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Section 1 THE ECHO/Page 7 SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2019 ask that the lottery system for day-use motor permits by reinstated Dear U.S. Forest Chief Forest Service staff have ex- BWCAW. both motor and non-motor Christiansen: pressed the need for further The failure of the online permits to ensure that indi- We appreciate the efforts action by the Forest Service reservation website - rec- viduals and groups across that have been made by to provide information about reation.gov - has caused a the country are able to ac- Forest Service employees known issues with the res- crisis, but it is also clear cess their permits as soon since the online reserva- ervation system and clear that even if the system can as possible with a system tion system for distributing timelines for resolving those be fully functioning soon, that is fair, accessible and Boundary Waters Canoe issues, the broader concerns may equitable. Area Wilderness (BWCAW) In addition, as we noted remain. " The small businesses, permits failed due to tech- in our previous letter, over For this reason, we ask families, and economy of nical difficulties on January the past several months we that the lottery system for northern Minnesota are de- 30, 2019. have heard from residents, day-use motor permits be pendent on a tourist industry However. we continue to tourists, and small busi- reinstated forthisyear, That that work with the Forest hear from constituents with nesses expressing concern will give time to make sure Service and BWCAW. concerns about the lack of as to how incorporating the that all problems with the Thank you for your information that has been current lottery permitting online system can be fully prompt attention to this offered regarding what went process for motor use at identified and fixed, matter. wrong and the timeline for several high-demand entry We also ask that you en- Sincerely, fixing it. points on Moose and Fall sure that the contractor cor- Amy Klobuchar Outfitters who have at- Lakes into the online reser- rects the problems that have United States Senate tended meetings with Su- vation system would affect been identified by outfitters Tina Smith pervisor Cummins and other their ability to access the over this past week with United States Senate IT WAS VETERANS NIGHT at the Boundary Waters Care Center earlier this month, with a program honoring local veterans. Pictured are Calvin Herrala, Army; Albert Dietz, Army; current VFW commander Mike Pope, Navy; Bud Adamic, Air Force; Milt Netzer, Air Force. Photo courtesy of Mike Pope WINNER of the Ely-Winton Rod & Gun Club fishing contest was Sam Kaderlik who took home $300 last Saturday with 5.3 lb. northern. Photo by Halley Worth. $200 WINNER - Adam Borchert took second place in the Ely-Winton Rod & Gun Club fishing contest. Photo by Rob Wilmunen. The Town of Morse and the City of Ely were an- nounced as a 2018 Clear- inghouse award winner by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. The award was in the cat- egory of Recruiting, Train- ing and Retaining Election Workers. The awards, also known as the Clearies, pro- vide election offices across America an opportunity to share their innovative efforts and celebrate successes. The Clearies play an im- portant role in furthering the EAC's responsibilities under the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). Under that act, the EAC serves as a clearinghouse for election administration information. The award was for the Town of Morse and the City of Ely partnering with the nonprofit Walking Civics on a program that connected high school students and veterans to serve at the polls together on Election Day. The Morse-Ely training model recognized veterans have already "walked the talk" in answering the call to serve their country andis intended to inspire civic vir- tue, train competent election workers and link generations in service to elections. The session provided stellar training and a deep meaning for both veterans and high school students, preparing a new generation of election workers who will be on the front line of elections now and into the future. Following a training ses- sion held in the media cen- ter at Ely Memorial High School that included a taped message .from Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon, the students and veterans served as judges in the 2018 election at both Ely and Morse polling places. "The training itself an- swers many of the funda- mental questions that many younger non-voters cite as the reason they don't partic- ipate. In addition, and more importantly, students take on the role of public respon- sibility that often requires an oath of office. When the students train alongside members of local veterans groups, it adds to an often powerful experience," said Cole Kleitsch, Director of Walking Civics. Through HAVA, the EAC works to help implement election reforms, assist states in certifying voting systems, advance voting accessibility, and serve as a clearinghouse of election information. An independent panel of election officials from the EAC's Board of Advisors and Standards Board served as judges and gave awards to 10 recipients. "The entries offered great insight and exemplified the can-do spirit of election officials. Our Clearie recip- ients exhibited a wide range of populous, from a city of 3,500 to a state with more than three million registered voters. We share their results so that other jurisdictions might replicate or build upon their efforts," said EAC Chairman Thomas Hicks. "The election worker competition highlighted great results of using high school students as poll work- ers, efforts to modernize training initiatives, and con- necting veterans and stu- dents to serve at the polls," said Hicks. 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