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Fri
06
May

Ice still on lakes, flooding on some roads

Due to the lingering winter conditions, Forest Service fee campgrounds are now expected to open around May 12.
Although it is starting to warm up, there is still a lot of snow; conditions vary across the forest.
Water services will be turned on when temperatures allow and may not be available on opening dates.
Visitors with reservations prior to the new opening dates will be reimbursed.
Many gravel roads are in rough condition due to late snow conditions this year.
As the snow melts it also can cause flooding and very muddy roads. Please practice caution and stay off of them if you can to prevent permanent damage!
Road Closures: Grassy Creek Road, known as Grassy Lake Road (Forest Road 459) is closed approx. 2.7 miles from the beginning of the road due to flooding. Mudro entry points, off of the Grassy Creek Road, are inaccessible at this time.

Thu
05
May

Sandra Lee Hughes

Sandra Lee Hughes, age 75, of Grand Rapids, MN and formerly of Ely, MN passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2022. Arrangements are pending at Libbey Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. To sign the online guestbook or send condolences visit www.libbeyfuneralhome.com.

Thu
05
May

James A. Barnett

James A. Barnett, 75, of Ely, passed away on Thursday, May 5, 2022 at the Boundary Waters Care Center. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home.

Wed
04
May

John Steven Vesel

John Steven Vesel, age 56, a resident of Aberdeen, Washington, died on April 21, 2022, at Harbor Regional Hospital, Aberdeen. John was born on May 4, 1965, in Ely, Minnesota to John Vincent and Rosemary (Bishoff) Vesel. He was the youngest of six children and the youngest of 32 cousins on the Vesel side of the family.
John was raised in Ely, Minnesota and attended Ely Memorial High School. After serving in the US Army, he relocated to the state of Washington and married Sherry Burtenshaw. John became a master electrician and later, he and Sherry owned their own company, J.V. Electric, LLC.
John will always be remembered for his loving, kind, gentle spirit and his infectious laugh, not to mention his love for his family and his dog, Bailey and other pets.

Wed
04
May

Thomas H. Blyton

Thomas H. Blyton, 66, of Ely, passed away on Friday, April 29, 2022 at the Boundary Waters Care Center. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Tue
03
May

Dale (Tom) Soderberg

Dale (Tom) Soderberg passed away April 30, 2022 after an illness, while receiving the exceptional care of Edgewood Healthcare Fargo, Hospice of the Red River Valley and his wife Julie. Other loving family were also present with Dale at the end of his life.
Dale was born on March 26, 1938 in Soudan, MN, the son of Carl and Bertha (Westerin) Soderberg. Dale attended Tower-Soudan Schools and graduated from high school there. Dale then received his undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota Duluth and went on to become a proud alumni of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He served in the Army Medical Corps for several years, stationed at Hohenfels Army Base in Germany. Dale later owned a dental practice in Ely and Tower MN until he retired.

Tue
03
May

Lee Roger Gustafson

Lee Roger Gustafson, 72, of Cook, MN, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday April 28, 2022 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth.
Lee was born on February 26, 1950 to Gust Jr. and Elfva (Persson) Gustafson in Virginia, MN. Lee grew up in Cook, graduating from Cook High School in 1968. He then attended Bemidji State College before returning home to partner with his brother Lloyd in acquiring the family business, Gustafson Motors Ford Dealership. Lee and his brother operated the business for 40 years, totaling the Gustafson family ownership to 75 years. Lee lived in Cook but resided at Lake Vermilion in the summer.
Lee loved being an uncle and participated in many family gatherings. He attended his nephew’s sports and school activities regularly. He was a proud business owner and treated his clients like family. He enjoyed swimming, boating and specialty cars.

Mon
02
May

Sylvia S. Slaughter

Sylvia S. Slaughter, 82 of Ely, passed away April 27th at Boundary Waters Care Center with family at her side.
Sylvia was born in Ely on June 22, 1939 and lived most of her life at Piney Ridge Camp on Shagawa Lake. She and Claude owned the resort and had five children. Sylvia spent many years working at the Ely Bloomenson Hospital and some years at the West Palm Beach Hospital after closing the Resort.
She always had a smile and a laugh and loved her doggies. Never pass up doughnuts or dessert. Sylvia loved spending time outdoors, planting and tending her flower beds and enjoying the sunshine.

Fri
29
Apr

Annual Progress Edition spread over two editions

This week is part one of the Ely Echo’s 2022 Progress Edition. Part two will be printed in next week’s paper.
“We were impressed with the number of stories for this year’s Progress Edition” said Echo editor Tom Coombe. “We spread the stories over two weeks last year and people really liked it so we’re doing the same thing this year.”
In the past year businesses changed hands, made improvements and changed locations.
“The Progress Editions are a chance to meet new owners and find out about new businesses or improvements at existing businesses,” said Echo publisher Nick Wognum.
Ely’s business district hasn’t seen the huge increase in sales prices that has occurred in the residential market.
“Business sales have been right on the mark in town. We’ll see what happens with out of town business sales like resorts,” said Wognum. “The residential housing market has really skyrocketed and people are seeing that now in their market valuations.”

Fri
29
Apr

Back at the board table

by Tom Coombe
For the first time in more than four months, the Ely School Board operated at full strength and without an empty chair.
Amid smiles and a round of applause, longtime chairman Ray Marsnik was welcomed back and resumed his duties after a long recovery from injuries sustained in a late-December vehicle crash.
The accident took the life of Marsnik’s wife Pat, and Marsnik has spent all of 2022 recuperating and regaining his strength after being hospitalized for multiple injuries.
He acknowledged his fellow board members and well-wishers during brief remarks at the start of Monday’s meeting.
“I want to thank all of you,” he said. “It was a tough ordeal. I was off my leg for 104 days in a wheel chair, and I finally got that thing put away.”
Marsnik added “I’m a person who likes to keep moving... Lock me up in a house for that long and you’ve got problems.”

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