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Fri
20
Jan

Grand Ely Lodge hosts the opening ceremony of the Northland 300 ride

GROUP PHOTO from the opening ceremony Thursday morning at Grand Ely Lodge for the Northland 300 Snowmobile Run to benefit Special Olympics.

TORCH LIGHTING - With the smokestack of the Pioneer Mine in the background, the Special Olympics torch was carried to the cauldron at Grand Ely Lodge for the opening ceremony of the Northland 300 ride. The event, in its 29th year, benefits Special Olympics Minnesota. At right, the Ely Honor Guard stands at attention. Photos by Nick Wognum.

Fri
20
Jan

Ely wins Two Harbors meet, battles state’s best at Giants Ridge

TOP-TEN FINISHER - Emma Terwilliger (136) of Ely put herself in elite company by placing sixth in the girls classic race at the Mesabi East Invitational, the state’s largest regular season meet.

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
20
Jan

Watch out for chimney fires

THE ELY FIRE DEPARTMENT responded to a chimney fire at a home on Washington Street last Saturday. Luckily the fire was quickly extinguished to keep it from spreading. Photo by Jim Schwartz.

Fri
20
Jan

Jack Frost visits

As Ely’s temperature changed dramatically from last week to this, climbing 70 degrees to above freezing, fog and mist created the winter wonderland perfect picture, as photographer Pam Roberts found east of Ely on 169 one recent morning.

Wed
18
Jan

Gov. Nolan? Congressman mulls entry into crowded race to succeed Dayton

by Tom Coombe -

Tue
17
Jan

Jack D. Johnson, 69, of Ely, dies

Jack D. Johnson, 69, of Ely, passed away on Monday, January 16, 2017 in Ely.
Jack was born on July 12, 1947 in Virginia, MN to Einard and Betty (Branscombe) Johnson. Jack graduated from Ely Memorial High School, worked as an Outward Bound instructor prior to his working at Northshore Mining doing railroad car repair. Jack was an avid outdoorsman, who loved to work with his hands. Jack was a gun collector and a lifetime NRA member.
Jack is survived by his daughters: Jolene Johnson of Los Angeles, CA and Jacquelyn (Ryan) Waara of Coon Rapids,MN, two grandchildren: Greyson and
Jackson Waara and five siblings: Tom of Georgetown, CO, Curt of Ely, Mary of
South Lake Tahoe, CA, Ted of East Grand Forks, MN and Larry of Breckenridge, Co and a niece and nephew and numerous other relatives and friends.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents: Einard and Betty and his brother:

Mon
16
Jan

Audrey Gail (Gornik) Server, 67, of Circle Pines, MN, formerly of Ely, dies

Audrey Gail (Gornik) Server, 67, of Circle Pines, MN, formerly of Ely, passed away peacefully with family by her side at Regions Hospital I St. Paul on Monday, January 16, 2017. A celebration of her life is being planned for a later date. Survived by her husband Allen Server, Circle Pines, MN; sisters Mary Jo (John) Pouchnik, Scottsdale, AZ; Nancy (Doug) McReady, Ely, MN; Karen (Pat) Jankowski, Idaho Falls, ID; brother Bob Gornik, Coon Rapids, MN; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mon
16
Jan

Margaret Marie Merhar Dugan, Former Elyite, dies

Margaret Marie Merhar Dugan, Former Ely, MN and Detroit native, Marge Merhar Dugan passed away on January 15, 2017, in Livonia, MI. A 1958 graduate of Ely Memorial High School, she was a moral standard, dedicating her life to living with integrity and honor. In high school she was a member of several musical groups including the Dillonaires, a competitive Ely Marching band.
As a 17 year old, she left Ely, MN to join the Matt Goeze Tamburitzans, a traveling musical troupe honoring Slovanic dance and music. She graduated from Marygrove College of Detroit in 1962 with a Bachelor in Music degree. She then taught music in the Detroit public schools for 34 years, mainly at Guyton and Webster schools.

Sun
15
Jan

…will have devastating impacts to the economic future of Northeast Minnesota

Dear Secretary Vilsack and Secretary Jewell:
As elected leaders of the Minnesota Legislature, we are writing to express our outrage at the recent politically-driven decisions issued by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) related to mineral development in Northeast Minnesota.
Initiating actions to withdraw nearly 240,000 acres of federal lands and minerals from future exploration and potential development and denying the renewal of 50-year federal mineral leases held by Twin Metals Minnesota are onerous decisions that will cause devastating and irreversible damage to the citizens, communities and economy of the region.
We seek your immediate reconsideration and reversal of these actions, and urge you to refocus your agencies on the proper tasks of accepting and assessing mining project proposals under the regulatory procedures established by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other related federal statutes.

Fri
13
Jan

Twins set for Tuesday visit; Winter Caravan stop includes free lunch at Grand Ely Lodge

by Tom Coombe -

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