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Section 1, . Connecting capital and town home ownership by Brian Depew, executive director, Center for Rural Affairs build. Wednesday night as the north- land dealt with the potential for a severe storm and possible tornado, my thoughts turned to the kind folks wl'io lune sent emails and cards while l‘m home bound. l hnvc a new goal for Monday to be well enough to come to the office at leust for u vv h t it: l’vc missed seeing lzcho sub~ scribcrs and the folks who stop by for photos and copies. l think I will especially regret not cleaning off my desk before summer arrived! Stuck tit borne these days, l"ve watched more television in a week than 1 have in many years combined. The 50th year celebration of the first moon landing made me think back to where l was on that occa- sion: in Duluth. intending UMD. ()n a bus heading to class l heard the disbelief spoken by bus riders and understood the skepticism of my Communities are responding in several by Anne chnsrm Home ownership increases family and com« n‘iunity stability and is a key strategy to help low— and middle—income families build assets. in many regions, rural residents benefit from more affordable housing stock. Yet, limited access to traditional mortgag— es can keep affordable houses out of reach. Fewer than orie~oiiarter of homes sold for under $70,000 are financed with a traditional mortgage, often due to a lack of lender interest. This can translate to no viable path to home ownership for families in our communities. For new home construction, the challenge is different. Housing developers face tight mar- gins that limit new construction. For families who want to buy new homes, traditional lend— are often won‘t lend the full amount because the house may appraise at less than the cost to From the miscellaneous drawer northern neighbors. Such an event was far outside ofthcir daily life. Years later l lcurncd ofthc former lilyite who had suggested the now famous moon landing phrttsc to astronauts Simon Bourgin. You now know that the roots for “One small step for man, one giant step for mankind,” had its roots in lily. Indeed, some ot‘the astronauts had even visited lily, comparing our rocky landscape to what they might find on the moon’s surface. Bourgin grew up next door to Doc (irahck. Simon came from a Jewish Russian immigrant family which owned a clothing store here. Simon received a full scholarship to the University ofChiczigo and start,— cd a storied career in journalism, think tanks and public service. Yes, the best of the best were drawn to immigrate to lily in the 19th century. Matty came to work in the mines, digging out the iron ore ways. * Local investment clubs are for-profit or~ ganizations whose members make a monthly investment. They stimulate new home con» struction by lowering the risk housing develop— ers face by guaranteeing a quick sale. 0 Nonprofit loan funds are filling gaps in some communities. With a mission to serve low~income families, and the ability to be more flexible with loan terms. they can make first or second mortgages to help families become homeowners. - Local units of government often make lots available for new construction or might consid— er tax or utility abatement incentives. Partnen ships could capitalize nonprofit loan funds and expand their impact. Loan guarantee programs incent traditional lenders into the market. Access to affordable, desirable housing in small towns is as important as quality jobs, schools, health care, and other cornerstones of a vibrant community. which bccuine the steel for modern skyscrapers and America‘s avenue to Winning World War ll. llourgin was hired by Time A: Life and sent to Victim. Austria, to cover the (fold Wur, Tim and the Russians. liourgin inter bccttmc West (‘ozist Bureau (fhicfof Ncwr-iwcek in Lost Angclcs. A journulist for 20 years, Bourgin next bcczmic Assistant to the Presi~ dent ofthc RAND (.‘orporzttion, the original post~war think tank, set up to keep the scientists who had helped win the war working on future mili— tury problems. in the 1900s, lidwurd R. hllurrow, for whom Bourgin had been (788 correspondent in Vienna, become head ofthc United Statics lnlbrltlttllot‘t Agency in Washington. Bourgin died in lily in 2013. I‘m proud to live here and be accepted here in l‘Ily’s rich history. ...keep their local businesses viable that have been here for a long time Editor: The magic that happened at the Washington Audito— rium Monday evening was palpable. “La Traviata” by (icuseppil Verdi He wrote it in 1862 but was harkcning back to decadent society in Paris in the late l700’s. l’vc seen several op~ eras that Veda Zuponcic has mounted as part of the Northcfn Lights Music Fes— tival, and this was my favor ite. Wow! Cecilia Violetta Lopez took us on a roller coaster ride ofjoy and sor- row. I’ve never seen anyone with her vocal prowess. Alex Richardson, who played her true love Alfredo, sang with a beautiful tenor Thank you, Veda Zupon— cic. What a gift to the lron Range from a girl from Aurora who went on to be~ come a professor of music at Rowan University and the force behind this festi— vul. Your relationships with young musicians is evident in all of the smaller group presentations. And another Thank You to Paul lvancich of Dairy Queen and Steve and Nancy l’irugis of l’iragis North- woods Company for spon— soring two Parties in the Park this summer. ln June, DQ brought (.