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Thu
09
Nov

The Wilderness at Fortune Bay raised over $44,000 at 13th annual Indian Summer Classic

The Wilderness Golf Course’s General Manager, Tom Beaudry, with the Bois Forte Tribal Council (l-r) Brandon Benner (District 1 Representative), Ray Toutloff (District 2 Representative), Tom Beaudry (General Manager), Cathy Chavers (Tribal Chairwoman), Travis Morrison (District 1 Representative), and David Morrison, Sr. (Secretary/Treasurer) -

Thu
09
Nov

Ely students conduct food drive

FOOD DRIVE RESULTS - Collected by Ely Iron Range Youth in Action - Throughout the whole week the students brought the food items into their classrooms. The Ely High School, Middle school, and elementary school all collected food. Photo by Thomas Montana

Thu
09
Nov

Operation Skywatch brought threat of war to Ely citizens

Back in 1953, during the Korean conflict there was real concern in Washington that tensions between the communist forces in North Korea and allied NATO forces in South Korea might escalate into a full war... Take a look back at how Ely responded to assist with watchers on the rooftop of City Hall. Look back in time at Ely’s interest in airplanes and pilots in this week's Ely Echo on newsstands Nov. 10 and due to Saturday’s Veterans Day observance, in homes on Monday. The article on Operation Skywatch was written by Walt McElderry and appears in the Ely Echo’s “Ely, Since 1888” - the big blue book published in 1988,

Wed
08
Nov

Council Minutes - October 17, 2017 Regular Meeting Ely City Council

Council Minutes - October 17, 2017
Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers

CALL TO ORDER – Mayor Novak called the Regular City Council Meeting to order at 5:30pm,

PRESENT: Council members A.Forsman, Kess, Debeltz, Omerza, Callen, D.Forsman and Mayor Novak
ABSENT: None

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to approve the minutes from the October 3, 2017 Regular Meeting. Motion Carried Unanimously.

ADDITIONS OR OMISSIONS TO AGENDA:
Addition 7.A. Brian Sherwood
Addition 13.A Approve Walker Giroux & Hahne Understanding of Services that they will provide to the City of Ely for the year ending December 31, 2017.
Items A and B added without objection.

MAYOR’S REPORT
Ely Area Ambulance Service Clarification
Mayor Novak clarified that there will be no delay in service with the Ely Ambulance Service, the EMTs that live in Virginia stay at the hospital when on call.

Wed
08
Nov

“Footloose” begins Nov. 10 at school

Ely students are cutting loose and busting moves all over the stage, as they prepare for this year’s musical, “Footloose.” They have been working for seven weeks on their singing, their acting and their footwork. This musical exudes energy and anyone who attends will feel it.
In the play, the main character and his mother (Emma Terwilliger), starting a new life, move from the big city of Chicago to Beaumont, Texas. The culture shock is enough to ruin Ren’s (played by Blaise Lah) life.
He learns that this town has outlawed dancing because of a tragic accident. Reverend Shaw Moore played by Jasiah Wigdahl) is the de facto mayor and enforcer of the “No-dancing” law. In doing so he alienates his daughter Ariel (Erika Mattson) and his wife Vi (Danielle Krostue).
Ariel rebels and finds Ren quite attractive. Vi retreats, but by the end finds her voice.

Wed
08
Nov

Mills opts out of 2018 House race

by Tom Coombe -

Wed
08
Nov

Watercraft inspections to benefit lakes with $93,000 in grants

Funding support of $33,000 from the Initiative Foundation, will aid in a two-year project to further improve the efficiency of boat inspection work at 17 Lake Vermilion and 5 Burntside Lake public accesses.
Watercraft inspections at Vermilion and Burntside are conducted by North St Louis Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in partnership with the Vermilion Lake Association and the Burntside Lake Association. All three organizations are involved in this pilot project.
“While boat inspections are the most effective means we have to prevent new AIS infestations, they are also labor intensive and our most expensive AIS undertaking,” said Jeff Lovgren, AIS program leader at Lake Vermilion. “Our partnership has an obligation to become even more efficient every year, and we’re pleased to receive a grant to pilot some innovative ideas to make that happen.”

Wed
08
Nov

Carol Ann (Tomsich) Tegantvoort of Maplewood, 74, dies

Carol Ann (Tomsich) Tegantvoort of Maplewood, 74, passed away peacefully with family by her side after a 22 month battle with pancreatic cancer.
She was born in Ely, Minnesota, on July 13, 1943. Carol was very proud of her Ely heritage. You could always see an “I Love Ely” sticker on her van and her scooter. She graduated from Ely Memorial High School in 1961. On July 20, 1984 she received her nursing diploma from St. Paul TVI. Carol married Larry Tegantvoort in 1964 and was blessed with four children. Survived by sons Bradley (Jana), Kurt (Jill), Kevin (Sheri), and daughter Kari “Sis” (John) Knodle; grandsons: Tony, Johnny, Jorren, and Kai; granddaughters: Paige, Laurie (Dan) Furth, Alicia, and Ashley; brothers: Louis “Butch” (Linda) and Jack (Sue); numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, special friends, and extended family.

Tue
07
Nov

Karen Jean Leiviska, 69, of Ely, dies

Memorial service for Karen Jean Leiviska, 69, of Ely, formerly of Aurora, will be 2 p.m. Sunday, November 12, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church in Ely with Pastor Corey Larsen officiating. Friends may gather one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements by Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Gilbert, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Virginia Humane Society or Contended Critters.
Karen passed away peacefully on Monday, November 6, 2017 at her home in Ely, MN.
Survivors include her children: Tara (Kevin) Boerst of Ely, Adam Leiviska of Virginia and Jenny Leiviska of Purcell, OK; grandchildren: Anika, Derrick and Amanda; great grandchild, Bentley; siblings: Johnny (Gwen) Wudinich of Virginia and Laurie (Tom) Cundy of Eveleth; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
She is preceded in death by her parents: John and Geraldine (Inman) Wudinich; husband, Raymond and her sister, Marilyn Purell.

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