Hometown homage: Ely's bear pair named Eli, Ellie


Eli and Ellie. The Duluth News Tribune reports that those names have been given to a pair of black bear cubs, born to an Internet audience on Jan. 12.

The names became official with the close of online voting at midnight Saturday, said Lynn Rogers, founder of the North American Bear Center. The center is located outside Ely.

People around the world follow the bears online. There’s a high-definition “den cam” to allow viewers to watch mother Lily and her new twins.

Lily became famous in 2010 when a camera installed in her den recorded the birth and early development of her first cub, Hope. In 2011, Lily gave birth on camera to twin cubs, Faith and Jason. Last year, Lily's sister Jewel gave birth to cubs Fern and Herbie.

The Bear Center is in the midst of a $1.25 million expansion that is expected to be completed by May 2014. The project is still about $650,000 short of needed funds, Rogers said.

Next Up

Juneteenth minneapolis

Communities across MN hosting events to mark Juneteenth

Juneteenth celebrates the freeing of enslaved African Americans after the Civil War.

U.S. district court minnesota - federal court

Moorhead man charged after 6-year-old was killed with his gun

Because of a previous felony conviction, Phillip Jones Jr. was prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm or ammunition.

Mike Zimmer

Coller: Mike Zimmer is Vikings minicamp's biggest winner

Matthew Coller writes a weekly Vikings column for BMTN, with more of his work found at Purple Insider.

forest service trash

Forest Service finds 2.28 tons of trash on just a 3-mile stretch of road

The agency is reminding people to stop dumping their old stuff.

hail in Burnsville

'Very large hail and damaging winds' possible with severe storms Thursday

Severe weather is likely in parts of Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin.

Police lights

St. Paul robbery ends with pursuit, crash, standoff in Minneapolis

Following the crash, the suspect remained in the car for four hours of negotiations with a SWAT Team.