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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
WCCO’s Mike Max to give keynote address on April 12

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.


In the era of logging camps long ago

WAS THIS location northeast of Ely over the lumber camp on the Cloquet Line? Taken from a plane with the photo from Ely’s Cyko Art Studio, Jeff Lovgren loaned the image to the Echo for identification. At one time the Cloquet Line was a railroad bed which had the rails removed in the 1950-’60s. It had provided access to the virgin forests to the north of Winton and Ely and Canada. Teams of horses using massive sleds hauled the logs from more remote areas in the winter.


Cubs create for Pinewood Derby

RACERS: Cub Scout Troop 4170 held its Pinewood Derby on March 16 at the Longbranch. Pictured are: Back row: Brennan Rue, Summit Smith, Tyler Forsberg, Blake Hegfors, Arturo Cameron, John Schiltz, Nathan Hoffemister, Chance Wavrin; Middle row: Luke Stalboerger, Jack Rintala, Brady Forsberg, Talan Hart, Laydan Hart, Myles Scharber, Hunter Halbaken, Oliver Hohenstein, Blake Stalboerger; Front row: Logan Kainz, Blake Houde, Tommy Kerntz, Bryce Houde, Grady Anderson, Emory Hohenstein, Sawyer Anderson, Ayden Scharber.


WWII Vet, buried abroad, identified

by Bob Anderson, Madison, SD -


All systems ‘go’ for 17th

by Tom Coombe -


Ely school, police department respond to “threatening graffiti”

ELY POLICE DEPT stated: “On March 23, 2018 while investigating the threats made against Ely Memorial High School, a person of interest was interviewed.
“This person admitted to making the threats and evidence was collected. The Ely Police Department will be forwarding all evidence and reports to the St. Louis County Attorney's Office for charge considerations.
“This was a joint investigation between the Police Department and Ely Memorial High School staff.

“We would like to reiterate that we never felt there was a safety risk, and the children’s safety is our top priority.”


Do you need a home occupation permit?

Do you need a home
occupation permit?

If you operate a business out of your home, or use your home address as your business address you may be required to have a home occupation permit.
A home occupation permit allows people to use their residence for a business while preserving the residential character of the neighborhood.
Applications are available from City Hall (209 E Chapman St.) in the
Planning & Zoning office. Please call 226-5449 or e-mail pzadmin@ely.mn.us to inquire if a permit is needed.

The permit period runs May 1st annually.
Permit fee is $25.00 first year
and $15.00 subsequent years
Tim Riley
Zoning Administrator
City of Ely Ely Echo 3/23,4/6 & 4/20/2018


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