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School election draws a crowd

by Tom Coombe
A flurry of final-day filings, including three by incumbents, make for the most competitive school board elections in Ely in nearly a decade.
Longtime chairman Ray Marsnik and fellow board members Rochelle Sjoberg and Tony Colarich all beat Tuesday’s 5 p.m. deadline and entered the race.
Marsnik, who has been chairman for a decade-and-a-half and on the board for 20 years, filed for a two-year seat up for grabs and will face Anthony Bermel in the Nov. 8 election.
Sjoberg, Colarich and incumbent Chad Davis are all on the ballot in the race for three four-year positions on the board, and they’ll be joined on the ballot by Jeremy Engen, Claire High, Mike Scherbing and Jennifer Westlund.
The top three vote-getters in that race will win seats for four years.

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19
Aug

Letter: …Without hesitation, she said she would meet me at the Ely Vet Clinic. Words cannot begin to express my appreciation for her.

Dear editor,
I need to share something that happened this week for a couple of reasons…
I took Benny and Milo for “rides” on Monday evening to run a few errands. Both of my dogs love car rides so they both come with me almost everywhere.
I had a pack of Orbit gum (the one that fits in your cup holder) that had dropped on my car’s floor but I didn’t think anything of it.
I left the dogs in the car for a few minutes and came back to notice ALL of the gum was gone from the container.
I did a quick Google search to see if gum was bad for dogs and my heart immediately sunk and panic ensued when I read that most sugar-free gum contains xylitol and a single piece can be fatal to dogs within an hour of ingestion.
I immediately called my vet’s office which was closed but there was a recording that told me to call the emergency vet (in Duluth).

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19
Aug

Northwoods Partners recognizes volunteers

Northwoods Partners recently held a picnic to celebrate their volunteers.
Lisa Porthan, Executive Director of Northwoods Partners recognized everyone in attendance for their service.
“Ely is a better place because of the hard work and time you dedicate to the older adults in our community. We are so grateful for everything that you do!” said Porthan.
“At the heart of Northwoods Partners is our team of 80 plus amazing volunteers. These volunteers support our seniors by providing transportation to appointments, making friendly visits, providing telephone assurance, celebrating birthdays, and helping with shopping...doing whatever it takes to brighten the lives of our area seniors,” said Porthan.
Each year two volunteers are chosen to receive special recognition as the Heart of Gold Award winners. This year’s recipients are Linda Fink and Sally Moose.

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19
Aug

My Mother’s Hands…

I was fortunate to spend the last two and half days of my mother’s life by her side. She was 89 and had gone through breast cancer surgery about three years before it came back metastasized in her lungs.
In May 2014, my mom was complaining about having trouble catching her breath and she would get winded very quickly. After a few trips to the ER, she was diagnosed that cancer was in her lungs and her life was soon to be over.
When she got the news, it was delivered by a doctor, who was from India. He went to college and medical school in the United States but spoke with a strong Indian accent. After he delivered her fatal diagnosis, he swiftly left the room, and a young female physician’s assistant came in.

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19
Aug

Wolves work around school construction

by Tom Coombe
The lights unexpectedly went out around 3 p.m. Wednesday at Ely High School.
So the Ely Timberwolves decided to improvise.
With the gymnasium too dark to practice as a result of an unannounced power outage - as work continued on the school’s $20 million-plus renovation project - members of the high school volleyball team headed across town to Semers Park.
Beach volleyball it was, at least for a day, for head coach Megan Wognum and her Timberwolves.
That was just one notable happening this week as fall sports teams began their preparations for their upcoming season
Volleyball, football, boys and girls cross country and girls swimming all got underway Monday, with season-opening events in all activities on the horizon.

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Aug

School Board Meeting Minutes July 11, 2022

School Board Meeting Minutes July 11, 2022

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School Board Meeting Minutes July 25, 2022

School Board Meeting Minutes July 25, 2022

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Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers August 2, 2022

Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall,
Council Chambers
August 2, 2022

CALL TO ORDER
The regular meeting of the Ely City Council was called to order by Mayor Skraba at 5:30pm in the Council Chambers.
PRESENT: Council members A.Forsman, Kess, Debeltz, Omerza, Callen, Campbell, and Mayor Skraba
ABSENT: None

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Debeltz/Campbell moved to approve the minutes from the July 19, 2022 Regular Council Meeting. Motion Carried Unanimously.

ADDITIONS OR OMISSIONS TO AGENDA:
A. 8.A Planning & Zoning Commission
B. 9.E. Mortgage Satisfaction for Ely License Bureau recorded on July 23, 2009 as Document No. 01113915.
Omerza/Callen moved to add the Additions A and B. Motion Carried Unanimously.

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Aug

Pioneer Road Closure

Pioneer Road Closure

Pioneer Road will be closed on Monday, August 22nd from the Sandy Point Boat Landing to 18th Ave North in Spaulding from 8am until late afternoon for Private Utility Work.

Residents to the west of 1300 Block of Pioneer Road should access their properties from the Grand Ely Lodge side of Pioneer Road and residents to the east of the 1300 Block of Pioneer Road should access their properties from Grant McMahan Blvd.

Ely Echo
August 20, 2022

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Boards and Committee Openings

Boards and Committee Openings

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

Heritage Preservation Commission
1- three year term
*resident

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

Tree Board
2- three year terms
*resident or non-resident

For more information on the committees go to www.ely.mn.us - City Government – Commissions, Committees, Boards. If you are interested in serving on a committee please remit a letter of interest or fill out the “Application to serve on city commission” and remit to the Ely City Clerk’s Office, 209 E. Chapman Street, Ely, MN or email casey.velcheff@ely.mn.us by September 1st at Noon. Questions, please contact the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office at 218-365-3224/

Casey Velcheff
Deputy Clerk

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