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Section 1 ECHO/Page 8 ELY SATURDAYI FEBRUARY 231 2019 One of the local coyote pack hunting for squirrels by the bird feeder, no luck A hoary redpoll sits on a tree branch in this photo by Finn Bay Photography. and had to settle for sunflower seeds. Photo by Pete Pastika. The Town of Morse boardI think it's a good deal," said resentatives from the Bear The trail is 10 feet wide approved the purchase of a board chair Terry Soderberg. Center. There are three rock and will connect to the Inter- used loader to replace one Pecha said the 2012 unit cuts the trail will go along- national Wolf Center. they have been using for over will get new batteries, a side without any blasting In other business the 30years. 1,000 hour service and a with variances from Mn- board: Meeting at the Morse new seat. DOT. Signage will be put Will hold a hearing at The Iron Range Re- time. The business provides Town Hall Feb. 12, the board Jason Chopp of SEH En-on 169 to show the trail 5 p.m. on March 4 on the sources and Rehabilitation grocery supplies and ser- heard a proposal from town- gineering spoke to the board crossing. Mesabi Trail segment com- Board will review a grant vices to thousands of rural ship employee Butch Pecha about the Mesabi Trail proj- Chopp said there are fed- ing into Ely. for $350,000 to help rebuild residents, tourists and re- on buying a 2012 Cat 420F ect which is nearing final eral monies involved in con- Approved liquor licens- the Zup's Food Market store sorts in the region north of loader/backhoe, route design from Highway struction, es for Burntside Lodge, in Cook that burned in a fire Virginia. Pecha said the company 88 to Ely. He said they would like Creek Ridge, Ely GolfClub, on Nov 12 oflastyear.Throughout the past 20 will take the township's 1985 The trail will cross High- to have a public hearing next Ladybug Lodge and SamzThe total project cost is years, Zup's has consistent- loader on trade, reducing the way 169 at Highway 88 and month to present the project Place. listed at $5,185,054 with ly given back to the Cook price to $52,600. continue along the south side as planned. Approve Paulette Gil- the company putting incommunity and surrounding He said the 1985 machine of the highway within the Chopp said the trail will bert, Sandy Nyman, Nancy $4,585,054 with an addi- region in many ways. The is in need of numerous re- right of way to get into Ely. be 25 feet from the edge Olson, Nick Wognum andtional $250,000 in Highway owners of Zup's are planning pairs. He said there was a lot of of the pavement along the Mary Ann Lekatz as election 1 Corridor funds, to rebuild at their current "It's not good for another push not to use the railroad route, judges The IRRRB board was location where the original 34 years you're telling this grade coming into Ely.The trail will go intoo Changed the date ofthe scheduled to meet today in facility operated. group," said supervisor Bob Mesabi Trail is coordi- the planned Ely Trailhead next meeting will be held to Eveleth. The store architectural Berrini. hating with MnDOT for the Complex. March 4 at 5 p.m. with the The city of Cook is re- and engineering plans are in "If you want to keep put- route. He said a constructionboard of audit at 4:30 p.m. questing a $350,000 De- place and should provide an ting money into it," said Two homeowners were estimate is being developed. Will send a letter to velopment infrastructure opportunity to grow and in- " Pecha. He said getting parts notified of the availability The project will be bid the city of Ely asking for emergency grant for on site crease jobs. The owners plan has been a problem, of privacy fence if they so out this summer with con- language on an annexation water and sewer upgrades on building construction to "We asked you to look for desired, struction completed in the agreement priortothe March and sitework for the rede- begin by March/April 2019. a machine to upgrade to and Chopp also met with rep- summer of 2020. 4 meeting, velopment of Zup's Food This project will ensure Market. that residents in Cook and Metsa named deputy k zup,s began serving the surrounding area will A shield to eep cops saf Cook and the surrounding have access to groceries and commish of Page 1)"We saw this usa good areainMay 1998.Itoperated essential products without opportunity andwe'reproud continually until a total loss having to travel 60 to 100 ofagenciestoequipofficersfor to support the local law en- fire halted its business, miles round-trip. The proj- active shooter situations, forcement," said Skifstad. At the time. of the fire ect is expected to retain 44 A fifth-generation Iron "We want to make sure Skifstad said the project Zup's employed 44 union permanent jobs and create 33 Ranger and a former state any officer or agency that is part of an effort to build employees, 20 were full- construction jobs. legislator will be sec- ond-in-commandatthelron reaches out to us is fully community relationships equipped," he said. with police officers who are Range Resources and Reha- In addition to providing obligated with dealing with bilitation Board. equipment, Shield 