Only two days left to enter Ice Out Contest

by Anne Swenson

Only one winner with one guess will be the recipient of the $100 in Grand Ely Lodge dollars at the end of the Ely Echo’s Shagawa Lake Ice Out Contest.<BR><BR>And there are only two days to get your entry in if you haven’t yet entered. <BR><BR>Send your entry to: Ely Echo Ice Out Contest, 2 E. Sheridan, Ely 55731 or email to:<BR><BR>You must include the date and time you estimate the ice will be out on Shagawa Lake and include your name, address and phone number. Postcards are okay for entry.<BR><BR>Entry blanks are also available at Grand Ely Lodge.<BR><BR>There’s nothing to buy, just hone your crystal ball as to when a boat could traverse Shagawa from the south shore to the north shore, ice chunks notwithstanding.<BR><BR>Sticking their necks out this week are the following:<BR><BR>March 29 - 4:15 p.m., Barb Lucia, Duluth (maybe she wrote the actual date of filling out the form);<BR><BR>April 6 - 8:30 a.m., Sandra Chilson, Ely; <BR><BR>April 9 - 9 a.m., Shirley Gourley, Johnston, IA;<BR><BR>April 10 - 11:30 a.m., Kalegh Smith, Ely; <BR><BR>April 11 - 11:23 a.m., Mary Arps Thompson, Mission, KS; 2:07 p.m., Bill Roloff, Ely;<BR><BR>April 12 - 5:39 p.m., Linda Enquist-Vandebranden, Ely; <BR><BR>April 13 - 2 p.m., Carl Bylewski, Winton; 2:01 p.m., Bob Dalberg, Ely; <BR><BR>April 14 - 10:35 a.m., John C. Schweda, Berea, OH; 3:34 p.m., Ed Anderson, Phoenix, OR; 4 p.m., Carl Swenson, Blooming Prairie, MN;<BR><BR>April 15 - 10:41 a.m., Eva Grzelak, Wanatah, IN; 12 p.m., Nancy Bulthus, Eagan, MN; 1:15 p.m., Stef Popesh, Ely; 2:15 p.m., Matt Favet, Ely; 2:30 p.m., Ryan Schmidt, Ely; <BR><BR>April 16 - 3 p.m., Mary Mavetz, Ely;<BR><BR>April 17 - 10:45 a.m., Heidi Favet, Ely; 12:00 pm., Dan Kuhl, Ely; 3:30 p.m., 3:35 p.m., Cindy Leppla, Ely; Cheryl Martinetto, Ely; 4:15 p.m., Robbie Blyton, South St. Paul, MN; <BR><BR>April 18 - 8 a.m., John Rossi, Millersville, PA; 10 a.m., Vearl Nelson, Babbitt and Green Valley, AZ; 11 a.m., Jennifer Folz, Ely; 2:30 p.m., Diane Swenson, Blooming Prairie, MN;<BR><BR>April 19 - 7 a.m., Diane Dalberg, Ely; 9:19 a.m., Bob & Renee Ewing, Rochester, MN; 1:13 p.m., Chuck Kasbeer, Sugarloaf Key, FL; 2 p.m., Viola Gulbranson, Oslo, MN; 2:25 p.m., Kent Davenport, Huxley, IA; 4:19 p.m., Susan Lashley, Elizabethtown, IN; 5 p.m., Jared Ginter, Ely; 6:56 p.m., Jane Pucel, Ely;<BR><BR>“My daughter lives on the lake and she assured me that ice out would be on April 19, her birthday, at 2:47 p.m. She has hinted that she will try to help my pick by splashing her feet real fast off the dock to accomodate my time choice. Thank you very much,” writes Curtis