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04
Aug
Fri
04
Aug

Honoring America

HONORING AMERICA with the playing of the National Anthem at the start of this year’s Blueberry/Art Festival were mining supporters at the Up North Jobs booth next to Canoe Country Outfitters. Photo by Nick Wognum.

Fri
04
Aug

’49ers hold their 68 year reunion

CLASS OF 1949 taking part in the 68th Anniversary Reunion at Grand Ely Lodge on July 29, 2017 were (front, l-r): Pat (Edards) Sterbenk, Carol Lassey, Josie (Lunka) Eliof, Lorretta (Banovetz) Glum, Mary Ellen (Kleemola) Levander, Bevery (Viste) Wiermaa, Back: Bob Maki, Dom Elioff, Tom Markson, Joan (Nelson) Luhta, Maxine (Kovach) Jacks, Betty Ann (Tjader) Zorman, Karl Rukavina. Fourteen classmates in attendance. Missing from the photo is Laverne (Anderson) Lindholm.

by Mary Ellen Levander

Thu
03
Aug

White Iron Prescribed Fire: anticipated ignition tomorrow, August 4

Location: T62N R12W S13 and T62N R11W S18 In northeastern Minnesota, in St. Louis County on the Kawishiwi Ranger District on the Superior National Forest (Map attached.) This 82 acre unit is located at the tip of the peninsula at the end of Ring Rock Road on the southeastern shore of White Iron Lake.

Description:
The purpose of the prescribed fire is fuel reduction and ecosystem management. Fire managers want to burn the White Iron Unit after the fuels dry slightly from recent rain but not so long afterward that all the fuels on the landscape dry out. The ideal condition is a northerly wind to blow smoke and embers away from nearby homes. Enough crews will be on duty to both accomplish the prescribed fire and to be on stand-by for response to wildfires in case they happen at the same time.

Thu
03
Aug

Winter Festival design created by Emma Kari

The board of the Ely Winter Festival has been planning the 2018 Festival since April, and they’re just getting warmed up. February 1-11 is going to be packed with winter gear exhibitions, snow mobile excursions, guided snowshoe hikes, the Kubb tournament, fat tire bike demos and rides, an orchestra concert, the Ely Art Walk, just to name a few. And the star of the festival, the Snow Carving Symposium!
To make 2018 really stand out, the festival board engaged Ely schools’ art teacher, Kelly Chick. Together they challenged interested students to create EWF pin designs. Local artist and seasoned pin creator Consie Powell helped the students develop and hone their ideas.
The winning design, chosen from a total of six submitted, came from junior/senior Emma Kari of Ely. Margaret Renner and Gabriel Mann also presented their fantastic designs for consideration. The EWF board extends its thanks to all the people who participated in this endeavor.

Wed
02
Aug

Gardner Trust celebrates with Breakfast in the Garden Event

The Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust was created in 1989 for the enhancement, growth and improvement of the arts in the City of Ely. The Trust will celebrate 28 years since its creation with a ‘Breakfast in the Garden’ event at Whiteside Park on Saturday, August 5, from 10 a.m. to noon. Local watercolor artists Betty Musich, Dafne Caruso, Pat Miller and Nancy Ensley. will be demonstrating and then letting adults and children try creating their own watercolor cards. There will be light refreshments to make the occasion more festive. Information about the Trust and its grant programs will also be available during the morning event.
The 2017 Board of Directors for the Trust are: Tara Boerst, Ryan Callen, Beth Ohlhauser, Laura Moberly, Andrea Strom, Claire Taylor, Cade Thibodeaux, Becky Zientek. Executive Director for the Trust is Keiko Williams.

Tue
01
Aug

‘Root Beer Lady-the Musical’ world premiere in Ely

Bottle Cap Volunteer Production’s “Root Beer Lady-the Musical,” is making its world premiere in Ely, Minnesota on Thursday Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. in Washington Auditorium,.
The premiere will be followed by three more performances: Friday, Aug. 4 – Saturday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m and a Sunday Matinee, Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Kess Gallery, 130 E. Sheridan St. Ely 218-365-5066 or online at brownpapertickets.com
The musical tells the inspiring story of Dorothy Molter through song and dance and is based on Bob Cary’s popular book ‘Root Beer Lady.’
The production is the vision of Barb Cary Hall, Bob’s daughter.
“This has never been done before in Ely. Dorothy Molter is a well-known local legend and I want to get it right. Luckily for me, everyone involved is so enthusiastic and supportive that this has already gone beyond anything I imagined. Folks will certainly be entertained.”

Mon
31
Jul

House bill could aid Twin Metals

MINNESOTA Reps. Rick Nolan and Tom Emmer.

by Tom Coombe -

Mon
31
Jul

Big brother watching? County installs cameras on area highways

St. Louis County Public Works staff are installing remote data sensors at five locations around the county, four of which will include weather cameras providing a live look at the current road conditions.
The Roadway Weather Information Systems (RWIS) will help monitor weather and road conditions so that crews can make better informed decisions more quickly about when and how to treat and maintain the roads during snow and ice events.
For at least one county commissioner, the cost and the intrusiveness of cameras does not sit well.
“Should our foreman and supervisors lay in bed and watch the camera and not have a pickup truck anymore,” asked Tom Rukavina. “Quite frankly I think our process has worked pretty well over the last 100 years. The more we put up cameras the more that has to be maintained and it takes away from filling potholes and paving roads.”
Rukavina also mentioned the additional lights put up at intersections on county roads.

Sat
29
Jul

Lodging tax receipts dip; Down 14 percent, but tourism officials say numbers incomplete

by Tom Coombe
A pattern of slight but steady growth in the Ely area’s lodging tax receipts has been disrupted - at least so far in 2017.
The latest numbers, released at Tuesday’s city council meeting, show a 14 percent dip in lodging tax revenues through May.
While tourism officials say the numbers are incomplete and don’t include totals from lodging establishments that pay the tax on a quarterly or annual basis, mayor Chuck Novak said he believes what’s missing isn’t likely to bridge the double-digit gap.
“It can come back by the end of the year to a more reasonable number,” said Novak. “But if it’s showing 14 percent down now, I don’t believe that those who haven’t paid will make up that 14 percent. I think we’ll still see a negative.”
Ely tourism officials, however, aren’t making the same conclusion. She warned that the data released so far paints an incomplete picture.

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