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Viola W. Newton, 91, dies

Viola W. Newton, 91, formerly of Babbitt, passed away on Friday, December 9, 2016 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 16, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. at Kerntz Funeral Home in Ely with visitation being held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

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09
Dec

Goalie shines, secures Ely win

by Tom Coombe -

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Dec

NATIONAL FOREST TIMBER FOR SALE SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST

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Dec

City of Ely ANIMAL LICENSES for 2017 for your dog or cat are now available!

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

City of Ely
ANIMAL LICENSES for 2017 for your dog or cat are now available!

Licenses are required by City Ordinance No. 102, 2nd Series and can be purchased at the Clerk’s Office in City Hall, 209 E Chapman St, Ely MN 55731 or at The Ely License Bureau located at 17 E Chapman St. License fee is $5.00 for spayed or neutered dogs/cats and $9.00 for those who are not. Please bring a certificate of current rabies immunization from your veterinarian.

City of Ely
Harold R Langowski, Clerk/Treasurer
Ely Echo 12/10/2016

Fri
09
Dec

Ely’s hometown newspaper - The Ely Echo - is loaded with news and photos

Here are just a few of the headlines from this week’s Ely Echo:

• Forsman offers apology - Packed house for city council session; calls for resignation subside and mayor terms Facebook post a “private issue” -

• St. Luke’s on its way to Ely? -

• Chamber, Vets on Lake feud erupts -

• Hospital passes financial check-up -

• Tomahawk Trail to be moved to higher ground, Fall Lake told

• Molter Museum marks 30th anniversary of namesake’s passing -

• Goalie shines, secures Ely win - Huseby notches 84 saves in two games; Wolves home Saturday

Fri
09
Dec

After feds raid on Ely bait shop, ciscoes could be tough to find

AT LEAST 10 federal agents were at the Great Outdoors Dec. 1 investigating ciscoes. Photo by Nick Wognum.

In September two elected officials touted how they had saved the cisco harvest this year.
After a raid by federal law enforcement Dec. 1, good luck buying ciscoes.
Over 1,300 dozen ciscoes were seized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after search warrants were issued.
Read the complete article in this week’s Ely Echo.

Fri
09
Dec

Culprit(s) sought for anti-mining graffiti on downtown buildings

ON THE EAST SIDE of the NAPA Auto Parts building (former Jugoslav Home), this anti-mining message was spray painted sometime Friday night, Dec. 2. There was also broken glass and some type of red liquid below the graffiti on the sidewalk along First Avenue East between Chapman and Sheridan Street. At least two other buildings were defaced the same night. The Frandsen Bank building on the corner of First Avenue East and Sheridan Street had a similar anti-mining message while the term “F%#! Mining” was spray painted onto the front of the former Jakich Bar building on Sheridan Street. Ely Police are investigating the incidents but had made no arrests as of Thursday. Persons will information should contact the Ely Police Department at 218-226-5477. A reward has been offered for leading to the arrest.

Fri
09
Dec

During annual stop in Ely, legislators look toward ’17

AT GRAND ELY LODGE were St. Louis County Commissioner Tom Rukavina, Ely mayor Chuck Novak, State Sen. Tom Bakk and State Rep. Rob Ecklund for the annual area legislative meeting. Photo by Nick Wognum.

by Tom Coombe
State Sen. Tom Bakk will have a new role when Minnesota lawmakers convene in 2017.
The Cook area DFLer will continue to lead Democrats in the Senate, but this time around he will be part of the minority, rather than the majority.
A new landscape in St. Paul was one of many topics addressed by Bakk, as well as State Rep. Rob Ecklund (D - International Falls), when they spoke Monday at the annual legislative session hosted by the Ely Area Community Economic Development Joint Powers Board.
Both mixes the political realities of being part of the minority party - the House as well as the Senate will be controlled by Republicans in 2017 - with a bit of hope.
“I have a decent relationship with the (House) speaker, and the incoming majority leader is a Virginia Blue Devil,” said Bakk. “Paul Gazelka grew up in Britt.”
Bakk said the very first thing Gazelka told him after the election was “Tom, remember I am an Iron Ranger.”

Fri
09
Dec

Ely’s Christmas Choir Concert welcomed by full house

FULL STAGE and a full house at Washington Auditorium Sunday, Dec. 4 for the Ely Christmas Choir concert. Photo by Eric Sherman.

This week Echo columnist Charles D. Novak shares his view in “Native son: LET THE ELY HOLIDAY SEASON BEGIN!”

Isn't it time YOU subscribed to Ely’s only locally-owned newspaper - The Ely Echo - on newsstands today.

Thu
08
Dec

In Ely, levy up, taxes down

by Tom Coombe
Property tax statements for 2017 are out and many Ely residents, and business owners, are seeing relief.
Taxes are going down for many property owners next year, even though both the city of Ely and St. Louis County project tax levy increases.
“Most people I’ve spoken to are receiving small or larger reductions in property taxes for next year,” mayor Chuck Novak said Tuesday, when Ely council members convened a brief truth in taxation session.
In Ely, where the city is set to collect 2.75 percent more in local property taxes than it did in 2016, there’s no signficant hit to property owners.
That’s in part because of an increase in the city’s overall tax base, as well as an approximately $16 million in taxable property value within the city limits.
Because of real estate sales in the city, county assessors reduced taxable market values on most Ely properties by 10 percent.

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