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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

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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.

Fri
19
Oct

Out for a stroll in the northwoods

CAPTURED by photographer Eric Sherman were a calf and a yearling moose wandering a gravel road.

Fri
19
Oct

Hook and Bullet Club by Nick Wognum - Company

Open a sandwich bag in the woods and you’re bound to have company. We had two Canadian jays join us in second.
My buddy Jim Ronn named them Larry and Bob and they were more than happy to share our sandwiches.
Jim’s daughter Kaitlyn had joined us for a day of working on deer stands and wanted to see if the jays would pick a piece of bread out of her hand.
She put a cloth glove on to be assured we met all safety standards and plopped down on a log.
Larry and Bob decided this was better than hunting for the pieces of bread we had been throwing in their direction.
Kaitlyn held out her hand and in came the camp robbers. I’ve heard them called gray jays, Canada jays and whiskey jack but camp robber seems to be the most appropriate.
The first jay stopped just short of Kaitlyn’s hand and checked out the situation, hopping ever closer. Kaitlyn held her ground and looked out of the corner of her eye.

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