., where he was chief executive officer of Coteau des Prairies Healthcare System.

Fri
08
Dec

Ely news in a timely fashion - Ely Echo delivers 52 weeks each year

Ely hospital names new CEO

Bakk the Grinch on 17th Avenue project

Fossum reflects on two decades - Retiring Ely hospital administrator looks back in farewell address

City polling place staying put

Fall Lake residents will get guidance on recyclable items

Skaters fall to 0-3

Abernathy lifts VCC to first ‘W’

Wolves put three on All-District football team, and much more sport news!

Fri
08
Dec

Mining foe: No. No matter what; Twin Metals project, MINER Act injected into Joint Powers meeting

TALKING MINING - Sen. Al Franken aide Pete Makowski, Babbitt council member Glenn Anderson and Ely school board member Rochelle Sjoberg at the Grand Ely Lodge for the legislative meeting on Monday.

Fri
08
Dec

Opposition to proposed rec complex forms as school board to vote Monday

by Nick Wognum
A week before the Ely School Board is set to vote on the issue, opposition has formed on the proposed recreation complex.
A dozen people gathered Wednesday night to express concerns about the project. Those concerns mainly focused on the facility being located on the school campus.
A letter to the editor in this week’s Ely Echo outlines an additional issue, competition with private enterprise.
Adding up the numbers
Roger Skraba asked the group to encourage people to attend Monday’s school board meeting at 6 p.m. and to speak out on separate issues.
“I’m looking at the numbers and I’m saying there’s no way a community this size can make this work,” said Skraba. “We don’t have enough people to pull this off.”

Fri
08
Dec

In Ely & Taiwan - Just about everybody reads the Ely Echo!

Just about everybody reads the Ely Echo!
During the balmy weather last Saturday, Rich Floyd took a break from ice skating on Eagles Nest Lake Three to peruse the Echo.

Just about everybody reads the Ely Echo!
IN Taiwan - Len and Pat Katauskas’ son-in-law Mark was catching up on the news under the Longgong Waterfall in the Meishan Township of central Taiwan.

Tue
05
Dec

Lobbyist brings St. Paul to Ely city council

by Tom Coombe
While council members in Ely have the final say in the operations of city government, many often concede that decisions in St. Paul have the most influence and carry the largest weight.
That seemed to be on display Tuesday, as members heard from a lobbyist from the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities.
CGMC Attorney Bradley Peterson looked back at the 2017 legislative session and provided a sneak peak of 2018 during a presentation at the monthly study session.
Peterson, who is part of an organization that represents more than 90 cities outside the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
One of the group’s prime initiatives this year, and most years at the state capitol, is fighting to maintain a prime source of revenue for Ely and many other cities - local government aid.

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