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Fri
22
Sep

Finishing touches go in on new playground

VIEW FROM ABOVE - Students, teachers and volunteers work to spread wood chips Sept. 15 at the new Washington Elementary playground. Photo by Nick Wognum. WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY students were helped by Ely Memorial students in spreading out wood chips on Sept. 15 for the new playground facility. Many photos by Nick Wognum in this week's Ely Echo on newsstands now!

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Fri
22
Sep

Almost 120 years ago - This was Ely’s Sheridan Street

Utilizing the Ely Echo’s over 600 page “Blue Book” - Ely, Since 1888 and the 1900 Sanborn Map of Ely and the area, the detail on the Vail Hotell (far left) and the many saloons of Ely are noted in this week’s Ely Echo. Patrick Vail was Ely's first fire chief in 1889 when the volunteer department was formed. He was the owner of the hotel which burned on March 17, 1905. Vail was elected Mayor of Ely twice.

Fri
22
Sep

Mid-November before County 88 bridge opening

Looking south on County 88, Grant McMahan Boulevard, one see puddles but not much river as workers prepare for the cement pour. Once that is done, there will be a 30 day wait for the concrete to cure and be able to take the weight of vehicles and trucks. Meanwhile area residents in the Burntside and north Shagawa Lake area must still drive added miles to Ely. Plus this weekend the two Ely Marathon runs will shut down Echo Trail and the southeast portion of 88 as well as many Ely streets and avenues for runners.

Fri
22
Sep

Ely’s Slovenian Union of America’s 90th anniversary celebrated

Miro Medved, Honorary Consul of Republic of Slovenia, presenting a proclamation from Slovenia celebrating Ely’s Slovenian Union of America’s 90th anniversary. Receiving the proclamation at the Grand Ely Lodge Sunday Sept 17 was Ely’s SUA Chapter 23 President Pat Koski. The proclamation was in Slovenian with an English translation. About 30 people attended including guests from Slovenia, Biwabik, Gilbert and many from Ely.

Wed
20
Sep

School plan modified before rollout

by Tom Coombe
It took several months and a series of meetings to develop a proposed strategic plan for the Ely School District.
But at least for now, the district will wait to take the plan public.
Goals set by a 20-member committee have been condensed, and superintendent Kevin Abrahamson has developed objectives and action items related to each goal.
The committee, minus many of its members, gathered Monday with consultant Ralph Brauer to review the work and talk about the next steps in a process that started midway through the 2016-17 school year.
There was brief discussion this week of a public rollout, perhaps during parent-teacher conferences next month, but several committee members said more remains to be done - including internal discussions with school staff and perhaps further development of specifics.
Elementary principal Anne Oelke said she “would want to be very confident,” about the plan before the district moves forward.

Wed
20
Sep

Ely school tax levy could go down again

by Tom Coombe -

Wed
20
Sep

Marathon ready to start

September 22 and 23 will bring a surge of runners and spectators to the Ely area for the third annual Ely Marathon.
Dubbed the 8,390 portage, the race is a beautiful and challenging run along the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
The Ely Marathon starts on the North Arm of Burnt-side Lake at Camp Du Nord at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23.
It turns onto the historic Echo Trail, meandering past several lakes before heading on a downhill coast toward Shagawa Lake.
From there it takes a slight detour through charismatic Winton followed by a quick loop around Miner’s Lake before the final run down Ely’s main street to finish in Whiteside Park. The Ely Marathon is a Boston Qualifier, making it one of the top prestigious races in the nation.
The marathon events will include a number of street closures, both Friday night and Saturday. See the back page of this section for more information on detours.

Sat
16
Sep

DNR opens public comment period on draft PolyMet dam safety and public waters work permits

The Department of Natural Resources is seeking comments, from Sept. 15 through Oct. 16, on two draft dam safety permits and a draft public waters work permit for the Poly Met Mining, Inc. (PolyMet) NorthMet mining project. The permits relate to a proposed copper-nickel mine near Hoyt Lakes in northeastern Minnesota.

This is the public’s opportunity to submit written comments on these draft permits.

One draft dam safety permit covers the proposed flotation tailings basin, which would receive tailings (a mixture of finely ground waste rock and water) after the commercially recoverable copper, nickel and other elements are removed. This proposed tailings basin would be on the site of the existing tailings basin of the historic LTV iron ore mine.

Fri
15
Sep

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