‘owboy Angel Blue to town. and last week. we enjoyed Van and the Free (Tandics. ln honor of Piragis" 40th ni’miversary. Both of these businesses are import- ant employers and contribu- tors to our hometown. (‘arol Orban ljl y ...I wanted to get politically pummeled and abused by the best Letter to the liditor: l was reading the lzcho on line tonight only to discover the passing ofJimmy Maki. i had not heard. l shined this with one of my sons and when he saw the picture of Jim his response was "isn‘t that the guy who always gave you so much crap?” That indeed is what he did and I loved every bit of it. I stopped by his shop whenever I was in town and buying bait was just an excuse I wanted to get politically pummeled and abused by the best. And he always accommodated me. He was the built. l ran into Jim at the gro~ ccry store just before the 4th and he told me about the sale of the business and retirement ahead. And now this. It is very, very sad. lily has lost one of the people that made it special. [to was absolutely one of a kind. My heartfelt sympathies to his family. He was the best and there will be no other. Rll’ Jim» I finally got in the last word! Mike Mavctz St. Cloud, MN ...keep their local businesses viable that have been here for a long time Letter to the lidilor Recently two stores closed in lily. The ShopKo and family Dollar. flow can that happen“? Well in 2005 Sun (.‘apitul (a hedge fund) bought Shop» Ko and in a few months reunited Shopko to borrow $1.2 billion to finance their own sale. They did this with a $600 million line of credit secured by everything ShopKo had and another $600 million real estate loan. The l2 billion went to Sun (Capital. Later in May 2006, Sun (.‘apitztl sold ShopKo‘s‘ most valuable asset. its real estate, for $815 million to Write a letter to the editor and sign your name, phone it. Send it to: Ely Echo, 15 East Chapman St, Ely MN 55731 or email to: thepub@elyecho.com. The Echo reserves the right to edit. Spirit Finance Corp. Shop- Ko then leased back those locations for its stores. So, ShopKo had to pay rent, and Sun Capital had the $8l5 million. Sun Capital was the bandit and ShopKo, unable to pay the rent on the buildings it used to own, went bankrupt. The lily store closes and the workers were out ofa job. The store closing had nothing to do with the economy of lily. Capitalism at its worst. Family Dollar is a bit different. Many communi— ties are trying to keep dollar stores out of their towns. They essentially make it tidy Vi stout e & Optometry Center P.C. lzrin Bremner 0.D. Accepting Most Insurance: 338 l). l‘lztery .51. ' 365-4919 Ll.le 8 am. 5:30 pm. M501 8 am. 3 p.11). l'iri. impossible for indepen— dent locul retailers to thrive (grocery stores, hardwurcs, clothing stores, ctc.). Many economists agree that these dollar stores are the cause of economic distress. (th~ nahuc and Mitchell). Most ofthcse stores only employ eight people while Zups and Northlund employ 20 or more. Family Dollar was purchased for $8.5 billion by Dollar Tree, which gave them 13,000 stores. But, folding the companies to- gether has not been easy in today’s brick and mortar storc economy. With closing 400 stores, the company re- ported $2.3 billion in loss. It seems Amazon and Walmurt are trying to put them out of business. Again, the closing had nothing to do with the economy of lily. In the clos— ing ofthc lily lr‘amily Dollar store, the winners are Zups. Northlund, Ace and Hard— ware Hank. Perhaps [Ellyitcs are trying harder to keep their local businesses viable that have been here a long time and that really support the community. “Buy L0— cal!” It really does pay off. Terry Cooper lily ...active supporter of her church lfrlditor: We hope you will include the following information about Gail Sheddy which was not published last week. As well as serving St. Mary’s Church in lily as evangelist and administra- tor, Gail was elected to the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Church in Min- nesota for terms. She also represented the li(.