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Sun
13
Jun

2004 Peter Mitchell Days starts with prom, history, Walleye Whamma fishing contest

Buy your button, grab a schedule and get ready for the 2004 Peter Mitchell Fun Days in Babbitt.<BR><BR>Events start this Friday with the and continue through Sunday, June 27.<BR><BR>Two new events have been added and each will debut on Friday night. The first is a history program at 6:30 p.m. at the Municipal Center. The history of Babbitt will be presented by Marvin Lamppa. <BR><BR>Then at 7:30 p.m. it’s the Senior Citizens Prom with live music for those 50 and up, also at the Municipal Center.<BR><BR>Saturday brings the fifth annual Walleye Whamma fishing contest. Held on Birch Lake, this event has been popular with both locals and visitors with prizes totalling over $9,000.<BR><BR>The top walleye caught in Birch Lake will fetch $1,500.

Sun
13
Jun

Tourville fills in as economic developer

Bill Henning’s retirement may lead to structural changes in the Ely area’s economic development efforts.<BR><BR>A task force has recommended that city clerk John Tourville take on Henning’s duties as director of the Ely Area Development Association on an interim basis.<BR><BR>And Tourville could become the area’s permanent economic developer under proposals being addressed by the task force, which includes both EADA representatives and members of local governments.<BR><BR>No formal proposal for meshing Tourville’s city position with the economic development job have emerged, but his contract with the city is up in August and council members may opt to include economic development duties in a new job description, or in a renamed city administrator or city manager position.<BR><BR>The move would, in effect, bring economic development management directly under the wing of the city rather than the EADA, a private organization that contract

Sun
13
Jun

Reader’s Digest to feature Elyite

An Ely man’s quest to improve the fortunes of Vietnamese children is attracting national attention.<BR><BR>The July edition of Reader’s Digest will include a story on the efforts of Kim McCluskey, the employee of Piragis Northwoods Company who raised money to build a home for three orphaned girls near the remote village of Pingoi.<BR><BR>And McCluskey, with the assistance of Vietnamese guide Vu Huy, is taking up another mission: raising funds to build schools in the remote areas of Vietnam.<BR><BR>McCluskey coordinates Vietnamese canoe trips for Ely’s Piragis Northwoods, in conjunction with Huy.<BR><BR>Earlier this month, McCluskey returned Huy’s hospitality by showing him around town and taking him on a fishing and canoeing trip outside of Ely.<BR><BR>“We hope to see a bear while he’s here,” said McCluskey.<BR><BR>Huy’s help has been pivotal, according to McCluskey, in the efforts to help the orphaned girls.<

Sun
13
Jun

Ely Chamber of Commerce holds membership drive

A booming tourism economy thrives on the attention given to visitors and businesses through the Ely Chamber of Commerce. This week marks the annual membership drive as the Chamber readies for its new fiscal year starting July 1.<BR><BR>In this issue of the Ely Echo are listed the names of all the members who make up the many facets of the Chamber and information about what functions the Chamber performs in the community. <BR><BR>It helps to fund many services which benefit local residents year around, and it uses its marketing expertise to stretch its budget to bring notice of the northland’s beauty to people around the country.<BR><BR>The Ely Chamber of Commerce is currently an ‘Explore Minnesota Affiliate Travel Information Center’. The partnership was established to provide standardized information for on the road travelers and increase economic benefits to the state and its communities.

Mon
07
Jun

Task force to study EADA position

Ely’s economic development organization has taken both immediate and long-term steps to fill a void in its office.<BR><BR>Bill Henning, executive director of the Ely Area Development Association for nine years, retired at the end of May.<BR><BR>And while the future of the position remains unsettled, the EADA is continuing its work with assistant director Cindy Fenske running the group’s Community Center office and board member Jeff Sundell and city clerk-treasurer John Tourville serving - temporarily - in Henning’s capacity.<BR><BR>“Currently John and myself are picking up any slack that there might be,” said Sundell.<BR><BR>The EADA has also formed a committee to recommend how to fill the position.<BR><BR>“We’ve got three people from the (Ely Area) Joint Powers, two from the EADA and two from the city that have formed a task force,” said Sundell.<BR><BR>Named to the task force were Joint Powers representatives

Sun
06
Jun

Fall Lake wants 50/50 deal in townships’ fire department

Eighteen faithful Fall Lake residents were in attendance for the business of the June regular township meeting, completed in record time. Maybe it was the sun peeking through the clouds after a long Memorial Day weekend of dreary, rainy weather that put everyone in a very contented mood. All business was addressed in 32 minutes, with no complaints or additional business offered to the Fall Lake Township board from the citizens. <BR><BR>The biggest news was a request from the Lake County Recreation Board to hold a meeting at the Fall Lake town hall, which they have never done before. That meeting will likely take place in September or October. <BR><BR>Morse Township supervisor Lenny Cersine was in attendance and said that he was willing to meet with the entire Fall Lake Township board or with each member individually to discuss the drafting of a Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders contract.

Sun
06
Jun

Walk-A-Thon on Trezona Trail raises over $6,000 for Children’s Miracle Network

During the Whiteside Park ceremony honoring veterans of WW II, a check for $6,122.50 to the Gillette Children’s Miracle Network was presented to Karen and Steve Erickson and their children Peter, Brenna and Eli from Hibbing, Minnesota. <BR><BR>The Children’s Miracle Network, founded in 1983, divided Canada and United States into regions for its purposes. Each region chose a children’s hospital to receive funds. <BR><BR>In the region Gillette Children’s Hospital is the affiliate and has been treating children with disabilities since 1897. <BR><BR>Its main facility is in St. Paul with clinics in New Brighton, Minnetonka, and Duluth. In 2003 Gillette saw 17,198 children, 6,000 of them were new patients last year. <BR><BR>The Duluth Clinic saw 1,250 special needs patients, 222 of them from St. Louis County alone.

Sun
06
Jun

Emergency city calls will go to 9-1-1

Ely area citizens will soon be assisted in emergency situations by the service which has become basic in much of America - a 911 call center.<BR><BR>Under discussion since 2002, the Ely City Council on Tuesday finally passed motions which set into action the switch to the St. Louis County’s 911 call center. City employees now being utilized for dispatching emergency services will be given precedence for hiring in other city departments.

Sun
06
Jun

Bear Center to open new storefront

Plans for a full-scale bear museum in the Ely area are advancing on two fronts.<BR><BR>The North American Bear Center has found a new home for its storefront mini-museum, in the former Hill’s Canoe Outfitter building on Ely’s far east end, and it could be open for business as soon as this week.<BR><BR>Meanwhile, NABC supporters continue to work toward raising the money and acquiring the property they need to build a larger facility outside of town.<BR><BR>Last month, St.

Mon
31
May

Wild tour comes to Ely this week

Hockey season is months away, but hockey will most definitely be on the minds of many Ely area residents Tuesday morning.<BR><BR>That's when the Minnesota Wild brings its summer caravan here, in an effort to build interest in the team and raise money for local youth hockey.<BR><BR>Ely is one of 23 stops on the 2004 Wells Fargo Minnesota Wild Road Tour.<BR><BR>At least one Wild player, in addition to radio play-by-play announcer Bob Kurtz, former Minnesota North Star Jack Carlson, and Wild scout and former North Star coach Glen Sonmor will be part of the delegation that comes to Ely.<BR><BR>Events include a 10 a.m. program for Ely public school students at Washington Auditorium, and a fundraiser from 10:45 a.m.

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