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Helen Mary (Skufca) Sampson, 88, of Fridley, dies

Helen Mary Sampson, 88, of Fridley, passed away on Sat., April 8, 2017. Helen is preceded in death by daughters Emily and Amy; parents, Joseph and Mary Skufca; brothers: Don and Joe. She is survived by children: Mark (Diana) Sampson and Carolyn Sampson (Kathy Connelly); grandsons, Adam and Judd (Jessica); 3 great-granddaughters. Memorial service will be held on Sat., 4/22/2017, at Miller Funeral Home, 6210 Hwy 65 NE, Fridley, MN, at 11 AM with a visitation one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Fairview Hospice or the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.


Kathryne A. Lind, 82, of Babbitt, dies

Kathryne A. Lind, 82, of Babbitt, passed away on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Carefree Assisted Living in Babbitt. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.


City of Ely is requesting proposals for the purchase of a used tracked excavator

Proposals Requested

The City of Ely is requesting proposals for the purchase of a used tracked excavator. The City is interested in a machine 2008 or newer with less than 5000 hours and equivalent to a Cat 315D L excavator.
Sealed proposals are due on Tuesday April 18th at 2pm at Ely City Hall, 209 East Chapman Street Ely, Mn. 55731. The City reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and will award the purchase in the best interest of the City.

Harold R. Langowski P.E.
City of Ely
Office: 218-226-5474 Ely Echo 4/15/017


Ely Council Minutes: March 21, 2017

Council Minutes: March 21, 2017
Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers

CALL TO ORDER: Mayor Novak called the meeting to order at 5:30pm.

PRESENT: Council members A.Forsman, Kess, Callen, D.Forsman, and Acting Mayor Omerza
ABSENT: Council Member Debeltz and Mayor Novak

D.Forsman/Callen moved to approve the minutes from the March 7, 2017 Regular Meeting. Motion carried 5-0-2 with Debeltz and Mayor Novak absent.

Addition 11.D Resolution #2017-010 Resolution Supporting Local Decision-Making Authority The City of Ely, MN
Addition 8.B. Community Center Furnishings
Items A and B added without objection.

Acting Mayor Omerza reported that Mayor Novak is in Washington DC with a group of range advocates discussing the leases with the USFS and the BLM.


Pitching key to Ely’s success

by Tom Coombe
Pitching is part of the core of success for any baseball team, and the Ely Timberwolves rode the efforts of a dominant senior pitcher last spring all the way to the state tournament.
This spring, pitching takes on an even larger focus, both for the Timberwolves and in high school baseball as a whole.
New rules, governing the number of pitches that pitchers may throw, cast an imposing shadow over a 2017 season that started Friday, when the Wolves hosted Two Harbors in one of the earliest-ever season-openers at Veterans Memorial Field.
Ely has won three of the last five Section 7A titles, including in 2016 when Patrick Huisman picked up three pitching wins and two saves during the Wolves’ section tournament run.
But Huisman has graduated, and the new rules make it impossible for anyone to step in and even attempt to match that performance this spring.


Arcell E Huseby, 91, of Babbitt dies

Arcell E Huseby, 91, of Babbitt passed away on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Carefree Assisted Living in Babbitt.
Arcell was born January 22, 1926 in Gary, MN to Arthur and Elvira Stephenson. Arcell married Almer Huseby on January 15, 1947. They moved to Babbitt in January of 1956. She was an avid snowmobiler and enjoyed camping with her family and even an occasional elk hunting trip.
She enjoyed her grandchildren and being a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her four sons, Mark (Julie) of Babbitt, MN; Lynn (Diane) of Lake Charles, LA; Dale of Rosemount, MN; and Gary of Roberts, WI. Five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother and sister.
Due to her wishes, no service will be held. Burial will take place at a later date.
Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.


Trout Whisperer - Holdin’ my nose

Holdin’ my nose
When he looks across the field, I don’t see what he sees, but I smell what he smells.
He just took the last load of cow manure out from the barn and let it fly with his manure spreader.
He says he likes getting the last load of fertilizer on the field before the frost goes out.
I ask when he thinks the frost will be gone.
He says, “The way this spring is shaping up, it is probably gonna be sooner than later.”
I ask why.
He says. “Look at the snow pack, there aint any. It’s all gone. We’ve had some mighty warm days already. If folks aint careful, with all these dry conditions, we could have some serious fire danger this spring.”
Then, as if to hammer home his point, four Canadian geese flute over his field, the first ones I’ve seen this spring.
He points up, “See what I’m talking about, everything is coming early this year.”


Rhoda Anderson, age 99, of Ely, dies

Rhoda Georgine Anderson, 99, passed away peacefully on April 6, 2017, at the Carefree Living Center in Ely, MN, surrounded by family.
Rhoda was born on December 9, 1917, in Hawley, MN to Anna and Oscar Askelson. She attended country school and worked on neighboring farms until her marriage to Gordon Anderson on June 15, 1941, in Borup, MN. They farmed in the Twin Valley area until 1956 and then moved to the Iron Range where Gordon worked for U.S. Steel until his retirement in 1975. After Gordon’s death in 1986, Rhoda returned to Twin Valley where she lived for several years before moving to Ely to be near family.
Rhoda enjoyed homemaking and was known for her excellent breads and rolls. She and Gordon enjoyed gardening, fishing and picking blueberries together and loved spending time with their grandchildren.


Georgine Frances (Larson) Koschak, 83, of Ely, dies

Georgine Frances (Larson) Koschak, 83, of Ely, passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Carefree Living in Babbitt, MN.
She was born September 29, 1933 in Ely to George Axel and Frances Elizabeth (Peyla) Larson. She attended school here. She married John Robert (Bob) Koschak on September 19, 1953.
She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved flower arranging, gardening, crafts, sewing - she sewed quilts for all her grandchildren. She loved entertaining in her home and was very welcoming, cooking and feeding many. She was a devoted member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Gerald Larson and grandson Jarred Hinzmann.


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What’s news in Ely? Check out this week’s Ely Echo and read all about:

Ambulance service breaks contract with hospital

International Wolf Center: a million visitors and counting

169 groundbreaking set for April 13

Ely Mayor Novak part of Range delegation that went to bat for mining

Make plans for April 25 Empty Bowl event at St. Anthony’s Church Hall

CanoeFest sponsor offer stirs dispute

CLIMB Theater’s Feeling History visits Ely April 26; free VCC event

Morse town board votes to help fund Blandin Broadband project

County commissioner visits Fall Lake board

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