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Fri
22
Feb

Fall Lake produces for winner

WINNER of the Ely-Winton Rod & Gun Club fishing contest was Sam Kaderlik who took home $300 last Saturday with 5.3 lb. northern. Photo by Hailey Worth.

Thu
21
Feb

LT Kaitlyn Velsvaag, 23, dies

LT Kaitlyn Velsvaag, 23, passed away Sunday, January 27, 2019 at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Fayetteville, NC.
Kaitlyn was born at Womack Army Medical Center, Ft. Bragg, NC on April 9, 1995. She graduated from Wiesbaden High School, Wiesbaden, Germany in 2013 and received an Army ROTC Scholarship to the University of Dubuque, Iowa. In May of 2017 she graduated with Majors in Criminal Justice and Psychology and a Minor in Military Science. After commissioning she branched Military Police (MP) and was incredibly honored to be assigned to the 503rd MP Battalion (Airborne) at Fort Bragg. She proudly completed Airborne school in November.
Kaitlyn is loved by so many for her kind and beautiful soul. She will be greatly missed.

Thu
21
Feb

Council Minutes - February 5, 2019 Regular Meeting Ely City Council - City Hall, Council Chambers

Council Minutes - February 5, 2019
Regular Meeting Ely City Council - City Hall, Council Chambers
1. CALL TO ORDER: Mayor Novak called the Regular Council Meeting to order at 5:30pm.
2. PRESENT: Council members A.Forsman, Kess, Debeltz, Callen, Campbell, and Mayor Novak
ABSENT: Council member Omerza
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
DebeItz/CaIlen moved to approve the minutes from EUC Rates Public Hearing on January 15,2019, Kapsch Gardens Vacation Public Hearing on January 15, 2019, Lockhart Street
Vacation Public Hearing on January 15, 2019, January 15, 2019 Regular Meeting, and Special Council Meeting with Town of Morse on January 23,2019. Motion Carried 6-0-1
with Omerza Absent.
4. ADDITIONS OR OMISSIONS TO AGENDA:
A. Additions B.E. EEDA Position Appointment
Item A was added without objection.
5. MAYOR’S REPORT
A. Selection of Legal Publication

Thu
21
Feb

Ely Council Minutes - January 15, 2019 Regular Meeting Ely City Council

Council Minutes - January 15, 2019
Regular Meeting Ely City Council- City Hall, Council Chambers
1. CALL TO ORDER- Mayor Novak: Called the Regular 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 January 2, 2019 Regular Meeting. Motion
Carried Unanimously.
4. 4. ADDITIONS OR OMISSIONS TO AGENDA:
A. Addition 8.A. Annexation Task Group
B. Addition 9.B.i Hiring ofNewFirefighter
C. Addition 9.E.i Vang vs City of Ely (Closed Session)
D. Addition 11.B Pay Estimate #7 for the 17th Avenue East!ih Avenue East! Water Tower Supply
Line Project for $16,859.41 to Casper Construction Inc.
E. Addition 13.C Document for Request for in kind services from the City ofEly for the Ely Winter
Festival

Tue
19
Feb

Ironmen KOd from playoff chase

by Tom Coombe -

Tue
19
Feb

Board hears from young leaders

by Tom Coombe
Ely School Board members heard from some of their youngest constituents on Monday night.
While reports from the high school student council are a regular agenda item for monthly board meetings, this week marked the first time the board heard from the fledgling elementary student council.
About a dozen Washington Elementary student leaders, from third through fifth grade, talked to the board about items ranging from hot water for school bathrooms to sanitary issues in the delivery of school lunch.
Formed in 2016, the elementary student council provides a forum for students to lead, and for students to bring requests and ideas related to school operations and activities.
Students are nominated by their peers and approved by their teachers, with one boy and one girl selected in each third through fifth-grade classroom in the school.

Mon
18
Feb

From the miscellaneous drawer - welcome to the Echo office

There’s a whole new language to learn in almost any business or new venture. It took me a while to get the hang of the picas and points of newspapers and printing.

Oddly enough, the City of Ely never specified a type size for display advertising nor did they direct any complaint or request to us about ad print size. No discussion was initiated by the city to make the Echo aware of any dissatisfaction on its part. That seems odd unless this is all politically motivated.

The Echo’s legal type size at 7 point Times, came in at 84 lca. Since that was quite readable, it saved the city money, Whereas an lca (lower case alphabet) of 90 would take up more space when printed.

In the 1970-’80s there were two newspaper offices in Ely - The Ely Miner and the Ely Echo. One or the other was subsidizing the city with below cost rates for printing.

Mon
18
Feb

Andrew Merfeld named Minnesota Middle level Principal of the Year

Andrew Merfeld has been an administrator for 13 years and the principal of St. MichaelAlbertville Middle School West for the past nine. Andrew has been the school’s only leader and has taken great steps to develop programs that inclusive for students and staff. West has been part of the Safe Schools Initiative for several years and has used strategies from a book study on “Discipline with Dignity” to establish develop stronger relationships with students and families.
School climate has been a driving force and the Minnesota State Survey Shows that 99% of students agreed they feel safe/very safe at Middle School West. An Advisory Period has been established every day that focuses on both academic and emotional wellness.
Andrew says this focus makes the school feel smaller and provides the opportunity to build stronger relationships with adults in the building to promote social-emotional wellness.

Sat
16
Feb

Lottery, lottery, lottery, lottery, lottery

The message was loud and clear yet the Forest Service didn’t hear it. From elected officials to users to outfitters, the one request was to reinstate the lottery system for the BWCA day use and overnight motor permits.
That would alleviate much of the congestion that caused the online permit system to crash seconds after it opened on Jan. 30. It was an embarrassment to the Forest Service which had been touting the system for months.
Like a bull in a china shop, the agency continues to head down the same path, throwing warnings and pleadings to the side. The next date is Feb. 27 and there is still no lottery.
This debacle caused U.S. Representative Pete Stauber to hold a public meeting in Ely to discuss the digital disaster.
Minnesota’s two U.S. Senators both called for “the lottery to be reinstated this year.” If you’re keeping score at home that’s one U.S. Rep and two U.S. Senators telling the Forest Service to do a 180 and go back to what works.

Fri
15
Feb

Conservation Officer Weekly Report for Feb. 11

District 5 - Eveleth area

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