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Wed
21
Mar

Three Ironmen make all-region

by Tom Coombe
All winter long, the Vermilion Ironmen leaned on a talented trio of sophomores.
Demetrice Mitchell, Denario Jackson and Bradlee Lewis dominated an array of statistical categories and formed what head coach Paul McDonald called “a three-headed monster” for the Ironmen.
Those efforts were noticed by league coaches, who placed all three on the 10-member All-Region Team, which was announced earlier this month.
It was an impressive feat for the trio as well as the Vermilion program.
“There are 10 guys who make it and we had three of them,” said McDonald. “It was the first time in a long time that we had three guys on the all-region team.”
Combined, no team in Minnesota got the contribution from three players as Vermilion did from Mitchell, Jackson and Lewis.
“Those guys carried us basically,” said McDonald. “Basically they gave us 60 points and 25 rebounds a night.”

Wed
21
Mar

School may wait til ’20; Facilities project remains just a concept; Abrahamson says district “running out of time” to pursue referendum this year

by Tom Coombe
It could be more than two years before Ely area voters are asked to support a tax increase to fund a possible major facilities project on the campus.
Superintendent Kevin Abrahamson said the general election in 2020 may provide the best chance to gain public support for a project, now only in the conceptual stage, that could perhaps connect existing buildings and add gymnasium space.
With cost estimates, tax impact, the possibility of other funding and the framework of what’s been dubbed “the corridor concept,” still uncertain, Abrahamson said that prospects for a levy referendum this year are dwindling.
“You’re almost running out of time if you’re going to hold a bond referendum this year,” Abrahamson told school board members Monday, during the board’s regular monthly session.

Wed
21
Mar

WICOLA honored at Int’l Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum

WICOLA President Teresa Sagen accepted the award.

Wed
21
Mar

Township residents give green light to Morse buying land for recreation

by Tom Coombe -

Tue
20
Mar

The strange story why Ely, Minnesota isn’t in Canada

The northeast region of the future State of Minnesota became part of the newly formed United States because of a horse trader’s opportunity to take advantage of an empire’s conceit. This happened during the negotiations concluding the Revolutionary War in Paris, France in 1783, when the horse trader, Benjamin Franklin became aware that the map used by the British had an error.

Sat
17
Mar

Patricia (Smith) Willman North, 77, of Ely, dies

Patricia (Smith) Willman North, 77, of Ely, passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2018 in Side Lake. She was born in Perham, MN on August 20, 1940 to parents: Harry M. and Hester I. (Aldrich) Smith. She attended schools in Eveleth, MN and Moorhead State University
She is survived by sons: Jack (Kirsten) Willman,of Detroit Lakes, MN, Patrick (Lori) O’Toole, Side Lake, MN and Randy Willman of Ely; daughter Sandra Willman of Ely; Sister Dorothy (Duane) Thunstrom of Detroit Lakes, MN; grandchildren: Gerry Willman, Rianen Willman, Nathon Willman, Tony (Kristen) Farley,and Misty Willman.
Preceded in death by her parents: Harry and Hester Smith, son Robert Willman, brother Ted Smith and half brother Milo Meyer.

Fri
16
Mar

Diann G. “Sweets” Cecich (nee Benson), 78, of Crown Point, IN dies

Diann G. “Sweets” Cecich (nee Benson), 78, of Crown Point, IN, passed away on Monday, March 5, 2018, at Franciscan St. Anthony Hospital in Crown Point, IN.
Diann is survived by two sons; David (Elizabeth) Cecich and Steve (Kathleen) Cecich; six grandchildren: Shannon (Walter) Wieczorek, Kyle (Nicole) Cecich, Zachary (Caitlyn) Cecich, Zarah (Kevin) Fogler, Zane Cecich, and Katelyn (Fiancé John Greaney); one great-grandson, Kamden Cecich; and two brothers: Wayne (Arlene “Big A”) Benson and Warner (Darlene) Benson. She was preceded in death by her parents: Harry and Leona Benson, and her husband of 61 years, John Cecich.

Fri
16
Mar

Ely grad rates top state averages

by Tom Coombe
For the Ely School District, an adjustment in state calculations didn’t alter the bottom line: its graduation rates still remain well above state averages.
School board members got a look at the latest numbers Monday, and Ely has exceeeded a 90 percent high school graduation rate in four of the last five years and topped 95 percent in three years.
Even a slight dip in 2017 - 88 percent of Ely seniors graduated - wasn’t enough to buck the trend.
In the last five years, state high school graduation rates have ranged from 80.4 to 82.7 percent.
“You can see we’re well above the state average,” high school principal Megan Anderson told school board members.
Ely’s success has been noticed, according to Anderson.
She said that area principals have also seen the numbers and made note at a recent gathering.
“They’re asking us ‘how do we keep our graduation rates so high,’” said Anderson. “That’s fun to hear.”

Fri
16
Mar

Friday at 13°, then +40? From the miscellaneous drawer

What is cold? For someone living in Washington DC, it’s 36 below on January 31 in Ely.
For a fellow thinking of retiring to Ely from Chicago, he wonders. “My immediate question concerns ‘25 miles East of Ely.’ This description appeared again yesterday on the Chicago Tribune’s Weather Center page which daily cites the warmest and coldest spots in the U.S. I don’t recall the Ely area ever being cited as the warmest spot, although I could have missed it, but ‘25 miles East of Ely’ has been cited (frequently) as being the coldest including yesterday’s paper, which cited -16.
“Exactly where is this garden spot, and when it’s -16 there, how cold is it in Ely proper? It seems its getting a little late in the season for these temperatures. Or is it that I am not Ely-Tough and should drop my relocation plans? Either way I will see you in August, when the mosquito population is down. I think I just answered my own toughness question.”

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