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Two vehicle accident on Hwy. 169 claims life of Ely woman

An Ely woman died following a two vehicle collision on Highway 169 near Wolf Lake Road Wednesday morning.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Nina Haaversen, 51, of Ely died from injuries sustained in the crash.

She was the driver of a 2010 Toyota Corolla.

The medical status of Aaron Nickolson, 37, the driver of a 2005 Dodge Ram, was not immediately known.

The accident occurred on icy roads at milepost 277 at 7:45 a.m.


Blizzard causes power outages on North Arm, Van Vac


For Immediate Release: For More Information, Contact:
November 19, 2016 Tami Zaun, Public Relations Coordinator
11:30 a.m. Update (218) 256-4603 tzaun@lakecountrypower.com

Reinforcements helping turn lights back on in rural areas

GRAND RAPIDS, MN – Access remains the biggest issue today as Lake Country Power line crews continue power restoration efforts across parts of eight counties in northern Minnesota. Most rural roads are now clear, but soft, wet soil under 12 to 18 inches of snow is making access for linemen, lift trucks and heavy equipment challenging.


Swimmers take 10th in section as times come down

by Tom Coombe -


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Here are a few of this week's headlines:

Thanksgiving shopping, parade kick off series of Ely festivities -

Issue put to sleep: Pillow Rock staying put
City council goes on record, clears the air after public hearing -

Attendance “skyrockets” at Wolf Center
New pups lead to significant spike -

Not quite Dewey vs. Truman, but Rantala wins school board seat after new vote totals are posted -

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Holiday Fantasy returns Nov. 25-26

Come see the toy trains, moving figures and machines and lovely arts & crafts Nov. 25-26
SO MUCH TO SEE - Shoppers enjoy the event held at Miners Dry HOuse in the Pioneer Mine complex. Photo by Tara Larson

The holiday spirit begins in earnest after Thanksgiving. One place it will be in full glory is at the Holiday Fantasy Arts & Crafts Sale at Miners Dry House, Nov. 25-26.
Presented by Ely Greenstone Public Art and many talented artists and crafters, the two-day event this year includes the sounds of Christmas with toy trains and moving figures, holiday villages and more to delight the eye! The ever popular event has been extended to two days to allow visitors and area residents plenty of time to shop the 35 tables laden with unique items and enjoy the kickoff to the holiday season.
Looking for the unusual? Visitors will find tasty Finnish baked goods, books and cards, ornaments, doll clothes and crocheted items, pottery, handcrafted jewelry, candles and quilted items and much more. New this year will be handcrafted furniture, antiques and vintage items, Scandinavian folk art and soft sculptures.


Cromwell ends Wolves' season

In 10 straight victories, the Ely Timberwolves hadn't faced a team like the Cromwell Cardinals. Or a football player like Zion Smith.

The Cromwell quarterback threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more, picked off a pass and even contributed on special teams in a 35-7 state tournament blowout Friday night at Duluth's Public Schools Stadium.

Smith connected on a 64-yard bomb to wide receiver Nic Johnson on the first play from scrimmage, and the unbeaten Cardinals were off and running toward a berth in the state 9-man semifinals at US Bank Stadium, the brand-new Minneapolis stadium that's home to the Minnesota Vikings.

Ely, which made the state tournament for the fourth time in five years and was looking for its third semifinal berth in the same period, finished 11-1.

Any time the Wolves found an opening to claw back into the game, it was usually Smith who slammed the door shut.


Ely council race: Kess, Debeltz, Callen

by Tom Coombe -

It's back to work for Paul Kess and Jerome Debeltz. For Ryan Callen, the third time was the charm.

Kess, Debeltz and Callen were the top vote-getters Tuesday in Ely's city council race. All won four-year terms.

Kess won a second term in his second stint on the council, leading a six-candidate field with 1,024 votes. Right behind was Debeltz, who has served continuously since first winning election in 1993. The dean of Ely's council got 882 votes and was the runner-up.

Grabbing the third and final spot was Callen, who won a seat on the council after two previous unsuccessful tries and gained 796 votes. He edged out Angela Campbell, who came up just short in her third try at city office in four years and garnered 709 votes.

Lagging behind were former council member Mark Zupec with 663 votes, and first-time candidate Rachel Rae Colber, who picked up 398 votes.


Omerza, Pointer, Mann win school board seats

Two first-time candidates and an incumbent emerged from a six-way race and won seats on the Ely School Board Tuesday night.

Tom Omerza led the field and captured 1,817 votes with all but a fraction of the ballots in and counted. Omerza, a local bank branch president and longtime youth sports volunteer, joined James Pointer and Heidi Mann in winning four-year terms.

Pointer, who was appointed to the board to fill a vacant seat in 2015, won 1,146 votes to take second and Mann, a mother of two school-aged sons who recently moved to the area, was next with 1,019 votes.

Mann held off former superintendent Alexis Leitgeb, who sought to join the board a year after she left the district under a cloud of controversy. Leitgeb had 907 votes while Geoff Galaski and Zach Walen lagged behind.

Scott Kellerman, who was running unopposed, won a two-year seat on the board.


Alice M. Richards, 95, of Ely, dies

Alice M. Richards, 95, of Ely, passed away on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.
Alice was born Sept. 24, 1921 to William and Saima (Knuutti) Perttula on the family homestead in Ely, delivered by her grandmother, a midwife.
Alice was a graduate of Ely Memorial High School, Class of 1939.
She was united in marriage to William Richards on June 15, 1940. They had eight children.
She was very proud of her Finnish heritage and spoke the language fluently. Finnish biscuit and tarts were her specialties. Saturday was always sauna night. She was a talented seamstress and quilter.
Her family, friends and faith were her passions in life. Small in stature, but big in heart.
Alice had a love of the outdoors - camping, hunting, fishing, trapping, berry picking, harvesting wild rice, cutting firewood and cross country skiing.
She shoveled her owns roofs up to the age of 81.


Smoke from fires in Hoyt Lakes and Canada affect Ely

Incident Name: Skibo Fire
Description: A wildfire was reported just north of St. Louis County Highway 110 (Forest Highway 11) and two miles east of Hoyt Lakes, MN yesterday at about 2:30pm. Multiple fires were strung out over about three miles from east of Hoyt Lakes to west of Skibo Road (Forest Road 120).
Location: Northeastern Minnesota, St. Louis County, Township 58 North, Range 13 & 14 West


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