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Sun
04
Jul

Salerno seeks another term

Frank Salerno’s third stint as Ely’s mayor has easily been his most tumultuous.<BR><BR>Shortly after Salerno took office in 2003, a city council resolution opposing the U.S. military invasion of Iraq created a furor, divided the community, and resulted in widespread publicity.<BR><BR>Since then, the council has dealt with a string of difficult budget issues, including the elimination of Ely’s emergency dispatching service, created largely by reductions in state aid.<BR><BR>But Salerno said last week that hard times haven’t quenched his urge for the job.<BR><BR>When filings for this fall’s city elections open this week, Salerno intends to seek another two-year term in office.<BR><BR>“We’ve got a lot of irons in the fire,” said Salerno, who served as mayor twice during the 1990s and also spent two terms on the city council. “We’ve gone through some pretty hard times.

Sun
04
Jul

Reunion: fond memories, old friends

Byron Moren looked around his old classroom Thursday with a wide smile on his face.<BR><BR>It’s been 20 years since Moren had taught business education in the top floor room at Ely Memorial High School, and the typewriters that were a staple of Moren’s curriculum were long gone.<BR><BR>In their place were a century’s worth of memories - yearbooks, old school newspapers, band uniforms, letter jackets and other school memorabilia.<BR><BR>Moren’s old room was dubbed “The Remembering Room” for Thursday’s Day at School, the kickoff event to the 2004 Ely Memorial High School All-Class Reunion, and if the smiles worn by Moren and the hundreds of others who walked through the halls and school grounds were any indication, fond memories were the rule and not the exception.<BR><BR>“I think it’s just great,” Moren said during a break from shaking hands and renewing acquaintances with former students.

Sun
27
Jun

Talent show set for school auditorium

Talent spanning seven different decades will be on display Saturday night during the All-Class Reunion Entertainment Extravaganza.<BR><BR>Set for 7 p.m. at Washington Auditorium, the show will feature plenty of music and singing, some dancing and even a brief history lesson.<BR><BR>“Our theme is ‘School Days Remembered,’” said Darlene Nemanich, who joined Terri Muhvich in co-chairing the event.

Sun
27
Jun

World journalists to visit Ely August 7-10

The World Press Institute will again be allowing its fellows to visit Ely. The dates for the local visit from world class journalists are August 7-10. <BR><BR>The Ely Echo sponsored forum will be on Sunday, August 8 at the Grand Ely Lodge. The format will be similar to years past with journalists having a short time prior to the program to meet those in attendance as well as having the opportunity at lunch to sit with attendees. The ournalists arrive in the States on August 2 and depart Nov. 19 for their homelands.<BR><BR>Nations to be represented this year are as follows, with the country listed first, then the journalist’s name, job, media and city: <BR><BR>Bhutan - Mr. Ugyen Penjor, senior reporter, Kuensel, Thimphu;<BR><BR>Bulgaria - Ms. Petya Dikova, reporter, 24 Chassa, Sofia;<BR><BR>China - Ms. Wenjun Gu, news director, Dragon TV, Shanghi;<BR><BR>Ecuador - Ms.

Sun
27
Jun

Fourth promises fun, festivities

Take Ely’s traditional Fourth of July celebration, add the fact that Independence Day falls on a weekend this year, and throw in the Ely High School All-Class Reunion on the side.<BR><BR>What do you get?<BR><BR>Perhaps one of the largest, most activity-filled Fourth of July celebrations in recent Ely history.<BR><BR>A full day of festivities, from an afternoon parade to the annual fireworks display over Miners Lake, is in the works.<BR><BR>Young Life Ely, the local branch of the national Christian youth organization, has taken over sponsorship of the festivities, in conjunction with the city of Ely.<BR><BR>“This is our third year and we’re trying to make it bigger and better than ever,” said Martha Scott, who heads Ely’s Young Life organization.<BR><BR>And while the bulk of the schedule is almost identical to that of previous years, a few new wrinkles and a natural tie-in with the class reunion make for an expan

