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Tue
07
Feb

Nolan staff to hold ‘Congress Comes to You’ meetings Feb. 21

U.S. Congressman Rick Nolan announced the locations of several Congress Comes to You meetings his staff will operate in January-March 2017.
“Hearing directly from residents makes me a better advocate in Washington for the great people of Minnesota’s 8th District,” said Nolan.
“Congress Comes to You meetings are an opportunity to meet with members of my staff and discuss matters of interest and importance to you.”
These meetings are in addition to numerous Congress Comes to You meetings operated throughout the 8th District.
On Feb. 21 meetings will be held at the Babbitt City Hall from 10-11 a.m. and at Ely City Hall from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Tue
07
Feb

City rebuffs cop’s resignation

by Tom Coombe -

Tue
07
Feb

Ely Echo wins state award

The Ely Echo has won a state newspaper award for its reporting on the controversy over the Twin Metals Minnesota mining project.
Ely’s only locally-owned newspaper won third place - for weeklies between 2,500 and 5,000 circulation - in the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.
The Echo was recognized in the Social Issues Story category.
Editor Tom Coombe and General Manager Nick Wognum were recognized for coverage of public hearings and associated events in Ely last summer, when the U.S. Forest Service convened a well-attended and sharply-contested listening session at Washington Auditorium on mineral exploration leases sought by Twin Metals.
Contest judges provided the following remarks about the Echo’s reporting “These two stories are well-written and do a great job of illustrating the tension at these meetings. The stories balanced the conflicting viewpoints on a topic clearly important in this town.”

Sat
04
Feb

Spring groundbreaking for 169

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
03
Feb

Ely’s official newspaper - The Ely Echo - Reporting each week on news of the Ely area

City rebuffs cop’s resignation
Committee advises termination proceedings against Carlson;

Roy joins Ely police department;

Spring groundbreaking for 169;

Ely Echo wins state award;

…acts in a manner so counterproductive;

Plenty of prizes given away at Fun Run;

VCC goes for league lead -
Ironmen set to host Central Lakes Saturday with first place on line

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Fri
03
Feb

Ely school district liability capped at $1.5 million in bus crash jury verdict of $28.6 million

An Itasca County jury has awarded $28.6 million to a Marble, MN, woman who was paralyzed when an Ely Public School District bus crashed into the car in which she was a passenger.
However, the attorney for the Ely school district and bus driver Jay Poshak told the Ely Echo the total amount paid out cannot exceed $1.5 million by state statute.
“The school district is covered by state statute limited liability, and because of the insurance coverage the most the school district and Mr. Poshak is limited to $1.5 million,” said attorney Tim O’Connor.
He added the district and Poshak will not have to pay any of the final verdict, the monies will come from the district’s insurance. Poshak was an employee of the district at the time of the accident.
“The judge is not allowed to enter a final judgment in excess of the amount governed by state statute,” said O’Connor.

Fri
03
Feb

Nolan irks enviros with mining support

IN DULUTH - Jason Zabokrtsky (left), Steve Piragis (with microphone) and Becky Rom of Ely were involved in a protest in front of Rep. Rick Nolan’s Duluth office Thursday. Photo by WDIO.

by Tom Coombe -

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan’s rift with copper-nickel mining opponents appears to be widening, following a series of developments this week.
Nolan, in a letter released Tuesday, has asked the Trump Administration to reverse a decision that would take more than 234,000 acres of Superior National Forest land out of circulation for new mining for at least two years and perhaps permanently.
The move comes weeks after Nolan blasted a federal edict to reject long-held mining exploratory leases held by Twin Metals Minnesota, and stoked a harsh response from one of Nolan’s fellow Minnesotans - and fellow Democrats - in Congress....

Fri
03
Feb

Fun Run hosts 939 registratnts

LOTS OF SLEDS parked at Grand Ely Lodge during the 2017 Fun Run event last Saturday.

Fri
03
Feb

Plenty of prizes given away at Fun Run

VOLUNTEER Rico Mondati talks about the Fun Run at Grand Ely Lodge Saturday.

Fri
03
Feb

Stride Piano is next Concert Association show on Feb. 7

The next Ely Area Concert Association concert is set for Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at Washington Auditorium. Members will experience STRIDE PIANO – Stories and Song with Paul Asaro. Paul Asaro is known as one of the finest of a select group of pianists who still perform the demanding, two-handed piano styles from the first half of the 20th Century. The Stride piano of Fats Waller, the New Orleans style of Jelly Roll Morton and the Ragtime style of Scott Joplin and Eubie Blake, are among the several styles Asaro features during his performances.

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