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Fri
14
Jan

Proposal to develop Longbranch pitched to area joint powers board

At the Joint Powers legislative meeting, Winton mayor Kathy Brandau said the Longbranch was sold by the Rod and Gun Club to two Twin Cites men, Mike Brown and Bob Gerken.
“They have a plan in place, a three phase plan that is going to bring economic development to the city of Winton,” said Brandau. She said the city will assist in the redevelopment.
Brown told the audience at the Dec. 20 meeting of the plans for the property on the end of Fall Lake.
“The Travail collective consists of three owners, James Winberg, Bob Berken and myself,” said Brown. “We’ve been in business for about 11 years. We started on a shoestring budget in the city of Robbinsdale and never looked back.”
He said they chose Robbinsdale since it reminded them as a small town and that it is difficult to run a restaurant in Minneapolis. They now own and operate three restaurants.

Fri
14
Jan

Promoting Ely in many ways

by Tom Coombe
Via both conventional and unconventional means, the Ely Area Tourism Bureau has a simple purpose: promoting the Ely area as a destination.
Through television and marketing, social media and a revamped website, blogs and video-logs, the entity funded by the area’s lodging tax is both modernizing and elevating its work.
Cindy Smyka, who heads the Tourism Bureau, offered a glimpse into the entity’s work during a presentation to the Tuesday Group earlier this month.
“We all work regularly to create what you unfortunately don’t get to see all that often,” said Smyka. “Marketing to you would be preaching to the choir. You’re already here. You’re in agreement that Ely is an amazing place.”
Smyka described a diversified approach, which has included more social media presence and a website (www.ely.org) that has been revised and includes tools that allow the bureau to track interest in the area.

Fri
07
Jan

Fire damages Ely rental home in bitter cold temps

by Nick Wognum
The Ely fire department battled a rental house fire in the middle of the night and had to fight bitter cold temperatures as well.
A female sleeping on the second level woke up with smoke in the air and escaped unharmed with her dog.
Ely fire chief Dave Marshall said they were paged just before midnight Wednesday night to a structure fire at 319 East Camp St. with smoke and flames visible on the second story.
“When we got there smoke was showing on all four side in the eaves. We sent an interior crew in but the visibility was really limited on the second floor.
“Eventually we gained access to the attic and sprayed water but we had to open the gable end toward Zup’s old store with the ladder truck. That cleared everything out,” said Marshall.
Battling the fire was made more difficult by the house having additions off the side.

Fri
07
Jan

Fall Lake board discusses road realignment

by Nancy McReady
A special Fall Lake Township meeting was held Monday evening to discuss realignment of Ernie’s Road. Seven citizens were in attendance, including the property owners who would be impacted by the options discussed.
Properties involved include parcels owned by Warren Johnson, Dave Johnson, Ed Seliskar, Ernie Seliskar, township land and Lake County land.
Currently, Locust Road is a platted road but has never been opened. This is an option to the east. This would be a straight road with a 66-foot right-of-way. Warren Johnson said using Locust would give him access to his property but upgrading the present Ernie’s Road would be the least expensive.
Fall Lake supervisors will contact Dave Johnson who was unable to attend the meeting for his opinion on the options discussed. Then the board will contact Lake County to get their approval.
The regular Fall Lake Township held on Tuesday had five citizens present.

Fri
31
Dec

Final act of kindness leaves lasting impact

by Quinn Gorham KBJR-TV
Greg Mosher, a resident of Ely, helped usher two residents out of a burning home last Wednesday, just days before he passed away.
Mosher was walking his dog with his family when he saw smoke coming out of a nearby stranger’s house, so he rushed over to alert the homeowners.
Inside, Lynn DeNio and her sister Jean thought they had fully put out a small kitchen fire that had happened just a few hours prior.
“Somebody came knocking on our door to tell us your house is on fire and please get out. It was my nap time, I was just getting ready to go to sleep,” said DeNio.
The fire department responded and put out the fire before it caused extensive structural damage.
In the aftermath of the flames, DeNio decided to post on Facebook about her experience and the mystery man who saved her life, hoping to identify him.

Fri
31
Dec

Mining resolution debated

by Tom Coombe
Representatives of local governments have come out yet again in support of the Twin Metals Minnesota copper-nickel mining project and against efforts that could derail those plans, but not without controversy.
The Dec. 20 meeting of the Community Economic Development Joint Powers Board included a last-minute resolution that mirrored many that have already been passed by area governing bodies.
This one, which opposed the Biden Administration’s efforts to seek a 20-year moratorium on mining on national forest land near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, failed to gain formal approval when it was passed by only four of five voting members.
Tom Omerza, who represents the school district on the Joint Powers Board, abstained and said the late nature of the resolution - which was not part of the agenda prepared prior to the meeting - offered little time for consideration.

Thu
30
Dec

Ely woman killed in car crash

An Ely woman died in a fatal head on accident on Hwy. 169 near Camp Lake Road.
Pat Marsnik, 72, of Ely, was killed when a southbound Subaru crossed the highway and struck the Chevy truck Marsnik was a passenger in.
The northbound truck was driven by Bob Baier, 74, of Ely who was taken to Essentia Health in Duluth. Baier was listed as having non-life threatening injuries.
Another passenger in the 2002 truck was Ray Marsnik, 80, of Ely who was listed as having life threatening injuries and transported to Essentia Health Duluth.
The driver of the 2021 Subaru was Ryan Reid, 38, of Superior, WI. Reid was listed as having life threatening injuries and also taken to Essentia Health Duluth.
All victims were listed as wearing seatbelts. Road conditions were snow and ice at the time of the accident, 4:51 p.m., according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
Highway 169 between Ely and Tower was closed over over an hour following the accident.

Thu
23
Dec

Retired ‘super’ considering Ely

UPDATE: The Ely School Board held a special meeting Thursday night and voted to offer the interim part-time superintendent position to John Klarich. Pending contract negotiations, Klarich would succeed Erik Erie, who is resigning Jan. 30.

Thu
23
Dec

Home damaged by fire before Christmas

by Nick Wognum
Greg and Jane Mosher walk their dogs every day on White Street and had a bit of excitement on Wednesday.
“We were walking by and I saw smoke pouring out of the eaves so I banged on the front door and told them they should call the fire department,” said Greg Mosher.
The call went out to 911 and the Ely fire department was paged at 3:57 p.m. to a structure fire at 1420 East White Street.
“When we arrived on scene, we found a single story house with heavy smoke showing from the eaves on all sides and coming out of the gable attic vents,” said fire chief Dave Marshall.
The occupants of the home, including Lynn DeNio, who lives there with her sister, were able to get out of the house safely.

Fri
17
Dec

Fun Run put on hold due to Covid

One of the area’s biggest winter events won’t happen as scheduled but organizers still hope to pull it off in 2022.
The Fun Run was scheduled for Feb. 5 but Covid restrictions have caused organizers to put it on hold for now.
“We understand there are guidelines that need to be followed and we want to be as Covid safe as we can,” said Fun Run co-chair Jim Zupanich. “If the decision is made where we can’t have 150 people at the wrap up party, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to put on the event.”
The wrap up party is normally held in the ballroom at Fortune Bay Resort Casino.

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