Legion Auxiliary awards essay winners

Ely American Legion Post 248 Auxiliary members Jeanne Zaverl and Patti Buffington presented Dairy Queen gift certificates to writing contest winners Tatum Bubrud, Ella Perish and Sabrah Hart.


Sunday’s wind, snow and cold challenge northerners

HIGH WINDS, gusting to 50 miles per hour, caused havoc in the bird world as this shot by Randall Greiner of grounded ravens during Sunday’s winds shows. Slush on lakes caused havoc for snowmobilers, trapping some in the drastic conditions of cold and wind chills in the extreme, also challenging rescue crews.


Morse, Ely win national election award for training students, veterans as election judges

The Town of Morse and the City of Ely were announced as a 2018 Clearinghouse award winner by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.
The award was in the category of Recruiting, Training and Retaining Election Workers. The awards, also known as the Clearies, provide election offices across America an opportunity to share their innovative efforts and celebrate successes.
The Clearies play an important role in furthering the EAC’s responsibilities under the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). Under that act, the EAC serves as a clearinghouse for election administration information.
The award was for the Town of Morse and the City of Ely partnering with the nonprofit Walking Civics on a program that connected high school students and veterans to serve at the polls together on Election Day.


BWCA permit do-over delayed

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Morse, Ely win national election award for training students, veterans -
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BWCA permit do-over delayed

Teachers’ suit heads to court

New science tours at the Soudan underground mine start in 2019

Bibeau family catches error in S-T obituary

Concert in Ely March 2 at St. Anthony’s

Six jobs lost: Shopko pharmacy in Ely store closes today

A shield to keep cops safe-
Officers equipped with armor package, thanks to Twin Metals

Morse board approves loader

IRRRB to review grant for new Zup’s store in Cook

City stays with Tower paper,
Echo protests council decision


Bob Niskala chosen as Ely Unsung Hero this week

Paul Leitgeb nominated as his Unsung Hero, Bob Niskala, and both received prizes from the Ely Echo. The contest runs for two more weeks and nominations are still being sought. Photo by Cam Weisert

by Paul Leitgeb
My nomination goes to Bob Niskala, for a myriad of reasons as follows: Bob was born and raised in Ely.
I have never heard anyone who has had a bad word to say about Bob. Whomever coined the phrase, “he’ll give you the shirt off of his back,” must have had somebody like Bob in mind. It is for these reasons and the fact that he is a genuinely nice guy I place in nomination, Bob Niskala, Ely’s unsung hero.

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Honoring those who served the nation

IT WAS VETERANS NIGHT at the Boundary Waters Care Center earlier this month, with a program honoring local veterans. Pictured are Calvin Herrala, Army; Albert Dietz, Army; current VFW commander Mike Pope, Navy; Bud Adamic, Air Force; Milt Netzer, Air Force. Photo courtesy of Mike Pope


ArtWalk ends its 20th year

20TH ANNIVERSARY of the Ely Artwalk found Jackie Fisher and Betty Firth looking by J&L Hardware.


Board hears from young leaders

by Tom Coombe
Ely School Board members heard from some of their youngest constituents on Monday night.
While reports from the high school student council are a regular agenda item for monthly board meetings, this week marked the first time the board heard from the fledgling elementary student council.
About a dozen Washington Elementary student leaders, from third through fifth grade, talked to the board about items ranging from hot water for school bathrooms to sanitary issues in the delivery of school lunch.
Formed in 2016, the elementary student council provides a forum for students to lead, and for students to bring requests and ideas related to school operations and activities.
Students are nominated by their peers and approved by their teachers, with one boy and one girl selected in each third through fifth-grade classroom in the school.


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