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Sat
09
Jul

Oberstar meets with city, county officials on Fourth of July

Prior to shaking hands in Ely’s Fourth of July parade, Rep. Jim Oberstar took time to meet with city and county officials.<BR><BR>Meeting at Journey’s End Cafe, the Congressman discussed the funding for the Highway 169 project as well as for the joint public works facility.<BR><BR>In attendance were state Rep. David Dill, Ely mayor Roger Skraba, St. Louis County commissioner Mike Forsman, council members Chuck Novak, Mike Hillman, Mark Zupec and Jerome Debeltz along with Bill Erzar of the Highway 169 Task Force and Oberstar aide Pete Makowski.<BR><BR>Oberstar explained the current status of the federal highway bill. It has been passed by both the Senate and House and is now in conference committee.

Sat
02
Jul

Local school board filings get underway

At least two incumbents are likely to be on the ballot when area voters fill four Ely School Board positions this fall.<BR><BR>Board chairperson Ray Marsnik and member Peggy York-Jesme both indicated last week that they’d seek re-election.<BR><BR>A third incumbent, Steve Park, could not be reached for comment while the fourth board seat up for grabs is the position recently vacated by Rudy Semeja, who resigned because of a move outside the district.<BR><BR>Filings for all four seats open Tuesday at the district’s general office, located inside the Memorial High School building, although there will be two separate elections.<BR><BR>Those vying to fill Semeja’s seat will file for election to a two-year term.<BR><BR>Meanwhile, the seats of Marsnik, York-Jesme and Park are up together, with the top three vote-getters in November winning four-year terms on the board.<BR><BR>A primary will be triggered if at least sev

Sat
02
Jul

Townhome project takes new shape

The long-discussed plan to develop townhomes on East Washington Street may finally be coming to fruition, but it will take much more public involvement than first proposed.<BR><BR>City leaders are considering a proposal to back $3 million in general obligation bonds for the proposed 26-unit development.<BR><BR>Ely’s housing and redevelopment authority would partner with the St.

Fri
01
Jul

Windstorm destroys dugouts at baseball field

A violent thunderstorm destroyed the dugouts at Veterans Memorial Field on Sunday night.<BR><BR>High winds, likely through a down-burst, left tornado-like wreckage at the baseball field. <BR><BR>The third base dugout was tipped over, toppling the concrete wall into a storage shed. The shed was moved nearly six inches backward. <BR><BR>The roof of the first base dugout, along with a row of block, was lifted off and dropped on top of the chainlink fence.

Sun
26
Jun

Another wall, another canvas for painter Maureen O’Brien

Mealey’s Gift and Sauna Shop has carried Maureen O’Brien’s paintings for about 20 years. <BR><BR>Co-owner Jim Mealey met O’Brien at a craft show in Grand Rapids while she was painting stretched deer hide with scenes of lady slipper flowers, loons and Minnesota. Jim purchased some art work from Maureen and told her about his Sauna Shop. <BR><BR>Over the last few years you could find O’Brien sitting on the porch of Mealey’s Sauna Shop during Blueberry Arts Festival weekend doing painting demonstrations. She’ll be there again this year. <BR><BR>But now her work includes a small woodland scene on the wall inside the Ely Surplus Store, and she is also turning the outside of the Surplus Store into a woodland setting. <BR><BR>Painting on these hot days has been a challenge as well as the rough stucco, but you can just about feel yourself in the woods right there on 129 North Central Avenue...

Sat
25
Jun

Teetzel named new city administrator

All that was missing Tuesday night at City Hall was the white smoke billowing out of the chimney.<BR><BR>That’s what one regular observer of Ely City Council meetings remarked when - after eight months and a couple of false starts - the council finally hired a new chief executive.<BR><BR>Jill Teetzel of East Bethel, Minn., was selected from a field of five finalists.

Sat
25
Jun

IRRRB funds airport, Steger Mukluks

The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board has thrown its financial support behind a pair of Ely projects.<BR><BR>At a June 17 meeting in St.

Fri
24
Jun

More fun, festivities on Fourth

Organizers of Ely’s Fourth of July celebration are gearing up for a full day of family fun.<BR><BR>Traditional events including a parade, food and games at Whiteside Park and the evening fireworks display are all part of this year’s Independence Day celebration.<BR><BR>But Young Life Ely, the local branch of a Christian youth organization, has expanded the lineup in what will be the fourth year it has coordinated the Fourth festivities.<BR><BR>Two competitions, YL’s first ‘BWCA-a-Thon,” and Outhouse races along Seventh Avenue, have been added to the event.<BR><BR>The ‘BWCA-a-Thon’ kicks things off at 10:30 a.m. on the Fourth.<BR><BR>Teams of two will race around Whiteside Park, with one carrying a canoe around a designated route and the other carrying a pack.

Sun
19
Jun

Wheels are rolling at the New Bike Shop

After working at Piragis Bike Shop for four summer seasons, Denise Myers and David Levander bought the shop from Steve and Nancy Piragis and moved it to it’s new location, right behind Norex Photo at 402 East Sheridan Street on the avenue side. They will now have more of a year-round facility with repair area. <BR><BR>The merchandise line will be expanded to include more riders than the average mountain bikes they had in the past. Now they will accommodate more riders’ styles with road bikes, comfort and hybrid bikes and touring bikes. To go along with all this, they have sport clothing, jerseys, and bicycle gear. In the summer the plan is to expand into ice skating and hockey equipment. Ice skate rental will also be great for the winter tourist who would like to do something a little different while up here.

Sat
18
Jun

Tuesday Night Live back for encore

Take Ely’s busy summer season and the influx of visitors from around the world.<BR><BR>Add some extended evening hours for many downtown businesses, and throw in some entertainment and art demonstrations on the side.<BR><BR>What do you get?<BR><BR>According to Ely business leaders, a fun and festive atmosphere and what’s quickly becoming a popular summer promotion.<BR><BR>“Tuesday Night Live” debuts Tuesday in Ely’s shopping district, kicking off a nine week effort in which more than two dozen businesses will be open for expanded hours.<BR><BR>And the Chamber wants to make sure that those on Ely’s streets are having a good time.<BR><BR>To that end, they’ve lined up a series of entertainment acts to add to the proceedings.<BR><BR>The folk and ethnic music of Dobro can be heard on the porch of Coldwell Banker/First Ely Realty, and local accordionist Adolph Levar is slated to perform outside WELY.

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