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Sun
10
Dec

No to current ERCC plan to locate on school campus

There are two camps forming over the proposed Ely community recreation complex. Those who want it to be located on school grounds and those who want it anywhere but there.
We would propose a third camp be set up: Looking at options that enhance, not endanger the future of the school district and that strive to never use tax dollars to compete with private enterprise.
The Ely Regional Community Complex board seeks to develop a facility on the school campus that could be as large as 50,000 square feet and cost as much as $12 million. Of the $12 million, $5 million would come from state bonding money.
First, two reasons the school board should vote no.
1. The devil’s in the details.
The school board has been asking for details on how the district would be impacted. They’re still waiting for answers. Question number one: Who will own the facility? Crickets.

Sun
10
Dec

From the miscellaneous drawer - Learning to live life in Ely through its history

It takes a while to adjust to life in Ely. Coming from an urban area years ago, I tried to mold the Ely area in the image I carried with me.
Many of the those things, ideas and mores, reflected the harshness of big cities and an entirely different way of life - with crime, occasional violence, traffic congestion, pollution and population density - driving my thought processes.
I was a card member of the Sierra Club as a result, and somewhat bitter about the world, past and present, as I viewed it. That membership, I came to understand, was part of the urban view generalizing all places unknown. It was generated by the industrial excesses in urban areas especially during WWII. City dwellers were known to trash their environment and there was a naive belief that rural dwellers must (or might) also be doing the same.
That wasn’t the case, I came to find out in the Ely area.

Sun
10
Dec

Ely hospital names new CEO

by Tom Coombe
As Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital bid farewell to longtime administrator John Fossum, it is welcoming the facility’s new chief executive officer.
Michael Coyle has been tabbed by the hospital board to replace Fossum, who is retiring in early-2018 after a 20-year stint in charge of the community’s hospital.
Coyle was among three finalists to interview for the post in late-November, and hospital board member Kelly Klun told Ely-Bloomenson shareholders Monday, during the hospital’s annual meeting, that a job offer had been made.
It was official the following afternoon, and Coyle is set to come to Ely from Sisseton, S.D., where he was chief executive officer of Coteau des Prairies Healthcare System.

Sat
09
Dec

William L. Herzberg, 82, of Ely, dies

William L. Herzberg, 82, of Ely, passed away at his home on Friday, December 8, 2017. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Sat
09
Dec

Ironmen’s streak snapped at five

by Tom Coombe
The Vermilion Ironmen faded in the second half on Saturday, and their season-long winning streak came ot an end.
A double-digit first half lead went by the wayside as Minnesota West rallied and downed the community college basketball team 81-77 Saturday at Worthington.
The loss was the first in six contests for the Ironmen, who opened the long trip with an 88-76, Dec. 1 victory at Ridgewater.
But against the Bluejays, it was a seesaw affair. The game featured eight ties and several lead changes.
Vermilion led 48-38 at the half, fell behind by one, then charged back to lead 73-65.
Minnesota West countered with a 16-4 run to end the game, fueled in part by DeShawn Pickford, who led all scorers with 27 points.
Minnesota West grabbed a 79-77 lead late in the contest, and VCC misfired on a three-pont attempt with 20 seconds left.
Vermilion’s first defeat came despite some impressive statistical days.

Fri
08
Dec

Mildred Eva (Kowalski) Randall, 89, dies

Mildred Eva (Kowalski) Randall, 89, passed away peacefully on Dec 7, 2017 in Burnsville, MN, after a courageous battle with Parkinson's and Alzheimers. Millie has been reunited with her husband Bill, daughter Marlys and infant son, brothers: Donald, Clarence, Louis Kowalski, sister Delores, and parents Stephen and Edith Kowalksi. Survived by daughters: Karen Nelson, Ann Tess, Jean Alaspa, Loretta (Jeffrey) Benedict, and Brenda Sweet (Dale Boltz); 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, her brother Richard Kowalski and many other family and friends. A celebration of life will be held Tuesday, December 12, at 11am White Funeral Home, Burnsville MN.

Fri
08
Dec

Ely news in a timely fashion - Ely Echo delivers 52 weeks each year

Ely hospital names new CEO

Bakk the Grinch on 17th Avenue project

Fossum reflects on two decades - Retiring Ely hospital administrator looks back in farewell address

City polling place staying put

Fall Lake residents will get guidance on recyclable items

Skaters fall to 0-3

Abernathy lifts VCC to first ‘W’

Wolves put three on All-District football team, and much more sport news!

Fri
08
Dec

Mining foe: No. No matter what; Twin Metals project, MINER Act injected into Joint Powers meeting

TALKING MINING - Sen. Al Franken aide Pete Makowski, Babbitt council member Glenn Anderson and Ely school board member Rochelle Sjoberg at the Grand Ely Lodge for the legislative meeting on Monday.

Fri
08
Dec

Skaters take to Shagawa Lake ice in 40 degree temps

EPIC SKATING PARTY held on Shagawa Lake in front of Semers Park on Dec. 1 with rare good skating ice conditions on area lakes. Photo by Nick Wognum.

Fri
08
Dec

Opposition to proposed rec complex forms as school board to vote Monday

by Nick Wognum
A week before the Ely School Board is set to vote on the issue, opposition has formed on the proposed recreation complex.
A dozen people gathered Wednesday night to express concerns about the project. Those concerns mainly focused on the facility being located on the school campus.
A letter to the editor in this week’s Ely Echo outlines an additional issue, competition with private enterprise.
Adding up the numbers
Roger Skraba asked the group to encourage people to attend Monday’s school board meeting at 6 p.m. and to speak out on separate issues.
“I’m looking at the numbers and I’m saying there’s no way a community this size can make this work,” said Skraba. “We don’t have enough people to pull this off.”

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