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Thu
12
Apr

Roads, Recycling occupy Fall Lake

by Nancy McReady -

Tue
10
Apr

‘Smile’ event set for Thursday; Chamber event includes awards

Business and community leaders will gather in Ely Thursday for an annual event hosted by the Ely Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber’s 27th “Smile, You’re in Ely” day begins with a 5 p.m. social hour at the Grand Ely Lodge, and continues with a dinner and program headlined by Twin Cities media personality Mike Max.
Max works for both WCCO TV and Radio in the Twin Cities and is host of the popular “Sports to the Max” and “Life to the Max” show.
In addition to the keynote speech, the Chamber ‘Smile’ event will include updates from various Chamber boards and the presentation of awards annually given by the business organization. The event is billed as “a celebration of the Ely business community” with a goal of noting“our very diverse and creative business community and the amazing things we can accomplish when we work together.”

Tue
10
Apr

RAMS wades into county split issue

by Tom Coombe -

Tue
10
Apr

Wilma Ruth (Bierbaum) Zimmerman, 82, of Brownsville, TX, dies

Wilma Zimmerman
Wilma Ruth (Bierbaum) Zimmerman, 82, of Brownsville, TX, formerly of Litchfield, entered into Heaven on Apr. 7, 2018. She was born on Sept. 1, 1935 to Charles W. and Minnie (Hartke) Bierbaum. A 1953 graduate of Litchfield High School, she married C. L. (Kelly) Zimmerman on Feb. 20, 1954. She enjoyed spreading God’s word, spending time with family, sewing, baking, travel and bringing joy to everyone she met. Wilma loved classical music.  She was very active in the church, teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She is survived by: her loving husband of 64 years, C. L. Zimmerman; daughters, Lynne Zimmerman; Julie (Mike) Meier; Susan (Glen) Cornman; Nancy (Rick) Nunez; a son, Michael (Mari) Zimmerman; brother, Charles (June) Bierbaum; sister-in-law, Joan Jones; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.

Sun
08
Apr

Ely’s maple sap tappers come forward

by Tom Coombe -

Sun
08
Apr

East of Ely - Antifreeze for the Soul

Maple syrup tapping comes late to Northeast Minnesota, but the sap flows as well as it does in New England. I partook in this annual gathering over the years that I lived along Lake Superior, loving every minute despite long hours of jug tending and fueling the everlasting fire that distilled sap water in an old tub into dark golden syrup.
This ritual bridged the gap between late winter and early spring with friends and family, beginning each day as the sun cast its first light and heat that pumped the forest to life with drum rolls from mating woodpeckers knocking their brains out.
Little did we realize how our syrup making ritual was tied into an adaptation that enabled these hardwoods to survive the harsh winter of the northwoods.

Sun
08
Apr

Pitching-rich Ely waits to play ball

(EDITOR’S NOTE: this week the Echo previews Ely’s baseball and boys track teams. Golf, girls track and softball to be featured next week)

by Tom Coombe -

Sat
07
Apr

Study will help find out how many County jobs absconded to Duluth

How many St. Louis County jobs have been relocated to Duluth? How are our tax dollars being appropriated regionally? If a renewed push to answer these two questions comes to fruition, then it will be worth all the fighting to find out the truth.
Now joined by elected officials across the Iron Range, St. Louis County commissioner Tom Rukavina is no longer standing alone. He’s joined by fellow commissioner Mike Jugovich, and a unanimous vote by the 18-member elected officials on the Range Association of Municipalities and Schools.
We’re surprised St. Louis County commissioner Keith Nelson of Virginia has continued to throw up road blocks on this study and that he continues to side with the Duluth commissioners. Maybe he’s afraid of what the truth will reveal.
Ely and Virginia are perfect examples of how the county has been consolidating jobs in Duluth, taking families and school kids out of communities in the north half of the county.

Fri
06
Apr

The ultimate family heirloom

According to the Zillow.com website, nearly 14 million households, say the reason they’re not planning to move ever is because they plan to pass down their home to a family member.
Whereas in the past, it might be some fond memento passed down as an heirloom, increasingly now it is the family home.
I understand. Although the Antiques Roadshow is still one of my favorite television programs, it is easy to see that values of antiques have changed dramatically from 15-20 years ago.
Even now, when an appraiser of some object says it has a value in the thousands, it would be difficult to sell it that high in the Midwest, even in area auction houses or on eBay. Those big bucks must come from appraiser connections out East if at all.
The problem is: old things just aren’t valued currently even though they may be better crafted, sturdier and more attractive than contemporary objects.

Fri
06
Apr

Spring sports: Postponements piling up

by Tom Coombe -

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