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Legals for January 13, 2024





Sealed Quotes for the construction of the Water System Improvement Valve Vault will be received for a single prime contract, by the City of Winton (The Owner), at the office of the Clerk, until 2:00 p.m. local time on January 30, 2024, at which time the Quotes received will be publicly opened and read.  The Project consists of the removal and reconstruction of valve vault and equipment building at the elevated water tower.  Quotes shall be on a lump sum basis as indicated on the Quote Form.

Bidders responding to this solicitation document shall submit to the Owner a signed statement under oath by an owner or officer verifying compliance with each of the minimum criteria in Minnesota Statutes, Section 16C.285, subdivision 3.

Bid security shall be furnished in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders, in an amount not less than 5% (five percent) of the Total Bid.  The successful bidder will be required to provide a Performance Bond, Payment Bond and a Certificate of Insurance.

The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all bids, to waive irregularities and informalities and to award the contract in the best interest of the OWNER.


January 8, 2024                           Anne Jackson, Clerk       

City of Winton


Ely Echo Publication Date(s):

January 13, 2024






NewRez LLC, d/b/a Shellpoint Mortgage Servicing, Plaintiff, vs.

Theodore C. Krueger, Jayne Sherratt, Paul Tschida, Timothy Tschida, Lucille C. Hogan, and all other persons unknown claiming any right, title, estate, interest or lien in the real estate described in the Complaint herein, Defendants. 


Court File No. 69DU-CV-23-699

TO BE TRIED IN THE CITY OF VIRGINIA Case Type: 14. Other Civil (Quiet Title)



THIS SUMMONS IS DIRECTED TO: Theodore C. Krueger, Jayne Sherratt, Paul Tschida, Timothy Tschida, Lucille C. Hogan, and all other persons unknown claiming any right, title, estate, interest or lien in the real estate described in the Complaint herein

1. YOU ARE BEING SUED.  The Plaintiff has started a lawsuit against you.  The Plaintiff’s Complaint against you is attached to this Summons.

2. YOU MUST REPLY WITHIN 21 DAYS TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS.  You must give or mail to the person who signed this Summons a written response called an Answer within 21 days of the date on which you received this Summons.  You must send a copy of your Answer to the person who signed this Summons located at:

Hanft Fride, A Professional Association 1000 U.S. Bank Place

130 West Superior Street Duluth, MN  55802-2094

3. YOU MUST RESPOND TO EACH CLAIM.  The Answer is your written response to the Plaintiff’s Complaint.  In your Answer you must state whether you agree or disagree with each paragraph of the Complaint.  If you believe the Plaintiff should not be given everything asked for in the Complaint, you must say so in your Answer.

4. YOU WILL LOSE YOUR CASE IF YOU DO NOT SEND A WRITTEN RESPONSE TO THE COMPLAINT TO THE PERSON WHO SIGNED THIS SUMMONS.  If you do not Answer within 21 days, you will lose this case.  You will not get to tell your side of the story, and the Court may decide against you and award the Plaintiff everything asked for in the Complaint.  If you do not want to contest the claims stated in the Complaint, you do not need to respond.  A default judgment can then be entered against you for the relief requested in the Complaint.

5. LEGAL ASSISTANCE.  You may wish to get legal help from a lawyer.  If you do not have a lawyer, the Court Administrator may have information about places where you can get legal assistance.  Even if you cannot get legal help, you must still provide a written Answer to protect your rights or you may lose the case.

6. ALTERNATE DISPUTE RESOLUTION.  The parties may agree to or be ordered to participate in an alternative dispute resolution process under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice.  You must still send your written response to the Complaint even if you expect to use alternative means of resolving this dispute

7. THIS LAWSUIT MAY AFFECT OR BRING INTO QUESTION TITLE TO REAL PROPERTY located in St. Louis County, State of Minnesota, legally described as follows:

A square tract of land containing three fourths (3/4) of an acre in the Southwest corner of the East Thirty (30) acres of Government Lot One (1), Section Twenty-two (22), Township Sixty-Three (63) North of Range Twelve (12) West of the Fourth Principal Meridian according to the United States Government Survey thereof.


