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Fri
22
Dec

Elementary school concert in Ely brings joy

SHOW STOPPERS - Members of Ely’s kindergarten classes singing “Jingle Bells” at the Christmas concert held last Wednesday in Washington Auditorium.

This week's Ely Echo is loaded with holiday photos! On newsstands now. The Echo closes at 3 p.m. on Fridays. Merry Christmas!

Fri
22
Dec

Ely Postmaster slated to retire

POST OFFICE employees Sherrie Braaten and Postmaster Mark Lindgren with some of the over 1,000 packages delivered Monday in Ely. Lindgren will be retiring from the Ely Post Office this Friday.

Fri
22
Dec

Santa is a good listener to special wishes

TALKING TO SANTA was Grant Krekelberg at the Winton Christmas Party. Photo by Hailey Worth.

Fri
22
Dec

Joyful caroling brightened elderly lives

First Grade Daisy Troop 1321 out caroling included Annika Eastham, Anika Boerst, Siiri Nelson, Amelia Strom, Aubrielle Poppler, Mikala Shusta, Kayla Larsen, Ivy Ohlhauser, and Lindi Zemke. Girl Scouts caroled at Boundary Waters Care Center and the Carefree Living facilities.

Tue
19
Dec

PolyMet submits $544 million financial assurance estimate

by Dan Kraker
MPR News 101.7 FM
PolyMet Mining has submitted an updated plan detailing how much money it plans to make available in the event it can’t pay for the proposed mine’s clean-up.
The so-called “financial assurance” is a major step in the company’s more than decade-long effort to build the state’s first ever copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota.
Think of financial assurance as a damage deposit. A landlord hopes that deposit will cover any repairs needed after a tenant moves out.
The state of Minnesota hopes financial assurance would protect taxpayers from future cleanup costs at PolyMet’s proposed mine and processing site near Babbitt and Hoyt Lakes, if the company were to go bankrupt or couldn’t do the work itself.

Tue
19
Dec

Northland Alert emergency notification system launched by St. Louis County

A new emergency communication tool - Northland Alert - is now available offering faster notification directly to the public.
Northland Alert has two parts. The first is an Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS).
In an emergency situation, IPAWS allows an emergency text message to be sent to all cell phones within a designated area. The text message will provide details of the emergency and instructions to people in the area of what actions to take, such as to evacuate, shelter in place, or other steps to protect themselves.
This is an automatic notification service, and is sent out through the county’s 911 Emergency Communications Center. No subscription is required. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized the County to use this service.
Northland Alert also includes a free subscription option for people who would like to receive alerts about other important - but not necessarily life threatening - situations.

Mon
18
Dec

Split board, no vote on rec complex

PACKED HOUSE at the media center as school board members debated a plan to locate a proposed 50,000 square foot recreation complex on the west side of the school campus.

by Tom Coombe -

Mon
18
Dec

LCP Board adopts 2018 budget with no change to electric rates

In addition to retiring $3 million in Capital Credits to co-op members this month, the Lake Country Power Board of Directors approved a 2018 budget with no change in rates for the coming year.

Stable rates are projected despite minimal growth expected in kilowatt-hour sales and new service installations. LCP General Manager Greg Randa said LCP remains committed to controlling costs and operating on steady financial ground.

“We’re keeping a close eye on costs while making important reliability investments,” Randa said. “Members will share the benefit of that mindset with rates expected to remain flat for the year.”

“Our cost-based rate structure insulates us from weather fluctuations. Given the warm winters of the past few years, we’d be stuck – along with members – if we had to rely on recovering most of our costs through a higher kilowatt-hour charge.”

Mon
18
Dec

Ely School gets ‘A’ in finances

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
15
Dec

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