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Sealed quotes will be received by the City of Ely

Notice is hereby given that sealed quotes will be received by the City of Ely, Minnesota, St. Louis County until Friday June 3, 2:00 p.m. at which time the sealed quotes will be opened at the Ely City Hall for the following equipment with the required specifications. If you have a vehicle which does not meet all of the following specifications, please provide your bid with the equivalent specifications it does have or provide a list of the specifications it does not meet, it will be at the discretion of the City of Ely as to how the bid is awarded for this vehicle. Please include sales tax and any delivery or other charges on the bid.


NOTICE CITY OF ELY Parking Enforcement Officer

Parking Enforcement Officer

The City of Ely Police Department is looking for part-time summer Parking Enforcement Officer to work from May – August. Applicant’s must be at least 16 years of age and have a valid driver’s license.

The Parking Enforcement Position patrols on foot in the business district enforcing the 2-hour parking ordinance. Duties also include providing information to the public concerning parking regulations, business locations/directions and other requested information.

If interested, please pick up an employment application at the Ely Police Department, 209 E Chapman Street, Ely, MN 5573 or online at Questions, please call 218-365-3222 Ext 2

Chad Houde
Chief of Police


Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers May 3, 2022

Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers
May 3, 2022

The regular meeting of the Ely City Council was called to order by Mayor Skraba at 5:30pm in the Council Chambers.
PRESENT: Council members A.Forsman, Kess, Debeltz, Omerza, Callen, Campbell, and Mayor Skraba

Campbell/Debeltz moved to approve the minutes from the April 19, 2022 Regular Council Meeting. Motion Carried Unanimously.

A. Addition 9.A Annual Tree Removal and Trimming
Omerza/Debeltz moved to approve Addition item A to the agenda. Motion Carried Unanimously.


Ely City Council Board of Appeal & Equalization Meeting

Ely City Council Board of Appeal & Equalization Meeting
April 28, 2022

The Ely City Council Board of Appeal & Equalization meeting was called to order by Mayor Skraba at 5:00 p.m. on April 28, 2022 the meeting was held in the Council Chambers at Ely City Hall.

PRESENT: Council Members A.Forsman (7-1-2024), Kess (7/1/2025), Debeltz, Omerza, Callen, Campbell(7/1/2025) and Mayor Skraba
Also present: Paul Cherry, Andrew Olson, and Ben Thomas of the St. Louis County Assessor’s office.

The meeting was scheduled as required by Minnesota State Law to review the proposed assessed values of properties within the City of Ely boundaries as established by the St. Louis County Assessor’s Office.


POSITION OPENING Ely Public Schools Paraprofessional (3 positions)

Ely Public Schools
Paraprofessional (3 positions)

Ely Public Schools is accepting applications for Paraprofessionals for the 2022-2023 school year; background check required.

Qualifications include:
• Associate’s Degree/equivalent or
complete a Para Pro exam with a passing
score (
• Preferred experience working with
school age children
• Evidence of ability to work cooperatively
and communicate effectively in a
collaborative setting
• Ability to perform job description duties

Qualifications include:
• Paid sick leave, personal days and
• Health and life insurance
• Flexible spending account
• PERA retirement

Application available at:


William "Bill" Palo

William "Bill" Palo passed away on Sunday, March 27 at Essentia Health - St Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth at the age of 83. He was born on November 19, 1938 in the Town of White, MN to Frank and Aili Palo.
Bill attended Tower-Soudan High School, graduating in 1956 and spent several years working in the woods, logging, hauling timber and developing skills he would later put to use as a mason and miner. Bill married his wife of 60 years, Genevieve Pirtz, on February 24, 1962. For the majority of his career, Bill worked as a Millright at Reserve Mining and LTV Steel, retiring in May 2002 after nearly 40 years in the mining industry.
A proud veteran, Bill served in the United States Army from 1961-1963, including a tour of duty in Germany. He was also a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and the American Legion.


Charles Patrick “Charlie” Kerntz

Charles Patrick “Charlie” Kerntz passed away unexpectedly at his White Iron Home on March 3, 2022.
Charlie was born to Charles and Margaret(Hren) Kerntz on March 17, 1949 in Ely, MN. He graduated from Ely High School in 1967.. He worked primarily for Ralph Swanson Construction in Ely. Charlie liked to fish, listen to music and keep up on world events.
Charlie is survived by his niece, Kristin Selander, and nephew, John Germscheid, brother-in-law Maurice Germscheid, numerous first cousins, and partner Marjorie Hible. Charlie was single and had no children. Charlie was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Marjorie Ann (Kerntz) Germscheid.
A private memorial mass will be held in the future at the St. Paul Cathedral in his honor.


Jean Nelson

Jean Elizabeth (Neururer) Nelson, of Ely, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on Wednesday May 18, 2022. She was born in Federal Dam, Minnesota on March 17th, 1938. Jean and her twin sister, Joan, were the fifth and sixth children of Joseph and Anna Neururer.
She attended school in Federal Dam through the 8th grade and graduated from Boy River High School. She worked as a beautician in Ely where she met her future husband Russel (Ozzie) Nelson. They were married August 5th, 1961 in Federal Dam. Jean lived over 60 years in Ely where she made many great friends.
Jean lived her life volunteering in several different ways. She delivered Meal on Wheels for over 30 years, volunteered on the cemetery clean-up crew, made pasties every month and volunteered at the senior center every day. She loved calling bingo every chance she got!


Charles “Charlie” Patrick Kerntz

Charles “Charlie” Patrick Kerntz, 73, of Ely, passed away May 3rd, 2022, after a brief battle with cancer in his home on White Iron Lake.
He was born on March 17th, 1949, to Charles and Margaret Kerntz in Ely, MN. Charlie attended Ely High School and graduated in 1967. He spent his days working for Ralph Swanson Construction, fishing and listening to music on his deck. He met his life partner, Margie, in 1985 and welcomed seven young stepchildren into his life.
Charlie is survived by his partner Margie, stepchildren, cousins, niece and nephew, countless grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his sister Marjorie Ann (Kerntz) Germscheid, stepdaughter Kelly Kowarsch, granddaughter Kirja Mae Kishel, and friend/son-in-law Frank “Nippy” D. Puzel.
A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.


Dave Cherne

Dave Cherne, 71, of Babbitt, formerly of Ely, passed away on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.


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