Johnson, Jeffers, MN;<BR><BR>April 20 - 1 p.m., Ben Krey, So. St. Paul; 1 p.m., Debby Cornwell, Ely; 2 p.m., Richard Bulthuis, Eagan, MN; 2:10 p.m., Alberta Koschak, Ely; 3 p.m., Nancy Blaido, Ely; 4 p.m., Brady Luthens, Ely; 4:20 p.m., Tim Clark, Ely; <BR><BR>April 21 - 8 a.m., Paul Preblich, Cottage Grove, MN; 10 a.m., Claire Pastika, Ely; 3 p.m., Anna Acheson, St. Louis Park, MN; 3:45 p.m., Eric Larson, Ely; 4:21 p.m., Kevin Lashley, Elizabethtown, IN; 8 p.m., Lari Hanson, Mound, MN; <BR><BR>April 22 - 1:19 p.m., BruceKnox, Fremont, IN; 2 p.m., Bev Anderson, Phoenix, OR; 2:22 p.m., Keith Weise, Inver Grove Heights, MN; 2:44 p.m., Laura Blyton, So. St. Paul; 3:16 p.m., Jennifer Geist, Ham Lake, MN, who added, “Hi to Patty Zup - We’ll be up soon for his hot bologna! Yum!”; 3:35 p.m., Ross Buffington, Ely; <BR><BR>“Ice out will most certainly occur on April 22, 2004 at exactly 11:37a.m. Please enter my prediction into this year’s contest. Thanks!!,” wrote Doug Ramsey Austin, TX;<BR><BR> “I work at the EPA but unfortunately that does not stand for ‘environmental prediction agency’ so I had to use my own forecasting system to choose my entry for ice out: April 22 at 3:30 p.m.,” Bill ONeil, Accokeek, MD;<BR><BR>April 23 - 9 a.m., Herbert Cornwell, Ely; 10:01 a.m., P. McClelland, Ely; 2 p.m., Joellyn Mortenson, East Bethel, MN; 2:23 p.m., John Lahtonen, Ely; 2:35 p.m., Albin Mavetz, Ely; 2:38 p.m., John Pickard, Englewood, OH; 2:43 p.m., Paul Leon, Aberdeen, SD; 3 p.m., Kelly Davenport, Huxley, IA; 3 p.m., Cody Weise, Inver Grove Heights, MN; 3:44 p.m., Ryan Blyton, South St. Paul, MN;<BR><BR>April 24 - 5:28 a.m., Rita Dauka, St. Louis Park, MN; 2:30 p.m., Angela Richart, Isanti, MN; 3:12 p.m., Alison Zaverl, Ely; 4 p.m., Cindy Christianson, White Bear Lake, MN;<BR><BR>April 25 - 1 p.m., Pat Koschak, Ely; 2:11 p.m., Scott Wallace, Clinton, IL; “Again this year I shall guess my birthday and time, April 25 at 12:11 p.m. for the ice out contest. Thanks, Forever an Elyite,” Spc. Karen L. Anderson, Alexandria MN; 4:25 p.m., Patti Buffington, Ely;<BR><BR>April 26 - 11:17 a.m., Greg Pluth, Ely; 1 p.m., Ron Nelson, Ely; 2 p.m., Betsy Dunagan, Brooklyn Park, MN; 2:21 p.m., Shirley Shusta, Ely; 2:25 p.m., Gene Klun, East Bethel, MN; 3 p.m., Olin Mefford, Florence, AL; 3:31 p.m., Sam Shaw, Watertown, MN; 3:38 p.m., James Devine, Ely; 4:04 p.m., Jan Shusta, Blaine, MN;<BR><BR>April 27 - 5:35 a.m., Fred Clasen, Ely; 10:28 a.m., Nikki Selisar, Ely; 11:11 a.m., Ed Seliskar, Ely; 11:15 a.m., Ryan Scharber, Babbitt, MN; 1:43 p.m., Shayla Zaverl, Ely; 2 p.m., Vincent Dodge, Ely; 2:17 p.m., Amelia Pluth, Ely; 3 p.m., Cal Anderson, Alexandria, MN; <BR><BR>April 