From the miscellaneous drawer - Friends

Friends, good friends, are rare. As children we tend to expect that we will have the same friends throughout life. For a very lucky few, that happens.
Mostly, our lives tend to lead us away from the past and from places we’ve called home along the way of life. And there comes a time when we wonder about those past friends... have they passed?
Even if they have, they remain indelibly in one’s mind, nourished by memories and impromptu reminders.
In many ways, family members are supposed to remain friends through time, but that doesn’t always work out as egos, slights, and different paths separate us from those who were once a big part of our lives. Can those hostilities be resolved? Probably not if all parties are not willing to succumb to heart felt apologies.
Life goes on. With each setback one picks up the pieces of one’s life and hopefully finds new purpose. You gotta keep on, keeping on.

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In the Ely Echo for February 2, 1979, 40 years ago, the headlines were:
• Ice anglers to compete Feb. 11 at Fall Lake;
• Shooting victim is recovering;
• Ely jumpers win at Eau Claire.
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In the Ely Echo for February 7, 2009, 10 years ago, the headlines were:
• Green light for water, sewer rates;
• Winter Festival Begins with Concert, Mukluk Ball;
• Preservation vs new construction;
• Ely captures two state tourism awards;
• Council nixes joint trip to convention.