William “Bill” Campbell, 84, of Ely, dies

William “Bill” Campbell, 84, of Ely, passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the Boundary Waters Care Center. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.


Lori Kuhar, 58, of Maplewood, dies

Lori Kuhar, 58, of Maplewood, passed away on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.


Joan I. Grund, age 79, dies

Joan I. Grund, age 79, passed away peacefully on March 6, 2019. She was surrounded by her children and grandchildren during her final days with lots of family music and chatter which is what she enjoyed most.
Joan was preceded in death by her husband John; parents, Frances (Shepel) and Fingal Lindbeck; and sister Desiree.
She is survived by daughter Heidi (Walter) Poxon of Hopkins; son Erik (Libby) Grund of Bloomington; daughter Erin (Phil Jensen) Grund of Duluth; grandchildren: Kylie, Kira, Nathan, Andrew and Brent; as well as friends and other relatives.


Merle Weckwerth of Montevideo dies

Merle Weckwerth of Montevideo died on Friday, March 29, 2019 at the Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital at the age of 90.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. Johns Lutheran Church rural Montevideo with Rev. Kent Borglum officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be held on Monday, April 1, 2019 from 5-7 PM at Anderson-TeBeest Funeral Home in Montevideo with a prayer service at 6:45PM


Jim Krings, 64, of Ely, dies

Jim Krings, 64, passed away on March 22, 2019 at the Solvay Hospice House in Duluth. Jim was an avid fisherman, who enjoyed hunting and had a great love of the outdoors.
Jim is survived by his wife Darla(Richter), his son and best friend: Cory (Amanda) Krings, brothers: David Krings and Bobby Krings; brother-in-laws: Art(Patty) Richter and David(Amy) Richter;sister-in-laws: Louise Nordling and Connie (Don) Stocks and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents: Donald and Idene Krings, a brother: Gary Krings;sister-in-laws: Ava(David) Krings and Jeannie (Bobby) Krings, father and mother-in-law: Derald and Audrey Richter; brother and sister-in-law: Danny and Krissy Richter. As per Jim’s wishes, there will be no services. Family arrangements by Kerntz Funeral Home.


Jean "Jeannie" Maki, 76, of Ely, dies

Jean M. Maki, 76, of Ely, passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely after a courageous four and a half year battle with cancer. She was born to the late Frank and Mary Miklausich on November 25, 1942. She married Bill Maki on July 3, 1965 and they enjoyed 54 years together.
Jean attended Ely schools, Vermilion Community College, and University of Minnesota-Duluth, where she earned her degree in elementary education. After teaching for five years, Jean’s most rewarding work was raising her family. Later, she worked for eighteen years at Pamida. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren, as well as bingo and Fortune Bay.
Jean is survived by her husband Bill, two children, Bill (Jodi) Maki and Kelly (Lance) Ronn, and five grandchildren: Madison, McKenzie, and Parker Maki and Wyatt and Whitley Ronn. She is also survived by her sister Nancy Rozman who was lovingly by her side throughout her life and cancer battle.


Terrence “Terry” Slogar, 66, of Ely, dies

Terrence “Terry” Slogar of Ely, MN passed away peacefully on the afternoon of March 26, surrounded by his beloved family. He was 66 years old.
Terry was a bold, tenacious man with quick wit and a wonderful sense of humor, who deeply touched the lives of everyone he knew. He was a light of hope, a voice of truth and an endlessly loving and compassionate man.
Terry was preceded in death by parents Robert “Bunny” Slogar and Irene Hunnicutt Slogar of Ely, MN. He is survived by his loving wife Merri Slogar; son Jason Slogar and his wife Christina Slogar, grandchildren Aaron Slogar, Erika Slogar, and Taylor Slogar; daughter Sheridan Slogar. He is also survived by his brother Robert “Bobby Jo” Slogar and his wife Carol Ann Slogar; brother Kim Slogar and his wife Jean Quist, niece and nephew, Jessica Slogar and Austen Slogar; nephew Bruce Kochevar, and nieces Lynn Perrey and Brenda Erjavec.


Paul Eugene Kyllonen, 57, of Fort Collins, CO dies

Paul Eugene Kyllonen, 57, of Fort Collins, CO passed away suddenly at Palmer Station Antarctica on October 23, 2018. He was born on June 11, 1961 to Eugene and Ellen Kyllonen in Ely MN. He graduated from Ely High School and Staples Vocational Technical Institute heavy equipment diesel mechanics program. Upon graduation he moved to W Palm Beach FL where he worked as a mechanic until 1991. His love of adventure and the environment led him to work for the next 27 years in Antarctica and Greenland supporting the work of scientists from around the world studying climate change and the effects of pollution. He had the unique distinction of working at every station on the continent of Antarctica and the nickname MacGyver for his ability to fix anything with little at hand. He crossed some of the most forbidding terrain on Earth as part of the traverse team that drove supplies to remote stations.


Celebrating The Life of Leroy Jenson

Leroy “Roy” Jenson of Embarrass joined this world on September 23, 1945. Son of Clarence Jenson and Clara Jenson. Brother of Delores, and Marvel.

Roy was drafted into the United States Army in 1965-1967. He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War as a helicopter gunner. In later years he so enjoyed exchanges with other Veterans and those individuals who would approach him and thank him for his service.

Roy first met his sweety, Pam in 1986-1987 while in Law Enforcement. Life happened. Pam and Roy were able to reconnect in 1992 and blended their two families on April 18, 1998.


Robert "Bob" Kovall, 99, of Ely, a proud U.S. Army veteran, dies

Robert (Bob) Kovall was born December 5, 1919 to Steve and Margaret (Starcinich) Kovall. He died in the gentle, caring hands of Boundary Waters Care Center and Essentia Hospice on March 25, 2019 in his 100th year of life.


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