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26
Apr

Maple sugaring: From sap to tasty syrup

In March and April on Camp and Chapman streets, passersby may notice plastic jugs or zip-lock bag’s hanging from many of the silver maple trees along the roadsides. Looking closer you would see drip, drip, drip, sap, that is, being collected for maple syrup. Two serious syruping groups were discovered in Ely. The Haaversen family were the ones with the plastic bottles hanging on trees and Ray Carlson’s crew had the plastic bags. The tapping method may be different but the processing idea is the same. Get the sap out of the trees and boil it down to make maple syrup. <BR><BR>Usually the maple syruping season is about 2-3 weeks during spring thaw. Each year when day time temperatures rise above freezing, and temps drop down again below freezing at night, the sap starts to flow in the trees. Maple trees can be tapped with spiles, the sap runs through the spile and into an attached pail, bottle, bag, can, or whatever can collect and keep the sap clean.

Mon
26
Apr

Three medal at state speech meet

Three Ely seniors returned home from the state high school speech meet as medalists.<BR><BR>Joe Manlove, Raychal Zupancich and Brian Kess all were among the top-six speakers in their respective categories at the April 16 State Class A meet at Centennial High School.<BR><BR>Manlove had the highest-finish, a third-place performance in Discussion.<BR><BR>Zupancich placed fifth in Drama while Kess was sixth in Humorous.<BR><BR>All three earned medals a year ago, as well, when Manlove placed fifth in Discussion while Kess and Zupancich teamed up to take second in Dramatic Duo.<BR><BR>Manlove stayed in the same category for his senior year, moving up to third in the state.<BR><BR>Kess and Zupancich both branched off into individual divisions, and returned to state on their own.<BR><BR>The seniors were three of nine Ely participants in the state meet.<BR><BR>Others competing, but failing to adva

Mon
19
Apr

Potential site identified for joint garage

It’s on to the drawing board, literally, in the effort to establish a joint public works garage and maintenance facility in the Ely area.<BR><BR>Representatives of several government entities have identified possible locations, keying on city-owned property behind the Dorothy Molter Museum, and they’ll seek architectural drawings and designs for the proposed new building.<BR><BR>“Really, we need to figure out what is possible,” said St. Louis County Commissioner Mike Forsman. “What can we do is what this amounts to.”<BR><BR>The county, Ely, Winton and Morse Township are among the public bodies that could be involved in the project.<BR><BR>Forsman said that Lake County will also be invited to join.<BR><BR>“That’s one of the things we talked about,” said Forsman.

Mon
19
Apr

Rogers pitches new Bear Center site to Morse town board

The patriarch of the North American Bear Center was at the Morse town board meeting last Tuesday night, informing them of a new site for construction.<BR><BR>“The Bear Center is trying to get some property just outside of town to build a facility just about like the Wolf Center,” said Lynn Rogers. “The public purpose would be to educate people about bears.”<BR><BR>Rogers said the property, just a half-mile west of the Ely city limits on the south side of Highway 169 is currently owned by the county. He said a conveyance to the Town of Morse may be in the works. <BR><BR>“We would help you raise the money to buy the property from St. Louis County and then a miracle would occur and you would convey it to the Bear Center,” said Rogers.

Mon
19
Apr

Memorials to be planted along Trezona

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

Sun
18
Apr

Ely plans “Red Hot” fishing weekend events

Area lakes won’t be the only place with activity during the opening weekend of the 2004 fishing season.<BR><BR>To coincide with the fishing opener, the Ely Chamber of Commerce is promoting its Red Hot Weekend, a series of events designed to appeal to those who’ll make the trek north to fish with a special effort to reach those who won’t even wet a line.<BR><BR>“Basically the idea is to bring more people to Ely,” said Denise Dreschler, part of the weekend organizing committee.

Sun
18
Apr

VCC lands grant for logging program

A federal grant will help Vermilion Community College get a new program off the ground.<BR><BR>The school will launch an 11-month diploma program in cut-to-length logging, thanks to a $496,750 training earmark from the U.S. Department of Labor.<BR><BR>The award, a culmination of nearly four years of effort by school officials, will allow Vermilion to train loggers in cut-to-length practices, a technique used almost exclusively in Scandinavia and deemed by many in the industry to be a cleaner, more efficient practice of logging.

Sun
18
Apr

Camp Street under construction

TREES ARE GOING, GOING... Gone are the maple trees which once graced Camp Street. The removal is part of the Camp Street renovation project now underway. Some portions of the street now have a detour in place.

Mon
12
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

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