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School doors staying closed

by Tom Coombe
Gov. Tim Walz has made it official: Minnesota children won’t go back to their classrooms and campuses this spring.
Walz announced Thursday that schools will remain closed and that distance learning, which started in late-March amid the coronavirus pandemic, will continue through the end of the 2019-20 school year.
Classrooms in Ely and across the state have been empty for more than a month and while schools were scheduled to reopen May 5, Walz had sent strong signals the last two weeks it would not occur.
In Ely, superintendent Erik Erie got official word on a conference call just prior to Walz’s formal announcement and it came as little surprise.
“We kind of expected it the day before,” said Erie. “We had a noon call from the Department of Education on Wednesday, which is out of the ordinary so most of us were expecting the announcement then but we didn’t get it. We did have the meeting (Thursday) to give us a little forewarning.”

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Why Americans should support newspapers during COVID-19

Newspapers in the United States have traveled rough seas to the First Amendment freedoms we enjoy today. From the colonial Stamp Act through wartime censorship to today, when thousands of newspapers were slammed with the public health emergency known as COVID-19, people who work for newspapers have never had completely smooth sailing.
Now most of the businesses that advertise with us are shut down. The pipeline to make our payroll shut down with them. People are restlessly waiting in their locked-down homes for us to bring the news nonetheless.
Across the country, journalists and the thousands of people it takes to let them do their work — from publishers to ad sales people to printers — are figuring out ways to keep the news coming.
A disheartening chord is sounding here and there across America’s mournful song about this tragic era: why should Americans still support newspapers?

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Hook and Bullet Club

There’s a new dog in our lives. We’ve still got Morgan, our 14 year-old Yorkie, and Megan’s golden retrievers, Millie and Maverick. The new pup on the block is Hank, a black lab owned by Evan and Nella.
Being a puppy Hank kind of gets the run of the house, at least as much as Morgan will let him. Get too close to her at times and Hank will get a snarl and a good barking.
But puppies are resilient and Hank finds another toy or something else to gnaw on. He’s a big fan of Kleenex so the garbage can in the bathroom is now stored on top of a table.
Evan and I took Hank and the goldens out to the shack a couple weekends ago. All around our shack trees were harvested over the winter. It’s been 20 years since we bought Camp Cholesterol and we always knew this day would come.

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Vermilion adds third Ely player

When the Vermilion Ironmen return to the baseball diamond in 2021, there will be some familiar faces on the team.
Nils DeRemee became the latest local player to commit to Vermilion, following fellow Ely High School senior Dalton Schreffler, who committed earlier in the month.
The two current Ely Timberwolves will join 2019 Ely graduate Tyler Housey, as well as senior Danny Crockett of North Woods, on the Vermilion roster next season.
All four local players are teammates on Ely’s American Legion baseball team.
“We’re thrilled to have so many local guys on our roster,” said Tom Coombe, head baseball coach at VCC. “While students and baseball players come to Vermilion from all over the state and elsewhere in the nation, there’s a great high school baseball program in Ely and it means a lot to us that these guys are sticking around to play at home.”

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Council Minutes - April 7, 2020

Council Minutes - April 7, 2020
Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers
Meeting was held via Zoom-video/teleconference

1. CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Novak called the Ely City Council Meeting to order at 5:30pm.

2. PRESENT: Council members A.Forsman, Kess, Debeltz, Omerza, Callen, Campbell, and Mayor Novak
ABSENT: None

3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Debeltz/Campbell moved to approve the minutes from the March 17, 2020 Regular Council Meeting. Roll Called: Council Member A.Forsman-Yes, Kess-Yes, Debeltz-Yes, Omerza-Yes, Callen-Yes, Campbell – Yes, and Mayor Novak-Yes. Motion Carried Unanimously.

4. ADDITIONS OR OMISSIONS TO AGENDA: None

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Assessment Notice

Assessment Notice
TOWN OF FALL LAKE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE BOARD OF APPEAL & EQUALIZATION FOR THE TOWN OF FALL LAKE IN LAKE COUNTY, MINNESOTA SHALL MEET VIA PHONE ON TUESDAY, APRIL 28TH AT 1:00 PM. FOR THE PURPOSE OF REVIEWING & CORRECTING THE ASSESSMENT OF SAID TOWN FOR THE 2020 YEAR. ALL PERSONS CONSIDERING THEMSELVES AGGRIEVED BY SAID ASSESSMENT OR WHO WISH TO COMPLAIN THAT THE PROPERTY OF ANOTHER IS ASSESSED TOO LOW, ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED TO PHONE IN AT SAID MEETING, AND SHOW CAUSE OF HAVING SUCH ASSESSMENT CORRECTED.

Written appeal should be sent to Marlene Skube, Clerk, PO Box 599, Ely, MN 55731
To Appeal by phone during the meeting:
Dial (844) 855-4444
Access Code 341608#

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POSITION OPENINGS ISD No. 696 2 Science Teachers

POSITION OPENINGS
Ely Public Schools - ISD No. 696
2 Science Teachers

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DISTRICT COURT PROBATE DIVISION

STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF ST. LOUIS

DISTRICT COURT
SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
Court File No. 69VI-CV-20-357

In the Matter of the Petition of Florian M. Shuster

in Relation to Certificate of Title No. 252204 issued for land in the County of St. Louis and State of Minnesota and legally described as follows:
LOT 23, BLOCK 10, PIONEER AND ZENITH ADDITION TO ELY
LOT 24, BLOCK 10, PIONEER AND ZENITH ADDITION TO ELY

TO: KATHY PRASNICKI; TIM LAITINEN; CHRIS LAITINEN; BILL LAITINEN; STEVE LAITINEN; NANCY MCCORMICK; AND THE UNKNOWN HEIRS OF GARY LAITINEN, A/K/A GARY DUANE LOUIS LAINTINEN:

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Special City Council Meeting

Special City Council Meeting
NOTICE for Meeting pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 13D.021
City of Ely
Notice of Meeting by Telephone or Other Electronic Means

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Ely will hold a special council meeting on Friday, May 1 at 11:30am for the police chief interviews the meeting will be held via Zoom video/teleconference.

In accordance with the requirements of Minn. Stat. Section 13D.021, Mayor Chuck Novak, has determined that an in person meeting in not practical or prudent because of a health pandemic or an emergency declared under Chapter 12 of the Minnesota Statutes.

Because of the City of Ely’s Proclamation and Declaration of Emergency, it has been determined that attendance at the regular meeting location by members of the public is not feasible.

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Ely City Council Board of Appeal & Equalization Meeting

Ely City Council Board of Appeal & Equalization Meeting
April 16, 2020

The Ely City Council Board of Appeal & Equalization meeting was called to order by Mayor Novak at 5:00 p.m. on April 16, 2020 the meeting was held via Zoom Video Conference.

PRESENT: Council Members A.Forsman, Kess, Debeltz, Omerza, Callen, Campbell and Mayor Novak
ABSENT: None
Also present: Ben Thomas and Andrew Olson of the St. Louis County Assessor’s office.

The meeting was scheduled as required by Minnesota State Law to review the proposed assessed values of properties within the City of Ely boundaries as established by the St. Louis County Assessor’s Office.

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