Skeltons finish triathlon event

by Tom Coombe
A father and daughter from Ely went to the extreme and tested their physical limits while completing an activity together.
Stan Stelton and his daughter Taylor both finished the Door County Triathlon on July 17.
The event, held in Wisconsin just north of Sturgeon Bay, involved not only a half-marathon in the form of a 13.1-mile run, but a 1.2-mile swim and a 56.3-mile bike race.
Taylor Skelton, a former Ely high school athlete, won her age group and completed the three events in a combined time of five hours, 36 minutes and five seconds.
Taylor, 29, won the age 25-29 female division in the triathlon.
At age 61, Stan Skelton placed third among males age 60-64 and had a combined time of 5:51:46.
Overall, the triathlon attracted just over 500 athletes, who not only tested their endurance, but weathered temperatures in the low 80s.
For both, it was their first triathlon event.


Salute to Slovenia held in Ely

by Nancy McReady
For a couple of years, Ely Slovenian Union of America, Branch 23 had the Taste of Slovenia events at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church which was attended by hundreds of people who enjoyed great Slovenia foods. Covid prevented having the Taste of Slovenia the past few years. This year the SUA decided to do something different.
A wonderful Salute to Slovenia with a picnic to welcome Krila singing group from Slovenia was planned.
A Krila concert Friday evening at Vermilion Community College was sponsored by SUA Branch 23 of Ely and Northern Lakes Arts Association. 
Krila is a group of thirteen friends who began gathering to sing for their own enjoyment 30 years ago. They celebrate 30 years of Slovenia’s independence with their singing. Krila is the Slovenian word for wings. They sing Slovenian folk songs, and songs about Slovenia.


Canada revives remote border crossing permit, with COVID-19 restrictions

Duluth News-Tribune
OTTAWA, Ontario — Canada Border Services Agency announced Wednesday it is resuming the Remote Area Border Crossing program, which is available for non-residents to cross into Canada in remote areas in parts of northwestern Ontario and southeastern Manitoba.
The permits, which had been on hold for more than two years due to COVID-19 border restrictions, are good for remote crossings along the Minnesota/Ontario border from the Pigeon River through Lake of the Woods; the Canadian shore of Lake Superior; the Northwest Angle; Cockburn Island; and the upper lock system at Sault Ste. Marie. That includes traveling between the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Quetico Provincial Park.
To obtain a permit, individuals will need to submit an application to the agency, including proof of vaccination or medical contraindication.


55 miles, 25 lakes in BWCA canoe day trip

by Jake Hway
On June 24th, myself and three other friends and fellow paddlers had the day off from canoeing, so we did what we always do and went paddling some more. This day ended up just a little different than normal...
Blake Ferree, Dan Rogan, my son Tommy and myself, (Jake Hway) planned loosely on doing a 50+ mile day trip through some very beautiful areas of the Boundary Waters.
This is not an uncommon thing for us to do. We all have many years of experience traveling through the BWCA by canoe and also by dogsled. We met at the Northern Tier Scout Base on Moose Lake where I have been operating their dogsledding program for the past 18 years. Blake and Dan have worked there in guiding and management positions summer and winter since around 2015. Blake hails from the rivers of North Carolina and Dan was raised along the Mississippi in Iowa.
Tommy and I are both Ely boys.


Herbicide applications to help reforestation efforts in Tower area

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands in the Tower Forestry administrative area to prepare sites for reforestation. Applications on 98 acres across 3 sites will began June 20 and will continue through approximately July 30.
Herbicides are used in select locations to reduce vegetation that would compete with newly planted tree seedlings. This gives the tree seedlings a better chance to grow and survive.
Signs will be posted on all herbicide treatment sites. Adjacent landowners within an eighth of a mile of the treatment sites will be notified.


DNR draft wolf plan out for review

Minnesota’s draft wolf plan update is ready for public review.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources welcomes comments through 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, on a draft of Minnesota’s updated wolf management plan that incorporates the diverse views of Minnesotans and will guide the state’s approach to wolf conservation once finalized.
“Wolf conservation is a high priority for the DNR and we expect this updated plan to help ensure Minnesota’s wolf population remains healthy,” said Dr. Kelly Straka, wildlife section manager.
“Thank you to those who have already contributed to the extensive public and tribal engagement that helped create this draft. We are now asking folks to review the draft and share their thoughts with us.”
The updated plan includes summary information about Minnesota’s wolf population and the history of wolves in the state.


ATV safety course to be held on July 9

The Prospectors ATV Club will be conducting ATV training class on July 9 at the Longbranch in Winton.
Contact instructor, Mike Banovetz at 218-235-9969. Leave a voice message with a phone number or better yet send a text message.
This course has been registered with the DNR, so please do not wait to get your kids registered.
The class will start at 10 a.m. Lunch at noon and field testing will be from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Pizza and water will be provided for lunch.
Each student must complete the on-line segment and bring their certificate with them to class.
Each student must be accompanied by a parent or qualified guardian like a grandparent who will be required to sign a release form.
Also each student needs to bring their own helmet. Long pants are required, no shorts. No sandals or flip flops, tennis shoes or outdoor boots are required.
More information is available on the following link for the on-line course;


International Wolf Center to add two pups

The International Wolf Center is adding two pups to its Exhibit Pack in 2022. The pups arrived at the Center on Tuesday, May 10.
The 2022 pups will be visible to the public starting on approximately Friday, June 3.
The Center believes in wolf education, and one method for accomplishing the Center’s mission of advancing survival of wolf populations in the wild is through the use of ambassador wolves.
“These ambassador wolves allow us to teach thousands of people a year about the real behavior of wolves,” said Lori Schmidt, the Center’s wolf curator. “The Exhibit Pack is also a key part of the online programs we offer to schools across the world. These ambassadors are a key part of our aim to teach the world about wolves.”


We have a winner! Ice out on May 10

A strong wind storm blew into Ely Monday night and by Tuesday morning, Shagawa reached ice out.
The Ely Echo/Grand Ely Lodge official ice out on Shagawa Lake was Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 6:40 a.m. as called by Tammy Kisch and Joy Fedders.
Winning this year’s contest and $100 in Grand Ely Lodge Guest Bucks was Nancy Kirkpatrik of Saybrook, IL who picked May 10 at 10:10 a.m.
Coming in second place and winning a $50 Ely Echo gift certificate was Bernard Brula of Franklin Park, IL who guessed May 10 at 2:10 p.m.
Lindi Zemke of Ely took third and won $25 in Grand Ely Lodge bucks for picking May 9 at 2:30 p.m.
The Ely Echo Grand Ely Lodge Shagawa Lake Ice Out Contest is official when a boat could leave Grand Ely Lodge’s dock and cross to the north side of the lake, chunks of ice notwithstanding.
Thank you to everyone who entered and to Grand Ely Lodge for all of their help. Get your guesses ready for 2023!


Ice still on lakes, flooding on some roads

Due to the lingering winter conditions, Forest Service fee campgrounds are now expected to open around May 12.
Although it is starting to warm up, there is still a lot of snow; conditions vary across the forest.
Water services will be turned on when temperatures allow and may not be available on opening dates.
Visitors with reservations prior to the new opening dates will be reimbursed.
Many gravel roads are in rough condition due to late snow conditions this year.
As the snow melts it also can cause flooding and very muddy roads. Please practice caution and stay off of them if you can to prevent permanent damage!
Road Closures: Grassy Creek Road, known as Grassy Lake Road (Forest Road 459) is closed approx. 2.7 miles from the beginning of the road due to flooding. Mudro entry points, off of the Grassy Creek Road, are inaccessible at this time.


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