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Mon
30
Aug

Judge rules for Friends in Chain of Lakes case

A federal judge has ruled in favor of environmental groups over permit levels for motorboats on lakes connected by water.<BR><BR>U.S. District Court Judge Jack Tunheim ruled in favor of the Friends of the Boundary Waters writing that the Forest Service was not given authority by Congress to recalculate a cap on permits. <BR><BR>The decision, once implemented, would drastically reduce the number of permits available on the Moose Lake chain.

Sun
29
Aug

Report: Extend ‘16’ if need arises

A hotly-debated proposal to extend Lake County Highway 16 in Fall Lake Township seems destined for even further debate.<BR><BR>The results of more than a year of research and public input were displayed Tuesday during an open house at the Fall Lake Town Hall, with both friends and foes of the project finding things they liked about the scoping report authorized by Lake County.<BR><BR>The report, drafted by the Howard R. Green Company of St. Paul in consultation with representatives of the township, county, U.S.

Sat
28
Aug

Back to school for area students

Summer vacation is all but over for local students.<BR><BR>Classes begin this week both in the Ely School District and at Vermilion Community College.<BR><BR>Students in grades 1-12 are scheduled to report for school Wednesday, while Ely’s two kindergarten groups start Friday and Sept.

Mon
23
Aug

Loon Calling Contest winners announced

A CROWD GATHERED on the Chocolate Moose terrace last Tuesday to enjoy the Ely Echo’s annual Loon Calling Contest. It was a warm, sunny afternoon just right for participants to enjoy their free ice cream cones complements of The Chocolate Moose. <BR><BR>The contest is sponsored by the Echo, Piragis Northwoods Company, Chocolate Moose and the Ely Chamber of Commerce.<BR><BR>The top three girls’ division contestants had first place going to Lydia Kaprelian of Wauwatosa, WI, second place winner Elizabeth Garvin of North Liberty, IA andthird place winner Lucy Stouffer of Ely.<BR><BR>Nailing first place for the boys was Danny Finke of Cosmos, MN, second place went to Reed Kaprelian of Wauwatosa, WI and in third place was Ki Coleman of Oshkosh, WI.<BR><BR>A tie for second place meant there were four winners in the adult division of the loon calling contest. First place winner was Laney Laitala of Crystal MN.

Mon
23
Aug

City holds key to joint garage project

Plans for a joint public works garage outside of Ely have reached a pivotal stage.<BR><BR>St. Louis County has committed to the $7 million project and is waiting for Ely to do the same.<BR><BR>City officials heard another sales pitch from county commissioner Mike Forsman last week, agreed to discuss the project in detail at an Aug. 31 study session and moved toward a Sept. 7, in-or-out vote.<BR><BR>Ely would have nearly 30,000 square feet of space in the 69,000 square foot facility and be on the hook for over $2.8 million in costs, and city participation is all-but-essential if the project is to go forward, Forsman told council members Tuesday.<BR><BR>“It is extremely important and possibly a deal breaker,” said Forsman.

Mon
23
Aug

Mayranen fills in for Morse

A familiar face is coming back to the Morse Town Hall.<BR><BR>Former town clerk Charlotte Mayranen is returning to her old job, at least temporarily.<BR><BR>Mayranen, who served six years as town clerk during the 1990s and also had stints as deputy clerk, has agreed to replace Keiko Aylsworth, whose resignation takes effect this week.<BR><BR>“It’s only interim,” said Mayranen. “I’ll do it until they can find someone else.”<BR><BR>With Aylsworth’s final day of work set for Tuesday and a primary election less than a month away, supervisors needed to act quickly to fill the part-time position.<BR><BR>They turned to Mayranen, who will be paid $11 an hour, the same wage that Aylsworth received.<BR><BR>Aylsworth submitted her resignation at the Aug.

Mon
23
Aug

City, owner of theater building set to negotiate

The city of Ely will make another attempt to buy the Ely Theater building.<BR><BR>City council members voted Tuesday to form a three-person committee - comprised of city attorney Larry Klun, city clerk-treasurer John Tourville and council member Mike Hillman - to negotiate with building owner Gary Quigley.<BR><BR>Just three weeks ago, Quigley told the city’s land committee the building was not for sale.

Mon
23
Aug

The blues fest is back in town

It started in 2001 with a one-night free concert, scheduled to coincide with Ely’s Harvest Moon Festival.<BR><BR>Three years later, the Boundary Waters Blues Festival is an extravaganza all on its own.<BR><BR>The 2004 edition is set for this weekend at Winton’s Longbranch, featuring several big name acts and including nearly 20 hours of music over two days.<BR><BR>In its brief history, the festival has become one of the best small-town blues events in the country, according to organizer Mike Jankovec.<BR><BR>Jankovec, co-host of WELY Radio’s morning show as well as the host of a weekly blues show, said the festival has evolved quickly since its inception.<BR><BR>The first two events were one-night shows at Whiteside Park, held on the Saturday night of Ely’s September Harvest Moon weekend.<BR><BR>The festival grew in 2003, expanding to a second night and moving outside the city limits to Winton.<BR><BR&g

Sun
22
Aug

WPI journalists share views of world, their countries and US

When nine world-wise journalists arrived in Ely they were in for a new experience.<BR><BR>In their profession they are generally doing interviews and taking notes. On Sunday, Aug. 8 they were on the receiving end of attention and questions. <BR><BR>Housed with local families and individuals, the group of Fellows from the World Press Institute were the focus of the Ely Echo Forum. There they were welcomed that day by Ely mayor Frank Salerno and Echo publisher Anne Swenson.<BR><BR> WPI program director Kris Mortensen explained to the audience assembled for the program at the Grand Ely Lodge that the Fellows face “a barrage of experiences” while they are in the United States. They visit CNN, the New York Times and a number of other media outlets during their four-month stay.<BR><BR>Mid-career journalists, they hail from Bhutan, Bulgaria, China, Ecuador, India, Nigeria, Panama, Sweden and Zambia. Their first week in St.

Sun
15
Aug

Morse board deals with cartways, resignation of clerk

The Morse Town Board dealt with a number of issues include a contentious petition for a cartway and the resignation of the town clerk.<BR><BR>Supervisor chairmanMorse board deals with cartways, resignation of clerk<BR><BR> Terry Soderberg asked for review and approval of June and July minutes after all present stood and said the pledge of allegiance to the flag. Other township business was addressed until the arrival of Kurt Peters.<BR><BR>The township acknowledged the receipt of $3,000 from Fall Lake Township for the year’s entire payment for First Responders. <BR><BR>Supervisor Jack Willis said the quarterly billing to Fall Lake required a payment of $3,300.<BR><BR>“Fall Lake will pay more when there is a 50/50 contract signed,” said supervisor Len Cersine.<BR><BR>Some line item billings, such as the $4,500 for township road brushing costs, were discussed by the board.

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