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Fri
28
Aug

From the miscellaneous drawer by Anne Swenson

Whether your family is heading for the Boundary Waters or the family cabin, there’s a definite lure to the north of Ely.
Creating a visual memory of canoeing and camping in the BWCA is the new children’s picture book, “One Summer Up North” by John Owens,
The hardcover book is published by the University of Minnesota Press and is $17.99.
It portrays a small family as they travel by canoe through the Boundary Waters. Along the way they see everything from loons to a moose. The woodlands and wildlife are also drawn on the colorful pages.
Most families have fond memories of their cabin visit and the nearby waters for fishing, swimming and blueberry picking.
Not too long ago, Ely’s Rebecca Stouffer illustrated “At the Cabin in the Woods by the Lake Up North” for Raven Productions ($9.95 in softcover, $17.95 in hardcover.

Fri
28
Aug

Guest Editorial: Dane: Loggers want to build families where they were raised

(Wednesday night during the Republican National Convention, Minnesota’s Scott Dane, the Executive Director of the Associated Contract Loggers and Truckers of Minnesota gave a nationally televised speech printed below).
I’m Scott Dane, I represent loggers and truckers in Minnesota. But I also represent a way of life.
Logging’s been a part of the great American story from the beginning. In fact if you go to the Capital Rotunda and look up, you can see loggers on one of the panels, New England settlers carving out a new world from the wilderness.
But logging is the most dangerous job in the country but we embrace that risk because we know America was built by strong people building things together.

Fri
28
Aug

Fall sports season begins

by Tom Coombe
The longest hiatus in the history of Ely High School athletics comes to an end this week.
For the first time in nearly six months, Ely teams will be back in action as the fall sports season begins.
The combined Ely and Northeast Range girls swimming team is first on the docket, hosting International Falls in a 3 p.m. dual meet Tuesday at Babbitt.
The following morning, it’s the season debut for the Timberwolves’ boys and girls cross country teams, who face of with host Virginia and Hibbing at 8 a.m., kicking off the Virginia Triple Tri.
Girls soccer is also part of the Ely lineup for the first time ever, with one Timberwolf joining the Mesabi East Area squad in a newly-formed cooperative.
The fall sports season begins amid unique circumstances - in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and after a spring season that ended last March before it truly began.

Tue
25
Aug

Kenneth Maynard Hegman

Kenneth Maynard Hegman
1946-2020
Ken “Nappu” Hegman, of Ely, MN, passed away peacefully in his sleep after suffering injuries from a fall off his bike while riding with his bride of 53 years on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

Fri
21
Aug

DNR urges precautions to keep bears away

A shortage of natural foods is causing more bear-human conflicts in northeastern and north-central Minnesota as bears gravitate toward food sources at homes, cabins and campsites.
“We’re asking people to remove food sources that could attract bears from their properties or campsites,” said Andrew Tri, a bear biologist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “It’s important that folks be extra vigilant in keeping trash and birdseed away from bears to ensure they don’t get an easy meal from what people leave out.”
Dry conditions in the northeast and north-central part of the state have caused the natural food shortage. Human-bear conflicts are amplified in these areas when attractants (such as garbage, birdseed or coolers of food) are abundant and not protected from bears.

Fri
21
Aug

Letter to the Editor:...cooperators have included trash bags when packing food

Letter to the Editor:
A few suggestions for the United States Forest Service.
For a number of weeks now there have been reports of people finding garbage on many campsites in the BWCAW. It is my opinion that although there are probably many reasons for this, I think there are two that stand out.
1. For the last 30 years or more the USFS has emphasized the importance of personal contact when it comes to issuing permits. This has always been their reasoning for making all parties pick their permit up in person at a Forest Service location, or at one of the many cooperators.
In the past the percentage of parties picking up their permit has been about 50% at the USFS and 50% at one of the cooperators. When issuing a permit the USFS, or one of the many cooperators has an opportunity to make sure the party is familiar with all of the regulations, and are shown the Forest Service video - “Leave No Trace,” if they haven’t already seen it.

Fri
21
Aug

Plane crashes in White Iron Lake

The Lake County Sheriff's Department confirms a plane crashed into White Iron Lake last night around 11 p.m.
"At approximately 2308 hours on 08/20/2020, Lake County Dispatch received a call reporting a possible plane crash on White Iron Lake.
Dr. Kyle Edlund, of Woodbury Dental Care, left the Ely Airport some time after 10:15 p.m. and ended up crashing into White Iron Lake. The plane was heading toward the Grand Marais/Cook County Airport from the Ely Airport.
Edlund was flying a Lance Air 4-seater, single engine N997S.
Edlund was last at his hotel in Ely at 10:15 pm and flew out soon after.
The Minnesota Wild hockey team released a statement this afternoon on the loss of Edlund, their team dentist.

Fri
21
Aug

COVID data out by zip code

by Tom Coombe
Nearly six months into the coronavirus pandemic, the impact to Ely area residents remains minimal, according to statistics released by the Minnesota Department of Health.
Statistics broken down by zip code show that five or fewer residents from the 55731 zip code have tested positive for COVID-19.
But last month, health officials indicated “some growth” in cases in the area, which would presumably be linked to visitors or others who do not reside here full-time.
Those cases, however, have not resulted in any local spike, according to a local physician.
“We were lucky in that individuals from out of town with COVID did not result in any significant community spread,” said James Montana, a physician with Essential Health.

Fri
21
Aug

As VCC reopens, welcome back

by Tom Coombe
Echo editor
All across the nation a familiar scene is playing out this weekend and next.
College students, some venturing off for the first time and others entering their second year of school or beyond, are packing up their belongings and loading tote crates into vehicles.
Often accompanied by parents and sometimes alone, they’re traveling to college towns, about to embark on nine months of education and life in another community.
Take a look around the next couple of days and there’s a good chance of noticing how this is playing out even in Ely.
It’s move-in weekend at Vermilion Community College, where classes begin this week and students are back on campus for the first time since March and the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
The town will be abuzz with new and returning VCC students and more than a few parents, some experiencing Ely for the first time.

Fri
21
Aug

The “abnormal” fall season

by Tom Coombe
Ely high school athletes mixed typical with atypical, the usual with a few new twists, normal and abnormal this week.
Mid-August brings the start of fall sports practices and an early sign that summer is nearing its end, and that played out Monday morning across the state including near the U.S. Forest Service headquarters, where Ely’s boys and girls cross country teams gathered officially for the first time this season.
Down the road in Babbitt, members of the combined Northeast Range/Ely girls swimming team dove into the pool to open the 2020-21 campaign.
One Ely athlete also ventured off to Aurora, where the girls soccer team hosted by Mesabi East began its workouts.
But one of the few things typical about the workouts was the calendar, as high school sports began on time but amid strange circumstances, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

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