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Sat
03
Jun

DO YOU KNOW: School Trust Lands - The heart of the matter

by Garry Gamble
When it comes to Superior National Forest, as well as School Trust Lands, the focus of recent columns, the blunt, unambiguous, question to be asked is: “For whom are these lands managed?”
The answer to this question gets to the heart of the matter. As repeated, ad nauseam, in the recent three-part series on school trust lands, the trust manager’s obligation is to make the trust productive and to act with undivided loyalty to the beneficiary; in this case public schools.
Not so “common sense,” would conclude this means roll up your sleeves and make some real money. Don’t sell out; i.e. sell your birthright for a mess of potage. And while we’re in The Book, remember the parable about the talents?

Fri
02
Jun

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Fri
02
Jun

Mobilia hits Hole-In-One on #4 of Ely Golf Course

from roving golf reporter Lolita Schnitzius
Friday, May 19, 2017, was a day to remember by one of Ely’s golfers. “Mr.” Dick Mobilia, a born and raised Elyite, was playing golf at the Ely Golf Course with friends. He is a fairly “new” golfer, having taken it up only since retirement in 2000. Like many retirees, Dick looked for something to do after those many years of work...so he “jumped in” to the golf routine...something to do outside and supposedly “fun” to do with friends.
On this particular day, Dick was playing golf with Jim Folz, John Perushek and Dave Streit. It had become a daily routine...depending on the weather...and the group knew how to “have fun”...or at least that’s what most golfers tell themselves! The foursome had reached Hole #4, a Par 3, and also one of the most difficult holes on the course, since the golfer has to drive off a “cliff” and aim at #4 green below, and slightly to the left of the driving area.

Fri
02
Jun

Lost canoeists rescued in BWCAW

by Tom Coombe -

With the help of a Blackhawk helicopter, authorities rescued a Twin Cites couple that had been reported missing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

A search that was launched earlier in the week ended successfully early Friday morning, when authorities located the canoeists, who had been lost in a swamp near Nina Moose River and Oyster Lake.

Located were Charles Kelly, 66, of Brooklyn Park, and Pamela Scaia, 65, of New Hope. They suffered no major medical issue after being lost for seven days. They were taken to Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital, as a precaution.

Sheriff's officials said the couple used a flashlight to alert authorities, who needed permission from Gov. Mark Dayton to use the helicopter.

The search was launched after the couple did not come out of the wilderness as expected on Monday. They reportedly sent a text to a friend last week indicating they were lost, but it was taken as a joke.

Fri
02
Jun

Grads look back, forward

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
02
Jun

Imaginations come into play for musical concert in Ely

WHO NEEDS A GIBSON? First grade students only needed a tissue box and a paper towel roll to use as a musical instrument. Photos by Eric Sherman.

Fri
02
Jun

Ely honors veterans on Memorial Day with program

MEMORIAL DAY ADDRESS from Ely native and current serviceman First Lieutenant Jordan Richards.

Fri
02
Jun

Spring concert at Washington Elementary

BAND AND CHOIR - Fourth grade music students put their talents on display for the crowd gathered for the elementary music concert.

Thu
01
Jun

Mining supporters vent at Jobs Up North forum

by Tom Coombe
Frustrated supporters of proposed copper-nickel mining projects let off some steam Wednesday night.
A public forum at Vermilion Community College broke little new ground and seemed unlikely to sway opinions in the ongoing, contentious debate.
Instead, a decidedly pro-mining audience of about 80 people at the college theater listened as some of the region’s leading advocates for copper-nickel mining expressed angst with everything from the local economy to funding for school trust lands.
Former mayor and county commissioner Mike Forsman lamented that Ely has gone from a thriving, vibrant town to “the dead community you see out there today.”
While hailing the renovation of downtown buildings overseen by developers John and Tanner Ott, Forsman charged that “without mining, we will have some of the most beautiful, empty buildings that you’ll ever see.”

Wed
31
May

Ely veteran bike rides 3,380 miles to honor 38 who didn’t come home

Ely’s Dennis Westlin made a cross-country bicycle ride to honor those he served with in Vietnam.
According to Facebook posts, on March 10 Dennis and his wife Kathy departed the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot in San Diego, California where Dennis attended boot camp 52 years ago.
Dennis biked 3,380 miles, and Kathy biked 945 miles and moved their RV along the bike route.
The two arrived at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. on May 22.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of him being deployed to the Marine Corps helicopter squadron “The Ugly Angles,” Dennis rode a bike from San Diego to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC.
During the trip, he carried a banner with the names of 28 men he served with who never returned home from Vietnam. In 73 days, they passed through 10 states and the District of Columbia.
The couple posted that Dennis had four flat tires and 24 dog encounters (mostly in Kentucky).

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