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Fri
29
Dec

Man found dead in fire at Grahek Apartments

by Nick Wognum -

A resident was found dead in his living room at Grahek Apartments when a fire broke out Wednesday night.
David Curtis Cashman, 70, was named as the victim. His apartment on the third floor had flames and black smoke pouring out the window when firefighters arrived around 5 p.m.
A neighboring resident tried to open the door to Cashman’s apartment when he smelled smoke. Unfortunately the door was locked.
Ely fire department members used the 250 gallons of water from the Hummer fire truck to quickly extinguish the fire through the living room window.
Ely fire chief Tom Erchull said the initial calls came to 911 from Sibley Apartments and the Boundary Waters Care Center.
“We got there and they threw 250 gallons of water from the ground and they put out the fire,” said Erchull....

The complete article appears in this week’s Ely Echo. The Echo is published 52 weeks a year by Ely’s only legal newspaper.

Fri
29
Dec

Twin Metals’ leases restored

by Tom Coombe -

A year after the Obama Administration put up a giant-sized roadblock, the Trump Administration removed it and reopened the path for Twin Metals Minnesota to develop a copper-nickel mine near Ely.
In a Dec. 22 ruling, the United States Department of Interior reversed course and will allow Twin Metals to renew mineral exploration leases that were taken away just over a year ago and stopped the project in its tracks.
The move marked a pendulum shift in the increasingly contentious debate over copper-nickel mining projects in northeastern Minnesota.
Mining supporters were enthused while opponents were enraged, with Gov. Mark Dayton calling the opinion issued by the Interior Department’s Solicitor General “a disgrace.”
Ely Mayor Chuck Novak, meanwhile, hailed the decision.
“The Bureau of Land Management delivered a welcome Christmas present to the majority of residents in Ely...

Fri
29
Dec

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Fri
29
Dec

Fire was contained to third floor of Grahek building

WITH THE FIRE OUT a Grahek Apartment resident looks out the window of the second floor Wednesday evening. Photos by Nick Wognum.

Fri
29
Dec

Crossing to the hospital from Grahek

HELPING a Grahek Apartment resident leave the building was Linda Frisell.

Fri
29
Dec

Evacuation at Grahek Apartments

FIREMEN and families came to the scene at Grahek Apartments Wednesday night to assist in the temporary re-locating of residents.

Fri
29
Dec

Re-located to Ely Bloomenson Hospital

Residents who were able bodied were asked to walk across the parking lot and street to the hospital. Hospital administrator John Fossum (far right) helped to direct residents. Photos by Nick Wognum

Wed
27
Dec

Luella “Lu” (Laine) Borman, 77, dies

Luella “Lu” Irene (Laine) Borman, 77, passed away December 22, 2017 in Robbinsdale, MN. She was preceded in death by her husband Don; daughter Dawn Marie; parents Toivo and Lyyli (Laakko) Laine; and siblings Loretta Borman, Milton and Myron Laine. Survived by daughter Audra (Brian) Bird; grandchildren Alisha (Thomas) Fox, and Paul Bird; great-grandchildren Evaydrian and Landon Bird; and brother Dave (Kathy) Laine. She was born and raised in Ely and graduated from Ely Memorial High School in 1958. She was employed over 30 years with Johnson Brothers Liquor Company. Her warm smile will be greatly missed. Memorial Service for Lu will be held Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 2 p.m. with visitation beginning at 12 Noon at Washburn-McReavy Seman Chapel, 1827 Coon Rapids Blvd, Coon Rapids MN 55433.

Tue
26
Dec

City inks deals with top brass

by Tom Coombe -

Tue
26
Dec

Lassi named head football coach

by Tom Coombe -

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