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Fri
22
Dec

Santa is a good listener to special wishes

TALKING TO SANTA was Grant Krekelberg at the Winton Christmas Party. Photo by Hailey Worth.

Fri
22
Dec

Joyful caroling brightened elderly lives

First Grade Daisy Troop 1321 out caroling included Annika Eastham, Anika Boerst, Siiri Nelson, Amelia Strom, Aubrielle Poppler, Mikala Shusta, Kayla Larsen, Ivy Ohlhauser, and Lindi Zemke. Girl Scouts caroled at Boundary Waters Care Center and the Carefree Living facilities.

Fri
22
Dec

East of Ely - - Take a Daughter Fishing - What was I thinking?

by David Krikorian -

Fri
22
Dec

Grizzlies show their stuff: State’s number-one ranked Class A team hands Ely its first loss; Wolves to host holiday tourney for first time since ‘09

by Tom Coombe
When is a nearly 30-point loss a moral victory?
When the opponent is the top-ranked team in the state.
So it was for the Ely Timberwolves Dec. 15 at Cook, where they gave powerful Northwoods a run for their money before fading late in an 87-59 high school boys basketball defeat.
Northwoods, last year’s Section 7A champions and state runner-up, is rated first in Class A this winter and unbeaten in five starts.
The Grizzlies, who got 36 points from senior sharpshooter Tate Olson, were averaging over 100 points per game and play impressive defense.
But the Wolves, who lost for the first time in four starts, weathered a few early storms and remained very much in the ballgame midway through the first half.
“I was happy that we competed with them for a good portion of the game but their athleticism finally got to us on both ends of the floor,” said Ely Head Coach Tom McDonald.

Fri
22
Dec

Anonymous donor gives skis to children

SKIS FOR KIDS - Thanks to donations from the Ely Nordic Ski Club, the Central Cross Country Ski Association, and an anonymous donor, students in Washington Elementary will be joining the “Nordic Rocks” program this year. Thirty pairs of cross country skis and poles were purchased through the program, which was developed to introduce a new generation of children to the sort of cross country skiing. The ‘Nordic Rocks’ program provides elementary and middle school students an opportunity to experience Nordic skiing during the school day, with their teachers and classmates, and to learn the health and lifestyle benefits associated with exercise and outdoor winter fun during physical education and recess. Students are able to ski next to their school, on any surface covered with a minimum of two inches of snow. Welcoming the new skis Monday were kindergarten students Jovie Kessler, Nels Majerus, Amiah Brandau and Aiden Harding.

Thu
21
Dec

Study Session cancelled

City of Ely:

The Ely City Council Study Session for Tuesday, December 26, 2017 has been canceled.

Harold R Langowski
City Clerk/Treasurer Ely Echo 12/23/2017

Thu
21
Dec

From the miscellaneous drawer - Dad

The holidays don’t always bring cheer and goodwill to everyone. Listen to the heart speak and revealed will be fears and sorrows as well as hopes and dreams.
In my family, growing up, my mother was the religious one - a lifelong Methodist - while my dad was a former Lutheran who had become an atheist. All in all, he probably wouldn’t be considered a “nice” person. He disliked Jews, blacks, and other ethnicities unfamiliar to him. At least he said he did.
But as a young adult when asked by my Mom to invite some friends for my birthday dinner at her house, I chose a young Jewish family. I worked with the wife and was close to them all.
Then I crossed my fingers. Hours later that evening, I had to pry my friends away from the conversational exchange with my Dad. He and they had such a good time, finding things in life in common and some not so different.

Wed
20
Dec

Long wait ends for Nordic Wolves

by Tom Coombe -

Wed
20
Dec

Council Minutes - December 5, 2017 Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers

Council Minutes - December 5, 2017
Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers

CALL TO ORDER- Mayor Novak called the Regular City Council 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 November 21, 2017 Regular Meeting, November 28, 2017 Study Session, November 28, 2017 Truth in Taxation Public Hearing, and Special Council Meeting November 30, 2017. Motion Carried Unanimously.

Tue
19
Dec

PolyMet submits $544 million financial assurance estimate

by Dan Kraker
MPR News 101.7 FM
PolyMet Mining has submitted an updated plan detailing how much money it plans to make available in the event it can’t pay for the proposed mine’s clean-up.
The so-called “financial assurance” is a major step in the company’s more than decade-long effort to build the state’s first ever copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota.
Think of financial assurance as a damage deposit. A landlord hopes that deposit will cover any repairs needed after a tenant moves out.
The state of Minnesota hopes financial assurance would protect taxpayers from future cleanup costs at PolyMet’s proposed mine and processing site near Babbitt and Hoyt Lakes, if the company were to go bankrupt or couldn’t do the work itself.

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