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Be aware of bears this spring; DNR lists tips for avoiding conflicts

Anyone living near bear habitat is reminded to be aware of bears this spring and check their property for food sources that could attract bears.

“Leaving food out in yards that can be eaten by bears can lead to property damage and presents dangers to bears,” said Eric Nelson, wildlife animal damage program supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Pet food, livestock feed, birdseed, compost or garbage can attract bears.”

As bears emerge from hibernation, their metabolism gradually ramps up and they will begin looking for food at a time when berries and green vegetation can be scarce.

Only black bears live in the wild in Minnesota. They usually are shy and flee when encountered. Never approach or try to pet a bear. Injury to people is rare, but bears are potentially dangerous because of their size, strength and speed.

Mon
27
Mar

Bat disease white-nose syndrome now confirmed in 6 Minnesota counties

Following the pattern observed in neighboring states, white-nose syndrome, a disease that can be fatal to hibernating bats, has now been confirmed in six Minnesota counties, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

The disease has recently been confirmed in Becker, Dakota, Fillmore, Goodhue and Washington counties. Minnesota’s first confirmed case of WNS was in St. Louis County last March.

The disease is named for the white fungal growth observed on infected bats. It is not known to pose a threat to humans, pets, livestock or other wildlife.

The recent DNR bat surveys have recorded declines in the annual bat count ranging from 31 to 73 percent in locations where WNS has been confirmed. The 73 percent decrease was observed at Soudan Underground Mine in St. Louis County, where the disease was first confirmed in Minnesota a year ago. DNR biologists think the sharp decline there may reflect how long the disease has been present.

Sun
26
Mar

Barbara J. Rom, 96, of Ely, dies

Barbara Jean Rom (96) passed away in Ely, Minnesota, on March 25, 2017. She was born on June 23, 1920, in Kent, Washington, to Laurence and Doris Berlin, and the older sister to Judy Berlin Brislawn. The Berlins ran a successful grocery store where her father was known for his big heart; she told many stories of her dad giving away food to the needy during the Great Depression. Following her father’s path, she devoted considerable effort to philanthropy, focusing on education and environmental causes.

Sun
26
Mar

... This is not an indicator of a healthy employment situation for the iron range small towns and cities

Dear Editor;
Mining is not an issue of love and cares for the BWCA, we all love and care for the BWCA!
I will acknowledge with the anti-mining obstructionists and one speaker in particular at the Forest Service listening session at the DECC on March 16 who contend the economy in Ely and towns nearby is an economy built on the strength of the BWCA as an economic wealth builder.
After the speaker was done self-aggrandizing and bloviating about his business, he did elucidate the robustness of the Ely economy ,saying the city is growing and healthy and new businesses were coming in constantly. We know this must be true because we heard the same speech before.

Sat
25
Mar

Cramer deal back on table

by Tom Coombe -

Sat
25
Mar

AMENDING CHAPTER 11, SECTION 11.40 REGULATING LIST OF PERMISSIBLE AND CONDITIONAL USES

ORDINANCE NO. 315, 2nd Series
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF ELY, MINNESOTA,
AMENDING CHAPTER 11, SECTION 11.40 REGULATING LIST OF PERMISSIBLE AND CONDITIONAL USES

Sat
25
Mar

Council Minutes March 7, 2017

Council Minutes March 7, 2017
Regular Meeting Ely City Council – Ely City Hall, Council Chambers

CALL TO ORDER Mayor Novak called the meeting to order at 5:30pm.

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

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
D.Forsman/A.Forsman moved to approve the minutes from the February 21, 2017 Public Hearing, the February 21, 2017 Regular Meeting and the February 28, 2017 Study Session. Motion Carried 6-0-1 with Debeltz absent.

Sat
25
Mar

Gerzin blanks Florida foe

by Tom Coombe -

Sat
25
Mar

County land use permits available online

Need a building permit to add on to your home? How about to subdivide a parcel of land? Any land use permit offered by St. Louis County now can be applied and paid for online. This includes applications for structures, additions, land alterations, gravel pits, variances, conditional use permits, wetlands and property subdivisions.
St. Louis County administers zoning for all areas of the County outside of cities and a few select townships that handle their own zoning.
Through the new online permit application portals, people can apply 24/7 for permits such as for structures, additions, land alterations, gravel pits, variances, conditional use permits, wetlands and property subdivisions. The web address is crm.stlouiscountymn.gov. First time applicants will need to set up an account, which takes just a minute or two, and is free. Their information will then be stored, which will save them time in any future applications.

Sat
25
Mar

High school seniors off to D.C.

by Tom Coombe -

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