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Fri
17
Mar

Give it a taste!

Ely kindergarten students in Megan Devine’s class recently got a taste of the sap from maple trees in the school yard. The children included, front: Jorja Moravita, Kaija Shultz, Aubrielle Poppler, (middle row) Atticus Richter, Henry Fetterer, Duane Johnson, Adel Patterson, Amelia Strom, back, Siiri Nelson.

Thu
16
Mar

Don (Herm) Zorman, 63, of Remer dies

Don (Herm) Zorman, 63, of Remer passed away at home surrounded by his family and friends on March 12, 2017.
Herm was born in Ely, MN on July 25, 1953 and moved to Remer in 1989. Herm made a living driving semi-truck as either an owner/operator or company driver and was a member of the Teamsters Union. When he wasn’t driving, Herm enjoyed fishing on the pontoon, bonfires, cutting firewood, spending time with family and friends and having a few Black Labels to relax.
He was preceded in death by his father Arthur Zorman; brother, Gene, and sister Peggy Povhe.
He is survived by his wife Faye; son, Tony (Angie Brausen); daughters, Randi (Ron) Robison and Kayci Rae. Grandsons, Frank and Skippy - AKA Kaleb and Logan, and his special little buddy, Ryker; Mother Betty Ann Zorman; brothers, Sam (Marlene) Zorman, Dale (Patty) Zorman, Jack (Nancy) Zorman, Glen (Lynn) Zorman; sister, Donna Zorman, and many nieces and nephews.

Thu
16
Mar

Chimzar “shook hands with history”

by Tom Coombe -

Wed
15
Mar

Minnie Vandervest, 95, dies

Minnie Vandervest, 95, formerly from Ely/Babbitt.
We lost our beloved mom, Minnie, age 95, known to her friends as Snappy and Corky, on March 7, 2017.
She was a woman of great strength, love, generosity and most of all humor. She is loved and missed by many.
She was preceded in death by husband, Earl (Curly). She is survived by her brother Sonny and her four children: Susan, Annie, Colleen (Craig), Merle (Sandy) five grandchildren, and four great grandchildren and special friend Karen.
A Celebration of Life will be on June 10, 2017 in Babbitt, Minnesota.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Health East Hospice St. Paul and the St. Paul Deaf Club.
Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home.

Wed
15
Mar

Lucille E. Carlson, 78, of Ely, dies

Lucille (Lucy) Ellen Carlson, age 78, of Ely, MN passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at the Boundary Waters Care Center. She was born on June 9, 1943 in Duluth, MN to Waino and Vieno (Simola) Walkama. She spent her youth on the family homestead in Makinen and graduated from Cotton High School in 1956 as valedictorian.
Not long after graduation she married Bob Carlson and moved to New York and started her family. A few years later they moved back to the Iron Range, living in Aurora and finally settling in Tower-Soudan. After raising her children, now single, she went on to continue her education in business and the majority of her working career was spent as a professional seamstress, owning her own business in Virginia and Ely. If she could not sew it, you probably didn’t need it! Her specialty custom sewing included draperies and wedding gowns. She worked as a cook in a number of different restaurants and hand addressed cards for Irresistible Ink in Ely.

Wed
15
Mar
Wed
15
Mar

VCC Housing project pregresses

MAKING PROGRESS at the Timber Ridge student housing development at Vermilion Community College. If all goes as planned, the town homes will be ready for occupancy next fall. Photo by Nick Wognum.

Wed
15
Mar

Crapola Fest planned in June

by Tom Coombe -

Tue
14
Mar

Paul A. Jauhola, 61, of Ely, dies

Paul A. Jauhola, 61, of Ely, passed away on Monday, March 13, 2017 at his residence. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at First Lutheran Church in Ely at 1:30 P.M. with visitation being held one hour prior to the service at the church. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Tue
14
Mar

Thomas J. Strezishar, 85, of Babbitt, dies

THOMAS JAMES STREZISHAR, 85, passed away peacefully in his sleep during the early morning of Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Tom was born in Ely on January 8, 1932 to Jacob and Mary (Melovasich) Strezishar. He attended Ely High School and enlisted in the US Army. On April 25, 1952 he married Stefani Schager at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely, moving to Babbitt in 1964. Tom retired from Reserve Mining in 1983 and later found employment with TireCycle and the Babbitt School District. He loved spending time with family and friends, hosting backyard parties, entertaining everyone with his button box accordion, and winning at cribbage. For many years, he donned a white beard and red suit as Santa Claus to bring cheer to children of all ages. He was a member of St. Pius Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, and American Legion.

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