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Sun
25
Sep

From the miscellaneous drawer - Despite the times

The part of my job that is most enjoyable is keeping track of subscriptions for subscribers. While names don’t pop into my head as quickly to match with faces that stop by the office, faces remain familiar generally.
And sometimes, too, bits of information, mostly from the past: where someone worked or lived, and other trivia like family connections emerge.
After all, the 40+ years living here has created a treasure trove of memories.
In my spare time, before a different treasure trove is totally lost, I’m trying to link up my mother’s family past with that of her family history from the 1800s.
That is a lot easier than trying to link up my dad’s family past. For one thing, I don’t read nor understand Norwegian.
Why is any of this important to me? It gives me a sense of stability in what appears to be an unstable world.

Sun
18
Sep

Hook and Bullet Club - Trail cameras

Trail cameras were the order of the day last Saturday for me and Millie, Megan’s golden retriever puppy.
We got out to the shack and spent the day in the woods. The temperature was just about right with just a touch of fall in the air.
In the back of the wheeler went our necessities for the day. A chainsaw, gas, oil, salt/mineral blocks, a pack with extra batteries and SD cards and an extra jacket.
Millie rode either on my lap or at my feet. She likes the wheeler but the chainsaw is another story. When I fired up the Stihl the first time she ran back to the wheeler and sat up on the seat. That was fine with me, one less thing to worry about it.
In May I had put a trail camera on a sapling on the edge of a beaver pond. I aimed the camera at the dam and hoped I would get to see what crossed from one side to the other.

Sat
10
Sep

From the miscellaneous drawer - I like my job

I like my job.
I started this job as publisher in the fall of 1977 and there was a lot to learn. In addition to learning Ely area family names, there was the matter of learning the roads and byways of journalism.
Then came offset presses, computers and the internet.
Now there is as another monstrous machine in my viewing and listening space. It’s for printing life-size and over-size posters. We’re still exploring its potential uses. Our customers already are availing themselves of the new printing product.
Answering the phone remains interesting to me too.
“What was the Ely newspaper in 1946? I called several places in Ely and they didn’t know,” an inquirer asked.
That’s an easy one. It was just the Ely Miner then. The Ely Iron Home and Ely Times which preceded the Miner had both ended by 1902. The Ely Miner ceased publication in 1986.

Sat
03
Sep

Burgomeister’s cell-phone dilemma continues

by Paul Leitgeb -

Fri
26
Aug

From the miscellaneous drawer - Paper

World Press Institute friends gathered this week - some from the days of Pidge Slabodnik Hodowonic in 1991 when world headlines included: Cease-fire ends Persian Gulf War; China accepts nuclear nonproliferation treaty; Boris Yeltsin becomes first freely elected president of Russian Republic.
While in Ely, the 1991 news revolved around lesser things...
Wall phones and portable bag phones kept us in touch with each other and the world was so far away - on television news reports and in daily newspapers.
With computers accessing the burgeoning internet we knew our lives were changing. We could not yet perceive how much our times and the world would change.
What we were to see in the years following was that those leaps forward in technology were to be succeeded shortly with ever more leaps forward in technology and the unrecognized constant would remain - paper.

Sat
13
Aug

Trout Whisperer finds answer to: Wanna sandwich?

Wanna sandwich?
When I step up on a new beaver dam, it reminds me of a very old one, that when I was about seven years old, I first discovered.
My grandfather would take me to what in life has turned out to be without question my favorite place to catch brook trout, and part of being able to go with him was this. He had a law; you do what I say, or you aint going with, which I adhered to as often as possible.
I directly recall disobeying him only twice in life. The first was over the eating of green apples. It was strictly forbidden, but one day he wasn’t home when I knocked on his door so, on a late September afternoon, I picked a couple of the green fruit and ate them which he never knew about, but I still feel bad for to this day.
The other time I didn’t adhere to his rule was on the brookie creek I so dearly now cherish.

Fri
05
Aug

From the miscellaneous drawer

We survived! Roadways, yards, and business properties are being restored.
For the most part, life is going on as necessary.
Area resorts reported that their guests, in general, pitched in to help with the clean-up. And the rare, complaining ones were willingly told “Farewell.”
In the “war” zones, the question lingers, “Did we take down all the ‘leaners’ and get all the damaged trees?”
Every summer storm may bring that question up again. In many places around Ely the landscape has changed.
As the winds charged through the forest, the weaker trees of popple, balsam and pine became a jumble of broken branches and trunks. How did the forest animals survive the terror?
The five deer which have shorn my hostas and munched through my yard are no longer seen.
And I have a new landscape, a new view of sunsets and the many vehicles passing by.
Life goes on.
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Fri
22
Jul

Tips on filing insurance and storm damage claims

In the aftermath of severe storms that hit many parts of northern Minnesota on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman urges Minnesotans who experienced damage to their homes, businesses or vehicles to contact their insurance companies to start the claims process.
The Commerce Department website features a Disaster Information Center with guidance about how to plan ahead and what to do after a disaster strikes.
Rothman offers the following tips for Minnesotans affected by the storms:
Notify your insurance company or agent as soon as you can to start the claims process. If possible, have your policy information available when you call. If you cannot locate your insurance company information, the Minnesota Commerce Department may be able to help you with a contact number.

Fri
15
Jul

From the miscellaneous drawer

Perhaps it is because I’m old and bored with standard television programming. Therefore I frequently flip channels to see what’s happening on the American Pickers television show on the History channel. Maybe it’s because I grew up in the era when there was so little we each had, that we treasured ’most everything. It’s interesting to see that others have been “treasuring” as well.
My favorite aunt gave me a daguerreotype union case which my great grandfather carried into the Civil War. I was about age 10 at the time and found it amazing with its beehive in relief on the front in what was made of gutta percha, an early version of plastic.
So when I received a phone call this week from the casting associate of American Pickers, I was pleased to be able to share info with our readers. Elyites are savers and collectors, be it cars, signs, memorabilia or just plain junk.

Sun
10
Jul

Hook and Bullet Club - Float time

On the Fourth of July for the first time in many years I wasn’t watching and/or taking pictures from the sidewalk. I was in the parade, driving a float for the Prospector Loop ATV Trail system.
Dave Lossing had kindly volunteered to not only allow us to display two units in the parade, he also gave us his company’s flat bed truck as well.
John Sjoberg joined me in the shotgun seat and my nephew Hunter Deinhammer rode in the back, tossing candy from the side by side.
We left at 9:45 a.m. for the 11 a.m. Tower parade. The parking area next to the civic center was packed with parade participants, from politicians to horses with plenty of manure being spread around.
John secured the banners on the side and I found the lady in charge to find out where we needed to be.
“You’ll be behind Zup’s,” she said.
That would limit our candy throwing for sure, but as it worked out we were ahead of the Zup’s truck that dumped candy by the box full.

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