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Fri
05
Jan

CITY OF ELY NOTICE FOR LEGAL PRINTING BIDS

CITY OF ELY
NOTICE FOR LEGAL PRINTING BIDS

Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be received by the Council of the City of Ely, St. Louis County, Minnesota, until Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 2:00 P.M. for doing legal printing and display advertising for the City of Ely, Minnesota for the year 2018.

No bid will be received after any bid has been opened. Bids shall be directed to the Ely City Council and may be filed with the Clerk/Treasurer on or before 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud.

Bids shall be securely sealed and endorsed upon the outside wrapper: “Bids for City of Ely Printing for 2018”.

The City Council reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive any informalities therein.

Specifications, instructions and bid forms for interested bidders are available at the office of the Clerk/Treasurer, 209 E Chapman St, Ely, Minnesota 55731.

Fri
05
Jan

Notice of Draft Permit to Mine for PolyMet NorthMet Project

Public Comment Period Open Through March 6, DNR to hold 2 Public Meetings in February
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has opened a public comment and objection period on a draft permit to mine for the proposed Poly Met Mining, Inc. (PolyMet) NorthMet mining project. Following review of PolyMet’s permit to mine application, the DNR has prepared draft special conditions for the NorthMet project. Together, the application and the draft special conditions are considered the draft permit to mine. The draft permit to mine and several related fact sheets are posted on the DNR’s permit to mine webpage for the NorthMet project: www.dnr.state.mn.us/polymet/permitting/ptm.html.

Submitting Public Comments and Objections

Wed
03
Jan

Looking back at 2017: Ely Echo’s year in review

JANUARY

Wed
03
Jan

Kids snowmobile oval racing returns to Fall Lake on January 6

The Ely area will host youth snowmobile oval ice racing for the fourth year.
This time the races return to Fall Lake, in front of the Longbranch in Winton.
The KCPRO East ice racing circuit tried Shagawa last year but will return to Fall Lake for 2018.
The awards banquet following the race will be held at the Grand Ely Lodge.
Races are for kids ages four to 14 and there is a demo machine for youth who would like to try it out.
The event is free for spectators with 11 different classes of races starting at 10 a.m.
This year there will again be at least one Ely connection with Brant Gruba, age 9, who’s in his fifth year of racing.
Brant is the son of Adam and Shawntel Gruba and the grandson of Rod and Sheila Gruba of Ely.
“So far the temps for that day predict 15 degrees above zero. It’s been so cold last few years,” said Shawntel Gruba. “We are predicting a big turn out with members from Canada and KCPRO West joining us.

Wed
03
Jan

Ely named to top 20 MN Airbnb sites

by Anne Swenson -

Mon
01
Jan

Revenues flat, operating loss at EBCH

by Tom Coombe -

Mon
01
Jan

Lake Country Power’s Operation Round Up reaches $2 million milestone

Operation Round Up recipients are pictured receiving their program funding at Lake Country Power’s service center in Mountain Iron. Left to right: Christine Johnson, Operation Round Up Trust Board; Debra Frazier, former Operation Round Up director and president; Bobbi Maish, Operation Round Up Trust Board; Captain Teresa Brecto, The Salvation Army of Hibbing; Caleb Littler and Billie Rouse, Boundary Waters Choral Festival; Jeanne Tomlinson, STEM Workshops in Ely; and Kristin Wagner, Twelfth Step House, Inc.

Sun
31
Dec

Hook and Bullet Club by Nick Wognum - Cribbage?

Cribbage is a great two person card game. Louie Palcher taught me to play years ago and I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to pass his knowledge down to the younger generations.
Of course it was hard to focus when I was playing with Louie. We’d take a break from playing in the kitchen and wander over to the porch.
From there we could look out over Burntside Lake on a nice summer day. There’d be some piano music playing from a cassette and soon one of us would be drifting off for an afternoon nap.
Back in the kitchen Louie would be taking the apple potica he made that morning out of the oven. That was another distraction, the delicious smell of the apples and cinnamon baking.
Louie was patient and I was eager to learn. There were many, many games before he decided I should know better and stole points I forgot to count.

Sat
30
Dec

Fire could’ve been a disaster had luck not played a role

There had already been a bad house fire on the Range this past week that ended up claiming the lives of two adults and their two grandchildren. It was a heartbreaking story, especially over the holidays.
When the fire whistle went off around 5 p.m. Wednesday, we wondered if it was our community’s turn to face tragedy. Or was it a chimney fire or a false alarm?
The fire trucks headed for Grahek Apartments where black smoke was pouring out of a window on the east side of the building on the third floor.
The Ely fire department has a Hummer truck that carries 250 gallons of water on it. The truck was able to drive up next to the building, right under where the fire was burning. Water was sprayed through the window and within minutes, the fire was out. Those 250 gallons saved lives as well as the building.

Fri
29
Dec

Annual alumni hockey matchup brings out former players

ELY HOCKEY ALUMNI gathered at the Ely Arena Dec. 23 for the annual alumni game. Pictured are (front, l-r) Tony Schaller, Kevin Niskala, David Urbas, Ryan Puzel, Warren Burger, Nate Dostert, Jay Olson, Eric Urbas, Louie Meskill, Joanna Bayers; (back, l-r) Alex Povhe, Ken Hupila, Matt Hupila, Joel Dostert, Jon Henning, Chris Schlosser, Harry Homer, D.J. Lindstrom, Travis Erzar, Damian Foy, Bill Foy, Alex Koschak, Teddy Pierce, Carter Manning, Cody Bialik, Louie Gerzin, Kyle Lakner, Josh Hanninen, Andy Krunkkala, Kael Richards, Preston Leustek, Storm Myers, Tim Hegman.

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