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.. r In FFICML NEWSPAPER: ISD. Twin Metals Minnesota an- nounced Thursday plans to use the environmentally friendly dry stack method to store the leftover rock from its proposed underground copper-nickel mine to be located nine miles southeast of Ely. The dry stack method elimi- nates the storage pond and dam associated with conventional tail- ings facilities. The dry stack area will be built close to the mine site so it will be located within the Rainy water- shed. Previously the company had looked to pump tailings to an area in Embarrass within the St. Louis watershed. The company will need to ac- quire land in order to have space for the dry stack area. However, dry stacking requires a smaller FlGUE 1 m —L 5 35158 intuit VOL. 48 NUMBER 29, SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2019 FIGURE 2 ’ moms in, ,4, without 1.. FIGURE Figure 1 shows the start of placement and compaction of material in a designated portion of the dry stack area. Once the area reaches capacity, reclamation begins while placement and compaction begin in the next area. Figure 2 shows a partially reclaimed section at a dry stack site adjacent to an active stacking area. Figure 3 shows the long—term results of a reclaimed dry stack facility. footprint than conventional wet tailings storage. Twin Metals has said up to 50% of tailings will have cement added and be permanently placed back underground. The surface dry stack facility will have an engineered liner at the base and when reclaimed, will be covered with native soils and vegetation to protect against seep- age. The piles could be up to 120 feet tall which the company says is consistent with the topography of the area. The dry stack method has been successfully used in four mines in the northern United States and £36 TITE'S wvwvdfi 89000000 ) an uotitalls We uadeduno 1U¥UOWU “"lll"|l.'|‘l I[ll'I‘l'II[Illul'uu'h'hl'lgl'I'I‘IIllll|l'. , imam W 99° 09-0? 0“ 308 80:! '1 oh, :A Canada with similar climates to Minnesota and has been permitted at two mines in the western United States. . Tailings from a mine are the crushed rock left over after target minerals are removed. 2, Using the dry. stack *method, remaining tailings will be com— pressed into low-moisture, sand- like deposits and stored on a lined ground facility near the plant site. Reclamation of the tailing site can occur in stages and can be capped or covered with natural vegetation. “Dry stack tailing storage ,is the most environmentally friendly tailings management approach for our site,” said Kelly Osborne, chief (Continued on Page 2) K) it) 39th Blueberry: 85 new vendors Ely Winter Festival w by Tom Coombe Ely’s Blueberry/Art Fes- tival isn’t standing pat. ._ This year’s event, which starts Friday at Whiteside Park, is marked by signifi- cant changes in the arts and ; craft exhibitor lineup. In all, 85 new vendors makeup a lineup of approx- ‘.- titrater 29S exhibitorsin the three-day event. " An estimated‘40,000 peo- thee-Park uring ly’s Signature event of the summer, and those who were there a year ago or in previous years have many new browsing and buying options, and a few newmenu items to sample as well. :The lineup was being finalized Thursday, as the Echo went to press, and or- ganizer Ellen Cashman was dealing with the expected turnover in the park. “We are going to have a lot of new vendors again,” said cashman. “The last couple days we kind of have been swinging back and forth. There are some really nice things that tampon?" excited about.” ‘ Nearly 300 arts, crafts and food exhibitors will cram into the city park, (Continued on Page 10) -—-n I” dvendors h p U p ‘ speéia'l Blueberry Section for a BLUEBERRY What: 39th Annual Blueberry/Art Festival Where: Whiteside Park When: Festival Hours Friday: 10 am, to 6 p.m.. Saturday (July 27): 10 am. to 6 pm. . Sunday (July 28): 10 am. to 4‘ pm. Admission: Free ’Sponsored'by: Ely Chamber of Commerce ,Jixhibitors: 295, including original artand handcrafts as well map of exhibitors in the park and advertised specials in town. ‘ Festival Facts: As manyias 40,000 people have attended previous festivals, according to Chamber estimates; Chamber officials say they have a waiting list with many other possible vendors. ANNUAL Ely Greenstone Art Gala was held last weekend at the Miner’s Dry building. Photo by Pam Roberts. A state tourney in Ely