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Miscellaneous Musings by FunGirlDi

In recent years, home decorating has adopted a new habit that I personally don’t much care for. Paintings and photo art seem to have taken a back seat to wall signs with ornate, whimsical, calligraphed words like, “Family,” “Gather,” “Welcome,” etc.
Personally, I think the adage of a picture saying a thousand words stands true. When I have gone into model homes or boutiques, I chuckle when a plaque on the wall tells me to “Have a nice day,” or “Kiss the Cook.” I immediately think, “Stop telling me what to do.” Also, my secretarial training goes into overdrive as I automatically spellcheck the signs hanging on the walls.
Last year when the pandemic hit and everyone was on lockdown, there was a meme that popped up on Facebook made courtesy of a wall art sign. I thought it was one of the funniest posts I saw during a most stressful time in our world. I included a copy of it with this column.

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CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORT Ely 2020 Drinking Water Report

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Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers June 1, 2021

Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall,
Council Chambers
June 1, 2021

1. CALL TO ORDER
The regular City Council Meeting on June 1, 2021 was called to order by Acting Mayor A.Forsman at 5:30pm.

2. PRESENT: Council members Kess, Debeltz, Omerza, Callen, Campbell, and Acting Mayor A.Forsman
ABSENT: Mayor Novak

3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Kess/Debeltz moved to approve the minutes from the May 18, 2021 Regular Council Meeting. Motion Carried 6-0-1 with Mayor Novak Absent.

4. ADDITIONS OR OMISSIONS TO AGENDA:
A. Additions 8.A. Employee Relations and Interview Subcommittee
The Addition was approved without objection.

5. MAYOR’S REPORT

6. CONSENT AGENDA:
Callen/Omerza moved to approve to waive readings in entirety of all ordinances and resolutions on tonight’s agenda. Motion Carried 6-0-1 with Mayor Novak Absent.

7. REQUESTS TO APPEAR: None

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Jun

Request for Quotes:

The City of Ely is requesting sealed quotes to provide a 96-niche granite columbarium to be delivered and installed at the Ely Cemetery. Separate quotes are also being requested for the concrete footing needed for the construction. Additional information can be requested from the Ely Clerk’s Office by emailing elyod@ely.mn.us or calling City Clerk-Treasurer Harold R. Langowski at 218-226-5474. Sealed quotes will be accepted until 4 pm on Friday July 9th.

Ely Echo June 19, June 26

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Public access at Burntside will stay open until July 8

The Fourth of July on Burntside Lake just became a little easier to enjoy.
The Tower office of DNR Parks and Waterways announced Wednesday the Van Vac public access will now remain open until July 8.
A pre-construction meeting for the project was held last week and contractor Low Impact gave notice that work won’t start until July 8.
That’s a welcome relief for people trying to launch boats on Burntside Lake, which has limited public accesses.
The landing on Van Vac is the easiest to access and offers the most parking.
Other landings are at Burntside Lodge (parking on Hwy. 88), Wolf Lake Road (two small parking lots), Passi Road (very limited parking) and North Arm Road (limited parking).

Thu
17
Jun

School reworks project

by Tom Coombe
In some ways, it’s back to the drawing board for a $20 million renovation project on the Ely school campus.
While demolition of the Industrial Arts Building began last week and nearly $12 million in construction bids have already been awarded, bids for a second phase are roughly $4.5 million over budget and will prompt some “dialing back” of the project, school bard members heard Monday night.
The board took no action this week and will meet with administrators at a Tuesday study session to gather more input, but barring an unanticipated source of new revenue, it appears that many of the renovations planned for the Washington and Memorial buildings will have to be reduced or revamped in order to meet the project budget.
The board has formally rejected bids that came in last month at approximately $8.8 million, well over the engineers’ estimates of $4.3 million.
Now, they’ll wait as architects and contractors come up with a new plan.

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17
Jun

Ely’s Hidden Valley mountain bike trails take shape, with fundraising efforts underway to ensure completion

Ely’s Hidden Valley Recreation Area is seeing expanding outdoor recreation opportunities this summer, with the addition of nearly 10 miles of singletrack mountain bike trails slated for completion by October.
The new trail system, designed by Minnesota based Dirt Candy Designs, consists of six loops ranging from beginner to advanced level.
The first loop, a progressive skills loop for riders to practice and hone bike handling techniques, was completed in 2019, just south of the Hidden Valley Chalet.
Since then, the City of Ely has contracted with Kay-Linn Enterprises of Boulder, CO to oversee the project, and signed a lease with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to include the existing Nordic ski trails as well as the new mountain bike loops.

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17
Jun

Junior Legion rallies for first summer win

by Tom Coombe
A come-from-behind victory was the highlight of an otherwise difficult week for Ely’s Junior Legion baseball team.
Ely erased a seven-run deficit Monday at Eveleth, rallying for an 11-10 win as Elliot Levens ripped five hits, including a three-run triple.
Down 10-3, Ely rallied to tie the game by the fifth inning and pulled ahead in the top of the sixth.
Jack Mathias got the win in relief, pitching four innings and striking out six while yielding only one earned run.
Mathias, a freshman-to-be, also helped his own cause with three hits, three runs scored. Deegan Richards also chipped in with two hits.
Ely is 1-5 overall, with four losses coming in last weekend’s z’UP North Realty Classic and another coming Tuesday at Veterans Memorial Field, when Virginia scored seven runs in the top of the eighth and prevailed 13-6.

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Jun

Clarence Joseph “Buzz” Boutelle

Clarence Joseph “Buzz” Boutelle, 94, of Lawrence, KS, formerly of Texas and Minnesota, passed away on Sunday, May 30, 2021.
He was preceded in death by his former wife, Evelyn; daughter, Linette; brothers, Dave, Dwight, and Clayton; sisters, Mary Alice, Louise, Martha, and Alma; son-in-law, Richard Brock.

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Jun

Dolores R. (nee Stricula) Moen

Dolores R. (nee Stricula) Moen, 92 of Valparaiso In, formerly of Ely MN, passed away Saturday, January 30, 2021. She was born April 13, 1928 in Chicago IL to John and Mary (née Bulak) Urban. Dolores made her career for many years as a bookkeeper in the Chicago area, before moving to Ely with her husband Ronald. While in Ely she obtained her college degree and also worked with the Federal Forest Dept as a senior citizen employee. After moving to Valparaiso IN Dolores stayed busy with her senior friends with breakfast, bingo and travels all over the world. Dolores will be remembered for her friendly personality and generous nature. She is a beloved wife, mother and grandmother who is dearly missed.

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