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Fri
18
Aug

Little Leaguers compete in Virginia as season ends

LITTLE LEAGUERS AT VIRGINIA TOURNEY - A group of Ely LIttle League baseball players competed last weekend at a tournament in Virginia, going 2-3 in the three-day event. Pictured are: (front, l-r) Alex Merriman, Ben Leeson, Sam Favet, Caid Chittum, Deegan Richards, Ty Walker; (back) Coach Tim Leeson, Brecken Sandberg, Kadein Zupancich, Sammy Prijatel, Erron Anderson, Logan Loe, Coach Holly Prijatel, Coach Derek Johnson. Photo courtesy of Holly Prijatel

Thu
17
Aug

Catherine Lundein, 92, dies

Catherine Lundein, 92, passed away peacefully on August 11, 2017 at Riverbend Memory Care Facility in Rochester where she resided since 2016. Cathy was a long-time resident of Babbitt where she and her late husband, Archie, retired.
Cathy, a loving wife, mother, grandmother,great grandmother and friend was born on April 28, 1925 in Urbana, MO. Together with her husband, they owned and operated the 4 Seasons Supper Club in Virginia until 1985.
Cathy is survived by five children: Judy (David Barncord) Lundein of Tonganoxie, KS, Patricia Shaleen of Gilbert, Mark (Erika) Lundein of Boston, MA, Denise (Ed Martin) Lundein of Rochester, MN and Tracy (Tom Williams) Lundein of Yuma, AZ; six grandchildren: McKenna and Paige Lundein, Joshua and McKena Martin, Vanessa Ott and Amanda Fandino; five great-grandchildren: Nya, Nash and Moo Ott, Jacoby Barraza, Luna Martin; nieces and nephews.

Wed
16
Aug

Ann M. (Moravitz) Kantola, 94, of Conneaut, OH, dies

Ann M. (Moravitz) Kantola, 94, of Conneaut, OH, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at the Villa at the Lake.
She was born on July 9, 1923 in Ely, Minnesota the daughter of Steve and Jenny (Antilla) Moravitz. Ann graduated from Ely Memorial High School. She was a wonderful home maker and enjoyed cooking and people raved about her pies. Ann loved walking and spending time outdoors watching the wildlife.
She is survived by her children: Kathleen (Mike) Kehoe, Charles (Donna Courtney) Kantola and Lawrence (Kelly) Kantola; brother, Eugene “Bud” (Sue) Morrow; grandchildren: Mick (Patty) Kehoe, Jeannie Givens, Steve (Karen) Kehoe and Patrick Kantola; six great-grandchildren; two great great-grandchildren; and her beloved dogs, Bandit and Luke.
Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Kantola; brothers, Robert, Lawrence, Jim and Bernie; and a sister, Laverne Chelesnik.
In keeping with her wishes, no services will be held.

Wed
16
Aug

Cloquet Line draws interest of Fall Lake board, area residents

by Nancy McReady -

Tue
15
Aug

Melvin “Memo” Mathew Janeksela, 74 of Winton, dies

Melvin “Memo” Mathew Janeksela, 74 of Winton, lost his battle with cancer on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at the Boundary Waters Care Center.
Melvin was born to Matthew and Emmi (Hokanen) Janeksela on September 28, 1942 in Ely. He graduated from Ely Memorial High School and attended college in Albert Lee and Mesabi for welding. He worked for the USFS, Tenant, LTV, and owned the Timber Inn.
Melvin joined the Army and was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War, but was honorably discharged due to injuries he sustained there.

Tue
15
Aug

Paulette (Polly) Krueger, 78, of Babbitt, dies

Paulette (Polly) Krueger, 78, of Babbitt, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, August 14, 2017 with her loving family at her side.
She was born on May 22, 1939 in Bemidji, MN. At an early age her family moved to Taconite, MN where her father was employed in the natural ore mines. They later moved to Babbitt where she completed high school graduating in Ely with class of 1957.
In 1958 she married Dave Kumferman and moved to the north side of Birch Lake where they raised their family. After her husband’s death, she worked in the home health care field for several years.
In 2006, she married Bill Krueger of Babbitt where they have made their home since that time.
Polly’s greatest pleasure came from spending time with her family, agate hunting along the North Shore, her flowers, fishing and playing cards with the gals.

Mon
14
Aug

Supporting a Free Press

by Senator Amy Klobuchar -

Mon
14
Aug

Public input sought on proposed late season deer hunt and regulations

People can give input on a proposed late season antlerless only deer hunt in southeastern Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host two public input meetings about the proposed hunt, potential dates, bag limits and other restrictions.

The first meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, in the Houston Elementary School gymnasium, 310 S. Sherman St. in Houston. The second meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, in the DNR Central Office lobby, 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul. Online input will be taken from Monday, Aug. 28, through Monday, Sept. 11.

“We want to discuss why this hunt is proposed, at both meetings. And DNR staff will explain the purpose of the proposed dates and bag limits,” said Adam Murkowski, Big Game Program leader.

Mon
14
Aug

Paulette Krueger, 78, of Babbitt, dies

Paulette Krueger, 78, of Babbitt, passed on Monday, August 14, 2017 at her home. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Sun
13
Aug

Hook and Bullet Club by Nick Wognum - Methodists celebrate

Our little church had a big celebration last Sunday. The Ely United Methodist Church celebrated its 125th year with a full service and a special dinner.
“The Little Church With A Big Heart” is located in the oldest church building in Ely, started in 1892 and completed in 1895. The land was donated by the Oliver Mining Company.
In 1907, famed Ely mine captain Charles Trezona made a sizeable donation so the church could have actual pews. He played a key role in the church’s development. And, he lived just down the street.
Like other churches in Ely, during the Great Depression there was a good chance the doors would be closed forever. If it wasn’t for the women beginning to make pasties to help meet church expenses, that just might have happened.
Eighty years later pasties are still made by a team of volunteers (both men and women) and those funds help keep the doors open.

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