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Our Inn is located in the heart of Ely, Minnesota, and we hope to be part of your adventures in our surrounding wilderness. We will make your stay here memorable and relaxing-- with everything from fresh roasted coffee to soft cotton sheets-- while you enjoy our authentic north woods decor. Welcome to the Adventure Inn... where it begins. The Adventure Inn is now a proud member of the Green Hotels Association and Co-op America. Please visit this link to read more about our ongoing environmental efforts. Visit our website: https://adventureinn-ely.com

  Friendly and clean accommodations. A large common room is available for all guests and includes a full kitchen and tables. The snowmobile, hike, bike, and ATV trails are easily accessible from our front door. Fishing and swimming are close by. Large parking area. Large yard. PUBLIC park with playground one block away. Restaurant and bar across the street. Four Seasons of Fun..consider yourself at home!



At Alley A Realty, our passion for historic preservation meets the great outdoors with our work in restoring some of Ely’s most unique and historically significant downtown buildings. We’re proud to contribute to Ely’s rich heritage and bright future! Check out our website and see our available properties: https://elymn.alleyarealty.com

  The Art Corner is an artist's paradise located right on the main drag as you enter Ely. They carry a wide variety of professional and student grade art and craft supplies. The Art Corner's goal is to inspire and nurture everyone's artist within through their motto "Be Creative, Think Young." Check out our website to find inspiration and information on products and classes: http://www.theartcorner.net


  Art & Soul Gallery is privately owned but semi cooperatively managed by member artists. It is the only gallery in Ely, Minnesota dedicated to Ely area arts and the artists that reside full time in the Ely area. Currently there are 19 area artists represented by our gallery. For more information, visit out website: http://www.elyartandsoul.com  


Image   A new standard of excellence in outdoor periodicals. Uniquely designed to inspire greater understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of America's most popular wilderness area. There are those who can live without wild things. The Boundary Waters Journal is for those who cannot. Check out our website for more information: https://www.boundarywatersjournal.com
  Britton's Cafe offers all-day breakfast, homecooking, and a bakery of excellent treats. Choose from our stuffed hashbrowns, fluffy pancakes, or daily special.  Dine in or take out. 

  Minnesota native Jim Brandenburg traveled the globe as a photographer with National Geographic for over three decades. This elegant gallery was designed by Jim and features the most complete collection of Jim's work including still images and high definition video on a 64" projection television in a state of the art mini-theater. For more information, visit our website: http://www.jimbrandenburg.com
Chapman Street Books offers a wide selection of used titles from all different genres. Enjoy browsing our many sections and find the perfect book or several. Chapman Street Books is currently looking for new ownership. Contact us at 1-218-365-2212 for more information. 
  Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips and our experienced staff are committed to providing you with a fun, safe, and memorable dog sledding adventure in the beautiful northern border country of Ely, Minnesota. Our base of operations—located just 5 miles from downtown Ely—provides bathroom facilities, private parking, and all the comforts of home. As your hosts, the Hway family will take good care of you, making sure that your experience is one that you will frequently tell others about and fondly remember for a long, long time—at least until you come back and do it again! Click here for more information: https://www.elydogsledtrips.com/about_us.html
Chris Koivisto's bronze sculpture and stoneware pottery is the perfect gift that also supports a local artist. Contact the artist directly for information on individual art works, installations, workshops, casting demonstrations, or to inquire about a commission. For more, visit http://elyart.com.
Crapola is a world-famous brand of all-natural cranberry, apple granola. Visit our store to pick up our traditional flavor or one of our other three: blueberry strawberry, raspberry chocolate, or cranberry orange. You can buy your granola in bulk, in a smoothie, or in a parfait. Visit our website for more information: https://www.crapola.us
  Don Sovil is a State Farm Insurance Agent in Ely, Minnesota. From property to health, auto to business, I can ensure that all of your insurance needs are covered. Contact me at 218-365-5104 or visit my website https://www.statefarm.com/agent/US/MN/Ely/Don-Sovil-NTVX81YS000 for more information. 
  Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital is the area's largest healthcare center serving Ely and surrounding communities bordering the vast acreage of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Our hospital boasts an in-house laboratory, on-site retail pharmacy, phyiscal and occupational therapy, and much more. Visit our website for more information: https://www.ebch.org
  Ely Folk School is a do-it-yourself place for learning traditional crafts & skills associated with Ely's cultural heritage & wilderness legacy. Classes, workshops, and events are for folks of all ages, involving hands-on, cooperative learning. Check out our website for more information on the various classes we offer and how you can get involved: https://elyfolkschool.org
The Ely Health and Hospital Foundation provides financial resources to support the mission of the hospital in its commitment to caring for and enhancing the health and well being of the community it serves. For more information, visit our website: https://www.ebch.org/hospital-foundation/
The Ely Igloo Snowmobile Club was organized in 1960 and became the first club of its kind in the USA. An important mission of ours is the training of young snowmobile riders with a Snowmobile Safety Class taught each year. We are also responsible for the grooming of the Ely area trails. For more information, visit our website: http://elyigloo.com

