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Sun
22
Oct

Mining foes fan flames with remarks

by Tom Coombe -

Sat
21
Oct

City clarifies recycling issues

by Tom Coombe
Recycling continues to be a messy issue for Ely city officials.
The topic resurfaced at Tuesday’s council session, as clerk-treasurer and operations director Harold Langowski set the record straight in response to calls and questions to City Hall, and reiterated a public call to respect existing rules and regulations regarding the disposition of items.
The center was recently closed for two days and Langowski stressed that it was connected to the availability of bins, which he termed a county rather than city issue.
“The recycling center is area wide,” said Langowski. “The bins are St. Louis County bins. St. Louis County contracts for the bins to be empties. Our involvement with the city is calling for the bins to be swapped out.”

Fri
20
Oct

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Volleyball team to host home playoff match on Wednesday;

Ely Rotary Pub Portage set for Tuesday to benefit World Polio Day;

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day set for Oct. 28 in Ely;

Community forum in Ely Wednesday to address drug epidemic;

Burntside Lake Assoc makes donations;

Farmers’ Market moves indoors;

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Fri
20
Oct

Studio North celebrates grand re-opening

RIBBON CUTTING - Studio North held a grand re-opening Saturday, with owner Nichole Boitz, mayor Chuck Novak, Little Miss Ely Chezne Nickolson and Miss Ely Shayla Zaverl among those taking part in the ribbon-cutting at the Ely business. Photo by Tom Coombe

Fri
20
Oct

A Picture Worth a Thousand Words:

A Picture Worth a Thousand Words: Much has been written lately about how sulfate discharges from mines may stunt wild rice growth. Here is a photo of wild rice on Birch Lake (Dunka Bay) “stunted” by sulfate discharges in the Dunka River from the Dunka and Northshore mines. Why are new studies needed when actual results already exist? Photo by Pete Pastika.

Wed
18
Oct

Leah Phifer, who has Ely family ties, enters race for U.S. House seat

by Tom Coombe
Republicans aren’t the only ones gunning for the U.S. House of Representatives seat held by Rick Nolan.
A Democrat with Ely family ties announced last weekend that she’d challenge Nolan for the party endorsement.
Leah Phifer, a former FBI counter-terrorism analyst, hopes to unseat the third-term Democrat and enters the race after a 7,000-mile motorycyle tour in which she visited with residents in all 18 counties in the spacious Eighth District.
Phifer, 33, grew up in Two Harbors and lives in Isanti on the district’s southern edge, but she also has some Ely roots.
She’s the daughter of 1977 Ely High School graduate Jackie Jensen Moen, and her grandparents include retired Ely elementary school teacher Jack Jensen and Sharon DeLeo.
Phifer has also staked ground opposite from Nolan on the contentious issue of copper-nickel mining in northeastern Minnesota.

Wed
18
Oct

Home-school totals inch up

by Tom Coombe -

Sun
15
Oct

Anticipation builds for first Jake Forsman Memorial Car Show, Burnout Competition next to Ely’s City Hall Oct. 21

by Tom Coombe -
Ely’s newest event is perhaps its most unique.
Part of Chapman Street will be closed next Saturday, Oct. 21, as cars rev their engines, squeal t sheir tires and “lay a patch” during the first Jake Forsman Memorial Burnout Competition.
The competition, along with a car show named in honor of the late Elyite, begins at 10 a.m. in front of Ely’s City Hall.
Al Forsman, a city council member and father of the late Jake Forsman, is organizing and coordinating the event in memory of his son.
The two became aware of a similar competition in Idaho two years ago while on a trip to the West, and Jake dreamed of one day being able to hold one in Ely.
The event brings those who love cars together for an afternooon unlike one ever seen in town before.

Fri
13
Oct

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Fri
13
Oct

County 88 bridge now open - Friday at 7 PM

NOW OPEN - The new bridge on Highway 88 over the river was a busy place last week as construction continued before Friday's re-opening. Photo by Bill Erzar.

Construction is done for the season and the new bridge is expected to open around 7 p.m. this evening, October 13, on County State Aid Highway 88 (Grant McMahon Boulevard) west of Ely. A new 105-foot concrete slab span bridge now crosses the Burntside River, in place of a nearly 80-year-old bridge that had been subject to weight limitations.

The road reopening comes two weeks earlier than estimated. Engineers had condensed the construction schedule, and financial incentives were included in the project contract to minimize the inconvenience for motorists who typically travel this route.

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