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And for only a few more days, you'll find a special half price offer in the Ely Echo. Call 218-365-3141 to sign up! Offer ends Tuesday, Sept. 12. A deal like this is unlikely to return again. Now is your chance to subscribe for a year's worth of Ely’s only locally owned newspaper. It is $52 for a year on newsstands, but right now you can have it delivered to your home via mail for half price.

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08
Sep

Ely’s Jack Daniels Band returns after 40 years

PERFORMING for a crowd of over 100 people in Jerry Fink’s yard last Sunday were Jack Daniels Band members Justin Champa, Jef Cierniak, Jerry Fink, Dave Waggoner and Earl Bulinski during a band practice session. Photo by Nick Wognum.

Fri
08
Sep

Life skills still needed

When students first enter the Independent School District 696 as a kindergarten student, they are taught skills they will use for the rest of their lives.
Simple things like keeping your hands to yourself, learning how to stand in line and being sure to flush are all skills that will stay with you throughout life.
We’d like to think every child is taught these skills at home but we’re not naive. More and more parenting skills are being transferred from the home to the classroom.
Unless we want to shoulder the problem of having graduates not ready to be productive members of society, maybe it’s time to take another look at what we expect from school districts.
At the grocery store this week, a young woman was purchasing a ready made sandwich with food stamps. The elderly woman running the till could only think, “Why doesn’t she buy a loaf of bread and some lunch meat? It would be much cheaper!”

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08
Sep

Henry Harger, 83, of Ely, dies

Henry C. Harger, 83, of Ely, passed away at St. Raphael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Eveleth on Thursday, September 7, 2017. Henry C. Harger, 83, of Ely, Minnesota, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, September 7, 2017.
Born in Elmhurst, Illinois, Henry (“Hank”) served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He met and was married to Virginia Tyler shortly after his return from military service. They raised two daughters.
Hank loved the outdoors and especially fishing. He retired from his job with the electric company of northern Illinois after nearly 40 years of service and then moved to Ely. He had a lifelong passion for singing that began in his school days. Hank sang with the Navy Blue Jacket Choir while in the service and continued singing in the choirs of the churches where they lived, most recently in the Grace Lutheran Church choir, Ely, for the past twenty-five years.

Fri
08
Sep

House passes Emmer-Nolan amendment to halt mining ban in Superior National Forest

The U.S. House Thursday approved a bipartisan amendment by U.S. Reps. Tom Emmer and Rick Nolan to halt the withdrawal of 234,328 acres of the Superior National Forest from all mining activities.
The amendment, which will become part of the omnibus FY 2018 federal spending package, specifically “prohibits funding from being used to implement a January 13, 2017 effort by the U.S. Department of Interior and Agriculture to restrict all leasing, exploration and potential development of approximately 234,328 acres of federal land in Northeast Minnesota.”
Following passage of the amendment, Nolan released the following statement:
“I was proud to help lead the way to passage of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) Wilderness Act back in 1978. None of us who live in northern Minnesota and love the great outdoors would ever support mining in the Boundary Waters.

Fri
08
Sep

From the miscellaneous drawer -Newbies

We were newbies to Ely. It was the mid-1940s and the war had ended.
We headed north from the Chicago area to pick up my sister who was working for the summer at the YMCA camp on Burntside Lake.
Gas rationing had been lifted and we drove up two lane roads behind military convoys through Wisconsin to Ely.
Ely itself was bustling with logging trucks, trains loaded with iron ore, bars and stores lined the streets and people bustled everywhere.
Dad started to build our cabin on Cedar Lake in the mid-1950s and I came up to help finish the stone fireplace that dominated the living room. Needing some supplies, he asked me to go to the hardware store on Chapman Street.
Where’s that, I asked having only been acquainted with Sheridan, the main drag through town.
He set me straight about the bank, gas station, department store and other businesses also available on Chapman.

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08
Sep

Ely’s school year begins

Washington Elementary teacher Tiffany Davis lining students up on the playground on the first day of school. Photo by Nick Wognum

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08
Sep

Gardner, Bercher first at Trezona Run

FEMALE WINNER - Evelyn Bercher (314), a senior on Ely’s high school girls cross country team won the women’s division at last Saturday’s four-mile run around the Trezona Trail. She is running side-by-side with her father, Tim (373), who was seventh in the men’s division. Close behind was Ely track and cross country coach Jayne Dusich (321).

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
08
Sep

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE REGARDING ELY’S DOWNTOWN SURVEY

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE
REGARDING ELY’S DOWNTOWN SURVEY

The City of Ely’s Heritage Preservation Commission will be having a meeting at City Hall in the Mayor’s Conference Room on Tuesday, September 19 at 4:30 pm. The purpose is to share information and accept input on the Reconnaissance Survey planned for Ely’s historic downtown. When the survey is complete Ely will have an inventory of the historic buildings in the defined area along with a physical description and historic use information for each building. This information can help business owners and local historians better understand the area.

Tuesday, September 19th
4:30 pm
City Hall, Mayor’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor

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08
Sep

City of Ely August 2017 minutes

Council Minutes August 15, 2017
Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers

1. CALL TO ORDER –Mayor Novak called the Regular City Council Meeting to order at 5:30pm.

2. PRESENT: Council members A.Forsman, Kess, Debeltz, Acting Mayor Omerza, Callen, and D.Forsman
ABSENT: Mayor Novak

3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to approve the minutes from the August 1, 2017 Regular Meeting. Motion carried 6-0-1 with Mayor Novak Absent.

4. ADDITIONS OR OMISSIONS TO AGENDA:
A. Addition 9.D.i. Updating the City of Ely Fee Schedule to include an annual Dangerous Dog Fee of $500.00 per MN Statute 347.50 - 347.565.
B. Addition: 13.C Property at 726 E Camp St
Items A and B added without objection.

5. MAYOR’S REPORT

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