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Fri
07
Jul

Stuffing, Dilly Bars and more; Ely celebrates a sunny, spectacular Fourth of July in style

BIG CROWDS gathered all along Ely’s Fourth of July parade route. This year’s parade lasted more than an hour-and-a-half. Photos by Eric Sherman.

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
07
Jul

Ely Patriotic Choir garners large audience

FILLING Washington Auditorium with patriotic music directed by Lyle Klein were orchestra and choir members at the Ely Patriotic Choir concert on Sunday. Photos by Pam Roberts.

Fri
07
Jul

Driving Miss Daisy motors into Ely

Driving Miss Daisy is coming to Ely on July 21 - 23. A live touring production featuring Mary Kay Fortier Spalding (class of ’63, Ely Memorial H.S.) as Daisy, Eric Wood as Hoke and Dann Peterson as Boolie will open on Friday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m. and continue on Saturday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m.
The final performance will be a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, July 23. All performances will be at the Vermilion College Theater. Presented by Northern Lakes Arts Association and Happy For That Theatre Company. Ticket prices are $8 for students, $12 for NLAA members and $15 for the general public. Tickets are available in advance at brownpapertickets.com or at the door.
Set in mid-century Atlanta, Driving Miss Daisy tells the story of an elderly Jewish matron, Daisy Werthan, and her chauffeur, Hoke Coleburn.

Fri
07
Jul

A sunny Four on the Fourth

by Tom Coombe
One event, two races, three winners and sunny skies produced a spectacular start to the Fourth of July in Ely.
The Janet Gensler Memorial Ely 4 on the 4th attracted 246 participants, three more than in 2016, and new winners in both the men’s and women’s divisions.
Harrison Hirsch of Vadnais Heights was the overall winner, completing the four-mile run around the Trezona Trail in 22 minutes, 27 seconds.
Hirsch outlegged Santi Ocariz of Rochester to the finish line. Ocariz was the only other contestant to crack the 23-minute mark and was second overall in 22:57.
The women’s title was shared, as high school track teammates Erin Bianco and Ryne Prigge raised their hands as they crossed the finish line in 28:53
The event doubles as a fundraiser for Ely’s self-funded high school track teams, and the Timberwolves were well represented in the annual Independence Day event.

Thu
06
Jul

Frederick M. Janezich, 91, of Ely, dies

Frederick M. Janezich , 91, passed away June 10, 2017 at Boundary Waters Care Center, Ely.
Fred was born April 3, 1926 to Louis and Ana (Matelic) Janezich in Ely.
He graduated from Ely Memorial High School and from Ely Junior College. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II having served in Germany.
Some of his favorite activities were hunting deer, moose, and small game, reading, woodworking, making various wines and cooking delicious Slovenian cuisine.
Preceding Fred in death were his parents, a very young sister Annie and his brother Louis.
Surviving Fred is a sister, Leona Janezich, and many cousins and special friends.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Kerntz Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior at the funeral home. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Thu
06
Jul

Stanley Starkman, 87, of Ely, dies

Stanley Starkman, 87, of Ely, passed away on June 28, 2017. He was born on June 5, 1930 to Richard and Erma (Dyhr) in Ely. He was a 1948 graduate of Ely Memorial High School. Stan answered his country’s call and was sent to fight in the Korean War where he earned 3 Bronze Stars for Valor in combat. Stan married the love of his life, Marianne Olsson, in 1967 and had two children together. Stan spent most of his working career in the mining industry. He worked in the Zenith Mine in Ely and then at Reserve in Babbitt until 1983. Stan sold firewood for many years until his retirement. In his younger days he was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a humble and soft spoken man with a great sense of humor.

Wed
05
Jul

Amy J. Adams, 55, of Minneapolis dies

Amy J. Adams, 55, of Minneapolis died of cancer on July 1, 2017. She was the daughter of Fred and Jeanne Adams of Cedar Falls, IA.
Amy studied painting at the School of Associated Arts in St. Paul where she earned her BFA. She began her career in the Virgin Islands painting murals for resorts. In FL, Amy opened a beach gift shop of her art creations and wrote an astrology column for the local paper. In AZ, she developed her oil technique, painting southwest landscapes and discovered her affinity for Native American culture. Amy was happiest spending summers at the family cabin near Ely, MN and canoeing in the BWCA. All these locales became subjects of her many paintings and revealed her reverence for the natural world.

Mon
03
Jul

Rec center: questions abound

by Tom Coombe -

Mon
03
Jul

Sigrid A. (Rein) Nelson, formerly of Babbitt, dies

Nelson/Rein Sigrid A (Matteson)
Age 96, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at the home of her daughter Susan in Brooklyn Park, under the care of Allina Hospice and April Swanson, caregiver & friend.
Born on Sept. 8, 1920 in Hawthorne WI, she was the youngest of Charles and Josephine Matteson’s 13 children. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands (Orvald and Martin), all 12 siblings, step-son Jerry, many in-laws, several nieces and nephews as well as dear friends. She is survived by her loving children and their spouses, daughter-in-law Janny, grandchildren, family, and friends.
Tootie grew up in the rural neighborhood of Bear River MN with most of her siblings. In 1940 she married Orvald Rein and welcomed four children, Orvald (Marcie), Perry (Carolyn), Judy (Sean) Clerkin, and Susan (Terry) Loushin to their family.

Sun
02
Jul

Greenstone Art Show & Sale kicks off with Gala Friday 7-9 PM at Ely Arts & Heritage Center

The 21st annual Greenstone Art Show and Sale opens to the eager preview crowd at the Annual Greenstone Gala on Saturday, July 7 from 7-9 p.m. at the Miners Dry House at 105 Miners Lake Landing Road in the Ely Arts & Heritage Center at Pioneer Mine.
During the Gala, wine will complement the various food samples. Door prizes will be awarded. Viewers will rub elbows with area artists, all for the reasonable cost of $30 per person.
Tickets are available in advance at the Ely Echo, by calling 235-1721 or may be purchased at the door.
The show is open to the public free of charge Saturday and Sunday, July 8-9, from 1-4 p.m. daily.
Visitors vote for People’s Choice and the cumulative top winner from the week is then named.
A major fundraiser for Ely Greenstone Public Art, it also coincides with the annual membership drive.

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