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Twin Metals to be saluted during festival

by Tom Coombe
A pro-mining group will make its presence felt during Ely’s busiest weekend of the summer.
Directly across from Whiteside Park, home of Ely’s upcoming Blueberry/Art Festival, Up North Jobs will hold a three-day Twin Metals Appreciation Days celebration.
The event coincides with the festival, which starts Friday, and will include informational displays, appearances by area elected officials, and petitions to support the Twin Metals copper-nickel mining project.
“We want northeastern Minnesota residents to know how important Twin Metals has been and can be in our economic development and job growth here,” said Gerald Tyler, executive director of Up North Jobs and coordinator of the celebration.
Thousands are expected at Whiteside Park during the festival, and across the street - at the corner of Seventh Avenue East and Sheridan adjacent to Canoe Country Outfitters - Up North Jobs will set up giant 15-by-30 feet tent.


Judy Mackie, 76, Ely memorial service Saturday, July 29

Judy Mackie, 76, Ely, MN, passed away Feb. 9 at Babbitt Carefree Living.
There will be a gathering of friends and family at the Grace Lutheran Church in Ely from 2-3 p.m., followed by a memorial
service at 3 p.m., Saturday, July 29. In lieu of flowers, please consider a small donation to Northwoods Partners. Arrangements by Kerntz Funeral Home.


Highway 169 Eagles Nest Lake Reconstruction Project monthly meeting scheduled Aug 3 in Ely

The Eagles Nest lake Area Reconstruction project monthly project status update meeting is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, August 3, at The Eagles Nest lake Area Reconstruction project monthly project status update meeting is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, August 3, at Eagles Nest Township Hall, 1552 Bear Head State Park Road, Ely, MN 55731.

The public is invited to attend. The project manager and construction staff will provide an update about the project. There will not be a formal presentation.

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter or other reasonable accommodation, call Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota); 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (Minnesota Relay). You may also send an email to janet.rae.miller@state.mn.us.


Public forum Monday on rec complex; School board to take comments

by Tom Coombe -


Things we can learn from 1957

Members of Ely’s Class of 1957 will be in town this weekend to celebrate their 60 year reunion. The Echo was chosen to print their reunion booklet and thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers, a very nice publication was put together.
There were 135 members of the class, a far cry from the 37 seniors who walked the stage this year at Ely Memorial. But the class of 1957 grew up in a much different time.
When they graduated the Pioneer Mine was still in operation with trains hauling loads of iron ore out of Ely. Float planes brought tourists into multiple resorts on Basswood Lake. Mining and tourism existed simultaneously and without the controversy that exists today.
For the class of 1957, their graduation speaker was Franklin Stevens of Oliver Iron Mining Company. Stevens spoke to an audience made up of Kluns, Seligas, Smrekars, Zupancichs, Chelesniks, Hautalas, Olsons, Porthans, Pucels, Skalas, Bubashs and many more familiar names.


From the miscellaneous drawer - Where’s the internet?

Curse it. Coax it.
Un-plug, re-plug. Still nothing. Repeat the formula. Same results. Start over. Re-start. Where’s the internet?
I can imagine what it was like in the early days old Ely and Winton, when there was no indoor plumbing for bathrooms. During long ago summers on a rural Illinois farm, there was a pump in the kitchen for water, but other needs of humans took place down a brick path to the outhouse.
I can imagine when electricity and phones became a staple of rural civilization and finally there was safer lighting in homes and the ability to communicate with family and friends.
Phone lines were shared at first and courtesy had to be remembered. “I’d like to use the line. Sorry to interrupt your call. I shouldn’t be more than a few minutes..” I remember people saying that on a party phone line.


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Lemonade sales with a purpose

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Bill backing PolyMet land swap gets first hearing in Congress

Calling it a “very good land exchange... for the taxpayers and the citizens of our nation,” U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan testified in front of the House Subcommittee on Public Lands Friday in favor of a bill the 8th District DFLer authored.
The legislation would authorize a federal land exchange the contentious PolyMet copper-nickel mine proposal needs in order to advance.
Last January the U.S. Forest Service approved the swap which would trade 6,650 acres of federal land to PolyMet near Babbitt and Hoyt Lakes, Minn., for a similar amount of private land in northeast Minnesota.
But environmental groups have since filed four lawsuits seeking to block the exchange, arguing the proposal harms endangered species and shortchanges taxpayers because it undervalues the federal land to be traded.
Nolan’s bill, if passed, would thwart those lawsuits and allow the land exchange to proceed.


Road closed temporarily for helcopter pickup

HIGHWAY 1 was closed for a short time Wednesday afternoon so the Life Link helicopter could land on the Kawishiwi Bridge to pick up Jack Willis, 69, of Ely who sustained serious injuries after falling from a roof.


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