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Tue
07
Feb

Ely Echo wins state award

The Ely Echo has won a state newspaper award for its reporting on the controversy over the Twin Metals Minnesota mining project.
Ely’s only locally-owned newspaper won third place - for weeklies between 2,500 and 5,000 circulation - in the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.
The Echo was recognized in the Social Issues Story category.
Editor Tom Coombe and General Manager Nick Wognum were recognized for coverage of public hearings and associated events in Ely last summer, when the U.S. Forest Service convened a well-attended and sharply-contested listening session at Washington Auditorium on mineral exploration leases sought by Twin Metals.
Contest judges provided the following remarks about the Echo’s reporting “These two stories are well-written and do a great job of illustrating the tension at these meetings. The stories balanced the conflicting viewpoints on a topic clearly important in this town.”

Sat
04
Feb

Spring groundbreaking for 169

by Tom Coombe -

Sat
04
Feb

From the miscellaneous drawer - Not for sissies

Keeping active is a great boon to aging. Another great boon is having family and friends upon which one can rely at drastic times.
They are great for the aging person, not so much so for the younger ones who get phone calls at all hours and are asked to drop everything to assist with a new elderly problem.
It would not be a surprise to sometimes get an impatient reaction, but tolerance and kindness seem to prevail.
In the latest happening, my trusty 11 year old Jeep suddenly turned on the dashboard battery light, causing me to detour to Mike Motors for help and to son Nick for a ride and the loan of a vehicle.
Eleven year old Jeeps are not flashy. The substitute far-newer vehicle (loaned via Mary’s kindness) would have taken me a half hour to read all the labels if only I had thought to bring along my eyeglasses.

Sat
04
Feb

Nolan represents the 8th District well, McCollum fails in trying to rule from afar

Intra-party fighting for the DFL pitted Eighth District Congressman Rick Nolan against Twin Cities-based Betty McCollum this past week. In the end, Nolan shows how he did the near impossible, win as a Democrat in the Eighth where Republican Donald Trump came out victorious as well.
How did Nolan do it? By listening to the people who live here. Nolan knows the support for mining is strong in northeast Minnesota. That’s why people like McCollum have to resort to back-door political moves instead of decisions based in science and determined by laws.
This past week McCollum attacked Nolan for his attempts to right a wrong created in the waning days of the Obama administration.

Fri
03
Feb

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

City rebuffs cop’s resignation
Committee advises termination proceedings against Carlson;

Roy joins Ely police department;

Spring groundbreaking for 169;

Ely Echo wins state award;

…acts in a manner so counterproductive;

Plenty of prizes given away at Fun Run;

VCC goes for league lead -
Ironmen set to host Central Lakes Saturday with first place on line

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Fri
03
Feb

Ely school district liability capped at $1.5 million in bus crash jury verdict of $28.6 million

An Itasca County jury has awarded $28.6 million to a Marble, MN, woman who was paralyzed when an Ely Public School District bus crashed into the car in which she was a passenger.
However, the attorney for the Ely school district and bus driver Jay Poshak told the Ely Echo the total amount paid out cannot exceed $1.5 million by state statute.
“The school district is covered by state statute limited liability, and because of the insurance coverage the most the school district and Mr. Poshak is limited to $1.5 million,” said attorney Tim O’Connor.
He added the district and Poshak will not have to pay any of the final verdict, the monies will come from the district’s insurance. Poshak was an employee of the district at the time of the accident.
“The judge is not allowed to enter a final judgment in excess of the amount governed by state statute,” said O’Connor.

Fri
03
Feb

Nolan irks enviros with mining support

IN DULUTH - Jason Zabokrtsky (left), Steve Piragis (with microphone) and Becky Rom of Ely were involved in a protest in front of Rep. Rick Nolan’s Duluth office Thursday. Photo by WDIO.

by Tom Coombe -

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan’s rift with copper-nickel mining opponents appears to be widening, following a series of developments this week.
Nolan, in a letter released Tuesday, has asked the Trump Administration to reverse a decision that would take more than 234,000 acres of Superior National Forest land out of circulation for new mining for at least two years and perhaps permanently.
The move comes weeks after Nolan blasted a federal edict to reject long-held mining exploratory leases held by Twin Metals Minnesota, and stoked a harsh response from one of Nolan’s fellow Minnesotans - and fellow Democrats - in Congress....

Fri
03
Feb

Fun Run hosts 939 registratnts

LOTS OF SLEDS parked at Grand Ely Lodge during the 2017 Fun Run event last Saturday.

Fri
03
Feb

Plenty of prizes given away at Fun Run

VOLUNTEER Rico Mondati talks about the Fun Run at Grand Ely Lodge Saturday.

Fri
03
Feb

Skustad skis to victory at Arrowhead 135

Carl Skustad of Ely placed first among all skiers in the Arrowhead 135 Ultramarathon earlier this week.

by Tom Coombe -

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