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Fri
23
Nov

On thin ice – teach kids the dangers of ice

Now is the time to talk with kids about the dangers of ice. Ice thickness varies greatly on lakes, ponds and rivers throughout the state. Some water bodies have none, while others have several inches, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

“Ice, especially early ice with snow cover, is extremely deceptive because you can’t see dangerous cracks or the thickness of the ice under the snow,” said DNR Conservation Officer Adam Block. “Parents need to teach their kids that ice is never 100 percent safe. If your child is near the ice, you should be near your child.”

With many children out of school for holiday breaks, they may look toward newly forming ice for entertainment.

Thu
22
Nov

Hometown Ely news- the Echo covers it all!

Although most readers prefer to hold the actual newspaper in print in their hands each week, some have learned that receiving the Echo by email is a convenience when traveling or should there happen to be spotty postal delivery. If you have an email address I can send you a sample of the Echo by email as pdfs, just let me know.

If you have a print subscription now you can add $10 onto your year renewal and get the email Echo too.

To only receive the email version, the fee is $35 fo one year sent anywhere in the world, generally on Friday mornings.

--Anne Swenson, publisher

Thu
22
Nov

Schurke returning to Russia

by Tom Coombe -

Thu
22
Nov

Winton post boxes are in place

UP AND RUNNING - The new mailbox system in Winton is up and running. Located behind the Winton Roadhouse, the mailboxes are available to Winton residents. Packages can also be dropped off into a keyed box at the bottom of each unit. On Wednesday morning Sam Zorman was checking to see if he had any mail. Photo by Nick Wognum.

Thu
22
Nov

Winners announced by VFW Post 2717

CONTEST WINNERS - Ely VFW Post 2717 saluted the winners of the Patriots’ Pen Essay Contest. Lauren Rehbein and Lily Dirks won $20 prizes and Abigail Johnson was the overall winner. They are pictured with post commander Mike Pope. Submitted photo

Thu
22
Nov

The 100+ Ely Women Who Care gift Northern Lights Clubhouse

The 100+ Ely Women Who Care group presented Northern Lights Clubhouse with a check for $7,885 as the recipient of the combined donations at the group’s Oct. 28 event. The purpose of 100+ Ely Women Who Care is to foster philanthropy and community by donating as a group to a local charity. Over 100 Ely women contributed to the donations. This was the fourth 100+ Ely Women Who Care event. The first three events raised over $22,400.

Thu
22
Nov

Ironmen dominate DQ Classi

DESPITE A HAND TO THE FACE, Vermilion guard Maurice Carter went in for a layup as the Ironmen picked up two wins in last weekend’s season-opening tournament. Photo by Eric Sherman

by Tom Coombe -

Wed
21
Nov

Alfred Lacy Johnson, 97, formerly of Ely, dies

Alfred Lacy Johnson , formerly of Ely, changed addresses from Twin Falls, ID, to Heaven on Nov 3, 2018. He was 97 ½ and lived a rich and varied life. He was born in Warren, PA, Mar 8, 1921, to Alfred and Laura Johnson, the first of 5 children. During his teen years, he accepted God’s gift of eternal life through forgiveness and trust in Jesus Christ. That decision guided him the rest of his life. After high school, he jumped freight trains for a trip to the West, owned a landscaping business, served in WWII as a pilot and instructor, married Virginia Fredrickson in Warren, graduated From Penn State (also build a fishing boat in one of the dorm rooms), joined the US Forest Service, working in Juneau, AK; Ely, MN; and Marietta, OH. After retirement he owned a tree farm and was a consulting forester. He and Ginny moved to Twin Falls, ID, in 1995 to be closer to children.

Wed
21
Nov

Council Minutes - November 8, 2018 Regular Meeting Ely City Council

Council Minutes - November 8, 2018
Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers

1. CALL TO ORDER – Mayor Novak Called the Regular Council Meeting to order at 5:30pm.

2. PRESENT: Council Members A.Forsman, Kess, Debeltz, Callen, D.Forsman and Mayor Novak
ABSENT: Council Member Omerza

3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to approve the minutes from the October 16, 2018 Regular Council Meeting. Motion Carried 6-0-1 with Omerza Absent.

Wed
21
Nov

The City of Ely Planning Commission will hold a public hearing

The City of Ely Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday December 5th, 2018 at 5:45 pm in the 2nd Floor Board Room of City Hall to gather public input in consideration of a request made by City of Ely for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for activities proposed at the Community Center Building 30 South First Avenue East Ely MN. Parcel #030-0010-02620.

The City of Ely currently owns the Community Center and the property is in a Residential Transition (RT) Zone. Per the City of Ely Code Sec. 11.40.1 the RT Zone is to provide an area of transition between residential and commercial uses. The RT Zone permits residentially-compatible commercial uses with residential uses. The RT Zone is intended to allow for orderly and efficient use of a property so as to encourage the upkeep and maintenance of such property.

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