From the miscellaneous drawer - Shifting gears

We’re shifting gears in Ely.
Lake cabins are being closed up, yards are being checked for last minute clean up and warm jackets are being found after having been stowed away.
We’re hunkering down for winter.
If you’re new to town, this is a good time to join up and join in with any of the 100 or so clubs and organizations around the area. There’s at least one group and probably more which should fit anyone’s interests.
Like the outdoors? There are clubs with the focus on cross country skiing, snowmobiling and three-wheeling on ATVs. They meet throughout the year, work on trails and share a lot of camaraderie.
Some groups and others stay on the quieter side sewing quilts and other projects. All hands are welcome.
There are Scouts - Boys and Girls - for restless kids.
Church groups and activities for those interested are available and new faces are always welcome.
The arts and theatre scene is especially vibrant in Ely and there’s plenty of opportunity for anyone to take their place and fit in.
It’s surprising when a newcomer says folks here are stand-offish. No matter when you came or have come to live here, you need to let people get to know you.
Yes, people were friendly to you where you last lived, but now you have to reach out to less familiar faces and let others get to know you.
So no matter what your interests, give folks a chance to have you fit in. It’s amazing how just saying, “Is there anything I can do to help?” will open doors and hearts to you.
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In the Ely Echo of September 30, 1996, twenty years ago, the headlines were:
• Portages offered up for more wilderness area
• Minneapolis-Ely-Kenora flight a possibility for Northwest in 1997
• Editorial: We elect those who lie the best
• Portage provision cut from parks bill; issue dead for ‘96 Congress