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Amateur Radio “Field Day” June 22-23 demonstrates science, skill, and service

Members of the Vermilion Range Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 22 – 23, at the St. Louis County Public Works Facility located at 2210 Hidden Valley Road in Ely. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

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Community support required to inspire future generations of Army leaders

“Thank you for your service.” As a U.S. Army Soldier living in Forest Lake, I am grateful for these words, which I hear often when wearing my uniform in this community.
What many people do not understand is that I am the one who is thankful.
I am thankful for the camaraderie, the global understanding, the commitment made to me and my family, and the opportunity to dedicate every day to the people of this country.
I am thankful for the education and cost-free healthcare I receive, the worldwide experiences I have had, the technical skills I have learned, and the opportunity to be a leader in the most trusted organization in the nation.
I am thankful to be part of history. This week the Army celebrates 244 years of dedicated service. Generations of Soldiers have inspired professionalism, honorable service and a commitment to the common good. For this, I am proud to call myself a Soldier.

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Jun

...copper-nickel ore is underground

Dear Editor:
We appreciate the love of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area that Alison Rosengren described in her commentary that recently appeared in the Duluth News Tribune. We like fishing and camping adventure as much as she does. Perhaps even more. As evidence, we point to the fact that we have chosen to make our lives here. We have lived on the edge of the BWCA for years.
Writing as an assignment for her college in Chicago, Ms. Rosengren fails to appreciate that real people live in the Arrowhead. We have had the opportunity to build prosperous lives here, but only a select few can build a prosperous life based on serving the visitors from Minneapolis, St. Paul, or Chicago, who only come here to vacation.

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Jun

From the miscellaneous drawer

Do you have trouble sleeping? Do you toss and turn, going over the things which need to be done the following day?
If so, you’re not alone. One trick I’ve used is to tell my body parts to shut down, telling my toes to sleep, my ankles, legs and so forth, one at a time up to my head.
When I got bored with that, I chose a different path.
Much as I resented grade school teachers forcing students to memorize poetry -“The Raven” unfortunately remains etched in my brain. That requirement to memorize seemed a sure fire way of getting children to hate poetry.
However, Dylan Thomas’ “Do not go gentle into that good night” has meaning at my age. I do believe I am still raging “at the dying of the light.”

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Jun

IRRRB grants awarded to several Ely projects

The Ely area will benefit from mining dollars through several grants approved by the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board.
The IRRRB approved a $120,000 grant to the city of Ely to extend fiber on both alleys on the north and south side of Sheridan Street from Third Avenue West to Eighth Avenue East.
The fiber will be installed on existing utility poles owned both by the city of Ely and Frontier Communications. The city will construct and own the fiber and CTC will lease the line to provide service to the customers.
The total project cost is $240,000 with the city putting in $28,500 and CTC providing $91,500.
Eighteen projects were recently awarded Culture & Tourism grants including these from the Ely area:
Dorothy Molter Museum: $5,000 to restore two exhibit cabins.
Ely Community Resources: $20,000 to develop a skateboard wheel park.

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14
Jun

Ely chapter celebrates 150 years of P.E.O.

On January 21 this year, P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) celebrated the 150th birthday of International Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood.
Chapter FD in Ely joined the other 230,000 current members of P.E.O. from nearly 6,000 chapters across the United States and Canada in celebrating this historic milestone.
Chapter FD has been a part of the Ely community since it was organized in 1995.
Among its yearly events is a booth at the Harvest Moon Festival with proceeds going directly to support women’s education. In 2018, their year of sponsorship totaled $16,250. This was for one PCE (Project for Continuing Education) grant, one ELF (Educational Loan Foundation) award, one local $750 Ely Memorial High School Scholarship and one National Star Scholar Award for $2500.

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Art Camp held at Miners Dry Building

ELY ART CAMP - Ruthann Griffin watches over Art Camp students Grady Anderson, Benjamin Greenwald, Clara Luthens and Brennan Pucel as they blow water color art through a straw. Photos by Pam Roberts.

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Jun

‘Super’ finalists in town Tuesday

by Tom Coombe
As soon as this week, the Ely School District could have a new chief executive.
School board members are set to interview two finalists for superintendent, in public, on Tuesday.
Erik Erie will interview for the part-time job at 5 p.m. while John Klarich will follow at 6:45 p.m. in the board room at Memorial High School.
The board has scheduled a special meeting following the interviews where action could be taken.
It will be the second time in two months that the board has interviewed finalists for the job.
Four others were interviewed in early-May, but the board opted not to advance discussions with any of them and decided to repost the job.
Both of the current finalists have extensive ties to the Iron Range.
Klarich has held superintendent positions at Nashwauk-Keewatin and Mt. Iron-Buhl, while Erie recently retired after working as high school principal at Mesabi East, located in Aurora.

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Jun

Kallberg 15th in state long jump

by Tom Coombe
Brielle Kallberg climbed three spots in the standings but did not make the medal round at last weekend’s state track meet.
The Ely long-jumper, a junior, was eighth in her heat and 15th overall at the event held June 7 in sweltering conditions at Hamline University in St. Paul.
Competing in 90-degree heat, Kallberg had a leap of 15 feet, 10 inches.
That was about three-and-a-half inches shy of her leap at the Section 7A meet, where Kallberg took second, and well off her career-best of 16-9 during the 2018 season.
The top-nine jumpers moved on to the final round and Kallberg would have needed of at least 16-5.5 to move on.
“I was glad she was able to get one pretty good jump and no scratches,” said Ely Head Coach Jayne Dusich. “Unfortunately at state you need to have great jumps to move into finals.”

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14
Jun

Wolves fall a game short in section playoffs

by Tom Coombe
South Ridge had its ace in the hole and the Ely Timberwolves ran out of aces.
That was the story late in the evening of June 6 at Duluth’s Wade Stadium, where the Panthers repeated as Section 7A high school baseball champions, riding the pitching of Mason Lane to a 9-0 victory in section finals.
Ely, which had won five straight elimination games, including a 9-8 win over the Panthers earlier in the day to force the winner-take-all showdown, went deep into its pitching staff in the finale.
South Ridge (20-6), meanwhile, had Lane rested and ready to go and the junior delivered, holding the Wolves to just two hits and recording nine strikeouts.
The Panthers put the game away early, scoring five times in the second inning against freshman starter Harry Simons and putting the game away.
The loss ended a stellar run through the playoffs for the Wolves, who finished 19-7.

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