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NOTICE OF Absentee Voting for the Primary Election

Absentee Voting for the Primary Election

To the Electors of the City of Ely in the County of St. Louis, State of Minnesota

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: that a Primary Election will be held at 27 South 1st. Avenue, East (the Senior Center) on TUESDAY, August 14, 2018, at which time the polls will be open from the hours of 7:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Anyone who wishes to vote by ABSENTEE BALLOT can obtain an Absentee Ballot Application by:
• Call - City Hall, Clerk’s Office - 218-226-5449
• In person – Clerk’s Office, 209 E Chapman St, Ely MN
o Monday –Friday 8am-4:30pm,
o Saturday, August 11th 10am-3pm
o Monday, August 13th 8am-5pm
• Email - deputyclerk@ely.mn.us
• Online - www.sos.state.mn.us - Elections and Voting – Other Ways to Vote

Once an Absentee Ballot Application is received, a ballot will be available to you.


Council Minutes - June, 2018

Council Minutes - June 5, 2018
Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers

1. CALL TO ORDER: Mayor Novak called the Regular Council Meeting to order at 5:31pm.

2. PRESENT: Council members A.Forsman, Kess, Debeltz, Omerza, Callen, D.Forsman and Mayor Novak

Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to approve the minutes from the May 15, 2018 Regular Council Meeting, the May 17, 2018 Local Board of Appeal and Equalization Meeting, the May 29, 2018 Special Council Meeting, May 29, 2018 Study Session, and the May 30, 2018 Emergency Council Meeting. Motion Carried Unanimously.


Grand opening of housing units set for Thursday, June 29

On Thursday, June 29, 2018, the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa will celebrate the grand opening of twenty new affordable green housing developments in Nett Lake and Vermilion.
“Housing in general is a huge need, especially affordable housing. This project will help reduce the vacancy of available homes in the community,” Cathy Chavers, Bois Forte Tribal Chairwoman.

Bois Forte will celebrate the grand opening of the new housing units in Vermilion on Thursday, June 28, 2018. The program will begin at 2 p.m. and will include a traditional blessing, ribbon cutting, and limited tours.

The development includes twenty units total with sixteen units at Vermilion and four at Nett Lake. These homes have been developed to meet MN Green Communities, Energy Star, and MN Power Triple E Builder Standards.


Electric Heroes of Border Country

Life can be interesting at the end of the road, especially when the power goes out. This happened a few weeks ago after a storm front passed over and left us disconnected for thirty-six hours. Thankfully our small generator enabled us to continue working from our remote location with our refrigerator running.
Folks around us have learned to cope despite the frustration of waiting for the electric to come back to life, checking the power Co-op’s outage web page on the hour and then trying to fathom why it’s us who always seem have the short end of the power pole.
Yet we keep calm and bear it, while none us, except for a few disgruntled tourists, would think to complain about the power restorers working day and night, risking their necks to fix dropped lines and fried transformers.


Morse appoints election judges

The Town of Morse board of supervisors appointed election judges for the Aug. 14 primary and Nov. 6 general elections.
Appointed were town clerk Nick Wognum, town treasurer Mary Ann Lekatz, Cindy Nicholson, town deputy treasurer Amy Soderberg, Kathy Hutar, Connie Lindgren, Muffin Nelson, Sandy Nyman, Nancy Olson, Laurie Schmidt, Tricia Schreffler, Arlene Today, Rae Lovald, Paulette Gilbert and Trudy Staubitz.
Wognum said he is working on a joint project with the city of Ely to train student election judges.
Town supervisor Len Cersine said Morse is still weighing whether or not to use calcium chloride this year on gravel roads at the end of July.
Cersine said One Pine and North White Iron roads would be candidates for calcium chloride.
He said culvert replacement work on the Cedar Lake Road is nearly completed for future blacktopping.


Hospital seeks public dialogue; Community forum set for Thursday night at Grand Ely Lodge

by Tom Coombe -


Elections are the final poll

We’re heading into prime time for the political season with a highly contested primary August 14 and a mid-term general election Nov. 14 where Minnesota will be in the national spotlight.
Wednesday, election officials from cities, school districts and townships in St. Louis County gathered in Clinton Township for training on this year’s primary and general elections.
Present were representatives from the Town of Morse, City of Ely and the Ely School District. And by the next day, the rules had changed.
The Supreme Court ruled Minnesota’s law liberally banning the wearing of political apparel and buttons in polling places was unconstitutional.
Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon will now be left with trying to interpret the ruling. He’ll pass that on to the 87 county auditors who will in turn pass it on to the same people gathered in a town hall off Highway 37 Wednesday afternoon.


Enrollment tumbles in Ely

by Tom Coombe -


Hook and Bullet Club by Nick wognum - Windshield time

There was plenty of windshield time this past weekend.
First Steve Groteboer and I took off Friday afternoon to pick up one of Roger Skraba’s clients in Crane Lake. We arrived right around the time we were told and couldn’t find our party. In fact, we didn’t find hardly anyone.
Figuring he would show up sooner or later we stopped at Voyagaire Lodge for a burger. Sure enough, as soon as we placed our order, Darryl Scott’s jet boat came zooming down the lake. Well, they had to unload the boat so we ate our lunch.
Bill Parsons had just finished his 29th guided canoe trip, 28 of them with Yatahey. “I’ve spent nearly half a year in my lifetime on trips up here,” said the 74-year-old.
We packed my rig full of empty coolers and packs before heading down to Ely via the Echo Trail. While Eric Sherman was able to snap a great photo of a moose and two calves by Ed Shave Lake, we saw deer and turtles.


From the miscellaneous drawer - Ooops

It isn’t just youth which makes mistakes, the elderly are guilty too.
There are things we should do (de-clutter, renew prescriptions, write letters and birthday cards) and don’t...
Probably worse are the things we do do, and shouldn’t.
For instance... a long-time friend of 53 years came to visit last week. As young moms we vacationed in Ely with our (now 50 year old) children.
Why not go back to the spot we so enjoyed in the early 1970s? Sure, sounds like fun. It could be interesting to see the old place...
“Boy, the road has certainly become bumpier than remembered... here’s the turn off. Oooh, looks like a few trees are down.
“Well, there’s no turning back. Good thing this is an old Jeep,” I say silently to myself.
My friend Sharon is not quite clutching the door handle, but she is checking her seat belt.


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