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Thu
20
Jul

Fall Lake residents want Cloquet Line fixed

by Nancy McReady -

Thu
20
Jul

Free bus rides offered to Virginia mining hearing

Mining supporters will go by the bus load to Virginia for an upcoming public hearing.
Free bus rides are available, and being coordinated by Up North Jobs, for the July 25 event.
That’s when the U.S. Forest Service holds its final listening session on a plan to withdraw over 234,000 acres of Superior National Forest land from future mining development.
The meeting comes on the heels of a similar session set for this week (see related story) in St. Paul, and amid ongoing controversy over proposed copper-nickel mining projects in the region.
Mining supporters are pushing for a big turnout in Virginia, contending “this may be the last opportunity for mining supporters to have their voices heard.”
The listening session is slated for 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the high school auditorium in Virginia, but pro-mining forces will gather earlier.

Wed
19
Jul

Council Minutes July 6, 2017 Regular Meeting Ely City Council

Council Minutes July 6, 2017
Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers

1. CALL TO ORDER- Mayor Novak called the Regular City Council Meeting to order at 5:30pm.

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

3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Debeltz/Called moved to approve the minutes from the June 20, 2017 Regular Meeting and the Study Session on June 27, 2017. Motion Carried 6-0-1 with D.Forsman Absent

4. ADDITIONS OR OMISSIONS TO AGENDA:
A. Addition 9.D.i. Cooperative Agreement Regarding Public Safety Related to 2018 National Football League Super Bowl Security
B. Addition 10. E. League of Minnesota Cities Legislators of Distinction for 2017 - Representative Rob Ecklund
Additions A and B added without objection.

Wed
19
Jul

Study Session for Tuesday, July 25, 2017 has been canceled.

City of Ely:

The Ely City Council Study Session for Tuesday, July 25, 2017 has been canceled.

Harold R Langowski
City Clerk/Treasurer Ely Echo 7/22/2017

Wed
19
Jul

NOTICE Town of Fall Lake CHANGE OF MEETING

NOTICE
Town of Fall Lake
CHANGE OF MEETING

The August 1, 2017
Town of Fall Lake
Supervisor’s Board Meeting
Has Been Rescheduled to
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
6:00 pm – at the Town Hall
Ely Echo 7/22 & 29

Wed
19
Jul

Michael Berglund, 56, dies

Michael Berglund, 56 passed away at his home in Gheen, MN, on Friday, December 2, 2016.
Michael was born December 10, 1959 in Ely, MN, to the late Bert Berglund and Joan (Zupec) Berglund Leustek.
Mike attended Ely Memorial until completion of high school, and joined the Army in August of 1978. He earned the rank of SP4, received an Expert Badge M-16, worked for the Army Corps of Engineers, and completed a Materials Quality Specialist Course. He was honorably discharged in 1981. He then worked in South Dakota for Braun Engineering for a few years, before moving back to Ely and working for his step-father Al Leustek in road construction.
Mike united in marriage to Dolores (Tomczak) Berglund on November 27, 1987 at his parents’ residence.

Tue
18
Jul

School joins broadband initiative

by Tom Coombe -

Mon
17
Jul

DNR seeking citizen input on Lake Vermilion management plan update

There is an updated draft management plan for northern Minnesota’s Lake Vermilion, and the Department of Natural Resources is seeking input on it beginning Monday, July 17.

The new six-year plan (2017-2022) retains the walleye regulation implemented in May 2017 and is more specific than the previous plan about management goals and activities for individual fish species including walleye, muskellunge, northern pike, smallmouth and largemouth bass and panfish.

Other changes include new stocking guidelines for walleye and muskie, evaluation of the northern pike regulation, and adjustments to fish survey methods and the timing of sampling.

The plan was developed in partnership with the Lake Vermilion Fisheries Input Group comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders representing local, statewide and tribal perspectives. The 20-member group held eight meetings over eight months in 2016.

Sun
16
Jul

In the age of fake news, making up facts is now part of the anti-mining rhetoric

The anti-mining crowd must be getting nervous. Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN) has put together legislation to help get the PolyMet land exchange with the Forest Service completed soon. And, he’s still pushing for the feds to renew the leases for Twin Metals Minnesota.
In Ely on a barnstorming tour, Nolan accompanied Republican Representatives Gosar, Emmer and Westerman to get a first-hand look at what Twin Metals is proposing for a copper-nickel mine south of Ely.
Back in DC, the four congressmen sent a letter signed by a total of 26 members of Congress to urge the secretaries of the Department of Interior and the Department of Agriculture to rescind the federal land withdrawal proposal and renew Twin Metals’ federal leases.
In response, one of the copycat groups sent a letter urging members not to sign the letter and providing their own so-called “facts” about the mining issue in Ely.

Sat
15
Jul

Legion playoffs ready to begin; Post 248 looks to make a run in wide-open District Eight Div. II field

How tight is at the top of the Eighth District Division II American Legion Baseball standings?
Ely went into the final weekend with a chance to finish anywhere from first to sixth in a nine-team field.
That sort of parity should make for an interesting district tournament, which starts Tuesday with games at both Marble and Nashwauk.
After qualifying for the high school baseball Class A state tournament, Ely faces a much more difficult road in Legion ball with the addition of Class AA schools including Esko, Proctor and Greenway, which forms the Taconite team that is hosting this week’s double-elimination event.
But Ely (9-7) is no slouch, and went into the final weekend of regular season play still in the running for the number-one seed.
Post 248 hosts Taconite Sunday (1 p.m.) to close out the regular season, following Friday night league tilts against both Esko and Deer River.

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