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Taconite Trail master plan ready

CHECKING OUT the maps at the Taconite Trail draft Master Plan open house Monday were Anthony Bermel and Sean Williams. The plan is now out for public comments which must be received by Friday, Jan. 6.
Anyone can submit comments by phone or email to:
Diane Anderson, DNR principal planner (St. Paul), 651-259-5614, diane.k.anderson@state.mn.us.


Frandsen gifts United Way

On Dec. 14, Greg Sandau, President of Frandsen Bank & Trust, along with Frandsen Bank employees, presented Shelley Valentini, Executive Director of United Way of Northeastern Minnesota (UWNEMN) with a check for $4,330. This contribution includes employee pledges for the 2017 year along with a corporate match. “We are so grateful for the support of businesses like Frandsen Bank & Trust that provide employee contributions, a corporate match and employee volunteerism,” said Valentini. “Their commitment to making a difference in our communities is exemplary and very much appreciated.”


Ely rec center project nears key decision points in 2017

by Tom Coombe
Idling in neutral for much of the year, a major project proposed for Ely could take some significant steps forward and shift into gear early in 2017.
That’s when the public should get its first glimpse at how a proposed community recreation complex would look from the outside, and what would take place inside.
Architectural renderings, estimated construction costs and amenities inside what figures to be a massive building - a rough estimate shows 50,000 square feet and construction costs of $10 million to $12 million - are among the key milestones that figure to be cleared in the next several months.
“By spring we might have a picture,” said Jeff Sundell, chairman of the Ely Regional Community Complex executive board.
Sundell said Thursday that early-2017 would bring the identification of “programs and amenities and after that we’ll be looking at (architectural) renderings, which will probably lead to a lot of discussion.”



by Charles D Novak
I will be spending Christmas in Ely this year and when the holidays are over I will not be going home - I am home! After a memorable 34 years in San Francisco and 16 years in Minneapolis I moved back to Ely on May 10, 2016 . It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. My homecoming by the good people of Ely has been overwhelming. The first few months walking down the street had cars wiz by me with windows open and passengers yelling “welcome back!” People have stopped and offered me rides without knowing walking is my favorite form of exercise. Talk about Ely Nice!


Trout Whisperer - Dr. Doo... a lot

He knows I’m coming to visit. I’m on time. I pull up to the gate. I honk my horn. I wait. The electric gate starts to slide open so I drive into his yard and park right next to the garage built out of logs. The gate closes behind me. I’m in, and I stay in my truck.
I look all around the yard.
He steps out of his front door, tosses a massive wooden latch and it secures the door from the outside. He doesn’t want anything getting inside.
He walks up to me and says, “Look at this.” He lifts a shirt pocket and nested inside is a sleeping baby red squirrel he is keeping warm. At the same time one lone bantam chicken hen runs around the front of his home when his pet mountain lion roars around the same corner and in one chomp, inhales the hen.
He yells at the long tawny cat to stop, it does. Then as quick as possible he pries open the cat’s mouth releasing the salvia’d wet but unharmed hen, as it dashes for the barn.


Elizabeth J. Kinsey, 61, longtime resident of Ely and Babbitt dies

Elizabeth J. Kinsey, 61, longtime resident of Ely and Babbitt died Wednesday, December 14, 2016, in her home. She was born June 1, 1955, in Robbinsdale, MN, the daughter of Edward and Dorothea (Chase) Dougherty. She graduated from High School in New Hope, MN.
Elizabeth was self-employed as a Massage Therapist. She enjoyed fishing and writing poetry.
Elizabeth is survived by her sons: Ryan (Cassandra) Keppel of Osceola, WI, and Adam O’Doherty of Sartell, MN; her mother: Dorothea Dougherty of New Hope, MN; her brothers: Tim (Nita) Dougherty of St. Paul, MN, and Patrick Dougherty of St. Paul, MN; and her granddaughter: Kyla Keppel.
She was preceded in death by her father.
A memorial gathering will be planned for a later date.
Family services are provided by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home, in Virginia. To express condolences on-line please see: www.baumanfuneralhome.com.


Donald Duane Condiff, 83, of Park Rapids, MN dies

Donald Duane Condiff, 83, of Park Rapids, MN passed away on Friday, December 9, 2016 at Sanford Medical Center in Bemidji, MN from a heart attack.
Survivors include, daughters, Cheryl (Dale) Anderson of Ely, MN, Patti (Neal) Nelson of Mesa, AZ, daughter-in-law, Debbie Condiff of Baxter, MN and stepson, Terrance (Christie) Peters, of Wheaton, MN. Arrangements are through Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids, MN


... defeated the resolution

Dear Editor:
I wish everyone on the Range could have seen and heard Congressman Rick Nolan take on the radical anti-mining crowd from the Twin Cities at the DFL State Central Committee meeting last Saturday in Lakeville. Nolan was totally “on fire,” delivering a stem-winder of a speech denouncing the anti-mining Resolution 54 that threatened to put the DFL Party on record in opposition to mining.
Nolan reminded everyone that the “L” in “DFL” stands for Labor. He passionately defended the good paying mining and construction jobs we need to pay our bills, put food on the table and retire with security and dignity.
DFL leaders got the message and defeated the resolution overwhelmingly.
Good work Rick Nolan! You’ve got our backs, and I was proud to stand with you that day.
Jason George, Int’l Union of Operating Engineers Local 49





Notice is hereby given to qualified voters of the TOWN OF MORSE, St. Louis County, State of Minnesota, that filing for town office will be held for a two-week period beginning Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

Affidavits of Candidacy can be filed with Town Clerk Nick Wognum, by calling 218-343-2019. Filing dates are from Tuesday, January 3, 2017 to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 17, 2017. The Morse Town Hall will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 for the end of the filing period.

Offices to be filled at the March 14, 2017 Annual Township Election at the Morse Town Hall are:

1 – (One) Supervisor – Three year term

Filing fee - $2.00

Nick Wognum, Clerk
Town of Morse
Ely Echo 12/17/16, 12/24/16


Request for proposals for a Rental/ Food Concessionaire


The City of Ely and the Park and Recreation Committee would like to post an request for proposals for a Rental/ Food Concessionaire at Semers Park for the Summer of 2017. Interested vendors should provide a proposal including details of the type of equipment they would rent out as well as other products they would like to sell.
The Concessionaire would be required to provide liability insurance and only rental of non-motorized equipment would be allowed. It is anticipated that the duration of this agreement would be from April to October 2017. Please provide your written proposal to the City Clerk’s Office at Ely City Hall until 4 pm on January 17, 2017. The Ely Park and Recreation Board will review the proposals and schedule interviews of those interested. The City of Ely reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and award the Concessionaire agreement in the best interest of the City of Ely.


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