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Fri
29
May

Hot Rod was one of a kind

by Tom Coombe
Echo editor
My friend Rod Skube never minced words.
“Hot Rod,” as he was known for years by many, was both quick-witted and acerbic, and never one to waste time in our conversations.
Often our phone dialogue would end abruptly, when another person on his nightly call list would dial in or he would simply decide it was time to contact the next friend or family member on his list.
“I gotta go,” he would often say. If he was less in a hurry than usual, he might add “tell Hollee I love her.”
The evening phone calls, which usually came twice or three times a week and started long before Hot Rod moved to Cloquet, were the evolution of a friendship that dated back more than 45 years.

Fri
29
May

Resolution against Walz’s executive orders unveiled

by Nick Wognum
An Ely city council resolution opposing Gov. Tim Walz’s executive orders that have shut down numerous Ely businesses was discussed Tuesday night.
Council member Al Forsman drafted the resolution and originally requested a special meeting so it could be passed quickly.
Now it will be on the agenda for Tuesday’s regular meeting, although the final language is likely to change from what was presented.
The resolution currently includes:
“That the City Council supports the choice of all residents to continue to stay at home or the choice to move about freely within the City and to support the economy of Ely while maintaining behaviors to preserve the health and safety of all residents;
“That the City Council encourages all citizens to follow Minnesota Department of Health and CDC guidelines for social distancing and general conduct while out in public;

Fri
29
May

For a unique group, it’s a unique ending

by Tom Coombe
Who could have ever predicted this?
A school year that started in Ely like any other has ended amid a worldwide pandemic that has kept students away from campus for more than two months.
The members of the Ely Memorial High School Class of 2020 will reconvene on campus tonight, with undeniably the most unconventional commencement in school history.
Instead of walking across the stage at Washington Auditorium, each of Ely’s 45 seniors will walk alone across a temporary platform in the arena parking lot, picking up the diploma that certifies their graduation.
The drive-up graduation is the best school officials can do, given the circumstances and statewide restrictions on mass gatherings.
Principal Megan Anderson acknowledged this week that “even graduation itself is a tough adjustment, and we’re trying to make the best out of a crummy situation.”

Fri
29
May

LETTER… results were immaterial and are irrelevant to the federal permitting process.

Open Letter to Star Tribune Editorial Board:
We write in response to the editorial that appeared in the Star Tribune’s May 3, 2020 Sunday edition – “Federal secrecy is a red flag on mining”. The editorial writer calls on Minnesota Governor Walz to halt all state-level work on Twin Metals Minnesota’s proposed copper-nickel mining project near Ely and Babbitt because, the writer claims, the U.S. Forest Service denied a request by the Minnesota DNR to be provided information the Forest Service collected during a federal study begun under the Obama Administration that would have disclosed copper mining’s potential harm to the BWCA’s watershed.

Fri
29
May

Summer ball season arrives

There may yet be some sort of summer baseball season in Ely.
While spring sports were cancelled and the American Legion baseball season was scrapped as well, all because of the coronavirus, Ely is joining numerous communities across the state in planning for a unique summer baseball campaign.
Practices are slated to begin Tuesday for three Ely area youth teams - although just when or even if they will play games remains uncertain.
Under Phase 2 of Minnesota’s “Stay Safe” initiative, youth sports teams may begin organized practice June 1, under guidelines released by the Minnesota Department of Health.
A special school board meeting in Ely is set for the same day to consider the Ely Baseball Association’s request to reopen the ballpark, which is owned by the school district.
It’s the first step toward a more traditional return to summer baseball, a longtime staple in Ely.

Fri
29
May

Grants awarded for regional trail projects

The Iron Range Tourism Bureau announces nearly $45,000 in grant awards for trail projects in St Louis County.
“We’re pleased to have a role in the development of trails in our region,” said Beth Pierce, executive director of the IRTB. “Trails are an important part of our visitor economy, outstanding amenities for everyone who lives here, and powerful recruiting tools for businesses.”
The grant was administered by the IRTB on behalf of the Northern St Louis County Trails Task Force, a group that includes representatives from user groups, land managers, private business and tourism. The TTF meets monthly and is open to anyone with an interest in trails.

Fri
29
May

Forest Service to reopen campgrounds and other recreation sites starting June 1

On June 1, the Superior National Forest will open overnight camping in a limited number of developed campgrounds.
This is in alignment with Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s announcement on May 20, that allow campgrounds to re-open starting June 1 under the Stay Safe Phase for reopening society Plan.
For a full list of open areas and up-to-date information on re-openings, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/superior/home.
Following is a list of recreation sites and facilities on the Superior National Forest that will be opening June 1:
Campgrounds:
• Birch Lake Campground
• Birch Lake Boat Launch - Restroom open and maintained
• Fall Lake Campground
• Fall Lake Boat Launch - Restroom open and maintained
• Fenske Lake Campground
• Fenske Lake Boat Launch - Restroom open and maintained
• South Kawishiwi River Campground

Fri
29
May

City of Ely-Council Meeting

City of Ely-Council Meeting
Notice of Meeting by Telephone or Other Electronic Means

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Ely will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 5:30pm the meeting will be held via video/teleconference.

Members of the public may monitor the meeting by viewing it live on Midco Public Access TV Channels 11 and 98 and on the City of Ely Facebook page via Facebook Live. If anyone has anything to speak towards during Open Forum please email deputyclerk@ely.mn.us with your comments - Please put in the Subject Line: Open Forum June 2, 2020.

Harold R Langowski
Clerk/Treasurer

Ely Echo
May 30, 2020

Fri
29
May

Notice to the Public – 2HR PARKING

Notice to the Public – 2HR PARKING

2 hour parking is being enforced
Areas involved are:
• From 2nd Ave W to 6th Ave E on Sheridan St
• From Central Ave to 2nd Ave E on Chapman St
• From Harvey St to Camp St on Central Ave, 1st Ave and 2nd Ave
• From Chapman to Sheridan on 3rd Ave

Parking tickets can be paid at the Police Department Office with Cash, Check or Credit Card or they can be paid ONLINE at www.elycitation.com

If you have any questions, please call the Ely Police Department at 218-365-3222-ext. 2.

Ely Echo
May 30, 2020
June 6, 2020

Tue
26
May

Dr. Richard “Dick" Bevis of Ely

Dr. Richard “Dick" Bevis of Ely died from a heart attack on May 22nd at age 80. Dick grew up in Minneapolis and enjoyed summers on Burntside Lake. Dick was a graduate of the University of MN Dental School, and practiced orthodontics in the Twin Cities for over 30 years. He remained active throughout his life enjoying boating, fishing, golf, and sailing on Lake Superior. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, and will be remembered for his steady character, optimism, and generosity. Dick was a man of quiet faith in God, and his family rejoices that he is now in his eternal home. Dick was preceded in death by his parents Percy and Allie Bevis, and sister Joan Nelson. Dick is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary (Palmquist) Bevis; three children, Karen (Peter) Tamte, Randy (Cheryl) Bevis, and Ben (Sara) Bevis; and 9 grandchildren. Memorial service plans to follow.

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