Govt Lot 1, Section 22, Township 63, Range 12, EXCEPTING that portion described as follows:

Beginning at a point 56 rods west from the Northeast corner of said Lot 1, thence south on a line parallel with the East Section line of said Section 22 to an intersection with the shoreline of Long Lake, thence westerly along the shoreline of said lake to an intersection of said lakeshore with the west line of said Lot 1, thence north on said west line to the northwest corner of said Lot 1, thence east along the north line of said Lot 1 to a point of beginning, and

Also excepting from the tract herein conveyed the 3/4 acre tract in the southwest corner thereof, the tract herein conveyed containing 29 1/4 acres, more or less.


The object of this action is to amend the legal description of the first described above land, and to establish an easement benefitting said land over and across the second described above land.



A Professional Association

Dated: November 20, 2023.

By: Kimberly E. Brzezinski, Attorney Reg. No. 388617

Attorney for Plaintiffs

1000 U.S. Bank Place

130 West Superior Street

Duluth, MN  55802-2094


Case Number: 69VI-CV-23-699

Ely Echo January 6, 2024


Study Session

December 18, 2023

(Board Approved January 8, 2024)


1.0 The study session of the School Board of Independent School District No. 696 was called to order in the Board Meeting Room by Chair Marsnik at 6:00 p.m.

2.0 On roll call the following directors were present: Coombe, Colarich, Marsnik. Absent: Westlund, Sjoberg, Omerza. Also in attendance: Anne Oelke, Superintendent/PreK-5 Principal; Tim Leeson, Transportation and Facilities Director; Tom Coombe, The Ely Echo.

3.0 Facility Committee update was given by Superintendent Oelke

4.0 Jeff Anderson Costin representative

5.0 Reviewed Media Clerk job description

6.0 Reviewed Paraprofessional job description

7.0 Moved by Colarich, seconded by Coombe, to adjourn at 6:48 p.m. Motion carried. (Vote: 3,0)


Rochelle Sjoberg, Clerk


Ely Echo Publication Date(s):

Jan. 13, 2024



School Board Meeting Minutes December 11, 2023 (Board Approved January 8, 2024)


1.0 The regular meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 696 was called to order in the Board Meeting Room at 6:00 p.m. by Chair Marsnik.

2.0 On roll call the following directors were present: Westlund, Coombe, Colarich, Omerza, Marsnik. Absent: Sjoberg. Also in attendance: Anne Oelke, Superintendent/PreK-5 Principal; Jeff Carey, 6-12 Principal; Tom Coombe, The Ely Echo; Catie Clark, Timberjay.

3.0 Pledge of Allegiance

4.0 Approval of Agenda:

   4.a. Moved by Colarich, seconded by Coombe, to approve the agenda as

presented. Motion carried (Vote: 5,0)

5.0 Open Forum:

   5.a. Truth in Taxation

     5.a.1. Discussion of 2023-2024 Budget

     5.a.2. Discussion of 2023 payable 2024 Levy

     5.a.3. Opportunity for questions from taxpayers

6.0 Correspondence/Informational Items: None at this meeting

7.0 Consent Agenda:

   7.a. Moved by Omerza, seconded by Colarich, to approve following Program

Consent Agenda:

     7.a.1. Approved the minutes of the regular meeting of November 13, 2023.

7.a.2.Approved the minutes of the study session of November 27, 2023.

     7.a.3. Approved the minutes of the special meeting of November 27, 2023.

     7.a.4. Approved November 2023 receipts in the amount of $575,654.16 and disbursements in the amount of $408,277.05.

     7.a.5. Approved November 2023 Financial Report.

     7.a.6. Adopted maximum U.S. General Services Administration Domestic 2024 Per Diem Rates for meal reimbursement and maximum lodging rates for all district employee travel.

     7.a.7. Adopted Resolution Establishing Combined Polling Places for Multiple Precincts and Designating Hours During Which the Polling Places will Remain Open for Voting for School District Elections Not Held on the Day of a Statewide Election.

Motion Carried (Vote: 5,0)

   7.b. Moved by Coombe, seconded by Colarich, to approve following

Personnel Consent Agenda:

     7.b.1. Hired James Tesdahl for the bus driver position (approx. 3.5 hours/day; 5 days/week; student contact days) effective December 1, 2023, per the current master agreement between ISD No. 696 and the AFSCME Local 295.

