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Mon
02
Oct

Janet C. Grahek, 89, of Ely, dies

Janet Carolyn Takavitz Grahek, 89, left this earth to join her beloved husband, John, on October 2, 2017. She leaves behind her daughter, Darlene Grugal, her son Jon Grahek (Eileen) and her grandchildren Ashley and Andy Grahek. She was preceded in death by her husband and son-in-law, Rich Grugal.
Janet was born in Ely on October 18, 1927. She graduated from Ely Memorial High School and was married at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church on August 10, 1946. The last of the Takavitz siblings, she was a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Our mother taught us kindness and generosity and was a powerful example of what it means to be a strong, loving woman.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Edward Ciriacy, Dr. Joseph Schwinghamer, and Jeanann Tjader, CNP and the staff of the Boundary Waters Care Center for their kindness and compassionate care of our mother.

Mon
02
Oct

Home on the Range

MURPHY CITY

Sun
01
Oct

MIB spoils Ely Homecoming

by Tom Coombe -

The Mt. Iron-Buhl Rangers had too much speed, and the Ely Timberwolves had too little depth.

That combination resulted in a one-sided Homecoming night football game in Ely as visiting MIB, paced by quick junior Joe Buffetta, rolled to a 36-6 victory over the Wolves.

Buffetta had touchdown runs of 84 and 42 yards as the Rangers improved to 4-1 and handed Ely (3-2) its second straight defeat.

Ely, which has lost two straight games for the first time since 2011, was minus injured starters Blaise Lah and Josh Larson, further depleting an already-thin roster.

Four-year starting quarterback Carter Gaulke was moved to running back to fill in for Lah, while sophomore Bryce Longwell was inserted at quarterback. The makeshift Ely offense failed to break the MIB defense until the final quarter when Longwell scored on a one-yard plunge.

Sat
30
Sep

Christopher Mackey, 37, formerly of Las Vegas, dies

Christopher Jeffrey Mackey, 37, of Ely, MN, formerly of Las Vegas, NV and Virginia, MN - born April 10, 1980 - died September 29, 2017.
Christopher graduated from Virginia High School in 1998. For several years he was employed in the Twin Cities, where he met his wife Angela Stitt. They were joined in marriage on Oct 6, 2014 and soon after moved to Las Vegas.
Christopher was a hard working man who loved his family and his country. He found his purpose in life when he met Angela and they built a life together in Las Vegas where they enjoyed spending time with their dog “Peanut.”
Christopher is survived by his mother Susan Mackey, sister Lynn Gregory, father-in-law Ray Stitt, grandmother Mary Mackey, aunts and uncles: Brian Mackey, Jeff (Shelley) Mackey, Kathy (Ron) Jenkins and Krissy (Dave) Johnston, cousins: John Mackey, Lucas and Lily Mackey, Kaylyn and Kassi Jenkins and Derek, Marissa and Marly Johnston.

Sat
30
Sep

Gene "Bud" Morrow, 82, longtime resident of Orinda California and Ely Minnesota, dies

Gene "Bud" Morrow, 82, longtime resident of Orinda California and Ely Minnesota, died September 27, 2017 with his family at his side after a battle with Alzheimer's Disease.

Gene was born January 11, 1935 and raised in Ely Minnesota. He was the youngest of seven children of Steve and Jenny Moravitz. He attended elementary, high school and Vermillion Junior College in Ely, before going on to graduate from the University of Minnesota Duluth, with a degree in business and economics. From the age of sixteen he was a fishing guide for Bill Zup Sr. He loved the outdoors and found guiding was a great way to meet people and earn money to put himself through school. While waiting to be drafted, he taught business classes at a school in Embarrass, Minnesota. He spent two years in the army and was selected to be a cryptographer, stationed in New York where he discovered the city life.

Sat
30
Sep

Wolves’ streak snapped at 19

by Tom Coombe
For the first time since 2014, Ely has lost a regular season high school football game.
Host South Ridge weathered a third-quarter storm from the visiting Timberwolves and turned it on in the fourth, scoring 22 unanswered points in a 38-14 victory.
The loss was the first in four games this fall for the Wolves, and it ended a regular season 19-game winning streak that dated back to Oct. 15, 2014, and a 12-0 defeat, also to South Ridge.
Bedeviled by injuries and humid conditions, the Wolves wilted in the final frame under the onslaught of the Panthers.
Twice in a matter of minutes, South Ridge capitalized on Ely turnovers to put the game away.
Clinging to a 16-14 lead after three quarters, the Panthers pounced on an Ely fumble at the Wolves’ 37 and soon turned it into six points as quarterback Nick Carlson found Connor Bushbaum on a 33-yard bomb.

Sat
30
Sep

VCC enrollment up again

by Tom Coombe -

Sat
30
Sep

Freedom to think looms large; It’s National Newspaper Week

With National Newspaper Week approaching - October 1-7, these are my relevant thoughts to note:
When you grow up with newspapers at home, you become aware of policies and attitudes.
When you grow up with a father who was a Republican and a mother who was a Democrat, you grow up with two newspapers coming into the house: Chicago Tribune for Dad, Chicago Daily News for Mom.
To do so in the ’40s and ’50s ensured that I could read and hear two sides and gain some insight into why, no matter what, one or the other side was not always right or wrong.

Nowadays television news channels can be used in much the same way. Some excel in local and national news better than others to keep one aware of events. Switching channels helps to gain varying perspectives and understanding.
Current issues, both national and local are much the same. If one thinks through any issue and allows reason to seep in beyond the rhetoric, the results can be surprising.

Fri
29
Sep

Ely’s hometown newspaper - The Ely Echo - fills scrapbook pages!

You may find your face or a friend’s or family member in the over 100 faces shown in this week’s Ely Echo.

Letters to the editor, new columnists, and news that matters to Elyites about the hospital, the college, St. Louis County and in depth sports news. It’s all in the Echo - your locally owned, only legal newspaper for Ely. Stop by our offices at 15 East Chapman Street and ask for a free sample copy!

Fri
29
Sep

FALL Homecoming Queen Ryne Prigge and King Carter Gaulke

Photos by Pam Roberts of the many Homecoming Week events are in this week’s Ely Echo.

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