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Fri
30
Jun

And the winner is...

“Hey, It’s Rhubarb!” A spur of the moment ‘Rhubarb Leaf Contest’ sprung between vendors at the Ely Farmers Market. Market manager Brian Naykki and helper carefully measured each of the 6 entry leaves and a few seed stalks thrown in for good measure. Who knows, the season isn’t over yet. Kind of like zucchini... Here’s some more... First place winner was Ellen Root from who said, “It’s an honor to win with the largest Rhubarb leaf in this competition. But technically this was grown by Van Conrad of Northern Delicious CSA. (Just outside of Ely).” It was truly a big one at 27 3/4 inches long and 34 inches wide. That is what someone will have to beat the next time. Next week another contest may be in action on Monday instead of the regular Tuesday Market due to the Fourth of July being on Tuesday.... So Monday, at Farmers Market, a Rhubarb Spear Throwing Contest. Practice up on your javelin tossing...

Thu
29
Jun

Stan Starkman, 87, of Ely, dies

Stan Starkman, 87, of Ely, passed away on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at Carefree Assisted Living in Ely. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Thu
29
Jun

30 inch walleye prize for visiting angler

HAPPY ANGLER Scott Loe, Minnetonka MN and his 30” walleye caught on Gun Lake (Mudro lake area). “We took some quick pics and released it. It was 30.5 inches and caught ‘by the trigger’ on Gun Lake. I caught it at dusk jigging. Fought it for about 10 minutes. We did not have a net so I tired it out and my canoe partner Joshua Dirlam grabbed it and scooped it in the canoe. Fish of a lifetime! So much fun!” Registered at Voyageur North Outfitters. Appears in this week’s North Country Angler in the Ely Echo

Thu
29
Jun

City puts money into Fourth festivities

by Tom Coombe -

Wed
28
Jun

City takes ownership, will sell abandoned downtown building

by Tom Coombe
Ely council members took further action this week on blighted properties in town.
They cleared the way for the city to assume ownership of the former Pastika’s Book and Furniture Store on the 100 block of East Chapman Street.
Members also took action that would allow a neighboring property owner to buy land where an abandoned home now sits on the 1200 block of East Harvey Street, and voted to pursue action to remedy blight on a West Shagawa Road home owned by Brian and Michelle Sherwood.
It’s the latest in a series of efforts taken on by city officials during the last two years to combat blight.
Closed for well over a decade, the Pastika’s building had gone into tax forfeiture.
According to clerk-treasuer and operations director, the city will receive the building for $500 from St. Louis County, and will in turn seek proposals from persons interested in the property.

Mon
26
Jun

Betty L. Hagedorn, 80, of Ely, dies

Betty L. Hagedorn, 80, of Ely, passed away on Monday, June 26, 2017 at her residence.
She worked and retired from Shopko. She enjoyed fishing, camping and bowling. Betty like to listen to country music; she enjoyed traveling and being around family.
Betty is preceded in death by her husband Ronald, daughter Kim, and her mother and father, Kathryn and Howard Hague.
She is survived by her children: Randy (Cindy) of Green Bay, WI, Rick (Robyn Myers) of Ely, and Tracy (Bob) Amitrano of Ely; grandchilden: Heath, Heather, April, Angie, Cody, Ronnie, Austin, David, Nicole, Christina; numerous great-grandchildren, brothers and sister.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 30, 2017 at Kerntz Funeral Home in Ely at 11:00 A.M. with visitation being held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home.

Sun
25
Jun

Saving for a rainy day with $5 million donation for community recreation center

The plan to build a community recreation center in Ely has made a significant leap forward.
The announcement of a $5 million anonymous donation with no strings attached stunned the volunteer board when it was announced June 15. The excitement level in the room jumped 10 levels and the realization that the project could happen was felt throughout.
This donation will not pay for the construction of a 50,000 square foot facility. It may not even pay for half. Of course, we hope there are other generous contributors out there looking to help out as well.
With an estimated price tag of $10 to $12 million, there will likely be a match to be made from the state of Minnesota’s bonding bill process. A similar project in Hermantown received $8 million in the most recently approved bill.
This project will prove to be a worthy recipient of bonding money with its regional draw. What it lacks are several key components at this point in time.

Fri
23
Jun

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Fri
23
Jun

Hook and Bullet Club by Nick Wognum - Amazing feat

Every year the town of Babbitt pulls off an amazing feat. Everybody works together and a full week of events take place complete with a major fishing contest, carnival, parade, fireworks, outdoor concert and many other things to do.

Like most volunteer organizations, there’s a core group that lives on the edge of getting burned out but keeps going because they are surrounded by good people willing to step forward and make it all happen.

Even before I owned the Babbitt Weekly we took part in Peter Mitchell Days. I remember going to the carnival when I was but a wee young lad.

Our kids are now well past hopping from one ride to another but we’re hopeful Kinlee will be able to make it next year. We really needed a youngster when we were watching the parade to fetch candy for us.

There’s always a good turnout from Ely for Peter Mitchell Days. Young and old make the 15-minute drive to enjoy family fun like it should be.

Fri
23
Jun

Congressmen come to Ely, talk mining

by Tom Coombe
U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan has found allies on the opposing side of the political aisle in his bid to support copper-nickel mining development in northeastern Minnesota.
The Eighth District Democrat brought three Republican Congressmen to his district earlier in the week, and together they vowed to support the Twin Metals Minnesota project and oppose a proposed 20-year mining ban on over 234,000 acres of public land.
After touring a Range taconite plant and holding a press conference earlier in the day, Nolan came to Ely with fellow Minnesotan and U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer, as well as Arizona’s Paul Gosar and Bruce Westerman of Arkansas.
They met behind closed doors with Twin Metals Minnesota officials at the company’s Ely offices, then boarded a mini-bus and joined reporters and others on a ride down Highway 1 to an area where Twin Metals has drilled and plans to develop an underground mine.

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