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Thu
09
Sep

LETTER:…what happened that was so drastic it had to be changed so quickly?

Dear Ely Public School Superintendent, Administration and Board members:
I am writing to express my thoughts and concerns regarding your recent decision to mandate masks in our schools. I’ve also attached a letter from the Ely Community Voice, requesting that our petition be placed on the September 13, 2021 school board meeting agenda. (See below)

Thu
09
Sep

From the miscellaneous drawer

If you’re a long time subscriber and reader you may be aware that I’ve always loved expressing myself by writing.
The Echo has given me THE LOVE OF A LIFETIME.
The way most newspapers are run these days is with an eye to the bottom line. Newspaper decisions are based on that limiting fact.
From the first I denied being able to cope with the public side of the newspaper. That was alright, the editor Bob Cary said he’d take care of it, be the spokesperson for the paper. His two days a week on the job were his commitment.
Our commitment to each other was that we would stay with the Echo as long as we were having fun.

Thu
09
Sep

Prospector offers guided rides at fall “Ride & Rally”

On September 18, hundreds of ATV riders from across Minnesota will be squeezing the throttle on their ATVs as they venture out on area trails. The rides, with starting points in Ely, Babbitt, Embarrass and Tower, are part of the annual convention of the ATV Association of Minnesota (ATVAM), hosted this year by the Prospector Loop ATV Club.
The event will feature the ATV Big Air Tour in Babbitt on Friday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. This is a free show and will be held where Peter Mitchell Days is normally set up.
“We’ve been looking forward to this for two years,” said Dave Soular of the Babbitt ATV and Snowmobile Club. “This is going to be a great show, something you don’t want to miss.”
This is the third year in a row that the 3-day event, also known as the ATV Minnesota ‘Ride & Rally’, has been held in the area.

Thu
09
Sep

SECRETARY OF STATE CERTIFICATE OF ASSUMED NAME

STATE OF MINNESOTA
SECRETARY OF STATE
CERTIFICATE OF ASSUMED NAME
Minnesota Statutes Chapter 333
1. List the exact assumed name under which the business is or will be conducted: Essentia Health Ely Pharmacy
2. State the address of the principal place of business: 1500 E. Sheridan Street, Suite 100, Ely, MN 55731-1855.
3. List the name and complete street address of all persons conducting business under the above Assumed Name, OR if an entity, provide the legal corporate, LLC, or Limited Partnership name and registered office address. Attach additional sheet(s) if necessary: The Duluth Clinic, Ltd., 400 E. 3rd Street, Duluth, MN 55805

Thu
09
Sep

DNR certifies new catch-and-release state record northern out of Basswood Lake

Anglers over the summer caught and released a new Minnesota state record northern pike and tied the record for muskellunge.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources certified the state catch-and-release record northern pike, a 46 1/4 fish caught June 19 on Basswood Lake by Brecken Kobylecky, a 15-year-old from Geneva, Illinois. The previous record was a 45 1/4 inch northern pike caught on the Rainy River in 2018.
The record pike was the biggest fish Kobylecky had ever caught. He was fishing with an Ely-based fishing guide and with about 10 minutes left of their final day fishing, they were trolling for pike.
“We hooked onto a huge pike that was barely hooked, and could hardly land it due to the sheer size and weight of the fish,” Kobylecky said.
Once the fish was in the boat they carefully took a few photos and measured the pike before releasing the fish back to the open water.

Thu
09
Sep

Sweet taste of victory

by Tom Coombe
The Ely Timberwolves got off to a strong start in their season-opener, and it ensured a victorious start to the 2021 season.
Ely scored on its first three possessions en route to a 26-6 high school football victory over visiting Carlton-Wrenshall last Friday night.
Junior running back Erron Anderson ran for over 100 yards and three touchdowns, senior quarterback Mason Davis had two drive-extending fourth-and-long scrambles and senior Eddie Prijatel recorded 15 tackles to lead the Wolves, who gave Louie Gerzin a win in his first game on the sidelines as head coach.
It was also the first time players from Ely and Northeast Range came together for football, thanks to a last-minute cooperative agreement formed after the Nighthawks were unable to field a team this fall.
They gave an audience of about 300 people at Ely School Stadium a lot to cheer about, and Gerzin and his troops were a satisfied bunch at the end of the night.

Wed
08
Sep

SECRETARY OF STATE CERTIFICATE OF ASSUMED NAME

STATE OF MINNESOTA
SECRETARY OF STATE
CERTIFICATE OF ASSUMED NAME
Minnesota Statutes Chapter 333
1. List the exact assumed name under which the business is or will be conducted: Essentia Health Ely Pharmacy
2. State the address of the principal place of business: 1500 E. Sheridan Street, Suite 100, Ely, MN 55731-1855.
3. List the name and complete street address of all persons conducting business under the above Assumed Name, OR if an entity, provide the legal corporate, LLC, or Limited Partnership name and registered office address. Attach additional sheet(s) if necessary: The Duluth Clinic, Ltd., 400 E. 3rd Street, Duluth, MN 55805

Sun
05
Sep

School does 180 on masks

by Nick Wognum
The Ely school district did a 180 on mask protocols just days before students returned to class.
Citing new guidance, including a letter signed by physicians and a nurse practitioner at Ely’s Essentia Clinic, superintendent Erik Erie announced Sept. 3 that masks would be required indoors for all students, staff and visitors on the Ely campus.
Three weeks earlier, Erie and school officials had said masks would be recommended rather than required to start the new school year, and Ely is one of only a few schools in the area to require masks.
Several neighboring schools, including the County District 2142 schools in Babbitt and Tower, have gone the “mask optional” route. Unlike the 2020-21 school year, there is no state mandate for masks and local districts have the option to decide on their own.

Fri
03
Sep

New at the Ely School District

NEW AT THE ELY SCHOOL DISTRICT is kindergarten teacher Brittany Baier who recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. She is originally from the Barnum area but her dad Dan is a 1991 Ely graduate. “My dad’s from here so I have family from here,” said Baier on why she wanted to work at the Ely school district. “I did student teaching and long term subbing in Cloquet last year but this is my first official year.” She’s also following in her mom’s footsteps, she has taught elementary in Barnum going on 28 years. Baier’s classroom has been remodeled with the windows removed as part of the district’s renovation project. Baier said she’s looking forward to the school year starting this week. “I will have 19 kids so I’m working on setting up desks right now.” Baier said she’s not a big outdoor person but “I might have to become one soon.” Baier said she’s also looking forward to her two dogs joining her in Ely. Photo by Nick Wognum.

Fri
03
Sep

POSITION OPENING Ely Public Schools Cafeteria Aide

Ely Public Schools is looking for a Cafeteria Aide for the 2021-2022 school year; background check required.

Qualifications include:
• Must be able to lift 30 lbs. on a regular
basis
• Must be able to work in a fast pace
setting
• Preferred experience working with
school age children
• Evidence of ability to work cooperatively
and communicate effectively in a
collaborative setting.

Application and full job description is available at: www.ely.k12.mn.us

A complete application must include the following:
• District Application
• Resume
• 2 letters of recommendation

Return materials to: Ely Public Schools,
Attn: Superintendent, 600 E. Harvey St., Ely, MN 55731 or email mwognum@ely.k12.mn.us

Starting Rate of Pay: $15.54/hour

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