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Thu
25
May

Mary E. May, 91, of Ely, dies

Mary E. May, 91, of Ely, passed away on May 24, 2017 at Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital.
She was born on September 24, 1925, to Joseph and Sylvia (Dolenshak) Zgainer of Ely. Mary graduated from Ely Memorial High School, Class of 1943. Following her graduation, she moved to Detroit to work as a “Rosey” at the Cadillac Tank Arsenal factory until the end of WWII. She then worked for Common Wealth Brass in Detroit. Mary returned to Ely to take care of her mother with failing health. Mary is a former member of the Ely VFW Auxiliary.
She is survived by a granddaughter, Michelle (Dale) Rever of Ely, special nephew, Joey Zgainer; numerous other nieces and nephews.
Mary was preceded in death by her son, Edward “Bob” May; daughter Marilyn Jo May; brothers, John, Joseph and Robert; sister Emily Fordham.
Burial will be in the Ely Cemetery. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Thu
25
May

CC going on the market

by Tom Coombe
An Ely landmark, one that’s listed on the national historic register, is going up for sale.
Earlier this week, Ely council members accepted the recommendation of the city’s historic preservation commission and agreed to engage a commercial real estate agent to put the Community Center building on the market.
Key details, including an asking price, remain to be determined, and council members also asked the historic preservation commission to recommend conditions for any sale.
The move comes more than two years after the building was closed, and with proposals to repurpose the building failing to gain traction.
A proposal to establish a data center in the building also fell through, after a private group failed to move forward following an exclusive one-year window to buy the building.

Wed
24
May

Novak looking to soothe jitters over ambulance transition

by Tom Coombe -

Wed
24
May

From the miscellaneous drawer - blind trust

Among my many failings is lack of patience. Another is an overactive imagination. Yet another is swearing. And I’m sure my family, friends and acquaintances could add many more.
My sainted mother on rare occasions of absolute frustration with life and her three children, used “damn.” And all in hearing distance would be shocked.
I learned my first swear word as a freshman in college. It was a form of excrement. I practiced the word until I felt comfortable using it and then unfortunately, added some more colorful and profane ones.
Patience I have never learned. If I’m told something will happen on a certain day - whether it is a promise from a repairman for needed work or a meeting suggested by a friend, I naively imagine it will happen.
That’s not an overactive imagination at work. That’s a common courtesy expectation although that may be thought of as an old fashioned expectation.

Tue
23
May

Peter Karberg Pestalozzi, 64, dies

Peter Karberg Pestalozzi, 64, passed peacefully in his home in Ely on May 20, 2017, surrounded by family and friends.
Peter was born November 19, 1952 in Roslyn, New York. He moved to the Twin Ports, where he raised his children, set the stage for grandchildren, and fell in love with the creative energy of Lake Superior and the Northwoods.
Peter was known for his creative talent and love of fine woodworking-- from photography, building organs, sea kayaks and canoes, cabinetry, and finally his most acclaimed artwork-- the design and creation of fine wood furniture.

Tue
23
May

Judith Vollom, 72, of Babbitt, dies

Judith Vollom, 72, of Babbitt, passed away on Monday, May 22, 2017 at Carefree Assisted Living in Babbitt. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Mon
22
May

Mining forum Wednesday

by Tom Coombe -

Sun
21
May

Forest Service now takes aim at all commercial activity in BWCA

The U.S. Forest Service will use a lawsuit settlement to take aim at any and all commercial activity in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Big Brother is not only watching, it’s on the hunt.
Forest supervisor Connie Cummins struggled in an interview with the Echo this past week to explain why a lawsuit over how many towboats use the BWCA has been turned into a global rock-turned mission.
“Will professional photographers be included in this study?”
“Yes.”
“Will dog sled operations be included in this study?”
“Yes.”
Exceeding the limits of authority has been taken to a new level. And anyone who makes a buck in any way off the BWCA should be very, very concerned.

Sun
21
May

Forest Service cuts deal over towboats

The U.S. Forest Service has settled a lawsuit with Wilderness Watch, a wilderness preservationist group based in Montana, that claimed the Forest Service is allowing more towboat use in the BWCA than is allowed by law.
Recreational commercial use is authorized by the 1964 Wilderness Act, and motorboat use is authorized by the 1978 BWCAW Act.
Superior National Forest Supervisor Connie Cummins confirmed the settlement will involve a review of all commercial use in the BWCAW. From towboats to dogsledding, the Forest Service will spend 30 months reviewing all commercial operations.
CWCS Vice President Bob LaTourell said not knowing what the outcome will be casts further doubt over how motorboat quotas could be impacted.
“It’s an unknown at this point, what does it mean?” said LaTourell. “We really don’t know what direction this is going.”

Fri
19
May

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3:11 PM - 18 May 2017

HS baseball: Ely 15, Mesabi East 1. Winning pitcher Dalton Schreffler fans 10; Mark Killoran, Ryan Quick and Tyler Housey with 2 hits each.
HS Baseball: Ely Vets Showcase - Ely 11, Blackduck 5; Joey Pierce pitches 5 innings to get the win and has three hits at the plate.
HS baseball: Ely 15, Mesabi East 1. Winning pitcher Dalton Schreffler fans 10; Mark Killoran, Ryan Quick and Tyler Housey with 2 hits each.
HS softball: Ely 8, Eveleth-Gilbert 6. Anna Urbas with 4 RBI for the Wolves.

May 16:
For now, Ely council won't change city law banning Sunday off-sale liquor sales

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