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Tue
27
Dec

Partially snow-packed roads cover much of Northeastern Minnesota

Duluth, Minn. – Many Northeastern Minnesota highways are still partially-covered with compacted snow and ice. MnDOT has been plowing and treating the roads continuously since Saturday and will continue until all highways are clear.

“We have applied 730-tons of salt, 310-tons of salt/sand mix and we haven’t finished calculating how much salt brine and Magnesium Chloride we have applied,” said Chris Cheney, MnDOT D1 operations superintendent. “We’ve had every truck out there since the storm began and even had a few breakdowns, but our mechanics were able to get the trucks fixed so they are out there now too.”

Cheney said the storm was a tough one and that the continuous wind has added to the compaction by creating “Blow ice”. Blow ice forms after snow blows over a roadway and sticks to the surface.

Cheney said that he expects road conditions will improve by tonight, but advises motorists to check 511.mn.org for the latest-up-to-date travel conditions.

Sun
25
Dec

Political decision on leases for Twin Metals doesn’t hold water

A political decision made in Washington D.C. last week involving leases for Twin Metals Minnesota doesn’t hold water. There is no science, there are no hard facts, just emotions and rhetoric. We can only hope President-Elect Trump’s appointees will undo this travesty.
Newspapers get news releases daily, many of them from various levels of government. They provide information on what bureaucrats are up to or want people to know. The one from the Interior Department could’ve easily been written by anti-mining activist Becky Rom.
Here’s some of the wording used:
• Agencies deny sulfide-ore copper lease
• Mining impacts near pristine watershed
• Acid mine drainage is a significant environmental risk
• Decision echoes the concerns of former Vice President Walter Mondale and Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton

Sun
25
Dec

Reflections from the miscellaneous drawer

This is my bah-humbug year. I completed the goals I set for myself for the end of the year. There are now family histories of both my parents along with their parents, and I threw in an abbreviated one on Warren’s family.
But as of last Monday there was not one holiday reminder inside my house.
Yes, I have completed my Christmas list. No, I am not hoping to receive any presents. Please, no. Nothing.
Peace and quiet sounds extraordinary and appealing.
Seeing family members and sharing some time is the best gift to be received.
* * *
Driving the seven miles into town in early morning shows the arc of Ely’s lights penetrating the night sky. The tracks from my neighbor’s car precede mine across the bridge, and alongside the river a light shines from the home of an early riser.

Sat
24
Dec

...decision resides in the conclusion of this known, used and accepted scientific process

Dear Editor:
The decision last Thursday to deny the renewal of mineral leases to Twin Metals Minnesota and to remove thousands of acres of Superior National Forest from mineral leasing for two years is widely regarded as a great victory for environmentalists.
This ruling by the Secretary of the Interior is certainly a win for those of us who want to keep the Kawishiwi watershed clean. It’s a win for those of us who run businesses in the Boundary Waters region that depend on the reality of clean water in the Boundary Waters and even the perception by our customers of the purity of the wilderness.
Our jobs are sustainable. Our payroll has been growing steadily for 37 years. How can anyone deny us the right to defend what we have worked so hard to build. To others this decision is a great disappointment. I believe I can empathize.

Sat
24
Dec

Council Minutes, December 6, 2016 Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers

Council Minutes, December 6, 2016
Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers

CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Novak called the Regular City Council Meeting to order at 5:30pm.

PRESENT: Council members A.Forsman, Kess, Debeltz, Omerza, Polyner, D.Forsman and Mayor Novak
ABSENT: None

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to approve the minutes from the November 15, 2016 Regular Council Meeting, Special Council Meeting November 29, 2016 at 6pm and the November 29, 2016 Truth in Taxation Public Hearing. Motion Carried Unanimously.

ADDITIONS OR OMISSIONS TO AGENDA:
Addition: 13.J. Resolution #2016-055 Resolution of the Ely City Council-Commitment to the Citizens of Ely
Addition A added without objection

Fri
23
Dec

10,000+ join mining group

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
23
Dec

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

What’s new in Ely?

Here are just a few of the headlines in this week’s ELy Echo:

* Vanderbeek sets a record, Omerza breaks out for 32; Sophomore hits 12 triples and shatters mark; senior scores career high -

* Third Hoops for Hope Tourney starts Tuesday -

* Twins coming back to Ely on Jan. 17 -

* 10,000+ join pro-mining group -

* Ely Folk School temporarily closed for renovations -

* School district sets process, first meeting for strategic planning -

* St. Louis County levy hike finalized -

* City, AFSCME ink new contract -

Echo office will be closed Monday, Dec. 26 - Paper published as usual EVERY WEEK of the years!

Fri
23
Dec

Nordic skiing season underway with two meets in five days

THE TOP ELY BOYS FINISHER at the Dec. 16 season-opening meet at Hidden Valley was Simon Stouffer (6). The senior completed the 5.5-kilometer course at the Ely Classic race in 17:15.7, good enough for seventh place in a field of about 40 skiers.

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
23
Dec

Dancing and singing in concert

JUNIOR HIGH choir members dancing on stage at the Dec. 15 concert included Amelia Pluth, Hanna Littler, Cora Olson, Anna Soghigian, Crystal Larson, Drayke Hanninen, Mason Davis, Alice Wolter, Lillian Tedrick, Zach Robbins, Caleb Janeksala, Ashton Cook, Ronin Littler and Sean Oberg. Photo by Hailey Worth.

Fri
23
Dec

Winter Art Show held at Ely schools

CHECKING IT OUT - Ande Visser looks at her classmates’ artwork at the Winter Art Show in the Washington Elementary Library on Dec. 15. Photo by Hailey Worth.

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