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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Ely will hold a public hearing on October 19, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. at the Ely City Hall, Council Chambers at 209 E Chapman St, Ely, Minnesota to discuss the property classified as a public nuisance in the City of Ely. The real property is located at 1061 E. Madison Street.

All Ely city residents are invited to attend the public hearing of the City Council to express their opinions on the proposed civil enforcement of the maintenance of private property.

Harold R Langowski

Ely Echo
October 9, 2021
October 16, 2021


DNR Conservation Officer weekly reports

District 6 - Two Harbors
CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) reports a weekend of clouds and rain did not deter small-game hunters in the Ely area from searching trails for grouse. Success was again low, but most hunters checked said it was as much about enjoying the fall colors as shooting a bird. Waterfowl hunters reported still seeing a good amount of geese north of Ely but reported very few ducks.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) checked small-game hunters and anglers on area lakes. ATV trails were monitored. He handled wildlife-related complaints and assisted other agencies.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled forest roads and trails checking small-game hunters and ATV operators. Manning also checked end-of-season trout anglers on inland lakes and worked the salmon run on Lake Superior tributaries.


Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers September 21, 2021

Regular Meeting
Ely City Council –
City Hall, Council Chambers
September 21, 2021

The regular meeting of the Ely City Council was called to order by Mayor Skraba at 5:30pm in the Council Chambers.

2. PRESENT: Council members A.Forsman, Kess, Debeltz, Omerza, Campbell, and Mayor Skraba
ABSENT: Council member Callen

Debeltz/Campbell moved to approve minutes from the September 7, 2021 Public Hearing, and the September 7, 2021 Regular Council Meeting. Motion Carried 6-0-1 with Callen Absent.


Donald F. Beland

Donald F. Beland, 88, a proud US Veteran, passed away on Monday, October 4, 2021 at the Ely Bloomenson Hospital. Per Don’s request there will be no services.
Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.


Carol Marie Palmer nee Knuutti

Carol Marie Palmer, 84, of Yuba City, CA, passed away at home on September 28, 2021. Born in Duluth, MN, to Arvo and Lillian Knuutti on June 11, 1937. Carol grew up in Ely, MN, on a family dairy farm, then moved to California.

She worked for 30 years as an analyst for the California Highway Patrol until her retirement in 1995. She was a member of Calvary Christian Center for many years and had a deep love for our Lord and Savior. She enjoyed helping with Sidewalk Kids Visitation Ministry while she was still physically able. Carol loved spending her peaceful time at her cabin in the northern Minnesota woods.

Carol is survived by her daughter, Rachelle Marie Torres (Tony) of Yuba City, CA; and sons, Russell Everett Richey (Jennie) of Camas, WA, and Ryan Edward Richey (Kim) of Vancouver, WA; 8 grandsons; 10 great-grandchildren; and 2 brothers, Allan (Carrie) Knuutti, and Arthur Knuutti, both of Ely, MN.


Ely Echo Guest Editorial: Why we need a community forum

by Brian J. Allfrey,
Executive Director, Utah Press Association
I am not sure what I expected our country to look like in 2021, but I certainly did not expect it to be so fractured and so bogged down in hate. My oldest son was a year old on September 11, 2001. The wave of patriotism following that day gave me hope for the America that my kids would inherit.


Board seeks mask clarity

by Tom Coombe
Amid public backlash over an indoor mask mandate, school board members in Ely are wrestling with their role in the decision-making process and measures that would define when the mandate will end.
A board study session on Monday honed in on the recent controversy with member Tom Omerza pressing for the district to better define metrics that would be used to determine if masks will be required on campus.
Member Tony Colarich went further, asking that the board vote to reclaim its authority over changes to the district’s safe learning plan as soon as Oct. 11, when members hold their next regular session.
Board chairman Ray Marsnik also said he wanted to clear the air over rumors on social media that the district would require students to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.
“There’s a rumor going around that we plan on mandating vaccinations,” said Marsnik. “That has never been in any discussions.”


Ely Liquor set to be in new location and open Friday

by Nick Wognum
A major move, both in location and in size, is in store for Ely Liquor on Oct. 8.
Owner Eric St. Martin gave a tour of the new location in the former dollar store across from Ely DQ Grill & Chill.
Local contractors have been busy building a massive beer cave, putting in new lighting, building shelves and preparing the business.
“This building is seven times larger than what we have now,” said St. Martin. “I’ll have very little in storage here, it will be out on the shelves.”
The 30 foot by 24 foot beer cave is located to the right of the front door and can hold 36 pallets of beer.
“In the middle we’ll have the full pallets of beer like Busch Light, Hamm’s, Miller Lite and Pabst. The rest will be filled out around the edge,” said St. Martin. “It will hold way more than the old one.”
He had two cooling units installed in the beer cave, but only one is needed but wanted to add redundancy.


From the miscellaneous drawer

If you’re older than 60, it’s too early to forfeit the living game.
Since you’re the team leader, you’ll need to review the past performances and set goals.
It’s a new season for all of us.
Indulge in a cheerleader team of words. Come on, you can do this. See, that wasn’t so hard.
And objectives are important to the game. You don’t need to win every game. Minor scores count too.
After all, you did get out of bed this morning. Perhaps you dressed yourself, got breakfast, and checked your email.
Important triumphs even though small. Do you get these? Your team is way ahead! You’ve got stories to tell, friendships to revive.
You’re a winner!
On another note: The early days’ beginnings predict my reactions.
Golden sunlight sifting through pine trees means an easy day. When the light changes from gold to green/gray, storms are ahead.


Ely Marathon makes a record-setting return

by Tom Coombe
Another world record was set as the Ely Marathon returned after a one-year hiatus.
The 26.2-mile race from the Echo Trail to Whiteside Park, which included 14 participants who carried a canoe, was the signature event of a weekend that included more than 1,100 particpiants - also an event record.
Anthony Peter of Mounds View shattered his own world-best by nearly 40 minutes and won the marathon’s canoe portage division, completing the course in four hours, 23 minutes and 20 seconds.
Four others completed the 26.2-mile race in the portage division, which has become a popular niche as part of the marathon festivities in Ely.
Big crowds gathered Saturday at Whiteside Park, which served as the finish line for the various races and also included food trucks, a beer tent, live music and children’s activities.


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