  The market was established in 1953. Since then, it has always been a family locally owned business and a staple in the Ely community. In 2003 The Richards took over ownership and have been running the market ever since. Click here for more information: http://elynorthlandmarket.com

  The Ely Steakhouse, home to the famous "Bucky Burger," is the perfect destination after a long trip to the Boundary Waters or a full work day. This family restaurant offers a range of American food options, along with over fifty different bottled beers, wine, and spirits. The Lounge is the place to be every night with events like Kareoke, Open Mic Night, Bar Bingo Fridays, and Tuesday Night Trivia. Check out our website for more information: http://www.elysteakhouse.com


The Ely Winter Festival is an eleven day event that runs from February 1-11, 2018. Events range from ice sculpting to musical performances, the Great Nordic Beard Fest to a literary crawl. Visit our website for more information about events and how to get involved: http://elywinterfestival.com

The Ely-Winton History Museum desires to help you understand the land in which we live and what it offered to the people who lived here. A community arose as people from diverse backrounds came here to make a living and fulfill their dreams. The museum interprets what these people experienced in this land, what they strove for, how they coped with problems, what they achieved, and what they have passed down to their descendants. Using photographs, maps and artifacts, the displays present the different phases of 12,000 years of local history from prehistoric to the present.

Image   Several varieties of massage are available to ensure your comfort and optimize your health benefits. Facials, body treatments and wraps are Spa specialties to stimulate the skin,enhancing its natural health and beauty.  Your home &  cabin decor  store, specializing in unique  garden accessories, original artwork, pottery,  linens & more. Unique floral design for weddings and other special occasions.   Creative home or cabin furnishings & accessories, hot tubs, barrel saunas, and other delights. Check out our website for more information: http://www.elyevergreencottage.com
The Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness was formed to protect, preserve, and restore the wilderness character of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the Quetico-Superior Ecosystem. Our current major focus is prevent proposed sulfide mining projects from negatively impacting area waters, cultural resources, and human use and enjoyment of the region, as well as building the next generation of wilderness stewards through youth engagement programs. For more information, visit our website: http://friends-bwca.org
Looking for a fun atmosphere to meet with friends, work on projects, or just enjoy the coffee shop atmosphere? The Front Porch is your place for coffee, tea, specialty drinks, treats, and free wifi. Check out our website for our menu and events: http://www.elysfrontporch.com/home.html
The Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust was established to enrich the city of Ely through arts grants and scholarships. To date, the trust has granted more than $625,000 to the community artists and art organizations and has enriched so many lives. Visit our website for more information: http://www.gardnertrust.org
  Gator's is Ely's casual comfort food restaurant. Our menu features items focused on grilled cheese, mac & cheese, pizza, and more. Dine in or take out. Visit our website or follow us on social media for more information: http://www.gatorsinely.com
  Immerse yourself in Northern Minnesota comfort at Grand Ely Lodge Resort & Conference Center, a stunning choice in Ely, MN hotels. Located in the scenic Up North wilderness, our four-season resort boasts comfortable, spacious lodgings and stunning panoramic views of Shagawa Lake. Whether you've come to Ely for a family vacation, a much-deserved getaway, or a productive business retreat, Grand Ely Lodge provides a much-needed escape for the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Visit our website to make your reservation today: https://www.grandelylodge.com 
Image   Learn the skills necessary to construct your own handcrafted log cabin or home at the Great Lakes School of Log Building in northern Minnesota. Save money, get hands-on experience and gain personal satisfaction by attending one of our monthly workshops. The Great Lakes School has been promoting and teaching the craft of Scandinavian full-scribed log construction for 33 years. Our ten-day courses are designed to accommodate all skill levels, from novice on up, and we invite men and women of all ages to participate. Check out our website for more information: http://schooloflogbuilding.com
Insula has captured the imagination and enlivened the tastebuds of the eating scene in Ely, Minnesota. Join us for a menu of delicious food and a full bar. For more information, visit our website: http://www.insularestaurant.com

