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Thu
15
Mar

Patricia Leah Sterbenk, 86, Babbitt, dies

Patricia Leah Sterbenk, 86, Babbitt, passed away Saturday March 10, 2018. She was born March 16, 1931 in Ely to Eddie and Mary (Milkovich) Edwards.
Pat graduated from Ely Memorial High School, class of 1949 and attended Ely Community College. She was married Feb. 16, 1951 to Rudy Sterbenk, they moved to Babbitt in 1952. They were charter members of Woodland Presbyterian Church in Babbitt. As a church leader, she shared her generous spirit and compassion for others. Pat was a Sunday School teacher, sang in the choir, served several terms on the Session and was an active member of Presbyterian Women’s Association. Pat was also involved with Order of the Eastern Star and Women’s Life Insurance.
Pat had numerous hobbies including gardening, cooking, camping and fishing, folk art painting and needlepoint. She was an avid fan of HER Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota Vikings.

Thu
15
Mar

DNR seeks comment on area lake management plans

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Tower area fisheries is seeking comments through Friday, March 30 on management plans for a number of area lakes.

Management plans describe the past, present and desired future conditions of the fishery and identify specific management activities planned for that lake in the next five to 20 years. The plans include background on the water body including water chemistry, temperature, habitat quality and species present, and are important in understanding the potential of a fishery.

Wed
14
Mar

Kenneth C. Johnsen, 69, of Ely, dies

Kenneth C. Johnsen, 69, of Ely, “All is Well”
Ken Johnsen of Ely, Minn., began his next journey on March 9, 2018 at home, surrounded by his family. Ken came to us on April 22, 1948 and by all accounts was a curious and active child, positive traits he never lost. Ken practiced living in the present, generosity, and optimism. His advice to us all is to: “Be happy and enjoy life just as it comes, one day at a time.”
Ken was in Ely for only two years, but in that time, he touched the lives of all whom he met. He loved schmoozing with everyone at the Front Porch, discussing books at Chapman Street Books and at the Ely Public Library, foraging for samples at Zup’s, and finding good deals at the Goodwill store. He loved taking his grandchildren to Miners Lake for exploration and fishing. A frequent picker and tour guide for out-of-towners at the dump, Ken could see the potential in all things and in all people.

Tue
13
Mar

Lake associations plan aggressive war on AIS

by Gary Albertson
Lake Vermilion is thought by many to be the most beautiful lake in Minnesota. The Vermilion Lake Association, formerly the Sportsmen’s Club of Lake Vermilion, with its many volunteers, is aggressively working to keep it that way.
They are fighting to stop the invasion of AIS (Aquatic Invasive Species) from getting into this lake. They are also getting neighboring lakes such as Pelican, Shagawa and Burntside to step up efforts to stop the invasion of AIS.
Vermilion Lake Association held a dinner meeting at The Crescent Supper Club Monday night with over 20 attending, including Orr Mayor Joel Astleford, Grover Gillespie and Adam Van Tassel (a resort owner) from Orr, representatives from the Soil and Water Conservation District, and Burntside Lake Association Pres. Ward Nelson and wife Muffin, and Carrie and Tom Cusack. Cass, Itasca and St. Louis County lake groups are getting involved in this program.

Tue
13
Mar

INVITATION TO BIDDERS Ely Schools Washington Elementary Windows

INVITATION TO BIDDERS
Ely Schools Washington Elementary Windows
Ely, Minnesota

Notice is hereby given that sealed bids for Ely Schools Washington Elementary Windows work will be addressed and delivered to Kevin Abrahamson, Superintendent, c/o Architectural Resources, Inc., 704 East Howard Street, Hibbing, MN 55746.

BID DATE: April 4, 2018
BID TIME: 2:00 pm Local Time

All bids must be prepared on the form provided by the Architect and submitted in accordance with the Instructions To Bidders (Section 00 21 13). Bids are to be addressed to Kevin Abrahamson at the aforesaid address and are to be in a sealed opaque envelope conspicuously marked on the outside identifying the project name.

Bids will be opened and compiled by the Architect at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at the Architect’s Office, located at 704 East Howard Street, Hibbing, MN.

Tue
13
Mar

City of Winton Full-time Public Works/Utility Manager Position

City of Winton
Full-time Public Works/Utility Manager Position

The City of Winton is seeking applications for a full-time Public Works and Utility Manager position. The normal working hours will be 8:00AM to 4:30PM, Monday to Friday. This is an AFSCME union position that includes benefits. The position requires possession of State of Minnesota Class D water and wastewater operator licenses. For more information call City Clerk Anne Jackson, 365-5941 or Mayor Kathy Brandau, 365-3985. Applications and job descriptions will be available from the City Clerk, Winton Community Center, 102 N. Main Street, Winton, or at Brandau Plumbing, Hwy 169, Winton. Applications and resumes with references may be brought to the City Clerk, Mayor, or mailed to City of Winton, PO Box 163, Winton, MN 55796. Applications are due by March 31, 2018. Ely Echo 3/17 & 24/2018

Tue
13
Mar

The City of Ely Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing

The City of Ely Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing
on Wednesday April 4th, 2018 at 5:30 pm in the 2nd Floor Chamber Room of City Hall to consider issuance of a Variance requested by the City of Ely to construct a picnic pavilion with reduced shoreline setback at Semer’s Park on Shagawa Lake.
The City’s request is to construct a picnic pavilion at a reduced shoreline setback to allow for appropriate sloped walk ways to accommodate Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) handicap accessibility and to provide safety and visibility for families with young children near the water.
City Ordinance states that the minimum Required Setback for construction on Shagawa Lake shoreline is 75 feet from the Ordinary High Water Mark. Based on the architectural design and engineering survey used for construction the requested setback is 25 feet or greater from the Ordinary High Water Mark.

Tue
13
Mar

Ely boys advance to quarterfinals

The number two seed Ely boys basketball team advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Section 7A tournament with a 74-44 win over Mt. Iron-Buhl Wednesday night.
The seventh seeded Rangers advanced to play Ely by dismantling Northeast Range on Monday, 88-29.
The Timberwolves had beaten Mt. Iron-Buhl twice this season but McDonald knew his team couldn’t take anything for granted. He also knows tough defense is needed to advance in the tournament.
“It was 30-22 at halftime and we didn’t shoot the ball very well in the half but played pretty good defense against them,” said Ely head coach Tom McDonald.
“We came out in the second half and started shooting better and getting good looks out of our offense and started to pull away from them. I thought we clamped down on defense in that half also.”
Senior Carter Gaulke put up his first career triple double with 28 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.

Tue
13
Mar

Ely School Board February minutes

School Board Meeting Minutes February 12, 2018
(Approved 3-12-2018)

Tue
13
Mar

Beatrice Louise Brophey, 95, formerly of Ely, MN dies

Beatrice Louise Brophey, 95, formerly of Ely, MN died on March 5, 2018 in Columbia, Missouri. One of the two “B’s Wilderness Paddler’s” in Ely from 1979 until 2012, she is survived by her business partner and best friend of 39 years, Barbara Anderson.
Bea was born August 13, 1922 to M. Frank and Aletha (Mullin) Spencer in New York Mills, N.Y. She attended Cony High School in Augusta, Maine and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1947 from the Baptist Missionary Training School in Chicago, which later merged with the Chicago campus of the Colgate Rochester Crozer School of Divinity. Following graduation, Bea ministered in the field of Christian Education for 10 years with a focus on camp and church school experiences for children and youth. From those seeds her love of nature, adventure, camping and canoeing grew deep roots that continued to flourish and thrive for the rest of her life.

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