Sat
26
Jun

New buildings help make Moose Lake Boy Scout base more efficient

The staff at the Northern Tier Boy Scout Base on Moose Lake has been looking forward to using three new buildings erected over the past year.<BR><BR>“This will make us more efficient,” said BSA program director Terry Schocke. <BR><BR>The new Bay Post building holds the sleeping bags, tents and other items in a brightly lit main room. <BR><BR>A convenient counter area makes it easy for visiting scouts to pick up their gear as they get ready to head out on a trip. <BR><BR>“We issue all of our trail gear here from packs to pots and pans,” said Schocke. <BR><BR>Next to the Bay Post is a new building where tents, personal flotation devices can be cleaned and hung up to dry. <BR><BR>“It’s like a big garage with pipes in the ceiling to hang things on,” said Schocke.

Sat
26
Jun

What do we know about the air we breathe?

Take a deep breath… What is in that air you breathe? We know that Ely’s air is fairly clean from the data received from the Fernberg Air Monitoring Station, a five acre clear cut parcel of land located about 20 miles east of Ely on the Fernberg Road. <BR><BR>In the early ’80s the monitoring equipment used to be set up on the roof top and all around an old trailer. In the early ’90s Navy Sea Bees pulled the trailer out and built the existing insulated shelter which houses some of the monitoring devices. <BR><BR>Different agencies have different samplers and collectors at the site. In the early ’80s people across the US became concerned about acid rain and began to monitor the rain and snow. <BR><BR>The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the National Atmospheric Deposition Program and rain collectors were set up to monitor for acid rain.

Sun
20
Jun

Ensign named Ely’s hockey coach

In a 3-2 split decision, the Ely School Board approved Brian Ensign as head hockey coach for the 2004-2005 season.<BR><BR>Board member Keith Turner was absent.<BR><BR>The board held a half hour public discussion prior to its regular meeting due to the controversy over the head coach recommendation.<BR><BR>Many of the approximately 25 parents at the discussion offered support for Pat MacMillan. Some parents said that Ensign says one thing, then changes his mind. The kids are told they will play in a game, but when they arrive they’re told they can’t play.

Sun
20
Jun

Chamber, city agree on lease

After nearly two years of haggling, the city of Ely and the Ely Chamber of Commerce appear to have found some common ground.<BR><BR>Tuesday, city council members unanimously endorsed a deal struck between city and Chamber representatives over several contentious issues, including a lease for the Chamber’s headquarters on the east end of town.<BR><BR>The Chamber will pay $1 a year to lease the building, which sits on city -owned property, and the city will abandon a push to charge the Chamber for using Whiteside Park for events such as the Blueberry Art and Harvest Moon festivals.<BR><BR>The city had estimated that it provides about $2,700 of services for the events.<BR><BR>In turn, the Chamber will pay property taxes on the building, which this year reached approximately $6,000.<BR><BR>The Chamber will also sponsor a raffle next year in which half the proceeds will go to agencies - the Ely Area Development Association and E

Sun
20
Jun

Highway 21 work to start mid-July, includes major detour for Johnson Creek culvert work

For all the griping about the state of Highway 21 between Ely and Babbitt, making the repairs may cause some additional complaints.<BR><BR>The $2.9 million project will include a detour that could last several weeks to replace the culvert between Johnson Lake and One Pine Lake. <BR><BR>Hardrives of Zim was awarded the contract for the work by St. Louis County. <BR><BR>“We had a preconstruction meeting yesterday,” said St. Louis County resident engineer Earl Wilkens. “There are 42 pipes that need to be replaced on that project and that work will start in the middle of July <BR><BR>“Then the actual pavement work would start sometime in early August and the completion date on the entire project is Sept. 24.”<BR><BR>Nearly 15 miles of the busy highway between Babbitt and Ely will see a new driving surface as well as some subgrade work. <BR><BR>“What we’re going to be doing is three operations to the road.

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