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27
May

LETTER: …without those workers and their toil there would be no Ely

Letter to the editor:
It’s good to see the city council recognize those who have contributed to Ely through years of work.
I hope the council will consider honoring the hundreds of miners who descended into Ely’s mines over decades to build this community and provide for their families.
A fitting tribute would be the renaming of Central Avenue, a name which is neither Ely-specific nor geographically accurate, to “Miners Avenue.” This is the route most of the miners took daily to their perilous jobs.
Without those workers and their toil there would be no Ely.
Doug Luthanen
Ely, MN

Fri
27
May

Anderson steps down as principal

by Tom Coombe
Ely’s high school principal is returning to the classroom.
Megan Anderson, who has served as principal for just over six years, notified school officials this month that she will resign from her position, effective at the end of the 2021-22 school year.
Anderson, an Ely native, will remain with the district and is set to take a middle-school teaching position this fall.
Those moves were authorized Monday by the Ely School Board, and the district has posted the principal position.
Anderson said Wednesday “that I’m really proud of what we have done for our kids over the last five-and-a-half years,” and that “I really enjoyed working with everybody in this leadership capacity. It was exciting and challenging.”
School board members accepted the resignation and thanked Anderson for her service during a brief Monday meeting, but there was no discussion about the position or the district’s administrative configuration.

Fri
27
May

Seventh inning stunner

by Tom Coombe
Down to their last three outs, the Ely Timberwolves rose to the occasion on Tuesday.
A triple by Charly Flom started the rally while Rachel Coughlin’s key blow finished it off.
Coughlin’s bases-clearing double in the bottom of the seventh gave the host Wolves a 5-4 victory over Cromwell in a Section 7A high school softball playoff encounter.
The seventh-seeded Wolves, who improved to 11-5, needed three runs in the final frame to down the 10th-seeded Cardinals and move into the double-elimination phase of the tournament, which started Thursday at Grand Rapids.
It looked like Cromwell (5-10) might eke out a victory, especially after the Wolves stranded two runners in the fifth.
But Ely Head Coach Cory Lassi held out hope, particularly given a seventh-inning that started with Flom, his lead-off hitter, at the plate.

Fri
27
May

POSITION OPENING Ely Public Schools Grade 6-12 Principal

POSITION OPENING
Ely Public Schools
Grade 6-12 Principal
1.0 Full Time Equivalent (FTE)

Ely Public Schools is accepting applications for a Grade 6-12 Principal beginning the 2022-2023 school year; 1.0 FTE; competitive salary and fringes as per the master agreement. Background check required.

Qualifications include:
• Current Minnesota Administration license
• Administration experience is preferred
• Excellent communication skills including
verbal and written
• Strong leadership skills with implementing
new initiatives and programs

Application available at: www.ely.k12.mn.us

A complete application must include the following:
• Cover letter
• District Licensed Application
• Resume
• Copy of official transcripts
• Current Minnesota Administration license
• 3 letters of recommendation

Fri
27
May

ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF ELY

ORDINANCE NO. 356, 2nd Series

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF ELY, MINNESOTA, ADDING TO THE ELY CITY CODE, CHAPTER 20, SECTION 20.1.27, ENTITLED ZONING MAP AMENDMENT

THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ELY DOES HEREBY ORDAIN:

SECTION 1. A new Section shall be added to Chapter 20 as Section 20.1.27, of the Ely City Code to read as follows:

Section 20.1.27 Zoning Map Amendment. The zoning classification of parcels of land located in the City of Ely, County of St. Louis, State of Minnesota, which have the following legal descriptions:

Lots 7 through 12, Block 16, ELY

are hereby changed from the current zoned classification of Residential 2 (R2) to Residential Transitional (RT).

SECTION 2. Effective Date: Pursuant to Section 3.08 of the Charter of the City of Ely, Minnesota, the adoption of this Ordinance is effective immediately after final adoption and publication.

First Reading: May 17, 2022

Fri
27
May

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

The Ely City Council will be holding a public hearing on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at 5:15pm in the Council Chambers at Ely City Hall to hear public comment regarding the consideration to rezone for the following addresses: 233 East Chapman St., 243 East Chapman St. & 247 East Chapman St – Ordinance 356.

These properties are currently located in a Residential 2 (R2) zone and will be rezoned to Residential Transitional (RT).

All interested parties may submit communication to the Clerk’s Office, 209 E Chapman St, Ely, MN, 55731, 218-365-3224 Ext 1, deputyclerk@ely.mn.us, or in person at the public hearing.

Ely Echo
May 28, 2022
June 4, 2022

Thu
26
May

John R. Juranitch

John R. Juranitch, 93, of Ely, a U.S. Army veteran,. passed away on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at home. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home.

Mon
23
May

John Sheldon Majerle

John Sheldon Majerle, lifelong resident of Tower passed away peacefully at home on Saturday May 21, 2022 surrounded by family.
Sheldon was born on July 23, 1947, in Soudan, to Edward F. and Anna Laura (Anderson) Majerle. He was in the graduating class of 1965 and then attended Ely Jr. College. He was employed at the Tower-Soudan School as a dedicated bus driver and maintenance man for 32 years.
Sheldon was an active community member, most notably serving on the Tower City Council. He was a volunteer firefighter for 25 years, and a past President of Old Settlers Association. His passions in life included flying airplanes, training horses, watching local youth sports, and spending time with friends and family.
In his retirement he enjoyed SOS coffee with his cronies, the simple joys of driving around the horn, and happy hour at McKinley Park.

Mon
23
May

David M. Cherne

David M. Cherne, 71 of Babbitt, MN passed away Sunday, May 15, 2022 at Ely Bloomenson Hospital after a 7 year battle with lung cancer.
Dave was a lifelong resident of Ely, MN where he lived on the Echo Trail in a beautiful log home he built with his wife of 51 years, the love of his life, Deb (Kainz) Cherne.
He was a Master Plumber/Steamfitter, member of Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 589 for almost 50 years, where he also was a teacher, mentor and MSHA instructor. He was an avid skier, loved to hunt and fish. A proud member of the National Ski Patrol for 25 years at Giants Ridge Ski Resort where he was a trainer and First Responder/CPR instructor. He loved teaching many things to so many people. Always willing to offer his knowledge and help to anyone who needed him. Dave and Deb loved spending as much time as they could at their Aikio Island cabin with their community of close friends.

Fri
20
May

Rallying to save WELY

by Tom Coombe
A last-ditch effort to keep local radio station WELY on the air appears to be gathering some legs.
Both Ely’s mayor and the station’s current general manager voiced hope this week that an arrangement could be made to save WELY, which is now set to close on June 1.
The arrangement might include a summer reprieve for WELY and pursuit of a deal that could put ownership in the hands of the city of Ely with operations handled by a yet-to-be-identified non-profit group.
“They want to give it to us,” mayor Roger Skraba told council members on Tuesday. “We would, in turn, lease it to a (non-profit) that could operate the radio station. That’s going to take some time.”
On Thursday, Skraba elaborated further, voicing hope that the Bois Forte Band, which has owned WELY since 2005, would agree to keep WELY on the air through the summer while details of a new arrangement are formulated and finalized.

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