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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

Fri
15
Feb

Native son - SCAM, act one

My column on January 19 was about scams. Well folks, guess what? On Saturday February 9 while I was checking one of my accounts on the Internet this loud beeping sound came out of my computer. My screen froze and a voice said “do not turn off your computer. This is Microsoft and we believe a number of your functions are not giving you maximum results. We are going to take over your computer and correct this problem.” The cursor disappeared from my screen and the voice continued telling me and showing me different screens with all kinds of different configurations which I couldn’t understand.

Fri
15
Feb

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Fri
15
Feb

Ely boys sixth in state; Johnston 11th, earns all-state recognition for second straight year

SECTION CHAMPS AND SIXTH IN THE STATE for Ely’s boys Nordic ski team Pictured are (front, l-r) assistant coach Jerritt Johnston, Micah Larson, Raif Olson, James Schwinghamer; (back, l-r) Head Coach Paula Anderson, Adam Wiliamson, Nate Netiffee, Jon Hakala, Gabriel Pointer, Jasper Johnston, Ethan Bremner, Kjetil Midttun.

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
15
Feb

Unsung Hero a helping neighbor

AN UNSUNG HERO - Elyite Steve Brousseau, the first winner of the Ely Echo Unsung Hero Award, is pictured with Byron Moren who, with his wife Alice, nominated Steve. Photo by Tom Coombe

Fri
15
Feb

BWCAW users vent in Ely

ON THE MICROPHONE at the BWCA meeting Saturday morning was long-time Ely outfitter Dan Waters.

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
15
Feb

Little rest for the Wolves; Another cancellation creates busy home stretch to end year

by Tom Coombe -

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