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Wed
01
Mar

Anti-mining group joins feds in defending Twin Metals suit

by Tom Coombe
An environmental organization has joined the legal fight over exploratory mining leases near Ely.
In a ruling earlier this week, a federal judge allowed Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness to become a defendant in a lawsuit filed against the federal government by Twin Metals Minnesota.
Last fall, Twin Metals took action challenging the federal Bureau of Land Management’s authority to revoke long-held leases critical to the development of a proposed copper-nickel mine near Ely.
While Twin Metals is suing the federal government, Judge Susan Richard Nelson said that NMW meets the legal requirements to become a co-defendant.
In a filing made in November, NMW cited “dangers posed by mining and other activities - such as those proposed and undertaken by Twin Metals - to its members’ use and enjoyment of their property and the Boundary Waters as well as to their livelihoods.”

Tue
28
Feb

Minnesota Power asks regulators to consider a reduced rate request

Minnesota Power, a utility division of ALLETE (NYSE:ALE), has filed an updated request with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) to reduce the amount of its current rate request from $55 million to approximately $39 million.
In its filing, the company told state regulators that increased energy demand from the region’s mining industry is expected to result in higher-than-expected revenue from electricity sales. Consequently, the required revenue from other customers, including residential and small business customers, will decrease.
“Minnesota Power believes that healthy mining and timber companies improve our region’s economy and quality of life,” said David McMillan, executive vice president Minnesota Power. “One way that area residents benefit from these businesses is in the cost of energy. As mining and paper companies expand production, they use more energy, which in turn can reduce the costs others must pay for delivering the energy we produce.”

Tue
28
Feb

DNR seeks comment on Tower, Ely area lake management plans

Citizens interested in commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources strategies for managing Tower area lakes are encouraged to review draft management plans and ask questions or submit comments by Friday, March 17.

Management plans describe the past, present and desired future conditions of the fishery and identify specific management activities planned for that lake in the next 5 to 20 years. The plans include background on the water body including water chemistry, temperature, habitat quality and species present, and are important in understanding the potential of a fishery.

Mon
27
Feb

Moose population remains low, but survey suggests 6-year population stability

Minnesota’s moose population shows signs of stability when comparing this year’s population estimate of 3,710 northeastern Minnesota moose with estimates since 2012, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

“At this point, results do not indicate that moose are recovering in northeastern Minnesota,” said Glenn DelGiudice, DNR moose project leader. “While it is encouraging to see that the decline in the population since 2012 has not been as steep, the apparent stability does not allow us to forecast the direction of the population’s trajectory into the future.”

Sun
26
Feb

Aerial spray worked, state says

by Tom Coombe -

Sun
26
Feb

This all seems so familiar…

There’s a saying that goes like this: You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
Another attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of the people of northeast Minnesota will be seen for what it is: bunk. This past week another group against mining popped up. But it’s by and large the same people who are in multiple other anti-mining groups.
The new Boundary Waters Business Coalition fits right in with other groups since it’s membership base looks just like “Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness” or “Save the Boundary Waters” or “Sportsmen For the Boundary Waters.”
In fact, the membership form has this statement at the bottom: “This form was created inside of Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness.” The email address listed is for Sportsmen For the Boundary Waters.

Sat
25
Feb

Hook and Bullet Club by Nick Wognum _ On the trail

A buggered up knee has meant no snowmobiling so far this season. With rain in the forecast for Monday, Saturday was the chosen day to hit the trails for the first time.
Even though it was President’s Day weekend and there was bound to be hundreds of sleds out, we decided to take the state trail. I was in the lead, friend Kelsey Pearce was next with my wife Mary the trail sweep.
Our first issue was the smoke rolling out of my sled every time I pressed the throttle. We stopped just outside of town and I opened the hood. There was oil in the exhaust and some near the spark plugs. But we decided to press on. It was too nice of a day not to.
We met plenty of riders out on the trails. Groups of two, groups of 12. Everybody with a friendly wave or the universal sign of holding up the number of fingers equal to the number of sleds behind them.
We hopped off the main route and took back trails, over lakes and though the woods until we reached the shack.

Sat
25
Feb

VCC secures playoff berth; Ironmen go on 34-2 run, fly past Mesabi in dramatic second half

by Tom Coombe -

Sat
25
Feb

Alice Ann Kovall, 99, of Grass Valley, Calif., formerly of Ely, dies

Alice Ann Kovall, 99, of Grass Valley, Calif., formerly of Ely, passed away in Grass Valley on Nov. 7, 2016.
Alice was born June 4, 1917, the daughter of immigrants Steve Kovall (Austria/Hungary) and Margaret Staresinich Kovall Chelesnik (Slovenia). Alice attended the Ely schools and moved to California in 1936 to join her husband who had found work in the restaurant business. It was in California where Alice raised her family, although through the years she made regular return visits to the Ely Area to visit family members.
Alice spent much of her working life in Palo Alto, where she worked from 1960-1985 as clinic coordinator at Stanford University Medical Center.

Fri
24
Feb

Eighth graders shine in Silver Bay Tourney

TOURNEY CHAMPS - Ely’s eighth-grade team won a tournament at Silver Bay by defeating Lakeview Christian 51-12, Wrenshall 61-18 and Silver Bay 45-10. Top scorers for the day were Will Davies with 43 points and Emmett Faltesek with 31. Pictured are (front. l-r): Joey Bianco, Emmett Faltesek; (back, l-r): Coach Mike Keller, Caleb Janeksala, Will Davies, Brock LaTourell, Jason Kerntz, Riley Bishop, Eddie Prijatel, Jacob Towley, Bryce Fairchild, Max Dean. Photo by Hollee Coombe

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