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Ely, Minnesota

As I was finalizing my preparation for the third town of my project, Tonopah, NV, scheduled for June of 2016, it dawned on me that I would be visiting the high desert in the middle of summer. It was at this time I had the idea that I should do the exact opposite come the following winter and visit a town in the far north. Six months later when I was preparing for town number six of my This is America Too project, my main criteria was finding a place in Minnesota as close to the Canadian border as possible. The decision came down to either Grand Marais or Ely and in the end I chose the latter because with a population of 3,455 it was by far the larger of the two. I wanted to make sure there would be some people left in town during the dead of winter and Ely was my best shot at that. Once the decision was made I started preparing for the visit…


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Elevation: 1,427′
Area: 2.74 mi²
Population: 3,460 (2010)
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