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Thu
16
Feb

County board gives initial approval to resolution supporting copper-nickel mining

There’s still one step to go, but the St. Louis County board has moved ahead with a resolution that opposes the removal of 240,000 acres of federal land from mineral exploration and potential development.
The board had tied at 3-3 in a previous effort by commissioner Tom Rukavina to put the board on record on the issue.
Keith Nelson was not present when that vote was taken.
This time it was Rukavina moving the resolution and Nelson seconding it at Tuesday’s committee of the whole meeting.
The vote to approve the resolution was 4-3 with Pete Stauber and Mike Jugovich joining Rukavina and Nelson. Commissioners Frank Jewell, Patrick Boyle and Beth Olson, all from Duluth, voted no.
“After we listened to testimony, you could see it was going to pass 4-3,” said Rukavina.

Thu
16
Feb

Volunteer to Help Minnesota’s waters

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is seeking volunteers for its Citizen Stream and Citizen Lake Monitoring Programs. Program volunteers track water clarity, which helps the MPCA learn more about a lake or stream’s water quality. “Thirty years ago when I started monitoring Long Lost Lake, I thought it would be an interesting thing to do for a summer. Little did I know that I would still be at it three decades later. I guess you could say I’m hooked,” says Jim Svobodny, volunteer. Data collected by Jim and other volunteers can be used by the MPCA to determine if a trend toward improving or declining water quality exists. Identifying these trends is one of the first steps in protecting or improving water quality throughout the state.

Tue
14
Feb

Ryan Stahl, 38, of Ely, dies

Ryan Stahl, 38, of Ely, passed away in Eveleth, MN on Monday, February 13, 2017.
Ryan was born on April 21, 1978 in Ely to Burnie and Carol Stahl. He attended Ely Memorial High School. He lived the majority of his life in Ely. He also lived in Virginia, MN for about four years and lived for a time in Colorado Springs, CO.
Ryan worked in the blacktop business doing sealcoating. He also worked construction with his father and brother. He also worked at Stony Ridge Restaurant.
He is survived by his wife: Amy (Grembowski), daughter: Jade Stahl of Newport, MN, son: Tyler Stahl of Royalton, MN, his parents: Burnie and Carol of Ely, his brother: Jason (Jessie) Stahl of Duluth, nephews: Andrew and Troy Stahl; first wife: Shannon Perry, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Alisha Jenn, maternal grandparents Andrew and Mary Jaworski, paternal grandparents Samuel and Evelyn Tuomala.

Tue
14
Feb

Mattila on hat trick spree; Ely soph scores six goals in two games, in running for state honor

by Tom Coombe -

Tue
14
Feb

EUC proposes rate increase

by Tom Coombe -

Tue
14
Feb

Ely angles for state funding: After meetings with Dayton, lawmakers, mayor voices optimism

by Tom Coombe -

Mon
13
Feb

Black-Jew Dialogues, social justice comedy is coming to VCC Wednesday

The Black-Jew Dialogues, a social justice theatrical comedy, is bringing its unique blend of education and entertainment to the Vermilion Community College Theater at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15. There is no admission fee; however, free will monetary donations and non-perishable food items for the Ely Area Food Shelf will be gratefully accepted.
Featuring creator Larry Jay Tish and seasoned actor Kaedon Gray, the performance tackles the often difficult issues of diversity and multiculturalism. It also speaks to the need for an ongoing cross-generational commitment to social conscience.
Praised by the Boston Globe for its ability to “get to the heart of what divides people,” the comedy pushes audiences toward a vital conversation about the changing face of America. Through its effective use of provocative satire and social commentary, the show has gained a wide appeal on college campuses and among community and religious organizations.

Mon
13
Feb

Wanted: July 4 parade help

by Tom Coombe -

Mon
13
Feb

Native son: Polka time in Ely

by Charles D Novak -

Sat
11
Feb

Sponholz family wins Medallion Hunt and $250

The Sponholz family found the Northwoods Medallion on Feb. 10, following clues which led to the Ely Water Tower. As part of the 2017 Ely Winter Festival, the Ely Chamber of Commerce Merchant Committee hosted the first annual Ely Northwoods Medallion Hunt.
The Sponholz family followed a total of ten clues starting Feb. 2, with the final clue posted Feb. 11. They won $250 in Chamber Bucks. There were also chances to win in a drawing for four prizes ranging from $25 to $100 Chamber Bucks.

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