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Wed
09
Aug

Lloyd G. Gustafson, 78, of Cook, dies

Lloyd G. Gustafson, 78, of Cook, died peacefully on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, at the Cook Community Hospital.

He was born on Sept. 12, 1938, in Cook, the son of Gust and Elfva (Persson) Gustafson. He was a lifelong resident of Cook and Lake Vermilion area.

Lloyd graduated from Cook High School in 1956 and then completed two years at Virginia Junior College. He married Mary E. Ludlow on June 10, 1962, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook, where he was a longtime member.

Lloyd worked at the family owned Standard Oil gas station in his earlier years, learning the rewards of a strong work ethic. The Gustafson family farm was special to Lloyd as were several businesses his grandfather pioneered at Cook.

Wed
09
Aug

Jill McElmurry died Aug. 3 at her home in Taos

Jill McElmurry, illustrator of the best-selling “The Little Blue Truck” series of children’s books, died Aug. 3 at her home in Taos, New Mexico, of breast cancer. She spent portions of each summer at her cabin on Burntside Lake from 2011-2017. She was 62.

Wed
09
Aug

IRS to Auction Boats, Canoes and Outdoor Gear in Ely, MN August 23

IRS to Auction Boats, Canoes and Outdoor Gear in Ely, MN

The Internal Revenue Service will conduct a public auction of boats, canoes, camping equipment and the contents of outfitters retail store on August 23, 2017 in Ely, Minnesota.

Items for auction include: camping supplies including tents, grills, chairs, cookware and cots as well as canoes, kayaks, boats, trolling and outboard motors, fishing gear and vehicles. The minimum bid for all items in the first sale is $19,680.

There will be a second auction of nine Marathon Aluminum canoes, two 16 foot Alumacraft boats and an 18 foot Alumacraft John Boat with trailer and 25 hp motor at the same location. The minimum bid for all items in the second sale is $2,400.

Both auctions will be at R&R Transfer, 420 N. 15th Ave East, Building #10, Ely Minnesota.

Items for sale may be inspected at the auction location from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm on August 22.

Tue
08
Aug

Jack Willis, 69, of Ely, MN dies

Tough Yet Gentle - Jack Willis, 69, of Ely, MN passed away on August 3, 2017. Beloved father, husband, brother, uncle, neighbor, co-worker and friend, Jack was born March 16, 1948 in East Orange, NJ to George and Bertine Willis. Serious and focused as a child, he developed a work ethic that never faltered.  He graduated from Rivers Country Day School (Massachusetts) in 1966 and attended both Paul Smith College (New York) and Prescott College (Arizona). He went on to become a jack of all trades in Ely for the past 50 years.

Mon
07
Aug

Barbara (Skradski) Asbury, 96 of St. Paul dies

Barbara (Skradski) Asbury, 96 of St. Paul died August 3, 2017 at St. Anthony Park Home. Born and raised in Ely, Minnesota. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Merrill Dean; many nieces and nephews. Retired employee of the City of St. Paul and longtime member of the Catholic Church of St. Cecilia. The family would like to acknowledge the support and friendship of JoAnn Mason and the care provided by the staff at St. Anthony Park Home. Funeral Service 2 p.m. (visitation 1:30 p.m) on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 at Holcomb-Henry-Boom-Purcell Funeral Home, 536 Snelling Ave N, St. Paul. Private interment Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred to University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medical Center.

Sun
06
Aug

Construction begins Aug. 7 to replace bridge on Highway 88

Construction begins Monday, August 7, to build a new bridge on County State Aid Highway 88 (Grant McMahan Boulevard) crossing the Burntside River west of Ely.
The project involves replacing the existing bridge, built in 1938 and at the end of its serviceable life, with a 105-foot concrete slab span bridge.
The new bridge will no longer have the weight limitations that the old bridge has, and will include heightened distance between the river and bottom of the bridge, which will allow increased navigational use of the river.
The project is expected to last through October, with additional work necessary next spring. Detour signage will be placed on both CSAH 88 and Highway 169.

Sat
05
Aug

Native Son - Bookworm #4

by Charles D Novak
The floor around the recliner in my living room looks like a small library. Here are some of my reviews of recently read books.
WINTER IS COMING by Garry Kasparov - subtitled “Why Valdimir Putin Must Be Stopped.” The Russian author, now living for safety reasons in the United States, spent twenty years as the world’s #1 chess player. In 2005 he retired from professional chess to lead the pro-democracy opposition against Putin.

Sat
05
Aug

Dian Whelan, 74, summer resident, dies

Dian Whelan, 74, of Plymouth, MN and Ely summer resident, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 30, 2017.
Preceded in death by husband, James; son, Michael; parents, Kenneth and Ruby Hampton; brothers, Ken, Jr. “Speed” and John.
Survived by daughter, Carolyn (Joel) Klaers; grandsons: David, Daniel and Kevin. Special thank you to the North Memorial Hospice Team. Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. on
Monday, August 14 at Word of Peace Lutheran Church, 21705 129th Ave S., Rogers. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Memorials preferred to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Fri
04
Aug

Planned fire on White Iron’s Ring Rock peninsula underway

Anticipated Date of Ignition: Friday, August 4, 2017

Location: T62N R12W S13 and T62N
R11W S18 In northeastern Minnesota, in St.
Louis County on the Kawishiwi Ranger
District on the Superior National Forest (Map
attached.) This 82-acre unit is located at the
tip of the peninsula at the end of Ring Rock
Road on the southeastern shore of White Iron
Lake.

Fri
04
Aug

Marcella Agnes (LaBelle) Archambault, 95, dies

Marcella Agnes (LaBelle) Archambault, 95, born Sept. 95, 1921, passed away on July 29, 2017. Anyone who knew her benefited from her kindness and generosity. She loved caring for her family and no one left her home empty handed. There are no words adequate enough to express the loss we all feel. She is preceded in death by her parents Wilfred and Teresa LaBelle (Murphy); husband Chuck; children, David, Dick, Jim and Steve; grandson Brian Lyke; granddaughter Jamie and great granddaughter Jessie. Her siblings James (congressional medal of honor recipient), Norman, Howard, Evelyn Roo and Virginia Carpentier.
She is survived by her children Barb Lyke and Charlie Archambault; Her sisters Mary Lou Steiner and Elaine Lauer. Along with many grand children, great grand children, daughters in law, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at Washburn-McReavy Hillside Chapel on Wednesday Aug. 9, 2017 at 2 p.m. Visitation one hour prior. Interment at Hillside to follow.

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