We quote from the Ely Chamber of Commerce web site:
It was revealed today that negotiations between Canada and Minnesota for the purchase of the town of Ely by the Province of Ontario, have hit a snag. Once believed to be an elaborate April Fool’s joke, the story has now attracted national attention. It’s now been learned that Nebraska has submitted an undisclosed bid for the town.
It has been fascinating to watch this story unfold. We’ll send more news when we get it.