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POLICE CHIEF POSITION OPENING

The City of Ely is accepting applications for the position of Police Chief. Applicants must be Minnesota P.O.S.T. licensed and have at least 12 years of experience as a full time, licensed peace office or equivalent.
Only City of Ely applications will be accepted and must be postmarked no later than April 9, 2020 at 4:30pm. Contact the Ely Clerk’s Office at 218-365-3224 to obtain an Application or go to the City of Ely website for Application and New Officer Background Packet and Job Description. The City of Ely is an equal opportunity employer.

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School lands $7 million

by Tom Coombe
If area voters do their part, a state agency will provide $7 million for a major project on the Ely school campus.
That became certain Wednesday, when the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board voted 7-0 to approve a $7 million grant, contingent on voter approval of a $10 million bond referendum now set for August.
Those are the key pieces of a nearly $20 million project that combines renovation and new construction, including a structure that would link the Washington and Memorial buildings and include new classrooms, cafeteria and commons space, a secure entry and additional gymnasium space. The Industrial Arts Building would be demolished to make room for the new structure.
The IRRRB vote, which came at a meeting conducted via conference call because of the coronavirus pandemic, capped months of effort by school officials to secure additional funding for the long-discussed project.

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VCC seasons come to an abrupt end

For one local team, the spring sports season came to an end before it began.
For another, the plug was pulled after a promising trip south.
The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc across the country and in the world of sports, with professional leagues shelved and colleges following suit.
Monday, the National Junior College Athletic Association announced it was canceling the 2020 spring seasons - sending the Vermilion Community College baseball and softball teams to the sidelines.
The Ironwomen were set to open their season later this month and had a handful of practices prior to VCC’s spring break - which started in early-March.
The Vermilion baseball team, meanwhile, returned home March 11 from a spring break trip to Florida and were hoping to resume the season in southern Minnesota as soon as next weekend.
Those hopes were dashed not long after, first by a suspension of activities and Monday’s subsequent cancellation.

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DNR seeks comment on Tower area lake management plans

Anglers and others interested in learning about Minnesota Department of Natural Resources strategies for managing lakes and streams in the Tower area are invited to comment on several lake management plans through Monday, March 30.
Lake management plans describe the past, present and desired future conditions of the fishery. The plans identify specific management activities planned for designated lakes over the next 5 to 20 years. They include background information such as water chemistry characteristics, water temperature information, and species presence.
Comments and suggestions from the public are crucial for planning and determining management success. For anglers, this is the best opportunity to influence how these lakes are managed.
Every year, DNR fisheries staff prepares or revises individual lake management plans for several waters in each management area. In the Tower area, plans for the following lakes will be reviewed.

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LETTER: ...there is plenty of ore for more than 20 years

Dear Editor:
I attended the showing of the documentary by Save the Boundary Waters at Vermilion Community College. It was full of testimonies from people about how much they love the B.W.C.A. and their fear of it being destroyed. I have paddled and fished in the B.W.C.A. for over 60 years and enjoy it as much as anyone. I’m genuinely grateful to be able to live in such a wonderful area. However, I’m not fearful of it being destroyed by the proposed Twin Metals underground mine.
From my experiences in the B.W.C.A. and knowledge of the direction of water flow, I’m confident that less than 10% of the watershed could possibly be affected by presumed acid mine drainage. None of the area from Basswood Falls all the way to the Gunflint could not possibly be affected. Neither could any of the area south of Crooked Lake be affected.

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Fire extinguished at roundhouse building

Firefighters from Ely, Morse-Fall Lake and Babbitt were called to a fire at one of Ely's oldest buildings on March 12 when flames were spotted come from the eve of the roundhouse building near Wilderness Outfitters. Owned by Leustek and Sons, the building is used as a repair shop. The building sustained fire damage to the eaves of the roof but was quickly extinguished.

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Dennis Roger Johnson, 86

Dennis Roger Johnson, 86, passed away March 14, 2020, in St. Luke's Hospital, Duluth, Minnesota. Dennis was born in Tower, Minnesota on January 30, 1934. He was the son of Harvey and Constance (Hall) Johnson He graduated from Ely High School in 1952. He married Renee Coombe on February 7, 1953. Dennis and Renee had 3 sons: Keith (deceased in 2013), Mike, and Rich. He spent four years in the Air Force, and upon his return, he attended Ely Junior College where he graduated in 1958. He then furthered his education at the University of Minnesota, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree in 1960. Dennis worked as a Design Engineer and Project Manager for various companies from 1960-1999.

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LaVerne “Tootsie” Kuzma, 87

LaVerne “Tootsie” Kuzma, 87, passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at Carefree Living in Ely.
Tootsie was born to Charles and Lillian (Rajamaki) Starkman on December 2, 1932. She graduated from Ely Memorial High School and attended Ely Junior College. In 1954, Tootsie married Bernard “Sugar” Kuzma and together they raised three children in Ely.
Tootsie was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, VFW Post 2717 Auxiliary, Ely Bloomenson Hospital Auxiliary; Ely Business Women’s and was a founding member of the Mothers Auxiliary for Youth Activities.

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Ely council takes action

by Tom Coombe
Ely council members met in emergency session Monday to address the coronavirus crisis, but the city is stopping short of declaring a city emergency.
The public library and recreation center will close, travel for city council members and staff will be limited and committees will meet only on an as-needed basis, but mayor Chuck Novak said “there’s no intent to have a local emergency declaration” and instead follow guidelines set by the state and federal governments.
Novak also added that “I don’t think we’re in a position” to mandate the closure of restaurants, bars or other businesses.
“We don’t want to overstep things,” said Novak. “We also want to be cautious.”
The mid-afternoon meeting was unlike any held at City Hall, with council members and those in the audience sitting at least six feet apart to comply with “social distancing” suggestions to deter the spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus.

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Ely responds to coronavirus 2.0: Business updates; Schools offer free meals

Here’s an update as of Thursday afternoon, March 26, as Ely area businesses respond following Gov. Tim Walz’s order to “stay at home” for two weeks starting Friday night.
Arrowhead Outdoors announced it will be closed until Friday, April 10.
The Ely Area Food Shelf has adjusted its distribution method to curbside delivery and posted, “If you are in need of food please don’t hesitate to call 218-235-8527. If you are newly laid off or unemployed we are here for you, contact us at the above number. If you are a senior or in the higher risk category and isolating we can make arrangements to deliver food to you in a non-contact method. Wash your hands, cover your cough, stay home and look for joy everyday!”
The Ely License Bureau was given notice from the state that all Deputy Registrar offices must close for the two weeks.

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