Legidn baseball’s top teams in town Aug. 2-4, $10 passes on sale In less than two weeks, Minnesota’s top" small- school American Legion baseball teams will be in Ely. And they’ll be bringing family, friends and fans. to be abuzz with baseball fever for the Division II State Tournament, set for Aug. 2-4 at Ely’s historic and recently. revamped Veterans Memori- al Field. the ballpark’s-first state tour- nament in six years and the festivities begin in, earnest Thursday, Aug. '1", when all eight teams gather for check- in and photos at the ballpark during the afternoon and ,a banquet in town that night. About .150 players and coaches: are expected to be joined by hundreds of oth- ers, including parents and officials, relatives and com- munity members following their respective teams'to. state and filling the town. “It’s a major, major event and we’re fortunate to be hosting it again in Ely,” said . Tom Coombe, Ely’s Ameri- The community is sure. can [Legion coach and part Of a local tournament organiz- ing committee. “The atmo- sphere at the ballpark should be fantastic, and you’ll be ’seeing baseball people all I. over town for four days." The countddwn is on to Local officials say the tournament will provide a sizeable jolt to the local economy, with mayor Chuck Novak contending Tuesday that, “it won’t equate to a Blueberry Fest but it might equial a Harvest Moon,” noting the community’s two major festivals. ‘ -' -' The event marks the re- turn of big-time baseball to Veterans Memorial Field, a venue for countless tourna— ments over the last several decades. ‘ Ely hosted a VFW state tournament in 2013 and last hosted the Division II Legion State Tournament, for communities with high school enrollments under 400, in 2011. It will be the ninth state Legion tournament to be held in Ely and preparations have been underway for months. A ballpark facelift Those have included a major renovation project at the ballpark, coordinated by the Ely Baseball Association and funded alm0st entirely by private sources. The $45,000 project. in"- ‘ cluded the installation of new netting on the first and third base sides, the removal of aging wooden bleachers, creation of a new paved pavilion area complete with tables antYhigh-top chairs, new exterior fencing and the construction of a viewing deck at the top of the first base bleachers. , The work has been com- pleted over the last several weeks and the new look has been a hit with spectators who have been in town for games and tournaments this summer. “We’ve had a lot of com- pliments already, and the improvements have really dressed things up,” said Coombe. “The netting is so 'much easier ti) see through, and there may not be a better place. to watch a game then the paved area on the third base side. If you haven’t seen what’s been done, we invite you to come and take a look.” The Ely Baseball Associ- ation secured $15,000 grants from both St. Louis County (Continued on Page unveils pin for 2020 In the middle of summer, The Ely Winter Festival board is looking toward winter and planning to cre- ate another fabulous festival Feb. 7-18, 2020. The board announced that Nancy Scheibe, a vet- eran snow sculptor, has de- signed the new pin picturing some of the North’s favorite forest animals. This will be the- third festival where the festival will donate $1 of the $6 price of the pin to an Ely public schools arts program. Previously the festival in t supported the art department and the instrumentalimusic program. Proceeds from the 2020 festival will go to the choral (Continued on Page 2) Next steps in School project on Monday 1 by Tom Coombe A school facilities project in Ely figures to take further shape Monday. . That’s when school boar members will work on two fronts to advance a project I that will likely require voter approval of a bond referen- dum. The district’s architect will be on hand for the monthly study session, set for 6 pm, to present draw= ings, design and schematics for the first phase of an initiative to connect the dis- 1 trict’s‘ buildings and create a secure entry near the Indus- trial Arts Building. Board members will also meet with representatives of (Continued on Page 2) Vews from, the Nt Can I. This past week we saw both a broken'robin’s egg and one who couldri’ t fly and beak-planted tutor sidewalk. Good thing Mother Nature makes spares. , 1 Twin etals dry stac tilings * 4 H il Li