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The Ely Echo is the weekly newspaper known as the voice of the North Country, which was founded in 1972 by Miles Aakhus. Ownership passed to Anne Wognum Swenson in 1977 after she had worked for the paper for three years. At that time the editor was Bob Cary, a Chicago, Illinois writer.


The Echo has been fortunate in attracting excellent journalists, photographers, designers and artists during its existence. It prides itself in welcoming all sides of any issue. It has had a diverse group of employees over the years. Currently, ownership is shared by , Publisher/General Manager Nick Wognum (, Editor Tom Coombe (, Ad manager Lisa Vidal ( and former publisher Anne Swenson. Together they bring over 100 years of skill, service and training to Ely’s hometown newspaper. Their familiarity with Ely’s rich historical past gives the Echo insight into the changing times along the Canadian border.


News tips are always welcome and may be sent to Obituaries and letters to the editor should also be sent to;


The newspaper also publishes the North Country Saver, a Total Market Coverage advertising product, and, in the summer, North Country Angler, a fishing publication. For photo printing, you can email direct to: or place your order online at:


Located at 15 East Chapman Street in Ely’s downtown business district, the office is open 8-4 Monday through Thursday, and 8-3 on Fridays. A variety of services are available there: Faxing, Printing, designing, area maps and guides, photo printing, Copying on paper, emailing, subscriptions, advertising and consulting. Its phone number is: 218-365-3141. 


In addition to print subscriptions, the Echo also offers email subscriptions anywhere in the world as pdfs. The cost is $35 for a year. The Ely Echo website is free to all to browse but it only contains about 10-15% of each week's news.