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Mon
15
Nov

Klein selected for state award

Jenna Klein’s achievements in the classroom, in athletic competition and in the community have put her in elite and select company.<BR><BR>The Ely High School senior was picked from more than 200 nominees and named the winner of the Minnesota High School Heisman Award, which goes annually to the state’s “supreme citizen-scholar-athlete.”<BR><BR>Just one boy and one girl from Minnesota are picked for the award sponsored by the Wendy’s hamburger chain, and Klein remains in the running for even higher honors.<BR><BR>If she’s named the regional champion, Klein and her family will be flown to New York next month and she’ll be a finalist for the national high school Heisman, given out at the same time as the college football Heisman Trophy.<BR><BR>The magnitude of the honor is still sinking in for Klein, who accepted the state award at a Nov.

Sun
14
Nov

McCluskey visits new school in Vietnam he helped build

With the help of donations from people in the Ely area, children in a Vietnam village now have a new school. <BR><BR>Kim McCluskey, an employee of Piragis Northwoods Company, has helped complete another project in the remote village of Pingoi.<BR><BR>Previously McCluskey, with the assistance of Vietnamese guide Vu Huy, raised money to build a home for three orphaned girls there.<BR><BR>McCluskey coordinates Vietnamese canoe trips for Ely’s Piragis Northwoods, in conjunction with Huy.<BR><BR>“This started when I went to see the girls that we built the house for.

Sun
14
Nov

McCluskey visits new school in Vietnam he helped build

With the help of donations from people in the Ely area, children in a Vietnam village now have a new school. <BR><BR>Kim McCluskey, an employee of Piragis Northwoods Company, has helped complete another project in the remote village of Pingoi.<BR><BR>Previously McCluskey, with the assistance of Vietnamese guide Vu Huy, raised money to build a home for three orphaned girls there.<BR><BR>McCluskey coordinates Vietnamese canoe trips for Ely’s Piragis Northwoods, in conjunction with Huy.<BR><BR>“This started when I went to see the girls that we built the house for.

Sun
14
Nov

Meth forum set for Tuesday

The stage is set for Tuesday night’s Community Meth Forum at Washington Auditorium starting at 7 p.m.<BR><BR>A five-member panel will present information on methamphetamines and then hold a question and answer session.<BR><BR>The main speaker will be Brian Poppenberg, a St. Louis County employee who has dealt with the issue through his work in the county’s employee safety and development department.<BR><BR>Poppenberg briefed Ely school employees earlier this year and provided a sneak-preview of his upcoming presentation to members of the Ely Meth Community Action Team, a group formed by the hospital in response to a series of meth-related crimes in Ely.<BR><BR>“I’ve had people tell me that heroin is easier to get off of,” said Poppen-berg.

Thu
11
Nov

Zupec, Debeltz, Novak win council seats

Two incumbents and a politcal newcomer have won seats on the Ely City Council, while another longtime council member was voted out of office.<BR><BR>Council veterans Mark Zupec and Jerome Debeltz were the top vote-getters in Tuesday’s voting, but the third incumbent on the ballot - 10-year council veteran Paul Kess - finished fifth among six candidates.<BR><BR>Joining Zupec and Debeltz on the council is first-time candidate Chuck Novak, who made significant gains following a fourth-place primary showing and placed third last week.<BR><BR>Zupec and Debeltz split the lead in Ely’s four precincts (see box), and Novak hung on to third place in three of four, edging fellow challenger Pat Osaben by 81 votes.<BR><BR>Kess lagged behind, finishing 207 votes shy of Novak.

Mon
08
Nov

Skraba elected city’s new mayor

For Roger Skraba, the third time was the charm.<BR><BR>After unsuccessful bids for mayor in 2000 and the state legislature two years ago, the former city council member has made a triumphant return to elected office.<BR><BR>Tuesday, Skraba won Ely’s mayoral race, topping incumbent Frank Salerno in convincing fashion. He carried all four city precincts and gathered 1,207 votes to Salerno’s 875, a 58-42 percent split.<BR><BR>The 42-year-old Skraba, a lifelong Elyite, will take office in January.<BR><BR>“I’m excited,” Skraba said Wednesday. “It’s beginning to sink in, especially the burden. It’s going to be a lot of work, no question about it.

Sun
07
Nov

Tessier re-elected in Winton

Winton Mayor Lee Tessier earned another two-year term in office after a win in Tuesday’s election.<BR><BR>Tessier ran unopposed and got 95 votes. The former Ely City Clerk also represents Winton on the Ely Area Joint Powers Board.<BR><BR>Elected to council positions in Winton were Dawn Roe (77 votes) and Kathy Brandau (64). Tim Anderson got 52 votes.<BR><BR>Winton residents also elected Marvel Prahl treasurer.<BR><BR>• In Fall Lake Township, voters backed county commissioner Clair Nelson by a better than two-to-one margin over Peter Walsh.<BR><BR>Nelson beat Walsh to earn another term in office.<BR><BR>• In Babbitt, Bernice Norregaard is the new mayor. She ran unopposed.<BR><BR>Babbitt council seats went to Ron Marinaro, Ray Denny and Lucy Lassi.

Sun
07
Nov

EADA, Vermilion may partner

The Ely Area Development Association would have a new home, and perhaps a job share agreement, under terms of a proposed partnership with Vermilion Community College.<BR><BR>EADA and VCC officials have held preliminary discussions about sharing office space and the services of the still-to-be-hired EADA executive director.<BR><BR>The venue would be the school’s TechNorth Prep Center, slated to open soon in the Queen City Federal building downtown.<BR><BR>Other details are sketchy, according to those involved in the talks, but supporters say a deal stands to benefit both the school as well as the EADA.<BR><BR>“It’s fair to say that all parties are very interested,” EADA board member Jeff Sundell said at the group’s executive board meeting last Monday. “It’s possible that things could come together, but so many things would have to work out just right.

Sun
07
Nov

Ely Hardee’s closes suddenly, unexpectedly

With little notice or explanation, the Hardee’s restaurant in Ely has closed, seemingly for good.<BR><BR>Representatives of North Central Food Systems, the Montana-based company that owns the Ely store as well as about 80 other Hardee’s franchises across the upper Midwest, arrived Halloween morning and shut down operations.<BR><BR>Economic factors prompted the closing, according to a Hardee’s employee familiar with the details.<BR><BR>Employees spoke to the Echo only on a condition of anonymity.

Sun
07
Nov

Zupec, Debeltz, Novak win council seats

Two incumbents and a politcal newcomer have won seats on the Ely City Council, while another longtime council member was voted out of office.<BR><BR>Council veterans Mark Zupec and Jerome Debeltz were the top vote-getters in Tuesday’s voting, but the third incumbent on the ballot - 10-year council veteran Paul Kess - finished fifth among six candidates.<BR><BR>Joining Zupec and Debeltz on the council is first-time candidate Chuck Novak, who made significant gains following a fourth-place primary showing and placed third last week.<BR><BR>Zupec and Debeltz split the lead in Ely’s four precincts (see box), and Novak hung on to third place in three of four, edging fellow challenger Pat Osaben by 81 votes.<BR><BR>Kess lagged behind, finishing 207 votes shy of Novak.

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