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Sally Mae Davidson, 102, of Ely, dies

Sally Mae Davidson, 102, of Ely, passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely. She was born July 21, 1915 in Ely, daughter of Johan and Mana Pusovich. Sally was the past President of VFW Auxiliary in Ely, Sr. Regent of the Order of the Moose, was recognized as the Ely Volunteer of the Year in 1995, and named The Mother of the Year by the Slovenian Women’s Union in 1997.
She is survived by son Tom Morris of San Diego,; grandsons Thomas and Erik Morris of Arizona, and five great grandchildren.
Sally will be buried in the Fort Snelling Memorial Cemetery in Minneapolis alongside her late husband Quinn Davidson. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 24 at 2 p.m. at Kerntz Funeral Home in Ely.
Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home


Marvin Jonas, 92, of Ely dies

Marvin Jonas Sr of Ely passed away on Feb. 13, 2018 at the Virginia Care Center.
Marvin loved the outdoors especially hunting and fishing. He was a proud veteran having served as a fore gunner with a B24 bomber crew during World War II. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Cecelia and his daughter Peggy Roise (Goodwin). He is survived by 3 sons Peter (Faith), Marvin (Paula), Charlie (Patsy), 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Ely with visitation being held one hour prior to the service at the church. Military honors provided by the Ely Honor Guard.
Family arrangements entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.


Leora (PeeWee) Poppler, 92, of Babbitt, dies

Leora (PeeWee) Poppler, 92, of Babbitt, died Feb. 8. She was born March 12,1925. She is survived by her sons: Jack, Don and Doug (of Ely); and daughters Diane, Jean and Joan; many grandchildren including Nathan Poppler of Ely. Services have already been held.


June Marie Grebenc, 93, formerly of Ely, dies

June Marie Grebenc, 93, of Sioux City, formerly Ely, MN, died Saturday, February 10, 2018, at Matney Nursing Home, So. Sioux City, NE.
June was the daughter of Matt and Mary (Likar) Indihar, born June 17, 1924 in Ely. She graduated from Ely Memorial High School in Ely. On May 5, 1941 June was united in marriage with Edward Grebenc in Ely. June worked as a Technician (surgery supply) for Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital in Ely before retiring after many years of service to the hospital. She continued to live in
Ely after Edward’s death in 1991. June moved to Sioux City in 2000 to be close to her daughter.
June is a member of St. Michael Catholic Church of the Holy Cross Parish in Sioux City.
June is survived by her daughter Shari Monckton of Sioux City, Iowa.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Edward; daughter Mary Lou Grebenc.
No services are planned. Burial will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery later this month.


Skaters notch sixth victory

by Tom Coombe
It wasn’t as dramatic as the first encounter, but the Ely Timberwolves completed a regular season sweep of Bagley with a workmanlike performance at the Ely Arena.
Senior Gage Merhar scored twice, the Timberwolves built a decisive advantage in shots on goal and hung on in the final period for a 4-2 high school victory over the Flyers.
Section rival North Shore dominated the host Wolves 10-3 in a rare afternoon matinee Tuesday, but Ely has one last chance for a victory on the home ice.
That comes this Tuesday (Feb. 13), when the Wolves host Moose Lake in a pre-playoff tuneup. The Senior Night finale starts at 6 p.m.
Ely, now 6-12, has surprised some observers by reaching a half-dozen victories this winter and has a chance for another against Moose Lake, which has already fallen twice to the Wolves this season.


PolyMet mine supporters dominate hearing in Aurora

MINNESOTA Speaker of the House Republican Kurt Daudt talks with Ely residents Ray Marsnik, Gerald Tyler, Bob Berrini and Ross Petersen prior to the PolyMet hearing in Aurora. Photo by Nick Wognum.

by Nick Wognum -


Delbert “Bud” Fish, 82, of Babbitt, dies

Delbert “Bud” George Fish, 81, of Babbitt, passed away on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at St. Raphael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Eveleth.
Bud was born June 1, 1935 in Fosston, MN to George and Elise Fish. He was the youngest of eight children. He lived on the family farm until he was 17 years old.. Bud attended school in Fosston and enlisted in the Army at age 18. He served for a little over three years in Europe during the Korean Conflict.
Bud married Shelby Jean Reichenbach on Sept. 27, 1954. They lived in Fosston with their four children and then moved to Bemidji, MN where Bud worked as an auto mechanic.
In 1965 they moved to Babbitt where he worked for Reserve Mining Company as a truck shop foreman. When Reserve closed, Bud and Shelby moved to Bloomington, MN. Bud worked for the City of Bloomington until he retired in 1997. They then moved back to Babbitt,


Utility rates rising in Ely

by Tom Coombe -


Political caucuses need to go the way of the dinosaur

Bye, bye Walter Mondale’s pie,
Drove a Subaru down the Fernberg & the antis are high.
The good old miners are drinking whiskey and rye
Singing this will be the day the DFL dies …


Lance Joseph Novak, 37 ,of Cloquet, MN dies

Lance Joseph Novak, 37 ,of Cloquet, MN died Tuesday, February 6, 2018. He was born in Ely to James and Mary (Vonwald) Novak.
Lance was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Novak. He is survived by his wife, Janessa and their girls, McKenna and Helen of Cloquet; his father, James Novak of Babbitt; brother, Aaron (Tara) Novak of Wichita, KS.


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