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Fri
08
Sep

Wolves grind out a win; Lah scores game’s only TD, defense shines as Ely blanks Ogilvie

EXTRA YARDS - With fellow senior Thomas Montana (14) providing a block, Ely’s Blaise Lah stays on his feet and moves ahead for more yardage against Ogilvie.
Lah had over 100 yards rushing and the only touchdown in the state-ranked Wolves’ 6-0 victory. Photo by Nick Wognum

by Tom Coombe -

Tue
05
Sep

Some magic for Harvest Moon; 24th festival features arts, crafts, food and unique entertainment acts

by Tom Coombe
Visitors to Ely’s second major festival of the year are in for a bit of magic.
Magician Kelvin Saline and his Magic Village Show will entertain those who come to Whiteside Park for the 24th annual Harvest Moon Festvial, slated for Sept. 8-10.
The spinoff and much smaller version of Ely’s Blueberry/Art Festival has carved its own unique niche in its nearly quarter-century of existence, with entertainment acts serving as a major attraction.
The magic show is new to this year’s lineup, with Saline on tap for four performances over the weekend, two each on Saturday and Sunday of festival weekend.
According to a news release, Saline “is sure to be entertaining with demonstrations of magic blended with clean comedy and conversations with his ventriloquist dummy about why he was fired from his job.”

Tue
05
Sep

New school year breeds optimism at ISD 696

Tuesday marks a new beginning in Ely - a ceremonial turning of the page.
Summer vacation comes to an end and a new school year begins as for the first time since 2006, more than 600 kids are expected to walk through the doors at either Washington Elementary or Memorial HIgh School.
While enrollment remains a far cry of what it was even 20 years ago, student population totals are going in the right direction and that alone is a reason to celebrate.
Much more needs to be done to grow the local economy, bring more well-paying job and make the community a more viable place to support a family, but the uptick in enrollment is a good sign.
The campus has a new look this year with the installation of a brand-new playground for the elementary school.
The playground was badly needed, and the community support in construction earlier this week was fitting, as it was a true community effort to get this project to the finish line.

Mon
04
Sep

From the miscellaneous drawer - Looking back on 40 years

Looking back 40 years places me in recall of the dramatic change which was about to occur in my life in 1977.
Still in the early stages, the Echo staff was considering the purchase of the Ely Echo from Miles Aakhus. When the purchase didn’t work out as a group effort, it was me alone taking the economic plunge.
The Ely area was in a state of flux. There was a lengthy strike on at Reserve Mining in Babbitt where several hundred Elyites worked and the city which had been buzzing along was beginning to show signs of change.
Gibson’s (on Chapman Street) was changing its name to Pamida. The Echo issue of 8/31/1977 held two full pages of store items. Bobby John’s ran a half page ad for the college bound woman. Martinetto Drug had a half page ad for vitamins. JCPenney had a half page ad for its store on Chapman Street. Lampert Building Center had a half page ad on bathrooms.

Mon
04
Sep

Good news for Ely area hunters: Deer and grouse numbers are up

by Nick Wognum
DNR wildlife manager Tom Rusch sat down recently to talk about the best time of the year, the fall.
He reviewed the winter weather and how it has impacted wildlife in this area.
“It was mild winter number three that’s the story for a lot of critters, most certainly for deer,” said Rusch.
Deer
With low snow depths and not a lot of cold stretches, the area deer herd is back. In the Ely area hunters will be able to shoot a buck or a doe in what the DNR calls Hunter Choice.
That will likely changed to managed next year meaning hunters can take two deer. The reason for this is simple, we have moose here and the DNR believes fewer deer means more moose.
“We’re going to do what we can for moose. At the same time we’re not eliminating deer.

Mon
04
Sep

Elizabeth L. Lolling, 74, of Embarrass, dies

Elizabeth L. Lolling, 74, of Embarrass, passed away on Sunday, September 3, 2017. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Mon
04
Sep

Carol “Jeanne” (Goodwin) McDougall, 77, dies

Carol “Jeanne” McDougall, 77, of Naytahwaush, MN, died Friday, September 1, 2017, at Essentia Health Systems in Fargo, ND.
Carol Jean Goodwin was born on December 21, 1939, to Florence (Turner) and George Goodwin Sr. She attended school in Cass Lake, MN, before moving to Naytahwaush, MN, in the third grade. Jeanne was united in marriage to Leonard “Sonny” McDougall on November 9, 1957, in Naytahwaush. They made their first home in Grand Portage, MN, followed by Thief River Falls, MN. The couple later moved to Ely, MN, where they would spend the next 20+ years before returning to Naytahwaush in 1987. Sonny became ill and passed away in November of 2015; Jeanne remained in their home. In May of 2016, at the age of 76, Jeanne graduated from the White Earth Tribal and Community College with an Associates of Arts Degree with emphasis in Humanities, Arts and Social Science.

Fri
01
Sep

Start of school year signals good things in Ely and the Ely Echo

The Ely Echo offers positive news about the town, the area and its people. Over 100 faces can be found on its pages this week and most weeks. This week only there is a special half price deal on printed Echo delivery. Call for details. Ask for Anne: 218-365-3141 or 1-800-492-3555.

Fri
01
Sep

School year starts in Ely; Students return to class Tuesday

LOOKING GOOD - The pieces are nearly all in place for the new elementary playground. Volunteers were pouring concrete. The landscaping is yet to come for the project. Photo by Nick Wognum.

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
01
Sep

Fishing still great in Ely area as season winds down

David Lynch, Spearfish, SD was cruising the shallow waters of Johnson Lake, tossing a Booyah Frog from Babe’s Bait & Tackle when this largemouth bass exploded onto his lure.

Erin Miller, Denver, IA let go the 27 inch, 7 lb. walleye she caught and released on Pipestone Bay, while a guest at Packsack Canoe Outfitters and Log Cabins.

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