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Wed
26
Apr

Clean Up Days coming up; May 19-20 dates set; ordinance to curb illegal trash dumping pursued

by Tom Coombe -

Wed
26
Apr

Mary E. Wineski, 75, of Winona, MN, dies

Mary E. Wineski, 75, of Winona, MN, passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017, at Lake Winona Manor, surrounded by family.
Mary was born on March 28, 1942, in Ely, to Joseph and Agnes (Koval) Jenko. She was united in marriage with Jerry Wineski on April 14, 1967, and they recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
She will be remembered for her love of reading, trips to the casino, and how she enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren at their sporting events. Mary was a member of the Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka.

Mon
24
Apr

Fernberg Road work continues with bridge repairs

Drivers on the Fernberg Road will encounter one-lane traffic across the Garden Lake bridge for the next four to six weeks as Redstone Construction finishes bridge repairs this spring.
This season’s work includes painting the bridge beams and railing to deter steel corrosion and extend the useful life of the new concrete bridge railing, according to a news release issued this week by Lake Conty.
The county’s highway department has also begun brushing the ditches. County officials say this roadside maintenance will improve sign and mammal visibility along Fernberg Road between Garden Lake and Lake One.
Later this summer, Fall Lake Township will see Lake County’s first transportation sales tax-funded project as Scott Construction seals Fernberg Road between Garden Lake and Moose Lake Road. This pavement preservation project is expected to extend the serviceable life of the new blacktop. Drive will encounter daytime lane closures during chip sealing operations.

Mon
24
Apr

Rec Center project at key juncture

It’s safe to say that plans for a community recreation center in Ely have reached a crossroads.
Within days, Ely School Board members and the general public will get their first look at architectural renderings for a complex that has been both dreamed about, and talked about, for years.
Now it’s time for government officials, recreation center supporters and yes, Ely area residents, to determine if the project is going to be more than just a dream.
At first blush, some of the numbers talked about have been staggering: $10 to $12 million, 50,000 square feet, an enormous complex that could anchor the west side of the Ely school campus.
Project supporters have laid out a vision and a survey of local residents has shown impressive support for the concept.
But as concept moves toward possible reality, more than one elephant remains in the room.
Let’s break it down like this:
Where will it go?

Mon
24
Apr

Mining $81,500 vs. tourism $18,000

by Tom Coombe
Boasting wages more than four times that of employment in the tourism industry, mining jobs remain “the cornerstone of the northeastern Minnesota economy,” according to a study commissioned by a pro-mining organization.
With mining and tourism often painted as rivals in the ongoing contentious debate over proposed copper-nickel mining projects, a study completed by North Dakota-based Praxis Strategy Group concludes that both can co-exist with mining jobs having a much greater impact on the regional economy.
The study was paid for by Mining Minnesota, a group working to advance projects such as those proposed by PolyMet and Twin Metals Minnesota, and its executive director hailed its findings in a news release issued Tuesday.

Mon
24
Apr

Races added to CanoeFest; Paddle Battle, and longer Mighty Paddle Challenge new to June event

by Tom Coombe
One of Ely’s newest summer events will both condense and expand, at the same time.
An early-June canoe festival will last just two days instead of three but it’s adding a racing component.
The result is the second annual Great American Canoe Race and Festival, slated for June 10-11 at Semer’s Park in Ely.
As it did a year ago, the festival will honor “the history and culture of the canoe,” including music, demonstrations and seminars.
But new for 2017 are a pair of races and a family paddle.
A six-mile race along the shoreline of Shagawa Lake has been dubbed “The Ely Paddle Battle,” and will be held Saturday, June 10, with both the race start and finish occurring at Semer’s Beach.
Organizers say the race is suitable for paddlers of most experience levels, and is “perfect for couples, parents and children or those who want to loosen their muscles in preparation for Sunday’s race.”

Mon
24
Apr

Unusual art class to be taught by Levar set for July at Ely Arts Center

A two-day unusual watercolor class with Sarah Guy-Levar has attracted interest within the area’s arts community. Scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, July 15-16, the Ely Greenstone Public Art event will take place at the Miners Dry House, 127 Miners Lake Landing Road.
Levar has an ambitious schedule planned with students taking home a possible group of four paintings utilizing a variety of techniques. The hour by hour schedule is available by email. Call Anne at 218-235-1721 to have the class outline emailed to you.

Sat
22
Apr

From the miscellaneous drawer - What's with volunteering?

There’s never enough time to accomplish all the goals one sets for oneself. But it’s good to try.
There is a belief by some that women are part of the human race and on an equal footing with everyone else. Maybe that is not well known, nor comprehended.
To me it means that there is no need to rely on or become dependent on any exclusive women’s group.
Doing so appears to make one subservient, in a lesser position, perhaps needing reinforcement through numbers. There is an apparent need by some for the protection of those who are anatomically alike.
I don’t go along with that and sometimes that gets me in trouble.
Nonetheless, I’m an individual, a person with a voice. A person with goals to achieve much like any other human being, male or female.

Fri
21
Apr

Oak/Blueberry Prescribed Burns are proposed

Prescribed Fire Information: 218-208-3969 or snfwestzonepio@gmail.com
Anticipated Date of Burn: Anticipated date of ignition is April 21, 2017. The actual date of ignition and even whether or not the burn is done is dependent on many factors including: fuel moisture, relative humidity, temperature, etc.
Location: In northeastern Minnesota, St. Louis County on the LaCroix Ranger District of the Superior National Forest near Echo Lake and Lake Jeanette and County Road 116 (Echo Trail), outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). LEGAL: T65N-R16W S.1; T65N-R15W S.10; T65N-R14W S.17.
Description: Three Oak/Blueberry Prescribed Burns are proposed including the 93 acre Pine Ridge Burn Unit located west of Lake Jeanette; the 5 acre Cold Spring Burn Unit located east of Lake Jeanette; and the 20 acre Meander Burn Unit located south of Meander Lake.
Resources:

Fri
21
Apr

David Lee (Dave) Veranth, 68. Of Zimmerman, MN, formerly of Ely dies

David Lee (Dave) Veranth, 68, of Zimmerman, formerly of Ely, passed away peacefully of a serious illness on Wednesday, April 19 at the University of Minnesota hospital.

Dave was born on Sept. 14. 1948. He went to Ely schools, attended Vermilion Community College, and graduated from DeVry Technical Institute in Chicago in 1969 with a degree in electrical engineering technology. He then moved back to Minnesota, and started his career with Litton Microwave. When Litton moved to South Dakota, he elected to stay in Minnesota, so that he could be near his family, which by that time included two sons.

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