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Fri
21
Jul

Bill backing PolyMet land swap gets first hearing in Congress

Calling it a “very good land exchange... for the taxpayers and the citizens of our nation,” U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan testified in front of the House Subcommittee on Public Lands Friday in favor of a bill the 8th District DFLer authored.
The legislation would authorize a federal land exchange the contentious PolyMet copper-nickel mine proposal needs in order to advance.
Last January the U.S. Forest Service approved the swap which would trade 6,650 acres of federal land to PolyMet near Babbitt and Hoyt Lakes, Minn., for a similar amount of private land in northeast Minnesota.
But environmental groups have since filed four lawsuits seeking to block the exchange, arguing the proposal harms endangered species and shortchanges taxpayers because it undervalues the federal land to be traded.
Nolan’s bill, if passed, would thwart those lawsuits and allow the land exchange to proceed.

Fri
21
Jul

Road closed temporarily for helcopter pickup

HIGHWAY 1 was closed for a short time Wednesday afternoon so the Life Link helicopter could land on the Kawishiwi Bridge to pick up Jack Willis, 69, of Ely who sustained serious injuries after falling from a roof.

Fri
21
Jul

Ely’s busiest week is here

by Tom Coombe
There are blueberry pancakes, blueberry pies, blueberry-themed goods and even blueberry beer.
For one weekend every July, Ely goes blue in many ways with the presentation of the annual Blueberry/Art Festival.
The 37th rendition of Ely’s signature summer event - and easily the community’s biggest weekend of the year - starts Friday July, 28 at Whiteside Park.
Just over 300 arts, crafts and food exhibitors will cram into the city park for three days, joining thousands who pass through to browse, to shop, to mingle, to be entertained, and undoubtedly to eat and drink.
“It continues to be a really popular festival,” said Ellen Cashman, who coordinates the festival for the Ely Chamber of Commerce. “It’s a great three-day event. If people are interested in blueberries and great art, they should come to the festival.”

Fri
21
Jul

Veterans honored at Memorial Field

WORLD WAR II VET AND MARINE Joe Telich (right) shared greetings with Bob Niskala (left) following the Veterans Night ceremony July 14 at Veterans Memorial Field. Photo by Nick Wognum.

Thu
20
Jul

Fall Lake residents want Cloquet Line fixed

by Nancy McReady -

Thu
20
Jul

Free bus rides offered to Virginia mining hearing

Mining supporters will go by the bus load to Virginia for an upcoming public hearing.
Free bus rides are available, and being coordinated by Up North Jobs, for the July 25 event.
That’s when the U.S. Forest Service holds its final listening session on a plan to withdraw over 234,000 acres of Superior National Forest land from future mining development.
The meeting comes on the heels of a similar session set for this week (see related story) in St. Paul, and amid ongoing controversy over proposed copper-nickel mining projects in the region.
Mining supporters are pushing for a big turnout in Virginia, contending “this may be the last opportunity for mining supporters to have their voices heard.”
The listening session is slated for 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the high school auditorium in Virginia, but pro-mining forces will gather earlier.

Tue
18
Jul

School joins broadband initiative

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
14
Jul

Ely’s hometown newspaper - Ely Echo - for photos,news and legals

Ely’s official newspaper keeps its subscribers informed on what’s happening though news and photos and ads. You would be welcome to join up too!

Fri
14
Jul

Sunset over Rookie Pond

A BEAUTIFUL VIEW from the Fernberg Road at the Rookie Pond overlook by Ely photographer Eric Sherman during a recent trip east of Ely.

Fri
14
Jul

Work continues on 169 - It's summer

BIG MACHINERY on the Highway 169 project between Tower and Ely.

Temporary lane closures for Highway 169 begin July 17 in Mt. Iron/Virginia and shoulder closures beginning July 17 on Hwy 169 in Mt. Iron and Virginia.

Hwy 169 will remain open to one lane of traffic in each direction during construction while crews work on pavement and shoulder rehabilitation. Turn lane closures around the intersections of Hwy 169 and County Road 7/Enterprise Drive and County Road 109 will occur in August.

This portion of the project is expected to be completed in October 2017. The project will resume in spring of 2018 and go through October 2018. Remaining work will consist of bridge and pavement rehabilitation.

Project benefits include smoother pavement surface, better ride quality, improved traffic signal functionality, and pedestrian accessibility and safety

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