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Sun
09
May

Tourism concerns score with city officials

The clock on the back wall of Ely’s City Hall council chambers still reads Central Standard Time, but the daylight of the tourism season was the reality on Tuesday.<BR><BR>While the birds of spring chirped outside the open window and leaves were ready to unfurl in the backyard of Bare Bones Studio, the council addressed tourism-related issues. <BR><BR>First at bat was Paul Pengal from the Ely Little League who pitched for a change in the water charge for maintaining the city owned field. He said that the water bill had been $250 in the past but last year had jumped “to over $800.” He requested an exception for water used in watering the field, noting that the city waters grass in other parks and at the cemetery. <BR><BR>Pengal reminded the council of the economic benefit to the city from Ely Little League hosting past district tournaments and the opportunity to host next year’s state Little League tournament.

Mon
03
May

Teachers, district close to contract agreement

Representatives of the Ely School Board and the local teachers union are near agreement on a new two-year contract.<BR><BR>The pay scale for Ely faculty members would increase by one percent each year while current benefits would remain the same in a contract that covers both the current school year and 2004-2005.<BR><BR>But the deal isn’t ready for ratification by either the school board or the union rank-and-file just yet, according to district superintendent Ray Toutloff.<BR><BR>A contract language issue still needs to be worked out, Toutloff said Thursday.<BR><BR>“We’re close,” said Toutloff.

Mon
03
May

City of Babbitt to purchase Kasson assets

The City of Babbitt will again enter into an agreement to purchase the assets of a troubled company. <BR><BR>This time it’s Kasson Manufacturing, the pool table company that has been struggling financially for the past six months. <BR><BR>The Babbitt city council met Friday morning and approved a plan along the lines of a previous deal.<BR><BR>Babbitt bought the former Tirecyle rubber plant and sold it to BIRCO through a non-recourse loan from the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board. <BR><BR>Mayor Don Negley said this would be a similar situation with the city acting as “a conduit.” <BR><BR>Council action included appointing Negley and council member Dick Niss to negotiate with the company’s creditors, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Northland Foundation and Minnesota Power. <BR><BR>The city will also have to work with U.S. Bank, which owns the inventory at the plant.

Mon
03
May

Auction nets over $13,000 for ECR

Ely Community Resource’s annual art auction and fundraiser generated over $13,000 for the community service organization.<BR><BR>More than 160 people attended the April 23 event at the Ely Community Center, bidding on approximately 175 items of art.<BR><BR>When it was over, ECR officials were smiling.<BR><BR>“We did great,” said ECR Executive Director Patti Zupancich. “We don’t have final numbers yet, but we raised about $13,200 from the art alone.

Mon
03
May

North wind causes delay in Shagawa Ice Out

In what had to be the oddest occurrence since the Ely Echo’s Ice Out Contest began, Grand Ely Lodge’s dock was socked in with ice until Tuesday, April 27 at 4:41 p.m.<BR><BR>The prior weekend brought winds from the north which cleared Shagawa Lake fairly well in the east to west direction. What happened, though, was a fluke. The ice piled up on the south shore of the lake, pushed by northern winds. The result was that Grand Ely Lodge’s dock was wedged with ice and a boat could not leave to go to the opposite shore.<BR><BR>Finally on Tuesday the wind shifted to come from the west and the official judges at Grand Ely Lodge watched the shoreline expectantly until late afternoon’s ice opening.<BR><BR>Almost hitting the time on the nose was winner 4:30 p.m., Karson Otness, Bemidji, MN. Karson will receive $100 in Grand Ely Lodge dollars. Next closest was 4:18 p.m.

Mon
03
May

Ely takes new approach to marketing

Baseball was probably on the minds of most of those who attended the Chicago Cubs’ home-opener at historic Wrigley Field in early-April.<BR><BR>But for at least a few moments, many in the sellout crowd were introduced to Ely, and in a very unique fashion.<BR><BR>Two people dressed as bears were holding placards, while another walked through the crowds mouthing the line ‘I’d rather be in Ely.’ Down the street, two people attempted to paddle through traffic while in a canoe.<BR><BR>And one misguided fisherman tried to reel in the big one...

Mon
26
Apr

Maple sugaring: From sap to tasty syrup

In March and April on Camp and Chapman streets, passersby may notice plastic jugs or zip-lock bag’s hanging from many of the silver maple trees along the roadsides. Looking closer you would see drip, drip, drip, sap, that is, being collected for maple syrup. Two serious syruping groups were discovered in Ely. The Haaversen family were the ones with the plastic bottles hanging on trees and Ray Carlson’s crew had the plastic bags. The tapping method may be different but the processing idea is the same. Get the sap out of the trees and boil it down to make maple syrup. <BR><BR>Usually the maple syruping season is about 2-3 weeks during spring thaw. Each year when day time temperatures rise above freezing, and temps drop down again below freezing at night, the sap starts to flow in the trees. Maple trees can be tapped with spiles, the sap runs through the spile and into an attached pail, bottle, bag, can, or whatever can collect and keep the sap clean.

Mon
26
Apr

Maple sugaring: From sap to tasty syrup

In March and April on Camp and Chapman streets, passersby may notice plastic jugs or zip-lock bag’s hanging from many of the silver maple trees along the roadsides. Looking closer you would see drip, drip, drip, sap, that is, being collected for maple syrup. Two serious syruping groups were discovered in Ely. The Haaversen family were the ones with the plastic bottles hanging on trees and Ray Carlson’s crew had the plastic bags. The tapping method may be different but the processing idea is the same. Get the sap out of the trees and boil it down to make maple syrup. <BR><BR>Usually the maple syruping season is about 2-3 weeks during spring thaw. Each year when day time temperatures rise above freezing, and temps drop down again below freezing at night, the sap starts to flow in the trees. Maple trees can be tapped with spiles, the sap runs through the spile and into an attached pail, bottle, bag, can, or whatever can collect and keep the sap clean.

Mon
26
Apr

Three medal at state speech meet

Three Ely seniors returned home from the state high school speech meet as medalists.<BR><BR>Joe Manlove, Raychal Zupancich and Brian Kess all were among the top-six speakers in their respective categories at the April 16 State Class A meet at Centennial High School.<BR><BR>Manlove had the highest-finish, a third-place performance in Discussion.<BR><BR>Zupancich placed fifth in Drama while Kess was sixth in Humorous.<BR><BR>All three earned medals a year ago, as well, when Manlove placed fifth in Discussion while Kess and Zupancich teamed up to take second in Dramatic Duo.<BR><BR>Manlove stayed in the same category for his senior year, moving up to third in the state.<BR><BR>Kess and Zupancich both branched off into individual divisions, and returned to state on their own.<BR><BR>The seniors were three of nine Ely participants in the state meet.<BR><BR>Others competing, but failing to adva

Mon
19
Apr

Potential site identified for joint garage

It’s on to the drawing board, literally, in the effort to establish a joint public works garage and maintenance facility in the Ely area.<BR><BR>Representatives of several government entities have identified possible locations, keying on city-owned property behind the Dorothy Molter Museum, and they’ll seek architectural drawings and designs for the proposed new building.<BR><BR>“Really, we need to figure out what is possible,” said St. Louis County Commissioner Mike Forsman. “What can we do is what this amounts to.”<BR><BR>The county, Ely, Winton and Morse Township are among the public bodies that could be involved in the project.<BR><BR>Forsman said that Lake County will also be invited to join.<BR><BR>“That’s one of the things we talked about,” said Forsman.

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