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Tue
24
Oct

Arlene Ann Branwall, age 75, White Bear Lake, dies

Arlene Ann Branwall, age 75, White Bear Lake, passed away peacefully and gracefully with family by her side after an 18 year courageous battle against breast cancer. Survived by her loving husband and best friend, Lee, and children, Eric (Jill), Davin, daughter-in-law Michelle Branwall Harty, sisters-in-law, Donna (James) Hill and Tina Chiabotti; brother-in-law Jack Achterberg and special cousin Joann Grahek. Grandchildren: Lindsey Branwall, Nathan Branwall, Lane Branwall, Tyra Branwall and Tristan Branwall and the three neighborhood Greene boys who adopted her as their grandma. She was preceded in death by her parents Carl and Esther Espland, son Lee Branwall, Jr. and sisters-in-law Nancy (Jack) Achterberg and Rita (Steve) Sunsdahl.

Tue
24
Oct

Robert Hargadine, 68, of Ely, dies

Robert Hargadine, 68, of Ely, passed away on Monday, October 23, 2017 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely. He was born October 2, 1949 in St. Paul, MN to Ruth and Robert Hargadine.
He was a fishing guide for Moose Bay Company, Ely. He was preceded in death by his parents and good friend Joanne Johnson.
He is survived by siblings: Shannon, Noreen, Bridgit, Michael, Kate, Keith and Meegan; nieces, nephews and friends. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3 at Kerntz Funeral Home
Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Sun
22
Oct

An apology that doesn’t hold water

A story in the New York Times Magazine has greatly damaged the anti-mining movement. Comments made by Becky Rom and Reid Carron created a firestorm of opposition from both political parties and filled the in-boxes of journalists across the state. Statements were sent left and right, leaving Rom and Carron looking the fools.
What was said was written by a New York Times reporter who apparently didn’t feel he needed to protect the two leaders of the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters. We are left with the firm impression that not only is this how these two talk but how they feel.
Rom said of Ely city council member Dan Forsman, who was the focus of the story, “Danny Forsman drives to the mine in his truck, comes home and watches TV, and he doesn’t know this world exists.”

Sun
22
Oct

Mining foes fan flames with remarks

by Tom Coombe -

Sat
21
Oct

Huge week for Ely teams

by Tom Coombe -

Sat
21
Oct

City clarifies recycling issues

by Tom Coombe
Recycling continues to be a messy issue for Ely city officials.
The topic resurfaced at Tuesday’s council session, as clerk-treasurer and operations director Harold Langowski set the record straight in response to calls and questions to City Hall, and reiterated a public call to respect existing rules and regulations regarding the disposition of items.
The center was recently closed for two days and Langowski stressed that it was connected to the availability of bins, which he termed a county rather than city issue.
“The recycling center is area wide,” said Langowski. “The bins are St. Louis County bins. St. Louis County contracts for the bins to be empties. Our involvement with the city is calling for the bins to be swapped out.”

Sat
21
Oct

From the miscellaneous drawer - Speak up

It’s a strange and ever changing world we live in. And the perception of a polite society may evolve to the appearance of a more dignified plane and then may loop-de-loop, crash and recover long afterwards.
In the first half of the nineteenth century, famines and wars perhaps dictated some short cuts and verbal shortness, impatience to get the job done, and to survive.
Women and children took on new roles, moving too rapidly into adult jobs and responsibilities and the reality of the times. Too often unprepared for brusqueness and brutality, verbal or otherwise.
Some of that hasn’t changed. People in power due to money or position, declared new rights, not as human beings, but as bullies. We still see that today as recognition of the inhumaneness affects us and the news.

Fri
20
Oct

Balanced reporting, great photos! It’s all in the Ely Echo every week

Get to know the people of Ely by taking part in local events!

Volleyball team to host home playoff match on Wednesday;

Ely Rotary Pub Portage set for Tuesday to benefit World Polio Day;

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day set for Oct. 28 in Ely;

Community forum in Ely Wednesday to address drug epidemic;

Burntside Lake Assoc makes donations;

Farmers’ Market moves indoors;

and check out the Echo’s Community Calendar!

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Fri
20
Oct

Still helping to build America and keep it strong

FRESHLY MADE taconite pellets with steam coming off them in a train leaving an Iron Range mine last week was captured in this photo taken from a drone by Floyd Luomanen from Above the Range.

Fri
20
Oct

Studio North celebrates grand re-opening

RIBBON CUTTING - Studio North held a grand re-opening Saturday, with owner Nichole Boitz, mayor Chuck Novak, Little Miss Ely Chezne Nickolson and Miss Ely Shayla Zaverl among those taking part in the ribbon-cutting at the Ely business. Photo by Tom Coombe

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