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m '~O m m m m m m m , Officers equipped with armor package, thanks to Twin Metals by Tom Coombe 616 Armor Package, following a courage and boldness to go toward $10,500 or $1,500 per package. Colorado and was involved there Ely police officers are now far presentation at Tuesday's regular danger.'" "It's so awesome to have one of in two active shooter situations, better equipped to deal with an council meeting. The package includes a ballis- the mines saying 'we stand by our includi/lg one in 2015 at a Planned active shooter situation, thanks to "Your local law enforcementtic helmet that exceeds military law enforcement' and thatwe want Parenthood clinic. a major contribution announced will now be protected with top of specifications, Level III rated to make sure one of our protectors He later founded Shield 616, this week, the line gear," said Jake Skifstad, front and back armor plates, plate is protected," said Skifstad. which has since worked with corn- All seven members of the founder and president of Shield carrier vest and trauma kit. A Minnesota native and former munities in 18 states and hundreds city's police department have 616. "The common theme we Twin Metals Minnesota funded International Falls police officer, (Continued on Page 8) been equipped with the Shield hear is that it gives these officers the entire purchase, which totaled Skifstad worked as an officer in EQUIPPING, AND SUPPORTING, ELY'S COPS - All seven members of Ely's police force are now equipped with Shield 616 Armor Kits for active shooter situations, thanks to a $10,500 contribution from Twin Metals Minnesota. The police force took part in a presentation Tuesday at City Hall with Shield 616 and Twin Metals' representatives. Pictured are (I-r) Adam Borchert, Christian Deinhammer, Dennis Koponen, chief John Lahtonen, George Burger, Chad Houde and Bradley Roy, along with their sponsors; Photo by Nick Wognum Shopko pharmacy closes today More than 30 sled dog teams expected for S nday's races Six people will be put out chased several pharmacies by Tom Coombe of work as Shopko closes from Shopko, including the Snow is in abundance as Ely's its pharmacy in Ely today, one in Ely. rich sled dog history continues this The Shopko store remains "We found out on weekend, open as the company works Wednesday the records were The 1 lth annual WolfTrack Classic through a Chapter 11 bank- going to Walgreens but that's races take place Sunday, with six and ruptcy filing, just the way corporations eight-dog races taking center stage at Jean Ann Silverness, the work," said Silverness. "We Ely's softball complex on the eastern pharmacist at the Ely Shop- didn't know if they were edge ofthe city. ko, said two pharmacists and planning on building some- Nearly 30 mushershad entered as of four pharmacy technicians thing in Ely or renting space Wednesday, and race organizer Ellen will spend a week cleaning here (at Shopko)," said Sil- Cashman said she expects that number out the space in the back of verness. to grow by the time the first teams the store. Ely-Bloomenson Com- leave the starting chute at about 9 a.m. "I've probably recom-munity Hospital, which "Judging by the phone calls we're mended to 95 percent of the owns Ely Community Phar- receiving we think we'll have quite a people that they go to Ely macy, attempted to purchase few late sign-ups" said Cashman. SLED DOGS on the trail. Echo file photo by Finn Bay Photography. Community Pharmacy," said the Ely Shopko records as While mild weather and a lack of Silverness. well. snow have forced race cancellations Cashman voiced concern that addi- deep snow pack, might slow the dog The digital records, how- The pharmacy located least twice in the last decade, that tional snow forecast for this weekend, teams as they make their way from ever, are being transferred adjacent to the Essentia Won't be the case this weekend, and which would come on top of an already (Continued on Page 2) to the Walgreens store in (Continued on Page 2) Virginia. Walgreens pur- Council reaffirms January vote; Timberjay publisher says city leaders "practically begged" him to bid against Ely business by Tom Coombe tion, citing a recommenda- ted a bid that you are voting of issue," and noted that the Ely council members tion ofa task force appointed on." publication did not have a reaffirmed their decision bymayor Chuck Novak. He cited documentationhome occupation permit to send the city's legal pub- At the council meeting, that showed the Timberjay when it submitted its bid. lishing dollars to Tower, but NickWognum, generalman- was not listed as a legal While the Timberjay their 5-1 vote came after ger of the Ely Echo, reiter- newspaper with the state of subsequently obtained a both legal and ethical chal- ated his objections to the Minnesota, as required by home occupation permit lenges, decision, state statute, when bids were and completed legal news- The council, with Angela Wognum told the council submitted last month, paper filing after a Dec. 3i Campbell voting against and "there has been unrefuted Wognum also challengeddeadline, Wognum likened Paul Kess absent, stood by evidence that the Timber- the Timberjay's claims that ~ it to driving "50 miles an its Jan. 15 decision to name jay did not meet the legal residence on East Boundary hour down Sheridan Street" the Tower-based Timberjay requirements to be a legal Street meets requirements as the city's official publica- newspaper when it submit- to be a newspaper's "office (Continued on Page 9) Views from the North Country on Monday, March 4, the U.S. Forest Service rolls out its second attempt to provide the public with BWCA permits. Still no lottery and hopes of the system working are slim and none.