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Wed
04
Oct

Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital makes conversion to new medical records system

On Oct. 1 Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital (EBCH) will “go live” with a new electronic medical records system, EPIC.
This is the current system used by many healthcare facilities statewide including; Fairview, Allina and campus partners, Essentia Health.
By making this transition EBCH will be able to offer better quality, safety and patient satisfaction in regard to medical records. Patients will no longer need to wait for or carry paper copies.
Patients will need to plan some additional time for registration during their first appointment following the October 1 “go live” date.
Patients will need to bring their ID and insurance card to their next appointment as the hospital will need to reenter personal and insurance information upon arrival.
After the first visit with the new record system, checking in will be streamlines.

Sat
30
Sep

VCC enrollment up again

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
29
Sep

Ely’s hometown newspaper - The Ely Echo - fills scrapbook pages!

You may find your face or a friend’s or family member in the over 100 faces shown in this week’s Ely Echo.

Letters to the editor, new columnists, and news that matters to Elyites about the hospital, the college, St. Louis County and in depth sports news. It’s all in the Echo - your locally owned, only legal newspaper for Ely. Stop by our offices at 15 East Chapman Street and ask for a free sample copy!

Fri
29
Sep

Swiss visitors reveal their fish cooking secret to Pam

Pam Roberts never knows who she might find when she is out and about during her singular hour on the streets of Ely, interviewing people randomly. This week she visited with students after school, a retiree or two, and summer residents who are hosting two fellows from Switzerland. She found the latter as they concluded their visit with a shopping trip.

Read the complete article in this week's Ely Echo. And get the fish recipe for cooking over a campfire too.

Fri
29
Sep

Winton celebrates new Community Building

WINTON COUNCIL CELEBRATES the grand opening of the city’s new city hall and community building. Pictured are: council member Adam Masloski, council member Dawn Rowe, treasurer Kathy Edman, mayor Kathy Brandau, clerk Anne Jackson and council member Lee Tessier. Photo by Tom Coombe

Fri
29
Sep

Ely Marathon draws a crowd

WINNER - Lisa Smith of Hibbing outran the field and set a record en route to victory in the 13.1-mile half marathon. Smith, 35, became the first female to win the half-marathon overall title, taking first in 1:26:50. Photo by Heidi Pinkerton

Tue
26
Sep

Forest Service planning to drop lottery system in 2018

The U.S. Forest Service plans to do away with a permit lottery system that has been in place for many years. After the 2018 season, lottery permits will become first come, first serve, creating a mad rush for BWCA users.
Lottery permits are only in place for the entry points with the highest demand. This includes the very popular day use motor entry permits at Fall Lake and Moose Lake to get to Basswood Lake. A lottery system is also used for overnight paddle and motor permits through Fall Lake and Moose Lake. The five entry points are listed as D, F, G, 24 and 25.
“People were submitting several applications for the same date to be sure they got one,” said Forest Supervisor Connie Cummins. “This way without the lottery you can make a reservation on a given date and if it’s not available you’ll know it right then rather than trying to get one through the lottery.”

Tue
26
Sep

Joint Powers cool to rec center

by Tom Coombe
Leaders of Ely area government entities aren’t sold on plans for a new community recreation complex.
Brief discussion at a Sept. 14 meeting of local leaders revealed caution, skepticism and some outright opposition to the plan to develop a facility that could be as large as 50,000 square feet and cost as much as $12 million.
No formal action was taken at the meeting of the Ely Area Community Economic Development Joint Powers Board, but at times discussion mirrored ongoing talks by Ely school officials, who are weighing a request to support locating the facility on the west side of the district campus.
Joint Powers members charged there remain too many unanswered questions, including the source of construction and operating revenues and what, if any, impact the project would have on local taxpayers.

Sun
24
Sep

Arsenic and Old Lace to bring comedy to Ely

Arsenic and Old Lace cast photo from rehearsal includes, front, l-r: Marcia Homer, Mary Ann Pauling, second row: Sara Skelton, Peter Kess, Andrea Strom, Mary Kay Fortier Spalding, Lis McCrea, Vince O’Connor, back: Dave O’Donnell, George Spalding, Karin Schmidt. Absent were: Jim Beaty, Cindy Dieter, Ricardo Smith. Performances are Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 in Ely. Submitted photo

Sat
23
Sep

Ely Marathon 2017 winners announced - unofficial as yet

While festivities continue in Ely tonight with live music in Whiteside Park, the Ely Marathon Races have ended.

Unofficial results: Boundary Waters Bank Half Marathon winner is LISA SMITH, 35, from Hibbing, MN in 1:26.50, first out of 234 finishers.

The half marathon men's division unofficial winner is Michael Eden.

The unofficial winner of the half marathon portage division Daniel Drehmel with an approximate time of 2:20.

Unofficial results: Ely marathon winner is HUDSON KINGSTON,34, from St. Paul, MN in 2:59.01. First out of 79 finishers.

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