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Sun
24
Oct

Jaycees’ Haunted House returns

The Ely Jaycees have turned Hidden Valley into their own high school.<BR><BR>Their own Haunted High School.<BR><BR>With Halloween fast approaching, it’s time for the local service organization’s annual Haunted House, and both children and adults are invited to go through the house of horrors for what organizers say will be a frighteningly good time.<BR><BR>The scares and special effects start at 7 p.m. Friday, with additional performances the following evening and Halloween night, Sunday Oct. 31.<BR><BR>A seasonal hit since its inception in 1997, the 2004 event takes on a new look with props, characters and the interior patterned after a high school - with more than a few special effects.<BR><BR>“It’s going to be made up just like a high school,” said Rob Wilmunen, one of about a dozen Jaycees members preparing for the event.

Sun
24
Oct

Ely set to address meth issue

Amid alarming statistics and evidence of a growing problem in the community, Ely is about to shine the spotlight on methamphetamine use.<BR><BR>Next month, Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital will host a public forum on the issue, aimed both at raising awareness and educating people about the destructive stimulant.<BR><BR>On Nov. 16 (7 p.m.) at Washington Auditorium, those attending will hear from Brian Poppenberg, a St.

Sun
24
Oct

Edwards rallies for Range support

Democratic vice presidential nominee John Edwards mixed a traditional DFL message with sharp attacks against the Bush administration - as well as a direct appeal to those who like to hunt, fish and snowmobile - during a visit last week to the Iron Range.<BR><BR>Edwards charmed a partisan crowd of about 5,000 Tuesday night at the Hibbing Memorial Arena.<BR><BR>The number-two man on the Democratic ticket talked about creating jobs, lowering health care costs and raising the minimum wage.

Mon
18
Oct

EBCH curtails development, fund drive

Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital has pulled the plug on two major initiatives.<BR><BR>Plans for a hospital owned and operated assisted living complex have been shelved, following action by the EBCH board of directors.<BR><BR>Meanwhile, the EBCH Foundation - the fundraising arm of the non-profit organization - has ended an 18-month capital campaign that raised $300,000, just one-third of what was targeted.<BR><BR>The moves come as the hospital board prepares for the annual meeting of hospital shareholder, set for Dec. 6, and mark a decided shift in focus.<BR><BR>Over the last several years, EBCH has pushed toward the development of an assisted living complex.

Mon
18
Oct

Bush cabinet member comes to Northland

President Bush’s top gun on land management came to northeastern Minnesota last week and stumped for votes.<BR><BR>Interior Secretary Gale Norton spoke to a crowd of about 250 in Canyon Wednesday, drumming up support for President Bush and rattling off administration policy in favor of logging and multiple-use on public lands, and drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWAR) in Alaska.<BR><BR>Logging trucks lined Highway 53 when Norton arrived and loggers made up much of the audience at the event, held in a large garage owned by Canyon logger Peter Wood.<BR><BR>Norton played to her audience, opening the address with criticism of the U.S. Forest Service and a call for further logging on national forest lands.<BR><BR>“We’ve had well-intentioned but misguided management of our forests for decades and decades,” Norton said. “When you thin the forest you can create jobs.

Sun
17
Oct

Federal monies sought for garage

Local officials are turning to the federal government for help in funding a proposed joint public works garage.<BR><BR>They’ve already lobbied Congressional staffers in hopes of lining up support for the plan to put public works operations of at least two entities - Ely and St. Louis County - under one roof.<BR><BR>County commissioner Mike Forsman, one of the most ardent proponents of the $7 million initiative, said a push is on to secure federal funding that would lower Ely’s obligation, currently estimated at $2.8 million.<BR><BR>“What we’re doing is trying to take the edge off the city’s responsibility,” said Forsman. “We’re hoping at least to whittle that ($2.8 million) down. Anything we can get will help out.”<BR><BR>Forsman and Ely leaders including city clerk-treasurer John Tourville have already met with representatives of U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton (D) and U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar (D). They also plan to reach out to U.S. Sen.

Sun
17
Oct

Van Every answers questions from ATVers

In front of a room full of ATV owners, U.S. Forest Service Kawishiwi District Ranger Mark Van Every fielded questions and explained new rules now in place.<BR><BR>Over 50 people turned out last Wednesday for an Ely/Winton Stumpjumpers ATV meeting held at Grand Ely Lodge. <BR><BR>In the Superior National Forest there are 40 miles of designated ATV trails. In the Ely area, there is one mile of designated ATV. That is the Bianchi Trail from Ely to the Taconite Trail.<BR><BR>With the announcement of the new Superior National Forest Management Trail, what most ATV users are upset about is the rule stating that cross-country travel for the retrieval of big game is not allowed. <BR><BR>Van Every said one person traveling cross-country encourages others to cross in the same area. This cannot be done without damaging vegetation, soil and wildlife, which may impact lakes and streams.

Sun
17
Oct

Meet some of the legends of Ely

You see them crossing the street, heading into the Post Office or having lunch. They are the folks who have helped to create the legends of Ely. Paul Schurke. Will Steger. Bob Cary. Jim Brandenburg. Bob Beymer. Mike Sinesio. Joe Seliga. Jim Dale Vickery. They’ve followed along the trails of Sig Olson, Dorothy Molter and Charles Kuralt.<BR><BR>They’re mostly a quiet bunch, given to being unusual people, showing unusual talents. They’re writers, artists and explorers.

Sun
17
Oct

Meet some of the legends of Ely

You see them crossing the street, heading into the Post Office or having lunch. They are the folks who have helped to create the legends of Ely. Paul Schurke. Will Steger. Bob Cary. Jim Brandenburg. Bob Beymer. Mike Sinesio. Joe Seliga. Jim Dale Vickery. They’ve followed along the trails of Sig Olson, Dorothy Molter and Charles Kuralt.<BR><BR>They’re mostly a quiet bunch, given to being unusual people, showing unusual talents. They’re writers, artists and explorers.

Fri
15
Oct

Edwards schedules Range appearance

Democratic vice-presidential nominee John Edwards is coming to the Iron Range this week.<BR><BR>Edwards will headline a Tuesday evening (5 p.m.) rally at the Hibbing Memorial Building.<BR><BR>The event comes just two weeks before the election and with polls showing a very tight race, both nationally and in Minnesota, between President George Bush and Massachusetts Senator John Kerry.<BR><BR>Kerry-Edwards campaign officials finalized plans for the visit last week, but a trip to the Iron Range by a member of the Democratic ticket had been in the works ever since Kerry came to Cloquet in July, according to U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar.<BR><BR>“In Cloquet, I told Senator Kerry that I need you or Senator Edwards on the Iron Range in late-October,” said Oberstar.

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