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Grouse counts similar to last year

Minnesota’s ruffed grouse spring drumming counts were similar statewide this year to last year.
DNR biologists have monitored ruffed grouse populations for the past 70 years and this year, DNR staff and cooperators from 14 organizations surveyed 131 established routes across the state’s forested region.
Each year on the routes, surveyors count the number of grouse drums they hear. Drumming is the low sound male grouse make as they beat their wings rapidly and in increasing frequency to signal the location of their territory and attract females ready to begin nesting.
Drumming counts are an indicator of the ruffed grouse breeding population. Grouse populations tend to rise and fall on a 10-year cycle that can vary from 8 to 11 years, and Minnesota’s most recent population peak was in 2017.

Fri
05
Jul

Wolf Center holds ribbon cutting for new exhibit

RIBBON CUTTING - The International Wolf Center held a ceremonial ribbon cutting for the new exhibit called ‘Discover Wolves’ thanking the people who made this happen. Helping to cut the ribbon were Ely mayor Chuck Novak, longtime wolf researcher David Mech and Rep. Rob Ecklund. The project took several years to organize, to fund, design and build. It is finally here and will be a new addition to the many attractions to Ely. Photo by Pam Roberts.

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05
Jul

Ely fire department hosts free National Weather Service Skywarn Training program July 16 at VCC

The Ely Fire Department is sponsoring a National Weather Service Skywarn training program on Tuesday, July 16 at VCC at 6 p.m.
This program provides training to volunteers in the detection and reporting of life-threatening thunderstorms- those that contain large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes.
There are 1,700 Skywarn spotters across northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin reporting to the Duluth National Weather Service.
The Skywarn training course, taught by NWS meteorologists and staff, covers the following topics:
• The mission of the National Weather Service and how Skywarn spotters play an important role in the warning process.
• Thunderstorm formation and the types of thunderstorms. We’ll study the meteorological dynamics involved in thunderstorm production and what it takes for a storm to produce damaging winds, large hail, and tornadoes.

Fri
05
Jul

Board extends ‘super’ deal

by Tom Coombe
Outgoing superintendent Kevin Abrahamson will lead the Ely School District for up to three more months while his replacement obtains necessary licensure.
At a special meeting June 28, school board members approved the deal with Abrahamson, in which he will remain superintendent and mentor new chief executive Erik Erie.
Erie, who most recently served as high school principal at Mesabi East, was hired for the district’s top job just three days earlier on a 4-2 vote.
The transition was approved to give Erie time to complete superintendent licensure requirements, which include 280 practicum hours that he can complete under the oversight of Abrahamson.
Abrahamson, who is leaving the district after four years, will be paid $6,000 a month to continue as part-time superintendent for the length of the agreement, which goes until Oct. 1 or the time Erie gains licensure.

Fri
05
Jul

This is how we Fourth

by Tom Coombe
Homes and cabins, campgrounds and resorts all seemed to empty at the same time Thursday, filling Ely’s streets and sidewalks for the annual Independence Day parade.
For nearly 90 minutes, and under a baking sun, thousands watched bands and dance troupes, politicians and local organizations and even a karaoke-singing octogenarian pass them by.
The parade served as the focal point of Ely’s July 4 festivities, with Whiteside Park filling before and after the event for games, a community picnic and a performance by the city band.
Earlier in the day, an annual four-kilometer run around the Trezona Trail took place while the evening activities, held after the Echo’s deadline, were to include both a concert at Semer’s Park and the annual fireworks display over Miners Lake.

Fri
05
Jul

Adolph S. Levar, 89, of Ely

Adolph Levar, born of Matt and Marie Levar in Ely, Minnesota on May 28, 1930, passed away July 4th, 2019 at 89 years old.

He was a hard working miner, well known fishing guide, and talented musician. He was a U.S. soldier in the Korean war.

His door was always open to family and friends. He played the button box accordian at many parties filled with laughter and memories. He also loved and spent a lot of time at his cabin on Burntside Lake, This brought him so much joy which he shared with family and friends. He was very grateful for the kindness and love they shared with him.

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01
Jul

Northeast Range Trap Team competes in state championships in Alexandria

Seanne Prigge receives a 25-straight patch from Head Coach Chad Loewen at the Minnesota State Trapshooting Championship held in Alexandria.

The Northeast Range Trap Team traveled to Alexandria on June 13 to compete in the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League Championship.
The nine-day event boasts being the worlds largest trapshooting competition and invites were open to just over 12,000 Minnesota athletes this year.
With 19 trap houses spread out over the course of a mile, teams that have competed online all spring finally came face to face to compete.
Each day of the competition features a conference and attendance averages about 1000 athletes per day and triples in attendance with spectators.
Opening ceremonies began with USA Clay Target League President John Nelson telling the crowd that, “In Minnesota, the state of hockey, trapshooting now has more participants than boys and girl’s hockey combined and continues to grow.”

Mon
01
Jul

BACK NINE STEWARDSHIP PROJECT

The Back Nine Stewardship Sale is located approximately 25 miles south of Ely, in Lake County, Minnesota, within T60N, R10W, Section 4 and T61N, R10W, Section 33 and 34. The Forest Service will receive sealed bids at the Kawishiwi Ranger District Office, at 1393 Highway 169, Ely, Minnesota 55731 before 1:00 p.m. local time on July 30th, 2019, for a combination of timber value and stewardship service work items associated with this stewardship project. Timber to be harvested within the project area includes an estimated 148.00 CCF jack pine sawtimber, 596.00 CCF red pine sawtimber, 162.00 CCF of aspen pulpwood, 4.00 CCF balsam fir pulpwood, 37.00 CCF paper birch pulpwood, and 970.00 CCF of pine pulpwood. In addition an un-estimated volume of mixed conifer and mixed hardwood biomass is being offered as timber subject to agreement that the bidder may agree to remove at a fixed rate.

Mon
01
Jul

Vermilion Range Amateur Radio Club Field Day makes connections around the world

On June 23 and 24 the Vermilion Range Amateur Radio Club participated in their third annual Field Day event.
Field Day is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League and is a 24-hour event where amateur radio operators practice operating in less than ideal conditions out in the field.
This event serves as both a demonstration and practice if “hams” were called upon to assist with communications during an emergency.
The Vermilion Range Amateur Radio Club was formed in 2016 by a group of Ely area amateur radio operators.
Ironically, 40 years ago, on the same weekend, same days to be exact, the Vermilion Amateur Radio Club (a former club that was from Ely) held their Field Day in Whiteside Park.
The Vermilion Range Amateur Radio Club strives to be available for emergency communications and education.

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From the miscellaneous drawer

When an elderly parent becomes ill, there is nothing as wonderful as an attentive son and caring daughter-in-law, as I witnessed last week.
Especially if it’s not a simple medical issue threatening the life of your mother, who has worked and lived independently into her eighties. One day she is maneuvering through her life, and the next day she’s in dire medical straits. It’s a turning point, with the realization that the family’s life has now entered a new and unfamiliar phase. The matriarch will no longer be fully on her own at home, or fully capable of advocating for her health care. So, it’s left to adult children, the ones with compassion and empathy for aged parents, to fill this void and fight.

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