Keep a close eye on school enrollment numbers at 696

Here's just an excerpt from this week's Ely Echo Editorial...

The strength of our economy, no matter what naysayers proclaim, is based on how many tons of taconite ship from the Iron Range. These are the jobs that pay the best wages. The mines create numerous jobs in businesses that provide services to the mines as well.

All of those jobs are in peril at the moment and the state of Minnesota is not helping by bickering over whether to extend unemployed benefits.

Where this could hit home is in the enrollment numbers in the Ely school system. In this week’s Ely Echo we are reporting there could be a slight enrollment enrollment increase for the 2016-2017 school year. Normally we would be jumping up and down with this news. Now we know we should look at it with guarded optimism.

Recently we ran a copy of the speech given by Babbitt Mayor Andrea Zupancich to the White House Chief of Staff when he visited the Range. She has since travelled to St. Paul to speak to state legislators.

Now we understand she will be flying out to Washington D.C. to speak at a hearing on Capitol Hill...

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