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Fri
03
Feb

Skustad skis to victory at Arrowhead 135

Carl Skustad of Ely placed first among all skiers in the Arrowhead 135 Ultramarathon earlier this week.

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
03
Feb

Stride Piano is next Concert Association show on Feb. 7

The next Ely Area Concert Association concert is set for Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at Washington Auditorium. Members will experience STRIDE PIANO – Stories and Song with Paul Asaro. Paul Asaro is known as one of the finest of a select group of pianists who still perform the demanding, two-handed piano styles from the first half of the 20th Century. The Stride piano of Fats Waller, the New Orleans style of Jelly Roll Morton and the Ragtime style of Scott Joplin and Eubie Blake, are among the several styles Asaro features during his performances.

Wed
01
Feb

Beardfest back for third act

by Tom Coombe
One of Ely’s newest winter events keeps on growing.
Get set for The Great Nordic Beardfest, now in its third year and slated for Feb. 3-4 at the Boathouse Brewpub.
Local residents, and some beard club members from as far away as Winnipeg and the Twin Cities, are growing their beards or prepping their mustaches to look just right for the “End of the Road Beard and Mustache Championships,” which take place the second evening.
The festivities start at 7 p.m. each day with Friday’s events more for fun and the competition slated for Saturday.
Since its inception in 2015, when the event filled the Boathouse to capacity and then some, the Beardfest has taken off.
“The feedback is really good,” said organizer Shaun Chosa. “I see it as a growing event. We’re ready to add a third day and two more events. We’ll see how it goes this year.”

Tue
31
Jan

Robert Edwin Paavola, 71, dies

Robert Edwin Paavola, 70 passed away on Tuesday, January 24 surrounded by his loving family. He lived in Chula Vista CA. He was born on May 20, 1946. He was proud to have served his country in the U. S. Navy retiring as a Senior Chief after 24 years. He enjoyed riding his dune buggy with friends in the desert and spending time with family. His warm, thoughtful, kind heart and sense of humor lives on through all who knew him.
Robert is survived by his wife Gloria, of 52 years; daughter Michelle Alderete (Ignacio); grandchildren: Haley, Hannah and Hayden, sisters: Jane Vukelich (David) of Babbitt, Cathy Coombe (Brian) of Ely, and Judy Paavola (Ken McAndrew) Jacksonville, Florida, many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by parents, Edwin and Frances Paavola. His memorial service will be on February 15 at MCAS Miramar, San Diego, CA with full military honors.

Tue
31
Jan

Patti Lee Koschak, 65, of Ely dies

Patti Lee Koschak, 65, of Ely passed away Sunday, January 29, 2017 at the Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital.
She was born and raised in Ely and had been a life-long resident. Patti ran an electrical contracting company with her husband until his passing.
Her joys in life included anything to do with her grandson, music, Greek and Roman history and animals.
Patti is survived by her grandson Alexander, daughter Jacki and her son-in-law Brent; her furry animals and four siblings, Jack, Martha, Marjorie and Paul.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Margaret and her husband Thomas.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Landmark Funeral Home in Virginia.

Tue
31
Jan

DNR plans to sell nonferrous mineral leases

The Department of Natural Resources plans to hold a sale of state-owned metallic mineral leases for sites in northern Minnesota.

The DNR invites public input on the areas under consideration, which include sites in Beltrami, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods and St Louis counties, totaling about 195,324 acres.

A notice was published in the EQB Monitor and State Register Monday, Jan. 30, and is available on the DNR’s website.

This will be the state’s 35th metallic minerals lease sale and the second using a new process designed to increase transparency, provide better access to information and afford an opportunity for public input.

Tue
31
Jan

School planning process begins

by Tom Coombe
A steering committee made the first steps Monday in the development of a long-range strategic plan for the Ely School District.
School board members joined administrators, staff and community representatives in the first of a series of meetings with consultant Ralph Brauer, who will facilitate the several-month process.
While the end result figures to be a road map for the district as it moves toward the future, the opening meeting marked the start of the process, including the identification of issues facing the district and areas of strength.
Roughly 20 committee members first worked within four separate groups on both components, then collectively, with Brauer’s aid, refined their list.
Committee members identified these areas as key issues:
• Facilities, including the age of district buildings and infrastructure;

Mon
30
Jan

Welcome to Iron County, Minnesota

An idea proposed 20 years ago may make more sense today: To break off the northern half of St. Louis County to create Iron County.
The division on the St. Louis County board was clearly visible this past week when the Duluth commissioners helped shoot down Tom Rukavina’s resolution opposing the federal government’s attempt to stop mining here.
Setting aside the politics and focusing on the financial impact, the potential of the county (not to mention Duluth as well) losing millions of dollars in mining royalties should have EVERY county commissioner beyond concerned.
Let’s take a look at the resolution without all the whereas parts:

Sun
29
Jan

FOOD! GLORIOUS FOOD! A song from the musical OLIVER

by Charles D Novak
Who doesn’t like to eat? Before I get into my favorite restaurants in Ely I have to tell you about the two years that I worked at Vertin’s as a busboy in the mid-fifties. I was three months away from my 15th birthday. At that time you had to be at least 15 to work in Minnesota.
My dad knew Matt Vertin and took me down to the restaurant. He told me if Matt asked how old I was I was to say 15. I was very nervous about lying after all that was a sin. When Matt asked me how old I was I stuttered “fifteen.” My dad looked at Matt and with a wink and a nod Matt said I had the job.
I was to begin the following Monday at fifty cents an hour. I had no idea how I was going to spend all that money! When I left Vertin’s two years later I was making $1.10 an hour.

Sun
29
Jan

Bois Forte holds 2017 State of the Band

Tribal Chairwoman Cathy Chavers gave an inspirational speech that touted the success stories of 2016 and reminded those in attendance that they all need to do their part to ensure the long-term success of the Bois Forte Band.
“There are many unknowns in our future as a tribe,” said Chavers during Thursday’s State of the Band, which was held in The Woodlands Ballroom at Fortune Bay Resort Casino.
“But by working together, building partnerships and collaborating…we will go down our new path together.”
That path includes having the Reservation Tribal Government (RTG) staff working closely with management at Fortune Bay so that both entities do what they can to work streamline services and come up with new ways of doing business together.
Just a day earlier, Chavers headed up a meeting with Fortune Bay management and the RTG staff to brainstorm ideas on accomplishing the aforementioned goals

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