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Fri
23
Mar

Ely Echo - The voice of the wilderness since 1972

The March 24 Ely Echo is packed full of news about Ely and Elyites. Check out:

High school seniors off on trip to D.C.

Ecklund’s bill exempts Vets on Lake from lodging tax

Ely school, police department respond to “threatening graffiti”

All systems ‘go’ for long awaited 17th Avenue project

ECR to hold 40th fundraiser April 14

Klobuchar aides to host Ely forum
Tuesday event at hospital will focus on prescription drug costs

Photos sought of departed vets
Ely VFW looks for info on Steve Skube, George Anderson, who died in Netherlands during World War II

plus columnists and lots of letters to the editor!

Get your copy before they run out!

Fri
23
Mar

7A “Triple A” goes to Lah

TRIPLE A AWARD winner Blaise Lah with his parents James and Ruth. Submitted photo.

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
23
Mar

This week in the O’Clock Hour

Mary Beth Shepard, Judy Kellerman, Anne Lincicome, Jane Kerntz, Kris Olson: “We’re just out walking... We do this every weekend. Sometimes we walk to the GEL and have a beer. That’s our reward. Not today though.”

Where will you be, what will you be doing...
...when Pam Roberts finds you during her “O’Clock Hour?” Each week she sets aside one hour only in spring, summer, fall and winter to roam the streets around Ely and capture a snapshot of life in Ely in 2018. Perhaps you’ll be next!

Fri
23
Mar

Summer comes early to Ely golfers

SWING - Ely Golf Club manager and instructor Tim Cooper takes a swing at the new indoor golf center.
Photo by Jessica Kellogg.

by Jessica Kellogg -

Fri
23
Mar

Ely students present their Wax Museum

WAX MUSEUM participants (back row l-r): Evelie Cooley-Cramer, Chance Wavrin, Jack Rintala, Tyler Forsberg, Destany Burks, Tatum Gubrud, Peyton Erzar-Tyndall, Zoe Mackenzie, Blake Hegfors, Drew Johnson, Sabrah Hart; Kneeling middle: Otto Devine, Nathan Hoffmeister, Jack Davies, Hunter Halbakken, Molly Lindsay, Cylvia Debeltz, Makenzi Huntington, Addyson Brandau; Kneeling front: Jaymes Scholz, Bryce Williamson, Alison Poppler, Connor Brennan, Aila Harding, James Grant. Photo by Pam Roberts.

Wed
21
Mar

School may wait til ’20; Facilities project remains just a concept; Abrahamson says district “running out of time” to pursue referendum this year

by Tom Coombe
It could be more than two years before Ely area voters are asked to support a tax increase to fund a possible major facilities project on the campus.
Superintendent Kevin Abrahamson said the general election in 2020 may provide the best chance to gain public support for a project, now only in the conceptual stage, that could perhaps connect existing buildings and add gymnasium space.
With cost estimates, tax impact, the possibility of other funding and the framework of what’s been dubbed “the corridor concept,” still uncertain, Abrahamson said that prospects for a levy referendum this year are dwindling.
“You’re almost running out of time if you’re going to hold a bond referendum this year,” Abrahamson told school board members Monday, during the board’s regular monthly session.

Wed
21
Mar

WICOLA honored at Int’l Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum

WICOLA President Teresa Sagen accepted the award.

Wed
21
Mar

Township residents give green light to Morse buying land for recreation

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
16
Mar

Ely grad rates top state averages

by Tom Coombe
For the Ely School District, an adjustment in state calculations didn’t alter the bottom line: its graduation rates still remain well above state averages.
School board members got a look at the latest numbers Monday, and Ely has exceeeded a 90 percent high school graduation rate in four of the last five years and topped 95 percent in three years.
Even a slight dip in 2017 - 88 percent of Ely seniors graduated - wasn’t enough to buck the trend.
In the last five years, state high school graduation rates have ranged from 80.4 to 82.7 percent.
“You can see we’re well above the state average,” high school principal Megan Anderson told school board members.
Ely’s success has been noticed, according to Anderson.
She said that area principals have also seen the numbers and made note at a recent gathering.
“They’re asking us ‘how do we keep our graduation rates so high,’” said Anderson. “That’s fun to hear.”

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