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Richard (Dick) W. Maki, 82, dies

Richard (Dick) W. Maki, 82, born May 21, 1934 - died May 12, 2017.
His life revolved around music, playing in the MN Brass Drum & Bugle Corps for over 60 years and in the Zuhrah Shrine Drum Corps & Band. He was inducted into the World Drum Corps hall of fame. He liked schnauzers and singing in church. He enjoyed traveling in the US, South America & Europe, and spending time at his lakehome in Ely, MN. He was a Vikings season ticket holder for 50 years.
He is survived by wife of 53 years, Bunny (Margaret); children: Richard T. Maki and Sara Marcatto; grandchildren: Kaarina Maki and Dalton Thibodo; nephews Brett and Scott Esterberg. Preceded in death by his parents and sister. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 3 at St. Michael Lutheran Church, 1660 W. County Rd B, Roseville with visitation 1 hour prior. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to MN Brass Drum & Bugle Corps, PO Box 7341, St. Paul, MN 55107.


Joseph A. Kastelic, 62, of Chippewa Falls, dies

Joseph A. Kastelic, 62, of Chippewa Falls, died Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at his residence surrounded by his loving family under the care of St. Joseph’s Hospice.
Joe was born May 29, 1954 in Ely, MN, the son of Joseph G. and Mary Ann (Arola) Kastelic.
On June 9, 1984, Joe married Kristi Sellon at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely, MN.
Joe graduated from St. John’s College in 1977. He then taught Social Studies, History and Civics at St. Cloud Cathedral from 1977-1978, he was an computer programmer at AFU in Ely and substitute teacher and coach at Ely High School, and then moved to Chippewa Falls to teach at McDonell from 1986-1988 where he was an assistant football coach and golf coach, and later taught Social Studies and was a class advisor at New Auburn from 1988-2004 until early retirement due to health issues.


169 project moving along

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Council Minutes: May 2, 2017 Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers

Council Minutes: May 2, 2017
Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers

CALL TO ORDER-Mayor Novak Called the meeting or order at 5:30pm

Present: Council members A.Forsman, Kess, Debeltz, Omerza, Callen, D.Forsman and Mayor Novak
Absent: None

Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to approve the Minutes from the April 18, 2017 Regular Meeting. Motion Carried unanimously.

Addition 8. H. Planning and Zoning Committee
Item 8 H was added without objection

Mayor Novak reported on his recent trip to St. Paul.

Motion to waive readings in entirety of all ordinances and resolutions on tonight’s agenda
Approve Council and Staff to attend the CGMC Lobby Day on May 11th, 2017. J.Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to approve the consent agenda A and B. Motion Carried unanimously.



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37 Seniors will graduate from Ely Memorial May 27

Commencement ceremonies are Saturday, May 27 for the 2017 graduating class and ticket holders will fill Washington Auditorium for the event. Graduates include: +* Erin Bianco Braxton Casey
+* Susan Cook
Zachary Dean
+* Catherine DeRemee
Thomas Deyak
Maisy Fadum
Mason Folz
+* Joshua Heiman
+* Caroline Homer
Naomi Isbell
* Courtney Kellogg
Mark Killoran
+* Matthew Killoran
Ryan Knuutti
Kyle Lakner
+* Logan Mann
Sydney Matthias
* Spencer McEntyre
Thomas Meador
Louis Meskill
+* Morgan Moravitz
+* Izaak Nosbisch
Solomon Olson
* Evan Omerza
+* Taryn Osthoff
Brandon Perushek
Eric Peterson
+* Theodore Pierce
Adam Porthan
* Lily Pylka
* August Richter
Katelynn Stavig
* Simon Stouffer
Caleb Synnes
+* Anna Urbas
Evan Wognum


UK’s Royal Airforce hosted for Ely canoe trip

The Union Jack flew over White Iron Lake on Friday and Saturday in honor of 14 Airmen from the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force. Hosted by North Country Canoe Outfitters for the third time, two women and 12 men headed out into the Boundary Waters for a six day outdoor education canoe trip. The two groups of seven each headed out on opening day from Snowbank Lake and Lake One. Their intent was to paddle the same route in opposite directions. Only one participant had been to the USA before, having participated on an earlier trip with North Country. Of the rest of the party, many had never been out of the UK.


Relay shaves vital seconds

by Tom Coombe -


Ely Rotary salutes Jr. Rotarians

JUNIOR ROTARIANS HONORED, l-r: Exchange Student Felipe Reis, Caroline Homer, Erin Bianco, Josh Heiman, Anna Urbas, Zach Dean, Cate Deremee, and Teddy Pierce. Photo by Susan Kasbeer

by Susan Kasbeer -


Spring Dance Recital Friday and Saturday

KEEP CALM AND DANCE ON at the Studio North spring recital at 7 p.m. Friday, May 19 or at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at Washington Auditorium. Pictured are fourth grade group “Supersonic”: back (l to r): Janae Murphy, Maggie Fetterer & Aaylah Myers;
middle: Senja Kess, Anya High, Madelyn Moen & Anya Moger; bottom: Bella Davis, Kennedy Zupancich & Rylee Larsen. Photo by Tara Kay Photography.


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