The International Wolf Center advances the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wild lands, and the human role in their future. The Center accomplishes educational outreach beyond its Ely facility through a comprehensive Web site, a quarterly magazine, web cams on the resident pack, international symposia and a distance learning program that virtually brings our educators and wolves into classrooms in real time. People around the world are touched each year with educational messages about the wolf. By teaching people about this mysterious predator, the Center aims to ensure a future wilderness complete with the exciting howl of the wolf. Click here for more information: http://www.wolf.org

J & L Hardware is a family-owned Ely business. We offer services and products ranging from key duplication to small engine repair, rental services to all the products you need to finish your project. Check out our website for more information: https://elyhardware.com
  Contact us about selling or buying your home! We are experienced hard-working professionals here to provide you honest full-service assistance. It would be our please to have the opportunity to work with you. For more information and to view our listings, visit our website: http://www.janischrealty.com

  Kell's Kitchen of Babbitt, Minnesota offers a full menu, friendly staff, and a fun atmosphere. We also offer catering for your every need. If you have had our food, we know you love it. If you haven't, we bet you will soon. Find us on Facebook for more information. 
  Lake Country Power provides electric services to 43,000 members in the rural parts of northern Minnesota. We strive to meet the expectations of our Members with rates that balance safety, reliability, service quality and the financial strength of the Cooperative. We offer Energy Wise heating and cooling programs to help members reduce their electric bills while helping them use energy wisely. The co-op also offers Exede satellite Internet service, loans and rebates. For more information, visit our website: https://www.lakecountrypower.coop
  Lakeshore Liquor has a great selection of beer, craft beer, wine, and liquor. Fast and friendly service, drive up parking, BWCA approved containers! 
  A Laundry Room, Inc is your one stop place for all of your laundry needs. We offer coin-operated machines, commerical washing, and drop off laundry services. Come see us today or check us out on Facebook.

The Listening Point Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)3 educational organization, was established in 1998 and is dedicated to preserving Listening Point and furthering Sigurd Olson’s legacy of wilderness education.We own and care for Listening Point, the rugged northern Minnesota lake shore property and his cabin, along with Sig’s home and “writing shack” in Ely.  We  conduct tours for the interested public.  We also publish wilderness education materials, and sponsor wilderness educational programs. For more information, visit our website: http://listeningpointfoundation.org

  Remote Log Cabin Hideaways provides its clients remote cabin vacations and long weekend getaways in areas bording the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Our cabins are hand hewn log and offer privacy, solitude, and a wonderful opportunity to hear wildlife. Reserve your cabin today: http://www.logcabinhideaways.com




Mike's Liquor is your go-to liquor store in Ely, Minnesota. Check out our wide selection of exceptional wines and spirits, as well as a large variety of domestic, imported and craft beers. We have everything your need right here. 

  Minnesota Power, a division of ALLETE, Inc., provides electricity in a 26000- square-mile electric service territory located in northeastern Minnesota. For more information, visit our website: https://www.mnpower.com
  Nordic Home North features beautifully handknotted, custom rugs that are perfect for your home or cabin. We have ready-made rugs or offer custom designs, as well as quality giftware with a Nordic touch. For more information, visit our website: http://www.nordic-home.com/store/default.aspx
  Northern Wilds is a monthly magazine that celebrates the lifestyle of Lake Superior's North Shore, the BWCAW and northwestern Ontario with news, events, features, columns and outstanding photography. You can pick up a free copy at numerous locations along the North Shore from Duluth to beyond Thunder Bay as well as in Ely, MN. We also offer other regional publications, as well as a full-service print and copy shop. Check out our website for more information: http://northernwilds.com
  Organic Roots is committed to produce and serve the most pure, organic and artfully crafted slow foods and to provide a friendly place of thoughtful and healthy eating and gathering. Our food is hand-crafted with fresh, seasonal, organic and local ingredients and we make a conscious effort to practice sustainability in our business efforts. Our dedicated team of staff cares about your well-being and is here to help you maintain good health. Check out our website for more information: http://organicrootsbistro.com/index.php
  The Pebble Spa Company is currently made up of two cozy spas in the heart of northern Minnesota. Experience the best of the spa world but with the excellent service of a small town. Visit out website to book an appointment or check out our online boutique: https://www.pebblespaco.com

