2019 Winterfest Recap


2019 Ely Winterfest

Winterfest was started as a way to celebrate the Holidays with the Ely Businesses. Winter is often a time where people go into hibernation, but this event provides a family friendly opportunity for people to get out of the house for a day regardless of the weather and enjoy everything that our small town of Ely has to offer. This end of the year celebration is thrown by the Downtown Businesses. It is their way of giving back to the Community and saying ‘Thank You’ to all of those who patronize their stores throughout the year. The day may have been chilly, but it was filled with laughter and warm smiles. Winterfest kicked off with the annual 5k Fun Run, which is always a big Holiday hit! Hundreds of people enjoyed a day filled with horse drawn carriage rides, a busy vendor fair, cookie decorating, hot cocoa bar and last but not least, a visit from the Ice Princesses AND Santa!

Our local businesses would like to extend their sincerest appreciation to all those who came out to celebrate and would also like to thank the amazing volunteers! On behalf of the City and all of our residents, we would like to thank all of those who worked so hard to make this event so magical! Until next year, Happy Holidays!

St. John’s Lutheran Church Receives AED Grant


St. John’s Lutheran Church Receives AED Grant

Today was an important and special day at St. John’s Lutheran Church here in Ely. Thanks to Kent Noska, a resident in town and congregation member of the church, who successfully applied for assistance in receiving an AED via a grant through Think Safe. AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator is used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. It’s a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, medical device that can analyze the heart’s rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.

In Ely we are fortunate that our Volunteer Fire Department is located right here in town – meaning that precious minutes can be saved when responding to an emergency; however, an AED may be necessary to use in a moments notice. In the event to of a medical emergency, always make sure that someone is directed to contact 911 immediately.

Pastor Brian wants to stress the importance that in the event of a medical emergency, if you are in or near the Church, this life saving resource is available to the entire Community and all residents and/or visitors. The location of the AED is mounted on the wall just inside their front doors off of Walker Street.

Present to receive the donated AED and the first three trained on how to use it were Pastor Brian Middleswarth, Guy Schultz and Ed Mertens.

Thank you to Think Safe and St. John’s Lutheran Church for helping to keep our Community safe and prepared!

Click here to watch a quick video on how to properly use the AED device.

Holiday Spirit


Did you notice a little extra Holiday magic downtown last night? Thanks to the dedicated work of the Resident Decoration Committee and our Parks and Recreation Coordinator, we acquired additional lights/garland from the City of Dyersville for an amazing deal, allowing us to bring a even more festive spirit to our beautiful Community!

Extra thanks to our fantastic Fire Department that volunteers their time to hang the decorations on the street poles all around town, as well as the tree in front of City Hall. They worked through the rain this past weekend to bring Holiday cheer to Ely!

This is always such a special time of the year! “As soon as you see the lights and decorations coming into town, you instantly feel at home” – Luanne Miller (City of Ely Deputy Clerk)

#beEly #beHome

The final touches of our Holiday decorations are finally up! Don’t these new banners look sharp?

Thank you to Tyler from Public Works for getting them all up today!

RFP For 1600 Rowley Street




Proposals are being accepted for this house to be moved off site and restored on your own lot. The house will be offered for sale by sealed bid, with preference given to proposals to move and restore the house; however, in the event that no such proposals are received, proposals for salvage will be considered. The house must be moved by December 31, 2019. All permits, relocation costs, insurance requirements, and restoration costs for the house are the responsibility of the successful bidder. The successful bidder, whether moving or salvaging, will be required to clean up the site including all debris and remnants of the house from the site. The successful bidder will be responsible for leaving the site in a stable, safe condition, including repairing/restoring any areas damaged during removal/salvaging operations.


The house, located at 1600 Rowley, was built in 1928. This two-story single-family home is 1,679 square feet. This is a three bedroom, 2.5 bath home over a full basement. There is a small wood garage that will need removal immediately to the South of the house. The house is being offered “as is” and without warranty of any kind. It may contain asbestos, lead paint, or other hazardous material.


For more information on the house and details on submitting an RFP, please click here to view the entire document.

City Election Candidacy Packet



Are you interested in running for our local City election this year?

If so, click here to download the City Candidate Packet to review important information regarding the election.