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ELY – The City Council and city staff continue to refine the Point of Sale Ordinance, following a public hearing and suggestions to make the new rule easier to understand and enforce. A second … more
ELY— What constitutes commercial use of a federal wilderness? That is one of the complex issues raised by the recent raids on Ely bait dealers by federal law enforcement officers. While the … more
GREENWOOD TWP- Greenwood Township’s move, several years ago, to pay volunteer fire fighters on an on-call basis, paying a flat rate for attendance at meetings, trainings, and on fire or EMS calls, … more
REGIONAL— The Obama administration has dealt a potentially fatal blow to Twin Metals’ proposal to build a copper-nickel mine near Ely. Top officials in the Department of the Interior and Agriculture announced last Thursday that they will not be renewing two federal mineral leases that are critical to the project. more
TOWER—The city council here voted 4-1, on Monday, to increase the city’s 2017 levy by 4.5 percent, with the extra dollars earmarked for equipment replacement and economic and community … more
SANDY TWP.— About three-dozen current and former users of Big Rice Lake turned out to weigh in on the future of what was once one of the region’s most productive wild rice lakes. Wildlife … more
ELY – Washington Elementary school students are hoping for a new playground outside their school next fall. K-5 Principal Anne Oelke has been working behind the scenes for the past several months … more
ELY – The economic renaissance taking place in Ely started about four years ago. The hiring of economic development advisor John Fedo at about the same time may be a coincidence but the city’s … more
REGIONAL— A coalition of environmental groups has reached a temporary settlement with the state’s Pollution Control Agency, ending, for now, a lawsuit over the agency’s failure to issue a new … more
TOWER- Marit and Orlyn Kringstad have lived in Tower less than a year, but the couple is already making a mark on this small town. Orlyn has become known for his plans to develop the area around … more
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