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Fri
13
Jan

Youngsters start their engines

LINED UP on Fall Lake Saturday for the KCPro racers who ranged in age from 4-10. Photo by Eric Sherman.

Thu
12
Jan

Jean E. Lonne, 87, of Babbitt, dies

Jean E. Lonne, 87, of Babbitt, passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Carefree Assisted Living in Babbitt. Jean was born on October 1, 1929 in Northwood, North Dakota to Iver and Martha (Johnson) Olson. She taught in North Dakota rural schools until her marriage to Martin Lonne in Milwaukee, WI on October 4, 1952. After they returned to North Dakota, she was a homemaker who enjoyed baking and listening to music. Visits with her grandchildren and great grandchildren brought a special twinkle to her eyes.
She is survived by her daughter: LuAnn (Jon) Smith, grandchildren: Kari (Ben) Johnson and Lisa (Oscar) Lopez, great grandchildren: Freyja, Lucia and Rio Lopez and Henry, Daphne and Libby Johnson and sister-in-law: Ruth Kensrud.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and 5 brothers and 5 sisters.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 10 at 2 p.m. at Swarstad Chapel in Northwood, North Dakota.

Tue
10
Jan

John Vesel of Ely dies

John Vincent Vesel, 87, of Ely, died peacefully at his home on Monday, January 9, 2017, embraced by the love of his family, after a courageous battle with colon cancer.
John was born May 27, 1929 in Ely to Vincent and Frances Vesel, the youngest of seven children.

Mon
09
Jan

Rudolph Joseph Sterbenk, 89, of Babbitt dies

Rudolph Joseph Sterbenk, 89, of Babbitt passed away Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital.
He was born on December 9, 1927 in Ely, MN to Frank and Francis (Perme) Sterbenk.
Rudy had a long work history: Basswood Lodge at age 15, Veranth Lumber, Pioneer Mine underground, Army ordinance at Camp Hanford, Richland, WA, and 34 years at Reserve Mining Company in Babbitt.
Rudy was a life member of Ely Masonic Lodge, Keystone Chapter No. 20, Royal Arch Masons, Knights Templar, Scottish Rite of Hibbing and Aad Temple Shrine of Hermantown. Rudy was integral in sponsoring over 20 children with handicaps into care at Shriner’s Hospital. He was a charter member and Elder of Woodland Presbyterian Church in Babbitt.
He was a skilled wood worker and wood carver. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, traveling and helping out friends and family. He was a handyman extraordinaire and a skilled storyteller.

Mon
09
Jan

U.S. Forest Service signs decision for proposed land exchange with PolyMet Mining, Inc. on the Superior National Forest

DULUTH, MN. Jan. 9, 2017 – Today, the U.S. Forest Service signed the Final Record of Decision (ROD) authorizing a land exchange with PolyMet Mining, Inc. The exchange calls for the Forest Service to convey 6,650 acres of federal land in exchange for acquisition of 6,690 acres of non-federal lands. This decision will transfer the surface property owned by the Forest Service to PolyMet, who controls the sub-surface (mineral rights), thereby enabling the development of the proposed NorthMet copper-nickel mine pending other Federal and state required approvals.

“When making this decision I considered many factors – the complex mix of environmental concerns, extensive public input, potential economic benefit to local communities, existing rights, and tribal trust responsibilities,” Forest Supervisor Connie Cummins said. “This decision best serves the public’s interest.”

Mon
09
Jan

Penny wars raise $ at school; Elementary students generate nearly $4,000 for new playground

by Tom Coombe -

Sun
08
Jan

Sharon L. Hartshorn, 69, of Babbitt, dies

Sharon L. Hartshorn, 69, of Babbitt, passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at her residence with her family by her side. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Sun
08
Jan

Our pledge to you for 2017

by Anne Swenson, Publisher
The Ely Echo is moving ahead into 2017, welcoming new equipment and new innovation. And we also welcome Cam Weisert into expanded roles as a staff member at the Echo. He joins General manager Nick Wognum, Echo Editor Tom Coombe, Graphic Designer Lisa Vidal-Sainio, and Sales Rep Terri Reinesch.
Together we have over 112 years with the Ely Echo, receiving pay checks every two weeks, paying property taxes just like each of you do.
We sure have had a challenging winter thus far and we’ve rolled with the punches - bringing a new bathroom on line, a new phone system and new printing equipment as well as a whole new photo printing setup to serve our customers.

Sat
07
Jan

Hook and Bullet Club by Nick Wognum

In addition to our granddaughter Kinlee, we have also been blessed by our first granddog, Millie.
Megan’s golden retriever puppy has become part of our lives with her frequent visits to our home. With Megan’s schedule of teaching, practices and games, we see Millie on a regular basis. Better to have her over torturing our 10 year-old Yorkie than laying in her kennel at Megan’s house.
We’ve had goldens before and if the opportunity arose, I’m pretty sure we’d trade the Yorkie for a golden, any golden, most any day of the week.
Megan got lucky with Millie, a locally produced dog who is as lovable as can be. Credit that to her owner who picks her up and holds her as if she still weighs 10 pounds. Millie takes it all in stride.
She’s as photogenic as can be so we’ve decided to sign her to an endorsement contract here at the Echo. Look for Millie to star in newspaper ads promoting our new photo business (we’ve already used her picture in several ads).

Sat
07
Jan

Cramer rejects settlement

by Tom Coombe
A deal reached in late-2016 has apparently unraveled, and former city zoning administrator Gregg Cramer now wants his old job back.
The several-month saga took on a new twist Tuesday, when city officials revealed that Cramer rejected a settlement that called for him to receive a severance package of over $10,000 in exchange for his voluntary resignation.
Council members approved the settlement in late-November, but a 21-day window passed without Cramer’s signature and notification that the former part-time employee won’t sign the agreement.
Instead, a grievance filed by Cramer last fall, after he was fired by the city council for using a city-owned computer and software to do private work, will proceed.
“At this point, we would proceed to arbitration,” said city attorney Kelly Klun. “We’re not at a point of agreement.”
The strange twist comes after the issue had been seemingly put to bed.

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