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Apr

Rivers are open, waterfowl returns

On Burntside River the blue heron has returned to its haven and can be seen wading among the rushes.

Mon
12
Apr

School budget cuts up for vote

Despite a budget shortfall of well over $500,000, Ely school programs are likely to remain intact in 2004-2005.<BR><BR>Tuesday (7 p.m., board room at Ely High School), Ely School Board members are set to act on recommendations to trim a $569,072 budget shortfall through a combination of reductions in personnel and use of reserve funds.<BR><BR>The district’s administrative team bypassed cuts in school offerings and extracurricular programs and instead advanced alternative budget-cutting measures, including a $134,000 savings that will be realized by the previously approved plan to consolidate the elementary principal and superintendent positions upon the July retirement of current superintendent Ray Toutloff.<BR><BR>Also recommended were:<BR><BR>• Eliminating a full-time high school mathematics position, a .3 full-time-equivalent reduction in high school social studies and a .3 full-time equivalent elementary teaching position at a savi

Mon
12
Apr

Highways, roads being discussed at Fall Lake

Just like the migration of birds, Lake County Commissioner Clair Nelson and Lake County Sheriff Steve Peterson returned for a visit to the Fall Lake Township April meeting. <BR><BR>“We’re just here if anyone has any darts to throw at us,” said Nelson. <BR><BR>Nelson said that he has been trying to keep up with the 3,000 plus bills the state legislature has before them. He then asked for questions from the audience. <BR><BR>The first question was about the status of the Highway 1 improvements. Nelson said that even though the formal comment period is closed, people could still voice their concerns about the project. <BR><BR>“It is best to send your comments to Mark VanEvery with the Forest Service,” said Nelson.

Mon
12
Apr

Ice Out Contest ends with record number of entries

As we headed into the final days of the Ely Echo’s annual Ice Out Contest, we were flooded with guesses. Although 100s of folks had already registered their choices of day and time, 100s more poured in by the April 7, 2004 deadline..<BR><BR>At stake is the $100 in Grand Ely Lodge dollars for the person who is closest to the time of ice leaving Shagawa Lake andwho has the earliest entry on record. <BR><BR>Judges will decide when it would be possible for a boat to cross Shagawa Lake, chunks of ice not withstanding.<BR><BR>Here are the entries from the past week: <BR><BR>April 7: 2:30 p.m., Mahayla, St. Paul, MN; 3:10 p.m., Kevin Deshler, Edina, MN;<BR><BR>April 10: 9 p.m., Robert Billings, Bemidji, MN;<BR><BR>April 11:1 p.m., Bernie Grahek, Ely; 2:38 p.m., Kevin Nokels, Omaha, NE; <BR><BR>April 12: 7 a.m., Darrell Nikkinen who added, “Greetings from West Palm Beach, FL.

Mon
12
Apr

Phone bills jump in cost for Rangenet customers

Some Rangenet customers were shocked to see long distance charges on their telephone bills for calls made to internet service provider Rangenet.<BR><BR>“My long distance bill was $272 for March and it was all calls made to Rangenet,” said customer Henry Held.<BR><BR>Rangenet uses a system whereby customers dial a cell phone number to access the internet. The cell number redirects the call to Rangenet’s Virginia access area and long distance charges are avoided. <BR><BR>A glitch in the system caused Frontier to start billing for calls made to the 235 number, according to Rangenet. <BR><BR>“We found out about this a couple days ago. That had been a local number for a couple of years and it still is a local call,” said Tim Wilson with Rangenet.<BR><BR>“We talked to Frontier and they said they are trying to clear it up but it may take a couple of days,” said Wilson.

Mon
12
Apr

Memorials to be planted along Trezona TRail

A local group has formed to spruce up one of Ely’s most popular recreation areas and provide a new way for people to remember loved ones.<BR><BR>The Trezona Trail Celebration Association will coordinate and oversee the purchase and planting of trees, bushes and flowers along the four-mile path around Miners Lake.<BR><BR>Each planting will be done as a memorial, and the group will solicit donations from those who would like to honor Ely area citizens or visitors with a tree, bush or flower on the trail.<BR><BR>On Thursday, April 22, the group will plant its first two trees, in remembrance of Mary Markovich and Richard Gamble.<BR><BR>Efforts to create a memorial on the trail for both Markovich and Gamble led to the creation of a beautification program to honor past and present Ely area visitors and citizens and their families and friends.<BR><BR>“I think it’s a fitting tribute and a way to give honor to family members and bea

Mon
12
Apr

Nine Ely speakers going to state meet

Ely will once again be well represented at the state high school speech competition.<BR><BR>The Timberwolves sent 10 speakers to state a year ago, and this Friday’s State Class A meet will include nine Ely speakers.<BR><BR>That was assured after the Wolves turned in a solid second-place showing at the April 2 Section 7A competition at Hermantown.<BR><BR>Three Ely seniors won section championships and head the local contingent that will compete in the state event at Centennial High School, located in Circle Pines.<BR><BR>Brian Kess topped the field in the Humorous division, Raychal Zupancich was first in Drama and Kai Bowen earned the gold medal in Great Speeches.<BR><BR>Kess and Zupancich teamed up a year ago to win the section title in Dramatic Duo last year, and both captured individual championships this time around.<BR><BR>Six other Ely speakers were in the top three of their respective categories, good enou

Mon
05
Apr

New look begins for ELYECHO.COM

Since 1999 the Ely Echo has had a presence on the World Wide Web as ELYECHO.COM. As the site has grown and interest in the internet has evolved, we've evolved with it.<BR><BR>The new look for the Echo's website starts this week as the Echo switches providers while retaining the same domain name.<BR><BR>While many of the areas on the new site remain the same or similar, browsers can expect some surprises as well. We hope all surprises will be pleasant ones and encourage Echo readers to keep an eye out for the changes.<BR><BR>Echo subscribers on the web were notified of the change in store.

Mon
05
Apr

New look slated for ELYECHO.COM

Since 1999 the Ely Echo has had a presence on the World Wide Web as ELYECHO.COM. As the site has grown and interest in the internet has evolved, we've evolved with it.<BR><BR>A new look is coming for the Echo's website as the Echo switches providers while retaining the same domain name.<BR><BR>While many of the areas on the new site will remain the same or similar, browsers can expect some surprises as well. We hope all surprises will be pleasant ones and encourage Echo readers to keep an eye out for the changes.<BR><BR>Echo subscribers on the web were notified of the change in store.

Mon
05
Apr

Radio Shack moving to Sheridan Street

This summer shoppers on Sheridan Street will be able to fill their electronic needs as Radio Shack moves from Chapman Street to the building currently occupied by the North American Bear Center.<BR><BR>“We needed more sales and more space and we think more walk-in traffic will help,” said owner Cam Peacock. <BR><BR>After spending five years on Chap-man Street, Radio Shack and Peacock’s other business, Range Lock and Alarm, will relocate as of July 1.<BR><BR>“We want to be open by the middle of June but our absolute deadline is July 1,” said Peacock.<BR><BR>What was once the Ely Vet Clinic and Steger Mukluks will become the home of one of the nation’s best-known electronics stores.<BR><BR>“We want to put in a wider variety of Radio Shack items and we’ll have more space to do that,” said Peacock.<BR><BR>“Plus we’ll be able to expand the lock department in the back.

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