Piragis Northwoods Company is dedicated to instilling a passion in people for paddling canoes and kayaks in wilderness settings. Ultimately, our mission is to enhance the appreciation of wild shores and help to preserve nature along rivers, lakes and oceans around the globe. Visit our website to shop and plan your BWCA trip through our outfitting and guided trip opportunities: https://www.piragis.com

Plum Bun Bakery is a small family owned establishment.Our bakery specializes in wholesome breads, made from scratch with no added preservatives. Homemade cookies, muffins, scones, and individual cakes are always available, as well as a variety of Danish and Puff Pastry treats! For larger, custom cake orders, please call 48 hours in advance. Real, yeast raised donuts (YES!! Made from scratch!!) are available every Thursday, and delectable cake donuts are fried, FRESH, each Saturday morning!
I am an author/illustrator; a nature lover, a wilderness lover, a wife and mother, and a book lover. My dream is to have my books in libraries everywhere where children, parents, grandparents and teachers will use them to pursue and deepen a love for the remaining wilderness and natural world. My books, Someone Walks By and Summer of Wolves, were written with these ideas in mind. Visit my website for more information: http://www.pollycarlsonvoiles.com
The Pottery Shop/Blue Earth Pottery is local pottery made in Ely, Minnesota. Our shop is open on Saturdays or by appointment with a collection of beautiful pieces for sale. Support your local artists. 
Getting ready to move? Have some extra stuff that's taking up space? R & R Transfer offers quality storage and excellent moving services. Call us at 218-365-3196 to rent your storage unit or set up a moving time today. 
From calendars, greeting cards, fine art prints on metal & canvas, along with a line of jewelry, the Root River Photography team is bringing you the best we have to offer. Located in northern Minnesota, Heidi, Tom & Jason each have different ways of capturing intriguing photographs you’ll want to admire for years to come. Their northern lights, wildlife and landscapes will have you longing for more. View their collections in the Gallery of Images, and follow along on social media. Their work is sure to keep you captivated! For more, check out our website: https://shop.rootriverphotography.com
Sisu Designs Yarn Shop is off the beaten path. We offer one-on-one classes, group classes, and retreats on various knitting projects. Come on down for open knitting or to shop in our store. If you love knitting or want to learn how, visit our website or stop in! https://www.sisudesigns.org
Studio North is Ely's go-to location for all of your fitness needs. We believe that our customer's needs are of the utmost importance. That's why we offer a full weight room, personal training, a sauna, and fun fitness classes. For more information, visit our website: http://www.studionorthelymn.com/default.html

Image   Silver Rapids Lodge is located in the heart of Minnesota's Superior National Forest at the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). Established in 1919, we are one of the most historic resorts in the Ely area. Located just 4 miles from Ely, Silver Rapids offers year-round accommodations with modern lakeside cabins, motel suites and campgrounds. Fireplaces, whirlpools, sauna, decks, private firepits, hiking trails, beach, meeting rooms, gas, laundry, boats, pontoons, and direct BWCA access are just some of the amenities we offer, plus a full restaurant and lounge in our historic lodge with a fireplace and satellite TV. Click here for more information: https://www.silverrapidslodge.com

  Looking for the best Italian food around? Sir G's offers family dining with great pizza, pasta, appetizers, wine, and beer. Dine in or take out. Visit our website to see our full menu: http://www.sirgs.com
Smitty's on Snowbank, situated at the very edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, offers an unparalled opportunity to explore this wilderness wonderland. We are a full service resort with motel rooms, housekeeping suites, and private cabins. We offer boats, canoes, ice fishing houses, and snow shoes for rental and our kitchen is available to provide three meals a day to your family or group. Visit our website to book your stay today: http://www.smittys-on-snowbank.com

