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Fri
01
Sep

Snowmobile clubs benefit

DONATION - Jim Zup (right) of the Fun Run Committee made a presentation to Bill Hane of the Ely Igloo Snowmobile Club. The Fun Run donated $6,030 to each snowmobile club in Ely, Babbitt and Tower.

Fri
01
Sep

Hook and Bullet Club by Nick Wognum - Summer is over

And then summer was over.
This is Labor Day weekend, the official end of summer fun. If you’re like me, the best is yet to come. Bring on fall!
Our summer drew to a close with a flurry of activity. We transported our youngest, Evan, to college two weekends ago.
We packed two vehicles to the hilt with enough stuff to fill a dorm room and made the trek to Bemidji State University.
Hiding in the parking lot when we got there was our oldest, Jacob. Remembering how many times Evan helped him move, Jake drove over from Moorhead and surprised Evan. Freshman nerves were replaced by a big smile.
The vehicles were emptied and Evan’s half of the dorm room filled up quickly. It was a good thing he lofted his bed to give him some extra room. Dorm rooms haven’t gotten any bigger since I was in Griggs Hall at UMD 32 years ago.
We took in a student-parent orientation program at the football stadium and even met Faith Hensrud, the president of BSU.

Thu
31
Aug

Wolves blank Ogilvie in debut; Ely beats Ogilvie 6-0

by Tom Coombe -

It took three-and-a-half quarters, but the Ely Timberwolves finally broke through.

Blaise Lah plunged in from one yard out in the fourth quarter to break a scoreless deadlock, and a stout Ely defense took care of the rest in a season-opening 6-0 victory over Ogilvie Thursday night at Ely School Stadium.

Ely, which won its 17th consecutive regular season contest, was stopped twice inside the Lions' 10-yard-line earlier in the contest, but the third attempt proved to be the charm.

The Wolves took advantage of good field position and marched 55 yards for the score. A 14-yard run by sophomore Eli Conaway was pivotal, but once the Wolves got close they turned to Lah.

The 190-pound senior workhorse, who finished with 110 yards on 26 carries, got the ball on third down and crossed paydirt - exciting an appreciative opening night crowd that watched amid near-perfect late-summer conditions.

Thu
31
Aug

DNR asks hunters to avoid shooting radio-collared research bears

With the bear hunting season opening on Friday, Sept. 1, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources asks hunters to avoid shooting research bears that are marked with large, colorful ear tags and have radio-collars.
“We’re asking hunters to watch out for these valuable research bears, and avoid shooting them. These collared bears are providing a lot of data being used in bear management,” said Dave Garshelis, DNR bear research biologist.
Researchers with the DNR are monitoring about 30 radio-collared black bears across the state, especially in bear hunting zones 27, 25 and 45, and in parts of the no-quota zone. Most of them are in or near the Chippewa National Forest between Grand Rapids and Bigfork. Others are farther north, near Orr or Voyageurs National Park. Some collared bears are also around Camp Ripley, and in northwestern Minnesota, especially near Thief Lake Wildlife Management Area and Plummer.

Thu
31
Aug

Wolves look to rebuild

by Tom Coombe -

Thu
31
Aug

Marianne Schwule, 79, of Babbitt, dies

Marianne Schwule, 79, of Babbitt, died August 10, 2017 at Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely.
Marianne was born in Zwingenberg, Germany. After marrying her husband Warner Schwulke, a U.S. serviceman, they moved to the U.S. They lived in Des Plaines, Illinois until after his death. Marianne then moved to the Isabella area and later to Babbitt.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Central Manor in Babbitt on Saturday, September 9 from noon to 2 p.m. for all of her friends.

Wed
30
Aug

Forst Service issues smoke report

A smoke haze is covering a large area today including the Ely area, the Quetico, and the Isabella area. The Forest Service does not have any prescribed burns going in the area. A Forest Service floatplane was in the air and Forest Dispatch has been contacted.

The smoke is believed to be coming from large fires burning in Montana, Oregon, and other western states and western Canadian provinces.

The NOAA website shows a simulation of the smoke rolling over the area if the site is accessed soon: http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/goes/east/gl/flash-vis.html

Please do report thick, black billowing smoke. Call 911 if you see flames.

Tue
29
Aug

Fossum plans to retire in ’18

by Tom Coombe -

Mon
28
Aug

169 ahead of schedule, on budget

NEW ROAD - Rock treatment looking east on the Highway 169 project. MNDOT photo.

by Tom Coombe -

Mon
28
Aug

Rediscovered 2012 EIS shows FS changing rules

If an EIS study showed in 2012 that mining exploration should be allowed in the Superior National Forest, why is the U.S. Forest Service going through another similar EIS five years later?
That’s the question raised this past week by Up North Jobs as the final comment period ends on withdrawing 234,328 acres of federal land from mineral exploration.
According to documents filed by Up North Jobs, a meeting was held in Duluth in November of 2006 with mining company representatives and the Superior National Forest supervisor.
On the table were requests by mining companies to be issued prospecting permits for copper, nickel, platinum and related minerals in the Superior National Forest.

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