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Tue
10
Oct

Revenue chief in Ely, mayor lobbies for jobs; Novak: Fill empty cubicles

by Tom Coombe -

Tue
10
Oct

Wild rice regs worry council

by Tom Coombe
Officials in Ely have doubled down and reiterated their opposition to proposed new standards related to wild rice standards.
Joining the Ely Utilities Commission, the city council voted Tuesday to ask that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s rule making process be suspended through May and charged that rules being proposed would have “devastating impacts on our cities, industry and communities in northeastern Minnesota.”
“They’re doing it backwards,” Ely council member Paul Kess said of the MPCA.
At issue is a new edict regarding the enforcement of standards pertaining to wild rice waters, and a concern that regulations related to sulfate levels could require cities across northeastern Minnesota - including Ely - to absorb millions of dollars in capital expenditures and operating costs.

Tue
10
Oct

September ISD 696 Ely MN Minutes

Strategic Planning Session September 11, 2017
(approved 10-9-2017)

A strategic planning session was held at 4:00 p.m. in the Memorial Media Center. Ralph
Brauer was the facilitator. The following were present: Rochelle Sjoberg, Tim Leeson, Molly
Olson, Megan Anderson, Tom Coombe, Julie Hignell, Anne Oelke, Jason Kelley, James Pointer,
Tom Omerza, Kevin Abrahamson, Penny Jankowski.
On the agenda: Finalized goals; reviewed and discussed objectives; discussed roll out.
Meeting adjourned.

Submitted by Penny Jankowski,
Superintendent’s Assistant

School Board Meeting Minutes

September 11, 2017
(approved 10-9-2017)

Mon
09
Oct

MINER Act introduced

by Tom Coombe -

Mon
09
Oct

Rukavina’s still battling for school kids

The smallest guy left at the table hasn’t given up on doing what’s right for the school kids in Minnesota, but it appears St. Louis County Commissioner is the last man standing.
Former State Rep. Tom Rukavina isn’t one to back down from a fight. He’s known for his combative nature and knowledge of the issues that affect northeast Minnesota.
The potential land swap of state lands within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area actually impacts the entire state. But the crickets are sounding from St. Paul and other elected officials.
Rukavina is concerned the county board may have given too much when a resolution was passed to approve a hybrid proposal that includes a land swap and purchase procedure.

Sat
07
Oct

NEW COLUMN: East of Ely - An ode to the boat and canoe launches of the BWCA

by Dave Krikorian -

Sat
07
Oct

Pasmick wins twice for swimmers

by Tom Coombe
Northeast Range/Ely had five first-place finishes, including two by Brooke Pasmick, in a 56-38 loss at Eveleth-Gilbert.
The high school girls swimming team was very competitive with the host Golden Bears, as Pasmick’s second win of the Sept. 28 meet - which came in the 100 backstroke - pulled the Nighthawks to within four points.
Eveleth-Gilbert rebounded with one-two finishes in the meet’s final two events to secure the win.
Brooke Pasmick swam to victory in both the 100 backstroke (1:15.35) and the 100 freestyle (1:03.98), while her sister Laura topped the field in the 500 freestyle with a time of 7:07.60.
Kayla Mellesmoen (60 freestyle) and Kelly Thompson (200 freestyle) also picked up individual wins, while Maarja Faltesek (160 individual medley) and Tesla Humphreys (100 butterfly) came home with second-place finishes.
Amanda Carey had a hand in three firsts for the Golden Bears.
NRE scored points as follows:

Sat
07
Oct

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Fri
06
Oct

Forest Service conducting pile burning to reduce risk of wildfire on Superior NF

Fire crews on the Superior National Forest began burning piles of woody debris in various locations on the Forest last week and will continue while conditions are conducive.
Piles to be burned are located in timber sale units, next to privately owned lands, and in several campgrounds including: Fenske Lake Campground, South Kawishiwi Campground, Salo Lake, Birch Lake Campground, and the Sawbill Campground.
By reducing the amount of material available to burn in these areas, the Forest Service reduces the risk of wildfires that could spread quickly, become difficult to control and potentially threaten private lands and residences.
Conducting these burns enables the Forest Service to reduce wildfire hazards during a time when visitor use is relatively low.
All of the planned activities will be conducted with the safety of the public and firefighters as the highest priority and will occur only when appropriate resources are available.

Fri
06
Oct

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