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Fri
03
Mar

Ely’s official newspaper - The Ely Echo - Reporting each week on news of the Ely area

Moose population remains low;

AGE to age Program is picking up steam;

HS spring sports meeting on Tuesday;

Minnesota Power asks regulators to consider a reduced rate request;

Community Ed makes an impact...

AND many LETTERS. including from: Bill Erzar, Jim Saranpaa, Carol Orban, Gary Johnson, Charles Marsden, the Gruba family, Cynthis Omerza Stene and JJoe Baltich, Duane Behrens, and Bob Colombo. You won't want to miss these!
The Echo is on Ely newsstands NOW!

Fri
03
Mar

Senior cheerleader Betty Kunstel receives thanks

THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT - Betty Kunstel, who serves as a cheerleader for high school boys and girls basketball games, was thanked with flowers by Ely seniors Susan Cook, Morgan Moravitz and Maggie Isbell before the Wolves’ Parents’ Night win over Northeast Range. Betty was also featured on WDIO telesion news report Thursday night on the 10 p.m. news segment.

Fri
03
Mar

Raising over $75,000

SNOWMOBILES at the ready as the Pink Ribbon Riders prepare to leave Saturday for their fundraiser to provide financial assistance to men and women with breast cancer. At the group’s banquet Saturday night at Grand Ely Lodge it was announced this year over $75,000 was raised. Photo by Nick Wognum.

Fri
03
Mar

Broomball Tournament top team

FIRST PLACE in the Ely Jaycees Broomball Tournament were the Jersey Boys. Pictured (l-r): Front row (laying down) Aleksy Perry; Middle row: Andy Krunkkala, Cole Kellogg, Thomas Montana, Tayler Banks; Back row: Matthew Gerzin, Teddy Pierce, Drew Jordan, Max Gantt, Ben Bialik.

Fri
03
Mar

Just about everybody reads the Ely Echo

IN BONAIRE - Pete Ahlfs a former and future Elyite with Leann Luhring on vacation while enjoying the Ely Echo on the beautiful island beach in Bonaire. Bonaire, an island municipality of the Netherlands, lies off Venezuela’s coast in the southern Caribbean.

Thu
02
Mar

Paul Lahti, 71, of Payson, Arizona dies

Paul Lahti, 71, of Payson, Arizona passed away on February 24, 2017 at his residence. He was born August 16, 1945 to Oscar H. and Mary (Sever) Lahti in Ely, Minnesota.

Wed
01
Mar

Anti-mining group joins feds in defending Twin Metals suit

by Tom Coombe
An environmental organization has joined the legal fight over exploratory mining leases near Ely.
In a ruling earlier this week, a federal judge allowed Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness to become a defendant in a lawsuit filed against the federal government by Twin Metals Minnesota.
Last fall, Twin Metals took action challenging the federal Bureau of Land Management’s authority to revoke long-held leases critical to the development of a proposed copper-nickel mine near Ely.
While Twin Metals is suing the federal government, Judge Susan Richard Nelson said that NMW meets the legal requirements to become a co-defendant.
In a filing made in November, NMW cited “dangers posed by mining and other activities - such as those proposed and undertaken by Twin Metals - to its members’ use and enjoyment of their property and the Boundary Waters as well as to their livelihoods.”

Tue
28
Feb

Minnesota Power asks regulators to consider a reduced rate request

Minnesota Power, a utility division of ALLETE (NYSE:ALE), has filed an updated request with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) to reduce the amount of its current rate request from $55 million to approximately $39 million.
In its filing, the company told state regulators that increased energy demand from the region’s mining industry is expected to result in higher-than-expected revenue from electricity sales. Consequently, the required revenue from other customers, including residential and small business customers, will decrease.
“Minnesota Power believes that healthy mining and timber companies improve our region’s economy and quality of life,” said David McMillan, executive vice president Minnesota Power. “One way that area residents benefit from these businesses is in the cost of energy. As mining and paper companies expand production, they use more energy, which in turn can reduce the costs others must pay for delivering the energy we produce.”

Tue
28
Feb

DNR seeks comment on Tower, Ely area lake management plans

Citizens interested in commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources strategies for managing Tower area lakes are encouraged to review draft management plans and ask questions or submit comments by Friday, March 17.

Management plans describe the past, present and desired future conditions of the fishery and identify specific management activities planned for that lake in the next 5 to 20 years. The plans include background on the water body including water chemistry, temperature, habitat quality and species present, and are important in understanding the potential of a fishery.

Mon
27
Feb

Moose population remains low, but survey suggests 6-year population stability

Minnesota’s moose population shows signs of stability when comparing this year’s population estimate of 3,710 northeastern Minnesota moose with estimates since 2012, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

“At this point, results do not indicate that moose are recovering in northeastern Minnesota,” said Glenn DelGiudice, DNR moose project leader. “While it is encouraging to see that the decline in the population since 2012 has not been as steep, the apparent stability does not allow us to forecast the direction of the population’s trajectory into the future.”

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