A staff member at Ely Memorial High School died late Sunday after a snowmobile accident on Shagawa Lake.
Christopher Yarger, 48, was killed from injuries he sustained when crashing his snowmobile near the 400 block of North Shagawa Road just before 3 p.m. Sunday.
Yarger was transported by ambulance to Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital and later taken by helicopter to St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth, where he was pronounced dead.
Superintendent Kevin Abrahamson confirmed Yarger's death in an e-mail sent Monday morning to parents.
"It is with heartfelt sadness and deepest sympathy that we inform you that the Ely School District has experienced the loss of one of its teaching staff," said Abrahamson. "Although Mr. Yarger was new to our schools this year, we know that he impacted our students."
Finishing business in under a half hour, Morse residents at the annual meeting Tuesday again approved a property tax levy with no increase.
Prior to the meeting Bob Berrini was re-elected to the board of supervisors, receiving 31 of 32 votes cast. There was one write-in for Jon Prijatel.
Treasurer Mary Ann Lekatz went through the 2016 Board of Audit report, noting good fiscal management by the board will result in a net increase in township funds.
Morse finished the year with $304,025.98, just over $2,000 less that it started. However, the township paid out $100,000 that will be reimbursed by the IRRRB for work done at the joint public safety facility on Hwy. 88.
Berrini noted the project included burying a 4,000 gallon tank to store water that was donated by Barb Berglund.
Supervisor Terry Soderberg, who again served as moderator, said the township was able to pave Maple Street in 2016 using gas tax plus some road and bridge funds.
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Another year of Saturday morning basketball has come to a end with the annual Ely Jaycees and Cops for Kids Hot Shot Contest and the annual Ely Hoop Club Hot Dog Feed.
This year there were 54 kids who participated in the contest, 15 high school boys and girls basketball players and nine Jaycee and Cops for kids helpers.
Each kid had two minutes to shoot from three areas on the court. Each area was worth different points.
All kids receive a certificate and a water and the first place winner received a basketball.
Then the high school kids took part in a shoot out contest with lay up, free throw, three points and half court shot.
Boys winner was Patrick Vanderbeek who made all four shots and girls winner was Shayla Zaverl making three of the four shots.
TOURNEY RAISES DOLLARS - Hoops for Hope, a holiday tournament held by the Ely high school girls basketball team, generated $3,708 for the Spiritwood Foundation, a local group that helps those stricken with Alzheimer’s Disease. Ely girls basketball coach Darren Visser (right) and seniors Susan Cook, Morgan Moravitz and Maggie Isbell presented a check Wednesday to Spiritwood representatives Dave Merhar, Jan Merhar and Sheri Dochat. Photo by Tom Coombe
Ely kindergarten students in Megan Devine’s class recently got a taste of the sap from maple trees in the school yard. The children included, front: Jorja Moravita, Kaija Shultz, Aubrielle Poppler, (middle row) Atticus Richter, Henry Fetterer, Duane Johnson, Adel Patterson, Amelia Strom, back, Siiri Nelson.