616 also violent situations. Full & Part Time RN Positions Available! Jason Metsa, who gave works with communities "We want to remind up his State House seat when Sig to provide emotional and them, Ely is a town worthn on Bonus* offered! he ran unsuccessfully for spiritual support for law fighting for," said Skifstad. Congress in 2018, has been enforcement. The gear serves as atool Full Time: s3,000 named the IRRRB's deputy "We want our officers to for officers should what .' commissioner.current IRRRB Com- be partnered with a commu-, often is thought of as "the Part Time: Sl 500 i missioner Mark Phillips, a facing our communities will nity and that they re encour- unthinkable" occurs, and P aged, and that they're being Skifstad said that sometimes holdover from the Dayton allow him to hit the ground reminded how grateful their looms as an obstacle when5too in to the facility for an Administration, appointed running." Metsa to the job last week. In addition to serving community is," dealing with units of gov- application oremail: Inhis new position, Met- as the strategic lead for Shield 616 has lined each ernment, jboes@boundarywaterscc,com sa will help carry out Gov. the agency's business and officer up with a community "This gear is top of the for more information Tim Walz's "One Minne- community development representative "that is com- line gear, very expensive *Bonus paid out in increments sota" vision, as well as the initiatives, Metsa also will mitred to supporting them." gear," he said. "It's some- agency's mission of pro- focus on civic engagement, The group includes four times hard to buy stuff that moting and investing indiversity and inclusion and representatives ofTwin Met- doesn't get used very often." ,business, community and relationship-building with dis Minnesota as well as That has led to an alliance RN / ' workforce development for community partners, representatives of three local with churches, individuals, L P N ' the betterment of northeast- "I am honored to take on churches - St. Anthony's businesses and foundations Boundaw Waters Care Center in Ely, M N is Iook- ern Minnesota. this new role and give back Catholic, Oasis International to fund purchases across.ing for motivated applicants interested in provid- Metsa previously served to the region that means so and the Ely Gospel Men's the nation, ing quality care to our residents. Full & Part-Time District 6B in the Minnesota much to me," said Metsa. Group. In Ely, police chief Johnpositions available. We are looking for a successful House ofRepresentatives for "I plan to take a hands-on "Each officer will have Lahtonenexpressedhisgrat-candidate with a positive attitude, and long term six years. During his time in approach and get out into somebody attached to them, itude. the legislature, he success- the communities to listen committed to supporting "This is totally amazing,care nursing experience. Current MN RN/LPN Ii- fully pushed for funding to and learn more about what them," said Skifstad. "They hard to even believe," said censure is required. need that encouragement Lahtonen. "Thank you TwinBenefits are available for FT positions. create jobs and build infra- programs and projects our structure on the Iron Range. citizens need." and support." Metals, without you this For application information "Jason'sstronglegislative Funded by taxes gen- .Dean DeBeltz, director never would have happened, contact: Jamie Boes Human Re- experience will serve him erated from regional taco- of operations and safety for And 616 has been amazing." sources, 200 W Conan Street, well in his new position," nite mines, the IRRRB is a Twin Metals Minnesota, ad- All of Ely's officers were Ely, MN 55731, 218-365-8756 said Phillips. "His in-depth unique state agency head- dressed the council Tuesday present for the ceremony, as or e-mail: jboes@boundarywa- knowledge of both the op- quartered in Eveleth. and said the project"fits well was Twin Metals CEO Kellyterscc.corn within Twin Metals' pillars Osborne. portunities and challenges of support." 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 l My Unsung Ely Hero nomination is: Nominate an Ely Unsung Hero! o Know someone who deserves a bit of recognition? or ~he Perhaps a neighbor who shovels your walk without being asked Address: ~e ?Or someone who makes your life easier by offering a friendly 9 ~ smile and help when you're doing business around Ely ? Or someone whose friendly phone call every week reminds you l ~l~l~O~l~S that you matter just by living? ~i~9 Or an unsung hero who stays to clean up after a meeting? ,~.0 Someone who makes a differnce in the world? The Ely Echo would like to recognize some of the Unsung, Ev- This person deserves recognition because: ~o eryday Heroes who live amongst us this February. It doesn't have to be some glorious action which deserves recognition - The smallest every day thoughtful event is worthy of being recognized. (Use more paper if needed) use the coupon in this week's Echo to ]~2,JgJ~ you think is under- thanked and unsung - an everyday hero. Nominated by: I Phone I I I I / / / / I / / I 15 East Chapman St, Ely MN 55731