May 21 - 27 has been designated as cemetery clean up week.
Those who are able to support this effort are urged to do so before Memorial Day on May 28. Besides what might be done on family plots you might consider others that are in need of attention. Families have died out and others are living far distances from Ely so this is something you might do to help in the ongoing effort to help beautify the cemetery.

Dirt for sunken areas will be provided in several locations by the City of Ely but tools are not.
Seeding and sodding is an individual responsibility.

Faded and deteriorated artificial floral arrangements should be removed. Flowers with loose wires often create big problems for the mowers. Trash containers will be available as long as they are not used for dumping household garbage.

Plans for a new information kiosk are near completion. This will be funded by the Korpi Cemetery Trust and an anonymous donation. A map of the cemetery, a list of burials with site numbers, and cemetery rules will be posted in this kiosk. In the meantime, one can find help to locate burials on the City of Ely website, the Ely City Clerk’s office, or the Ely Winton Historical Society.

The City has been diligent with mowing and other maintenance due to a dedicated summer work crew and new equipment. Many people have commented that the cemetery is now looking better each year.
The committee commends all who have helped in this effort in improving this important part of our city’s landscape.

Donations to the ongoing work of improving the cemetery are most welcome as the City’s budget is rather limited. Donations of any size can be dropped off at the City Clerk’s office or mailed to:

City of Ely
Cemetery Fund
209 E, Chapman St.
Ely, MN 55731 Ely Echo 5/12/2008