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02
Jul

Prospector ATV project picks up $1 million

The Prospector ATV Club will be able to move forward with phase two of trail construction following action by the state legislature in special session.
The bill, signed by the governor, will allow the club to access $955,000 in ATV dedicated account monies for five projects including a bridge over the Beaver River.
The Beaver River bridge will provide a permanent connection from Babbitt to the Taconite Trail. The project is expected to cost $1.3 million.
In addition, there are four other projects where planning and environmental review can begin.
“We’re just completing Phase One with miles of new trail being built between Babbitt and Tower,” said Prospector trail administrator Ron Potter. “This is the next step for us. The Beaver River crossing is an important connection between the Taconite Trail and Prospector.”

Fri
02
Jul

A full, fun Fourth in Ely

by Tom Coombe
If it’s possible to cram two years’ worth of fun into one day, Ely just might do it on Sunday.
After a 2020 Independence Day that included a scaled-back parade, the usual fireworks but not much else, the community’s Fourth of July festivities are back in full force this year.
With COVID-19 pandemic restrictions over and the city of Ely resuming sponsorship of Fourth events, the celebration has returned to a more typical affair - including a few new twists.
As usual, the parade and fireworks remain the signature events, but early risers have a pair of events to choose from - including the newly-added flag raising ceremony and the annual “Four on the Fourth” race around the Trezona Trail - but festivities continue throughout the day.
Community organizers kept Ely’s parade tradition alive in 2020 with an event that got rave reviews and in many ways mirrored previous parades.

Fri
02
Jul

EDITORIAL: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, even for a new logo on Ely’s water tower

Workers have been busy painting a new logo on the city water tower. On the ground, some keyboard warriors have skewered the move while others have left it as much ado about nothing.
A logo is much like a piece of art hanging in a gallery where two people can have opposite reactions after viewing. Is one wrong? Are they both right?
We’ll point out that there have been numerous logos on Ely’s water towers in the past 133 years. Some were just the three letters but they all conveyed the same message: if you’re looking at this tower, you’re in the right place.
Let’s also acknowledge that this current logo went through a review process and was approved by the Ely city council as well as the Ely Tourism Board and the Chamber of Commerce board. All three of these groups resolved to work together and present a unified look going forward. That in and of itself is a step in the right direction.

Fri
02
Jul

From the miscellaneous drawer

Have you ever traveled and not known in advance where you were going to eat or sleep that night?
Life is an adventure if you choose it. Traveling with friends or alone, we sometimes stayed in new, strange places without prior reservations.
That’s adventuring without care. It reinforces the feeling of freedom. On cruises or escorted trips this may not be possible. At least there’s some native human contact.
Traveling by bicycle in Canada as a young teenager, there were several challenges, one being speed and losing control on a curve, and crashing.
A train from Vienna to Rome by way of Cortina d’Ampezo allowed me to see talented friends at the Vienna Opera, friends of my brother’s in the ski and Olympic place of fun.
But I don’t recommend long bus rides. So little choice in any area but it was a way to get from California to Chicago.

Fri
02
Jul

Rock Island Lake fire

PAGAMI COUNTRY - A wildfire was detected Wednesday afternoon one mile southwest of Lake Two in the BWCA. The fire is located west of Rock Island Lake and approximately 16 miles east of Ely. The fire is believed to be caused by a lightning strike. An air tanker and helicopter made 30,000 gallons in water drops on the fire to slow fire spread. All sides of the fire were active, but the water drops were successfully reducing fire activity. The fire is estimated to be 1.5 acres in size. A crew of 10 firefighters was flown into Lake Two to camp and assess access routes and safety zones. Aircraft will continue to make water drops to reduce fire activity. There were no closures as of Thursday afternoon.

Fri
02
Jul

Sir G’s Classic rolls on

Not even COVID-19 could derail the Sir G’s Midsummer Classic last summer, but the annual baseball tournament takes on a more traditional look this year.
The 20th annual event, which starts Friday and runs through July 11, will officially be an American Legion baseball tournament this year.
While the 2020 tournament went on as scheduled and involved a whopping 10 teams and attracted hundreds of fans to Veterans Memorial Field, it was an “independent” baseball event following the formal cancellation of last summer’s American Legion season.
But Legion ball is back in full force in 2021, and the Sir G’s Classic is as well with games both at Ely and Soudan.
In its relatively brief existence, the tournament has become one of the premiere small-town baseball events in the state.

Fri
02
Jul

DISTRICT COURT CIVIL DIVISION

STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF ST. LOUIS

DISTRICT COURT
CIVIL DIVISION
SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
Court File No. 69VI-CV-21-
Case Type: 14 - Quiet Title

John Rinta, Paintiff
vs.
Catherine Rinta-Evans; Jacob Rinta; Unknown Heirs of Jacob Rinta; Unknown Heirs of Julia Haapala; Unknown Heirs of Arthur Rinta; Unknown Heirs of Esther Niemi; Jennifer Rinta; Unknown Heirs of Harry Rinta; Ensio J. Rinta; Unknown Heirs of Ensio J. Rinta; Marie Rinta; Ann Kochendorfer; Karen Rinta Olson; Scott Rinta; also all other persons unknown claiming any right, title, interest or lien in the real estate described in the Compaint herein,
Defendants

Fri
02
Jul

Robert A. "Bob" Wilt

Robert A. "Bob" Wilt, 85, of Ely, passed away at M Fairview Hospital University of Minnesota Medical Center on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. He was born in Duncansville, PA to P. A. "Ted" and Beatrice (Moses) Wilt.

Throughout his life Bob was passionate about fishing, hunting, golfing and spending time in the outdoors. He became an avid poker player over the years and discovered an exceptional talent for oil painting at age 75.

Bob proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957.

He will be remembered as a kind, gentle man with a keen sense of humor, who loved his family and friends with all his heart.

Bob is survived by his son Jeffrey (Sandi) Wilt of Ely, daughter Lisa Inlow of Charlottesville, VA and grandchildren Michael Inlow of Washington, DC, Rachael Inlow and Clare Inlow of Charlottesville, VA, and Lucas Hoberg of Las Vegas NV; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Fri
25
Jun

Domino’s coming to Ely

by Tom Coombe
Domino’s Pizza may soon be delivering in Ely, perhaps yet this summer.
The popular national pizza chain is angling to open a location in Ely - presumably in the building that once housed Pizza Hut and most recently was home to Two Gringos.
Domino’s franchisee Duane Carlson confirmed his intentions via email on Thursday.
If all goes as planned, Domino’s pizza and other food items will be available for delivery, takeout and even dine-in during August.
“I have looked at putting a store in Ely for the majority of my career and the right location and opportunity has finally emerged,” said Carlson. “We are excited to begin the process which started with securing a location and informing (Domino’s) of my intent.”
Carlson lives in International Falls and said he’s been making trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for more than 40 years.

Fri
25
Jun

Editorial: Supporting local businesses means supporting local newspapers

by Dean Ridings, CEO, America’s Newspapers
As we continue to emerge from the pandemic, there’s a sense of relief and optimism that things will return to normal. Long-awaited family gatherings, birthday parties and graduation ceremonies are finally happening in person. Sporting events have fans in the stands, airports are busy, and we all are in the process of reclaiming those elements of life we’ve missed the past year.
However, with that optimism is the reality of the impact the pandemic had on local communities. Local businesses that struggled through the past year, if they were able to stay in business at all, are still trying to recover and regain lost revenues. These locally owned restaurants, shops and services are vital to our economy and provide valuable jobs and important resources. Whenever you can, please Shop Local and Eat Local.

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