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Tue
08
May

Graduation is Tuesday at VCC

by Tom Coombe
The school year comes to an end this week - with its usual fanfare - at Vermilion Community College.
Commencement ceremonies for VCC’s Class of 2018 are slated for Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium.
About half of the 170-member graduating class, will take part in the graduation event.
Following recent tradition, Vermilion will turn to a recent graduate to deliver the commencement address.
Anna (Keenan) Wiebelhaus, a 2015 graduate of the school’s fisheries and wildlife biology program, is set to return to campus and speak to this year’s graduating class.
Since taking part in Vermilion’s commencement as a graduate just three years ago, Wiebelhaus graduated from Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a degree in wildlife ecology and research management.

Mon
07
May

Seraphine Rolando will speak on Ely’s Mining History May 10

On Thursday, May 10 at 6 p.m. at Ely’s Senrior Center, Seraphine Rolando will speak on Ely’s Mining History.

Recently, the following letter to the Editor in regard to Rolando was received:

Fri
04
May

Ely’s hometown newspaper - The Ely Echo - the news you need to know!

The Ely school year is ending: Prom is over and Graduations at Ely Memorial and Vermilion Community College are next! Summer is on its way and soon the lakes will open soon. Minnesota Fishing Opener is May 12.

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Fri
04
May

Forsman enters county board race

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
04
May

Grand March for Ely Prom goers

REWRITE THE STARS was the theme of this year’s Grand March for Ely Memorial High School’s prom. Pictured on the school steps were the 33 couples.

Lots of prom photos in this week's Ely Echo. On newsstands today and area homes tomorrow.

Fri
04
May

Ely’s first Eagle Scout in six years

Ethan Hasz is about to join elite company.
Sunday, the high school senior will officially be awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. He’ll be inducted in a ceremony set for 1:30 p.m. at the Ledgerock Community Church.
Hasz is Ely’s first Eagle Scout in six years and part of an exclusive group. Only 2.2 percent of boys who enter the scouting ranks ever climb to become an Eagle.
His induction caps a journey that has taken about a dozen years and rising through the ranks including Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos and eventually becoming part of Ely’s Boy Scout Troop 4170.
Hasz also had to earn 21 merit badges, complete service projects and learn numerous scouting skills that cover everything from care for the U.S. flag and tying knots to cooking over an open fire and responsible internet use.
To become an Eagle Scout, Hasz had to complete a major service project.

Fri
04
May

What do you know about water?

WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY third grade students made a trip to Vermilion Community College to learn about water with the VCC Water Resources students. Submitted photo.

Fri
04
May

...CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON ACROSS NORTHEAST MINNESOTA...

Red Flag Warning - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Duluth MN

...CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON ACROSS NORTHEAST MINNESOTA...

The National Weather Service in Duluth has issued a Red Flag
Warning for low relative humidities and gusty winds, which is in
effect from noon today to 7 PM CDT this evening.

* Affected Area...In Minnesota, North St. Louis, Northern Cook/Northern Lake, Central St. Louis, Southern Lake/North Shore, Southern Cook/North Shore, Carlton/South St. Louis and Pine.

.Dangerous fire weather conditions are expected over northeast Minnesota this afternoon. Northwest winds of 15 to 20 mph with gusts to around 25 mph are expected as humidity values drop to between 15 to 25 percent.

Wed
02
May

U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) formally reinstates two federal mineral leases

Twin Metals Minnesota issued the following statement in response to today’s action by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to formally reinstate two federal mineral leases held by the company in Northeast Minnesota.
The formal reinstatement of the leases follows a U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) legal opinion issued in December 2017 affirming Twin Metals’ right to renewal of the leases, which the company and its predecessors have held in good standing for more than 50 years. The December 2017 legal opinion negated actions taken in 2016 by the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to deny the renewal of the two Twin Metals leases. Twin Metals’ federal leases are important components of the underground mine project proposal the company is preparing for submittal to state and federal agencies for extensive review through an Environmental Impact Statement.

Wed
02
May

Twin Metals Minnesota making progress on groundwater study

by Nick Wognum -

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