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Fri
01
Dec

Ely’s hometown newspaper - The Ely Echo - the news you need to know!

Page after page, this is the Ely news you need to know to understand the city and its people.
A few headlines this week:

Another $1 million for rec complex
Vote coming Dec. 11 on school site; ERCC says any school contribution will be tied to usage

Legislators in town Monday
Bakk, Ecklund to speak at annual Joint Powers session

The lowdown on the levy
City set for two percent hike; market value in town up $5 million

Rukavina pushing for $150,000 in scholarships

Lobbyist brings St. Paul to Ely city council

Plus photos, columnists and ads!

Fri
01
Dec

MINER Act passes House

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
01
Dec

Duluth mayor makes Ely visit

by Tom Coombe
Duluth Mayor Emily Larson has made many trips to Ely, but her visit this week was her first in an official capacity.
The leader of St. Louis County’s largest city spent a night in town and visited local businesses, met with city officials and had a series of conversations with area residents.
Larson, who was guided Thursday morning by county commissioner Tom Rukavina, said there was no formal business for the trip other than “really just making the rounds with our northern partners.”
The first-term Duluth mayor got input from Elyites in a bevy of issues.
“People have been really honest, which I appreciate,” said Larson. “I did a lot of listening, and there were some definite themes. Jobs are really important. An economy that’s diverse is really important, and keeping our schools going and keeping our kids, and mining.”

Fri
01
Dec

Pioneer Mine again hosts Holiday Fantasy

PLENTY TO CHOOSE FROM for shoppers who took in the Holiday Fantasy event at Miners Dry sponsored by Ely Arts & Heritage Center and Stone Soup Events.

Fri
01
Dec

Ely turns out for Christmas

IN WHITESIDE PARK for the lighting of the City of Ely Christmas Tree were Little Miss Ely Chezne Nicholson, Miss Ely Shayla Zaverl, Santa Claus and Mayor Chuck Novak. Photo by Ruthanne Fenske.

Two dozen MORE photos of Thanksgiving weekend Ely events in this week's Ely Echo! Are you a subscriber?

Wed
29
Nov

More hours at Ely VA Clinic; Facility now open three days per week, over 450 veterans served

by Tom Coombe -

Wed
29
Nov

SECTIONS OF FOREST ROADS CLOSED DUE TO ICY CONDITIONS

Due to safety concerns, Superior National Forest managers are temporarily closing sections of Forest Roads in St. Louis, Lake, and Cook Counties, in northeast Minnesota.

Some Forest Roads have become covered with a thick layer of ice that has created an extreme hazard for traffic in those areas. Current specific closures include:

A five-mile portion of the Tomahawk Road (Forest Road 377) on the Kawishiwi Ranger District, temporarily closed from Highway 1, east to Forest Road 381 in Lake County, MN.

A twelve-mile section of The Grade Road (Forest Road 170) on the Tofte Ranger District temporarily closed between the Sawbill Trail and Wanless in Cook and Lake Counties, MN.

These temporary closures apply to any vehicles driven by the general public, including snowmobiles, dogsleds, and all-terrain vehicles. These restrictions went into effect Tuesday, November 28, 2017 and will continue until further notice.

Mon
27
Nov

Tree lighting at the GEL kicks off the holidays in Ely

Crowds gathered for the annual event at Grand Ely Lodge sponsored by Northwoods Partners - The annual Festival of Trees on Thanksgiving night. Photo by Ruthanne Fenske

Mon
27
Nov

Lawsuit filed over plans to close biomass power facilities; would impact Ely area

CHIPPING - Wally Kuehl operates a chipping operation outside of Ely in 2012. Photo by Nick Wognum.

Sat
25
Nov

“No kid should die of cancer”

by Nick Wognum

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