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Entries floating in for Ice Out Contest

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Entries are floating in for the Ely Echo and Grand Ely Lodge Shagawa Lake Ice Out Contest.
May 1, 2020
It was a May Day pick at 5:07 p.m. from Mike Murray, living in Sartell, MN.
April 10, 2020
A pick of 2 p.m. came in from Alexandra Murray Bender, living in Rochester, NY and desiring to be in Ely.
Joe Shikonya of Lacrosse, WI sent in 11:48 a.m.
April 13, 2020
This is the right day and 1:16 p.m. is the right time according to Katie Heitzig.
April 14, 2020
Susan Kasbeer said her guess is 9:32 p.m. of Ormond Beach, FL: “Go away, Covid19, so we can come back to Moose Lake.”
April 19, 2020
Elyite Tony Bartovich submitted 10:00 a.m.
April 20, 2020
Terry Cooper of Ely guessed 10:20 a.m.
Chuck Kasbeer of Ormond Beach, FL chose 1:11 p.m.
Bill Durst of Quincy IL sent in a guess of 1:25 pm.
April 22, 2020
Kim Hill of Gilbert picked 3 a.m. in her email.
“I predict early ice out at 10:19 a.m. with winds from the southwest and warm weather allowing travel by boat across the lake,” said Mike McNamara of St. Paul.
April 23, 2020
All the way from Portland, OR we received an entry for 2:59 p.m. from Stefan Kapsch.
And from Ely, Anne Grignon chose 3:30 p.m.
April 25, 2020
Joe Heinrich of Elgin, IL picked 1:33 p.m., “National Zucchini Bread Day - Thank you and stay healthy up there!”
Val Hill emailed from Gilbert and picked 2:50 p.m.
April 27, 2020
Joyce Saisa of Virginia chose 11:45 a.m. “Thank you for something fun to think about at this time.”
Picking 2 p.m. was Chris Romano of Ely.
Encouraging people to “Practice social distancing,” Larry Smith picked 4 p.m.
April 30, 2020
Gary Frieden of Greenfield, IN “Love Ely” submitted 4:32 p.m. for his ice out guess.
May 1, 2020
Judy McClure picked 11:11 for her ice out guess.
May 5, 2020
Right at 4:15 p.m. is the time picked by Jerome Mistek of Dubuque, IA.
May 26, 2020
Not sure if this is pessimistic or not, but it’s 3:29 p.m. for Jim Grahek of Andover, MN
Ice out is official when a boat could leave Grand Ely Lodge’s dock and cross to the north side of the lake, chunks of ice notwithstanding.
Please submit entries by email to
Times which are duplicate: only the earliest entry wins. There are no duplicate prizes. It may pay to submit your guess as early as possible, but only one guess is allowed per person. Each entry MUST have a complete name, address and phone number as well as the date and time of day for the guess. Incomplete entries are thrown out.
Earliest correct entry wins. 1st Prize: $100 Grand Ely Lodge Guest Bucks. Second prize is $50 Ely Echo credit, 3rd prize: $25 Grand Ely Lodge Bucks. Employees of Grand Ely Lodge and the Ely Echo are not eligible to win prizes.
One entry per person, no more than three entries per single household application by mail or email.
Entries also come from patrons of Grand Ely Lodge, the Ely Echo or are sent by mail to the Ely Echo Ice Out Contest, 15 East Chapman Street, Ely MN 55731.
Entries are published in the Ely Echo only one time in the contest and all entries remain on file for the contest period.

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