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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


Trout Whisperer - Good Compass

Good compass
“Is my dad coming back? ”
He says, “I hope so.”
The boy asks, “Did you ever go to jail? ”
He says,“ no.”
“Why did my dad go to jail?”
He says, “Your dad got in with the wrong crowd.”
“I never want to get in with the wrong crowd.”
His grandpa says, “Good for you. Now here, you hold this wing while I glue it, okay?”
He reaches up his hands, his grandpa moves his fingers, places the balsa wood plane blade between his fingers and says, “Now you hold that still while I glue it.”
He says, “Ok grandpa.”
Grandpa leans in, drips the translucent glue off a steely tip along the edge of the plane’s wing blade to the side of the plane’s body.
He says to his grandson, “You can let go of that now.”
His little hands release.
Grandpa leans back and says, “Well it’s all done. You want to go fly it?”
There is a loud, “Yeah, can we?”


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.


Vanderbeek to play in all-star game April 5

by Tom Coombe
Patrick Vanderbeek will no longer wear an Ely Timberwolves jersey, but his high school basketball career isn’t quite over yet.
Vanderbeek, who set three-point shooting records during a stellar varsity career in Ely, has been selected to play in the Iron Range Engineering All-Star Games, set for Friday, April 5 at Virginia.
Vanderbeek is one of 32 area seniors who will form four teams for the doubleheader, which will take place on the campus of Mesabi Community College.
Players from Grand Rapids, Greenway, Cloquet, Mt. Iron-Buhl, Crosby-Ironton, Lakeview Christian and state Class A runner-up North Woods will be on Vanderbeek’s team, which takes tot the court at 6 p.m.
They’ll match up against players from Hibbing, Proctor, Cromwell, Cook County, Deer River, Virginia, Mt. Iron-Buhl and Lakeview Christian.


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.


Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital receives $595,455 grant

Patients at Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital will soon benefit from studies using the latest in x-ray technology made possible through a grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Rural Healthcare Program.
The Helmsley Charitable Trust has awarded Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital $595,455 for a fixed digital x-ray machine with fluoroscopy and a mobile digital x-ray machine, part of a $14.2 million initiative to upgrade x-ray technology at 49 rural hospitals in the Upper Midwest.
“We are very proud and excited to receive this incredible grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust,” said Michael Coyle, Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital CEO. “These funds will allow us to provide state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and expanded services to Ely and our entire service area. We are very grateful for this opportunity.”


Flood help no matter where

We are fortunate to live where major rivers don’t threaten our community. We may not have a Sandbag Central but we do have people impacted by an overabundance of water.
When the city storm sewer system froze and backed up a couple weeks ago, two places were hit hard. A resident near the freeze up on Third Avenue East had 6,000 gallons of water fill her basement.
A Go Fund Me site was quickly set up to help her with expenses. The community responded with financial contributions and the goal was quickly met and exceeded.
On the other end of the freeze-up the water went into Sir G’s Restaurant and sand bags were used to keep more water from coming in.
Now volunteers are working with the restaurant’s owners to help with repairs to the floor. This is another example of community members stepping forward to help a friend in need.


Superintendent job posted

by Tom Coombe
Ely School Board members will search for another part-time superintendent to replace the departing Kevin Abrahamson.
They made that decision unanimously at a special meeting Monday, after briefly considering other options during their monthly study session earlier the same evening.
Until mid-April, the district will post for a .6 full-time equivalent superintendent and the board endorsed a timeline that would include interviews by the end of the month and perhaps selection of a new chief executive as soon as May.
Board members seemed largely satisfied with the district’s current administrative configuration, in place since Abrahamson was hired in 2015, and chose to maintain the superintendent position at .6 FTE rather than pursue other ideas that were floated.


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.


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