Minnesota’s newest state park reaches important milestone

 Gov. Mark Dayton, DNR Chief Tom Landwehr and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith sharing a laugh.

Minnesota’s newest Park on Lake Vermilion had Gov. Mark Dayton, DNR Chief Tom Landwehr and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith sharing a laugh.

Construction began today (May 8, 2015) on a campground at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park in northeastern Minnesota that will accommodate more than 250 people nightly in tents and RVs, the Department of Natural Resources said.

The campground at Minnesota’s newest state park is expected to open in fall 2016.

“Our vision is to create a model ‘next generation’ state park,” said Erika Rivers, director of the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division. “That means we are exploring new ideas and demonstrating best practices as we design and build park facilities.”
Future phases of construction at the park, pending funding, will include a visitor center, trail system, cabins, group camps and nature play areas, as well as additional hike-in, boat-in and ATV-in campsites.


PLANS CHANGE - USFS plans to ignite Slim Lake Prescribed Burn Monday

The Forest Service announced changes for the Prescribed Burns set for today (Monday, April 27).

Slim Lake South unit if fuel and weather elements are within prescription. Anticipated ignition time for the Slim South Prescribed burn today is 3:00 p.m. Dates for other two units to be determined.

Project Description: The objective of the burn is to reduce fuels between wilderness and residences and high occupancy facilities along the North Arm Road. Conditions may not be ideal for smoke dispersion today; however, the window is shrinking for reducing the fuels now versus fighting wildfire and smoke during July and August when drought conditions are expected to worsen. Smoke is likely to be noticeable over a broad area for several days.


... it’s imperative to investigate to the fullest extent what the true effect may or may not be to the water shed

Dear Editor:

I’ve spent the last few months reading Echo letters and thinking about how we got to this point in the debate over Ely’s future.

Not much has changed and those opposed to mining are sticking to their guns; Range population numbers, decreased mining payrolls, that Ely isn’t dying it’s just redefining itself, the population in the Ely area is growing not shrinking, businesses are flourishing, mining kills everything, Mount Polley could happen to the BWCA, foreign ownership, tourism is saving Ely and the proclamations are always written as undisputable fact.


Friday fish fry a local tradition; Hundreds of people, hundreds of pounds of fish

HEAD CHEF Chad Loewen and his son Thomas prepared over 200 pounds of fish during the March 27 Knights of Columbus fish fry at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely.

Photo and article by Tom Coombe


Planning to read 1,000 books in Ely

The Ely Public Library has announced a new program, “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” that will encourage reading to and for children in preparation for kindergarten. Although 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a national literacy movement; Ely is the first community in the Arrowhead Regional Library System to implement it.
The premise is straight forward - children who listen to stories have an easier transition to school and learning. Sharing a picture book with a child will help them build skills they will need later when they begin to read as individuals.
Parents or guardians sign up a child, ages birth through kindergarten, and receive a binder with great ideas for building pre-reading skills, a list of books in the library that hit the spot for kids and encouragement that 1,000 books isn’t so many, after all. For every 100 books read, the child will receive a prize.


Skiers pull out home win

by Tom Coombe
By the narrowest of margins, the Ely Nordic Wolves scored a victory Saturday in their only home meet of the winter.
Three top-10 finishes and a pivotal showing lower in the standings gave the Ely girls a one-point win over rival Duluth East in the Ely Timberwolves Invitational, which attracted over 300 prep skiers to Hidden Valley.
The Ely boys, who were minus standout junior Seth Prigge, finished fourth among about a dozen teams.
But the story of the day was the girls race, with several factors combining for the Ely win.
Ninth-grader Ryne Prigge continued to come on, taking sixth in the 5.5-kilometer freestyle race in 18:16.4.
All-stater Erin Bianco returned to the lineup after an absence caused by illness and took seventh, but her time of 19:02.9, was three-tenths of a second faster than eighth-place Stephanie Curran of Duluth East, providing an important edge in the team standings.


She said yes

PROM PROPOSAL came rolling down from the balcony during the Winter Frolic pep rally Tuesday as Michael Lah asked Erin Bianco to prom.
Photo by Nick Wognum


Ely loses heartbreaker 4-3 at State

Tweets from Class A state tournament, which started Thursday at Chaska included:

Ely and New York Mills scoreless after the first inning.

Three innings in the books at the state Class A tournament, Ely 1, New York Mills 0. Louie Gerzin on the mound for the Wolves.

Ely loads the bases with one out in the third and score the game's first run on a wild pitch.

After four innings Ely holds a 1-0 lead over New York Mills in the state Class A baseball tournament.

Ely leads 1-0 after 4 full. Gerzin throwing a dandy thus far vs. team averaging about about 9 runs per gm. He's fanned 6 and allowed just 1 H.

Ely tacks on two more runs in the fifth inning and now lead New York Mills 3-0.
New York Mills ties the game in the bottom of the sixth at 3-3.

New York Mills with a chance to win it in the bottom of the seventh after Ely fails to score in the top of the inning. Gerzin pitching.


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