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Fri
24
Apr

ORDINANCE NO. 342, RELATING TO REFUSE COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL

ORDINANCE NO. 342, 2nd Series

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF ELY, MINNESOTA, AMENDING TO THE ELY CITY CODE, CHAPTER 3, SECTION 3.20, RULES AND REGULATIONS RELATING TO REFUSE COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL

THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ELY DOES HEREBY ORDAIN:

Fri
24
Apr

OFFICE OF THE MINNESOTA SECRETARY OF STATE CERTIFICATE OF ASSUMED NAME

OFFICE OF THE MINNESOTA
SECRETARY OF STATE
CERTIFICATE OF ASSUMED NAME
Minnesota Statutes Chapter 333
The filing of an assumed name does not provide a user with exclusive rights to that name. The filing is required for consumer protection in order to enable customers to be able to identify the true owner of a business.
1. List the exact assumed name under which the business is or will be conducted: Talk to Nancy, LLC
2. Principal Place of Business: 1249 E. Madison St., Ely MN 55731
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: Nancy K. Schwartz, 1249 E. Madison St., Ely MN 55731

Fri
24
Apr

National Forests in Minnesota temporarily close campgrounds and recreation sites

In alignment with current federal, state and local guidance for social distancing and to ensure health safety of its employees, visitors and volunteers, the Chippewa and Superior National Forests are shutting down developed recreation facilities, including campgrounds and restrooms, as well as suspending trash pick-up until further notice. In addition, on both Forests, all overnight camping is shut down and campfires are not allowed, in order to minimize the risk to first responders in the event of wildfire.
At this time, the General Forest remains open to the public, including Forest roads identified on the motor vehicle use map are open for scenic drives, trails and trailheads for hiking, and boat ramps (unless within campgrounds) are open to provide fishing access. With the potential for crowded conditions in the coming days and weeks, both Forests are implementing a group-size limitation of 10 people or less per group across the entire forest.

Wed
22
Apr

Curtis L. Oelrich, age 66

Curtis L. Oelrich, age 66, of Smelterville, ID, passed away Monday, April 13, 2020, at
North Idaho Advanced Care Hospital in Post Falls, Idaho.

Curtis was born April 17, 1953 to Leigh and Marjorie(Finckbone) Oelrich in Virginia, MN.
He grew up in Ely and graduated from Ely Memorial High School. Curt was a longtime
resident of the Silver Valley and worked for Honeywell in Spokane, WA. He enjoyed the
outdoors and reading.

Curtis is survived by three sisters, Sharon (Steve) Bateman of Spirit Lake, Idaho, Doreen
Flynn of Ely, Minnesota, Tammy (John) Schubert of Missoula, Montana and several nieces and
nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

There are no scheduled services at this time. Bell Tower Funeral Home and Crematory is entrusted with arrangements.

Mon
20
Apr

EDITORIAL: Blueberry decision seemed rushed

A decision by the Ely Chamber of Commerce board of directors to cancel this year’s Blueberry/Art Festival seemed rushed and could have been delayed.
The announcement came over 100 days from the July 24 start of the three day event, Ely’s largest tourist attraction each year. Thousands of people flood the community and businesses cite that weekend as being the one that pays the bills and helps keep them afloat through the rough winters we have here.
The coronavirus pandemic has had a worldwide impact, no doubt, and has been devastating in Ely economically but not medically. Through a stroke of luck, social distancing or the grace of God, our hospital has not been overrun or our clinic taxed to provide services.

Fri
17
Apr

From the miscellaneous drawer

No doubt it is important to stay in touch with family and friends. I prefer email for this, since I am not a Facebook fan or member. It seems to allow more personal info than I care to share.
Subscribers also contact me through email and it’s good to hear from folks who have become friends over the past 40 years or so. And it’s good to know of Betty M. and others like her who are preparing for another tourist season, whatever it is.
I’m not in the office as much as I used to be, so any and all contacts are welcomed.
Staying sequestered in London, my niece and her husband greet me through Skype. The last two attempts though, have been spotty and often what is said disappears, even without the visual sight.
We all have so many projects which could be accomplished, but the motivation to do so may be lacking as my friend Linda noted.

Fri
17
Apr

DNR won’t harvest fish eggs due to COVID-19 social distancing protocols

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will cancel its 2020 egg take operations for walleye, northern pike, muskellunge and steelhead because the work cannot be done safely under COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.
This includes walleye eggs harvested at Pike River near Tower and Lake Vermilion.
Collecting eggs and sperm from spawning fish in the wild is a labor intensive effort that requires teams of 6-8 people working in close proximity. After a careful examination of whether the egg take process could be re-engineered, the DNR determined that is was not possible to safely handle fish during the egg take and practice appropriate social distancing to protect staff from COVID-19.

Fri
17
Apr

Johnston skis at nationals

by Tom Coombe
Ely skiing sensation Jasper Johnston wasn’t at his best at a national event in California in early-March, but conditions and circumstances were less than ideal.
The three-time all-state Nordic skier had already qualified for the U.S. National Training Camp this summer, but he traveled west after the high school season to take part in the USSS Cross Country Junior Nationals at Donner Summit.
There, Johnston not only dealt with high altitudes and warm temperatures, but the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, which cut short the weeklong event.
Before the competition was shelved, Johnston placed 34th in a 10-kilometer classic event and 73rd in a 1.2K skate sprint.
The Ely junior said this week that neither finish was satisfying, and that the competitions were scrapped before the race he was most looking forward to - a 10K mass skate.
“I think if I had time to acclimate I would have had better races,” said Johnston.

Fri
17
Apr

VCC sets “virtual” graduation

by Tom Coombe
Unprecedented times will make for an unprecedented commencement at Vermilion Community College.
Graduates were notified this week that a commencement ceremony will move forward as planned on Tuesday, May 12 at 7 p.m., but in a virtual format.
Members of the class of 2020, parents and relatives, school staff and faculty and others will all be able to take part - from the comfort of their homes or wherever else they can log in via phone or computer.
At Vermilion, classes have been online for several weeks and the campus is closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
School officials nonetheless pledged to find a way to recognize the achievements of this year’s graduating class, even though the traditional ceremony in a packed gymnasium won’t take place.

Fri
17
Apr

Blueberry Fest cancelled

by Tom Coombe
Ely’s biggest summer event - the Blueberry/Art Festival - won’t take place this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Ely Chamber of Commerce pulled the plug on Good Friday and notified members with a late-afternoon email message that sent shockwaves through town and served as a devastating economic blow to a business community already reeling from a month-long, pandemic-related shutdown and statewide stay-at-home orders.
As many as 40,000 people usually pass through Whiteside Park during the three-day festival and the Ely area swells with visitors from around the state and beyond.
“I believe a lot of us could say it was the hardest business decision we’ve ever made,” said Brian Forsberg, who chairs the Chamber’s board of directors. “I think I can speak for the board on that. We all take the economic impact very seriously.”

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