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Fri
23
Mar

Council Minutes - March 06, 2018 Regular Meeting Ely City Council

Council Minutes - March 06, 2018
Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers

CALL TO ORDER: Mayor Novak called the meeting to order at 5:30pm

PRESENT: Council members A.Forsman, Kess, Debeltz, Omerza, Callen, D.Forsman and Mayor Novak
ABSENT: None

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to approve the minutes from the February 20, 2018 Regular Council Meeting, the Public Hearing on Ordinance No. 322 on February 27, 2018, and the Study Session on February 27, 2018. Motion Carried Unanimously.

Fri
23
Mar

Ely Echo - The voice of the wilderness since 1972

The March 24 Ely Echo is packed full of news about Ely and Elyites. Check out:

High school seniors off on trip to D.C.

Ecklund’s bill exempts Vets on Lake from lodging tax

Ely school, police department respond to “threatening graffiti”

All systems ‘go’ for long awaited 17th Avenue project

ECR to hold 40th fundraiser April 14

Klobuchar aides to host Ely forum
Tuesday event at hospital will focus on prescription drug costs

Photos sought of departed vets
Ely VFW looks for info on Steve Skube, George Anderson, who died in Netherlands during World War II

plus columnists and lots of letters to the editor!

Get your copy before they run out!

Fri
23
Mar

7A “Triple A” goes to Lah

TRIPLE A AWARD winner Blaise Lah with his parents James and Ruth. Submitted photo.

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
23
Mar

This week in the O’Clock Hour

Mary Beth Shepard, Judy Kellerman, Anne Lincicome, Jane Kerntz, Kris Olson: “We’re just out walking... We do this every weekend. Sometimes we walk to the GEL and have a beer. That’s our reward. Not today though.”

Where will you be, what will you be doing...
...when Pam Roberts finds you during her “O’Clock Hour?” Each week she sets aside one hour only in spring, summer, fall and winter to roam the streets around Ely and capture a snapshot of life in Ely in 2018. Perhaps you’ll be next!

Fri
23
Mar

North Woods locks down Wolves and second 7A title

ELY FANS in the stands brought signs and cheered for the Timberwolves during the Section 7A championship game played in Hibbing. Photo by Eric Sherman.

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
23
Mar

Summer comes early to Ely golfers

SWING - Ely Golf Club manager and instructor Tim Cooper takes a swing at the new indoor golf center.
Photo by Jessica Kellogg.

by Jessica Kellogg -

Fri
23
Mar

Ely students present their Wax Museum

WAX MUSEUM participants (back row l-r): Evelie Cooley-Cramer, Chance Wavrin, Jack Rintala, Tyler Forsberg, Destany Burks, Tatum Gubrud, Peyton Erzar-Tyndall, Zoe Mackenzie, Blake Hegfors, Drew Johnson, Sabrah Hart; Kneeling middle: Otto Devine, Nathan Hoffmeister, Jack Davies, Hunter Halbakken, Molly Lindsay, Cylvia Debeltz, Makenzi Huntington, Addyson Brandau; Kneeling front: Jaymes Scholz, Bryce Williamson, Alison Poppler, Connor Brennan, Aila Harding, James Grant. Photo by Pam Roberts.

Thu
22
Mar

Bonnie M. Barich, 83, of Ely, dies

Bonnie M. Barich, 83, of Ely, passed away on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. Bonnie was born in Ely on January 6, 1935. She married Johnny Barich on January 15, 1955 and the couple had three children. Bonnie enjoyed working at the Haircut Shop in Ely for many years, bringing humor to her co-workers and customers. She always looked forward to the frequent coffee-times at her house, spending time with special friends and neighbors.

Bonnie was preceded in death and now reunited with many family and friends, including her mother Ellen Erkkila, her sister Pat Partti, and most especially, her daughter Debbie, who the family sadly lost back in 1971.

Wed
21
Mar

Three Ironmen make all-region

by Tom Coombe
All winter long, the Vermilion Ironmen leaned on a talented trio of sophomores.
Demetrice Mitchell, Denario Jackson and Bradlee Lewis dominated an array of statistical categories and formed what head coach Paul McDonald called “a three-headed monster” for the Ironmen.
Those efforts were noticed by league coaches, who placed all three on the 10-member All-Region Team, which was announced earlier this month.
It was an impressive feat for the trio as well as the Vermilion program.
“There are 10 guys who make it and we had three of them,” said McDonald. “It was the first time in a long time that we had three guys on the all-region team.”
Combined, no team in Minnesota got the contribution from three players as Vermilion did from Mitchell, Jackson and Lewis.
“Those guys carried us basically,” said McDonald. “Basically they gave us 60 points and 25 rebounds a night.”

Wed
21
Mar

School may wait til ’20; Facilities project remains just a concept; Abrahamson says district “running out of time” to pursue referendum this year

by Tom Coombe
It could be more than two years before Ely area voters are asked to support a tax increase to fund a possible major facilities project on the campus.
Superintendent Kevin Abrahamson said the general election in 2020 may provide the best chance to gain public support for a project, now only in the conceptual stage, that could perhaps connect existing buildings and add gymnasium space.
With cost estimates, tax impact, the possibility of other funding and the framework of what’s been dubbed “the corridor concept,” still uncertain, Abrahamson said that prospects for a levy referendum this year are dwindling.
“You’re almost running out of time if you’re going to hold a bond referendum this year,” Abrahamson told school board members Monday, during the board’s regular monthly session.

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