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Sun
12
May

From the miscellaneous drawer - Life changes

We’re creatures of habit. At least I am.
I tend to eat the same foods, watch the same tv shows and keep the same hours- early to bed, early to rise..
There is one new thing in my life though. When I turn out the bedroom light at night, the room’s ceiling is filled with interesting patterns as if etched in ancient plaster.
No, I haven’t been remodeling, the sight in my right eye went away two Saturdays ago and after visits to several doctors, we now know it is permanent. Nick, Mary, Megan and Evan are filling in for the new absence and the job now is to train myself to do without and learn to drive again.
A steelworker friend of mine in Illinois lost an eye by running and falling on scissors. He went on as an adult to walk steel beams on high rises, so I know it can be done.
Meanwhile I’m at work answering phones, opening and sorting mail and keeping up (I hope) with circulation.

Sun
12
May

LETTER: ...we need our own supply pipeline with unrestricted access to all critical materials and metals

Dear Editor:
Fifty-nine years ago, Francis Gary Powers was piloting a U-2 spy plane over Russia and taking pictures of something the CIA found interesting. Until that day, the U-2 had a stellar record of never being intercepted or shot down. That was about to change.
The Russian bear had built a new surface to air missile that could go high enough and fast enough to overtake the U-2 and knock it out of the sky- and that’s just what happened. The cold war was raging and the Bear was making hay over the spying incident to his advantage. Eventually, the two countries swapped spies and life went on, but the US had its nose bloodied, been embarrassed and needed to improve their odds of surviving in the skies over Russia.

Sat
11
May

Messy split mires marathon

by Tom Coombe -

Sat
11
May

The benefits of shopping local, from city hall to local residents

Another Ely business is slated to close, one of the two dollar stores, to go along with the Ely Bowling Alley. Jobs are lost and the area suffers financially.
At city hall this past week the council was smart enough to shop local when buying a vehicle for the police department. Those dollars will help keep Mike Motors in Ely.
We only wish the council had that in mind when they decided to send money to Tower to have the city legals published. Those dollars are gone and this local newspaper suffers. With the loss of Shopko, it’s been a double whammy for a small business trying to make payroll and as an added bonus, the first half of property taxes this week.
Business owners know every time someone goes out of town for a product or even a medical procedure, those dollars go away and don’t come back. We’d like to see the law changed where cities and school districts have to hire local employees, but that’s another issue.

Sat
11
May

Lake County says it will return lodging tax funds to Ely/Fall Lake

by Nancy McReady
Lake County Commissioner Pete Walsh attended the Fall Lake Township meeting Tuesday and updated the board on the broadband purchase which will be finalized July 3.
“They will have an investment up in this area with unfinished connections,” said Walsh. He said there is still intention of completing service to Fall Lake.
As to the lodging tax, Walsh said Lake County would be collecting the tax which would be returned to the Ely/Fall Lake area. He said Lake County is also planning to extend the lodging tax to campgrounds.
The last thing Walsh informed the board about was that an appraisal is being done on the Boundary Waters land to recalculate Lake County’s PILT payments.
Supervisor Rod Gruba said he has traveled all the township roads but he and supervisor Craig Seliskar will check all roads again before the June meeting.

Fri
10
May

Spring road restrictions to end May 14 on St. Louis County roads

Spring load restrictions, which have been in place since mid March, will be lifted next week. Road restrictions will end on Tuesday, May 14, for both the North and North-Central Frost Zones, which cover all of St. Louis County. Certain roads may continue to have load limits based on their particular condition. Signs will clearly mark those roads.

Fri
10
May

Ely’s Hometown newspaper takes pride in bringing readers the local news

The Echo is on the Ely scene year around. Stop in at the Ely Echo office at 15 East Chapman street and sign up for a year’s worth of the newspaper whch keeps you in touch with all that’s happening in the area! It has the largest area circulation for a reason - we live here, work here and raise our families here.
You are invited to subscribe!

Fri
10
May

Grace Lutheran seeks more volunteers

Women of Grace Quilters had a busy and productive winter sewing a variety of quilts which filled all the Grace Lutheran church pews recently. Now they are raising funds to ship the donation. The women include: Marge Haugen, Val Lovsness, Corinne Beals, Shirley Parish and Shirley Ronn.

Fri
10
May

Sir G’s re-opens after remodeling

A GRAND REOPENING at Sir G’s Italian Restaurant in Ely, after a sewer line break caused major water damage at the popular Ely eatery. Ely Chamber of Commerce representative Mary Zupancich (right) spoke at the May 2 grand reopening celebration, as owners Dan and Heidi Peace cut the ribbon with their daughter, Jade. Photo by Tom Coombe

Fri
10
May

Gracie’s Plant Works celebrates opening

GRAND OPENING of Gracie’s Plant Works at 22 West Sheridan Street was held on Friday, May 3 with an official ribbon cutting by the City of Ely and the Ely Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Eva Sebesta.

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