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Fri
03
Dec

USFS: Fewer permits for three BWCA entry points

When Boundary Waters Canoe Area permits become available on Jan. 26, there will be fewer to go around.
Kawishiwi District Ranger Aaron Kania announced reductions of one permit per day at Lake One and Mudro and one permit every other day at Gabbro.
“The key is we were seeing resource damage and complaints about the wilderness character of solitude,” said Kania.
The Lake One change includes removing the restricted permits where you had to camp in the numbered lakes and beyond and adding them to the Lake One permits. Previously there were seven for each but instead of going to 14, that number will drop to 13.
That number used to be as high as 23 in the past and later dropped to 18. This was also when the number of people dropped from 10 people and five canoes to nine people and four canoes.
After the 2011 Pagami Fire that number was reduced from 18 to 14 due to a loss of campsites.

Fri
03
Dec

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

The Ely Planning & Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, December 15th, 2021 at 5:00pm in the Council Chambers at The Ely City Hall to hear public comment regarding the consideration to rezone Three (3) parcels of land located on the West end of Sheridan St.
The parcels of topic are currently within an Industrial- (M) District which does not permit retail sales. At this meeting we will be looking to have the area rezoned from an Industrial- (M) District the more appropriate- Central Business District- (C-1).
Addresses to be rezoned are; 301, 303, & 305 West Sheridan St. in Ely MN.
Comments may be made in person at the hearing, or by e-mail at pzadmin@ely.mn.us or by phone at (218) 226-5475. Your name must be included for comments to be entered into the public proceeding.

Dave Huberty
Ely Planning and Zoning Administrator

Fri
03
Dec

Girls build with talented nucleus

by Tom Coombe
The Ely Timberwolves won’t be the largest team in Section 7A - whether in number or height.
But section opponents would be ill advised to look past an Ely high school girls basketball team that’s looking to take a significant step forward this winter, despite some obstacles that have been thrown the Wolves’ way.
Ely, which made its 2021-22 debut Thursday night after deadline at Nashwauk-Keewatin, has several key players back from a team that went 8-10 during a Covid-19-disrupted 2020-21 season.
The Wolves’ lineup has also been bolstered by the return of junior Madeline Perry, who averaged more than 10 points per game during her freshman year but missed her sophomore campaign. She joins All-Arrowhead Conference honorable mention selection Grace LaTourell and fellow sophomore Sarah Visser, both sophomore guards, in forming what appears to be a solid nucleus.

Fri
03
Dec

Domino’s coming to Ely

DOMINO’S IS COMING TO TOWN - The former Pizza Hut and Two Gringos building is being remodeled for Domino’s to begin sometime this month. “We have a contractual date of December 13th but supply issues are likely going to push that back a little bit since walk-in cooler, ovens, and refrigerated prep table are all still in process,” said Duane Carlson, Jr. franchisee for Domino’s. Photo by Nick Wognum.

Fri
03
Dec

DNR Conservation Officer weekly reports

District 6 - Two Harbors
CO John Velsvaag (Ely #2) checked muzzleloaders and anglers this past week. A few ice anglers were checked, but they weren’t having much success. Velsvaag received several calls about deer-hunting regulations and trapping restrictions in the Canada lynx zone.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) traveled area forest roads and checked lake accesses. Rain earlier in the month is still impacting some road conditions, with washed out areas and large sheets of ice across entire sections of a few roads. She also followed up on reports of wildlife feeding and she spoke with local radio station about safety during outdoor winter activities. Snow to date has been minimal, so now is a good time to take a required safety training rather than wrecking a snowmobile on barely covered trails.

Thu
02
Dec

Marsnik, Alice Nadine Chamberlain

Marsnik, Alice Nadine Chamberlain, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, and friend, died at home November, 30, 2021. In her last weeks, she expressed that her greatest wish was to spend the end of her life surrounded by her beloved children, grandchildren, friends, and family.
Nadine was born September 5, 1931, the third of five children born to Ellard (Pike) and Alice (nee Johnson) Chamberlain in Clontarf, Minnesota. Nadine was an exceptional student who devoted her life to education. She graduated from Benson High School as co-salutatorian with her lifelong best friend, with whom she attended the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul. She was the first in her family to earn a college degree, graduating with honors and Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her Masters of Education from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1974 and in 1985 completed all of her coursework for a PhD from the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota.

Tue
30
Nov

Billy J. Andrews

Billy J. Andrews, 65 of Palm Springs, CA passed away Monday, November 1, 2021 in Palm Springs, CA.
Bill was born on August 13, 1956 in Pekin, IL to Jimmy D. and Amelia M. (Masnari) Andrews.
Bill was preceded in death by his father, one Uncle, John Masnari and one Aunt, Shirley Frank.
He is survived by: his Mother, Amelia, two brothers; Jerry of Peoria, IL and Scott (Joni) of Tremont, IL, his Uncle Gary Andrews of Pinkneyville, IL, Uncle Ray Frank of Morton, IL, his Aunt Sharon Mutchler of Pekin and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mon
29
Nov

PUBLIC NOTICE Aeration system in Burntside Lake

PUBLIC NOTICE
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has received an application for permit to install and operate an aeration system in Burntside Lake located in St. Louis County, Township 63, Range 13, Section 12. The purpose of the proposed system is to protect shoreline and structures.
Interested parties may forward their comments to:
Aeration Program Coordinator
500 Layfayette Road, Box 25
St. Paul, MN 55155
Comments will be accepted until 12/2/2021

Mon
29
Nov

Special Council Meeting Council Chambers, Ely City Hall November 4, 2021

The Ely City Council will hold a Special Council Meeting in the Council Chambers at Ely City Hall, on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 5:15pm for the purpose of approving a resolution regarding the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application for the Wastewater Treatment Improvement Project.

Harold R Langowski
City Clerk/Treasurer

Ely Echo
November 27, 2021

Mon
29
Nov

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Ely will hold four (4) public hearings on December 7, 2021 at Ely City Hall, Council Chambers at 209 E Chapman St, Ely, Minnesota.

Hearing #1 at 4:45pm is to consider Ordinance No. 349 2nd Series the Sale of City Land located that part of the NW¼ of SW¼, Section 26, Township 63 North, Range 12 West of the 4th Principal Meridian, St. Louis County, Minnesota, described as follows: A parcel of land consisting of approximately .5 acres lying Southerly of Savoy Rd. (A Map of the property can be found on the City of Ely Website – www.ely.mn.us)

Hearing #2 at 5:00 pm is to discuss the property classified as hazardous at 726 E Camp St in the City of Ely.

Hearing #3 at 5:10pm is to discuss the property classified as hazardous at 1811 E Chapman St in the City of Ely.

Hearing #4 at 5:20pm is to discuss the property classified as hazardous at 1945 E Harvey St in the City of Ely.

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