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Sun
29
May

Extra innings for state legislature

Far apart on a bevy of state spending decisions, Minnesota lawmakers ended their regular session without agreement last week and were immediately called back into special session by Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R).<BR><BR>And it’s Pawlenty, according to State Rep. David Dill (DFL-Crane Lake), who holds most of the cards as legislative leaders try to broker deals on issues ranging from education funding to health care.<BR><BR>“I’ve heard (State Sen.) Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) say it many times, ‘the governor usually gets what he wants,’” Dill said Wednesday. “And that’s where we’re headed. We’re fighting for the people based on what they told us, to get the best deal we can and go home.

Sun
29
May

Gardner Trust awards $5,200 to local recipients

The board of the Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust voted to award $5,200 to local artists and organizations at its May 18, 2005 board meeting.

Sun
29
May

Joint Powers gets behind airport project

The Ely Area Joint Powers Board has endorsed both the plan to make over $1.8 million in improvements at the Ely Airport, and a cost-share agreement involving local government entities.<BR><BR>Members agreed Wednesday to seek grant funding from the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board for a five percent ($90,750) local match.

Sun
29
May

Top city job draws plenty of interest this time

The city of Ely has no shortage of candidates for its top administrative position.<BR><BR>Applications for the vacant and recently renamed city clerk-treasurer/administrator position closed Monday with 21 candidates showing interest.<BR><BR>That’s four more than applied the last time around, when the council opted against hiring either of two finalists who interviewed for the job and went back to the drawing board, and 12 more than an initial posting during the winter.<BR><BR>“I think the timing is better,” said Patti Wellvang, Ely’s longtime deputy clerk. <BR><BR>“I think the title of administrator made it more appealing and I think the spring is a better time to do a search.

Sat
21
May

Artist Beckie Prange draws upon biology for new book “Song of the Water Boatman”

Growing up on a farm in west central Illinois, Beckie Prange had a wonderful time exploring the world of plants and animals. Beckie’s mom was always pointing things out on long walks with the kids. <BR><BR>Beckie grew to discover she enjoyed drawing what she saw and with practice she could represent things rather accurately. <BR><BR>Her mom said that when Beckie was three she was trying to draw a beaver. It just wasn’t turning out accurately enough and she was getting so frustrated that her mother thought, “That kid will never be an artist.” <BR><BR>Look at her now. After many prints and now with a book out, Beckie has found ways to express her lifelong development as an artist as well as a biologist. She still likes to make art that accurately represents the character and habits of animals and plants. <BR><BR>All through school Beckie was asked if she was going to be an artist or a scientist when she grew up.

Sat
21
May

Artist Beckie Prange draws upon biology for new book “Song of the Water Boatman”

Growing up on a farm in west central Illinois, Beckie Prange had a wonderful time exploring the world of plants and animals. Beckie’s mom was always pointing things out on long walks with the kids. <BR><BR>Beckie grew to discover she enjoyed drawing what she saw and with practice she could represent things rather accurately. <BR><BR>Her mom said that when Beckie was three she was trying to draw a beaver. It just wasn’t turning out accurately enough and she was getting so frustrated that her mother thought, “That kid will never be an artist.” <BR><BR>Look at her now. After many prints and now with a book out, Beckie has found ways to express her lifelong development as an artist as well as a biologist. She still likes to make art that accurately represents the character and habits of animals and plants. <BR><BR>All through school Beckie was asked if she was going to be an artist or a scientist when she grew up.

Sat
21
May

Sticker shock

Ely city officials have known for years that renovating the Community Center would be an expensive proposition.<BR><BR>But even they were taken aback last week by just how expensive it could be.<BR><BR>Restoring the nearly 70-year-old landmark to prime condition would cost more than $4.3 million, according to architects and engineers who toured the facility earlier this month.<BR><BR>That’s more than double the estimate prepared in 1994 for similar repairs, and seemingly far out of the city’s price range - unless it can land an influx of grant funding.<BR><BR>Mayor Roger Skraba said the city could built a new library and community center for less than it would cost to renovate the existing building, while council member Mike Hillman pressed for a less expensive upgrade.<BR><BR>But at least one council member - Mark Zupec -wants to proceed with the major renovations.<BR><BR>“If we can’t do public projects like th

Fri
20
May

Film Festival kicks off Saturday at Wolf Center

The International Wolf Center in Ely is presenting a summer-long Wolves of the World Film Festival, featuring weekly screenings of the 10 best contemporary wolf documentaries in the world. <BR><BR>The festival premiere is Saturday, May 28, at 8 p.m. with a special free screening of the award winning film, Michigan’s “Gray Wolf: Ghost Of The Big Timber.”<BR><BR>Produced by Northern Michigan University Public, the film will be introduced by Professor Dwight Brady, the film’s director. Brady will also take questions from the audience following the screening. Many of the films feature rare footage of wolves in the wild.

Fri
20
May

Group asks for plants for Pioneer Mine entrance

From 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Ely Greenstone Public Art members will be planting and will welcome you and your plant cuttings to make the area attractive. Bring a bucket of dirt, some tools and pitch in if you can. Young or old, your help is important to make the mine area something of which we can all be proud, and new plants are welcome too!<BR><BR>Memorial fund iniated, donations being encouraged<BR><BR>Greenstone has also started a special fund for a memorial to the miners who died in Ely’s mines. You can donate to the tax-deductible fund at: Ely Greenstone Mine Memorial, 2647 Van Vac Rad, Ely. For more information call Anne Swenson at 365-3141 or 365-5917 or contact any Greenstone member. Members include Judy Fredrickson, Bill Defenbaugh, Phil Sauer, Mike Sinesio, Anne Swenson, Claire Taylor and Emily Wahlberg. Ex Officio members: Sue Anderson, Barb Berglund, Janice Erickson, Betsy Flaten and Tanya Thompson

Sat
14
May

Semeja plans to leave school board

The Ely School Board may soon have a vacancy.<BR><BR>Longtime board member Rudy Semeja is planning a move to Virginia - perhaps as soon as this summer - if a tentative deal to sell his rural Ely home goes through as expected.<BR><BR>“Nothing is official yet,” Semeja told his fellow board members during Monday’s regular meeting.

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