Motioned Carried (Vote: 5,0)

   7.c. Policy Consent Agenda: None at this Meeting

8.0 Old Business:

   8.a. Moved by Westlund, seconded by Coombe, to approve Secretary Job Description. Motion carried. (Vote: 5,0)

9.0 New Business:

   9.a. Moved by Colarich, seconded by Omerza, to certify the 2023 Payable 2024 Levy in the amount of $2,268,864. Motion carried. (Vote: 5,0)

   9.b. Moved by Coombe, seconded by Colarich, to approve Costin Group Consultant Agreement in the amount of $2,000 per month from January 1, 2024 through December 31, 2024. Motion carried. (Vote: 5,0)

   9.c. Moved by Colarich, seconded by Omerza, to approve the World’s Best Workforce Report and Summary as presented. Motion carried. (Vote: 5,0)

   9.d. Moved by Colarich, seconded by Coombe, to approve Resolution Accepting Donations. Motion carried. (Vote: 5,0)

10.0 Reports:

   10.a. Athletic Director – Tom Coombe

     10.a.1. Winter sports are under way

     10.a.2. Thirteen teams will be in town for various holiday tournaments

   10.b. Director of Facilities Report -Tim Leeson-No Report

   10.c. PreK-12 Principals’ Report

     10.c.1. Middle schoolers are working with Northern Lakes Arts Association on a mural

     10.c.2. Veterans Day program

     10.c.3. Middle school students participated in the VFW Patriot’s Pen essay Contest

     10.c.4. Washington Elementary’s November character trait was “Teamwork”

     10.c.5. November schedule of early release meetings and trainings

     10.c.6. Enrollment Update: Memorial-333 Washington-199

   10.d. Superintendent – Anne Oelke

     10.d.1. Insurance open enrollment

     10.d.2. Facilities team update

     10.d.3. December study session moved to Dec. 18th

     10.d.4. Early release meetings for December

11.0 Board members comments and concerns:

   11.a. Omerza commented on the Joint Powers meeting. Chair Marsnik and Superintendent Oelke both attended

   11.b. Omerza inquired about the Costin group looking into Fall Lake township tax base.

   11.c. Omerza thanked Tom Coombe for his work on making the Joint Powers meetings happen.

12.0 Moved by Colarich, seconded by Coombe, to adjourn at 6:35p.m. Motion carried. (Vote: 5,0)


Rochelle Sjoberg, Clerk


Ely Echo Publication Date(s):

Jan. 13, 2024





The Babbitt Recreation Department is seeking bids for masonry and construction projects. Please contact Caitlin at 218-235-7749.


Published:          Ely Echo

                                    January 13, 2024


Public Hearing Notice for the Rainy Headwaters-Vermilion Watershed Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan


Over the past year, local partners have worked together to create a Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan also known as a One Watershed One Plan (1W1P). The partnership pulled from existing data, resource goals, and stakeholder input to develop local strategies to protect and in some cases restore this cherished watershed. The Rainy Headwaters-Vermilion Planning Area covers almost 4,000 square miles in 4 Counties (Cook, Lake, St. Louis, and Koochiching). It is located within the larger 1854 Ceded Territory and part of the Bois Forte Reservation is within the watershed on the shores of Onamuni Zaaga’iganiin (Lake Vermilion). The watershed is home to the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness and Voyageurs National Park. Waters within the watershed boundary flow to Rainy Lake and eventually Hudson Bay.


The Rainy Headwaters-Vermilion Watershed partners include Cook County, Lake County, St. Louis County, Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District, Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District, and North St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District. An advisory committee of watershed stakeholders helped develop the plan that included federal, tribal, state, and local partners.


To view the plan, please visit the planning website:


A hybrid public hearing is scheduled for January 26, 2024, at 10 AM at Minnesota North College – Vermilion Campus-Fireside Lounge (1900 E Camp St, Ely, MN) or the Seagull Lake Community Center (12059 Gunflint Trail, Grand Marais, MN). You can also join virtually via Zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 893 1146 1684 

+1 301 715 8592

The link will also be posted on the website.


This is your opportunity to provide input to the plan. Contact Becca Reiss at the North St. Louis SWCD for more information: or 218-288-6143. 


