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In the end, council made the right and reasonable call on Pillow Rock

For a community of 3,500 people, Ely sure knows how to make news.
We seriously doubt there’s another community our size anywhere in Minnesota that attracts as much state or even nationwide attention as we do.
Some of the reasons are obvious. Ely’s proximity to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, nationally-known attractions such as the International Wolf Center and North American Bear Center, the vast recognition and acclaim as a tourism destination and outdoor hub, and certainly the ongoing and never-ending debate over copper-nickel mining are among the bevy of reasons Ely makes it into The New York Times, on the TODAY Show, or any of numerous other major media outlets.
Small towns across the state, from Eveleth to East Grand Forks, Barnum to Breckenridge, don’t get this type of publicity.


Deer registrations numbers really jump up through second weekend

John Sjoberg with his nine point, 210 pound buck.

The Tower area, which includes Ely, saw a major jump from last year’s deer harvest numbers.
The DNR reports an increase of 44 percent through Tuesday, Nov. 15.
Eight out of nine permit areas showed registration increases ranging from 25% to 59%. One permit area (BWCA) showed a decline of 51%.
Buck harvest, the best indicator of population change, was up 23% overall. Buck harvest was up consistently across the area ranging from 25-59% in 8 of 9 permit areas
The entire 2016 season has benefited from extremely mild November weather, no storms and light to moderate winds.
Three factors are driving increased hunter success: a growing deer population, antlerless deer permit availability (most permit areas were bucks only in 2015) and October-like weather conducive to stand hunting success
Record warm temperatures have increased hunter effort and success, especially on weekends.


Amelia “Molly” Grahek, 96, of Ely, dies

Amelia “Molly” Grahek, 96, of Ely, passed away on Friday, November 18, 2016. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely at 11:00 A.M. with visitation taking place one hour prior to the service at the church. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.
Amelia “Molly” Grahek, 96, of Ely, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 18, 2016. Molly was born on June 26, 1920 in Ely to Frank and Ursula Tratnik. She married Stanley Grahek on January 17, 1949.
Molly worked as a bank teller for Norwest Bank until her retirement. Molly was a lifelong member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, the Council of Catholic Women, she also was a member of the KSKJ Lodge and the VFW Auxillary.


City of Ely official minutes for November

PUBLIC HEARING November 1, 2016 - City Hall, Council Chambers

Call to Order:
Mayor Novak called the public hearing to order at 5pm.

Roll Call:
PRESENT: Council members Debeltz, Omerza, Polyner, D.Forsman and Mayor Novak
ABSENT: Council members A.Forsman, and Kess


School Board Meeting Minutes October

School Board Meeting Minutes October 10, 2016 (Bd approved 11-14-2016)


Mary Poppins, the musical, lands in Ely

BOTH IN SONG AND WITH WORDS, senior Morgan Moravitz wowed the audience at Washington Auditorium while playing the lead role in  “Mary Poppins,” the high school fall musical. Moravitz is pictured on stage with Elijah Olson. Photo by Hailey Worth.

I attended the opening night performance on Saturday, November 12 and can describe this theatrical experience in one word – WOW! I had to pinch myself, thinking I was on Broadway. What a show! What a performance! What a cast performed by the talented students of Ely Memorial High School.
Mary Poppins had its start in the West End Theater District in London. The show opened on Broadway on November 16, 2006 where it ran for 2,619 performances. It was nominated for seven Tony Awards. The show closed in New York on March 13, 2013 making a huge profit for its investors.
The Ely production boasted a cast of 27 members all “practically perfect in their own delightful way!”


School district salutes Ely area veterans on November 11

PACKED HOUSE - Ely’s entire K-12 student body, along with many veterans and community members, turned out for the Veterans Day program at the high school gymnasium. Photos by Tara Kay Photography.


Trout Whisperer - Get the point

Get the point.


Trump Train rides through Ely

This week’s headline atop the front page - An election night for the ages - speaks volumes.
Shock waves continue to reverberate around the globe and throughout the United States in the midst of Donald Trump’s stunning victory in the presidential race.
It was a triumph that may know no match in American electoral history.
Indeed, even as the returns began pouring in on Tuesday night, and the raw vote total clearly signalled a Trump upset, many of the TV talking heads were rattling off talking points fueled by faulty pre-election poling as well as Election Day exit polls.
It was as if the pundits were trying to talk themselves into believing Clinton was heading toward a decisive win when the evidence clearly showed the opposite. They were expressing one narrative while the voters were delivering a thunderous and divergent message - one that took hours to recognize.


From the miscellaneous drawer - Remember Jesse?

News outlets wonder where the predictions went wrong, was a headline in the NY Times. The American Press Institute questioned how news organizations missed voter sentiment.
Ah, they must have forgotten the role daily newspapers and television played in the election of James George Janos, better known by Jesse Ventura. The coverage of this phenomena was far beyond space and time given to gubernatorial candidates Norman Coleman (Republican) and favored son “Skip” Humphrey (Democrat). Many folks howled when Jesse became Minnesota’s 38th Governor.
Trump’s campaign was a blown-up version of Ventura’s. Research the web and you’ll find a photo of them together.
But who pays attention? Researchers for advanced university degrees? Nobody, it appears notices that the impossible changed not only political history, but also enticed youth and other voters.


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