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Fri
13
Oct

Call for Bids - EEDA

Fri
13
Oct

CEMETERY CLEAN UP

CEMETERY CLEAN UP

As we approach fall and winter it is time to think about the Ely cemetery.

It is important that planters and other grave decorations be removed from grave sites. This will facilitate clean up and lawn maintenance in the spring. Artificial floral arrangements tend to deteriorate over time and scatter around. The wire used in them also then becomes a hazard for the lawn mowers. Planters, flower pots, and still usable arrangements will be in better condition for next spring if they are stored in some kind of shelter over the winter.

The cemetery committee agrees that in many respects the cemetery has looked better this year thanks to both the conscientious crew and the cooperation of the public.

Next year it is hoped there will be an information kiosk in place and some newer water lines and spigots in place.

Fri
13
Oct

Ely-Centric! That's the Ely Echo every week

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Fri
13
Oct

Anglers still bringing in big fish

Ryan Grahek, Blaine, MN took this great northern pike during his camping trip with brothers Jordan and Jake to Basswood Lake. Photos from Babe’s Bait & Tackle

Fishing report
by Captain Russ from Babe’s Bait & Tackle -

Fri
13
Oct

County 88 bridge now open - Friday at 7 PM

NOW OPEN - The new bridge on Highway 88 over the river was a busy place last week as construction continued before Friday's re-opening. Photo by Bill Erzar.

Construction is done for the season and the new bridge is expected to open around 7 p.m. this evening, October 13, on County State Aid Highway 88 (Grant McMahon Boulevard) west of Ely. A new 105-foot concrete slab span bridge now crosses the Burntside River, in place of a nearly 80-year-old bridge that had been subject to weight limitations.

The road reopening comes two weeks earlier than estimated. Engineers had condensed the construction schedule, and financial incentives were included in the project contract to minimize the inconvenience for motorists who typically travel this route.

Fri
13
Oct

American Legion Auxiliary revived in Ely

LEGION AUXILIARY IS BACK - Carol Pengal and Patti Buffington of the revived Ely American Legion Post 248 Auxiliary presented a check to Anne Oelke, principal of Washington Elementary School, for the school’s new playground. The Auxiliary has also made contributions to Veterans on the Lake and the Silver Bay Veterans Home, and will be resuming the Auxiliary tradition of bringing apples to elementary school teachers in November. Photo by Tom Coombe

Fri
13
Oct

169 project right on track

FALL COLORS and construction on Highway 169 between Tower and Ely. This view from the west shows the section to be worked on this winter. Photo by Bill Erzar.

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
13
Oct

NRE swimmers host first meet, take seventh at Taconite Invite

IN BABBITT - Members of the Northeast Range-Ely swim team hosted a meet on Tuesday afternoon against Virginia. Photo by Hailey Worth

by Tom Coombe -

Thu
12
Oct

North Arm timber harvest approved

A North Arm timber harvest in the Burntside State Forest has finally been given the green light after more than a year of review and months of public comment.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has approved proceeding with the sale of a 62-acre timber thinning project on state forest lands, just north of Camp DuNord to improve forest health and reduce wildfire hazard.
The harvest would remove about one-third of the mature trees in scattered areas, leaving the largest, best formed and healthiest trees.
“This thinning proposal came out over a year ago and was put on a list for harvest,” said DNR outreach supervisor Amy Kay Kerber.
“The comment period closed without much comment. In the process of putting it up for sale we received communications from Camp du Nord and some adjacent landowners so we reopened the public comment period. It was a long period that opened in February and closed August 1.”

Wed
11
Oct

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