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Tue
19
Sep

Local taxpayers shouldn’t always have to pick up the tab

Sitting on the edge of a national wilderness, local taxpayers are all too well aware of having to pick up the tab. Two issues are currently in play, the push to exchange state land inside the BWCA for federal land, and, the loss of tax base when islands and other areas outside the BWCA are removed from the tax roles.
Our position on the BWCA land exchange is straightforward. An apple for an apple. Just as the federal law says, the state lands can be exchanged, not sold, for federal lands. Seems simple but the same people who are against seemingly everything are opposing this as well.
They want the feds to buy out the state land. Several problems with this scenario, number one being there is no pot of gold to make that happen. And, the state of Minnesota has been losing money for over 50 years by those lands not generating income. A sale will not create an ongoing revenue stream, it’s a once and done, and a fleecing of the taxpayers.

Mon
18
Sep

Hook and Bullet Club by Nick Wognum - Moose mama

Trail cameras can provide a look at the woods most people may never see. That includes me. Throughout the fall I try to spend nearly every weekend in the woods, usually out at our hunting shack. But I miss more than I see.
Over the years I’ve been able to acquire some trail cameras that can be strapped to a tree and take pictures when movement is sensed. Not that many years ago the cameras used film but today it’s all digital. I don’t have any cameras that can take pictures and send them to my cell phone but last year I added one that can capture video and sound.
The camera I put out furthest from the shack is the toughest to get to. After a very bumpy ride, there’s a rough trail down to a beaver dam and then along a dam to one of the few trees still standing.
Since it’s tough to get to, that camera doesn’t get checked too often. As long as the batteries are good, it will continue to take pictures.

Sat
16
Sep

DNR opens public comment period on draft PolyMet dam safety and public waters work permits

The Department of Natural Resources is seeking comments, from Sept. 15 through Oct. 16, on two draft dam safety permits and a draft public waters work permit for the Poly Met Mining, Inc. (PolyMet) NorthMet mining project. The permits relate to a proposed copper-nickel mine near Hoyt Lakes in northeastern Minnesota.

This is the public’s opportunity to submit written comments on these draft permits.

One draft dam safety permit covers the proposed flotation tailings basin, which would receive tailings (a mixture of finely ground waste rock and water) after the commercially recoverable copper, nickel and other elements are removed. This proposed tailings basin would be on the site of the existing tailings basin of the historic LTV iron ore mine.

Fri
15
Sep

Attention Romberg Acres Residents

At the Tuesday, Sept. 12 Town of Morse board up supervisor meeting a resolution was passed in regards to St. Louis County’s request for the township to move mailboxes in the Romberg Acres neighborhood:

WHEREAS, the Town of Morse contracts with St. Louis County Public Works Department to provide snowplowing services on township roads; and

WHEREAS, the Romberg Acres neighborhood includes a series of township roads plowed by St. Louis County during the winter months; and

WHEREAS, St. Louis County through employee Tom Erchul has contacted the Town of Morse about the location of mailboxes in the Romberg Acres neighborhood; and

WHEREAS, Town of Morse Supervisor Len Cersine toured the area with Tom Erchul to discuss the larger trucks being used by the county for snowplowing; and

Fri
15
Sep

GRADER FOR SALE

The Town of Morse will be accepting bids on the following item:

A 1971 Cat 140 Motor Grader with 5,231 hours. It has 1400x24 tires, a 12 foot mow board and two 4D batteries. The unit has been well maintained. In the spring of 2017, the steering cylinder was rebuilt, new pins and tie rod blocks, wear blocks on the adjustable blade circle were installed, lights were repaired, the brakes were checked and adjusted and regular maintenance was performed. The unit can be inspected at the township garage on Lookout Ridge Road. For more information contact the town clerk.

A minimum bid of $10,000 has been established.

Bids can be mailed to: Town of Morse, PO Box 660, Ely, MN 55731 or hand delivered to the town clerk before noon on Wednesday, Sept 27, 2017 at which time they will be opened at the Morse Town Hall.

Nick Wognum, Clerk
Town of Morse
218-343-2019

Fri
15
Sep

ATTENTION WRITERS and bloggers!

ATTENTION WRITERS and bloggers!

Do you wish you had a place where your thoughts could appear in a column on a regular basis? If not every week, then every other week?

Are you a high school student, young mother, father or wizened old grandmother or grandfather?

I’d like to hear from you! I’m not looking for political commentary, just personal insight into how you view the world around you. This isn’t a paying job - the reward is in seeing your thoughts in print, perhaps having people recognize you. That’s how I got started at the Ely Echo - writing a column about women and adding insight on how people cook and sharing their recipes.

If you like to write, you’ll have ideas of your own. Give me a call and send me some samples to: thepub@elyecho.com

Let’s talk. Anne Swenson, publisher

Fri
15
Sep

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

From Truck Night to the Ely Marathon and most everything inbetween, the Ely Echo strives to give its readers and advertisers the best value for their investment.
Email subscribers get a jump on the news every Friday morning. That's when they receive the Ely Echo on computer or other device as a pdf.
And it's only $30 a year! Great for travelers and those who may have spotty mail service otherwise.

Give Anne a call st 218-365-3141, sign up directly on this website, or email: thepub@elyecho.com for a sample.

Fri
15
Sep

Sister Mary Hope Novak, OSB, age 93, dies

Sister Mary Hope Novak, OSB, age 93, was called home by God on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. May she rejoice forever in the fullness of life with God, all the angels and saints, her family members, and Sisters of her Community.

Her funeral will be:

Saturday, September 23, 2017

10:00 a.m. Wake Service / Morning Prayer
- Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel

Visitation until 10:45 a.m.

11:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial, Fr. Brian Schultz presiding
- Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel

Fri
15
Sep

Fish go deep as water cools

by Captain Russ from Babe’s Bait & Tackle

Fri
15
Sep

Ely School Board Meeting Minutes for August, 2017

School Board Meeting Minutes August 14, 2017
(Bd. Approved 9-11-2017)

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