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Forest Service to attempt to improve forest conditions through prescribed fire

If you are out and about the Superior National Forest in the next several weeks and smell smoke it very likely is a signal that fire crews are working to improve habitat for native wildlife and plants, to prepare sites for planting, or to reduce the threat of wildfire by reducing fuel build-up.
This management action is referred to as prescribed fire and it is a very important tool that forest managers use across the country in a variety of landscapes.
Prescribed fires are carefully planned far in advance with involvement from specialists in all of the resource programs on the Forest and are designed to be implemented under specific conditions to meet specific management objectives.
Several considerations go into planning a prescribed fire including vegetation types, presence of sensitive plants or animals, visitor use, moisture in the vegetation, winds, relative humidity, and predicted weather.

Fri
14
Apr

No rust for Ely’s Heiman; Back from injury, senior takes three firsts at Chisholm Early Bird

HURDLING AHEAD - Eli Conaway, a freshman for the Ely boys track team, stayed ahead of teammates Henry Dirks and Raif Olson during action on Tuesday. Conaway finished second in the 300 meter hurdles, with Dirks in fourth and Olson taking sixth.

by Tom Coombe -

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14
Apr

Groundbreaking held for Highway 169: let the paving begin

by Tom Coombe -

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Apr

Mike Skelton follows in Ely’s military tradition as he gets his wings from flight school

by Nick Wognum -

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Apr

Baseball Association, Grand Ely Lodge receive awards at annual Smile dinner

Smile, You’re in Ely, the annual Ely Chamber of Commerce dinner was held Wednesday night. Chamber president John Mills, emceed the program which included a Good Neighbor Business Award to Grand Ely Lodge which was accepted by manager Mary Zupancich. The Jackpine Bob Cary Community Spirit Award was presented to Tom Coombe and the Ely Baseball Association. The keynote speaker for the evening was author and former Duluth Mayor Don Ness, Over 100 people attended the event.

Fri
14
Apr

Meeting the challenge: Speaker at ACLT dinner talks about his role in Benghazi

SIGNING A BOOK for a fan was Kris “Tanto” Paronto, a member of the U.S. Army Rangers who spoke at the ACLT dinner on April 7. Photos by Nancy McReady.

by Nancy McReady -

Fri
14
Apr

Farewell party thanks Scott and Renee Johnson

THEY’LL BE MISSED - At the farewell party for Scott and Renee Johnson, residents of Sibley Manor presented them with a special cake for their seven years of service. Photo by Amy Mathers

Read all about it in this week’s Ely Echo! On newsstands and in the Ely Post Office on Friday and area homes on Saturday. Call 218-365-3141 to subscribe!

Fri
14
Apr

Walter Alan Tomlinson, 92, of Ely, dies

Walter Alan Tomlinson, 92, of Ely, was born in Harvey, IL on October 21, 1924 and passed away at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely on April 14, 2017.
Walter served in World War II and was seriously injured in November 1944, for which he received the Purple Heart. After the war, he worked for Chicago Federal Savings and Loan for many years, advancing to Executive Vice President. He and his wife were both active members of the Apollo Music Club of Chicago, the St. Paul Community Church choir and were both avid golfers. They joined and were active members of the Olympia Fields Country Club.
They began vacationing in the Ely area in 1962 on the recommendation of some friends and enjoyed it so much they returned every year with family to enjoy the fishing and nature. In 1990, they retired and moved to Ely. They continued their golfing at the Ely Golf Club and singing in church and community choirs.

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14
Apr

Helvi E. Dojan, 99, of Mahtomedi, MN, dies

Helvi E. Dojan, 99, of Mahtomedi, MN, passed away peacefully on April 12, 2017.
Preceded in death by husband, Arnold; and daughter, Joan Hadley. She will be sadly missed by children: Donna (Warner) Esterberg, Russ, Phyllis (Rich) Tillit, Harold (Jeannie), and Paul (Kellie); 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Melia Korpi; numerous nieces and nephews.
Helvi was raised on a farm and was fond of her cows, chickens, dogs and cats. As a young woman, she loved to play baseball and was quite good at it. She was an accomplished knitter and cook. She particularly enjoyed cooking Finnish foods. She worked as a cook at the Ely Hospital and Stillwater Hospital. After she retired from the Stillwater Hospital, she baked apple pies at the Pine Tree Apple Orchard until she was 89 years old.

Thu
13
Apr

Morse town board votes to help fund Blandin Broadband project

The Town of Morse board voted to contribute $2,500 to an effort to bring broadband internet connections to township residents.
Soderberg brought up a $25,000 match needed for the Blandin Broadband Grant of $72,000.
The Town of Morse would benefit from the project which seeks to provide improved internet access in the area. The supervisors would like to see internet access improvements for people in the township.
The motion came after concerns were aired over when the township would see direct benefits. Supervisor Terry Soderberg said the first step will be to provide broadband in downtown Ely.
A motion was passed to approve $2,500 to the Blandin Broadband project with a request for a written timeline for improvements in the Town of Morse.

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