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Company, unions ink deal as supporters double down on project by Tom Coombe "This is about jobs that If Twin Metals Minneso- form the middle class," said ta is permitted to develop a State Sen. David Tomassoni copper-nickel mine near Ely, (D-Chisholm). "And it's it will be built with union happening in Ely, Minneso- labor, ta. That's a really big deal." That was the backdrop for The agreement with the a celebration Wednesday, as Iron Range Building and labor and company officials Constructions Trades C un- formally signed a project cil assures that union labor labor agreement at a cere- will be used, should Twin mony that attracted about Metals gain the state and 100 people, federal permits it needs. Dignitaries, elected offi- According to a news re- cials and project supporters lease from the company, the were on hand to hail a link project would be similar in between labor and industry- scope to the construction one that could lead to several of U.S. Bank Stadium in million hours of work in the Minneapolis. construction ofTwinMetals' Twin Metals has yet to proposed mining operation south of the city limits. (Continued on Page 12) Twin Metals Minnesota CEO Kelly Osborne signs a Project Labor Agreement with area unions to assure the proposed copper-nickel mine will be built with union labor. Mike Syvesurud, president of the Iron Range Building and Construction Trades Council also signed. Rep. Pete Stauber, Sen. Dave Tomassoni and Dean DeBeltz of Twin Metals watched the signatures being made on Wednesday afternoon in Ely. Photo by Nick Wognum. ay sales iiiiiii, by Tom Coombe Five years after it was rescued from disrepair and decay, Ely's State Theater building will live again. A major and massive renovation project is coming to a close and the building's owner has completed a long search for a tenant: a non- profit organization formed this year by nearly a dozen area residents. That group,operating un- der the name Ely's Historic State Theater, is brainstorm- ing ideas, generating funds and working toward a late- fall grand opening, perhaps in November. The nonprofit will lease the building from Alley A Realty, which has purchased and refurbished numerous Ely buildings, and intends to make it home to an array of potential events. In addition to movies, the main theater is set up as a multi-purpose venue, with the stage extended to accommodate for theater productions and an open area at the front of the room to go with 234 completely HISTORIC STATE THEATER SET TO OPEN IN NOVEMBER - Project manager Tanner Ott oversees each detail of the old theater is carefully replicated and brought to life. The new front double doors with port holes were installed last week, made just like the original. The handles were replicated in Duluth. There will be a functional interior and exterior ticket booth between the entry doors. Project Manager Tanner Ott said, "See the address letters? I had to order those from England so they would match the original font in the photograph. Those little details It's kind of fun. Can't wait for this to open." Photo by Pam Roberts. refurbished theater seats, ematic arts and performing to finalize or formalize its Alley A's Tanner Ott has arts. This building has been plans for the venue. overseen the renovation proj- such a prominent part of "Personally I would like ect and has worked close- our downtown, probably its to see a set movie schedule," ly with the new nonprofit, best use is as a multipurpose said Dore. "Be it every week- which has formed in the last venue." end, or the second and fourth two months. " Alanna Dore is part of the weekends. It may change "One of the reasons that nonprofit group, and word during the summer when I'm excited to be working of their activity has quickly more people are in town. with them is that t heir vision spread. Yesterday, we met with a aligns a lot with what he She said Thursday that performing arts group who hoped it would be," said Ott. "we have had a number of thought the space is marvel- "There had beenpeople who different people who have ous. What they're talking looked at doing it, but from spoken to us about using the about doing is something a narrow perspective of just space." with a small number of ac- cinema. This group, their The nonprofit is still in its tors on stage." mission is to work with cin- initial workings and has yet (Continued on Page 2) Public roundtable Monday, bringing mix of politics, world affairs and culture by Tom Coombe Belarus, Bulgaria, Finland, fers an extraordinary chance affairs, press freedoms and For at least one day, poli- Hungary, India, Romania, to hear fromjournalists from more. tics, world affairs and inter- South Africa, Uganda and around the world and to get a "There have been some national culture take center Uruguay form a group that unique perspective onissues fascinating discussions at stage in Ely. is touring the United States of the day," saidAnne Swen- these events," said Swenson. The community, is again for two months, son, publisher of the Echo. "We have met journalists hosting 10 journalists from Ely has been an annualFor the journalists, who who have faced government around the globe, and their stop on the whirlwind visit, will visit many major cities oppression and feared for stay will include a public with the public roundtable, and meet top government their own safety, and we roundtable discussion spon- moderated by the Ely Echo's officials and leaders in their have heard their views and sored by the Ely Echo.Tom Coombe, a fixture on field, the visit to Ely offers a perspectives on politics, The touring journalists, the local schedule, chance to learn about small world affairs, hunger and part of the World Press In- The forum will include a communities and their role pop culture. For anyone who stitute fellows program, are question-and-answer session in the nation's fabric, hasn't come before, it's a real set to take part in an event and is likely to include the And for those who comeeye-opener." set for 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in journalists' insight on ev- to a public roundtable the Themes of this year's pro- the Miners Dry building at erything from journalism to visit marks an opportunity gram include nuclear threats the Pioneer Mine complex, their thoughts on the world's to hear the journalists speak and security, journalism in There is no charge to attend, political scene, out on their impressions Journalists from Algeria, "The roundtable in Ely of- of the United States, world (Continued on Page 2) by Tom Coombe Sunday liquor sales have With a push from a new been permitted in Minneso- business owner, Ely city ta since 2017, but not in Ely, officials have set the wheels given a charter that allows in motion to all for Sunday for local control and unami- off-liquor sales within the mous opposition at the time city limits, from the city's liquor store On a 5-1 vote, with mem- owners. ber A1Forsman opposed and That changed this week Angela Campbell absent, with a letter from Eric St. the counciil'directed city Martin, the new owner of attorney Kelly Klun to draft Lakeshore Liquor. an ordinance that would give He asked city officials liquor store owners the right to lift the local ban, citing to be open on Sunday. visitors to town that are un- "We do not want to force aware of the prohibition and business away ever, in my contending "we all need to opinion," said council mem- take advantage of any rules ber Heidi Omerza. "I think we can." we need to do this" (Continued on Page 2) EBCH WELLNESS WAVE community event at the Ely Area Food Shelf on Wednesday. Jill Houde, RN, Lab Tech Lisa Elwood and SCHIP (Summer Health Care Intern Program) Grant Intern Anna Nelson. Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital staff gave free wellness screening for blood pressure and blood glucose to over 30 area residents. Views from the North Country Evani old us in the construction world hay is for horses and straw is for septic systems.