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Sat
19
Feb

Ely girls second at state ski meet

The Ely girls Nordic ski team finished second in the state meet behind state champion Grand Rapids in the single class competition.<BR><BR>Giant’s Ridge was the site of a cold Minnesota State High School ski meet on Friday morning. <BR><BR>Temperatures were as cold as 20 degrees below zero before warming up to single digits when the races finally got underway around 11 a.m.<BR><BR>It was thought Grand Rapids and Ely would be the top two competitors and they were. After the freestyle half of the race Grand Rapids led the Ely girls by 19 points, 381 to 362.<BR><BR>Grand Rapids had three of the top 12 finishers in the freestyle event.<BR><BR>Senior Jenna Klein was Ely’s top finisher in the freestyle, taking 11th in 18 minutes 46.4 seconds. <BR><BR>Kelly Chaudoin was 16th with a time of 19:03.6.

Sun
13
Feb

Production gets under way for Ely’s “Kiss Me, Kate”

Broadway, on December 30, 1948, received a belated Christmas gift from the pens of Sam and Bella Spewack and Cole Porter. To the story, a light, literate backstage fable by the Spewacks, Cole Porter provided the finest music of his long, distinguished career. “Kiss Me, Kate” presents a wonderful blend of William Shakes-peare and modern musical theater.<BR><BR>In the show, Frederic C. Graham, director, producer, star, reunites with his ex-wife, Lilli Vanessi, in his musical production of “The Taming of the Shrew”.<BR><BR>Their mutual personal problems mirror themselves in their backstage lives and in the “Shrew.” To complicate matters, Fred Graham has recruited his latest fling,<BR><BR>Lois Lane (No, not the Superman Lois Lane), and her boy friend Bill Calhoun to perform in his show.

Sun
13
Feb

Town of Morse may contract with Fall Lake for fire protection services

The ongoing saga of the Town of Morse fire department took another step last week with word that a contract with Fall Lake may now be in the making. <BR><BR>Town of Morse board chair Terry Soderberg met with Town of Fall Lake chair Nick Milkovich to discuss the issue which has been contentious at times.<BR><BR>Soderberg said the idea of forming a separate joint powers board with separate meetings did not sit well with Milkovich. <BR><BR>“I told him about our conversation with Mayor (Roger) Skraba of the city of Ely to have one entity for a fire department and Nick was very receptive to that,” said Soderberg. <BR><BR>“He had reservations but I said Roger is trying to put something together. We don’t need two fire departments one mile apart if we can get one.

Fri
11
Feb

Ely home to state Lego champions

Five Ely High School students formed a state championship team this winter, but they never bounced a basketball, laced on their skates or hit a ski trail.<BR><BR>Without the fanfare of a high-profile athletic team that captures the attention of an entire community, four seniors and a sophomore worked together to win a creativity contest centered around a popular children’s toy.<BR><BR>On Feb.

Fri
11
Feb

Girl Scout troop contributes to the community, honors a friend

Six Ely Girl Scouts are about to earn the service organization’s highest award.<BR><BR>And in the process, they’ll enhance a local recreation area and honor a former classmate, teammate and fellow scout.<BR><BR>This Sunday, scout troop 1306- all Ely High School seniors - will dedicate the Golden Hannah Jo Trail - a new 3.2-kilometer loop to the cross country ski trail system at theHidden Valley Recreation Area.<BR><BR>The trail was driven and built by the scouts and named in memory of the late Hannah Jo Simone, who died in a car accident outside of Ely two years ago.<BR><BR>Simone was part of the scout troop - most of whom were in scouting together since kindergarten - and a member of Ely High’s class of 2005 and the school’s Nordic ski team.<BR><BR>Beth Wilmunen, Kelly Chaudoin, Jenna Klein, Anne Kellerman, Ali Schulze and Taryn Cunningham form troop 1306.<BR><BR>When the scouts were looking to complete their G

Sun
06
Feb

Ely ambulance study set to begin

A public forum set for this weekend will launch a comprehensive look at the Ely area’s ambulance service.<BR><BR>Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital is convening a task force to address ambulance service issues and make long-term recommendations on staffing, ownership and operations.<BR><BR>Their first meeting is set for 9 a.m.

Sun
06
Feb

Death on ‘169’ renews renovation push

In the wake of a fatal collision on Highway 169, local officials are stepping up efforts to secure funding to improve the roadway.<BR><BR>City officials and members of the 169 Task Force may launch a letter-writing campaign to state and federal leaders. They hope to convince them to fund safety improvements on the portion of the highway between Ely and Soudan.<BR><BR>“I think if we push the right people we can make this happen,” said Ely Mayor and 169 Task Force member Roger Skraba. “I will do whatever I can to make this road safe.”<BR><BR>A several-year push to improve 169 only figures to intensify following a Jan.

Sun
06
Feb

Gubernatorial hopeful stops in Ely

The election is nearly two years away, but the race to be Minnesota’s next governor has already begun.<BR><BR>Democrat Bud Philbrook is looking to get a leg up on the field - and build name recognition after 20 years away from politics - by conducting town-hall style meetings around the state.<BR><BR>He met about 25 Ely area voters Jan. 30 during just such a gathering at the Piragis Northwoods Company.<BR><BR>Philbrook, who lives in Maplewood, charged the administration headed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) with taking the state in the wrong direction and pledged to center his campaign on what he’s dubbed “E3,” adequately funded education, a strong economy and a clean environment.<BR><BR>“It’s pretty simple,” said Philbrook.

Fri
04
Feb

Nearly 800 in this year’s Fun Run to benefit area trails

Call it a formula for success but after many variations the Fun Run snowmobile event on Saturday, Jan. 29 again exceeded expectations for participation and funds raised. <BR><BR>“We had 792 entries and over 250 of those came in on the day of the event,” said event organizer Jim Zupancich. “This was a great turnout and we raised over $15,000 for trails in Ely, Babbitt and Tower which met our goal for the event.”<BR><BR>Beautiful weather greeted those who registered at the three check-in points, Tank’s Bar in Babbitt, Benchwarmers in Tower and Grand Ely Lodge. <BR><BR>“The trails were in great shape,” said event organizer Nick Wognum. “We rode from Ely to Tower to Babbitt and back to Ely and the trails were fantastic.

Sun
30
Jan

City to expand search for clerk

The search for a new city clerk will be extended after action by the Ely City Council Tuesday night.<BR><BR>The council voted to extend the filing deadline for applicants to Feb. 11, to expand the advertising to the Twin Cities area and to keep the current applications as part of the process.<BR><BR>A total of 10 candidates had applied for the position. <BR><BR>“Normally when we have a department head position we get a couple dozen applications. Then we narrow that down to interview the top six or seven. I think the posting time had something to with it because of the holidays and not being able to get it into different publications,” said Deputy Clerk Patty Wellvang. <BR><BR>Council member Chuck Novak also discussed plans by the city to change job descriptions to give the new clerk more responsibility over department heads.<BR><BR>“I will bring this to the council for a vote at our regular meeting Tuesday,” said Novak.

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