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Wed
01
Nov

Firearms deer season starts Nov. 4

by Nick Wognum
This should be a good year for deer hunting in northeast Minnesota.
After three mild winters the herd has rebounded and while there may be more spikes than 30-pointers, hunters should be happy.
“I’m very optimistic with where the deer population is at,” said DNR wildlife manager Tom Rusch in Tower. “People are going to see improvement overall from last year and most saw improvement from the year before.
“We’re rebuilding and depending where you hunt and the unknown is the weather, this should be a good year. If we get the crappy opening weekend weather that will have an impact. But we should hit the rut really well with bucks in the chase phase and more deer on the landscape.”
Rusch is predicting a 20 percent increase overall for the firearms deer harvest. With more antlerless and hunter’s choice areas, there should be venison in more freezers this winter.

Mon
30
Oct

New windows, floors and more

SCHOOL BOARD member Tom Omerza checks out the newly installed windows in a classroom in Washington Elementary. Photo by Tom Coombe.

by Tom Coombe -

Sun
29
Oct

Burnout competition a welcome addition to Ely’s growing event lineup

If Ely is anything it is unique.
What town our size has the diversity of events and attractions that we do?
An abundance of lakes for fishing, boating, canoeing and ice fishing. Ample trails for snowmobiles, ATVs, biking, dogsledding and hiking.
Wildlife museums on both edges of town and another museum devoted to the city’s mining history.
A quaint downtown with attractive shops and stores, many featuring Ely-made products and gear.
Not to mention events, festivals, baseball tournaments and even a marathon.
Last weekend we welcomed another event to Ely’s lineup, and we hope it sticks around for a long, long time.
The Jake Forsman Memorial Burnout Competition and Car Show was just what Ely needed to liven up an off-season, October weekend.
With 80 car show entrants and hundreds of spectators, downtown Ely was abuzz on Saturday, even with less than ideal weather conditions.

Sat
28
Oct

Volleyball team upset in five games

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
27
Oct

Ely sends three to state: Prigge, Olson, Schwinghamer advance from wet, windy 7A meet

by Tom Coombe
The Ely Timberwolves won’t return to the state cross country meet as a team, but the program will be represented nonetheless when Minnesota’s elite prep runners gather next weekend.
Ryne Prigge, Luke Olson and James Schwinghamer all punched their individual tickets to state Thursday on a damp morning in Cloquet.
That’s where the Section 7A meet was held, and despite a fourth-place team showing by the Ely girls and a fifth for the boys, the Wolves still made their mark.
Prigge, a senior, made her last section meet her best.
She finished second only to Mesabi East’s Anna Hill a nd was the runner-up in a field of 108 competitors, finishing in 20:18.2.
“Ryne had a super-awesome race,” said Ely Head Coach Jayne Dusich. “She came up from 14th place to move up during the race and a fight to the end with three other girls.”

Fri
27
Oct

My haunted house

The lightning is flashing and the rain is coming down in sheets. My husband is out. It’s just me, my cat, my canary and my imagination, which is no small thing.
Full disclosure: I love reading mysteries and watching mysteries, but I’m not reading or watching one now. I’m in my office working, when suddenly I hear a sound. Whoosh. And then it’s silent. What was that? It wasn’t the canary. He sings better than that. It wasn’t the cat. He’s sitting at my feet, the hair raised on his back. And it certainly wasn’t my imagination. Was it?
One thing I’ve learned watching whodunits is that if you hear strange noises in another part of your house, you should never go investigate, especially if you’re home alone, it’s a stormy night, the power is out and there’s scary movie music playing. Actors do that all the time, and it never ends well for them.

Fri
27
Oct

Every week of the year you'll find the Ely Echo delivers the news

Fighting for mining in D.C.; Local group makes its presence felt in the halls of Congress - (and guess who they run into there)

Fri
27
Oct

Gov Dayton comes out for PolyMet

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
27
Oct

Burnout event means business

SPINNING TIRES at the Jake Forsman Memorial Burnout Competition were his parents Al and Bonnie Forsman last Saturday morning in front of the Ely city hall. Photo by Ruthanne Fenske.

by Tom Coombe -

The engines were revved up.
Cars spun, made noise, created a bit of smoke and laid patches of black rubber in front of City Hall.
It was legal, people came out in droves to cheer and applaud, and Ely’s downtown was abuzz with activity...
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Fri
27
Oct

Opioids hot topic at Ely drug forum

BABBITT police chief Chad Loewen asks a question prior to the drug forum on Wednesday night.

by Nick Wognum -

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