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Tue
23
Oct

Whitefish, tullibee sport-netting to open on Shagawa, Bear Island, Ojibway lakes

Dates have been set for recreational netting for whitefish and tullibee (cisco) on Shagawa, Bear Island and Ojibway lakes in the Tower fisheries work area, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

These lakes are Schedule I Lakes, which are more susceptible to sudden changes that impact water temperatures, and are opened and closed on a 48-hour notice posted at lake accesses, other public places, and the DNR website.

Schedule I Lakes (48 hour notice)

· Shagawa, open to netting Thursday, Nov. 1 through Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018 (minimum 3.5 inch mesh size)

· Bear Island & Ojibway lakes, open to netting Saturday, Nov. 17 through Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018 (minimum 1.75 inch mesh size)

Shagawa Lake is designated as infested with spiny waterflea so netters are encouraged to review rules that help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Tue
23
Oct

Joseph (Happy Joe) John Zupancich Jr., 80 of Soudan, dies

Joseph (Happy Joe) John Zupancich Jr., 80 of Soudan, Minnesota, died peacefully at his home on October 22, 2018. He was born on August 10, 1938, in Ely to Joseph Sr. and Mary (Gasperlin) Zupancich.
Joe graduated from Ely High School in 1956 where he served as his senior class president. Following graduation he left to attend college at St. Thomas University to hone his entrepreneurial skills to help run the family business, Zupancich Brother’s Incorporated (Zup’s). Joe gave up his dream of becoming a Tommy graduate to marry the love of his life on July 9, 1960. Joe and Mary Lou raised five children; all of them worked at Zup’s to learn the family business. Happy Joe, a self-proclaimed “Sausalogist,” loved working side by side with his sons every day. He could often be found sipping coffee with the guys in the spice room of Zup’s; bestowing his wisdom and one liners to his captive audience.

Sun
21
Oct

Morse approves Cedar Lake Road paving project

The Town of Morse board approved a paving project if the contractor can get the work done this year.
The board greenlighted the $101,293 quote from Mesabi Bituminous for the Cedar Lake Road project.
Board chair Terry Soderberg said he spoke with Tom Nemanich of Mesabi Bituminous who told him the company may be able to get it done yet this year depending on the weather.
Soderberg said he heard from the DNR and they are no longer interested in buying Gusty Island on Burntside Lake. He said the Trust for Public Land is either going to keep it or sell it but will have to continue to pay property taxes on it.
Soderberg said the DNR told him there are other parcels in Morse that don’t have other revenues coming from them and may be able to be sold in the future.
Soderberg said the township is still trying to get the $700,000 the county took off the tax roles.

Sat
20
Oct

Bad week for Radinovich, but will Stauber blow it with e-mail coverup?

Few if any candidates for Congress in Minnesota, or anywhere in the country for that matter, had a worse week that Joe Radinovich.
In a span of a few days, the DFL nominee in Minnesota’s Eighth House District lost his campaign manager, over $1 million in critical advertising support and fell behind by a whopping 15 points - if a poll commissioned by the New York Times is accurate.
One doesn’t need to be a soothsayer to see which way the wind is blowing in what, by all accounts, had figured to be very close race.
Stauber, the Republican nominee, seems well on his way to succeeding Rick Nolan in Congress.
Some national observers have shifted their ranking of the race from the toss-up to lean Republican category.
And even if the Times poll is off, as some have suggested, Stauber seems to have ample breathing room to roll to victory on Nov. 6.

Sat
20
Oct

Ely landmark all but sold

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
19
Oct

Board sees graduation, test score data

by Tom Coombe -
Students at Ely Memorial High School graduate at a much higher rate than their counterparts statewide.
That was one of the takeaways from a report delivered by high school principal Megan Anderson earlier in the month.
Ely’s seven-year graduation rate is nearly 98 percent, compared to an 87 percent rate for all Minnesota high school students.
“It’s really great to be 10 percent above the state average, which is where we’ve historically been,” Anderson told school board members at their Oct. 8 meeting.
The data is compiled by the Minnesota Department of Education, and the seven-year average tracks students through their high school years and three additional years.
Ely also fares above the state averages for graduation within four years.
About 88 percent of Ely’s students graduate within four years of beginning ninth grade, up from an 82.7 percent rate across Minnesota.
Proficiency tests

Fri
19
Oct

Ely’s Hometown Legal newspaper takes pride in bringing readers the local news

The Ely area includes the surrounding townships of Morse, Fall Lake and Eagles Nest and the City of Winton. The Echo knows the people who reside in the area and are proud to have them as subscribers and readers. The Echo by email is sent out on Friday mornings and is a complete news version in full color. It is $30 for a full year, sent anywhere in the world! Great for when you're traveling and away from home. Call 218-365-3141

Fri
19
Oct

On its way to Michigan

UP, UP AND AWAY - Students in a science class at Ely High School prepared to release a weather balloon Wednesday at Veterans Memorial Field before the entire student body. The balloon is on its way to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan as it gathers weather readings along the way. Photo by Tom Coombe.

Fri
19
Oct

Helping hands for vets

Ely Cub Scout Pack 170 went out to Veterans on the Lake on Saturday, Oct. 13 to do some fall clean up. SCOOPING UP pine needles were Brennan Rue, Jack Rintala, Cubmaster Zach Rue, Laydan Hart, Talan Hart, Myles Scharber, Blake Stalboerger, Sawyer Anderson and Ayden Scharber.ers helping out included: Zach Rue, Ayden Scharber, Tommy Kerntz, Brennan Rue, Sawyer Anderson, Brooks Brenny, Sawyer Anderson, Elliot Eastham, Ella Rue; 2nd Row-Ayden Scharber, Laydan Hart, Chance Wavrin, Jack Rintala, Brennan Rue, Lucas Stalboerger, Grady Anderson, Talan Hart, Brooks Brenny, Tommy Kerntz, Myles Scharber, Annika Eastham; 3rd Row-Stefanie Scharber, Ryan Anderson, Megan Anderson, VFW Commander Mike Pope, Seija Packila, Cubmaster Zach Rue, Dan Hart, Tom Kerntz, Beth Stalboerger. Cubmaster Zach Rue along with Ayden Scharber, Brennan Rue, Jack Rintala, Tommy Kerntz, Sawyer Anderson and Brooks Brenny.

Fri
19
Oct

All in how you look at snow

SNOW IN OCTOBER - Kada Basarich got an introduction to snow with the cold weather that hit Ely last week. Photo by Pam Roberts.

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