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Mon
29
Jan

Ely council member attending State of the Union

by Tom Coombe -

An Ely city council member will be in attendance Tuesday night when President Trump delivers the State of the Union Address before a joint session of Congress.

Dan Forsman was invited to attend as a guest of U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer, a Minnesota Republican who has worked to promote copper-nickel mining projects in northeastern Minnesota.

Forsman's trip to Washington, D.C., comes on the heels of recent Trump Administration action to boost copper-nickel mining development in the region, and in the wake of his involvement in two high-profile controversies.

In December, 2016, Forsman publicly apologized for a Facebook post that enraged some supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Forsman faced criticism for posting an internet meme that suggested Clinton supporters commit suicide. Forsman said the post was intended to be a joke but some Ely area residents weren't amused and called for his resignation.

Mon
29
Jan

School district changes policy to maintain now-healthy reserve fund

by Tom Coombe -

Sat
27
Jan

WinterFest pops the cork for 25th year

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
26
Jan

Forest Service preparing environmental assessment for proposed withdrawal

After receiving more than 90,000 comments during a 210-day public scoping period, the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, with the United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as a cooperating agency, will prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) to study the effects of a proposed withdrawal on the Superior National Forest. The Forest Service will cancel the Notice of Intent published in January 2017, which originally announced the agency’s intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Fri
26
Jan

Focus on FUN for Fest and Frolic in this week's Ely Echo

The Northland 500 kicked off this week and store windows throughout Ely were being filled with artwork. Carvers will begin working on the snow blocks in Whiteside Park.
Yep - it's winter in Ely and we're set for FUN! Get your Ely Echo to read all about it!

Fri
26
Jan

Winter Frolic royal candidates and queen

ROYALTY Laura Pasmick, Emma Terwilliger, Emma Larson and Queen Kalley Fischer. Photos by Nick Wognum

Fri
26
Jan

King candidates introduced at Winter Frolic

ROYALTY Austin Kalberg, Adam McDonald, Dylan Kienitz and Thomas Montana.

Fri
26
Jan

Northland 300 snowmobile rally for Special Olympics kicks off

BIG TURNOUT for the 30th year of the Northland 300 snowmobile rally for Special Olympics. The kick off event was held at Grand Ely Lodge Thursday morning and included a parade of snowmobiles, City of Ely fire trucks, a police escort, speeches and a group photo to wrap it up. There are 78 riders in this year’s event.

Fri
26
Jan

Artwalk begins for WinterFest

STAR WARS ARTIST - Sova Meyer, 8, brought in her paining of Ahsoca whom she featured in the work entitled “Courage.” Sharing the limelight at the Echo was sister Etta Meyer, 5. The artwork will be on display at the Echo during Artwalk, a part of the Ely Winterfest.

Wed
24
Jan

Minnesota PCA posts PolyMet draft air emission permit

January 24, 2018 – The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has informed Poly Met
Mining Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of PolyMet Mining Corp. (together “PolyMet” or the “company”)
TSX: POM; NYSE AMERICAN: PLM – that it has posted the draft air emission permit and supporting
permit documentation on its website for the NorthMet copper-nickel-precious metals project.
The draft air emission permit is the last state permit required for the upcoming public meetings in
February.
The agency released the draft air emission permit to tribes and PolyMet and posted it on its website for
public review. As previously announced by the MPCA, public meetings on the draft air and water
permits and the draft Permit to Mine will be held jointly with the Department of Natural Resources on
February 7 and 8, 2018, in Aurora and Duluth, respectively. The public comment period for MPCA’s

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