News

Sat
31
Jul

World Press journalists coming to Ely this week

Nine foreign journalists will spend this weekend in Ely as part of the annual World Press Institute fellows’ tour.<BR><BR>The journalists meet with major political leaders and nationally-noted economists, and see America’s largest cities’ media outlets during a four-month visit to the country.<BR><BR>And, just as they have for the past 12 years, the journalists will also make Ely - and the Ely Echo - part of their visit.<BR><BR>The journalists will spend three nights in homes of area families and individuals and meet the public Sunday (10:30 a.m.

Tue
27
Jul

Fire danger is high in NE Minnesota

After three weeks without rain northeastern Minnesota is primed for wildfire. Fourth of July weekend was the last rainfall in the area. Hot weather and lower humidities have elevated fire danger over the past week.<BR><BR>Another indication of fire conditions is the Wildland Fire Use fire currently burning in Voyageurs National Park. It was caused by lightning and is currently at just over 450 acres. Information on that fire can be found at www.nps.gov.voya.<BR><BR>This time of the year severe weather has the potential to cause multiple starts in dry conditions. <BR><BR>Those planning trips to northeastern Minnesota are asked to be mindful of the fire conditions and take extra care making sure campfires are out cold.<BR><BR>August 9 marks the 60th birthday of Smokey Bear, the icon of fire prevention.

Mon
26
Jul

Carry Pat Milan’s ‘Ski E-Z” or ‘Ely-Z’ chairs with you and you can sit anywhere

While vacationing and skiing in France, sitting on a slope, sitting on the ground, sitting in the snow, the thought occurred to Pat Milan, by the seat of his pants, “there must be a better way than sitting in the snow, on the ground, on the side of the slope.” <BR><BR>Sometimes people take their skis and shove them into the snow and put the ski poles across the bindings and sit on the poles, but that’s not very comfortable. <BR><BR>Pat thought there must be a better way and that’s when he started working on a chair design using skis and poles. He designed the comfortable chair while he was living in Switzerland. When he was back in the States he began searching for a manufacturer. <BR><BR>He would have liked to have his chair manufactured in the United States but it was not cost effective so he went with a manufacturer overseas.

Mon
26
Jul

Gerzin picked to be fire chief

Ely’s Gerzin family has had a long association with the city’s volunteer fire department.<BR><BR>The late Louis Gerzin was the fire chief from 1958-1976.

Mon
26
Jul

Election slate filled

A late entry by incumbent Paul Kess completed the lineup for Ely’s fall elections.<BR><BR>Kess, a city council member since 1995, entered the race before Monday’s filing deadline and is the eighth and final candidate for three council positions.<BR><BR>He joins fellow council members Jerome Debeltz and Mark Zupec in the race. They will be challenged by Louis Kotzian, Robin Mathews, Charles Novak, Pat Osaben and David Schmidt.<BR><BR>The Sept. 14 primary will whittle the field of eight down to six, and the top three vote-getters in the Nov.

Mon
26
Jul

No surprises among 6A entries

Filings for state office closed last week and all of the announced candidates in the hotly-contested Minnesota House 6A race have formally entered the race.<BR><BR>Incumbent David Dill (DFL-Crane Lake) faces a primary challenge from party-endorsed Bill Hansen of Tofte.<BR><BR>The winner of the Sept. 14 primary moves on to face Republican Marty Breaker of Ely.<BR><BR>All three candidates have officially joined the contest by filing with the Minnesota Secretary of State.<BR><BR>Dill is seeking his second term in office after winning the race to succeed Tom Bakk, who was elected to the State Senate, in 2002.

Fri
23
Jul

Another crowded start

Whiteside Park was filled with vendors and visitors.<BR><BR>Parking spaces were filled for blocks around the park and Ely even had some traffic jams.<BR><BR>A typical Friday afternoon in Ely?<BR><BR>That's hardly the case 51 weeks out of the year, but when that Friday is the opening day of Blueberry/Art Festival, it’s no surprise.<BR><BR>The 24th annual festival kicked off Friday under sunny skies, with comfortable temperatures and in traditional fashion, with crowds filling the park well before the official noon start-up.<BR><BR>By the end of the weekend, more than 45,000 people were expected to pass through the park for the arts and crafts show.<BR><BR>A steady stream of cars filed into Ely Friday morning, and license plates from around the country were spotted near Whiteside.<BR><BR>The festival attracts quite a mix - from former Ely residents returning home for the weekend to tourists who ma

Wed
21
Jul

NBC’s “Today” show to feature five minutes of Ely on Thursday

The Ely area is set to be featured on national television Thursday.<BR><BR>A crew from NBC’s “Today” show was in town recently, taping several Ely-related features.<BR><BR>Correspondent Peter Greenberg led a team that went to Hegman Lake with local canoe outfitter Steve Piragis.<BR><BR>Later in the day, segments were taped with Ely sled dog musher and outfitter Paul Schurke and canoemaker Joe Seliga.<BR><BR>“Today” airs from 7 to 9 a.m. on local NBC affiliate KBJR (Channel 6).

Mon
19
Jul

Blueberry festival starts Friday at Whiteside Park

It won’t be too hard to find something new at this year’s Blueberry/Art Festival.<BR><BR>More than 40,000 people are expected for the 24th annual event, which starts Friday at Whiteside Park.<BR><BR>And while the scene will almost certainly be similar: a park overflowing with visitors for the three-day arts and craft show, the scenery will have quite a few changes.<BR><BR>Over 40 new exhibitors are in the lineup, which includes 221 exhibitors filling 264 booth spaces, and 26 food booths.<BR><BR>“We think our quality is just excellent this year,” said Rita Grose, who organizes the festival for the Ely Chamber of Commerce.

Mon
19
Jul

Taking the 60 mile DQ Challenge

With a distance of about 60 miles, including 10 miles of portaging, Will Barnett, Mike Shelby, and Greg Scudder, staff members of the Northern Tier Somers Boy Scout Base broke the DQ Challenge record. <BR><BR>What’s the challenge... and what’s the reward? These young men woke up at 4 a.m. and were in their canoe by 4:45, shoving off on Moose Lake heading to the Dairy Queen. <BR><BR>We have to consider much of this by ‘rods,’ a measurement of 16 1/2 feet per rod or 320 rods to a mile. Start paddling on Moose Lake then portage 200 rods to Tofte Lake, canoe across that, then portage 220 rods to Ojiway Lake, paddle across that, then a little bitty roller portage into Triangle Lake (paddle), then 190 rods into the Kawisiwi River which connects to Farm Lake (pad-d-d-dle), go north toward Fall Lake, go under the bridge and around the power dam, which flows into the Shagawa River and paddle on until you reach County 88 and get out here.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - News