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Wed
07
Nov

Marlene Zorman elected in Winton

Marlene Zorman didn't seek elected office, but she will soon take a seat on the city council in Winton nonetheless.

Zorman got 41 write-in votes Tuesday and won a council race that had no candidates on the ballot.

About a dozen other people, Including President Trump, were written in by Winton residents but Zorman was the only resident to get significant support.

Kathy Edman ran unopposed and won the special election for city treasurer, while Anne Jackson was re-elected city clerk without opposition.

Winton residents turned out en masse for the election, with the city recording 72 percent voter turnout and 79 people casting ballots.

Wed
07
Nov

Heidi Omerza is the top vote-getter in Ely

The third time was the charm for Angela Campbell.

After unsuccessful previous runs for both mayor and city council, Campbell won a spot on the Ely City Council Tuesday, finishing third in a four-way race for three council seats.

Longtime council member Heidi Omerza was the top vote-getter with 1,082 votes while fellow incumbent Albert Forsman (984) took second, while Campbell collected 860 votes to edge out incumbent Dan Forsman by. 63 votes.

Campbell campaigned heavily for the position and was a frequent council critic the last several months, voicing her opposition to the proposed sale of the Ely Community Center building and submitting her own bid to buy the 80-year-old landmark.

Mayor Chuck Novak was re-elected Tuesday while running unopposed while Omerza, Forsman and Campbell won four-year terms on the council.

Wed
07
Nov

Walsh takes win in Lake County race, McDonald wins St. Louis County Board seat

In a Wednesday morning correction, Lola House, an accountant in the Auditor’s Office in Lake County, established that due to an entry error in the numbers, Pete Walsh retained his seat on the Lake County Board. The final tally was determined to be Walsh 708 and Joe Baltich 406.

Joe Baltich, a former Ely mayor, lost to incumbent Pete Walsh, 708-406 - in the Lake County Board race.

Paul McDonald had much more breathing room as he defeated Bernie Mettler, leading by nearly 2,000 votes with all but six of the St. Louis County's Fourth District precincts reporting.

The Ely native, a longtime teacher and coach at Vermilion Community College, is set to succeed the retiring Tom Rukavina on the county board. He racked up big margins on his home turf, including a 1,197-444 edge in Ely and decisive wins in Morse, Township, Winton and Eagles Nest Township.

Sat
03
Nov

City council candidates answer Ely Echo questions

Angela Campbell
Personal information -
Age 70 yrs. I attended the University of So. Dakota (communications) and University of Nebr. (architecture and design). I earned certificates from the Seasonal Park Ranger program at Vermilion Community College, Ely, Mn and non-profit management program at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Mn. I have lived in the Ely area for over 35 years and have been a resident of Ely for 17 years. I’m a mother of 2 adult children and have 5 grandchildren. I established the A.K. Campbell Development Company. Since moving to Ely I have been honored to serve the community as a member of severa local boards and committees including 3 city commissions (Ely Historical Preservation, Ely Housing and Redevelopment Authority). 5 community association boards and member of 8 civic organizations.
Why would you be an effective member of the Ely City Council?

Fri
02
Nov

Students, veterans team up to become election judges

NEW ELECTION JUDGES: Charles Dammann, Ely veteran Chuck Novak, Nic Jordan, Ely veteran Steve Saari, Collen Seliskar, U.S. Army Recruiter Sergeant Dawn Mellesmoen, Shane Spangler, Ely veteran Tony Colarich, Haley Hopkins, Lucy Stouffer, Madelene Johnson, Luke Olson, Jeremiah Kaercher, Ely veteran Dave Streit, Raif Olson, Nate Nettifee, James Schwinghamer, Kjetil Midttun, Ely veteran Bob Niskala. Photo by Cole Kleitsch.

Ely Echo Report -

Fri
02
Nov

Ely Echo newspaper - Your History, Your Town

Our children are our future and Echo is loaded with photos and news about the Ely Schools. You'll also find interviews with City Council candidates, the state of broadband in the area, newcomers to Ely, the ever popular “Three O’clock Hour” photos and interviews, columnists and much more! Check it out on newsstands now.

Fri
02
Nov

Ely’s volleyball team celebrate

HIGH FIVES ALL AROUND - Members of Ely’s volleyball team celebrated after winning a point against Nashwauk-Keewatin earlier this season. Pictured are Erika Mattson, McKenna Coughlin, Rachel Coughlin, Brielle Kallberg and Jenna Merhar. Photo by Eric Sherman.

Fri
02
Nov

DeBeltz: Twin Metals is on slow, steady path

TWIN METALS - Dean Debeltz listens to a question from the audience.

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
02
Nov

Sharing East of Ely in booklet form

The Echo presents a 26 page booklet with color photos and illustrations of the columns by Dave Krikorian, just in time for holiday giving. See the special offer in this week’s Ely Echo!

Fri
02
Nov

Vocabulary Parade brightens Ely schools

Jazmyne Akins had the word peaceful at the Vocabulary Parade on Wednesday. oto by Nick Wognum

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