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Sun
16
Jul

In the age of fake news, making up facts is now part of the anti-mining rhetoric

The anti-mining crowd must be getting nervous. Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN) has put together legislation to help get the PolyMet land exchange with the Forest Service completed soon. And, he’s still pushing for the feds to renew the leases for Twin Metals Minnesota.
In Ely on a barnstorming tour, Nolan accompanied Republican Representatives Gosar, Emmer and Westerman to get a first-hand look at what Twin Metals is proposing for a copper-nickel mine south of Ely.
Back in DC, the four congressmen sent a letter signed by a total of 26 members of Congress to urge the secretaries of the Department of Interior and the Department of Agriculture to rescind the federal land withdrawal proposal and renew Twin Metals’ federal leases.
In response, one of the copycat groups sent a letter urging members not to sign the letter and providing their own so-called “facts” about the mining issue in Ely.

Sat
15
Jul

Legion playoffs ready to begin; Post 248 looks to make a run in wide-open District Eight Div. II field

How tight is at the top of the Eighth District Division II American Legion Baseball standings?
Ely went into the final weekend with a chance to finish anywhere from first to sixth in a nine-team field.
That sort of parity should make for an interesting district tournament, which starts Tuesday with games at both Marble and Nashwauk.
After qualifying for the high school baseball Class A state tournament, Ely faces a much more difficult road in Legion ball with the addition of Class AA schools including Esko, Proctor and Greenway, which forms the Taconite team that is hosting this week’s double-elimination event.
But Ely (9-7) is no slouch, and went into the final weekend of regular season play still in the running for the number-one seed.
Post 248 hosts Taconite Sunday (1 p.m.) to close out the regular season, following Friday night league tilts against both Esko and Deer River.

Sat
15
Jul

Trout Whisperer - Boys of summer

Boys of summer
At one point, there were seven of us there. Two had arm chairs under their backsides, one had a garage sale bar stool he was tottering on. The rest of us, including the owner, were just leaning on something. All of us were discussing: the weather, the Minnesota Twins, and one large velvet-headed buck, the majority of us had seen, that seems to have taken up residency at the local cemetery.
The owner’s dog is working the crowd. He nudges each of us in turn looking for a free ear scratch. After the pooch gets what he wants he goes and lays down on the concrete pad where the morning’s sun is just starting to creep in.
The room smells of a mixture of brewed coffee and sort of ripe or boiled minnows. The bait store owner says he needs to clean the minnow tanks today, but not until his wife shows up.

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

Proud to be number one

LITTLE LEAGUE WINNERS were the Indians who beat the Cards 4-2 in the July 7 championship game behind a three run homer and the pitching of Iver Lepisto. Pictured: Front (l-r): Benny Leeson, Ty Walker. Kneeling: Jack Davies, Silas Solum, Brady Eaton, Caid Chittum, Drew Marolt, Back: Blake Walsh, Chase Anderson, Blake Schaller, Sam Leeson, Iver Lepisto. Coaches: Kevin Marolt, Mark Walker and Cory Eaton.

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

Fri
14
Jul

Computer system upgrade will affect Ely License Bureau July 20-22

The State of Minnesota is replacing the computer system that handles license tabs and other vehicle transactions, and this will affect the services offered at the Ely License Bureau for three days during the upgrade.
“The state is finally going to start this new system and in order to switch it over it’s going to take some time where the computer system for the motor vehicles will be down,” said Penny Reedy of the Ely License Bureau. “Because of that we will be closed Thursday and Friday, July 20 and 21 and on Monday, July 24.”

Fri
14
Jul

Mining opponents speak out; Rom, Piragis face some pushback during Tuesday Group visit

Becky Rom presented her views at the Tuesday Group.

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
14
Jul

Sunday liquor OK in Winton

by Tom Coombe
People no longer have to drive out of the Ely area to buy a case of beer or bottle of wine on Sundays.
While the city of Ely has declined to take advantage of a new state law allowing Sunday off-sale liquor purchases, the city of Winton is taking a different approach.
In a unanimous vote, the Winton council approved Sunday liquor sales.
The provision takes affect immediately and off-sale purchases will be allowed at Winton’s only liquor retailer- the Winton Roadhouse.
“They can start this Sunday,” said city clerk Anne Jackson.
While Ely liquor retailers pressured city council members to keep its Sunday ban, sentiment was apparently different in neighboring Winton.
Jackson said the measure was approved with no opposition.
State law changed this year to allow liquor stores to be open on Sunday, but home-rule charter cities have their own discretion on the matter.

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