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Mining forum Wednesday

by Tom Coombe -


Forest Service now takes aim at all commercial activity in BWCA

The U.S. Forest Service will use a lawsuit settlement to take aim at any and all commercial activity in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Big Brother is not only watching, it’s on the hunt.
Forest supervisor Connie Cummins struggled in an interview with the Echo this past week to explain why a lawsuit over how many towboats use the BWCA has been turned into a global rock-turned mission.
“Will professional photographers be included in this study?”
“Will dog sled operations be included in this study?”
Exceeding the limits of authority has been taken to a new level. And anyone who makes a buck in any way off the BWCA should be very, very concerned.


Forest Service cuts deal over towboats

The U.S. Forest Service has settled a lawsuit with Wilderness Watch, a wilderness preservationist group based in Montana, that claimed the Forest Service is allowing more towboat use in the BWCA than is allowed by law.
Recreational commercial use is authorized by the 1964 Wilderness Act, and motorboat use is authorized by the 1978 BWCAW Act.
Superior National Forest Supervisor Connie Cummins confirmed the settlement will involve a review of all commercial use in the BWCAW. From towboats to dogsledding, the Forest Service will spend 30 months reviewing all commercial operations.
CWCS Vice President Bob LaTourell said not knowing what the outcome will be casts further doubt over how motorboat quotas could be impacted.
“It’s an unknown at this point, what does it mean?” said LaTourell. “We really don’t know what direction this is going.”


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3:11 PM - 18 May 2017

HS baseball: Ely 15, Mesabi East 1. Winning pitcher Dalton Schreffler fans 10; Mark Killoran, Ryan Quick and Tyler Housey with 2 hits each.
HS Baseball: Ely Vets Showcase - Ely 11, Blackduck 5; Joey Pierce pitches 5 innings to get the win and has three hits at the plate.
HS baseball: Ely 15, Mesabi East 1. Winning pitcher Dalton Schreffler fans 10; Mark Killoran, Ryan Quick and Tyler Housey with 2 hits each.
HS softball: Ely 8, Eveleth-Gilbert 6. Anna Urbas with 4 RBI for the Wolves.

May 16:
For now, Ely council won't change city law banning Sunday off-sale liquor sales


Richard (Dick) W. Maki, 82, dies

Richard (Dick) W. Maki, 82, born May 21, 1934 - died May 12, 2017.
His life revolved around music, playing in the MN Brass Drum & Bugle Corps for over 60 years and in the Zuhrah Shrine Drum Corps & Band. He was inducted into the World Drum Corps hall of fame. He liked schnauzers and singing in church. He enjoyed traveling in the US, South America & Europe, and spending time at his lakehome in Ely, MN. He was a Vikings season ticket holder for 50 years.
He is survived by wife of 53 years, Bunny (Margaret); children: Richard T. Maki and Sara Marcatto; grandchildren: Kaarina Maki and Dalton Thibodo; nephews Brett and Scott Esterberg. Preceded in death by his parents and sister. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 3 at St. Michael Lutheran Church, 1660 W. County Rd B, Roseville with visitation 1 hour prior. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to MN Brass Drum & Bugle Corps, PO Box 7341, St. Paul, MN 55107.


Joseph A. Kastelic, 62, of Chippewa Falls, dies

Joseph A. Kastelic, 62, of Chippewa Falls, died Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at his residence surrounded by his loving family under the care of St. Joseph’s Hospice.
Joe was born May 29, 1954 in Ely, MN, the son of Joseph G. and Mary Ann (Arola) Kastelic.
On June 9, 1984, Joe married Kristi Sellon at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely, MN.
Joe graduated from St. John’s College in 1977. He then taught Social Studies, History and Civics at St. Cloud Cathedral from 1977-1978, he was an computer programmer at AFU in Ely and substitute teacher and coach at Ely High School, and then moved to Chippewa Falls to teach at McDonell from 1986-1988 where he was an assistant football coach and golf coach, and later taught Social Studies and was a class advisor at New Auburn from 1988-2004 until early retirement due to health issues.


169 project moving along

by Tom Coombe -


Council Minutes: May 2, 2017 Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers

Council Minutes: May 2, 2017
Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers

CALL TO ORDER-Mayor Novak Called the meeting or order at 5:30pm

Present: Council members A.Forsman, Kess, Debeltz, Omerza, Callen, D.Forsman and Mayor Novak
Absent: None

Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to approve the Minutes from the April 18, 2017 Regular Meeting. Motion Carried unanimously.

Addition 8. H. Planning and Zoning Committee
Item 8 H was added without objection

Mayor Novak reported on his recent trip to St. Paul.

Motion to waive readings in entirety of all ordinances and resolutions on tonight’s agenda
Approve Council and Staff to attend the CGMC Lobby Day on May 11th, 2017. J.Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to approve the consent agenda A and B. Motion Carried unanimously.



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37 Seniors will graduate from Ely Memorial May 27

Commencement ceremonies are Saturday, May 27 for the 2017 graduating class and ticket holders will fill Washington Auditorium for the event. Graduates include: +* Erin Bianco Braxton Casey
+* Susan Cook
Zachary Dean
+* Catherine DeRemee
Thomas Deyak
Maisy Fadum
Mason Folz
+* Joshua Heiman
+* Caroline Homer
Naomi Isbell
* Courtney Kellogg
Mark Killoran
+* Matthew Killoran
Ryan Knuutti
Kyle Lakner
+* Logan Mann
Sydney Matthias
* Spencer McEntyre
Thomas Meador
Louis Meskill
+* Morgan Moravitz
+* Izaak Nosbisch
Solomon Olson
* Evan Omerza
+* Taryn Osthoff
Brandon Perushek
Eric Peterson
+* Theodore Pierce
Adam Porthan
* Lily Pylka
* August Richter
Katelynn Stavig
* Simon Stouffer
Caleb Synnes
+* Anna Urbas
Evan Wognum


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