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Mon
29
Jan

IRRRB sends money Ely’s way, table now set for more grants

The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board had a full plate during a meeting held Wednesday in Eveleth. The board carved out two projects for Ely and during the discussion on two others, it appears more could be heading this way.
The two projects include an often discussed infrastructure project and the chance to bring over 20 jobs to Ely.
The 17th Avenue project looked to be stuck in the mud just a month ago, but the IRRRB gave the go ahead for $450,000 in grant funding for the project. Couple that with an anticipated $750,000 in state funding and a $400,000 match from the city, the nearly $1.6 million project is set to go
The second project has been moved to Ely after originating in Babbitt.
Rural Living Environments, which operates similar facilities in Babbitt, will build a $500,000 structure at a location adjacent to the Grahek and Sibley apartments.

Mon
29
Jan
Mon
29
Jan

School district changes policy to maintain now-healthy reserve fund

by Tom Coombe -

Mon
29
Jan

Michael Erzar, 59, of McGrew Nebraska, dies

Michael Erzar, 59, of McGrew Nebraska, is resting in the arms of our Lord, January 17, 2018.
Mike was born July 8, 1958 in Ely, Minnesota to Frank Erzar and Diane Durelle.
Mike was a self taught guitar player who loved nothing more than to jam with his friends. As a Glenrock resident in the ’80s he worked for the Glenrock Coal Company. While living in Ronald, WA in 1991, Mike and his truck had an appearance on the TV show “Northern Exposure”.
He will be missed by all and we will miss his infectious smile.
Mike is survived by his mother, Diane “Dee” Lounsberry, sisters Marcy (Greg) Clement, Toni (Mitch) Muzzey, brothers Frank Erzar, Tim (Raynel) Erzar, Bill (Karen) Lounsberry, and Terry (Anie) Lounsberry. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. His Uncle Dave Durelle, dear friends that are family, Kassia Atkinson, Amber George, Bill England and Scotty Mack. And his dog, Lucky.

Sat
27
Jan

WinterFest pops the cork for 25th year

by Tom Coombe -

Sat
27
Jan

From the miscellaneous drawer - The Grippe of 1904

Current television news lately has reported on young people who have died in the current influenza outbreak. If that media had been extant over 100 years ago, I imagine that this could have been a news flash of APRIL 15, 1904, PONCA CITY, OK, Elora Grace (Gelvin) Standard, 34, mother of six, died of the grippe (influenza) six days after the death of her husband, Alva A. Standard, 41, (April 9, 1904). On April 7, 1904, Elora gave birth to her sixth child.
Although farm neighbors considered adopting them or placing the children on the orphan train, the six children, ages 12, 10, 7, 5, 2 and eight days, remain on the family farm.
They are being cared for by their Illinois grandparents: Martha, age 60, and her husband, James R. Gelvin, 79.
The crops were harvested and on August 5, 1904 the Standard farm: 3 horses, 12 cattle, 4 hogs, farm equipment, chickens, household furniture including an organ was sold at auction.

Sat
27
Jan

John G. “Bud” Holmstrom, 90, of Babbitt, dies

John G. “Bud” Holmstrom, 90, of Babbitt, passed away Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at the Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital.
He was born May 21, 1927 in Greaney, Minnesota to Oscar and Bessie (Paulson) Holmstrom. Bud attended Orr High School and Duluth Vocational Institute. He served in the US Army at the end of World War ll, 1945-47, in Korea and again in Korea from 1950-51 in active duty.
Bud married Jeanne Novak December 26, 1953 and they were married 64 years. They resided in Babbitt since 1959.
Following his military service he worked for several mining companies on the Iron Range. In 1955 he was employed by Reserve Mining Company and became a Foreman retiring in 1986.
Bud was a member of the St. Pius X Catholic Church of Babbitt, Maki-Pinola American Legion Post 535 and VFW Post 1539 of Babbitt, and was a former Respite Care Volunteer.

Fri
26
Jan

Forest Service preparing environmental assessment for proposed withdrawal

After receiving more than 90,000 comments during a 210-day public scoping period, the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, with the United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as a cooperating agency, will prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) to study the effects of a proposed withdrawal on the Superior National Forest. The Forest Service will cancel the Notice of Intent published in January 2017, which originally announced the agency’s intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Fri
26
Jan

Ski season is in home stretch

BREAKING AWAY FROM THE PACK on the course were Ely’s Laura Pasmick, Emma Terwilliger and Ryne Prigge. Photo by Diane Dalberg.

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
26
Jan

Fishing report by Captain Russ

Steve Foss of Ely took a day off from guiding to put a couple of lake trout from Burntside Lake on the table.

Fishing report
by Captain Russ from Babe’s Bait & Tackle -

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