Ely school, police department respond to “threatening graffiti”

ELY POLICE DEPT stated: “On March 23, 2018 while investigating the threats made against Ely Memorial High School, a person of interest was interviewed.
“This person admitted to making the threats and evidence was collected. The Ely Police Department will be forwarding all evidence and reports to the St. Louis County Attorney's Office for charge considerations.
“This was a joint investigation between the Police Department and Ely Memorial High School staff.

“We would like to reiterate that we never felt there was a safety risk, and the children’s safety is our top priority.”


Roger Anderson, 65, of Ely, dies

Roger Dale Anderson, 65, passed away unexpectedly Thursday March 1, 2018, in Ely MN.
He was born on August 14,1952,to Milton and Audrey Anderson. He was one of three brothers.
He graduated from JFK, Babbitt, MN, in the class of 1970. He attended St. Cloud State and Vermilion Community College. He married LaDonna Kim (Steenerson) on September 4, 1976.
Roger worked for the Frontier Telephone Co. for 32 years before retiring in 2007. He loved to play guitar and harmonica sharing his gift of music with his family and wonderful circle of friends. He coached Little League and hockey for many years before becoming a snowboard enthusiast at age 40, with his son, Aaron. His love of sports was known to all. His favorite pastimes included reading, snorkeling on Burntside Lake and caring for his one-and-only, special grandson, Noah Wallace. Roger was a wonderful husband and fun loving person whose mere presence touched so many lives. He is not gone - just gone ahead.


PolyMet mine supporters dominate hearing in Aurora

MINNESOTA Speaker of the House Republican Kurt Daudt talks with Ely residents Ray Marsnik, Gerald Tyler, Bob Berrini and Ross Petersen prior to the PolyMet hearing in Aurora. Photo by Nick Wognum.

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Dina Hill, 70, of Ely, dies

Bernardine “Dina” Hill, 70, of Ely passed away at her home on January 11, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Dina was born on Dec. 2, 1947 to Bernard and Dorothy (Kobe) Hutar in Ely MN. She graduated from Ely Memorial High, Class of 1966.
Dina married Richard “Dick” Hill on January 19, 1968. On the day of her passing they were 8 days shy of their 50th wedding anniversary.
Together they raised three children: Sandy, Cory and Rich.


Hook and Bullet Club by Nick Wognum - Traveling

We’ve been busy as beavers around moving water the past couple of weeks. From a weekend trip to Moorhead, MN to Evan graduating from high school, life has kept us on our toes.
Now Mary, Megan and I are off to travel across the pond to visit my cousin Ingrid and her husband in London for 10 days.
Our trip to Moorhead included Kinlee’s baptism at a Lutheran Church. This took place at the second service of the day. The first one is a traditional service, the second one is listed as contemporary.
We walked in to see a seven piece band getting ready to perform. That’s when we knew this was the contemporary service.
Fast paced and filled with modern music, the service was a change from we are used to in a small town.
Kinlee took the whole thing in stride. She even managed to steal the show by going for the “Superman” look when the holy water was applied to her head.


Ely Echo is jam-packed with news and photos for Progress edition!

From Saturday’s Prom Night news to all three proposed rec center drawings, Gardner Trust awards over $16,000, VCC awards over $80,000 in scholarships and much more! That's what you'll find in this week's Ely Echo on newsstand Friday and area homes Saturday.
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From the miscellaneous drawer - What's with volunteering?

There’s never enough time to accomplish all the goals one sets for oneself. But it’s good to try.
There is a belief by some that women are part of the human race and on an equal footing with everyone else. Maybe that is not well known, nor comprehended.
To me it means that there is no need to rely on or become dependent on any exclusive women’s group.
Doing so appears to make one subservient, in a lesser position, perhaps needing reinforcement through numbers. There is an apparent need by some for the protection of those who are anatomically alike.
I don’t go along with that and sometimes that gets me in trouble.
Nonetheless, I’m an individual, a person with a voice. A person with goals to achieve much like any other human being, male or female.


Former LCP director charges: Lake Country Power Board & Management Irresponsible

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Peggy Lee Beyer-Anderson, 55, of Winton dies

PEGGY LEE BEYER-ANDERSON, 55, of Winton passed away Thursday, April 6, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Peggy was born on January 7, 1962 at the Ely Bloomenson Hospital in Ely, MN. Her first years were spent living with her family at Bob Holden’s logging camp off of the Old Tomahawk Road. In 1966 the family moved to Winton, where she spent the rest of her life.

Peggy was a member of one of the largest classes from Ely High School, graduating in 1980. Many classmates will remember her as the Ely Timberwolf mascot during her time there.

Peggy was an avid outdoors woman. She loved to fish, hunt, pick berries, anything and everything that had to do with being one with nature. It is well documented amongst all in her family that she nearly always was the first to catch a fish, and usually the one who caught the most. Just this previous deer firearms season, with cancer ravaging her body, she got her buck hunting with brother Milt.


BREAKING NEWS: Two year temporary mining ban has wrong ending date

by Nick Wognum and Tom Coombe -

The publication of a rule to ban mining in portions of the Superior National Forest for two years contains a major typo.

The notice in the January 19 Federal Register lists an end date of January 17, 2017 instead of the intended 2019.

Here is the language as printed:

"For a period until January 21, 2017, subject to valid existing rights, the National Forest System lands described in this notice will be temporarily segregated from the United States mineral and geothermal leasing laws, unless the application is denied or canceled or the withdrawal is approved prior to that date."

Last year, the Forest Service held public forums both in Duluth and Ely to take comment on the potential renewal of exploratory mining leases.


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