‘MN at the National Con- vention ofthc church twice. She was a great and active supporter of herchurch in every way and considered these experiences as very significant. Rev. Pamela B. Webster lily SATURDAY JULY 20' 2019 i": K”? WHAT no You trig, 1, “THINK AEQUT ‘3‘ ,« GcRRYlglANDchNG . 1 DON’T KNOW THE ‘ GQY- fill» ...what a memorable day it is for me Letter to the liditor: A heartfelt thank you to the town of lily, MN. June 222‘), 201‘) marked the first ever Midwest l’VA fishing livent. (l’VA stands for l’urulyzcd Veterans of America.) Approximately 20 para- ly/cd veterans, l5 of their caregivers and 2] staff vole untccrs made the trip to Veterans on the Lake Resort in beautiful lily, MN for it weekdt’mg rehabilitation event. Veterans on the Luke Re— sort and Britton’s (,‘ztfc were our main facility providers (Britton’s (.‘ufc entered all ofthe meals), but the entire town of My made this a trip to remember for these vctcrun heroes and their caregivers. Bonnie Jacobson tit Brit~ ton‘s' (‘nfe raised money for our event. Veterans on the Lake and Bonnie gathered items from local business for swag bags for all in attendance. Velcr— nns on the Luke provided each and every veteran and caregiver with a rod /recl combination. ()ne ofthe local fuel com- panies donated 100 gallons ol'bout fuel. Someone donut» ed 100 pounds ofwallcyc for our fish fry. Lady Bug Lodge rented us extra pontoon boats at :1 discounted rate. (This of course was essential with approximately 15 of our attendees in wheelchairs.) The local trap club even allowed a team of our trap— shoolcrs to take a break from fishing and shoot at their club tit no charge! "These are just a few ex- amples. Everywhere we went in town, we were wcl~ comed like royalty. People donated to our event at every turn. These veterans, our staff, the Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota Chapters of Par~ alyzed Veterans ofAmcrica and I would like to give a shout out and an open thank you to Veterans on the Lake Resort, Bonnie Jacobson and her staff at Britton’s Cafe, and the entire town of Ely, MN. This is the perfect place to hold this event and we will be back next year August 23—29, 2020. Kimberly Gould Executive Director Paralyzed Veterans of America Iowa Chapter ...cool little place with a nice view Letter to the Editor: Regarding the article on the new pavilion on the Tre— xonu Trail. Firstly Barb and l were credited with more than we did. We didn’t “salute the assistance” of Mark Olson, he was the person who built it, we assisted him with the reconstruction and roof. He is a fantastic timber framcr, among other things. Thank you Mark. As far as salutations, thanks go out to all. Wade Jeskc—l’harr and Mark ’5 fam- ily who also helped literally a too, the Honor Guard and all the Vets. The high school shop class who built all of the furniture (Great job Rob, and all of you young people, one of whom is my great niece) Joey Kocnig, my friend who smiled when l was tapping out the beat on a table (he smiles anyway). The mayor who loves to cut ribbons with a danger« ous looking pair of scissors with extremely Razors Edge sharpened blade. The Cham— ber of Commerce, Stcvc Saari who for years did our 4th of July flyover and the Ely Echo for covering this event. The City of Ely for allowing and facilitating this to happen (thaka Harold, Doug, and all). Ely Flower & Seed for landscaping. Oh yeah, our anonymous donors. And really, it’s a cool little place with a nice View of Miners Lake. It’s not strictly for Vets, it’s for everyone; (we’re all Veterans of something, God bless us, every one!) RS. So then, City of Ely, who does one contact ifthey wish to have an event at the pavilion? Just wondering ahead. Bill & Barb Godlin lily, MN ...the wind accompanied our silence Editor: On July 12th, one hun- dred people gathered in our beautiful Whitesidc Park on what was a clear breezy Fri- day evening. The Lights for Liberty vigil was organized to call for an end to detention of migrants including many young children suffering inhumane conditions at the southern border. Participants in our vigil included children as young as 18 months, three years and six years, and on up to octogcnarians. Rev. Mary (.lrocninger opened the vigil. Other speakers included Pastor liric Thicle, John Larson and Jean (iciidreau. lleidi Mum] read short passages from four of the world’s major religions. When it was time for the five minutes of silence, participants formed a huge circle and candles were lit. The wind accompanied our silence. To close the evening, we sang “This Land is Your Land” led by Sufi practi— tioner, Carol ()rban. It was inspiring to know that hundreds of other such vigils were happening at the same time all across our country. Indeed, nearly 800 such events were held on July 12 around the world! Emily Brown Ely [In or. g] 211 ill (l( szi fr 1 In 11] if w: so Hr at At p.t