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'Z: ~. ~ ; .% ~,~ ECHO/Page 2 ELY Secti =li!: : I I II I]1'[ *' I : liquor sales SATURDAYI AUGUST 24) 201 ,q (ContiriUedf~omPage 1) communities in Minnesota that beltz said he believed the only Councilapproval clears theway Falls), have opposed lifting the : still prohibit them. reason Ely maintained the ban was for an ordinance to be drafted, ban. St. Marti add cli-that Ely "not "I'm not sure for what reason because of the outcry from liquor which will be followed by two They've cited opposition from takin advaptage of!it is just say- : I'd vote no," Novak said of the store owners, but he indicated sen- readings at city council meetings some within the liquor store indus- ing 'no thatiks, Ely doesn't need proposal." timent has since changed, given St. and opportunity for public input, try, and opponents have said the that extra added boost,of money Novak and others on the council Martin's request. The debate over Sunday liquor move would give "big box" stores coming in "" said they wanted to hear from Ely "I would like to give our peo- sales simmered in St. Paul for an advantage over independent HeTounff:a receptive audience residents, with council member pie who own the liquor stores the several years and came to a head liquor stores in small towns on thecouncil, with Omerza add- Paul Kess citing Ely's tourism opportunity to make the money," during the 2017 session, whenboth Supporters have argued the ban ~ . mg we needtoglvebusmesses the economy, noting that the Sunday said Debeltz. the House and Senate ended the is antiquated and representatives opport.unity !o thrive and survive." ban "may be problematic for tour- Forsman voted against the ban. Debate broke in part on urban from communities that border Ma3i0r ClmCak Novak agreed, ists coming to Ely." ordinance, but he added that his vs. rural lines, other states say their communities Neighboring Babbitt and Win- Others said that a ban on Sun- opposition this week was based on Lawmakers from outside the lose business as a result. ton both allow Sunday off-sale day liquor sales could discourage timing issues. Twin Cities area, including State liquor purchases and according shopping for other goods in Ely. "I'm reluctant to move forward Sen. Tom Bakk (D-Cook) and to Novak, Ely is one of just three Council member Jerome De- this quickly," said Forsman. State Rep. Rob Ecklund (D-Int. (Continued from Page 1) During the renovation stage, Ott has spoken to many people in the theater industry and he's using his insight to advise the non- profit. "My role is I've been carrying this knowledge I've learned the last few years and introducing the board to people I think would be valuable for them to know," said Ott. The nonprofit is toying with various ideas including perhaps the formation of a film club. "The key ingredient to making is successful is hav- ing movies that people will turn out for," said Ott. Dore said Ott has been a valuable resource as the group moves forward. Ely's Historic State The- FINAL WORKINGS of the renovation of the State Theater, with various technicians, carpenters and specialists in the process of installing sound absorbent wall sections, hanging wall fabric, soon to install the 16 surround sound speakers along with special lighting through the Art Deco fixtures lining the upper walls. chase of projection equip- has enhancement including ment that could cost as much a ramp that could be used as $200,000. for handicapp access of VIP According to Dore, seating, more houselights as "nailing down projection well as the extended stage. equipment" is one of the A second screening room most pressing tasks for the was also built in the Salerno nonprofit building, and Ott envisions The theater was also rec- a restaurant/bar area on the netly equipped with 16 "Sur- east entrance of the property, round Sound" speakers, to home of the former Frank's better accommodate theater Variety Store. ater has launched its first fu and other productions in a For now, the nonprofit naralslng anve - gxvlng venu t" " -- .- e hat will hold up to ~is~nlyleasin~ the theater '~l~iu~n~/tyto ptircnase an ,:,- L ~7 . " "'v -~ ltsbeenroug,~Jy a de- ~ ~ ~ndi i ~let~rm,2ela~re cade:~inc~et~te~ ~~y New seats, with the orig- operated, and the renovation start here at the beginning," inal cast iron "end stan- dards," are being built by a Michigan firm that designed and installed all of the seats at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. A $400 donation allows someone to get an engraving of three lines or less, at a maximum of 12 characters per line. For more information, email the nonprofit at info@ elystatetheater.com. The nonprofit is raising money to offset its many expenses associated with getting the project off the ground, including the pur- project was one of the most daunting and massive taken on by Alley A. Built in 1936, the build- ing had a leaking roof and other infrastructure woes. Ott first worked to stabi- lize the building as well as the adjacent structures, and the theater was gutted and remodeled, with much of the facility restore back to its original condition New doors have what Ott termed "submarine win- dows" that match those used in the building's heyday The ticket booth has been restored and the theater itself i, Serving the Ely area over 36 years Building your Dream Construction, LLC (218) 365-3080 EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY AFFORDABLE COST 13460 N. Pine Rd Ely Check us out on Facebook said Dore, who indicated the nonprofit has no formal di- rector, with board members instead dividing responsi- bilities. "It's been a lot of fun," said Dore, "We're hoping for the best. We're hoping we can keep it going and keep it going in an interesting way." Other board members are Carol Orban, Patsy Mogush, Dennis Miller, Chuck Zeu- gner, Nancy jo Tubbs, Brett Ross, Steve Voiles, Steve Schon, Cindy Beans and Karen McManus. 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