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Sat
02
Feb

Winter Frolic Week coming up at EHS

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
01
Feb

This is not a newspaper office

On Tuesday the Ely city council has a chance to right a wrong and award the city legals to the only legal newspaper in the city of Ely.
The picture displayed here is what the Timberjay claims to be an office in Ely. It’s not. We know it, you know it.
We believe the council was acting on incomplete information presented to members right before the meeting started.
They didn’t know about the house on Boundary Street purporting to be an office. They didn’t know it wasn’t zoned commercial and didn’t even have a home occupation permit.
What’s true at the time of the bids being submitted was that there’s only one newspaper that meets all of the qualifications to be a legal newspaper in Ely, Minnesota and that’s the Ely Echo.
The city charter says printing contracts shall be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder. We believe the key word is responsible. We believe the law is on our side in this matter.

Fri
01
Feb

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This week featuring the Hoop Club children's teams, Winter Festival news and so much more! On newsstand now. Call 1-800-492-3555 to subscribe!

Fri
01
Feb

Frekings go 1-2 in 2019 Beargrease Race

ON THE TRAIL and on her way to a second place finish behind her husband Blake Freking was Jennifer Freking who finished in 21:17:58, with Blake taking first with a time of 19:32:31. The couple resides in Finland, MN. The 293 mile race is the longest in the lower 48 states and carries a purse of $5,400 for first place and $3,600 for second place.

Elyite Peter McClellan placed seventh in the Marathon finishers.
Photo by Heidi Pinkerton.

Fri
01
Feb

Pushing the limits; Ely’s Skustad bows out of 135

Carl Skustad posted online this week, “Thanks for all your thoughts and positive vibes. After a few hours at Melgeorge’s last night thinking about today’s race strategy I decided to drop from this years AH135. With as much respect as I have for this race I didn’t want to be a liability on trail. I was safe and have all my fingers and toes in one piece. The time it would taken me to get to the finish would have possibly put me in a bivi tonight. My skis were so slow and I jacked up my knee in a little wipeout action on course. Ski ya later, peace.”

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
01
Feb

Ely Lions Club shares funds

NEW AND OLD LIONS - The original Ely Lions Club gave away $16,000 this past weekend. Accepting a donation of $4,000 was Steve Saari of Veterans on the Lake. The original Ely Lions Club gave away $16,000 this past weekend in monies raised from pancake feeds in Whiteside Park during the Blueberry/Art and Harvest Moon festivals. $3,500 was sccepted by Kurt Erickson for the St. Louis County Rescue Squad. Donations were also made to Ely Food Shelf $2,000, Veterans on the Lake $4,000, Northwoods Partners 1,500, Ely Community Resource $1,000, Advocates for Family Peace $1,500, South Shore Ambulance $500 and Leader Dogs $2,000. Presenting the checks were Bud Adamic and Len Katauskas. Also pictured are two people looking to revive the club, Kris Winkelman (left) and Mike Brundski. There will be an Ely Lions Club meeting at the Boundary Waters Care Center on Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. Photo by Nick Wognum.

Thu
31
Jan

Thursday morning greeting

Eric had -65 degrees

Thursday morning greeting

Thought I'd send these photos taken between 7 and 8 this AM at White Iron with thermometer about 4ft off the lake.
Enjoy,
Eric Pfeiffer

Ely schools were closed for the third day due to the cold.

Wed
30
Jan

Crash and burn! Epic failure for BWCA online permit system

by Nick Wognum -

Wed
30
Jan

Wilderness group advocates naming Quetico Lake after forest ecologist

by M. McKinnon
Reprinted with permission from Atikokan Progress, Atikokan, Canada

Tue
29
Jan

Lake Superior cools down Ironmen

by Tom Coombe
The Vermilion Ironmen were riding a hot streak, at least until Wednesday.
That’s when league upstart Lake Superior staked its own claim in a growing chase for a regional playoff berth, pulling away from the Ironmen in an 84-64 community college basketball victory at Superior, Wis.
The fledgling IceHawks, in their first season of play in the Minnesota Community Athletic Conference, evened their division record at 4-4 while VCC fell to 3-4 and had a three-game win streak come to an end.
One team was hot and the other was not as the Ironmen shot just 34 percent for the game and were six-for-28 from three-point distance.
Lake Superior shot at a 51 percent clip and was an even more impressive 11-for-20 from beyond the three-point line.
The IceHawks’ Ryan Pantsar hit all five of his three-point attempts and had 19 points for LSC, which outscored Vermilion 39-27 in the second stanza.

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