Published in Ely Echo: January 13, 2024



Ely Public Schools

Head Girls’ Track Coach


Ely Public School District is looking for a Head Girl’s Track Coach for the 2024 spring season. Background check required.


Qualifications include:  

       •    Bachelor’s Degree;

       •    Coaching licensure or ability to obtain

            (certification required to be an MSHSL

            head coach prior to the start of the 2023-

            2024 season);

       •    Previous coaching experience preferred.

       •    Must be available for several practices/

            games per week from mid-March through

            early June, including some weekends and

            during school break periods.


Preferred Qualifications:

       •    Provide effective leadership for the program, including development of practice and participation plans and oversight of assistant coaches.

       •    Demonstrate knowledge in all aspects of the sport and convey knowledge at an appropriate level to the athletes involved, running well organized and effective practices.

       •    Work effectively with other programs and personnel, including effective communication with players, parents, administrators, faculty and school staff and the media.

       •    Work in support of the department’s and school’s mission.

       •    Represent the school in a positive manner among alumni, supporters and external agencies.

       •    Maintain compliance with MSHSL requirements.

       •    Manage budget effectively and manage administrative affairs in a timely fashion.

       •    Enforce and model proper standards of sportsmanship.


Application available at:


A complete application must include the following:

       •    District Application

       •    Resume

       •    Copy of credentials declaring appropriate License (per M.S. 122A.22)


Return materials to: Ely Public Schools, Attn: Superintendent, 600 E. Harvey St., Ely, MN 55731 or email


Stipend: $4,280


Deadline to apply: January 30, 2024; open until filled.


Ely Echo January 13 and 20, 2024





NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Ely is currently developing plans for a parking lot on the east end of Miner’s Lake near the intersection of Pioneer Road and 21st Avenue East in the Spaulding Area.  The purpose of the gravel parking lot is for vehicle parking for those utilizing the Trezona Trail and for those fishing on Miner’s Lake.  The parking area will be gravel and is not intended for motorized use of Miner’s Lake.  Those interested can view the proposed conceptual drawing on the city website at or can see the drawing at City Hall.  A notice will also be sent out to the residents in the immediate vicinity of the proposed project.


All interested parties may submit communication to the Clerk’s Office, 209 E Chapman St, Ely, MN, 55731, 218-365-3224 Ext 1,



Ely Echo

January 13, 2023




NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Ely will hold a public hearing on January 16, 2024 at 5pm at the Ely City Hall, Council Chambers at 209 E Chapman St, Ely, Minnesota.


This will be an informational meeting to discuss the Fire Apparatus Building and the Ely Area Ambulance Garage, including economic and environmental impacts, service area, alternatives to the project, and potential funding sources, including USDA Rural Development. All residents and property owners within the City of Ely, City of Winton, Town of Morse, Fall Lake Township, Stoney River Township and citizens located within unorganized areas of St. Louis County within the 1500 square miles of the ambulance primary service area are encouraged to attend.


Harold R Langowski





Ely Echo Publication Date(s):

January 6, 2024

January 13, 2024




Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be received by the Council of the City of Ely, St. Louis County, Minnesota, until Wednesday, January 24, 2024, 2:00 P.M. for doing legal printing and display advertising for the City of Ely, Minnesota for the year 2024.


Bids shall be securely sealed and endorsed upon the outside wrapper: “Bids for City of Ely Printing for 2024”.


The City Council reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive any informalities therein.


Specifications, instructions and bid forms for interested bidders are available at the office of the Clerk/Treasurer, 209 E Chapman St, Ely, Minnesota 55731.



Harold R Langowski, City Clerk/Treasurer




Ely Echo Publication Date(s):

January 6, 2024

January 13, 2024




The City of Ely is accepting applications for Election Judges for the 2024 Election Season. The Presidential Primary is on March 5, 2024, the Primary Election is on August 13, 2024 and the General Election is on November 5, 2024.  We will also need election judges to serve on the Absentee Ballot Board for each election.


Judges must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of Minnesota for at least 20 days.  Election training will be provided prior to the election.


Application forms for an Election Judge can be found on the City website at or at the City Hall on the table in the foyer or the Clerk’s Office, located at 209 E Chapman St., Ely MN  55731.  If you have questions, please call our office at 218-365-3224 Ext 1. 


Harold R Langowski

City Clerk/Treasurer



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