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Sat
31
Mar

Another walking adventure for Steve Cole

by Anne Swenson
On February 12, Steve Cole of Ely started his hike to International Falls, arriving in the Falls 12 days later. He started from Lake Vermilion pulling a sled with his all his supplies, following snowmobile trails to get there.
Cole keeps a diary of sorts, noting his progress. In it he noted that this is his third hike.
He started at Oak Narrows, hoping to stay at Gruben’s, but ended up that night sleeping on the ice. A couple times he got rides from pickup truck drivers. From the Vermilion Hotel in Cook he got a ride to Elbow Lake and then walked to the Ban Lake Trail where he pitched his tent.
By day four, he hiked on the Arrowhead Trail most of the day. The next day he made it to Melgeorge’s Resort where he stayed for the day and ate at the restaurant there.
By day seven, Cole faced snow much of the day over the 16 miles but managed to find the Black Duck River Shelter as it got dark.

Fri
30
Mar

McDonald named 7A coach of year

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
30
Mar

No Ely April Fool's joke this year

After 10 years of celebrating April Fool’s Day with jokes which gained national attention for Ely, the city is switching over to poking fun at Tax Day 14 days later.
While the exact future plans were not revealed, the reason given was that the coinciding of Easter on April 1 makes it inappropriate this year.
“We’re going to turn one of the most unpleasant days of spring into something more uplifting,” said Chuck Novak, Ely’s mayor. City officials promise to unveil more about that later.
In a news release, it was stated that “While the Tourism Bureau has ended this historic, award-winning tourism campaign, it’s hoping to keep the spirit of the campaign alive this year in social media.”

Fri
30
Mar

From the miscellaneous drawer - by Anne Swenson

I had occasion this week to reflect on my world and the people within it.
Like you, my life isn’t perfect. I’ve watched my friends suffer, watching their loved ones die. I’ve said goodbye to many myself.
And back when this was turning into a new millennium, so much changed in my life. In one brief year so much happened, so much beyond my ken occurred that I could no longer cry. Weeping became that which might cloud my visage, but never erupt in its fullest.
That was a hard time, steeling me to continue on with life.
And that’s what I have continued ever since.
There has been no separation from life ever since then and I have learned to survive.
I emerged from my 82nd birthday this week with some pleasure and joy. To share a meal with Megan, Nick and Mary was one. To hear from old friends, Sharon, Judy and Sue was another. To share lunch with Claire, Barb and Emily was another.

Fri
30
Mar

Focus on Ely - Every week of the year - That's the Ely Echo weekly newspaper!

Chamber sets ‘Smile’ event
WCCO’s Mike Max to give keynote address on April 12

Rally in Whiteside: “Enough is Enough”

School facility group to look at corridor concept

Eggs aren’t just for Easter in Ely

Mining series begins Thursday
Saari to address history, as well as ongoing copper-nickel issues

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Fri
30
Mar

Ribbon cutting time at at EBCH

RIBBON CUTTING for the new hospital pharmacy that serves patients at Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital. Participating in the ceremony were Dave Sebesta of the Ely Chamber of Commerce, EBCH pharmacist John Schindele, Ely mayor Chuck Novak and Al Forsman of EBCH. Read more about the new facility in an upcoming issue of the Ely Echo. Photo by Nick Wognum.

Fri
30
Mar

Brownies visit the Aquarium

Ely’s Brownie troop went to the aquarium on Saturday, March 24. Kids in the front are Brenna Hegfors, Jorden Borchert, Ellie Marshall, Brooklyn Sherman and Violet Udovich. The moms in the back are Stacy Hegfors, Kristi Marshall, Holly Sherman, Nicole Udovich and Kelsey Borchert.

Fri
30
Mar

In the era of logging camps long ago

WAS THIS location northeast of Ely over the lumber camp on the Cloquet Line? Taken from a plane with the photo from Ely’s Cyko Art Studio, Jeff Lovgren loaned the image to the Echo for identification. At one time the Cloquet Line was a railroad bed which had the rails removed in the 1950-’60s. It had provided access to the virgin forests to the north of Winton and Ely and Canada. Teams of horses using massive sleds hauled the logs from more remote areas in the winter.

Fri
30
Mar

Cubs create for Pinewood Derby

RACERS: Cub Scout Troop 4170 held its Pinewood Derby on March 16 at the Longbranch. Pictured are: Back row: Brennan Rue, Summit Smith, Tyler Forsberg, Blake Hegfors, Arturo Cameron, John Schiltz, Nathan Hoffemister, Chance Wavrin; Middle row: Luke Stalboerger, Jack Rintala, Brady Forsberg, Talan Hart, Laydan Hart, Myles Scharber, Hunter Halbaken, Oliver Hohenstein, Blake Stalboerger; Front row: Logan Kainz, Blake Houde, Tommy Kerntz, Bryce Houde, Grady Anderson, Emory Hohenstein, Sawyer Anderson, Ayden Scharber.

Wed
28
Mar

WWII Vet, buried abroad, identified

by Bob Anderson, Madison, SD -

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