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Thu
03
Aug

Winter Festival design created by Emma Kari

The board of the Ely Winter Festival has been planning the 2018 Festival since April, and they’re just getting warmed up. February 1-11 is going to be packed with winter gear exhibitions, snow mobile excursions, guided snowshoe hikes, the Kubb tournament, fat tire bike demos and rides, an orchestra concert, the Ely Art Walk, just to name a few. And the star of the festival, the Snow Carving Symposium!
To make 2018 really stand out, the festival board engaged Ely schools’ art teacher, Kelly Chick. Together they challenged interested students to create EWF pin designs. Local artist and seasoned pin creator Consie Powell helped the students develop and hone their ideas.
The winning design, chosen from a total of six submitted, came from junior/senior Emma Kari of Ely. Margaret Renner and Gabriel Mann also presented their fantastic designs for consideration. The EWF board extends its thanks to all the people who participated in this endeavor.

Wed
02
Aug

Angela Kay Stitt-Mackey, 44, of Las Vegas, NV, dies

Angela Kay Stitt-Mackey, 44, of Las Vegas, NV, formerly of Grand Rapids, MN, passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Spring Valley Hospital in Las Vegas, NV.
Angela was born in 1973 to Caroline and Ray Stitt in Grand Rapids, MN. She attended grade school in Warba, MN and then attended Grand Rapids Middle School and graduated from Grand Rapids High School. Angela attended Itasca Community College where she studied accounting and later studied massage therapy in Roseville, MN.
Angela was united in marriage to Christopher Mackey on October 6, 2014 in Las Vegas NV where they made their home.
Preceding her in death was her mother, Caroline Stitt in 1999.

Wed
02
Aug

Gardner Trust celebrates with Breakfast in the Garden Event

The Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust was created in 1989 for the enhancement, growth and improvement of the arts in the City of Ely. The Trust will celebrate 28 years since its creation with a ‘Breakfast in the Garden’ event at Whiteside Park on Saturday, August 5, from 10 a.m. to noon. Local watercolor artists Betty Musich, Dafne Caruso, Pat Miller and Nancy Ensley. will be demonstrating and then letting adults and children try creating their own watercolor cards. There will be light refreshments to make the occasion more festive. Information about the Trust and its grant programs will also be available during the morning event.
The 2017 Board of Directors for the Trust are: Tara Boerst, Ryan Callen, Beth Ohlhauser, Laura Moberly, Andrea Strom, Claire Taylor, Cade Thibodeaux, Becky Zientek. Executive Director for the Trust is Keiko Williams.

Tue
01
Aug

‘Root Beer Lady-the Musical’ world premiere in Ely

Bottle Cap Volunteer Production’s “Root Beer Lady-the Musical,” is making its world premiere in Ely, Minnesota on Thursday Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. in Washington Auditorium,.
The premiere will be followed by three more performances: Friday, Aug. 4 – Saturday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m and a Sunday Matinee, Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Kess Gallery, 130 E. Sheridan St. Ely 218-365-5066 or online at brownpapertickets.com
The musical tells the inspiring story of Dorothy Molter through song and dance and is based on Bob Cary’s popular book ‘Root Beer Lady.’
The production is the vision of Barb Cary Hall, Bob’s daughter.
“This has never been done before in Ely. Dorothy Molter is a well-known local legend and I want to get it right. Luckily for me, everyone involved is so enthusiastic and supportive that this has already gone beyond anything I imagined. Folks will certainly be entertained.”

Mon
31
Jul

House bill could aid Twin Metals

MINNESOTA Reps. Rick Nolan and Tom Emmer.

by Tom Coombe -

Mon
31
Jul

Big brother watching? County installs cameras on area highways

St. Louis County Public Works staff are installing remote data sensors at five locations around the county, four of which will include weather cameras providing a live look at the current road conditions.
The Roadway Weather Information Systems (RWIS) will help monitor weather and road conditions so that crews can make better informed decisions more quickly about when and how to treat and maintain the roads during snow and ice events.
For at least one county commissioner, the cost and the intrusiveness of cameras does not sit well.
“Should our foreman and supervisors lay in bed and watch the camera and not have a pickup truck anymore,” asked Tom Rukavina. “Quite frankly I think our process has worked pretty well over the last 100 years. The more we put up cameras the more that has to be maintained and it takes away from filling potholes and paving roads.”
Rukavina also mentioned the additional lights put up at intersections on county roads.

Sun
30
Jul

Hook and Bullet Club by Nick Wognum - Up on Basswood

Running out of time to get boats, motors, gear and everything else together for a trip to Basswood Lake, it was time to call for help.
“LaTourell’s,” said Bob when he answered the phone. Just the guy to talk to.
A few minutes later we were set for our trip into the BWCA on a sunny Sunday a few weeks back.
Five of us unloaded our gear on the shores of Moose Lake into the two boats Bob had set up for us. Evan and Nella were in Bandit One while Mary, Megan and I would be in Bandit Two.
From one LaTourell to another was what happened when we wove between the islands and made our way from Moose up to Prairie Portage on the international border.
Mindy backed the trailer into the lake with the Chevy pickup and hopped out to chat for a minute. We talked fishing and life in general but she’s got to keep the traffic moving so we rode along the portage down past the old cabin to Basswood Lake.

Sun
30
Jul

Editorial: Now what?

The final hearing ended with a thud Tuesday night in Virginia. The Forest Service struggled to find speakers at the 150-minute public hearing in Goodman Auditorium. A number had left due to the heat, others likely because they had heard the same testimony in previous hearings.
So now what? The comment period on whether Twin Metals Minnesota should be allowed to continue exploring for copper and nickel on federal leased land ends on August 11. With over 50,000 comments to sort through, it will likely take the agency up to two years to come out with its decision.
Setting aside the ridiculousness of not allowing exploration that’s similar to well drilling, the politics at play here are overwhelming. In the last days of the Obama administration, the Friends of the Boundary Waters and others were able to get through this withdrawal of federal leases. Suspicious at best, perhaps as one mayor termed it, illegal.

Sat
29
Jul

Lodging tax receipts dip; Down 14 percent, but tourism officials say numbers incomplete

by Tom Coombe
A pattern of slight but steady growth in the Ely area’s lodging tax receipts has been disrupted - at least so far in 2017.
The latest numbers, released at Tuesday’s city council meeting, show a 14 percent dip in lodging tax revenues through May.
While tourism officials say the numbers are incomplete and don’t include totals from lodging establishments that pay the tax on a quarterly or annual basis, mayor Chuck Novak said he believes what’s missing isn’t likely to bridge the double-digit gap.
“It can come back by the end of the year to a more reasonable number,” said Novak. “But if it’s showing 14 percent down now, I don’t believe that those who haven’t paid will make up that 14 percent. I think we’ll still see a negative.”
Ely tourism officials, however, aren’t making the same conclusion. She warned that the data released so far paints an incomplete picture.

Sat
29
Jul

Kennedi Swanson, passed away on Friday, July 28, 2017

Kennedi Mae Swanson born June 7, 2017, passed away peacefully in her Mommy and Daddy’s loving arms on July 28, 2017, at St. Mary’s Medical Center.
Kennedi is the daughter of Alexa Koponen and Austin Swanson.
Kennedi’s 7 short weeks here on earth were filled with so much Love and Happiness; she was a very happy and content little angel. She had her mommy’s beautiful big brown eyes and her daddy’s infectious smile. She was our family’s perfect little flower picked too soon. During her short time here, Kennedi gave us a lifetime of love.

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