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Slow down for road construction

DETOUR TIME on the Garden Lake bridge as painting work is being done. Photo by Nancy McReady.

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May

Lodging tax regulations also apply to Ely area vacation home rentals

There is an increasing amount of short-term rentals of homes and/or rooms in the Ely area.
Property owners may not be aware that if they rent their home for periods less than 30 days, they are governed by some, if not all, of the same laws and regulations governing business lodging establishments.
Minnesota Revenue Sales Tax Fact Sheet 164 defines lodging as “the rental of a room or rooms for a temporary place to stay or live” and further instructs to “charge sales tax on lodging and lodging-related services furnished for periods of: less than 30 days; and 30 days or more if there is no enforceable written lease agreement that requires the customer to give prior notice of their intention to terminate.”
In addition to sales tax, property owners who are within the Ely Area Lodging Tax District and are engaging in short-term rentals are required to collect and remit a lodging tax of 3%.

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Gardner Humanities Trust awards almost $17,000 to local artists, organizations and fine arts, music events

The board of the Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust voted to award $16,809 to local artists, art organizations and fine arts events at its April 12, 2017 board meeting.
“The Trust created the Youth Grant program several years ago to encourage young artists in our community seeking funds for lessons, workshops or mentor opportunities,” stated Keiko Williams, Executive Director. “We have been updating the program each year and received a record number of applicants this year. The board enjoyed viewing some of the submitted videos of vocal solos and dance routines. It was also heartening to read some very compelling artistic statements written by our youth.”
Individual artist grants are awarded for unique, short-term opportunities that will impact an artist’s career.

Fri
28
Apr

Ely Echo is jam-packed with news and photos for Progress edition!

From Saturday’s Prom Night news to all three proposed rec center drawings, Gardner Trust awards over $16,000, VCC awards over $80,000 in scholarships and much more! That's what you'll find in this week's Ely Echo on newsstand Friday and area homes Saturday.
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Fri
28
Apr

Progress Edition 2017 released

This week is the Ely Echo’s annual Progress Edition with 17 pages devoted to improvements and changes at Ely businesses including the new $750,000 building investment made by Lake Country Power.

Fri
28
Apr

VCC Foundation Awards $80,075 in Scholarships

The Vermilion Community College Foundation held its annual Scholarship Awards Banquet honoring scholarship recipients and donors on April 20 at the Grand Ely Lodge. One hundred eighty people attended the event to celebrate the generosity of the Foundation’s donors and to recognize the achievements of the scholarship recipients.

Fri
28
Apr

What happened to spring?

CONTINUING with Earth Day activities by picking up garbage in the Ely Business Park were Allison Furry, Alice White, Hannie Weisinger and Claire Hendricks. Photo by Hailey Worth.

Fri
28
Apr

Ely lands $25,000 broadband grant

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
28
Apr

2017 VCC Lifetime Achievement Award honors Barbara Soderberg

In 2004, the VCC Foundation Board of Directors established the Lifetime Achievement Award to annually honor a graduate of Ely Junior College or Vermilion Community College who has made a significant local, regional statewide or national contribution. According to VCC Foundation Executive Director Patti Zupancich, “The award demonstrates the important role Vermilion plays in the academic, career and civic development of our graduates.”
The VCC Foundation Board selected Barbara Soderberg as the recipient of the 2017 award for her outstanding accomplishments and exceptional commitment to the field of wilderness management. The Lifetime Achievement Award was announced at the VCC Foundation’s annual scholarship awards banquet on April 20 at the Grand Ely Lodge. Barb was in attendance at the banquet to accept the award.

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