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Ely’s legal newspaper - The Ely Echo - Reporting each week on news of the Ely area

What’s new in Ely?

Here are just a few of the headlines in this week’s ELy Echo:

* Vanderbeek sets a record, Omerza breaks out for 32; Sophomore hits 12 triples and shatters mark; senior scores career high -

* Third Hoops for Hope Tourney starts Tuesday -

* Twins coming back to Ely on Jan. 17 -

* 10,000+ join pro-mining group -

* Ely Folk School temporarily closed for renovations -

* School district sets process, first meeting for strategic planning -

* St. Louis County levy hike finalized -

* City, AFSCME ink new contract -

Echo office will be closed Monday, Dec. 26 - Paper published as usual EVERY WEEK of the years!


Nordic skiing season underway with two meets in five days

THE TOP ELY BOYS FINISHER at the Dec. 16 season-opening meet at Hidden Valley was Simon Stouffer (6). The senior completed the 5.5-kilometer course at the Ely Classic race in 17:15.7, good enough for seventh place in a field of about 40 skiers.

by Tom Coombe -


Dancing and singing in concert

JUNIOR HIGH choir members dancing on stage at the Dec. 15 concert included Amelia Pluth, Hanna Littler, Cora Olson, Anna Soghigian, Crystal Larson, Drayke Hanninen, Mason Davis, Alice Wolter, Lillian Tedrick, Zach Robbins, Caleb Janeksala, Ashton Cook, Ronin Littler and Sean Oberg. Photo by Hailey Worth.


Winter Art Show held at Ely schools

CHECKING IT OUT - Ande Visser looks at her classmates’ artwork at the Winter Art Show in the Washington Elementary Library on Dec. 15. Photo by Hailey Worth.


Taconite Trail master plan ready

CHECKING OUT the maps at the Taconite Trail draft Master Plan open house Monday were Anthony Bermel and Sean Williams. The plan is now out for public comments which must be received by Friday, Jan. 6.
Anyone can submit comments by phone or email to:
Diane Anderson, DNR principal planner (St. Paul), 651-259-5614, diane.k.anderson@state.mn.us.


Frandsen gifts United Way

On Dec. 14, Greg Sandau, President of Frandsen Bank & Trust, along with Frandsen Bank employees, presented Shelley Valentini, Executive Director of United Way of Northeastern Minnesota (UWNEMN) with a check for $4,330. This contribution includes employee pledges for the 2017 year along with a corporate match. “We are so grateful for the support of businesses like Frandsen Bank & Trust that provide employee contributions, a corporate match and employee volunteerism,” said Valentini. “Their commitment to making a difference in our communities is exemplary and very much appreciated.”


Ely rec center project nears key decision points in 2017

by Tom Coombe
Idling in neutral for much of the year, a major project proposed for Ely could take some significant steps forward and shift into gear early in 2017.
That’s when the public should get its first glimpse at how a proposed community recreation complex would look from the outside, and what would take place inside.
Architectural renderings, estimated construction costs and amenities inside what figures to be a massive building - a rough estimate shows 50,000 square feet and construction costs of $10 million to $12 million - are among the key milestones that figure to be cleared in the next several months.
“By spring we might have a picture,” said Jeff Sundell, chairman of the Ely Regional Community Complex executive board.
Sundell said Thursday that early-2017 would bring the identification of “programs and amenities and after that we’ll be looking at (architectural) renderings, which will probably lead to a lot of discussion.”



by Charles D Novak
I will be spending Christmas in Ely this year and when the holidays are over I will not be going home - I am home! After a memorable 34 years in San Francisco and 16 years in Minneapolis I moved back to Ely on May 10, 2016 . It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. My homecoming by the good people of Ely has been overwhelming. The first few months walking down the street had cars wiz by me with windows open and passengers yelling “welcome back!” People have stopped and offered me rides without knowing walking is my favorite form of exercise. Talk about Ely Nice!


Trout Whisperer - Dr. Doo... a lot

He knows I’m coming to visit. I’m on time. I pull up to the gate. I honk my horn. I wait. The electric gate starts to slide open so I drive into his yard and park right next to the garage built out of logs. The gate closes behind me. I’m in, and I stay in my truck.
I look all around the yard.
He steps out of his front door, tosses a massive wooden latch and it secures the door from the outside. He doesn’t want anything getting inside.
He walks up to me and says, “Look at this.” He lifts a shirt pocket and nested inside is a sleeping baby red squirrel he is keeping warm. At the same time one lone bantam chicken hen runs around the front of his home when his pet mountain lion roars around the same corner and in one chomp, inhales the hen.
He yells at the long tawny cat to stop, it does. Then as quick as possible he pries open the cat’s mouth releasing the salvia’d wet but unharmed hen, as it dashes for the barn.


Elizabeth J. Kinsey, 61, longtime resident of Ely and Babbitt dies

Elizabeth J. Kinsey, 61, longtime resident of Ely and Babbitt died Wednesday, December 14, 2016, in her home. She was born June 1, 1955, in Robbinsdale, MN, the daughter of Edward and Dorothea (Chase) Dougherty. She graduated from High School in New Hope, MN.
Elizabeth was self-employed as a Massage Therapist. She enjoyed fishing and writing poetry.
Elizabeth is survived by her sons: Ryan (Cassandra) Keppel of Osceola, WI, and Adam O’Doherty of Sartell, MN; her mother: Dorothea Dougherty of New Hope, MN; her brothers: Tim (Nita) Dougherty of St. Paul, MN, and Patrick Dougherty of St. Paul, MN; and her granddaughter: Kyla Keppel.
She was preceded in death by her father.
A memorial gathering will be planned for a later date.
Family services are provided by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home, in Virginia. To express condolences on-line please see: www.baumanfuneralhome.com.


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