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Tue
18
Sep

USDA Forest Service seeks public comment on improving management of mineral, oil, and gas resources

Today, Sept. 18, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service published Advance Notices announcing its plan to revise two parts of the agency’s locatable mineral regulations. The Forest Service seeks public comment on its work to improve outdated and inefficient regulations for locatable minerals(link is external) and oil and gas resources on national forest lands.
“This is one of many efforts that our agency is undertaking to focus on our priority of regulatory reform,” said interim Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen. “Our goal is to make our processes as simple and efficient as possible while ensuring a sustainable environment for future generations.”

Tue
18
Sep

Initial 696 levy increase set at max of 11.3%

by Nick Wognum -

Sun
16
Sep

Mettler, McDonald meet in Ely forum; Event set for Thursday at Vermilion

Ely area voters have a chance this week to see and hear from the candidates for a soon-to-be-vacant seat on the St. Louis County Board.
A public forum Thursday night at Vermilion Community College presents that opportunity, with Paul McDonald and Bernie Mettler both set to participate.
The event begins at 7 p.m. in the college theater.
Hosted by the local chapter of the American Association of University Women and Ely’s Rotary Club, the forum brings together the last two candidates remaining in the race to succeed retiring commissioner Tom Rukavina.
Mettler, who hails from Embarrass, finished first among seven candidates in an August primary while Ely’s McDonald took second.
Scheduled to be moderated by the Ely Echo’s Tom Coombe, the forum will include opening and closing statements from both candidates as well as an extended question-and-answer session on topics relevant to the role of county commissioner.

Sun
16
Sep

Rukavina mediating land dispute

There was some progress in a dispute over 60 acres of tax forfeited land near the old city dump on Lookout Ridge Road.
With St. Louis County Comissioner Tom Rukavina mediating, representatives from Ely and the Town of Morse met on Wednesday morning.
Rukavina tabled the matter at Tuesday’s county board meeting and Morse recesed its regular meeting Tuesday night so both Terry Soderberg and Len Cersine could attend the meeting Wednesday. Mayor Chuck Novak represented the city council.
For the township, the issue comes down to annexation. If the city was able to acquire the 60 acres, it could work with landowner Ross Petersen to create an annexation corridor to the old city dump property.
City operations director Harold Langowski said the city is looking for funding to clean up the dump site and turn it into a housing development. Novak said the city could also look at light development in the line of a clothing company in the future.

Sun
16
Sep

VCC mineral royalties scholarship announced

VCC mineral royalties scholarship announced
Vermilion Community College is pleased to announce the first recipients of the St Louis County Mineral Royalties Scholarships. Earlier in 2018, the county board dedicated $150,000, a portion of the iron ore royalties to create scholarships for students at Hibbing Community College, Mesabi Range College, Lake Superior College, and Vermilion Community College. The scholarship program will serve as a workforce development resource to help train and retain skilled employees in high-demand industries in St. Louis County.
Vermilion’s portion of the program bring $37,500 to 23 students. These students hope to stay in the region and work in high demand areas including; water quality, forestry, law enforcement, and veterinary technology.

Sun
16
Sep

Marathon weekend looms

by Tom Coombe -

Sat
15
Sep

Morse Township hears road maintenance pitch

The Town of Morse board heard a pitch to use a special piece of equipment for maintaining gravel roads.
Township residents Paul Ivancich and Ryan Kiesler asked if the board would be interested in looking at a demonstration of the specialized equipment.
Kiesler said the unit is pulled behind a tractor and digs up to six inches, followed by a levelling bar and a magnet.
“I’ve been maintaining the Gold Mine Road for the past three years and no additional gravel has been needed,” said Kiesler.
He said potholes have been kept at a minimum as well.
Ivancich said the goal is to spend less on gravel and save the township money.
Supervisor Len Cersine asked if it will shape the road.
Kiesler said the unit is built to keep the gravel on the road.
The board agreed to set up a demonstration on a township road to see if the service would be of interest.

Sat
15
Sep

School enrollment down by 31; K-12 total falls to 565

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
14
Sep

Caring about the people who live in and visit - The Ely Echo

As a busy summer wraps up in the northland, you can always turn to the Ely Echo for the latest news that is happening and photos from recent events.
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Fri
14
Sep

Class of 1968 holds 50th reunion

50 YEAR REUNION for the Ely Memorial High School Class of 1968 on Sept. 8 at Semers Park.

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