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28
Jul

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Fri
28
Jul

Packed Virginia hearing dominated by passionate, boisterous supporters of copper-nickel projects

FORCED TO MOVE from the area after her husband lost a mining job, Elyite Kathleen (Omerza) Recht spoke passionately in support of copper-nickel mining during testimony Tuesday at a listening session hosted by the U.S. Forest Service

One of the most passionate pro-mining speeches of the night came from Ely high school graduate Kathleen Recht.

Recht said the most recent downturn in the region’s mining economy uprooted her family, indicating that her teacher’s salary wasn’t enough to sustain their budget and that the tourism industry didn’t offer quality employment after her husband was laid off by Mesabi Nugget.

“Those jobs are seasonal,” said Recht. “Those jobs pay an average of $18,000 with no benefits. They’re great for college students.”

Officials from the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management listened on stage to the speakers, who were chosen at random from those who signed up before the meeting.

Fri
28
Jul

Copper mining supporters rally, march in Virginia

WHY NOT EXPLORE? was the message from State Sen. Dave Tomassoni in Virginia Tuesday.

...Cuffe blasted federal action that blocked the renewal of mineral leases held by Twin Metals Minnesota, as well as the possible ban on mineral exploration for up to 20 years, calling the process “a charade of garbage.”
Tomassoni showed similar passion.

“We need to continue to mine,” he said. “That is what we do. That is our lifestyle.”

Leading the “let us drill,” chant, Tomassoni said the government owes Twin Metals the chance to explore.

“Tell me when in our country that we’ve been afraid to explore,” said Tomassoni. Article and phots from the hearing appear in this week’s Ely Echo.

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Fri
28
Jul

Lined up for a chance to speak Tuesday in the heart of the Iron Range

SIGNING IN - Pat Marsnik of Ely registered to speak at Tuesday’s Forest Service listening session in Virginia. Pro-mining forces were urged to “stuff the box” and ensure that pro-mining voices were heard at an event that attracted almost 1,000 people. Photos by Nick Wognum.

Fri
28
Jul

Blueberry Festival set-up started Thursday

GETTING READY Thursday night for the Blueberry/Art Festival were Gayle and Ted Gates. Photo by Hailey Worth.

Friday morning freshly made blueberry pancakes were a hit with the early crowd.

Thu
27
Jul

Pinkerton honored by Wolf Center with 2017 award

For all she knew, Heidi Pinkerton’s role was a simple one at the International Wolf Center in Ely on a recent Friday. She’d been asked to come by the Center to take some updated photographs of the non-profit’s board of directors at their meeting.
What Pinkerton didn’t know was that the board had a big surprise up its sleeve.
As the group was preparing to leave an exhibit area at the interpretive center, board member Nancy Gibson spoke up. She started reading from some notes and Pinkerton’s name kept coming up. It was at that point Pinkerton realized she was in for a big shock. She was being presented with the organization’s Who Speaks for Wolf award for her tireless work over the years.

Thu
27
Jul

Twin Metals to be saluted during festival

by Tom Coombe
A pro-mining group will make its presence felt during Ely’s busiest weekend of the summer.
Directly across from Whiteside Park, home of Ely’s upcoming Blueberry/Art Festival, Up North Jobs will hold a three-day Twin Metals Appreciation Days celebration.
The event coincides with the festival, which starts Friday, and will include informational displays, appearances by area elected officials, and petitions to support the Twin Metals copper-nickel mining project.
“We want northeastern Minnesota residents to know how important Twin Metals has been and can be in our economic development and job growth here,” said Gerald Tyler, executive director of Up North Jobs and coordinator of the celebration.
Thousands are expected at Whiteside Park during the festival, and across the street - at the corner of Seventh Avenue East and Sheridan adjacent to Canoe Country Outfitters - Up North Jobs will set up giant 15-by-30 feet tent.

Tue
25
Jul

Highway 169 Eagles Nest Lake Reconstruction Project monthly meeting scheduled Aug 3 in Ely

The Eagles Nest lake Area Reconstruction project monthly project status update meeting is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, August 3, at The Eagles Nest lake Area Reconstruction project monthly project status update meeting is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, August 3, at Eagles Nest Township Hall, 1552 Bear Head State Park Road, Ely, MN 55731.

The public is invited to attend. The project manager and construction staff will provide an update about the project. There will not be a formal presentation.

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter or other reasonable accommodation, call Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota); 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (Minnesota Relay). You may also send an email to janet.rae.miller@state.mn.us.

Mon
24
Jul

Public forum Monday on rec complex; School board to take comments

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Fri
21
Jul

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