Opinions/Editorials

Sat
20
Dec

Thanks, Mike, for 32 years of public service

There aren’t many politicians who are as good with a wrench as they are with a gavel. But then again, Mike Forsman isn’t just any politician. And after 32 years of public service for Ely and St. Louis County, he’s turning in his gavel.
Mike’s political career started on the Ely city council and ended on the St. Louis County Board. He was a hard campaigner, never lost an election and didn’t mind if he ruffled feathers along the way. Mike wasn’t one to have people guessing how he felt on an issue.
And he had a sense of humor. In a mayoral election in Ely, Mike finished in a tie, even after a recount. His proposed solution to break the tie: an ice fishing contest.

Sun
14
Dec

LETTER: ...for many of us the choice to deliver our children here in Ely is personal

Dear Editor,
Child birth is quite possibly the most natural and personal experience a family will go through. Of course, women have carried and delivered babies since the beginning of time. Sure, things have changed; medications, techniques and medical procedures have changed bits and pieces of the birthing process, but overall the way in which a child is created, develops in the womb and enters this world has not changed throughout history.

Fri
12
Dec

Is being born in Ely unsustainable?

In light of the stunning decision by Essentia this past week, it was suggested there should be a “Last Baby Born in Ely Contest.” This would be funny if it wasn’t true.
Effective July 1 of next year, there won’t be scheduled births in Ely. The reasons appear to be health-related but there are holes in the argument for this troubling decision that even its proponents concede is “extremely difficult.”
And without question it’s a decision that’s a major, major blow to the community.
Let’s start with the symbolism. You can be a lot of things in life, but you can only have one birth place. For over 125 years, Ely has been a place where you could take your first breath of air. Thousands of people have had Ely, Minnesota listed on their birth certificate.

Fri
21
Nov

Check out our new library, and say thanks to those responsible

The doors opened Wednesday at the new library and it was fitting that librarian Rachel Heinrich unlocked the doors. For it was her vision, perseverance and dedication that helped make the dream of a new library a reality.
Rachel will be the first one to tell you there are many people to thank. We had a city council with the fortitude to look past memories and make the right decision for the future. We had a library board and the members of the Friends of the Library who provided support both politically and financially. And there was a crew of volunteers that stepped up to make the move happen.
But all of those tangibles and intangibles came together to make this project happen thanks to Rachel. She’s not one to look for attention but we think she deserves our thanks for her efforts.

Sun
16
Nov

Check out our new library, and say thanks to those responsible

The doors opened Wednesday at the new library and it was fitting that librarian Rachel Heinrich unlocked the doors. For it was her vision, perseverance and dedication that helped make the dream of a new library a reality.
Rachel will be the first one to tell you there are many people to thank. We had a city council with the fortitude to look past memories and make the right decision for the future. We had a library board and the members of the Friends of the Library who provided support both politically and financially. And there was a crew of volunteers that stepped up to make the move happen.
But all of those tangibles and intangibles came together to make this project happen thanks to Rachel. She’s not one to look for attention but we think she deserves our thanks for her efforts.

Sat
08
Nov

Veterans Day 2014: Renewing our commitment to those who served

by U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar

Sun
02
Nov

Teaching our young people about voting by pairing them with veterans

Veteran Nick Jordan between students Annie Lindgren and Alison Zaverl.

 

Mon
27
Oct

First flu shot ever: Not so bad

by Nick Wognum
There was a bit of peer pressure when I sat in a room with Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital health care professionals last week to do a story on the hospital giving free flu shots.
“Have you had your flu shot yet?” I was asked.
“Nope, never,” I replied.
Wrong answer.
After failing to come up with a good reason, I could tell the time had come after 47 years to give in and get a flu shot.
The giver was nurse Heidi Artisensi. That made things easier right there. I’ve always found health care to be a lot easier when the person who’s providing it is kind and caring.
First I had to fill out a form listing my name, address, date of birth and answer four questions.
1. Are you sick today? No. But even if I was I could still get the shot. Lose-lose or win-win depending on how you look at it.

Mon
20
Oct

MN Design Team’s visit to Ely: Big picture ideas but some missing

The visit of the Minnesota Design Team generated a good amount of interest in the community. Congratulations to those who put the event together. And while the ideas that came out of this charrette may be a bit pie in the sky, there were clearly some things missing.
At first glance it may very well be that those who participated throughout the two-day event were more of a non-motorized, anti-mining crowd. If that’s the case, then the recommendations should stand.
But we’ve heard there were a number of people who felt the process and outcome did not reflect the input provided.
The Design Team took input through several different channels, including presentations by community members Friday morning, lunch sessions that afternoon and community input that evening.

Mon
13
Oct

Sertich is right, tourism and mining can co-exist and Ely is living proof

At a forum on mining last week there was a question asked on how some people can think  tourism and mining are on equal economic footing.
Fielding the question was IRRRB commissioner Tony Sertich, a former legislator who knows how to answer questions with a politically correct answer.
The question came from a pro-mining group and was directed at those who say tourism and mining cannot co-exist.
Sertich pointed out that in northeast Minnesota, the two industries have co-existed for the past 130 years. He admitted there has been tension but there is an opportunity to strike balance.
Sertich used Ely as an example where mining and tourism have existed. “It’s not always the most pleasant conversations to have,” Sertich admitted and then wondered if waiters are instructed not to talk about mining, logging, BWCA and now wolves and bears.
“They can talk politics and religion, those are the easy topics,” said Sertich.

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