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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

Ely’s hometown newspaper - The Ely Echo - delivers the spirit of Ely and its people

THREE TIMES the paid subscribers of any other local newspaper - that’s the Ely Echo. Providing news, photos and service to the community since 1972. Proudly locally owned and operated with offices at 15 East Chapman Street. Legal newspaper for the City of Ely, Ely School District, Town of Morse and Fall Lake.

New subscribers always welcomed!

Fri
06
Oct

Wolf threatens dogs near Babbitt

by Nick Wognum
A Babbitt couple feels lucky to still have their two black labs after a run-in with a wolf outside of town.
The incident took place six miles east of Babbitt off the Tomahawk Road on Sept. 29.
Dave Soular, 66, and his wife Carol, 62, were walking their two black labs, Carly, age 9, and Lexi, a one year-old recently rescued from Contented Critters.
“We were near the Snort Lake gravel pit on a little side road. We’d walked in a couple hundred yards and Carly goes in the woods 20 yards and lets out a yip or a squeal. I thought she got her paw in a trap.
“She came out with her hair up and the younger dog goes in the woods and does the same thing....

Read the full article in the sports section of this week’s Ely Echo or the New Babbitt Weekly News. Both available today on the Echo’s newsstands and area newsstands throughout the area.Subscrptions sent by email are just $30 per year for the Ely Echo.

Fri
06
Oct

Zahn gets thanks and recognition from area veterans

HONORED for his work on behalf of veterans and the community of Ely was Dick Zahn.

A special dinner honoring Richard Zahn was held recently at Veterans on the Lake for Dick’s “dedication and work to improve the community of Ely and his endless support and leadership to the many Ely veterans that have proudly served our country.”
Zahn has been active in the leadership of the VFW, American Legion, Veterans on the Lake and the Ely Memorial. A Five Star” dinner was served at the resort to attendees which included Dick’s wife Joanne and area veterans.

Fri
06
Oct

Homecoming parade held on Friday, Sept. 29

SEND IT - The sophomores had a unique float in this year’s Fall Homecoming parade held on Friday, Sept. 29 prior to the football game. Photo by Tara Kay.

Fri
06
Oct

Engineer expects bridge to open October 28; work to continue next spring to complete project

The construction of County Bridge 336 on CSAH 88, Grant McMahan Boulevard is being closely watch by residents north of there who are finding the added travel time and mileage to Ely cumbersome..
The road has been closed since August 7. According to Matt Hemmila, St. Louis County Bridge Engineer, “All the work is required to be complete by October 28, 2017 with the exception of the final wearing course of bituminous pavement, the concrete wearing course on the bridge and other miscellaneous finishing items. Traffic will resume across the bridge by October 28.”
Hemmila noted, “All the remaining work will be done by the contractor between May 21, 2018 and June 9, 2018. During that time, the bridge will be closed to traffic to allow for the final road paving, bridge painting, installation of the bridge concrete wearing course, pavement markings and road shouldering.

Wed
04
Oct

Attention Public The Ely Area Broadband Coalition (ELY ABC)

Attention Public

The Ely Area Broadband Coalition (ELY ABC) has been working the past year to utilize and improve broadband in the Ely area. The Ely Area was selected as a Blandin Broadband Community and received grant funding to complete a broadband feasibility study. The feasibility study is being completed by Design Nine, a professional consulting firm with extensive knowledge and experience.

If you are a resident or business within the Ely school district ISD 696 please visit the link to fill out a quick online survey concerning broadband. If you do not have internet access you can get a paper copy at Ely City Hall or the Ely Public Library. It is important to hear from everyone in the study area to complete the feasibility study. The deadline for filling this out is November 10, 2017. If you have any questions feel free to contact Harold R. Langowski at 218-235-3083 or elyod@ely.mn.us

Wed
04
Oct

Ely Council Minutes - September 19, 2017

Council Minutes - September 19, 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 September 5, 2017 Regular Meeting. Motion Carried Unanimously.

Wed
04
Oct

Carol Jean (Oberstar) Debeltz, 74, dies

Carol Jean (Oberstar) Debeltz, 74, of Hutchinson, MN moved the polka party to heaven on September 29, 2017. A celebration of her life will be held at Immaculate Conception Church in Hibbing, MN on October 21, 2017 at noon. A traditional Catholic mass will be followed with a joyous celebration of Polka music, balloons, noisemakers and her favorite foods of tacos and ice cream.

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