IRRRB grants awarded to several Ely projects

The Ely area will benefit from mining dollars through several grants approved by the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board.
The IRRRB approved a $120,000 grant to the city of Ely to extend fiber on both alleys on the north and south side of Sheridan Street from Third Avenue West to Eighth Avenue East.
The fiber will be installed on existing utility poles owned both by the city of Ely and Frontier Communications. The city will construct and own the fiber and CTC will lease the line to provide service to the customers.
The total project cost is $240,000 with the city putting in $28,500 and CTC providing $91,500.
Eighteen projects were recently awarded Culture & Tourism grants including these from the Ely area:
Dorothy Molter Museum: $5,000 to restore two exhibit cabins.
Ely Community Resources: $20,000 to develop a skateboard wheel park.
Ely Folk School: $17,000 to launch marketing campaign and expand programs such as blacksmithing, ceramics, and birch bark canoe making.