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School needs to tap the brakes on superintendent search, building project

There was a special Ely school board meeting on Monday that brought a reason to tap the brakes on two major initiatives, hiring a new superintendent and pursuing a major building project. The reason? Millions of dollars for collaborating with neighboring school districts such as 2142, the sprawling St. Louis County district that includes schools in Babbitt and Tower.
A law pushed by Sen. Tom Bakk makes millions of dollars available to districts who work to share services, personnel and even facilities.
Ely hasn’t been able to get a seat at the table, until now. On Monday it was made clear that the taxpayers of Ely could get the IRRRB to foot a good portion of the bill for a major building project.

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Native son: Easter at the Pioneer

The two most popular “get together” holidays are Christmas and Easter. This is when we usually spend quality time with family and good friends.
There are forty one tenants living at the Pioneer Apartments. There is no more room at the Inn. A brunch was planned for Easter Sunday beginning at 2 pm. All the food is made from scratch by the tenants. We had a dozen people who got together in the apartment building lounge which was decorated for this event.
The names of the people at the brunch and how long they lived at the Pioneer Apartments are: Tonya, 5 years, Sharon, 3 years, Kevin, 4 years, Donna, 3 years, Vance, 2 years, Gigi, 2 years, Chantel, 3 years, Cassie, 1 year and when I asked Vicki how long she’s been here she said “20 minutes!”

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Heart Lake Prescribed Fire Unit planned for ignition on Saturday, May 4, 2019

The US Forest Service plans to implement several prescribed fire projects on the Superior National Forest this spring. The actual date of ignition is dependent on many factors including: fuel moisture, relative humidity, temperature, wind, but now is the spring burning season.
Size and Location: Heart Lake is a 132 acre prescribed fire unit just north of Highway 1, between the Spruce Road and the Tomahawk Road in northeastern Minnesota. Legal description: Township 61N, Range 10W, Section 18.
Description: Fire is part of the boreal forest ecosystem. The main objective for this unit is to improve wildlife habitat, with an emphasis on enhancing conditions for marsh birds and water fowl. Fire will reduce tree encroachment and stimulate the growth of grasses, sedges, rushes, and forbs. The unit consists mostly of swamp grass and leather leaf.

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Doris L. Dianoski, 90, of Babbitt, dies

Doris L. Dianoski, 90, of Babbitt, passed away on Friday, May 3, 2019 at Carefree Assisted Living in Babbitt. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at Woodland Presbyterian Church in Babbitt with visitation taking place one hour prior to the service at the church. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

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May

Sharon J. Karlinski (nee Kantorski), 75, dies

Sharon J. Karlinski (nee Kantorski), 75, of Maplewood, MN, formerly of Ely, MN, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on February 7, 2019. Sharon is survived by the children she cherished; Marlene (Rick) Smith of Madison, WI; David (Stephanie) Karlinski of Hermosa, SD; and Karen Karlinski of Hugo, MN. She is also survived by her grandchildren Abbey and Kevin Karlinski, special friends Ron and Rosa Hornig of Ely, and her beloved feline friend, Suzie.
Sharon was preceded in death by her parents Walter and Alice Kantorski of Buffalo NY, and numerous aunts and uncles. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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May

Permits for Prospector ATV trail are approved

Wetland permits for the Prospector Loop ATV Trail have been approved by the government regulator agencies.
“This is major news for our project,” said Prospector Alliance President Nick Wognum. “We’ve been waiting a long time to get to this point and now we can begin construction. This is awesome!”
The Prospector Loop will connect Ely, Babbitt, Embarrass and Tower to the North Shore ATV trail system, creating a total of over 250 miles of trails.
“Now we just need a little help in St. Paul to get the rest of the funding approved and it should be a busy summer building trail,” said Wognum. “We’re in the House bill for funding, and we’ve got good support in the Senate.”

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VCC Foundation awards $111,365 in scholarships

The Vermilion Community College Foundation held its annual Scholarship Awards Banquet honoring scholarship recipients and donors on April 25 at the Grand Ely Lodge. 186 people attended the event to celebrate the generosity of the Foundation’s donors and to recognize the achievements of the scholarship recipients.

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2019 Lifetime Achievement Award honors Lori Schmidt

In 2004, the VCC Foundation Board of Directors established the Lifetime Achievement Award to annually honor a graduate of Ely Junior College or Vermilion Community College who has made a significant local, regional statewide or national contribution. According to VCC Foundation Executive Director Patti Zupancich, “The award demonstrates the important role Vermilion plays in the academic, career, and civic development of our graduates.”
The VCC Foundation Board selected Lori Scmidt as the recipient of the 2019 award for his outstanding accomplishments and exceptional commitment to the natural resource field. The Lifetime Achievement Award was announced at the VCC Foundation’s annual scholarship awards banquet on April 25 at the Grand Ely Lodge. Lori was in attendance at the banquet to accept the award.

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Ely Memorial celebrates Ely Prom night

ELY’S PROM had 40 couples and a single attending Grand March in Washington Auditorium and posing for a photo on the steps of the Memorial Building.

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