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05
Aug

A trend toward cooler conditions may apply to August

by CBS 3 meteorologist Dave Anderson
A lot of Ely and Babbitt people have roots in Slovenia. Slovenia is literally exploding from the heat this summer. Forest fires aggravated by a heatwave are setting off unexploded munitions from World War One battles between the Austrians and Italians.
The front line between battles of cold versus warm air is marked off by the polar jet stream. This summer, the warm side of the border has covered the southern U.S. and crested like a wave into Europe as well. Those zones have had a heatwave. Here in the Upper Midwest, we’ve been on the cool side of the jet stream border for the most part discounting a couple of trips into the 90’s this season.

Fri
05
Aug

Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers July 19, 2022

Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall,
Council Chambers
July 19, 2022

CALL TO ORDER:
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 Kess, Debeltz, Omerza, Callen, Campbell, and Mayor Skraba
ABSENT: A.Forsman

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Debeltz/Callen moved to approve the minutes from the July 05, 2022 Regular Council Meeting. Motion Carried 6-0-1 with A.Forsman Absent.

Fri
05
Aug

Call For Bids Town of Fall Lake

Call For Bids
Town of Fall Lake

The Town of Fall Lake is calling for bids for the revitalization of the town hall building located at 393 Kawishiwi Trail, Ely, Minnesota.

Project Scope
1) Frame, insulate, and cover abandoned doorway.
2) Finish entry door on north end of building, paint, and maintenance free trim
3) Replace overhead door moulding and door jamb trim (3 various sized doors). Final moulding finish to be maintenance free.
4) Refurbish soffit and fascia with maintenance free cover around entire building. Ex. Metal fascia and metal soffit panels.
5) Replace steel siding on the outside of the east wall. Siding to be matching color brown, standard rib style steel panels.
6) Update flagpole light.

All colors not specified are to be determined by availability.

Bid will be descriptive and clearly itemized.

Bids shall include project start and completion dates.

Fri
05
Aug

NOTICE OF POSTPONEMENT OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE

NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE

THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: That default has occurred in the conditions of the following described mortgage:

DATE OF MORTGAGE: November 2, 2016

ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE: $188,466.00

MORTGAGOR(S): John Oscar Matt Haapoja, a single man

MORTGAGEE: U.S. Bank National Association

DATE AND PLACE OF FILING: Recorded on November 14, 2016 as Document Number 01297969 in the Office of the County Recorder of St. Louis County, Minnesota.

ASSIGNMENTS OF MORTGAGE: Assigned to: None.

LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: Northeast Quarter of Northeast Quarter (NE1/4 of NE1/4), Section Ten (10), Township Fifty-six (56), Range Twenty (20).

Fri
05
Aug

Ely’s Williams voted in to American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame

Tim Williams formerly of Ely and now of Lino Lakes MN, has been unanimously voted in to the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony is scheduled for August 20 in Red Wing, MN.
His accomplishments include the following in which he received a unanimous vote:
• Junior World Cup, 1979, Quebec City – one of two U.S. skiers chosen to compete USSA National Championship,
• January 1980, Eau Claire, WI 1st place – Junior Class 1980 Olympic Tryout 1, Lake Placid, NY 2nd place – Junior Class 1980 Olympic Tryout 2, Lake Placid, NY 1st place – Junior Class World Cup, St. Nizier, France,
• February 1981 – 11th place USSA 1981 Jumping Points – Total points of best 5 competitions – 8th out of 74 skiers U.S. Ski Jumping Hall of Fame – Ishpeming, MI – 1st place trophy from Sons of Norway, 1981. Trophy awarded annually to only one skier for outstanding skill in the sport.

Fri
05
Aug

Ely seeded third for 14-U playoffs

by Tom Coombe
Ely’s age 14-and-under team took both momentum and a high seed into the league playoffs.
A 10-0, five-inning rout of Rock Ridge I on July 28 helped Ely clinch the third seed, among nine teams, in the Iron Range Baseball League Playoffs, which started Friday at Cherry.
Ely (8-4) was slated to take on number-six Greenway in a tournament quarterfinal.
Both the consolation round and the championship semifinals follow on Saturday, with the consolation, third-place and championship clashes scheduled for Sunday, all at Cherry.
Ely beat its first-round foe twice during the regular season, including a 15-4, July 25 matchup at Veterans Memoria Field.
The home ballpark also was the site of Ely’s regular season finale, and the hosts had no trouble with Rock Ridge I.
Pitchers Hunter Halbakken and Owen Marolt combined on the shutout, with Halbakken working the first three innings and notching seven strikeouts.

Wed
03
Aug

Paul Frank Ivancich

Paul F. Ivancich, 59, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at his home on Burntside Lake, after a courageous, hard-fought, two-year battle with cancer.
Paul, known to many as Paulie or PI, was born in Ely on April 25, 1963, to Paul and Virgie Ivancich. He graduated from Ely High School and developed a great love and passion for sports while growing up, and played both basketball and baseball in high school. At an early age, he also began working at the family business, the Ely Dairy Queen, and shared many wonderful moments and memories while growing up with his brothers Frank and Joey, who passed away at age 15 from Cystic Fibrosis.

Fri
29
Jul

City Hall scrap investigated

by Tom Coombe
A city employee is on paid leave and law enforcement are investigating after a physical altercation earlier this month at Ely’s City Hall.
David Huberty, the city’s zoning administrator, has been placed on leave in connection with the July 20 incident.
An Ely property owner claims that Huberty assaulted one of his contractors, sending him to the hospital with injuries to his back and neck.
The incident was recorded on a cell phone and the recording has been turned over to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department, according to local property owner Brett Shirley.
Shirley claims that Huberty assaulted “a guy working for me,” identified as Tanner Smuda, after Smuda went to City Hall to inquire about permitting information.
Ely city officials declined comment other than to release the following statement:

Fri
29
Jul

Last mile for school project

by Tom Coombe
It’s a race against the clock and the calendar on Ely’s school campus.
Contractors are working feverishly, sometimes into the night, to complete a $20 million-plus renovation project in time for the start of school in early-September.
Currently, plans call for the school year to start on time on Sept. 6, but both the exterior and part of the interior remain a work in progress.
The discovery of ledgerock has required blasting in the process of installing new water and sewer lines, and security fencing has been installed around school parking lots while work has continued.
A second “circle” in front of the school buildings for student drop-off and pickup remains to be done, and contractors are still finishing a new addition that includes a gymnasium, cafeteria and commons space, offices, media center, music and industrial education classrooms and a new secure entry.

Fri
29
Jul

Winning triple play of events bring crowds, stretch Ely’s capacity

Buckle up.
That’s all we can say to Ely area residents, business owners and those who work at any retail, restaurant or other public-facing establishment.
The next week-to-10 days will be one exceedingly busy, at-times crazy ride.
This weekend’s Blueberry/Art Festival, followed in short order by the Division II Junior Legion State Baseball Tournament and the Ely Watercross event make for a trifecta that will fill the town, fill cash registers and stretch local capacity in every way.
By the thousands, people are descending into town. First for the Blueberry/Art Festival, which after both Covid and severe thunderstorm-related interruptions figures to run at full speed this weekend.
Whiteside Park will have its usual throngs of people and the ongoing construction project at the school has taken away parking spots and mean a long walk for those who will have to leave their vehicles many blocks away.

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