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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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Fri
15
Dec

Ely students compete in Lego League Minnesota

TEAMMATES ARE: (Front): Bryce Ferdig, Henry Lowe, Leo Stalmer, Tommy Homer, (row 2): Sam Favet, Lily Dirks, Asher Folz, Abigail Johnson, back: Mariah Jeske, Chris Hegenbarth, Morgan McClelland, Robert Towley, Braydin Mosher, Peter McClelland. Submitted photo

Fri
15
Dec

Winton hosts Christmas Party for area residents

LOTS OF SMILES from the youngsters who came out in full force for the Community Christmas Party hosted last Saturday by the City of Winton at its new community building. Photo by Hailey Worth.

Fri
15
Dec

Riding to school on Ely Fire Truck

ELY FIREFIGHTERS Dave Marshall and Greg Jonas assisted the winners of a coloring contest the fire department sponsored. The fire department picked the winners - Natalie Bermel and Boden Devine and they got a ride to school in the fire truck. Photo by Nick Wognum

Fri
15
Dec

From Ely to the hills beyond

LOOKING WESTWARD from the top of the hill on Second Avenue, Ely is snowy and bright. Picking grounds for starlings and blackbirds. Phptp by Pam Roberts

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