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James Pryatel

James Pryatel, 59, of Hibbing, formerly of Ely, passed away on Thursday, September 29, 2022. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Fri
30
Sep

St. Louis County Board votes to prohibit new cervid farms to combat Chronic Wasting Disease

The St. Louis County Board has voted to prohibit new cervid farms in the county in an effort to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD). The unanimous vote updates the county’s zoning ordinance to allow existing cervid farms to continue to operate, though prohibits expansion of those existing farms.
The county had been operating under a one-year temporary moratorium, which would have expired at the end of this month. During the past year, the Planning Commission considered options ranging from a complete ban, to doing nothing, or requiring a conditional use permit for new cervid farms.
“We realized our emphasis needed to be to do what we can where we can,” said Planning Director Matt Johnson. “Now we’ll focus on educating the public about testing and helping stakeholders who are looking for a cure.”

Fri
30
Sep

Rants from the Relic “Smiles to Go”

The first time I saw Hank Thunander, 50 years ago he was playing the “Echo Polka” from the stage at John’s Bar in Ely. I marveled at his skill, facility, and stage presence. His appearance with his four-piece combo was typical of the level of entertainment that the All-American Sled Dog Races brought to Ely in the early 70s -- a sub-zero January festival.
Later that night, much later, I got to meet Hank in the tiny, back room of Doc Udovich’s dentist office. Doc was thumping on a giant stand-up bass and Hank continued to flawlessly play requests while seated on the couch. Hank was about 30 then and whizzing through songs as dawn approached after playing a four hour gig on his feet was no challenge for him. The room was full of harmony, furniture, winter coats -- and smiles.

Fri
30
Sep

Old rivalry, new memories

by Tom Coombe
Echo editor
Football may not immediately come to mind when the typical Minnesotan thinks of Ely or Grand Marais.
Separated by a windy road, with Lake Superior at one end and the BWCAW at the other, the two communities are destination points for thousands of travelers, from inside the state and far beyond, year after year.
Yet when it comes to football rivalries, the one between Ely and Cook County High School of Grand Marais has endured.
In the 1990s, football masterminds Larry Mischke and Lyle Anderson locked horns in a series of big games.
Anderson’s Vikings knocked Ely out of the playoffs in 1991, while Ely got some revenge at home a couple of years later - although Cook County fans left town that night upset about an inadvertent whistle that cost their team a touchdown and probably a win.

Fri
30
Sep

School set to get $1.5 million

by Tom Coombe
The Ely School District stands to gain $1.5 million to offset some of the rising costs associated with its major renovation project.
Earlier this week, the St. Louis County Board took a key step toward allocating federal Covid relief funds to the Ely district with a unanimous vote of commissioners during their committee of the whole meeting.
The funding could be finalized as soon as Tuesday, when commissioners gather for their regular session.
“I don’t see anything that would stop it,” said superintendent John Klarich, after attending the committee of the whole session and speaking with several county officials, including Ely commissioner Paul McDonald.
McDonald agreed and said the board’s action, which will also set aside funding from the American Rescue Plan for school projects in Hibbing and Chisholm, is the result of difficulties those districts have had with facilities initiatives stemming from the pandemic.

Fri
30
Sep

Free clinic moves downtown

by Tom Coombe
Ely’s free clinic has a new home.
After several years in the old American Fraternal Union building, the Ely Community Health Center has taken its operations downtown, to the Chapman Street facility that was the longtime office for retired dentist Scott Anderson.
The ECHC has been in its new digs and treating customers for roughly three weeks.
“We’ve moved the entire operation,” said ECHC Executive Director Helen Tome. “We needed more space and we were working on expanding our dental service, so this is pretty perfect as it used to be a dental office.”
Dental services have been a new addition to the ECHC, thanks in part to grant support from Blue Cross-Blue Shield and a collaborative agreement with local dentist Crystal Chopp, who has helped supply the free clinic with hygienist services.

Fri
30
Sep

EDITORIAL: Newspaper reporting and content have never been more relevant

by Brett Wesner, Chair
National Newspaper Association
We all have stories of readers desperately seeking reliable information about COVID-19 during the pandemic and turning to us to deliver accurate national and state health departments’ evolving assessments as well as local reporting on treatment options in our communities.
We at NNA see it in our daily government affairs work with members of Congress, who almost uniformly admire their local community papers regardless of how they might feel about the national press.
We see it in the example of the civic leaders in Mineral Wells, TX, who were so distraught over the closing of their newspaper that they reached out to Jeremy Gulban and his CherryRoad group to open one. That he did, as he has in other communities.

Fri
30
Sep

Program record for Tedrick

by Tom Coombe
A program record fell Saturday and Lily Tedrick made another dent in the record book.
The Ely senior completed the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:15.03, setting a new mark in Northeast Range/Ely high school girls swimming history.
Perhaps more impressively, Tedrick’s record swim was good enough for first place at the Soderlind Invitational in Duluth.
Tedrick’s first-place and record-setting performance was part of a solid day for the Nighthawks, who had several medalists at an event that brought together nine teams. NRE placed sixth as a team.
“We swam really well,” said head coach Cheri DeBeltz. “Anyone placing sixth place or higher earned a medal.”
That included Tedrick in the breaststroke, and she also came home with a second-place medal in the 200 individual medley (2:30.5).
The NRE relay of Tedrick, Maggie Dammann, Anna Larson and Morgan McCelland also took second in 2:08.51.

Fri
30
Sep

Vermilion downed in home debut

by Tom Coombe
The Vermilion offense sputtered and struggled for much of its home debut.
That led to a slow start and allowed visiting North Dakota School of Science to open up a big lead and cruise to a 37-6 community college football victory last Saturday at soggy Ely School Stadium.
Vermilion was held to 190 yards of total offense, but 70 came on a fourth-quarter touchdown sprint by Octavis Cherry.
Cherry’s gallop to the end zone averted the shutout, but the Ironhawks fell to 0-3 for the season.
An all-freshman Vermilion squad lost the battle of field position throughout the contest, and the Wildcats had success early with their running game.
Chandler Ross had two first-half scores, chewing up yards on the opening drive and capping his team’s first possession with a one-yard scoring plunge.

Fri
30
Sep

School Board Meeting Minutes September 12, 2022

School Board Meeting Minutes September 12, 2022 (Board Approved September 26th)

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