28 - 3:45 a.m., Cathy Lundein, Babbitt; 8:30 a.m., “this is my father’s 83rd birthday!” wrote Ann Spitler, Varna, IL; 10:02 a.m., Adam Orth, Babbitt; “My lucky star tells me choose April 28 at 1:15 p.m.,” writes Helen Hirschey, Utica, MN; 1:48 p.m., Sara Gilliam, Ely; 2:30 p.m., Jeff Olsen, Cotton, MN; 2:45 p.m., Frank Decker, Ely and Glendora, CA; 3:30 p.m., Cindy Edgett, Chisago, MN; 3:37 p.m., Inta Magons; Chaska, MN; 4 p.m., Tim Rimer, Ely; 4 p.m., Pam Goodsky Hilgost, Ely; 4 p.m., Kenny Korpi, Ely; 4:22 p.m., Therese A. Leon, Aberdeen, SD; 6 p.m., Cindy Wiberg, Oslo, MN; 6:26 p.m., Cammy Ellis, Rock Lake, ND;<BR><BR>April 29 - 2:10 p.m., Toni Zaverl, Ely; 2:57 p.m., Peggy Anderson, Winton; 3 p.m., Gale Gibbs, Grand Rapids, MN; 3 p.m., Becca Manlove, Ely; 3:41 p.m., Raea Cordes, New London, MN; “My ‘unlucky star’ tells me to choose April 29 at 4:10 p.m. for most of the ice out on Lake Shagawa. If it’s not right I’m throwing a fit!” wrote Jeff Hirschey, Utica, MN;<BR><BR>April 30 - 1 p.m., Marie Fink, Ely; Lorraine Korpi, Ely; 3:17 p.m., Chuck Geist, Ham Lake, MN; 3 p.m., Matt Lakomek, Westfield, IN who added “See everyone on the 15th;” 3 p.m., Carol Jerich, Geneva, IL; 3:18 p.m., Jack Lyons, Logansport, IN;<BR><BR>May 1 - 11 a.m., Mark Melin, Plymouth, MN; noon, Jean A. Ditlerson, St. Paul, MN; 3:15 p.m., Trudy Weise, Inver Grove Heights, MN; 4:30 p.m., Linda Richards, Cedar Rapids, IA;<BR><BR>May 2 - 12:14 p.m., Sarah Burger, Ely; 8 p.m., Matt Thompson, Mound, MN; <BR><BR>May 3 - 2:10 p.m., Ryan E. Perkins, Highland, IN; 3:15 p.m., Karen Ladner, Brooklyn Park, MN; 4:10 p.m., Sheryl Brantl, Oslo, MN; 6:08 p.m., Thomas Blyton, So. St. Paul, MN; <BR><BR>“Have watched the Moose Lake and Sheridan Street webcams all winter - can’t wait to get back! My guess for Ice Out on Shagawa is May 4, at 10:04 a.m.,” writes Susan Kasbeer, Sugarloaf Key, FL;<BR><BR>“I think the date and time for ice-out on Shagawa will be May 4th at 2:56 p.m. But I hope it will be sooner so we can get up there to enjoy the lakes,” writes Linda Laumb, Apple Valley, MN;<BR><BR>May 5 - 1:30 p.m., Jeremy McDonald, Isanti, MN; 2 p.m., Kent V.B., Ely; <BR><BR>“Thanks for the picture of water on top of the Shagawa River. I’m guessing ice out on Shagawa Lake on May 6 at 11:00 a.m.   Have fun,” wrote Martin Schmidt, Coupeville, WA (on beautiful Whidbey Island); 1:35 p.m., Ray Richards, Cedar Rapids, IA;<BR><BR>May 8 - 3 p.m., Don Jerich, Geneva, IL; <BR><BR>May 10 - 2 p.m,. Judy Claus, Corpus Christi, TX;<BR><BR>May 11 - 5 p.m., Ry Hillgoss, Ely; <BR><BR>May 21 - 3:21 a.m., Rhonda Robinette, Inver Grove Heights, MN; 1:05 p.m., Richard B. Archie, Munster, IN; <BR><BR>