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Wed
18
Oct

Helen Jeanette Whiting, 85 of Ely dies

Helen Jeanette Whiting, 85 of Ely died Sunday, October 15, 2017 in Ely Bloomenson Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. She was born September 30, 1932 in Embarrass, the daughter of Richard and Fannie (Pulkinen) Niemi; and married Joseph Whiting on June 17, 1950 in Ely. Helen grew up in Embarrass, lived in Ely, and on Armstrong Lake prior to returning to Ely in 1969.
She was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star; enjoyed dancing (especially polkas), crossword and jig saw puzzles, knitting, crocheting, traveling, camping and fishing. She cherished time spent with family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Wed
18
Oct

Leah Phifer, who has Ely family ties, enters race for U.S. House seat

by Tom Coombe
Republicans aren’t the only ones gunning for the U.S. House of Representatives seat held by Rick Nolan.
A Democrat with Ely family ties announced last weekend that she’d challenge Nolan for the party endorsement.
Leah Phifer, a former FBI counter-terrorism analyst, hopes to unseat the third-term Democrat and enters the race after a 7,000-mile motorycyle tour in which she visited with residents in all 18 counties in the spacious Eighth District.
Phifer, 33, grew up in Two Harbors and lives in Isanti on the district’s southern edge, but she also has some Ely roots.
She’s the daughter of 1977 Ely High School graduate Jackie Jensen Moen, and her grandparents include retired Ely elementary school teacher Jack Jensen and Sharon DeLeo.
Phifer has also staked ground opposite from Nolan on the contentious issue of copper-nickel mining in northeastern Minnesota.

Wed
18
Oct

Home-school totals inch up

by Tom Coombe -

Tue
17
Oct

Lynne Hill, 65, of Ely, dies

Lynn (Mellette) Hill left her home on Bumtside Lake to be reunited with loved ones in Heaven on October 17,2017. She was born in Batavia, IL on May 31, 1952.
Lynne lived most of her life in Scottsdale, AZ where she was a partner in an insurance adjusting company. After retiring she realized her dream and moved to Ely five years ago, becoming active in the arts.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Elaine (Lindskog) Mellette and her father, Clare Mellette.
Lynn is survived by daughter, Katie Hill and a son, Erik Hill, both of Arizona; partner Rich Hill of Ely and sister and brother-in-law, Jerry and Claire Taylor of Ely. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Mon
16
Oct

Merle Lunceford, 82, of Ely, dies

Merle W. Lunceford, 82, of Ely, passed away on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at his residence. Merle Lunceford was born in Long Prairie, MN on May 2, 1935, third of five children of Alma and Lyle Lunceford. He was a graduate of Long Prairie High School who went on to earn his teaching degree from St. Cloud State University.
He taught mathematics at Ely Memorial High School in the same room for 34 years. While teaching, he earned a Master’s degree from Purdue University by traveling to West Lafayette, Indiana during the summer.

Mon
16
Oct

Linda Louise (Levar) Powers, 69 of Esko, dies

Linda Louise (Levar) Powers, 69 of Esko entered God’s Kingdom Saturday, October 14, 2017 in Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth surrounded by family after a year-long battle with Type AL Amyloidosis.
Linda was born on December 1, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois. In 1952 her parents Lenard and Ann (Paun) Levar moved to Babbitt, MN where Linda attended school. She graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in 1965 and in 1967 received an AA degree from Ely Junior College.

Mon
16
Oct

Martin Rodich of Eagan, 66, dies

MARTIN RODICH, of Eagan, 66, passed away Saturday, September 30, 2017 after a year long struggle with recurring pneumonia and weakened lungs. Marty was born in St. Paul on March 2, 1951 and grew up rifle and bow hunting, fishing, canoeing, and working alongside his dad learning the tricks of most every trade. His favorite was that of electricity. Much of his free time was spent up in Ely, MN with family and friends where he loved the woods.

Mon
16
Oct

Home on the Range

Where are you from? An innocent enough question, and for many an easy answer. Perhaps they spent their whole life in Ely, only leaving for a few years for college. When I was in the Army and asked, my answer was Minnesota. That pretty well covered it when meeting people from all over the U.S. Maybe adding the detail of “grew up in Northern Minnesota” if they were at all familiar.
Born at Ely Bloomenson Hospital, raised in Ely, graduated from Ely Memorial High School… but graduation was 20 years ago. Living in Murphy City, between Finland and Isabella now, but there are way more than 50 miles between Ely and here, and memories too numerous to count.
Central Minnesota, a few months in South Carolina for basic training. Back to Minnesota, out to Montana, then California and Oregon, only to return to Montana. Then, probably the biggest shock to all who know me, I return with my growing family to Minnesota.

Sun
15
Oct

Anticipation builds for first Jake Forsman Memorial Car Show, Burnout Competition next to Ely’s City Hall Oct. 21

by Tom Coombe -
Ely’s newest event is perhaps its most unique.
Part of Chapman Street will be closed next Saturday, Oct. 21, as cars rev their engines, squeal t sheir tires and “lay a patch” during the first Jake Forsman Memorial Burnout Competition.
The competition, along with a car show named in honor of the late Elyite, begins at 10 a.m. in front of Ely’s City Hall.
Al Forsman, a city council member and father of the late Jake Forsman, is organizing and coordinating the event in memory of his son.
The two became aware of a similar competition in Idaho two years ago while on a trip to the West, and Jake dreamed of one day being able to hold one in Ely.
The event brings those who love cars together for an afternooon unlike one ever seen in town before.

Fri
13
Oct

From the miscellaneous drawer - Clear Blue Sea

Preliminary design for FRED - Floating Robot for Eliminating Debris

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