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29
Nov

Election set for hospital annual meeting Dec. 6

The election of three people to the board of directors will be decided at the annual meeting of the Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital and Nursing Home corporation. <BR><BR>A nominating committee put forward the names of current board members Dr. Joe Just (retired) of Ely, David Peterson of Ely and Norma Cersine of Babbitt. <BR><BR>By membership petition, Ely attorney Barb Berglund will also be on the ballot.<BR><BR>The four candidates are running for three seats on the board, each with a a three-year term. <BR><BR>The annual shareholders meeting, which is open to anyone who has purchased a $100 share, will be held Monday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. <BR><BR>Shares can still be purchased the day of the meeting.<BR><BR>A recent membership drive added 80 new shareholders to the corporation. <BR><BR>Registration for the meeting will open at 6:30 p.m.

Mon
29
Nov

Babbitt invited into Joint Powers group

It’s official.

Mon
22
Nov

So, what’s a parent to do do?

Think back to when you were an adolescent. If you were having a problem with alcohol or other drugs, who would you turn to first for help or advice? What do you think the answer is for young people? <BR><BR>Hazelden Health Promotion Services of Minnesota asked students in grades eight through 12. The almost 14,000 respondents were from 32 schools in five states and from different regions of the country. It’s not surprising that young people stated that they would go to a peer first for advice. It’s also encouraging that the second largest category selected was parents/guardians - those ultimately responsible for young people’s health and well-being. <BR><BR>Teaching attitudes and values about alcohol and other drug use is something that goes on at home.

Mon
22
Nov

Soderberg wants to wait on township fire department issues

With a split between the two other supervisors, Town of Morse Board Chair Terry Soderberg decided not to side with either one.<BR><BR>Soderberg said at a Morse Township meeting last week he would rather take more time versus making a decision on how to proceed.<BR><BR>Morse and Fall Lake townships have been discussing different options for the management of the Morse Fire Department. <BR><BR>Morse Supervisor Len Cersine would like to see a joint powers arrangement while Supervisor Jack Willis is in favor of contracting with Fall Lake for fire department services.<BR><BR>Both townships continue to contract with the City of Ely for primary fire coverage. <BR><BR>“It’s clear the direction I’m proposing and it’s clear the direction Leonard is proposing,” said Willis.<BR><BR>“Are saying I’m the swing vote?” asked Soderberg.

Mon
22
Nov

EADA to explore deal with Vermilion

Ely Area Development Association members have given preliminary approval to a proposed partnership with Vermilion Community College.<BR><BR>They voted unanimously at Monday’s quarterly session to continue talks with the school about sharing office space and the services of the still-to-be-hired EADA executive director.<BR><BR>A four-member committee was tasked to hammer out the details and come up with recommendations in time for the EADA executive board’s Dec.

Mon
22
Nov

Thanksgiving night shopping kicks off season

Around the state and nation, Thanksgiving is synonymous with turkey dinners and pumpkin pie desserts, football and family gatherings.<BR><BR>But here in Ely, you can add shopping to that list.<BR><BR>If past years are any indication, the streets - and the stores - will be filled Thursday night with Ely residents, visiting family members, former Elyites and a growing number of shoppers from outside the area.<BR><BR>The occasion is Ely’s Thanksgiving night shopping, a one-night, three-hour (6 to 9 p.m.) extravaganza that rivals turkey and pumpkin pie - at least in Ely - as a Thanksgiving tradition.<BR><BR>Started during the 1980s by Gayle Meskill, who owned the now-closed Gossip Bench, the event has expanded exponentially since its humble beginnings.<BR><BR>Crowds have grown.

Mon
22
Nov

Ely fights back against meth

Pat Grahek has been a drug counselor for 21 years and a drug addict for 15 years before that. He’s never seen a drug as available as methamphetamine.<BR><BR>Ely Police Chief Archie Manning, first heard about “meth” a decade ago. Today, it’s the hottest topic among chiefs around the state and Manning’s department has dealt with a series of meth-related crimes.<BR><BR>Tim Harkonen works as a deputy sheriff in St.

Sun
21
Nov

DNR survey indicates wolf population up 20%

Minnesota’s gray wolf population has changed little in the past six years, according to a recent survey by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The current wolf population is estimated at 3,020 animals, compared with the 1998 estimate of 2,450. The gray wolf range, a 26,197-square-mile area in northern Minnesota, remained essentially unchanged from 1998.<BR><BR>“We estimated that there are now more wolf packs occupying smaller territories in the same range,” said Dr. John Erb, DNR wolf research biologist. The smaller territories may be a response to a 70 percent increase in deer in much of the range, Erb said.

Mon
15
Nov

Lowell out, Wognum in as Morse clerk

For the second time in as many meetings, Morse Township supervisors voted to hire a town clerk.<BR><BR>Nick Wognum was picked for the job last Tuesday, after the first person selected - former Ely clerk Terry Lowell - declined the Morse offer.<BR><BR>Lowell, who was selected Oct. 26 from a field of finalists that also included Wognum and Renee Adams, has since been hired as city administrator in Biwabik, a full-time position.<BR><BR>He told Morse supervisor Jack Willis that it would be unfair to both Biwabik and Morse if he tried to hold both jobs, even though the Morse position is part-time.<BR><BR>That sent Morse back to the drawing board, but supervisors decided quickly to choose between the remaining finalists for the job.<BR><BR>Wognum, general manager of the Ely Echo, was hired on a 2-1 vote with Willis and Terry Soderberg in favor.

Mon
15
Nov

Pamida renews search for new location

Pamida is once again looking for a new home in Ely.<BR><BR>The company that owns the city's largest downtown retailer is scouting out potential sites for a brand-new Pamida facility.<BR><BR>Officials of ShopKo, the parent company of Pamida, met with city and economic development representatives last month to discuss their plans for the local operation.<BR><BR>"I think you'll see a new Pamida facility in Ely," said city clerk-treasurer John Tourville.<BR><BR>ShopKo representatives were in town three years ago for similar talks, but nothing ever materialized and Pamida has remained at its Chapman Street location.<BR><BR>Tourville said initial discussions centered around a move up Chapman Street to property across from City Hall - the former home of St.

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