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Fri
25
Aug

Town of Fall Lake CHANGE OF MEETING

NOTICE
Town of Fall Lake
CHANGE OF MEETING

The September 5, 2017
Town of Fall Lake
Supervisor’s Board Meeting
Has Been Rescheduled to
Thursday, September 7, 2017
6:00 pm – at the Town Hall

___________________
Marlene Skube, Clerk
Ely Echo 8/26 & 9/2

Thu
24
Aug

Vermilion Ridge Campground at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park partially opens Sept. 12

On Tuesday, Sept. 12, Vermilion Ridge Campground will open at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park, Minnesota’s newest state park. Beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 6, campers can make reservations for arrivals Sept. 12 and later, just in time for fall color.

The campground has 33 campsites with electricity and Wi-Fi, three large group camps with screened picnic shelters and modern shower buildings, designed with a focus on energy efficiency and a light carbon footprint.

“As you drive into the park, you’ll notice a new style of signs, a new style of buildings that incorporate local stone and better Wi-Fi connectivity than at any other Minnesota state park,” Rivers said. “These are examples of what makes this a ‘next-generation’ park.”

Thu
24
Aug

Final open house for BWCAW – School Trust Land exchange DEIS is Sept. 7

The third and final open house for the U.S. Forest Service’s draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for a proposed land exchange with the state of Minnesota is Thursday, Sept. 7. The open house will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., in the lobby at the Department of Natural Resources headquarters located at 500 Lafayette Rd., St. Paul.

The state of Minnesota owns 83,000 acres of School Trust Lands located within the borders of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). School Trust lands were granted by the federal government and set aside at the time of statehood for the purpose of generating income for Minnesota public schools. The 1964 Wilderness Act and 1978 establishment of the BWCAW boundary prohibited the state from generating income from those School Trust lands.

Thu
24
Aug

Highway 169 Eagles Nest Lake Reconstruction Project monthly meeting scheduled September 1 in Ely

The Eagles Nest lake Area Reconstruction project monthly project status update meeting is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, September 1, at Eagles Nest Township Hall, 1552 Bear Head State Park Road, Ely, MN 55731.

The public is invited to attend. The project manager and construction staff will provide an update about the project. There will not be a formal presentation.

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter or other reasonable accommodation, call Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota); 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (Minnesota Relay). You may also send an email to janet.rae.miller@state.mn.us.

More information on the project can be found at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d1/projects/Hwy169eagles/index.html

Wed
23
Aug

Ely racers dominate on Fall Lake

ELY AREA RACERS (l-r) Ian VanVickle, Eric Mattila, Kael Richards, Nick Mattila and Kyle Lakner made up five of the six racers in the Semi Pro Open Final at the International Watercross Association races on Fall Lake in Winton on Sunday. Photos by Eric Sherman.

Wed
23
Aug

Hall of Fame honors for Smrekar

by Tom Coombe
Bill Smrekar was the first high school hockey coach at Cambridge-Isanti.
This weekend, the Ely native will become part of the first group to be inducted into the school’s athletics hall of fame.
Smrekar is one of six people - all “Cambridge-Istanti High School Legends” - that will be inducted at a ceremony on Saturday night.
A spot in the Bluejacket Hall of Fame seems a fitting cap for Smrekar, who spent his entire teaching and coaching career at Cambridge including 22 seasons behind the bench with the school’s hockey program.
“It’s very humbling,” Smrekar said earlier this week by phone. “When you start out with something as sort of a project and passion, you don’t look for any accolades. You do it for the passion you have for the game.”

Wed
23
Aug

Referendum on rec center? School board chair suggests public vote on plan to use campus site

by Tom Coombe‘
Ely area voters may get to decide if a proposed community recreation complex will be located on the school district campus.
That was the suggestion Monday by school board chairman Ray Marsnik, who floated the idea during the board’s regular monthly meeting.
Marsnik said a public referendum may be the best way to decide an issue that he contends has generated much controversy in the community.
“To me, it’s a very important decision,” said Marsnik. “Maybe some people on this board may be more comfortable letting the public decide this issue.”
Board members took no action this week, and it’s not clear what voters would be asked to decide, should plans for a referendum proceed.
Generally, school board referendum elections are linked to proposals to raise taxes, either for operating levies or construction bonds.

Wed
23
Aug

School enrollment may hit 600

by Tom Coombe
When school starts in Ely next month, enrollment could reach the 600-student mark for the fiåst time in a decade.
That was the report Monday night, when school board members heard from district administrators about enrollment projections for the start of the 2017-18 school year.
Principals Anne Oelke and Megan Anderson both reported anticipated enrollments of roughly 300 students.
If those numbers hold, district student population would jump for the fourth year in a row anåd hit the 600 mark for the first time since the start of the 2006-07 school year, when Ely had 609 students in grades K-12.
After a decade-and-a-half of steep decline, when enrollment tumbled by over 40 percent, the student population in Ely has inched back up.
It plummeted from 921 students in 1995, bottoming out at 538 in the fall of 2009.

Sun
20
Aug

Bryan Herbert “Herbie” Akins, 56, of Chisholm, formerly of Hoyt Lakes dies

Bryan Herbert “Herbie” Akins, 56, of Chisholm, formerly of Hoyt Lakes died Thursday, August 18, 2017 at the Fairview Mesabi Medical Center in Hibbing.
He was born on May 31, 1961 to Herbert Jr. and Dorothy (Kangas) Akins in Ely. Bryan grew up in Hoyt Lakes and attended Aurora-Hoyt Lakes High School, graduating in 1979. Following high school, Bryan played semi-pro hockey for the Sioux City Musketeers. Later Bryan worked various construction jobs in both road and building construction. Bryan was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church in Hoyt Lakes He enjoyed being outdoors hunting and fishing. Bryan also loved his special dog, Shep III.

Sun
20
Aug

Amelia (Gorshe) Novak, 98, a lifelong resident of Ely, dies

Amelia (Gorshe) Novak, 98, a lifelong resident of Ely, passed away on Thursday August 3, 2017 at Carefree Living in Ely. She was born on September 28, 1918 in Ely to Carl (Charles) Gorshe and Mary (Zabasnik) Gorshe. She graduated from Ely Memorial High School.
Amelia devoted her life to raising her family and making her delicious walnut and apple poticas. She loved making all the traditional Slovenian dishes which her family and friends enjoyed eating. She was a member of the Western Slavonic Association (WSA) and St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. .
She was preceded in death by her parents, son James, sisters: Mary Deyak, Caroline Likar, Frances Urbas, Jenny Mehelich, Angela Lobe, Julia Fink, her brother, Charles Gorshe, and her husband of 72 years, Charles Novak.

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