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19
Apr

Memorials to be planted along Trezona

A local group has formed to spruce up one of Ely’s most popular recreation areas and provide a new way for people to remember loved ones.<BR><BR>The Trezona Trail Celebration Association will coordinate and oversee the purchase and planting of trees, bushes and flowers along the four-mile path around Miners Lake.<BR><BR>Each planting will be done as a memorial, and the group will solicit donations from those who would like to honor Ely area citizens or visitors with a tree, bush or flower on the trail.<BR><BR>On Thursday, April 22, the group will plant its first two trees, in remembrance of Mary Markovich and Richard Gamble.<BR><BR>Efforts to create a memorial on the trail for both Markovich and Gamble led to the creation of a beautification program to honor past and present Ely area visitors and citizens and their families and friends.<BR><BR>“I think it’s a fitting tribute and a way to give honor to family members and bea

Sun
18
Apr

Ely plans “Red Hot” fishing weekend events

Area lakes won’t be the only place with activity during the opening weekend of the 2004 fishing season.<BR><BR>To coincide with the fishing opener, the Ely Chamber of Commerce is promoting its Red Hot Weekend, a series of events designed to appeal to those who’ll make the trek north to fish with a special effort to reach those who won’t even wet a line.<BR><BR>“Basically the idea is to bring more people to Ely,” said Denise Dreschler, part of the weekend organizing committee.

Sun
18
Apr

VCC lands grant for logging program

A federal grant will help Vermilion Community College get a new program off the ground.<BR><BR>The school will launch an 11-month diploma program in cut-to-length logging, thanks to a $496,750 training earmark from the U.S. Department of Labor.<BR><BR>The award, a culmination of nearly four years of effort by school officials, will allow Vermilion to train loggers in cut-to-length practices, a technique used almost exclusively in Scandinavia and deemed by many in the industry to be a cleaner, more efficient practice of logging.

Sun
18
Apr

Camp Street under construction

TREES ARE GOING, GOING... Gone are the maple trees which once graced Camp Street. The removal is part of the Camp Street renovation project now underway. Some portions of the street now have a detour in place.

Mon
12
Apr

Rivers are open, waterfowl returns

On Burntside River the blue heron has returned to its haven and can be seen wading among the rushes.

Mon
12
Apr

School budget cuts up for vote

Despite a budget shortfall of well over $500,000, Ely school programs are likely to remain intact in 2004-2005.<BR><BR>Tuesday (7 p.m., board room at Ely High School), Ely School Board members are set to act on recommendations to trim a $569,072 budget shortfall through a combination of reductions in personnel and use of reserve funds.<BR><BR>The district’s administrative team bypassed cuts in school offerings and extracurricular programs and instead advanced alternative budget-cutting measures, including a $134,000 savings that will be realized by the previously approved plan to consolidate the elementary principal and superintendent positions upon the July retirement of current superintendent Ray Toutloff.<BR><BR>Also recommended were:<BR><BR>• Eliminating a full-time high school mathematics position, a .3 full-time-equivalent reduction in high school social studies and a .3 full-time equivalent elementary teaching position at a savi

Mon
12
Apr

Highways, roads being discussed at Fall Lake

Just like the migration of birds, Lake County Commissioner Clair Nelson and Lake County Sheriff Steve Peterson returned for a visit to the Fall Lake Township April meeting. <BR><BR>“We’re just here if anyone has any darts to throw at us,” said Nelson. <BR><BR>Nelson said that he has been trying to keep up with the 3,000 plus bills the state legislature has before them. He then asked for questions from the audience. <BR><BR>The first question was about the status of the Highway 1 improvements. Nelson said that even though the formal comment period is closed, people could still voice their concerns about the project. <BR><BR>“It is best to send your comments to Mark VanEvery with the Forest Service,” said Nelson.

Mon
12
Apr

Ice Out Contest ends with record number of entries

As we headed into the final days of the Ely Echo’s annual Ice Out Contest, we were flooded with guesses. Although 100s of folks had already registered their choices of day and time, 100s more poured in by the April 7, 2004 deadline..<BR><BR>At stake is the $100 in Grand Ely Lodge dollars for the person who is closest to the time of ice leaving Shagawa Lake andwho has the earliest entry on record. <BR><BR>Judges will decide when it would be possible for a boat to cross Shagawa Lake, chunks of ice not withstanding.<BR><BR>Here are the entries from the past week: <BR><BR>April 7: 2:30 p.m., Mahayla, St. Paul, MN; 3:10 p.m., Kevin Deshler, Edina, MN;<BR><BR>April 10: 9 p.m., Robert Billings, Bemidji, MN;<BR><BR>April 11:1 p.m., Bernie Grahek, Ely; 2:38 p.m., Kevin Nokels, Omaha, NE; <BR><BR>April 12: 7 a.m., Darrell Nikkinen who added, “Greetings from West Palm Beach, FL.

Mon
12
Apr

Phone bills jump in cost for Rangenet customers

Some Rangenet customers were shocked to see long distance charges on their telephone bills for calls made to internet service provider Rangenet.<BR><BR>“My long distance bill was $272 for March and it was all calls made to Rangenet,” said customer Henry Held.<BR><BR>Rangenet uses a system whereby customers dial a cell phone number to access the internet. The cell number redirects the call to Rangenet’s Virginia access area and long distance charges are avoided. <BR><BR>A glitch in the system caused Frontier to start billing for calls made to the 235 number, according to Rangenet. <BR><BR>“We found out about this a couple days ago. That had been a local number for a couple of years and it still is a local call,” said Tim Wilson with Rangenet.<BR><BR>“We talked to Frontier and they said they are trying to clear it up but it may take a couple of days,” said Wilson.

Mon
12
Apr

Memorials to be planted along Trezona TRail

A local group has formed to spruce up one of Ely’s most popular recreation areas and provide a new way for people to remember loved ones.<BR><BR>The Trezona Trail Celebration Association will coordinate and oversee the purchase and planting of trees, bushes and flowers along the four-mile path around Miners Lake.<BR><BR>Each planting will be done as a memorial, and the group will solicit donations from those who would like to honor Ely area citizens or visitors with a tree, bush or flower on the trail.<BR><BR>On Thursday, April 22, the group will plant its first two trees, in remembrance of Mary Markovich and Richard Gamble.<BR><BR>Efforts to create a memorial on the trail for both Markovich and Gamble led to the creation of a beautification program to honor past and present Ely area visitors and citizens and their families and friends.<BR><BR>“I think it’s a fitting tribute and a way to give honor to family members and bea

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