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Mon
17
Dec

County residents urged to protect septic tanks from freezing

This winter’s relatively low snowfall amounts, combined with single digit temperatures, could lead to potential freezing problems for septic systems.
The St. Louis County Environmental Services Department is reminding property owners with septic systems to take preventative maintenance steps to protect their systems.
• Recommended precautions to take now include:
• Add a layer of mulch (8-12 inches of hay or straw) over the pipes, tank and soil treatment area. Keep the mulch loose to form air pockets, which act as insulation. This is particularly important if a system is new and vegetative cover has not been well established.
• Use normal amounts of water; the warmer the better. Spread out laundry schedules to one warm/hot load per day.
• Don’t leave water running to prevent freezing. A slow trickle could freeze, while a steady stream could overload the system.

Sun
16
Dec

Twin Metals purchases land in downtown Babbitt

by Nick Wognum -

Sun
16
Dec

Hook and bullet club - Hunting

On Sunday afternoon at 4:43 p.m, the 2018 muzzleloader season came to a close. Not having fired a shot in either season, I hopped in the truck and left the state park in Soudan.
Three minutes later I was looking at one of the largest bucks I’ve seen. He was alive and well, standing on top of a rock cut along Highway 169.
I looked at the clock, then looked at the buck, then shook my head. That’s how hunting goes.
Every day I hunted during muzzleloader season I saw at least one deer. Except for the last day, unless you include the buck that was three minutes away from being fired upon.
I wouldn’t trade a minute I spent in the woods during firearms and muzzleloader seasons. Being out in the woods is my sanity saver. I can be sitting under a tree, walking along a ridge or pulling my boot out of a swamp, and I’m happy as can be.

Sat
15
Dec

Broadband needs to move forward

There has been an extensive study. There are numerous examples of below par service. The Lake Connections debacle has compounded the problems. What is needed is a clear plan to move forward with improving internet access in the Ely area.
We’ve sat in numerous meetings, listened to experts and put enough information on enough flip charts to start several dozen campfires. But smoke signals won’t solve the problem.
People who live in the Ely area shouldn’t be treated as second class citizens because they don’t live in a metropolitan area. We have the same needs to be able to access the internet without waiting 10 minutes to download a small PDF file.
There needs to be an equality in Minnesota for broadband access. But there isn’t today. We’re not the only area that is struggling but we certainly can make a case for needed improvements.

Sat
15
Dec

Teachers sue school district; Dispute stems from deductions made to reclaim overpayment

by Tom Coombe -

Sat
15
Dec

From the miscellaneous drawer - coping and caring

It hasn’t been the best start to winter. In just over one month, I’ve had to replace my cell phone, my car’s side view mirror, my home furnace and my well pump. The latter two were a better choice than having no heat and no water.
Thanks to Dave Mobilia’s crew at Starkman Oil/Superior Fuel and BJ at Rusco Plumbling for fixing those problems in a timely manner.
Then on a recent Thursday night I headed home from work a bit early, stopping to grocery shop before going home, and planning to toss clothes into the dryer from a load I started before I left in the morning. Or that is what I planned to do.
When the garage door opened at home there were two inches of water to meet me and a still-overflowing washing machine.
Thanks to Nick, Mary and Megan Wognum for scooping, hauling, pushing out the water and restoring order.
And thanks to Lisa Vidal for sopping up the water from the carpet near the wet bathroom a day or so later...

Sat
15
Dec

Clifford Hoheisel, of Babbitt, dies

Clifford Hoheisel, of Babbitt, passed away on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at his residence. A funeral mass will be held o Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Babbitt with visitation taking place one hour prior to the service at the church. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Sat
15
Dec

Downtown broadband project could happen in ’19

by Tom Coombe
A long-discussed plan to bring high-speed internet broadband service to Ely’s downtown corridor seems a bit closer to reality.
Harold Langowski,the city’s clerk-treasurer and operations director, said Tuesday that he’s optimistic construction could begin in 2019 on a plan to extend a fiber loop along Sheridan Street from Third Avenue West to Seventh Avenue East
“I’m hopeful in the next month to have some more concrete answers,” said Langowski, when council members met as the city’s economic development authority. “I was hoping to have something more concrete right now but I don’t.”
Langowski has been in talks with Brainerd-based Consolidated Telecomunications Company about serving as the provide.

Fri
14
Dec

Conservation Officer Weekly Report for Dec. 10

District 5 - Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls #1) reports the muzzleloader season came to a quiet close with a few people trying to fill their tag. Overall, there was an increased number of hunters compared to previous years, mainly due to the ability to use scopes. A few people are starting to venture out onto Rainy Lake ice fishing and dark house spearing. People are reminded to use extreme caution as there is no such thing as completely safe ice. A few animal complaints were also handled throughout the week and weekend.

Fri
14
Dec

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