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Rudolph James (Jim) Schuler of Cinnaminson, NJ, dies

Rudolph James (Jim) Schuler of Cinnaminson, NJ, died peacefully at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2018, surrounded by his three sons and loved ones. He was 87.
Jim was born in St. Paul, MN, on January 15, 1931, and raised in Ely, MN. He was married to his beloved wife Janice L. (Johnson) for 46 years until her death in 1998. Jim is survived by his sons James K. Schuler (Surbjit) of Concord, NH, Jeffrey D. (Cathy) Schuler of Delran, NJ, and John W. (Tammy) Schuler of Cinnaminson, NJ. Jim adored his seven grandchildren: Sonia, Bradley, Dylan, Matthew, Ethan, Blair and Nicholas. Jim is also survived by his sisters: Sharon Lax Hughes of Ely, Marlene Lax Benson of Superior, WI, and Geraldine Schuler Tornfelt of Carlton, MN.


Sheriff's Office issues warning about water skipping snowmobiles

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, is issuing a public notice to those that plan on participating in any water skipping activities that this practice is not allowed and those participating will be cited under Minnesota Statute 84.87 Sub 2 which states: It shall be unlawful for any person to drive or operate any snowmobile in the following unsafe or harassing ways:
• at a rate of speed greater than reasonable or proper under all the surrounding circumstances;
• in a careless, reckless or negligent manner so as to endanger the person or property of another or to cause injury or damage thereto;
• without a lighted head and taillight when required for safety; or
• in any tree nursery or planting in a manner which damages or destroys growing stock


Elsa Martin, 77, of Babbitt, des

Elsa Martin, 77, of Babbitt, passed away at her home on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.
Elsa “Hud” Martin was born October 19, 1940 in Crosby, MN.
She is survived by her first husband, James Edward Johnson, daughter “Missy” Jeanne (Ted) Lagerquist, daughter-in-law Shawna (Jerry), two nephews, one very special niece, 11 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Selmer and Audria Olson, her sister Louise Huff, her husband “Marty” Martin, two sons Jeff Clark Johnson and James Robert Johnson, and a great-grandson.
A celebration her life will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the Babbitt Assembly of God Church at 2:00 p.m. with a gathering of family and friends taking place one hour before the service at the church. The officiant will be Pastor Ben Morgan. Due to severe allergies, the family is requesting no fresh flowers.
Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.


Another walking adventure for Steve Cole

by Anne Swenson
On February 12, Steve Cole of Ely started his hike to International Falls, arriving in the Falls 12 days later. He started from Lake Vermilion pulling a sled with his all his supplies, following snowmobile trails to get there.
Cole keeps a diary of sorts, noting his progress. In it he noted that this is his third hike.
He started at Oak Narrows, hoping to stay at Gruben’s, but ended up that night sleeping on the ice. A couple times he got rides from pickup truck drivers. From the Vermilion Hotel in Cook he got a ride to Elbow Lake and then walked to the Ban Lake Trail where he pitched his tent.
By day four, he hiked on the Arrowhead Trail most of the day. The next day he made it to Melgeorge’s Resort where he stayed for the day and ate at the restaurant there.
By day seven, Cole faced snow much of the day over the 16 miles but managed to find the Black Duck River Shelter as it got dark.


McDonald named 7A coach of year

by Tom Coombe -


No Ely April Fool's joke this year

After 10 years of celebrating April Fool’s Day with jokes which gained national attention for Ely, the city is switching over to poking fun at Tax Day 14 days later.
While the exact future plans were not revealed, the reason given was that the coinciding of Easter on April 1 makes it inappropriate this year.
“We’re going to turn one of the most unpleasant days of spring into something more uplifting,” said Chuck Novak, Ely’s mayor. City officials promise to unveil more about that later.
In a news release, it was stated that “While the Tourism Bureau has ended this historic, award-winning tourism campaign, it’s hoping to keep the spirit of the campaign alive this year in social media.”


From the miscellaneous drawer - by Anne Swenson

I had occasion this week to reflect on my world and the people within it.
Like you, my life isn’t perfect. I’ve watched my friends suffer, watching their loved ones die. I’ve said goodbye to many myself.
And back when this was turning into a new millennium, so much changed in my life. In one brief year so much happened, so much beyond my ken occurred that I could no longer cry. Weeping became that which might cloud my visage, but never erupt in its fullest.
That was a hard time, steeling me to continue on with life.
And that’s what I have continued ever since.
There has been no separation from life ever since then and I have learned to survive.
I emerged from my 82nd birthday this week with some pleasure and joy. To share a meal with Megan, Nick and Mary was one. To hear from old friends, Sharon, Judy and Sue was another. To share lunch with Claire, Barb and Emily was another.


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Chamber sets ‘Smile’ event
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Rally in Whiteside: “Enough is Enough”

School facility group to look at corridor concept

Eggs aren’t just for Easter in Ely

Mining series begins Thursday
Saari to address history, as well as ongoing copper-nickel issues

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Ribbon cutting time at at EBCH

RIBBON CUTTING for the new hospital pharmacy that serves patients at Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital. Participating in the ceremony were Dave Sebesta of the Ely Chamber of Commerce, EBCH pharmacist John Schindele, Ely mayor Chuck Novak and Al Forsman of EBCH. Read more about the new facility in an upcoming issue of the Ely Echo. Photo by Nick Wognum.


Brownies visit the Aquarium

Ely’s Brownie troop went to the aquarium on Saturday, March 24. Kids in the front are Brenna Hegfors, Jorden Borchert, Ellie Marshall, Brooklyn Sherman and Violet Udovich. The moms in the back are Stacy Hegfors, Kristi Marshall, Holly Sherman, Nicole Udovich and Kelsey Borchert.


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