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Sat
18
Feb

BWCA tourism study finds $77 million economic impact, but low pay for jobs

A study conducted by a Twin Cities based non-profit group attempts to put numbers to the impact of tourism in northeast Minnesota.
The Friends of the Boundary Waters released the study along with Dr. Evan Hjerpe of Conservation Economics Institute and the Quetico-Superior Foundation.
Surveys were given to people going on a trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) in 2016.
The results include an estimated overall economic impact of $77 million in Cook, Lake and St. Louis counties.
“We’ve always believed that Boundary Waters visitor spending creates sustainable economic opportunities and jobs in the surrounding communities,” stated Paul Danicic, executive director, FBWW.
“The study scientifically validates that the BWCAW is critical to the economic health of Northeastern Minnesota and will continue to have a significant impact for years to come.”

Sat
18
Feb

From the miscellaneous drawer - View from the past

From the miscellaneous drawer by Anne Wognum in the Feb. 17, 1997 Ely Echo -

The car engine would struggle to reach the top of Miller Creek hill, passing an antique shop as the climb started, the noisiness of the old bridge from Superior, so close to the water, behind us. It seemed there were always huge, billowing clouds crowning shades of blue in the northern sky. The plateau at the top extended on to Canada, but it wasn’t until Virginia was behind us and the crest of that ridge was breached that I could exhale. Or traveling on County 4, straight north from Hoyt Lakes before the road was moved, having the valley of Embarrass before me.

Sat
18
Feb

Newspapers, always under scrutiny, provide freedom of speech to readers too

Newspapers. The industry has been under scrutiny for some years.

Probably each of us has an idea of what our personal favorite newspaper should be. There’s always the question of whether we need to approve of every item in our personal newspaper or if we would be bored not knowing what our neighbors or opposites think.

There’s the quick gut reaction found in social media - Facebook, Twitter, and other sources, but they are not the permanent mark of a letter to the editor of a newspaper. This newspaper.
This newspaper is part of the record of the United States. It becomes a part of the Library of Congress Copyright Office.

When a letter to the Echo office is submitted by email or in print, what happens to it?

Almost always it gets printed.

The publisher readies it for the paper and then it is shown to the Editor, General Manager and also to other staff members of the Ely Echo.

Fri
17
Feb

County board gives final approval to mining resolution

The vote was the same Tuesday as the St. Louis County board gave final approval to a resolution that opposes the removal of 240,000 acres of federal land from mineral exploration and potential development.
“It was like everyone was resigned to the fact it was going to pass 4-3,” said commissioner Tom Rukavin. “A few people showed up, there were more pro-mining people. However there was a lady who said she was moving to Ely to run Sustainable Ely.
“I told her the building you’ll be working in was fixed up with mining company money.”
Sustainable Ely was able to get funding from AEOA to make repairs on the Sheridan Street building. The funds originated with the IRRRB which is funded by mining royalties.
The final vote to approve the resolution was 4-3 with Rukavina, Keith Nelson, Pete Stauber and Mike Jugovich voting yes. Commissioners Frank Jewell, Patrick Boyle and Beth Olson, all from Duluth, voted no.

Fri
17
Feb

Ely School Board Meeting Minutes January, 2017

School Board Meeting Minutes January 9, 2017 (Bd approved 2-13-2017)

Fri
17
Feb

The Ely Echo’s community pride shows through!

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Fri
17
Feb

Ely girls, Bianco win state Nordic ski meet titles

BIG SMILE from Erin Bianco as she heads for the finish line and the win at the State Ski Meet. Photo by Bob Dalberg

by Nick Wognum -

Fri
17
Feb

Ely Memorial High School Winter Frolic royalty

2017 WINTER FROLIC Queen Sidney Matthias and King Tommy Deyak. Photo by Nick Wognum.
Ely Memorial High School Winter Frolic candidates included:: Susan Cook, Sydney Matthias, Morgan Moravitz, Lily Pylka, Tommy Deyak, Logan Mann, Spencer McEntryre and Teddy Pierce.
More photos from the Frolic in this week’s Ely Echo.

Fri
17
Feb

Ely’s Speech Team does well at Hibbing

The Ely speech team competed in its first meet, Saturday, February 11 at the Hibbing High School. The team at this meet was small but mighty with the duo team of Cate DeRemee and Taryn Osthoff taking first place out of thirty duos competing. Austin Blanchfield also received an Honorable Mention in discussion. The next meet is Saturday, February 18, in Virginia. All team members are expected to be competing, including, front: Cari Eibler, Taryn Osthoff, Cate DeRemee, Raif Olson, back: Shane Spangler, Austin Blanchfield, James Schwinghamer. Photo by Donna Kari

Fri
17
Feb

AND THE WINNER IS ...

AND THE WINNER IS - the Evinrude motor at the Veterans on the Lake event was won by Ann Johnson. She is shown with general manager Neil Weisinger (left) and chairman of the board Neil Olson (right).

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