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Section 1 ECHO/Page 6 ELY SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2019 Ely Echo Editorial Twin Metals hitting all the right notes Ely's mining company is hitting all the right history of mining in Ely including one of the most notes with a big performance yet to come. powerful underground mining operations of its Twin Metals Minnesota has had solid hits to time, the mighty Pioneer Mine. the outfield this year with the announcements The Pioneer operated for over 75 years, it was of using dry tailings instead of a dam system the first mine to open in Ely and the last to close. and signing a project labor agreement with area It shipped 41 million long tons of iron ore that unions, helped build a nation and the United States win The big at bat is the mine plan of operation, two world wars. set to be released yet this year. If you're keeping DeBeltz knows the history of Ely because score at home, that one could be a home run. he's lived here. He understands the area and he We've heard time and time again scare tactics cares about it deeply. If you're looking to talk to used by those who oppose this project. Dean and he's not around early or late in the day, "Twin Metals will use dams that will fail and you could probably find him with a fishing pole in send polluted water into the Boundary Waters." his hand. He is an excellent angler. Nope. The dry tailings system eliminates the DeBeltz is the head honcho in Ely for Twin need for dams. What else ya got? Metals and cares deeply about this area and the "Twin Metals has made no commitment to water that flows through it. For those who think using union mining labor." Well, after Wednesday Twin Metals is going to pollute tile water that that one is wrong as well. Twin Metals stood with DeBeltz spends his free time in fishing, you're union officials and signed a project labor agree- sadly mistaken. ment. Skilled union workers will build this mine. We're very fortunate to have a company that is It must be frustrating for those whose first, willing to spend the extra money for a complete next and last statement has been turned on its and safe mine plan. We're also fortunate to have ear with these announcements. Twin Metals has a local leader who will make sure the plan is been doing exactly what the company has said done right. from the beginning, designing a mine that meets We like what we see so far. Our elected all local, state and federal standards, officials see the same thing. Dry tailings and a We would also give credit for the company's project labor agreement are two big hits on the choice for its local leader, Dean DeBeltz. At scorecard. Wednesday's announcement he recounted the Well played. board will use the results to construct questions for a bond referendum To the taxpayers and pa- sults to construct questions old. That can be expensive, or St. Louis County Schools trons of ISD #696: for a bond referendum that but there is a great sense andMt. Iron-BuM are doing In September, a commu- could be held in February or of community pride in our is probably not an option. nity-wide survey will go April of 2020. historic buildings, andmain- However, innovative pro- out by email and US Post The board will hold pub- taining them is a priority, gramming is something we to give all taxpayers/voters lie information sessions In the course of discussing can do for our students, and and other constituents of prior to a vote. these projects with multiple if successful, itmaybe repli- Independent School District The facilities project dis- stakeholders and consul- catedthrough academic col- #696 the opportunity to cussion all started with the tants, several other potential laboration. It was stated that weigh in on potential school idea of indoor connections projects were also identified, for the IRRRB to support a facility improvements. You between our buildings. For which are all separate items facilities project like ours, are likely aware that many years, the safety and securi- on the survey, they need to see community separate options are on the tyof our students traveling Community members commitment. The passage table. We invite you to corn- between buildings has been and local media have raised of a bond referendum would plete the survey and indicate a focus of the district. This the question of obtaining show such support, making which improvements, and remains our primary con- IRRRB funds. The July 22 IRRRB more likely to pro- how much of a tax increase, tern, though we may also School Board study session, vide funding. you would support, realize savings in heating with IRRRB representatives Thank you for reading The information you costs because we won't be present, clarified options for this and for your continued provide will be analyzed opening doors to the out- applying for Collaboration support of the Ely School Sel ol.=Perceptions, a side in th "dead01aWinter,and Innovative Program-District. cpn i!r y that specializes multiple times a day. Other ming funds. Kevin Abrahamson Ely in constructing surveys of concerns that arose during Because Ely is "at the School District Supe rin- this kind and compiling the facilities discussions include end of the road," IRRRB tendent data into a statistically accu- the maintenance and up- acknowledges that collabo- rate recommendation. The keep required for buildings ration similar to what Vir- School Board will use the re- approximately 100 years ginia and Eveleth-Gilbert O Letters ask EBCH to rethink its decision Dear Editor: not be and jobs to providers (Ely Home care and Foot from out of the area would Care gone) not allow as many people to There is now a great in- have home care. justice being made here in Many would fall between Ely against those who need the cracks as these services local, home care, foot care, could not be met to all from and also the jobs of those such distances. Those not providers, meeting the criteria would To those who will listen: most likely end up in assisted A strong community living or in a nursing home. works together for the best Remember, there is no place for everyone. Humanity is like home. having empathy for those My resolve is that togeth- who can not or are not able er we need to ask EBCH to to help themselves. As of rethink its decision about July 31, 2019 EBCH will no closing these very import- longer provide home health ant local services and jobs. care, nor will it provide foot Ask them to rethink the care services to those who value that this service is to truly need this service, the community. Call EBCH Out servicing home care and voice your opinion! We enhances the quality of life need local out-servicing for for those in need. Home care a better quality of life and, offers security, with less pain in some cases, a better end and anguish. It offers peace, of life. Foot care us also a wonderful (To those who will listen:) care-giving service, when You are not getting any the time comes, younger. Call now! Michael To lose these services and Coyle: 218-365-8799, Wre- jobs would be shameful. A naa Shabel: 218-365-8745. shame on us doing nothing From up the Echo Trail. about it. And a big shame on God Bless. EBCH for letting it happen. Ory K. Frost Sr Ely Losing these services could i SNOWMOBILE CLUB MONTHLY MEETING From the miscellaneous drawer by Anne Swenson If you're going to get a bad burn, Each year there have been interest- the journalists: Christy and Mike don't get it in the place where you ing stories to tell and insights into Frazier, Caroline and Joe Owens, sit. Who knew a convenient bath- far away countries abound during Cynthia Stokes, Sue and Lowell room heater under the vanity could the exchange moderated by TomSyverson and Sharon Staat, the jour- produce a second degree burn? Coombe. The forum is free. During nalists get a warm welcome to Ely. The good news is that the TIAs a break for lunch which costs $15, * * * (mini strokes) that caused the col- participants sit at tables with the In the Ely Echo for August 23, lapse are now over, or should be. journalists for one on one exchanges. 1999, 20 years ago, the headlines This Tuesday I found my missing Elyites are well traveled and gen- were: FitBit and, after over a month of non- erally hold broad views on the world. Utility decisions in council's use, started re-charging it. I don't I no longer travel, having done my hands; think I'll break any speed records share when I was younger. The crush Hospital project gets provisional using a walker, of airports and the hoops of interna- OK from city planning commission; There are so many things to do tional travel today are a deterrent for City committee assigned to ex- around the house to get ready for me. Doris Hautala, who just recently plore, study sales tax concept; winter and they're not happening returned from a visit to London and 60th Embarrass Fair starts Mon- either. Paris agreed about the hassles today day The World Press/Ely Echo Forum in traveling. It's for the younger set. is Monday from 9-1 at Miners Dry. Thanks to Ely host families for Stop treating us like garbage[1 Bring them in to the , St. Lou County Household Hazardous Was . Facility ora local collection near youI i August 2019 More info at www.stlouiscountymn.gov/hw Wed. August 7th 10 arn--1 pm French Canister Site (Side Lake) 7150 Greenrock Rd. Side Lake Wed. August 22nd 10 am--2 pm Cook Transfer Station 2134 S. Beatty Rd Cook Thurs. 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