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Tue
05
Dec

Lobbyist brings St. Paul to Ely city council

by Tom Coombe
While council members in Ely have the final say in the operations of city government, many often concede that decisions in St. Paul have the most influence and carry the largest weight.
That seemed to be on display Tuesday, as members heard from a lobbyist from the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities.
CGMC Attorney Bradley Peterson looked back at the 2017 legislative session and provided a sneak peak of 2018 during a presentation at the monthly study session.
Peterson, who is part of an organization that represents more than 90 cities outside the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
One of the group’s prime initiatives this year, and most years at the state capitol, is fighting to maintain a prime source of revenue for Ely and many other cities - local government aid.

Tue
05
Dec

Bombs away for Ely boys; Three-point shooting should make for exciting season on court

by Tom Coombe -

Mon
04
Dec

New northern pike fishing regulations coming in spring 2018

Anglers and spearers pursuing northern pike this winter can prepare for new pike regulations that will be in effect for the spring fishing opener on Minnesota’s inland waters.

“Pike regulations remain the same this winter, with major changes coming this spring,” said Chris Kavanaugh, northeast region fisheries manager. “As anglers continue fishing for pike, we encourage them to get used to measuring their catches and even consider keeping some of the smaller ones in the north-central part of the state.”

The new regulations on inland waters will be in effect starting March 1; however, fishing for northern pike is not allowed on these waters until the fishing opener on Saturday, May 12.

Mon
04
Dec

Does the school need a rec complex and/or vice versa?

There are two camps forming over the proposed Ely community recreation complex. Those who want it to be located on school grounds and those who want it anywhere but there.
The school board has been asking for details on how the district would be impacted. Details are still coming in but there’s plenty of unanswered questions.
As one critic said, “It’s easy to build it, but who will pay for the operation and maintenance for the next 20 years?”
While that answer is still drifting in the fog, we do have some information to share on the value the complex could bring to the district.
Athletic Director Tom Coombe (also an Ely Echo employee) provided information to the joint school board/ERCC subcommittee.
Here are some of the points he raised:

Sat
02
Dec

From the miscellaneous drawer - First 40 years

In the Ely Echo of November 30, 1977, it was announced that there was a new owner of the Ely Echo. That wasn’t part of my original plan which had been to share ownership with other Echo employees. That idea didn’t work out then.
In the intervening years, that HAS happened with son Nick Wognum now being the majority owner, followed by myself, Tom Coombe and Lisa Vidal-Sainio.

Fri
01
Dec

Mary Jane Johnson, 67, of Ely, dies

Mary Jane Johnson, 67, of Ely, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. She was born on February 5, 1950, and was the daughter of John and Ann Benko.
Mary Jane had been a lifelong resident of Ely. She attended the Ely schools, graduating in 1968, and afterward from Ely Junior College. Mary Jane went on to attend the University of Minnesota-Duluth, graduating with a degree in elementary education. In later years, she achieved a Master of Education degree.

Fri
01
Dec

George “Duffy” W. Rhein, 85, of Ely, dies

George “Duffy” W. Rhein, 85, of Ely, passed away Friday, November 24, 2017 at Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely.
George William Rhein was born February 13, 1932 in Ely to George and Alice (Kolstad) Rhein. He was a graduate of Ely High School. Following high school, George attended Ely Junior College and played football while attending. On July 14, 1956, he was united in marriage to Janet Kramer. George enlisted in the U.S. Army and was Military Police in Germany during the Korean Conflict. He was employed at Reserve Mining Co. as a machinist.
George enjoyed family and the outdoors which included fishing, camping, and hunting.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Janet; sons:David (Julie), Mike (Pat); daughter: Sandy (Paul); grandchildren: Triston, April (Leo), Katie, Eric, Sara, Tyler (Joselyn); great granddaughter: Isabell; brother: Allen (Betty); sisters-in-law: Francis Kramer, Norma Kramer; several nieces and nephew.

Fri
01
Dec

Lamppa hanging it up - Ely football coach retires after guiding Wolves to four state berths

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
01
Dec

Ely’s hometown newspaper - The Ely Echo - the news you need to know!

Page after page, this is the Ely news you need to know to understand the city and its people.
A few headlines this week:

Another $1 million for rec complex
Vote coming Dec. 11 on school site; ERCC says any school contribution will be tied to usage

Legislators in town Monday
Bakk, Ecklund to speak at annual Joint Powers session

The lowdown on the levy
City set for two percent hike; market value in town up $5 million

Rukavina pushing for $150,000 in scholarships

Lobbyist brings St. Paul to Ely city council

Plus photos, columnists and ads!

Fri
01
Dec

MINER Act passes House

by Tom Coombe -

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