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Encounter with an American Black Bear – Ely, Minnesota

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This is a story about a common Minnesota American Black Bear and a person originally from Indiana, me, who used to believe if you got this close to a Black Bear you were a goner. Since I did get very close and I’m still here, my beliefs […]

Nothing grows here after 50 years – Why? Spruce Rd, Ely, MN

On the south side of the road not far from Outward Bound’s Home place is a barren hilltop where nothing grows expect a short 10-12″ course uniform dusty gray plant and a few, very few, Jack Pine. This is the flat top remaining from a large exploratory hill top removal, in search of marketable minerals, […]

Pro-Mining meeting in Ely, MN featuring James Skurla and Tommy Rukavina

Approximately 35 pro-mining advocates met Wed. March 5, 2014 at Amici’s in Ely, MN to promote and discuss the benefits of mining in Minnesota. The main speaker was James Skurla from the University of Minnesota Duluth who presented his report on The Economic Impact of Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Mining. Unfortunately, the title of his talk […]

Ely Citizens Discuss the Polymet Copper Sulfide Ore Project Feb. 24, 2014

Aaron Klemz, Communications Director for Friends of the Boundary Waters, led a lively community discussion in Ely, MN about the Polymet Copper Sulfide Ore mining project, February 24, 2014. As with any community discussion, especially an emotionally charged issue like sulfide mining, it is sometimes difficult to effectively distinguish facts from beliefs, especially long and […]

“Boom, Bust, Boom” author: Copper mining should not be done in certain places!

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In a speech to an overflowing crowd at Vermilion Community College in Ely, Minn., author and filmmaker Bill Carter talked about copper mining and the copper industry around the world. He talked about what he learned in doing research for his book “Boom, Bust, […]

The Ely Echo should be worrying about the threat to the Boundary Waters and the Lake Superior Watersheds

May 1, 2013, To The Ely Echo

Dear Editor:

The Echo’s April 20 editorial contains this: “We believe the Ely area and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area make up some of best examples of heaven on God’s green Earth. None of us want to see the water that flows through these parts to be impaired […]