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03
Mar

Permits: Third time the charm?

by Tom Coombe -

Sat
02
Mar

Hook and bullet club - Snowmobiling

TRAIL STOP - Evan Wognum, Nella Foy, Mary Wognum, Bev Groteboer, Brad Pearse, Steve Groteboer and Kelsey Pearse take a break along the trail system in the Crane Lake to Ash River area.

Sat
02
Mar

One year without reserved permits

The debacle that is the U.S. Forest Service trying to finesse the BWCA permit system and turning it into a major SNAFU has one option that hasn’t been considered. Let’s go one year without having to reserve permits.
That’s right, everybody gets a permit to explore our national treasure. We’ve got one million acres out there but fewer and fewer people. This one year trial run could revitalize our local economy and is super simple to implement.
When you get to a BWCA entry point you fill out a permit, tuck it in the box and go and enjoy a trip in the Boundary Waters.
We can hear the outcry from the Twin Cities already. “This can’t be done! The place will be ruined!” Poppycock. The permit system didn’t even exist until 1966.

Sat
02
Mar

Don Church, 87, of Ely dies

Donald E. Church, 87, of Ely, passed away surrounded by family and friends on March 1, after a lengthy illness. He was born in Biddeford Pool, Maine, on January 4, 1932. Don was a retired U.S. Navy veteran who proudly served aboard the USS Oglethorpe during the Korean Conflict. He retired from the U.S. Forest Service in 1985. Don was a member of the Ely Masonic Lodge, Shriners, American Legion and the VFW.
Don was pre-deceased by his parents, Enid and William, and his grandparents, William and Marguerite, and brother-in-law, Lynn. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Frances; children, Elaine (Wayne) and Edward (Margie); grandchildren Sara (Ben), Emily (Mike), Zachary (Gretchen) and Dylan; great-grandchildren Carter and Caylee; sisters Mary, Shirley, Roberta (Cliff) and Lucille (Bob); and several nieces and nephews.

Fri
01
Mar

Ely Echo Shagawa Lake Ice Out Contest for 2019 begins now, ends March 25

by Anne Swenson
In 2018, It might have been a bit late when Shagawa Lake was officially declared open, but it made it in time for that Saturday’s fishing opener. The date officially was Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 1:16 p.m. as declared by Grand Ely Lodge employees.
The Ely Echo Shagawa Lake Ice Out Contest is official when a boat could leave Grand Ely Lodge’s dock and cross to the north side of the lake, chunks of ice notwithstanding.
Off by one hour, 27 minutes on April 14, but nonetheless the winner for the second year in a row was Jack Hautala of Winton, taking the 2018 first place prize of $100 in a GEL Gift Certificate with 10 a.m.
Second place went to Julie Faltinson, Eden Prairie, MN which gained her a $50 Ely Echo Gift Certificate. James Hedin, Duluth took third place and the $25 GEL Gift Certificate.

Fri
01
Mar

NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING For construction of the Mesabi Trail™ Segment from the Highway 1/169 Underpass to the City of Ely, MN.

NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING
For construction of the Mesabi Trail™ Segment from
the Highway 1/169 Underpass to the City of Ely, MN.

Fri
01
Mar

PUBLIC NOTICE Town of Morse Notice of Annual Meeting and Election of Officers

PUBLIC NOTICE
Town of Morse
Notice of Annual Meeting
and Election of Officers
Notice is hereby given to qualified voters of the TOWN OF MORSE, County of St. Louis, State of Minnesota, that the Annual Election of Town Officers and Annual Town Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. In case of inclement weather, the meeting and election may be postponed until the third Tuesday in March, announcement regarding the election will be aired on WELY.
The Election Poll hours will be open from noon to 8 p.m. at which time the voters will elect:
1 (One) Town Supervisor‚ Three year term
For an Absentee Ballot, contact Clerk Nick Wognum at 218-343-2019 or write to: Town of Morse, P.O. Box 660, Ely, MN 55731.
The Annual Meeting will commence following the election results and Board of Canvass to conduct all necessary business prescribed by law.
The Annual Election and Meeting will be held at the following location:

Fri
01
Mar

TOWN OF MORSE The regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors

TOWN OF MORSE
The regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors
for the Town of Morse has been changed from Tuesday, March 12 to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 4 at the Morse Town Hall.
Nick Wognum, Clerk
Town of Morse

Fri
01
Mar

TOWN OF FALL LAKE NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING

TOWN OF FALL LAKE
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING
AND
ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Notice is hereby given to the qualified voters of the Town of Fall Lake, County of Lake, State of Minnesota, that the Annual Election of Town Officers and Annual Town Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. In case of inclement weather, the meeting and election may be postponed until the third Tuesday in March, (and will be aired over WELY radio, if necessary).

TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2019
The Election Poll hours will be from 12:00 Noon until 8:00 PM
At which time the voters will elect:

One (1) Supervisor – Three (3) Year Term

The Annual Meeting will commence at approximately 8:30 PM (or as soon as possible) after the ballots are tallied
and the Board of Canvass has met
On TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2019 to conduct all necessary business prescribed by law.

Fri
01
Mar

TIMBER SALE

The Shell Sale is located within T59N R12W Sect 1, 2, 11 and 12 and T59N R11W Sect 6, approximately 10 miles southeast of Babbitt, MN. The Forest Service will receive sealed bids in public at Ely, Minnesota at 1:00 PM local time on 04/02/2019 for an estimated volume of 366 CCF of Jack Pine sawtimber, 43 CCF of Paper Birch sawtimber, 81 CCF of Spruce sawtimber, 2611 CCF of Aspen pulpwood, 120 CCF of Balsam Fir pulpwood, 222 CCF of Maple pulpwood, 127 CCF of Pine pulpwood, 274 CCF of Paper Birch pulpwood, and 195 CCF of Spruce pulpwood marked or otherwise designated for cutting. In addition, there is within the sale area an unestimated volume of Softwood - Other green biomass cv, and Hardwood - Other green biomass cv that the bidder may agree to remove at a fixed rate. The Forest Service reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Interested parties may obtain a prospectus from the office listed below.

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