Steger Moosehide Mukluks are twice as warm and less than half the weight of traditional winter boots. They are made in the Northern Cree Indian style and have durable, flexible, treaded rubber soles. We use the best moosehides available, which means that your mukluks will remain supple and flexible through the years. With each pair you receive the best wool felt liners and insoles we can provide. To start shopping, visit our website:https://www.mukluks.com

Sustainable Ely, created by Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness, provides factual information on the negative impacts of sulfide ore mining on the local economy, the community, and the environment. It is staffed by volunteers who give their personal time to educate people and listen to their thoughts on this important issue facing the Ely community. Visit our website for more information: http://www.nmworg.org/save-the-boundary-waters/ 
Voltz Technologies is a full service computer shop located in Ely, Minnesota.  We offer a wide range of products and services to keep your computer and technology items running smoothly. Our personalized business services are second to none providing you with everything from server support to secure firewall protection.  At Voltz, you will find a team of dedicated support specialists that have over 70 years combined experience, which they use daily to keep today’s technology running as it should. Visit our website for more information: http://voltz.com
The Timberjay is an award-winning weekly newspaper serving the northern Minnesota communities of Tower-Soudan, Cook, Orr, Embarrass, Ely and Babbitt.
Visit us online at www.timberjay.com
TWIN METALS MINNESOTA LLC is a Minnesota mining company focused on designing, constructing and operating an underground copper, nickel, platinum, palladium, gold and silver mining project in the Iron Range region of northeast Minnesota. The Twin Metals Minnesota Project (TMM Project) brings the promise of significant long-term jobs and environmentally responsible economic development for generations in Minnesota. Visit our website for more information: http://www.twin-metals.com
Vermillion Community College is located in beautiful Ely, Minnesota. We pride ourselves on our strong academic programs, our athletic experiences, our many and diverse students clubs, and our friendly and helpful staff and faculty. For more information about our programs, visit our website: http://www.vcc.edu
Voyageur Outward Bound School (VOBS) is a nonprofit organization and is proud to be part of a national network of Outward Bound schools in the US and all over the world. Outward Bound entities collectively serve around a quarter of a million people a year in over 30 countries and has reached over seven million people in its 70-year history. For more information, visit our website: https://www.vobs.org

Image   Storybook cabins, from our end of the road to yours. The Wee Cabin Company in Ely, Minnesota builds custom, storybook timberframe cabins by artist Eric Mase.  Wee Cabins vary in size, ranging from 10'  x 10' to 14' x 18' with several additional sizes depending on the customer's requests and budget. Check out our website for more information: https://www.weecabins.com/index.php
There are a lot of dogsledding providers out there so why should you choose us? Because Dog Sledding is what we do. We are a professional tour provider, which means that we have the dogs that are best for you. We have seasoned staff trained to lead quality mushing trips and we have the focus to ensure it all comes together for you in a safe and successful manner. For more information, visit our website: https://www.whitewilderness.com

Image   Life's an adventure.... Wear it! Celebrating over 25 years of Wintergreen Anoraks. We began in 1985 by designing gear for our first expedition to the North Pole. Since then, we've explored just about every cold place on the planet, all with our own gear, and greatly expanded our line. All of our quality outdoor apparel--including anoraks, jackets, vests, mittens, wind shirts, snowpants, and shorts-- are handmade in Ely, Minnesota. Click here for more information: https://www.wintergreennorthernwear.com
  Located in Ely, Minnesota, Women’s Wilderness Discovery provides year-round, fully-outfitted and guided Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) canoe camping, hike camping, day canoe & kayak treks, day hikes, and “warm tent” winter camping and/or quinzhee (build a snow hut) camping by snowshoe or ski trek, and day snowshoe hikes or cross-country ski treks especially for women. Visit our website for more information: http://womenswildernessdiscovery.com

Zup's was founded on family tradition and that spirit still lives within the organization. The friendly greetings and the welcoming smiles make us your choice grocery store. For more information, visit our website: http://zups.com


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Raven Productions book awards include:

  • Eric Hoffer Book Award
  • Eric Hoffer "da Vinci eye" Award (for cover art)
  • Northeastern Minnesota Book Award
  • Lupine Award
  • Independent Publisher Book Award
  • Midwest Book Award
  • The Moonbeam Children’s Book Award
  • Next Generation Indie Book Award

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