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Sat
01
Dec

Hospital to hold annual meeting

The financial health of an area health care institution is one of many topics Monday night, when the Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital and Nursing Home holds its annual shareholders meeting.<BR><BR>The session starts at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room, located on the lower floor of the hospital, and will include the annual report on the corporation's business activities, including the results of an audit for the fiscal year that ended in June.<BR><BR>A year ago, EBCH had net income of just over $652,000 on total revenues of approximately $18.5 million.

Sat
01
Dec

Ely work ethic = more state jobs

A series of speakers celebrated the arrival of 27 state jobs in Ely by celebrating the performance of the local workforce.<BR><BR>The Minnesota Department of Revenue's newest local employees were formally welcomed Wednesday during a ceremony attended by Revenue Commissioner Ward Einess, other top agency management and local dignitaries.<BR><BR>The latest hires boosted Revenue's Ely workforce to more than 90 people - second only to the agency's St. Paul headquarters. <BR><BR>The operation has grown, according to speakers including Einess, Ely Mayor Chuck Novak and retired State Sen. Doug Johnson, because of the work ethic and efficiency of the existing staff, many of whom attended the morning reception at Revenue's Ely Business Park facility.<BR><BR>"This is about you, the employees," said Johnson, who was instrumental in establishing a Revenue outpost in Ely during the late-1980s.

Sat
24
Nov

Cracked sewer lines discovered

A detailed report will be delivered next month, but a sneak preview from city engineer Harold Langowski Tuesday confirmed what many suspected: that deficient city infrastructure was found during a large-scale inspection of sanitary and storm sewer lines.<BR><BR>"It did show some cracked pipes in some areas that need to be addressed and looked at," Langowski said of the recent televising process.<BR><BR>Langowski briefed council members and indicated that a formal, written report would be ready in December.<BR><BR>The engineer, who works for Hibbing firm RLK Kuusisto, indicated that spot repair work is needed.<BR><BR>"It's fairly deep in alleys," said Langowski.

Sat
17
Nov

An Ely Thanksgiving tradition

Combine turkey and pumpkin pie with shopping and parades.<BR><BR>That's the mix, of sorts, in Ely this week as the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays converge.<BR><BR>Thursday is Thanksgiving day and in Ely that means more than just family gatherings and turkey dinners; it's also the busiest shopping night of the year.<BR><BR>The occasion, of course, is Ely's Thanksgiving night shopping, a one-night, three-hour (6 to 9 p.m.) extravaganza that's become a local tradition.<BR><BR>And the next night, many residents and visitors will line the street for the annual Christmas parade, set for 5;30 p.m.<BR><BR>The events kick off the holiday shopping season in Ely and - at least in the case of Thanksgiving shopping - have taken a life of their own.<BR><BR>Started during the 1980s by Gayle Meskill, who owned the now-closed Gossip Bench, the event has expanded exponentially through the years.<BR>

Fri
16
Nov

New Pamida opens Nov. 29

A flurry of recent activity inside and around the new Pamida store on Ely's east end means just one thing: the new retail outlet is about to open.<BR><BR>Store manager Micki Resch confirmed that this week, indicating that the 33,000 square foot facility will be open for business at 9 a.m., Thursday Nov. 29.<BR><BR>"We're merchandising the new store right now and getting it ready," Resch said Thursday, while going through the new building with Pamida corporate representatives.<BR><BR>Pamida's downtown Chapman Street outlet will close for good at 3:30 p.m. Nov.

Mon
12
Nov

Revenue to add seasonal workers

The Minnesota Department of Revenue is expanding its presence in Ely.<BR><BR>Just weeks after bringing nearly 30 new full-time jobs to the community, the agency has announced plans to add further to its local workforce next spring, with the hire of up to 10 temporary workers during tax season.<BR><BR>It's part of a pilot project to determine if hiring seasonal workers - at locations other than department headquarters in St. Paul - will be viable.<BR><BR>"It's really a test," department spokesman Mike Teegardin said Tuesday. "It's a test of our infrastructure. We know the performance is going to be there."<BR><BR>State Rep. David Dill (D-Crane Lake) said Thursday that the test could lead to a much larger complement of seasonal workers.

Sat
10
Nov

More clinic space, fewer nursing home beds

Local health care delivery and the hospital campus would be reshaped by a joint renovation effort being pursued by Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital and St. Mary's/Duluth Clinic.<BR><BR>On several fronts, EBCH is moving forward on an estimated $3.5 million initiative that calls for expanded clinic space, the relocation of several hospital departments and further downsizing of the nursing home operation.<BR><BR>Tuesday, EBCH board members formally authorized the closure of 20 nursing home beds, a move that will reduce occupancy from 79 to 59 and result in still-to-be-determined reductions in staff.

Sat
03
Nov

More buildings than cash

They were elected to manage the city, but in 2007 Ely City Council members instead appear to be getting a crash course in real estate management.<BR><BR>In a sense, council members have served as landlords, land barons and real estate speculators this year, facing a series of issues connected with city buildings and property.<BR><BR>And just as they wrapped up one key issue - a lease agreement that will put 27 new state jobs in the city-owned Revenue Building (see related story) - two more difficult challenges surfaced at Tuesday's study session.<BR><BR>Both - needed disability access improvements at City Hall and the Community Center as well as the city's potential acquisition of the JFK Building - hit right to the heart of the city's dilemma: the lack of financial resources to renovate and operate an abundance of buildings and property.<BR><BR>The Community Center, City Hall and JFK issues have simmered for months whil

Fri
02
Nov

The power of positive thinking

A campaign aimed at promoting a positive environment in Ely has done just that, and perhaps a whole lot more.<BR><BR>About 300 photos featuring Ely area residents - all with their own unique statement about themselves or the community - have surfaced in the windows of dozens of Ely businesses as a result of the Ely Positive Thinking Campaign.<BR><BR>Organizers and participants commemorated the campaign Oct.

Fri
02
Nov

The power of positive thinking

A campaign aimed at promoting a positive environment in Ely has done just that, and perhaps a whole lot more.<BR><BR>About 300 photos featuring Ely area residents - all with their own unique statement about themselves or the community - have surfaced in the windows of dozens of Ely businesses as a result of the Ely Positive Thinking Campaign.<BR><BR>Organizers and participants commemorated the campaign Oct.

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