From the miscellaneous drawer by Anne Swenson

As we get older, the things you take for granted growing up begin to cast doubt on everyday living. One thing I find cheery are office visits from old friends such as Gary Niskala. He says he plans to keep working another nine years in the airplane industry.
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Some folks are still sending in their renewal payment with their likes in the Echo noted. When you live away from your Ely grandchildren as the Whytes do, your favorite is “seeing my grandchildren in different activities.”
The Native Son is a popular column, and it’s a shame that health issues have kept Charlie Novak from writing.
Other favorites worthy of mention by readers are: Sports and school news, Editorial Page, Progress edition Trout Whisperer, Miscellaneous Drawer and the O’Clock interviews.
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It was a year ago that I was visited by my British niece Ingrid and her husband, Andrew from London. After several attempts at learning, we finally managed to Skype. That is, I finally, (with Nick’s help), succeeded at the connection. Their black cat paced back and forth to get Ingrid’s attention. Andrew had left for a meeting in Paris.
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A while back Wynette (Ekonen) Rova had sent me some photos of the Indian Point Resort on Basswood Lake. She wrote: “Indian Point Lodge and some of its cabins owned by George and Millicent Lahti. I don’t think I have ever seen photos of Indian Point in the Echo. It was a beautiful log building, as were the cabins.”
It’s amazing to think of how many resorts were tied to Ely in its heyday prior to 1978, especially on Basswood. Many of them used Winton as their place name. Some were serviced by the Ducks which are now in The Wisconsin Dells.
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In the Ely Echo for February 25, 1980, 40 years ago, the headlines were:
• City hires new clerk/treasurer;
Dougherty challenges Oberstar;
• Commission to provide $85,000 for area advertising as a result of the 1978 law;
Miss Johnson’s third grade class answered elletuobe’s (Pam Roberts) question: How does a town grow?
• Ely Timberwolves were congratulated as the District 27 champions.
• Ely - 90 years of Progress, 1890-1980 was part of the Echo’s 30 page issue.