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Jean Elaine Lonne, 87, of Babbitt, dies

Jean Elaine Lonne, 87, of Babbitt, passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Carefree Assisted Living in Babbitt. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.


Verrmilion walleye regulation to change

Anglers on Lake Vermilion in northeastern Minnesota will be able to keep walleye up to 20 inches long, with one allowed over 26 inches, starting with the May fishing opener, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

The new regulation will require release of walleye from 20 to 26 inches, a change that is less restrictive compared to the current regulation that requires release of walleye from 18 to 26 inches. The four fish bag limit will remain the same.

“Lake Vermilion has abundant walleye with good numbers of large females,” said Edie Evarts, Tower area fisheries supervisor with the DNR. “The regulation change allows slightly more harvest while still protecting plenty of mature female walleye that produce future year classes.”

The DNR considered and modeled several options for the regulation change, and sought opinions from the public, as well as from the Lake Vermilion Fisheries Input Group that represents lake and statewide interests.


Looking at 2016 from Ely’s rear view mirror

If nothing else, 2016 was a wild ride.
It sure seemed like a newsworthy year in our news room and compiling the annual “year in review” spread for this week’s edition, which can be found elsewhere in this section, only provided confirmation.
We find it hard to believe that a community our size anywhere in the state, or perhaps the nation for that matter, generates as much attention and coverage as Ely.
Copper-nickel mining. The Twin Metals debate, from the listening sessions to the unprecedented meeting between the city council and Gov. Mark Dayton to the 11th hour edict issued by the Obama Administration. Wind storms. Fires. Pillow Rock. Aerial spraying. A raid on one of our bait shots. The transformation of our downtown. The Facebook firestorm over an election-related post by one of our city council members.
You name it and it seemed to happen in Ely this year.
And people noticed. Locally, regionally and in some cases nationally.


From the Miscellaneous drawer - How lucky we are!

A Visit from a TIA

With apologies to

Clement Clarke Moore
‘Twas the day known as Christmas, when all through the house
A woman was stirring, and presents were wrapped by the fireplace with care,
In hopes that the family soon would be there;
mamma in the kitchen got overheated
labored too hard when she should have been seated.
So off to the hospital we went in a flash,
It was quick in the car, a bit of a dash;
the staff spoke a few words, and went straight totheir work,
And filled all the test tubes; then assigned me a room,
And While not my choice, it was better than doom.;
Mayo was next As Nick drove out of sight—
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”
Wednesday night when I headed downstairs, I was thinking “How lucky we are as an Echo family.”


Girls second in Hoops for Hope tournament

UP FOR TWO - Brielle Kallberg (3) puts the all up for the Ely Timberwolves over several Lake of the Woods defenders. Photo by Eric Sherman

by Tom Coombe -

The Ely Timberwolves couldn’t quite hold on Wednesday night.
A 12-2 run near the end of the game cost the high school girls basketball team dearly, as Lake of the Woods rallied for a 49-43 victory in the title game of the third annual Hoops for Hope Holiday Tournament.
Alcia Draper’s three-pointer with about 3:30 to go put the Bears ahead 40-38, and the visitors never trailed again against the tiring Wolves.
Ely, which fell to 6-3 and had a three-game winning streak snapped, led for much of the game but had several


Dayton: TMM not dead

by Tom Coombe
Gov. Mark Dayton reiterated his opposition to the Twin Metals Minnesota copper-nickel mining project near Ely and endorsed a decision by the Obama Administration that put it in grave jeopardy.
But in his first extensive remarks since the federal edict earlier this month, the state’s chief executive said he isn’t ready to declare the project dead.
Dayton, who enraged mining supporters in March when he blocked Twin Metals from accessing state lands , told the Associated Press Wednesday that he believes the project has been “stymied,” but not necessarily halted.
He predicted that Twin Metals and project supporters would work to convince President-elect Donald Trump and his administration to reverse Obama’s action to take back long-held federal exploratory leases needed to advance the project.


Fun Run set for Jan. 28

by Tom Coombe -


Ely’s hometown newspaper - The Ely Echo - is loaded with news and photos

THIS IS THE 53RD ELY ECHO newspaper issue in 2016. On Jan. 7, the first Ely news of the new year will be created and sent!


Hockey alumni give back with purchase of jerseys

ALUMNI GATHERING - More than 30 former Ely Timberwolves returned to the ice for the annual alumni hockey game, held Dec. 23 at the Ely Arena. Team Red
scored a 10-9 win over Team White. Pictured are (front, l-r): Bill Foy, Nate Dostert, Frank Udovich, Terry Erzar, Chris Schlosser, Ryan Puzel, Josh Hanninen, Kevin
Niskala, Jon Henning, Richard Horvat, Harry Homer, Eric Urbas, Steve Saari, Warren Burger; (back, l-r) referee Dan Olson, coach Alex Povhe, Kael Richards, Chris
Fink, George Burger, Matt Urbas, Jay Olson, Carter Manning, Travis Erzar, Charlie Kellerman, Preston Leustek, Louie Gerzin, Ron Dass, Bret Janeksala, Tyler
Edlund, Andy Krunkkala, Joanna Bayers, Tim Hegman, coach Tony Schaller. Photo by Finn Bay Photography

by Tom Coombe -


Edward “Ed” R. Mantel, 90, of Tecumseh, MI dies

Edward “Ed” R. Mantel, 90, of Tecumseh, MI passed away on December 22, 2016, the last of his original family.
He was born on May 31, 1926 in Ely MN, the son of the late Joseph and Mary Mantel, who migrated to the USA from Slovenia.
Ed attended Ely Schools, and worked in his father’s store at times, then he volunteered for the US Forest Service at the age of 16. After high school, he joined the US Naval Air Force in 1944 and honorably discharged in 1946. Ed graduated with honors from the U of MN, in Metallurgical Engineering. He retired from GM Research Lab in Detroit after 38 years. After retirement, he built a house in Attica, MI where he enjoyed golfing and fishing. Ed was a member of the American Legion in Lapeer, MI. In 1993 he moved to Tecumseh and then married Joan Hart. In his last years, he loved to go to the casinos where he enjoyed gambling and being with people.


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