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Tue
20
Feb

School staff suggest facility upgrades

by Tom Coombe -

Tue
20
Feb

2017 fish, game and trapping licenses expire Feb. 28

Minnesota fishing, hunting and trapping licenses for 2017 expire Wednesday, Feb. 28, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Licenses for 2018 are now available wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold, online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense and by telephone at 888-665-4236. All 2018 fishing licenses become effective Thursday, March 1. New licenses are required for 2017 hunting and fishing seasons that continue past Feb. 28.

This year license fees increase by $3 for a resident individual angling license, and fees also increase for other license types including deer hunting licenses, sports licenses and lifetime licenses.

License fees support the ongoing work of DNR fish, wildlife and enforcement staff to conserve, enhance and protect our waters, fields and forests.

Sun
18
Feb

State hiring again in Ely; Revenue set to fill up to six jobs

by Tom Coombe -

Sun
18
Feb

Broadband project important because service in Ely is poor

If your internet service is like watching paint dry, there’s some good news that came out of a meeting on Tuesday.
Here’s what we’ve learned:
• Your neighbors feel the same way. Internet service in Ely is bad. Survey results found more than 90 percent of people are not satisfied with their internet connectivity.
• This is a big deal. The survey said 93 percent of the people who responded feel internet access is very important to them.
• Businesses are in the same boat. Not only does their internet service at home stink, what they have at work isn’t much better.
• Hope is on the way. Two pilot projects, one with fiber to businesses and the other using 80-foot towers to broadcast signals across Shagawa and Burntside lakes could be a big step in the right direction.
How long it will take to start improving a bad situation is unknown. But with the study results in, there is a progress, something we haven’t been able to say for quite some time.

Sun
18
Feb

East of Ely - Five stages of being lost in the woods

Many of us have been lost and obviously survived. But how many are familiar with a web article floating around that relates Kubler-Ross’s five stages of death to the experience? I read this recently and decided to test it out by recalling a day where I totally lost my way in the woods east of Ely.
I’ll begin by relaying one of the most dangerous things you can do in the border lakes region. It seems harmless yet the action nearly rendered me dead. So here it goes.
Never, ever try to locate a secret trout lake while portaging a canoe. Though carrying a canoe over time-trodden portages can be a no-brainer, trying to blaze a trail with a canoe is the same as having a blindfold over your eyes. Don’t try it unless you have some other person leading the way. Back to the five stages.
1. Depression. Stage one set in as soon as I realized I wasn’t going to reel in any fat brook trout that day. I’d have to agree with the article on that.

Sun
18
Feb

State’s moose population remains low but stable for a seventh year

Results of the 2018 moose survey indicate the moose population in northeastern Minnesota remains stable but relatively low for the seventh year in a row, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
“While the population appears stable, low numbers of moose are still a major concern for the DNR,” said DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr. “We continue to pursue the best science, research and management tools available to us to help Minnesota’s moose.”
The 2018 aerial moose survey estimated 3,030 moose in northeastern Minnesota, statistically unchanged from last year’s estimate of 3,710.
The survey is statistically sound, but there is inherent uncertainty associated with such surveys, because researchers will never see and count all of the animals across the 6,000 square mile survey area.
Statistically, the DNR is 90 percent certain that the population is between 4,140 and 2,320 moose.

Sat
17
Feb

Stephan Raymond (Ray) Schally, 80, of Ely, dies

Stephan Raymond (Ray) Schally, 80, of Ely, passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely.
Ray was born on October 29,1937 to Anne and Stephan Schally in Falcon Heights, Mn. He attended grade school in Falcon Heights, Junior High at Murray High School and was a member of the first graduating class of Alexander Ramsey High School in St. Paul. He learned the piano during these years from a Sister at the local Catholic Church.

Fri
16
Feb

Ely School Board Meeting Minutes January 2018

School Board Meeting Minutes January 8, 2018
(approved 2-12-2018)

Fri
16
Feb

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Fri
16
Feb

U.S. Rep. Nolan bows out; others racing t o jump in

CONGRESSMAN Rick Nolan and his wife Mary visiting the Ely Echo offices on Chapman Street.

by Tom Coombe -

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