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Fri
17
Jul

Treehouse Broadband dialing up project

A $450,000 wireless broadband project in the Town of Morse is moving forward.
Isaac Olson of Treehouse Broadband updated the Morse board on Tuesday night. Olson said over the last four weeks he’s talked to over 100 people in the area the project will cover.
He’s also met with island owners on Burntside Lake.
One lease is signed and five or six others have been given to the owners for the repeaters on the island.
He said an antenna has been installed on the Winton water tower with testing ongoing.
The two taller towers are planned for Wolf Lake and Little Long Lake with a spot planned that is within sight of the Ely water tower will be built using a 30-foot tower instead of 100 footer.
He is putting together updated costs on those two locations which would be able to redistribute the township funding to the two towers and/or to help fund expansion elsewhere.

Fri
17
Jul

You can learn about the story of Ely by visiting the cemetery

by Bill Erzar, Chairman
Ely Cemetery Committee
Tonight, as I sit here at home, I have spent basically the last week checking gravestones and monuments at the Ely Cemetery, that have fallen over, are leaning, have bases that are deteriorating, headstones that are loose from bases, have broken components, those that need cleaning, and those that are missing panels from the old Cast Metal type of monuments.
I have walked, knelt at, and laid down at some markers to rub off the moss or lichens, or cleared away some overgrown grass and dirt to read the names on those weather worn stones. Many of our early Elyites, were of Slovenian and Finnish ancestry.

Fri
10
Jul

Tourism on the rebound

by Tom Coombe
Despite an anemic spring local officials expect that when all is said and done, lodging tax receipts will rebound from current levels.
A recent influx of summer tourism traffic, and reports that some area resorts are expecting steady business through September, is helping to drive that optimism.
That’s despite a report presented at Tuesday’s city council meeting showed that collections from the area’s three percent “bed tax” are down by about 15 percent.
April and May totals also figure to be significantly down, due largely to coronavirus-related stay at home orders that shuttered some local lodging establishments.
Nevertheless, Ely Mayor Chuck Novak voiced some optimism and backed it up with both data and anecdotal evidence.
“My comment is that this is not as bad as I thought it would be,” said Novak.

Fri
10
Jul

Ely Patriotic March was a success

BIG TURNOUT for the Ely Patriotic March as people gathered to celebrate our country’s Independence Day with a parade along Sheridan Street Saturday.

See this week's Ely Echo for three full pages of photos from the event PLUS a full page from the motorcade event at Carefree Living!

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Fri
03
Jul

March (parade) on the 4th

by Tom Coombe
Ely’s first Patriotic March highlights an unconventional Independence Day celebration town.
Both the official July 4 parade and festivities in Whiteside Park were casualties of the coronavirus pandemic, but the march, set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, has the look of a traditional parade.
It will use the traditional parade route as well as an additional five blocks to allow people to spread out.
Earlier in the day, people should look to the sky as another Ely Fourth staple - a military plane flyover - is in the works.
Retired Air Force pilot and Ely American Legion post commander Steve Saari announced Wednesday that “the 148th Fighter Wing from Duluth will salute the celebration of our independence on the Fourth of July with a 2 ship Block 50 F-16 flyover from east to west down Sheridan Street.”
The flyover is scheduled to take place some time between 11:15 and 11:25 a.m. on Saturday.

Tue
30
Jun

BLM will prepare EIS on Twin Metals project

Twin Metals Minnesota announced it has received the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Notice of Intent to scope and prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Twin Metals’ proposed copper-nickel-cobalt-platinum group metals mine in northeast Minnesota.
The BLM notice formally initiates the scoping and environmental review process at the federal level under the National Environmental Policy Act, which will allow for a thorough analysis of the potential impacts and benefits of Twin Metals’ proposed project.
Multiple federal agencies and tribal governments will be engaged in the process, and the public will have several opportunities to participate through comment periods.
A parallel environmental review process will be led by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
The BLM determined Twin Metals’ proposal to be complete in late May after the company responded to comments from federal agencies on its initial mine plan submittal.

Fri
26
Jun

Harvest Moon still on…for now

by Tom Coombe
Despite a recommendation that it be cancelled, Ely’s Harvest Moon Festival is still on as scheduled in early-September.
The Ely Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the annual event,plans to wait until July 28 before deciding the fate of the popular arts and crafts show held in Whiteside Park.
But the Chamber’s board will weigh a recommendation from the organization’s events and promotions committee, which recommended on May 26 that the Harvest Moon Festival, slated for Sept. 11-13, be cancelled.
Brian Forsberg, chairman of the Chamber’s board of directors, stressed Thursday that no final decision has been made.
“This has not yet been discussed at the board level,” said Forsberg. “At this point, the ‘go or no go’ date is July 28. The board as far as I know would not make any decision until that time.”

Tue
23
Jun

Fire destroys another home

by Tom Coombe
For the second time this month, an Ely home went up in flames and was destroyed by fire.
Tuesday afternoon, fire crews arrived at 131 East Conan Street to find the structure completely ablaze.
Nobody was injured in a home that belonged to Scott Matschiner, according to Ely Fire Chief Tom Erchull.
One dog inside the home was able to escape while another is believed to have perished in the blaze.
The home was damaged extensively and is considered a total loss, while two adjacent homes had moderate damage and another had damage to its siding.
The devastation could have been even worse, according to Erchull.
“That’s why we had Morse (Fire Department) go down to Central Avenue,” said Erchull. “That easily could have been the whole block when the houses are three feet apart. I thought it was going to be the whole block.”

Fri
19
Jun

July 4 march set in Ely

by Tom Coombe
It may not be an official parade, but a Fourth of July event in Ely is shaping up to be perhaps the next-best thing.
Using the traditional parade route as well as an additional five blocks to allow people to spread out, Ely will have a “Patriotic March” on Saturday, July 4.
Starting at 1 p.m., the march figures to look much like traditional Independence Day parades in Ely, complete with the Ely Honor Guard, fire trucks, floats, bikes and a plethora of groceries and goodies distributed by Zup’s Food Market.
“We thought it was important for Ely to have this,” said Nick Wognum, one of several members of the Ely Patriotic Club, which formed this month and is organizing the event. “Whether or not you call it a parade doesn’t matter. It’s the chance to express our First Amendment rights and gather on the Fourth of July in a patriotic way, like we always have in Ely.”

Fri
19
Jun

VCC on track to reopen in fall

by Tom Coombe
A virtual ghost town for nearly three months, Vermilion Community College will come back to life later this summer.
The 2020-21 school year is set to begin on time in late-August, with classes being held in-person and students residing in on-campus housing.
School leaders made that official this week with a letter to incoming students indicating a return to “business as usual” - with some new safety enhancements - amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Our current plan is to be open,” provost Shawn Bina said Wednesday. “The governor can change it on us if something happens further with the pandemic, but we do plan to be open while following CDC and Department of Health guidelines.”
Student housing will operate at reduced capacity because of the pandemic, and buffets will go by the wayside in the cafeteria in favor of entirely plated meals.

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