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Mon
09
Jan

U.S. Forest Service signs decision for proposed land exchange with PolyMet Mining, Inc. on the Superior National Forest

DULUTH, MN. Jan. 9, 2017 – Today, the U.S. Forest Service signed the Final Record of Decision (ROD) authorizing a land exchange with PolyMet Mining, Inc. The exchange calls for the Forest Service to convey 6,650 acres of federal land in exchange for acquisition of 6,690 acres of non-federal lands. This decision will transfer the surface property owned by the Forest Service to PolyMet, who controls the sub-surface (mineral rights), thereby enabling the development of the proposed NorthMet copper-nickel mine pending other Federal and state required approvals.

“When making this decision I considered many factors – the complex mix of environmental concerns, extensive public input, potential economic benefit to local communities, existing rights, and tribal trust responsibilities,” Forest Supervisor Connie Cummins said. “This decision best serves the public’s interest.”

Mon
09
Jan

Penny wars raise $ at school; Elementary students generate nearly $4,000 for new playground

by Tom Coombe -

Sun
08
Jan

Sharon L. Hartshorn, 69, of Babbitt, dies

Sharon L. Hartshorn, 69, of Babbitt, passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at her residence with her family by her side. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Sun
08
Jan

Our pledge to you for 2017

by Anne Swenson, Publisher
The Ely Echo is moving ahead into 2017, welcoming new equipment and new innovation. And we also welcome Cam Weisert into expanded roles as a staff member at the Echo. He joins General manager Nick Wognum, Echo Editor Tom Coombe, Graphic Designer Lisa Vidal-Sainio, and Sales Rep Terri Reinesch.
Together we have over 112 years with the Ely Echo, receiving pay checks every two weeks, paying property taxes just like each of you do.
We sure have had a challenging winter thus far and we’ve rolled with the punches - bringing a new bathroom on line, a new phone system and new printing equipment as well as a whole new photo printing setup to serve our customers.

Sat
07
Jan

Hook and Bullet Club by Nick Wognum

In addition to our granddaughter Kinlee, we have also been blessed by our first granddog, Millie.
Megan’s golden retriever puppy has become part of our lives with her frequent visits to our home. With Megan’s schedule of teaching, practices and games, we see Millie on a regular basis. Better to have her over torturing our 10 year-old Yorkie than laying in her kennel at Megan’s house.
We’ve had goldens before and if the opportunity arose, I’m pretty sure we’d trade the Yorkie for a golden, any golden, most any day of the week.
Megan got lucky with Millie, a locally produced dog who is as lovable as can be. Credit that to her owner who picks her up and holds her as if she still weighs 10 pounds. Millie takes it all in stride.
She’s as photogenic as can be so we’ve decided to sign her to an endorsement contract here at the Echo. Look for Millie to star in newspaper ads promoting our new photo business (we’ve already used her picture in several ads).

Sat
07
Jan

Cramer rejects settlement

by Tom Coombe
A deal reached in late-2016 has apparently unraveled, and former city zoning administrator Gregg Cramer now wants his old job back.
The several-month saga took on a new twist Tuesday, when city officials revealed that Cramer rejected a settlement that called for him to receive a severance package of over $10,000 in exchange for his voluntary resignation.
Council members approved the settlement in late-November, but a 21-day window passed without Cramer’s signature and notification that the former part-time employee won’t sign the agreement.
Instead, a grievance filed by Cramer last fall, after he was fired by the city council for using a city-owned computer and software to do private work, will proceed.
“At this point, we would proceed to arbitration,” said city attorney Kelly Klun. “We’re not at a point of agreement.”
The strange twist comes after the issue had been seemingly put to bed.

Fri
06
Jan

Edith Annette (Kennedy) Sommer, 83, of Ely, dies

Edith Annette (Kennedy) Sommer, 83, of Ely, passed away on January 5, 2017 with her family by her side. Edie was born June 13, 1933 and grew up in West Lafayette, IN. She graduated from Purdue University and held several job titles for the next few years, including Executive Secretary, Fashion Model, & Finishing School Instructor. She married Robert K. Sommer in the 1950s and re-located to MN, where they raised their family; Her most favorite career was Homemaker. After her husband passed in 1996, she married her best friend Robert H. Cary of Ely, remaining his loving wife until his death in 2006. Edie loved so many activities & especially loved winter & being outdoors. One of her greatest pleasures was spending time with her two grandsons and her beloved dog Cookie. She is preceded in death by her parents, sister, Rosemary Blechschmidt, and husbands.

Fri
06
Jan

Karin M. Scholz, 75, of Ely, formerly of Babbitt, dies

Karin Maria (Nilsen) Scholz passed away peacefully at Boundary Waters Care Center, January 6 at the age of 75. Karin was born in Bergen, Norway on July 14, 1941.
Karin was proceeded in death by her husband Eugene Scholz, her father Ole Nilsen, her mother Ruth Nilsen, and her special friend Fauna Aho.
Karin is lovingly remembered by son: Kirby (Beth) Scholz, daughters: Laura (Randy) Fredlund, Sonja (Jim) Pintar, grandchildren: Dustin (Jordan) Scholz, Lindy (Nick) Witzman, Dylan Scholz, (Kristin Raub), Jessica (Chris) Hanson, Joel (Jessica) DeMaris, Jamie (Jesse) White. Great grandchildren: Nicholas and Connor, Jabin, Austin and Kylee, Emmett & baby boy in May. Siblings: Jan (Joanne) Nilsen and Edwin (Mary Jean) Nilsen. Sister in-laws and Brother In-laws: Rosie, Helen, Thomas (Betty), Hugo Jr. (Linda), Donald (Marie), Annie, Gilbert, John (Susan) and Susan. Numerous nieces and nephews.

Fri
06
Jan

Ely’s official newspaper - The Ely Echo - Reporting each week on news of the Ely area

Ely Echo personnel have devoted over 112 years to the Ely Echo to make it Ely's largest circulation newspaper. We're proud of our people and our community. This is where we live , maintain our office, pay taxes and upkeep because we're committed to Ely - its present and its future. We appreciate our subscribers and advertisers! New subscribers always welcome. Phone 2`8-365-3141 for print or email subscriptions. elyecho.com web access is free!

Fri
06
Jan

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC The City of Ely is calling for interested applicants to fill the following vacancies on various City Boards, Commissions, and Committees:

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

The City of Ely is calling for interested applicants to fill the following vacancies on various City Boards, Commissions, and Committees:

ELY AIRPORT COMMISSION
2- three year terms
*City or Non Resident

ELY LIBRARY BOARD
3- three year terms
*City or Non Resident

ELY PARK AND RECREATION BOARD
3-three year terms
*City or Non Resident

ELY PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION
1-three year term
*City Resident

ELY POLICE COMMISSION
3- three year terms
*City Resident

ELY UTILITIES COMMISSION
2- three year terms
*City or Non Resident

HERITAGE PRESERVATION COMMISSION
2-three year terms
*City or Non Resident

HOUSING REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
2- three year terms
*City Resident

TELECOMMUNICATIONS ADVISORY BOARD
2-three year terms
*Ely resident

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