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Hook and Bullet Club by Nick Wognum

An invitation to hunt with a friend is not something to be taken lightly. I was blessed enough to be asked by two friends this past weekend, the middle of the muzzleloader deer season.
I spent two hunts and an overnight at Rob Wilmunen’s shack. We each took up posts in elevated stands not far from the original Wilmunen homestead.
The weather was good, everything felt right but the deer just didn’t want to cooperate. Rob saw three does on a far hillside across from his Midpond Stand but no big buck followed.
I was in the Soldier Field stand and try as I might to make any shadow or irregularity look like a deer, no dice.
But sitting in silence in the woods may be the biggest stress reliever of them all. Even if the deer aren’t coming in for a visit.
Rob passed along a tip from Bill Scott who suggested putting a small blanket in each stand. Drape the blanket over your legs and the warmth will keep you out in the stand longer. Try it, it works.


November Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers

Council Minutes, November 15, 2016
Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers

Mayor Novak called the Regular City Council Meeting to order at 5:30pm.

PRESENT: Council members A.Forsman, Kess, Debeltz, Omerza, Polyner, D.Forsman and Mayor Novak

Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to approve the minutes from the Public Hearing on November 1, 2016 at 5:00pm with the change to the sentence Whitney stated that he posted the house inhabitable on October 12, 2016 to posted the house uninhabitable on October 12, 2016, the Public Hearing from November 1, 2016 at 5:15, and the November 1, 2016 Regular Council Meeting. Motion Carried Unanimously.


Six Pagami survivors deployed fire shelters and lived through hell on and in Lake Insula

by Nick Wognum -

Five years after six people were nearly burned alive, the full report on what really happened during the Pagami Creek fire of 2011 has finally come to light.

A report titled “Pagami Creek Fire Entrapments - Facilitated Learning Analysis” along with a video tells how critical mistakes nearly took the lives of six Forest Service fire qualified Wilderness Rangers.

The six were Todd Stefanic, Chris Kinney, Nancy Moundalexis, Andrea Lund, Nancy Hernesmaa and Naomi Weckman.

The 93,000 acre Pagami Creek fire started on August 18 as a lightning strike not far from the Fernberg Road. The Forest Service decided to let it burn and it grew to 100 acres.

Then the decision was made to create a bigger fire and the Forest Service poured 1,700 gallons of jellied gasoline on the fire. That decision would ignite a disaster that cost $23 million to clean up. It also almost killed six Forest Service employees....


Two vehicle accident on Hwy. 169 claims life of Ely woman

An Ely woman died following a two vehicle collision on Highway 169 near Wolf Lake Road Wednesday morning.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Nina Haaversen, 51, of Ely died from injuries sustained in the crash.

She was the driver of a 2010 Toyota Corolla.

The medical status of Aaron Nickolson, 37, the driver of a 2005 Dodge Ram, was not immediately known.

The accident occurred on icy roads at milepost 277 at 7:45 a.m.


Blizzard causes power outages on North Arm, Van Vac


For Immediate Release: For More Information, Contact:
November 19, 2016 Tami Zaun, Public Relations Coordinator
11:30 a.m. Update (218) 256-4603 tzaun@lakecountrypower.com

Reinforcements helping turn lights back on in rural areas

GRAND RAPIDS, MN – Access remains the biggest issue today as Lake Country Power line crews continue power restoration efforts across parts of eight counties in northern Minnesota. Most rural roads are now clear, but soft, wet soil under 12 to 18 inches of snow is making access for linemen, lift trucks and heavy equipment challenging.


Swimmers take 10th in section as times come down

by Tom Coombe -


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Here are a few of this week's headlines:

Thanksgiving shopping, parade kick off series of Ely festivities -

Issue put to sleep: Pillow Rock staying put
City council goes on record, clears the air after public hearing -

Attendance “skyrockets” at Wolf Center
New pups lead to significant spike -

Not quite Dewey vs. Truman, but Rantala wins school board seat after new vote totals are posted -

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Holiday Fantasy returns Nov. 25-26

Come see the toy trains, moving figures and machines and lovely arts & crafts Nov. 25-26
SO MUCH TO SEE - Shoppers enjoy the event held at Miners Dry HOuse in the Pioneer Mine complex. Photo by Tara Larson

The holiday spirit begins in earnest after Thanksgiving. One place it will be in full glory is at the Holiday Fantasy Arts & Crafts Sale at Miners Dry House, Nov. 25-26.
Presented by Ely Greenstone Public Art and many talented artists and crafters, the two-day event this year includes the sounds of Christmas with toy trains and moving figures, holiday villages and more to delight the eye! The ever popular event has been extended to two days to allow visitors and area residents plenty of time to shop the 35 tables laden with unique items and enjoy the kickoff to the holiday season.
Looking for the unusual? Visitors will find tasty Finnish baked goods, books and cards, ornaments, doll clothes and crocheted items, pottery, handcrafted jewelry, candles and quilted items and much more. New this year will be handcrafted furniture, antiques and vintage items, Scandinavian folk art and soft sculptures.


Cromwell ends Wolves' season

In 10 straight victories, the Ely Timberwolves hadn't faced a team like the Cromwell Cardinals. Or a football player like Zion Smith.

The Cromwell quarterback threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more, picked off a pass and even contributed on special teams in a 35-7 state tournament blowout Friday night at Duluth's Public Schools Stadium.

Smith connected on a 64-yard bomb to wide receiver Nic Johnson on the first play from scrimmage, and the unbeaten Cardinals were off and running toward a berth in the state 9-man semifinals at US Bank Stadium, the brand-new Minneapolis stadium that's home to the Minnesota Vikings.

Ely, which made the state tournament for the fourth time in five years and was looking for its third semifinal berth in the same period, finished 11-1.

Any time the Wolves found an opening to claw back into the game, it was usually Smith who slammed the door shut.


Ely council race: Kess, Debeltz, Callen

by Tom Coombe -

It's back to work for Paul Kess and Jerome Debeltz. For Ryan Callen, the third time was the charm.

Kess, Debeltz and Callen were the top vote-getters Tuesday in Ely's city council race. All won four-year terms.

Kess won a second term in his second stint on the council, leading a six-candidate field with 1,024 votes. Right behind was Debeltz, who has served continuously since first winning election in 1993. The dean of Ely's council got 882 votes and was the runner-up.

Grabbing the third and final spot was Callen, who won a seat on the council after two previous unsuccessful tries and gained 796 votes. He edged out Angela Campbell, who came up just short in her third try at city office in four years and garnered 709 votes.

Lagging behind were former council member Mark Zupec with 663 votes, and first-time candidate Rachel Rae Colber, who picked up 398 votes.


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