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DNR Conservation Officer weekly report ending March 3

District 6 - Two Harbors area
CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) focused on snowmobile speed enforcement over the past week. The violation rate was found to be high over the weekend with several citations issued. There has also been a recent rash of people attempting to drive cars and trucks on snowmobile trails and becoming very stuck. Visitors are asked to be observant of snow-covered roads they are unfamiliar with and to keep an eye out for snowmobile trail markers.
CO John Velsvaag (Ely #2) checked anglers and snowmobilers this past week. He also assisted the U.S. Border Patrol on a snowmobile work detail. Fishing has been slow on area lakes and Velsvaag continues to get questions on pike regulations and border lakes fishing laws.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) spent time in the BWCAW checking anglers. A detail with area officers was worked along the U.S./Canada border. Enforcement action was taken for angling, snowmobile and BWCAW violations.

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Wolves cruise into the quarters

by Tom Coombe
The Ely Timberwolves left no doubt.
Living up to its high seed, the Wolves raced out of the gate against Hill City and never looked back - scoring 57 first-half points in an 84-46 Section 7A high school boys basketball playoff victory on Wednesday night.
The home was was Ely’s 22nd of the season - against just five defeats - and set up a 7A quarterfinal game with Mt. Iron-Buhl at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Hibbing’s Memorial Building.
Ely has defeated the sixth-seeded Rangers by double digits on two occasions this season, and a third win would set up a semifinal showdown, most likely with three-time defending 7A titleist North Woods - on March 11.
In reaching the quarterfinal round, the Wolves had little resistance from a Hill City team they pounded in similar fashion early in the year.
Four Wolves scored in double figures, with senior Dylan Fenske adding to his 1,000-point-plus total with 18 in his final game on the home floor.

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Ironmen swept in season debut

The Vermilion Ironmen aren’t easing their way into the 2020 community college baseball season.
In advance of a Florida trip that includes three contests with nationally-rated opponents, Vermilion opened the 2020 season Feb. 27 - under the roof at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis- against perennial power Rochester.
A final-four team in the region last spring, the Yellowjackets used superior depth and strong pitching to score a 7-2, 6-0 sweep.
Rochester pitchers walked only two batters in the late-night, early-morning twinbill while Vermilion pitchers combined to issue 21 free passes.
That was the difference in the games.
“We just walked way too many people to have a chance to win,” said Vermilion Head Coach Tom Coombe. “What’s amazing is we were competitive in the first game until late in the game despite walking so many.”

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NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

The City of Ely is calling for interested applicants to fill the following vacancies on the

Cemetery Committee
1- one year term
1- two year term
*resident or non-resident

Park and Recreation Board
2- three year terms
*resident or non-resident

Planning & Zoning Commission
1- two year term
*resident or non-resident

Telecommunications Advisory Board
1- three year term
*subscriber/resident

Tree Board
1- three year term
*resident/non resident

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Council Minutes - February 18, 2020

Council Minutes - February 18, 2020
Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers

1. CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Novak called the Ely City Council Meeting to order at 5:30pm.

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

3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Campbell/Callen moved to approve the minutes from the February 4, 2020 Regular Council Meeting. Motion Carried Unanimously.

4. ADDITIONS OR OMISSIONS TO AGENDA: None

5. MAYOR’S REPORT
Mayor Novak indicated that several council members are going to be gone for the rescheduled March 10th Council Meeting.
Kess/Omerza moved to reschedule the council meeting to Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 5:30pm. Motion Carried Unanimously.

6. CONSENT AGENDA: None

7. REQUESTS TO APPEAR: None

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EUC Rates Public Hearing

EUC Rates Public Hearing
February 18, 2020 -City Hall, Council Chambers

Call To Order:
Mayor Novak called the EUC rates Public Hearing to order at 5:00pm.

PRESENT: Council members A.Forsman, Kess, Omerza, Callen, Campbell and Mayor Novak
ABSENT: Council Member Debeltz
Also Present: EUC Commissioners Wilmunen, Nikkola, Colarich, and Richards

Purpose:
Ely City Council will hold a public hearing for discussion and to hear public comment on the Ely Utilities Commission’s proposed rate increases on water, sanitary sewer, and electrical services.

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EUC Rates Public Hearing

EUC Rates Public Hearing
WWTF Facility Plan Public Hearing Agenda
February 26, 2020 - City Hall, Council Chambers

Pursuant to the Notice of Public Hearing regarding the Ely Wastewater Treatment Facility Improvements Facility Plan and Amendments, Mayor Chuck Novak opened the public hearing at 5:31 PM. Roll was called and Jerome Debeltz, Heidi Omerza and Angela Campbell were present from the council. There were two members of the public at the public hearing. Albert Forsman, Paul Kess and Ryan Callen arrived at 5:36. The entire Ely Utilities Commission was also present: Warren Nikkola, Rob Wilmunen, Tony Colarich, Mauro Caruso and Jordan Richards.

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The sad state of ethnic diversity - Where have you gone St. Urho?

No one growing up in the last generation in Ely would have ever dreamed it could happen. The vanishing of St. Urho’s Day as one of the area’s most honored celebrations.
Held this year on March 13, the day before St. Patrick’s Day, the celebration of St. Urho is sadly turning into something of a footnote, with the exception of our friends down Highway 1 in Finland.
In Ely, Mill’s Clothing Store, under the proprietorship of the late Bill Mills (a Finn with an anglicized name) featured the day. Restaurants were decorated green and purple and featured Finnish foods such as kola mojakka.

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Coyle out as CEO at Ely hospital

by Nick Wognum
There has been a change in the chief executive officer position at Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital.
The hospital board announced Thursday that CEO Michael Coyle and the board finalized a “formal separation” on March 4.
A statement from the board released Thursday said “We were faced with very difficult decisions; rest assured that we take this employment matter very seriously and have given thoughtful consideration to each decision made. The board is dedicated to the long-term health and well-being of our patients, employees, and members. We are honored and dedicated to serving in the best interests of our community.”

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Pro-mining group fills council chambers, council postpones decision on resolution

by Nick Wognum
The fuse was lit with a full house at Wednesday’s Ely city council meeting but the main event took place after nearly everyone left.
Pro-mining supporters filled nearly every chair in the council chambers and many stood along the walls.
That left some wooden chairs outside the room for those opposed. But when the sign carrying pro-mining group left midway through the meeting, Becky Rom and her group moved in and did the majority of speaking at the end of the meeting.
If Rom and her group were looking for the Ely city council to suddenly have a change of heart on supporting Twin Metals Minnesota and PolyMet mining projects, that didn’t happen.
Council member Al Forsman wore a blue “We Support Mining” shirt and the council unanimously passed a resolution supporting the two copper-nickel ventures.
Ely Mayor Chuck Novak said the resolution supporting Twin Metals and Polymet would normally be on the consent agenda and not read.

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