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Fri
16
Mar

Music in our Schools concert performers

“Press Start” cast - (back) Rena Johnston, Senja Kess, Sylvia Shock, Olin Weise;Front Row: Molly Lindsay, Evelie Cooley-Cramer, Madelyn Moen, Bria Marshall and Alison Poppler at the Music in our Schools concert on March 8 in Washington Auditorium. Photo by Eric Sherman.

Tue
13
Mar

Lake associations plan aggressive war on AIS

by Gary Albertson
Lake Vermilion is thought by many to be the most beautiful lake in Minnesota. The Vermilion Lake Association, formerly the Sportsmen’s Club of Lake Vermilion, with its many volunteers, is aggressively working to keep it that way.
They are fighting to stop the invasion of AIS (Aquatic Invasive Species) from getting into this lake. They are also getting neighboring lakes such as Pelican, Shagawa and Burntside to step up efforts to stop the invasion of AIS.
Vermilion Lake Association held a dinner meeting at The Crescent Supper Club Monday night with over 20 attending, including Orr Mayor Joel Astleford, Grover Gillespie and Adam Van Tassel (a resort owner) from Orr, representatives from the Soil and Water Conservation District, and Burntside Lake Association Pres. Ward Nelson and wife Muffin, and Carrie and Tom Cusack. Cass, Itasca and St. Louis County lake groups are getting involved in this program.

Sat
10
Mar

Contest early birds for first week of Ice Out guesses

Eager to get their prognostication noted for the 2018 Shagawa Lake Ice Out Contest, entrants at Grand Ely Lodge and the elyecho.com website included these:
April 18 at 4:40 p.m., Holly Augustin, Blaine, MN;
April 22 at 1:07 p.m., Rosemarie Vejtasa, Ely; 4:49 p.m., Vharlie Augustin, Blaine, MN;
April 24 at 1:15 p.m., Jeff Hoffman, Valparaiso, IN;
April 26 at 12 p.m., Matt Hansen, Milford, CT; at 2:20 p.m., Sydney Augustin, Blaine, MN;
April 28 at 11:22 a.m., “It was a cold winter in the state of Virginia but I think you guys beat us,” wrote Carlos Santos, Charlottesville, VA;
April 30 at 2:20 p.m., Joyce Bernard, Mount Airy, MD;
May 1 at 12:58 p.m., “This is in honor of my brother’s 64th birthday!!,” wrote Kathy Shanahan, Peotone, IL;
May 4, 3:00 p.m., Jim Hansen, Denver, CO;
May 9, 3:41 p.m., Tom Hansen, Maplewood, MN;
Be sure to fill out the entry completely. Someone will win the $100, $50 or $25 prizes!

Sat
10
Mar

Town meetings set for Tuesday

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
09
Mar

Best place to live - Ely, Minnesota! Best newspaper - Ely Echo!

Get a chuckle from “Let’s drink to collections,” and check out “Living simply in Ely.” Find out who is going to be walking across England this year and who is walking across Spain in Pam’s 2 o’clock hour from last week. The focus is on the environs of Ely each week in the Echo and it’s brimful of reading! Sure hope that YOU are a subscriber! Our website is free, but the complete printed Echo has much, much more! Ask for a free month’s trial from Anne.

Fri
09
Mar

Spring show held for Ely Dance Team

ELY DANCE TEAM performed at its spring show on March 4 at the Ely Memorial High School gymnasium. Pictured are Abigail Rabe, Elissia Bennett, Savannah Johnson, Kaitlyn Lakner, Gracie Hanson, Lily Sauls, Hannah Jankovec, Hailey Schaller, Lauren Porthan and Madelene Johnson. Photo by Eric Sherman.

Wed
07
Mar

Off-highway vehicle spring restrictions announced

Off-highway vehicle restrictions will go into effect March 15, 2018, across the Chippewa National Forest. Off-highway vehicle use is not allowed on any forest service roads from March 15 through May 01, 2018.

Any vehicle not licensed for highway use is considered an off-highway vehicle, which differs from the state of Minnesota's Class II and Class III OHV classification. All forest service roads are closed to all OHV use during this time period.

For more information on OHV spring road restrictions, please contact the Chippewa National Forest engineering office at 218-335-8686.

Tue
06
Mar

Ely Echo Shagawa Lake Ice Out Contest for 2018 begins now, ends March 25

by Anne Swenson -

Mon
05
Mar

School, safety and guns - Florida tragedy stirs discussion at Ely school board session

by Tom Coombe -

Sat
03
Mar

Elyite killed in Florida float plane crash

First Coast News in Jacksonville, Florida reported Wednesday that Patrick Magie, 56, was killed in a float plane crash into a river Tuesday night near Crescent City.
“The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office said Michael Martin from Georgetown, Florida and Patrick Magie, 56, from Cordova, Alaska, died after their Kodiak 100 aircraft landed in the river near the Fort Gates Ferry around 7:29 p.m. It was upside down when authorities responded,” according to First Coast News.
Martin was piloting the plane and Magie was the only passenger, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The plane is privately owned and is an 8-to-10 passenger plane. The plane took off from Mt. Royal Airport around 3 p.m.
Magie was a 1980 graduate of Ely Memorial High School.

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