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Forest Service announces tentative date for reopening Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness permit process

The USDA Forest Service anticipates reopening the process to reserve Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness quota permits on February 27, 2019. Prior to the tentative reopening date for the reservation system the Forest Service is working on the following actions:

fixing a technical problem in the BWCAW sale software;
additional planned training for permit cooperators who rely on the system;
and additional testing to ensure a smooth launch of the updated system.
Once the above schedule of actions is successfully completed the Forest Service will confirm the reopening date and move forward with broad public outreach to notify the public of the new reservation period.

Fri
08
Feb

Boys win section title; Ely sending nine to state meet

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
08
Feb

Prigge sets new BSU record, breaks mark held by Dusich

Ely’s Jayne Dusich holds numerous track and field records at Bemidji State University.
It took almost 30 years, and one of her former students, for one of those records to fall.
Last weekend, freshman Ryne Prigge of Ely not only won the 1,000-meter run at an indoor event in North Dakota, but she also shattered a school record set by Dusich in 1991.
Prigge, who was coached by Dusich in both cross country and track at Ely, won Saturday’s race in 3:00.57, breaking Dusich’s school-best mark when she was a standout for the Beavers in the early-1990s.
Last year’s Arrowhead Conference Female Athlete of the Year, Prigge was a standout in track, cross country and Nordic skiing at Ely and signed with Bemidji State, an NCAA Division II school, to compete in both track and cross country.
Dusich followed a similar path and earned spot in both the BSU and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Hall of Fame.

Fri
08
Feb

Jack Lindgren, 92, of Oklahoma City OK dies

Jack Lindgren, 92, of Oklahoma City OK, passed away on Jan. 25. He was born in Ely Minnesota in 1926 and served in the U.S. Navy.

Fri
08
Feb

Patricia Jean (Palmer) Wickett, 87, of Virginia, formerly of Babbitt, dies

Patricia Jean (Palmer) Wickett, 87, of Virginia, formerly of Babbitt, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2019. Patricia was born December 18, 1931, in Lanesboro, MN to Orrie and Alice (Palmer). In 1946, the family moved to Harmony, MN, where she graduated from high school in 1946. She then attended the Harding Beauty School in Winona and received her cosmetology license in 1950. She worked in shops in Austin and Preston and later was assistant cashier at a bank in Harmony. She was united in marriage to Richard E. Wickett on August 5, 1951. The lived in Harmony and Canton before moving to Babbitt in 1956.
She was a member of the Woodland Presbyterian Church, American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, Babbitt Golf Association, Women’s bowling Association for over 35 years, Dance Club, Babbitt Knight Riders, Snowmobile Club, and was active in Cub Scouting for a number of years.

Fri
08
Feb

Locally Owned, Official Office on Chapman -Ely Echo is the Hometown Newspaper

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Fri
08
Feb

Ely Memorial crowns Homecoming royalty

WINTER FROLIC Queen Jessica Anderson and King Alex Motes were crowned at Tuesday’s pep rally.

Fri
08
Feb

Stocks part of underdog Minnesota team that won a national snow-sculpting title

Adam Turner, Jaymie Stocks and Heather Friedli stand in front of their winning sculpture Saturday, Feb. 2.

By Deanna Weniger, Pioneer Press -

Fri
08
Feb

Ely native and college hockey legend was honored in his hometown, “Dave Merhar Night”

HONORED - Dave Merhar’s number 7 now hangs in not one but two arenas. Tuesday, the Ely native and college hockey legend was honored in his hometown, as “Dave Merhar Night” was celebrated at the Ely Arena. A 1965 Ely High School graduate, Merhar was recruited to West Point and was one of college hockey’s most decorated players in the late-1960s. Merhar, still known in some Ely circles by his boyhood nickname “Otto,” set a single-season standard with 57 goals in his senior campaign of 1968-69, and he added 50 assists the same year to become the first collegian ever to get 100 points in a season. He is pictured with his wife Jan and Ely athletic director Tom Coombe. Photo by Eric Sherman.

Fri
08
Feb

Sneak preview of (Sebastian Project

POETRY AND MUSIC at the Tuesday group courtesy of Tim Stouffer and Joe Kenig. The Raven Loonaticks gave a sneak preview of (Sebstian Project II - the Second Comming) a multi-media event consisting of poetry, music and more to be performed at the Vermilion Community College Performing Arts Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 2-4 p.m. Photo by Tom Coombe.

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