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Fri
09
Jun

Wolves upset Deer River, return to state

by Tom Coombe -

For the Ely Timberwolves, an improbable season will reach its climax at an improbable destination: the Class A State High School Baseball Tournament.

The youngest baseball team in school history gave the program its second straight Section 7A title - upsetting top-seeded and state-ranked Deer River twice Thursday night at Duluth's Wade Stadium,

Junior Gage Merhar returned to the mound with a dominant performance and teamed with senior Mark Killoran to drive in eight runs as the Wolves won the opening game 12-7, setting up a deciding game for the title that mirrored the first.

Again, Ely jumped to a big lead and held on at the end, with sophomore Tyler Housey recording the save in his first-ever varsity pitching performance, relieving freshman Dalton Schreffler in a 9-6 Wolves win.

Wed
07
Jun

Solitude at eventide

Photographer Pam Roberts captures the serenity of a boat ride through the channel at Silver Rapids.

Wed
07
Jun

Ely Aquatic Invasives Team (EAIT) ramping up summer activities

With growing concern about the effects of aquatic invasive species (AIS) such as rusty crayfish and spiny water fleas on the Northland’s fisheries and our lakes and rivers “as we know them,” a group of area citizens and government agencies has come together to learn about them and work to impede their spread.
Representatives from the Burntside Lake (BLA), White Iron Chain of Lakes (WICOLA), Vermilion Lake (VLA—formerly the Sportsmen’s Club of Lake Vermilion), and Eagle’s Nest Lake Associations, St. Louis and Lake Counties Soil & Water Conservation Districts, US Forest Service, Ely Field Naturalists (EFN), and Ely Community Resource (ECR) have met monthly since 2015 to coordinate opportunities and efforts.

Tue
06
Jun

VCC earns high ranking

by Tom Coombe -

Mon
05
Jun

Second CanoeFest coming up June 10-11

by Tom Coombe
Known for decades as the canoe capital of the United States, if not the world, Ely will go to great lengths next weekend to live up to that billing.
The second annual Great American Canoe Festival will take place June 10-11 at Semer’s Park with demonstrations and seminars, music and food, vendors and special events including canoe races, a film festival and literary breakfast.
“There is a ton of stuff going on,” said organizer Wendy LIndsay.
Born in 2016, the CanoeFest is part of an effort to bring more events - and visitors - to the community.
The inaugural event was held last June and encompassed three days and two sites - both Semer’s as well as Vermilion Community College.
This time around, the event has been consolidated to two days and Semer’s serves as the focal point.
“100 percent of it is at Semer’s,” Lindsay said of the popular, city-owned beach area.

Sun
04
Jun

Mental health emergencies pose challenge to Ely hospital, police

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Fri
02
Jun

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Fri
02
Jun

Lost canoeists rescued in BWCAW

by Tom Coombe -

With the help of a Blackhawk helicopter, authorities rescued a Twin Cites couple that had been reported missing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

A search that was launched earlier in the week ended successfully early Friday morning, when authorities located the canoeists, who had been lost in a swamp near Nina Moose River and Oyster Lake.

Located were Charles Kelly, 66, of Brooklyn Park, and Pamela Scaia, 65, of New Hope. They suffered no major medical issue after being lost for seven days. They were taken to Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital, as a precaution.

Sheriff's officials said the couple used a flashlight to alert authorities, who needed permission from Gov. Mark Dayton to use the helicopter.

The search was launched after the couple did not come out of the wilderness as expected on Monday. They reportedly sent a text to a friend last week indicating they were lost, but it was taken as a joke.

Fri
02
Jun

Grads look back, forward

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
02
Jun

Imaginations come into play for musical concert in Ely

WHO NEEDS A GIBSON? First grade students only needed a tissue box and a paper towel roll to use as a musical instrument. Photos by Eric Sherman.

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