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Section 1 ECHO/Page ELY SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2019 property owners do not support his extreme anti-mining view either Dear Editor, some in this anti-mining view, and I suspect many mine owners. Thank you for bringing group can honestly be clas- other property owners on Without the taconite the recent "unannounced" sifted as zealots, the White Iron chain of lakes mines, I would not be able meeting of anti-mining ad- There are several as- do not support his extreme to enjoy the lakefront cabin vocates with U.S. Sen. Amy pects of this meeting that I anti-mining view either, that my dad's job in the Klobuchar's staff in Ely to find concerning, the first of I do have an interest in mines provided for our fam- our attention, which is that this meeting maintaining the water qual- ily. Many other families It seems the anti-mining took place on the campus ity in my lake and surround- in the neighborhoods of groups are now secretly try- of a public institution (Ver- ing watershed, and I plan to my childhood homes were ing to reverse the outcome milion Community Col- volunteer some of my time likewise able to afford and of the decades-long public lege) that is funded by all to assist WICOLA in their enjoy their own lakefront process which resulted in taxpayers and not just the water-monitoring activities cabins. How many Ely area the permits recently issued anti-mining proponents, in the future when my wife residents can affordto buy a to PolyMet, and most likely Did I miss an announcement and I retire to our cabin, lakefront cabin with the jobs Twin Metals to follow. At by Vermilion CommunityWith the most rigorousthey have today? best the Klobuchar staffers College of this meeting to environmental permitting I for one, am tired of the botched this attempted out- the whole community, or process ever conducted for vocal minority pitching a fit reach effort, and at worst did VCC willingly accom- a mining operation in the until they get their way. Not they are secretly pandering modate this secret meeting United States, including just here on this issue, but to the enraged anti-mining that purposefully excluded tremendous outreach to the in other places around the "advocates". a significant number of Sen. entire northeastern Minne- country on other matters. I submit to you that a Klobuchar's constituents? sota region by the proposed I only wish I lived closer more appropriate term for My second item of con-mine developers, I believe to Ely so I could more active- some in this secret group cern is the quote attributed that these mining activities ly support the development of anti-mining "advocates" to Jeff Pike, the president can take place in an envi- of copper-nickel mining in is "zealots." The Oxford of the White Iron Chain ronmentally sound manner, an environmentally respon- English Dictionary defines of Lakes (WlCOLA) who The major improvementssible manner. "zealot" as: reportedly called for a "per- to quality of life on the Iron I firmly believe it is pos- A person who is fanat- manent mining ban, not just Range, with hundreds of sible to preserve our envi- ical and uncompromising for Twin Metals, but for direct new high-paying jobs ronment for future genera- in pursuit of their religious, everybody." and thousands more indirect tions, andre-build a thriving political, or other ideals. As a property owner onjobs created by the proposed economy on the Iron Range Rather than accept the the Whitelronchainoflakes mines, will far offset the through the development outcome of the public per- and a member of WICOLAextremely small chance of of these new mines, at the mitring process and perhaps myself, I am not aware of a mining accident with any same time. re-focus their efforts on any official polling ofmem- significant environmental Jim Viikinsalo monitoring the environment bers or any recent WICOLA consequences. Trussville, Alabama around the new mining sites, Board action to develop Any negative impacts to they appear to be unwilling the stance which Mr. Pike water quality will be quickly to accept a new mine any- articulated, detected by the mine opera- where, ever; i.e unwilling I certainly do not support tors and local citizens, and to compromise. Therefore, such a radical anti-mining promptly remediated by the One injured when car goes into ditch on 169 An Ely woman was in- overcorrected and lost con- jured when a vehicle in trol of the vehicle, which which she was a passenger rolled into the ditch. went into a ditch on High- Also riding in the vehicle way 169. was two-year-old Andrew Jenny Tobin, 64, suffered Guggeneerger. He was not non-life threatening injuries injured. Wednesday morning in an Tobin was taken by incident that occurred in the Tower Ambulance to Eagles Nest Township. Ely-Bloomenson Commu- According to the Min- nity Hospital. nesota State Patrol, a 2003 Road conditions were dry Subaru Legacy Outback at the time of the incident, driven by Elyite Linnea about 10:15 a.m.Wednesday. Brown, 63, went into a ditch Both the driver and two pas- near Trygg Road. sengers were wearing seat Authorities say Brown,belts, and alcohol was not a who was not injured, was factor inthecrash, according heading north on 169 when to the State Patrol. she swerved for an object, CANCER SURVIVORS James Tome and Todd Przybylski walk around Whiteside Park during the Relay for Life. Photo by Nick Wognum. SE'ASO/v MSRP +36,080 Mike Motors Discount -+1,100 +34,980 Consumer Cash -$2,250 CCAP Bonus Cash -$1,000 Retail Bonus Cash -$1,000 Bonus Cash -+1,000 FULL HOUSE at the Morse-Fall Lake fire hall Saturday afternoon for the annual Fire Department Relief Association BBQ. 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