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Wed
10
Jan

MPCA proposes to deny Minntac draft water permit variance application

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will host a public hearing and take comments about its preliminary determination to deny U.S. Steel’s request for a water quality permit variance for its Minntac facility in Mountain Iron. The proposed permit variance relates to state water quality standards at the facility’s tailings basin.

The meeting will be held January twenty-third from four to six p.m. at the Mountain Iron Community Center, Iroquois Room, 8586 Enterprise Drive South, in Mountain Iron, Minnesota. The meeting agenda includes an MPCA staff presentation about the permit variance request, the agency’s preliminary determination to deny the variance request, and an opportunity to ask clarifying questions and/or make verbal comments. More information is available on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s website by searching for “Minntac variance.”

Wed
10
Jan

Wolves skate past Moose Lake

by Tom Coombe
Ely’s high school hockey team has added to its victory total twice in the last week - both times at the expense of Moose Lake Area.
On the heels of an 11-5 victory over the Rebels during the North Shore Holiday Tournament, the Wolves traveled to Moose Lake Tuesday and came away with a 6-4 win.
Nick Mattila’s second goal of the night - an empty-netter with 35 seconds left - secured a hard-fought victory for the Wolves.
Ely improved to 3-6 and was able to make full use of its young roster against the Rebels.
“We came into the game with some confidence knowing we handled them last game,” said Ely Head Coach Ben Johnson. “But we knew they weren’t going to roll over. Both goalies played well and everybody got to contribute. The third and fourth lines got to play quite a bit.”
The Wolves fell behind early in Tuesday’s rematch, but Ely senior Thomas Montana countered late in the first period with back-to-back goals.

Wed
10
Jan

Norris Fagerlund, 94, long-time resident of Devils Lake, ND dies

Norris Fagerlund, 94, long-time resident of Devils Lake, ND died on Monday, January 8, 2018 at CHI St. Alexius Devils Lake Hospital.
Norris was born on October 19, 1923, on a farm near Rolla, North Dakota, the son of Oliver and Rosie (Disrud) Fagerlund. He received his schooling in Rolla, graduating in May 1941. He attended North Dakota State University for two years before joining the Navy, serving in the western Pacific as an Ensign and Lieutenant (jg) on a minesweeper, the USS Devastator. His squadron of minesweepers cleared the mines for the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa; he also did anti-submarine convoy duty.

Sun
07
Jan

Fun Run set for Jan. 27

by Tom Coombe -

Sun
07
Jan

...especially misleading was Ms. Rom’s statement that Twin Metals is proposing a mining operation

Dear Secretary Perdue and Secretary Zinke:
In January 2017 the U. S. Forest Service announced that they would conduct a two year study and prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), documenting the information and analysis necessary to support a decision on the imposition of a 20-year moratorium on mineral development in the Superior National Forest (SNF); and further, to support an amendment to the Superior National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan.
We wrote to you in October 2017 to express our opposition to the withdrawal of 234,000 acres of National Forest lands in the in Northeastern Minnesota. Our October 17, 2017 letter asserts that “The decision by the U.S. Forest Service/BLM and the Obama administration to conduct a study and prepare an EIS is a tactic employed to not only delay, but pre-emptively quash the development of Twin Metals Minnesota’s project and will replicate the EIS completed by the USFS in May 2012”.

Sat
06
Jan

Mary Jane Davis, 91, dies

Mary Jane Davis, 91, died Thursday, January 4, 2018, in Ely,
Minnesota. Mary was born September 29, 1926 in Cloquet, Minnesota to Bill
and Mayme Clendening. She graduated from Carlton High School in 1944 and
actively participated in several music groups. She was a member of the
Paine Memorial Presbyterian Church. Mary graduated from the College of St.
Scholastica Department of Nursing in 1949 and worked as an R.N. at St.
Mary's Hospital in Duluth for 27 years. She was a member of Woodland United
Methodist Church and the Twin Ports Genealogical Society.
In 1949 she married Lawrence Edward "Pete" Davis and spent the
next several years raising their family in Duluth. She was a loving mother
to her children and grandchildren. Music was a big part of her life - she
was a church organist, pianist, and sang in the choir. Mary excelled in her

Fri
05
Jan

PolyMet draft Permit to Mine released by Minnesota DNR

St. Paul, Minn., January 5, 2018 – PolyMet Mining Corp., (“PolyMet” or the “company”) TSX: POM; NYSE
AMERICAN: PLM – is pleased to announce that today the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
released its draft Permit to Mine. An approved permit would allow its wholly-owned subsidiary Poly Met
Mining, Inc. (together “PolyMet” or the “company”) to construct and operate the NorthMet coppernickel-
precious metals mine under the DNR’s conditions.
In releasing the draft Permit to Mine for the PolyMet NorthMet Project, the DNR also announced that
public hearings on the draft permit will be held February 7 and 8 in Aurora and Duluth, respectively.
Separately today, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced that the February 7 and 8 events
also will serve as public meetings on the draft air and water quality permits for the NorthMet mine with

Fri
05
Jan

Kim Tina Von Wald, 58, of Babbitt dies

Kim Tina Von Wald, 58, of Babbitt went to her heavenly home peacefully on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 from her home in Babbitt.
Kim was born in Ely, MN on November 20, 1959 to Bruce and Judith (Aho) Von Wald and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Babbitt.
She participated in the Special Olympics as a gymnast and attended Family Camp at Lake Geneva in Alexandria, MN every summer. Kim embodied a positive attitude about things in life and always had good things to say about others.
She attended Babbitt Assembly of God Church where she especially loved attending Sunday School, rarely missing a Sunday. Kim loved her Sunday School teacher Laurie Rasmussen and special friends Steve Rasmussen, Cheryl Tuomela, Cindy and Paul “Bones” Hellersted, Scott and Cindy Edgett, Debbie and Arnold Nelson, Renne Sellman, Jean Taylor, and Pastor Ben and Beth Morgan.

Fri
05
Jan

A title-winning performance

by Tom Coombe
Ely’s high school girls basketball team saved its best outing of the holiday tournament for last.
After a sluggish opener, the Timberwolves clicked on all cylinders in the Dec. 28 title game of the Fourth Annual Hoops for Hope Holiday Tournament and clobbered visiting Wrenshall 57-24.
Four Wolves scored in double figures and Ely played exceptional defense, coming up with 28 steals and forcing over 30 turnovers.
Many of those turnovers came early on, as the Wolves improved to 5-3 overall, claimed first-place in the tournament and had a crisp afternoon on the court.
“In the championship game, we were able to use our pressure defense and give our offense some easier shots and get a lot of steals,” said Ely Head Coach Darren Visser.
Sophomore Erika Mattson had eight of those steals to go with a game-high 18 points. She had a pair of three-point basketbs.

Fri
05
Jan

Ely and Ski Jumping had a rich history here, starting in 1923

by Anne Swenson -

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