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16
Apr

Native son: holy week, easter 2017

For those people who believe, no explanation is necessary.
For those people who don’t believe, no explanation is possible.
I have a story about something that happened to me in 1960. I’ve never told this to anyone.
In February of 1960 I entered St Pascal’s Franciscan Monastery located in Westmont, Illinois a half hour drive from Chicago. I wanted to become a Franciscan Brother. I thought about being a priest but Father Mike, the parish priest in Ely, thought this would be a better fit for me. St. Pascal’s is located on property a millionaire gave to the Franciscan Order when he died. It was big enough for three man-made lakes.
In the middle of the property was the former owner’s mansion which the Franciscans turned into a retreat house. Next to it was a small farm. On the Western edge was a seminary large enough to hold 300 students.

Sun
16
Apr

169 project finally rolling

The official groundbreaking of the Highway 169 project finally took place Thursday morning. Nearly 20 years since the push started to make a safer highway and now we can see the results.
There were five original members of the Highway 169 Task Force on hand, one who came by wheelchair. Their patience for this project as well as their continued support is to be applauded. Thank you to Bill Erzar, Pete Davis, Mike Forsman, Greg Dostert and Rudy Semeja for your determination.
This project jumped more hurdles than it should have including some ridiculous blockages thrown forth by NIMBY opponents who increased the cost and in effect, reduced the benefits of the project and the safety of the final alignment.

Sun
16
Apr

Ness reminisces, challenges; Former Duluth mayor urges Elyites to find routes to consensus

by Tom Coombe -

Sat
15
Apr

Pickarooning at the Hook and Bullet Club

The fall of the year may be the best time to be in the woods, especially when you can carry a shotgun and bring home supper. But there’s usually three or four weekends in the spring that are nearly as good.
We spent the weekend at the shack, riding wheelers, putting up trail cameras and gathering firewood. The weather was perfect and we didn’t see a mosquito until late Sunday afternoon.
Steve and Bev brought out their new Arctic Cat two-up wheeler and we broke it in right.
The funny thing was I had been out visiting Tom Wetzel at his shack earlier in the week and had rode his wheeler which was identical to what Steve bought. If you haven’t driven a wheeler with power steering, you are missing out. What a difference.
A the shack we brought along the snippers and the chainsaw to open up the roads that had trees across them. Luckily nothing big had fallen and we made quick work of each blockage.

Sat
15
Apr

169 project finally rolling

The official groundbreaking of the Highway 169 project finally took place Thursday morning. Nearly 20 years since the push started to make a safer highway and now we can see the results.
There were five original members of the Highway 169 Task Force on hand, one who came by wheelchair. Their patience for this project as well as their continued support is to be applauded. Thank you to Bill Erzar, Pete Davis, Mike Forsman, Greg Dostert and Rudy Semeja for your determination.
This project jumped more hurdles than it should have including some ridiculous blockages thrown forth by NIMBY opponents who increased the cost and in effect, reduced the benefits of the project and the safety of the final alignment.

Sat
15
Apr

Traffic impacts begin April 17 on Highway 169 Eagles Nest Lake Area Project near Ely

Motorists may be temporarily stopped on Highway 169 in the Eagles Nest Lake Area west of Ely beginning April 17 as rock blasting begins for the highway reconstruction project. Large trucks will be hauling blasted material on- and off the highway and motorists are asked to drive with caution in the work zone.
Beginning April 24, motorists will encounter multiple flagging operations and should be prepared to stop.

The $16.4 million Eagles Nest Lake Area Reconstruction Project will:
Improve sight lines and passing safety
Provide safer pull-off areas
Improve ditching and drainage
Minimize wetland impacts and rock excavation

For more information: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d1/projects/Hwy169eagles/

For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.

Sat
15
Apr

Edward F. Rozman, 69, of Virginia, dies

Edward F. Rozman, 69, of Virginia, passed away suddenly Thursday April 13, 2017 at home. He was born December 23, 1947 to Daniel and Alice (Volk) Rozman.
Ed was raised in Ely and was a 1966 graduate of Ely High School. He married Jan Caskey in Ely, October 24, 1970. Ed initially worked for Reserve Mining in Babbitt. In 1972 he went to work for Minntac as a production truck driver and worked until retiring in 2003.
Ed enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing. He loved to watch the MN Vikings and Nascar. Ed had a lifelong passion for music that he passed on to his son. He was active in his Midway neighborhood assisting anyone who needed help. Ed was a man of his word and his handshake was his bond. He was a master of the grill and considered the meat man. Most of all he loved his wife, kids and grandkids.

Fri
14
Apr

Forest Service to attempt to improve forest conditions through prescribed fire

If you are out and about the Superior National Forest in the next several weeks and smell smoke it very likely is a signal that fire crews are working to improve habitat for native wildlife and plants, to prepare sites for planting, or to reduce the threat of wildfire by reducing fuel build-up.
This management action is referred to as prescribed fire and it is a very important tool that forest managers use across the country in a variety of landscapes.
Prescribed fires are carefully planned far in advance with involvement from specialists in all of the resource programs on the Forest and are designed to be implemented under specific conditions to meet specific management objectives.
Several considerations go into planning a prescribed fire including vegetation types, presence of sensitive plants or animals, visitor use, moisture in the vegetation, winds, relative humidity, and predicted weather.

Fri
14
Apr

No rust for Ely’s Heiman; Back from injury, senior takes three firsts at Chisholm Early Bird

HURDLING AHEAD - Eli Conaway, a freshman for the Ely boys track team, stayed ahead of teammates Henry Dirks and Raif Olson during action on Tuesday. Conaway finished second in the 300 meter hurdles, with Dirks in fourth and Olson taking sixth.

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
14
Apr

Groundbreaking held for Highway 169: let the paving begin

by Tom Coombe -

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