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Thu
26
Jan

Carlson reaches plea deal; Felony sexual assault charge dropped against Ely cop, who admits to gross misdemeanor; council votes to place him on unpaid leave

by Tom Coombe
An Ely police officer will avoid jail time, but could lose his job, after striking a plea agreement in court and admitting to an illegal sexual relationship with an underage girl.
Just before a jury trial was to begin, Jason Carlson pleaded guilty Tuesday to misconduct by a public official, a gross misdemeanor, while a felony third-degree sexual conduct charge was dismissed.
Later that same day, Ely council members placed the 11-year veteran of the police force on unpaid leave, the initial step in a process that could lead to the termination of his employment.
Carlson, 38, will be sentenced Feb. 24 on the misconduct charge, but terms of the plea agreement, reached in front of Judge Gary Pagliacetti at District Court in Virginia, call for no jail time, with probation and possible fines instead.
About an hour after a jury panel was sent home, Carlson appeared in court to enter a plea.

Thu
26
Jan

Audrey Rogenes, 87, of Ely, dies

Audrey Flora Louise Rogenes, 87, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 and ent home to her Heavenly Father. Audrey was born Sept. 17, 1929, to Neils Eijner Aurelius and Olga (Skau) Peterson, St. Paul.
Audrey was brought to the Lord in baptism and her faith in God was confirmed in the Lutheran Church, St. Paul.
The family moved to Ely in 1941 where Eijner bought and cleared land to build a house and later eight cabins were built called, (Sunset View Cabins). During the summer they would occasionally visit their relatives in Wisconsin and would return home with a couple of kittens. The highlight of the summer was a visit from them.
Audrey graduated from high school in Ely. She graduated from Lutheran Bible Institute 1955. She was a parish worker and organist in St. Paul. She also worked at St. John’s Hospital.

Tue
24
Jan

New Winter Festival activity: Ely Northwoods Medallion Hunt starts on February 2

As part of the 2017 Ely Winter Festival, the Ely Chamber of Commerce Merchant Committee will host the first annual Ely Northwoods Medallion Hunt. This will become an annual event with a different, Northwoods theme each year.
There will be a total of ten clues released at 10 a.m. each day (starting Feb. 2, with the final clue posted Feb. 11) to lead hunters to the medallion.
The clues will be posted at the Chamber of Commerce building at 1600 E. Sheridan St., on www.ely.org/medallionhunt, on the Ely MN Events Facebook page and at participating Ely merchants.
The first one to find the medallion will win $250 in Chamber Bucks!! But there are more chances to win!
Commemorative Wooden Nickels Drawings
Each participating Ely merchant will also have Northwoods Medallion Hunt commemorative wooden nickels.

Mon
23
Jan

Brian R. Nelson, 87, of Ely, dies

Brian R. Nelson, 87, of Ely, passed away on January 7, 2017 in Ely. There will be no services.

Sun
22
Jan

Arlene M. Krunkkala, 87, of Ely, dies

Arlene Marjorie Krunkkala, 87, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Boundary Waters Care Center, Ely, MN. She was born on April 25, 1929 in Ely to Oscar and Elma Levander. Arlene was a lifelong resident of Ely. She graduated from Ely Memorial High School and Ely Junior College. From 1977 until her retirement in 1997, she worked for the Ely Public Library, several years as Head Librarian where she formed many friendships. Arlene was a member of many local organizations including Ely Legion Auxiliary, Ladies of the Kaleva, Ely Winton Historical Society, Ely Businesswomen, and the Rebekahs. She was an active member of the First Lutheran Church and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. She loved Ely and its residents and was proud of her Finnish heritage. Arlene’s favorite activities were reading mysteries, crossword puzzles and spending time with friends and family.

Sun
22
Jan

Winter events kick into high gear with the Fun Run on January 28

Twenty years ago there was a snowmobile parade right down Sheridan Street. The machines were lined up off Third Avenue and headed west, turning on Central Avenue. The Weather Channel even filmed what turned out to be the largest snowmobile parade at the time.
That parade was in celebration of the second year of the Arctic Blast, an event started by area leaders that continues today as the Fun Run.
Still snowmobile based but open to anyone who would like to participate, the Fun Run is the start of the winter event season. The Ely Winter Festival follows on its heels with events like the Snow Sculpture Symposium and Beard Fest. There’s also the WolfTrack Classic dog sled race.

Sun
22
Jan

Feds initiate two-year mining timeout

by Tom Coombe -

Sat
21
Jan

Ely area women hold rally Saturday at Whiteside Park

Singing songs including "This Little LIght of Mine" and "We Shall Overcome," and amid calls to contact government officials, about 50 people turned out at Whiteside Park Saturday for a rally against President Trump. Photo by Tom Coombe

Sat
21
Jan

Twins are hit at Winter Caravan event at Grand Ely Lodge

AUTOGRAPH SESSION - The Twins’ Hector Santiago and Eduardo Escobar signed autographs and mingled with fans during the Winter Caravan event at Grand Ely Lodge. Photo by Ken Hupila of Finn Bay Photography.

Fri
20
Jan

Fun Run ready to roll; Nearly 550 already registered for Jan. 28 snowmobile event

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