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Fri
22
Sep

Regular Meeting Ely City Council September, 2017

Council Minutes - September 5, 2017
Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers

CALL TO ORDER - Mayor Novak called the Regular City Council Meeting to order at 5:30pm

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

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to approve the minutes from the August 15, 2017 Regular Meeting and Study Session on August 29, 2017. Motion Carried Unanimously

ADDITIONS OR OMISSIONS TO AGENDA:
Addition 8.A.i. Park and Recreation Minutes
Item A Added without objection

MAYOR’S REPORT
Mayor Novak stated that he is attending the Campus/Community Connection Day at Vermillion Community College tomorrow to greet the students.

Fri
22
Sep

Almost 120 years ago - This was Ely’s Sheridan Street

Utilizing the Ely Echo’s over 600 page “Blue Book” - Ely, Since 1888 and the 1900 Sanborn Map of Ely and the area, the detail on the Vail Hotell (far left) and the many saloons of Ely are noted in this week’s Ely Echo. Patrick Vail was Ely's first fire chief in 1889 when the volunteer department was formed. He was the owner of the hotel which burned on March 17, 1905. Vail was elected Mayor of Ely twice.

Fri
22
Sep

Mid-November before County 88 bridge opening

Looking south on County 88, Grant McMahan Boulevard, one see puddles but not much river as workers prepare for the cement pour. Once that is done, there will be a 30 day wait for the concrete to cure and be able to take the weight of vehicles and trucks. Meanwhile area residents in the Burntside and north Shagawa Lake area must still drive added miles to Ely. Plus this weekend the two Ely Marathon runs will shut down Echo Trail and the southeast portion of 88 as well as many Ely streets and avenues for runners.

Fri
22
Sep

Ely’s Slovenian Union of America’s 90th anniversary celebrated

Miro Medved, Honorary Consul of Republic of Slovenia, presenting a proclamation from Slovenia celebrating Ely’s Slovenian Union of America’s 90th anniversary. Receiving the proclamation at the Grand Ely Lodge Sunday Sept 17 was Ely’s SUA Chapter 23 President Pat Koski. The proclamation was in Slovenian with an English translation. About 30 people attended including guests from Slovenia, Biwabik, Gilbert and many from Ely.

Thu
21
Sep

Angeline Mary Andrew, 88, of St. Paul, formerly of Ely, dies

Angeline Mary Andrew, 88, of St. Paul, formerly of Ely, died Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Northfield Hospital in Northfield, MN.
Angeline was born August 11, 1929 in Bovey, MN to George and Julia (Adlesich) Velcheff Sr. She was a graduate of Ely High School. She worked as a Job Service Coordinator for the State of Minnesota for many years in Ely and later in St. Paul. On February 14, 1998 she married William Andrew and resided in Temple, TX. After William passed, she moved back to St. Paul.
She was a member of St. Louis King of France Church in St. Paul. She enjoyed helping others, spending time with her friends and Velcheff family barbecues. Golfing, working crossword puzzles and listening to polka music were some of her favorite pass times.
Survivors include her sister, Helen Grivette of Hoyt Lakes and numerous nieces and nephews.

Thu
21
Sep

Kenneth Charles Starkman, 90, dies

Kenneth Charles Starkman, 88, died peacefully on Tuesday September 19, 2017 at Southview Senior Living Center in West St. Paul, MN.
Ken was born in Ely, MN to Charles and Lillian “Aiti” (Rajamaki) Starkman on October 23, 1928.
He married Alice (Keeling) Starkman on February 15, 1958 in St. Paul, MN.
Ken was a past owner of The Chain Saw Shop, Starkman Oil and the Tamarack Resort on Burntside Lake all located in Ely as well as Starky’s Convenience Store in Babbit, MN.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the Masons, Shriners and the American Legion.
Ken enjoyed hunting and fishing and had a passion for all things horse racing. He spent many hours in his retirement handicapping thoroughbreds.
Ken is survived by his wife Alice Starkman, sons: Ken Starkman and Jeff (Jessica) Starkman, sisters: Laverne Kuzma and Karen (Rich) Jiacik and grandsons: Hunter Starkman and Garrett Starkman.

Thu
21
Sep

Warren E. Esterberg, age 68 of Greenfield, MN, dies

Warren E. Esterberg, age 68 of Greenfield, MN passed away Monday, September 18, 2017. Warren was born and raised in Ely, MN and received his BME from the U of M. Preceded in death by parents, Werner and Aune. Survived by Laura, his wife of 45 years; 3 sons, Erin (Niki), Erik (Megan) and Adrian; grandchildren, Emma, Tyler, Blake, Zaya, Tanner and Lainey; brothers, Warner, Allen, Everett, Norman, Larry and Dean; many other loving family members and friends.
Memorial Service 11 am Saturday at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 5005 Northwest Blvd., Plymouth. Visitation 1 hour prior to service at church. Continue to celebrate Warren’s life with family and friends at the Medina Ballroom from 2-6 pm Saturday. Interment Ely Cemetery at a later date.
Gearty-Delmore Plymouth Chapel, 763-553-141, www.gearty-delmore.com

Wed
20
Sep

School plan modified before rollout

by Tom Coombe
It took several months and a series of meetings to develop a proposed strategic plan for the Ely School District.
But at least for now, the district will wait to take the plan public.
Goals set by a 20-member committee have been condensed, and superintendent Kevin Abrahamson has developed objectives and action items related to each goal.
The committee, minus many of its members, gathered Monday with consultant Ralph Brauer to review the work and talk about the next steps in a process that started midway through the 2016-17 school year.
There was brief discussion this week of a public rollout, perhaps during parent-teacher conferences next month, but several committee members said more remains to be done - including internal discussions with school staff and perhaps further development of specifics.
Elementary principal Anne Oelke said she “would want to be very confident,” about the plan before the district moves forward.

Wed
20
Sep

Ely school tax levy could go down again

by Tom Coombe -

Wed
20
Sep

Marathon ready to start

September 22 and 23 will bring a surge of runners and spectators to the Ely area for the third annual Ely Marathon.
Dubbed the 8,390 portage, the race is a beautiful and challenging run along the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
The Ely Marathon starts on the North Arm of Burnt-side Lake at Camp Du Nord at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23.
It turns onto the historic Echo Trail, meandering past several lakes before heading on a downhill coast toward Shagawa Lake.
From there it takes a slight detour through charismatic Winton followed by a quick loop around Miner’s Lake before the final run down Ely’s main street to finish in Whiteside Park. The Ely Marathon is a Boston Qualifier, making it one of the top prestigious races in the nation.
The marathon events will include a number of street closures, both Friday night and Saturday. See the back page of this section for more information on detours.

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