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08
Mar

Ely competes at Masquerade Dance Competition

STUDIO NORTH Mini Competition Teamt: Back Row: Aila Harding, Evie Cooley, Ella Perish, Jesse Oelke, Sabrah Hart, Rhys Truty, Izzy Chick, Bria Marshall, Chezne Nickolson; Middle Row: Grace Flynn, Cylvia DeBeltz, Madison Jonas; Front Row: Charlee Nielsen, Audrey Engen, Tracy Thibodeaux

Fri
08
Mar

Trout Whisperer - Use at your own risk

It’s an old bridge, on a not too worn path. On the bridge itself it says, use at your own risk. Many don’t.
The sign, just the small metal placard, if it’s any indicator, has plenty of bullet holes through it. One bent corner and splotchy blotches where paint over the years has been chipped off by Lord only knows what.
Today along its extremely thin length it’s frosted in snow, one gorgeous dump of a hump in the middle of the bridge all plumped up and its oozing out of the rusted rails almost, but not quite leaking, and I think with one warm day or a stout wind, those unsupported snowy outcroppings are bound to go down.
Down below, in a narrow ravine, the serpentine stream’s course is totally snow covered with rounded bends as it wends its way out of my eyesight.

Fri
08
Mar

VCC baseball players play ball…on a Florida freeway

FREE PIZZA from newfound friends during a traffic jam on the VCC baseball team’s trip to Florida.

Fri
08
Mar

Native son: What a night

On Saturday March 2, one of our coldest bone chilling nights, St John’s University Men’s Chorus arrived in Ely and gave a performance which I don’t think anyone who was there will ever forget! Twenty three male voices in perfect harmony with each other singing spiritual and popular music in the great hall of St Anthony’s Church.
The Chorus was founded in 1948 by Father James Kelly. The present director is Axel Theimer and I had the great pleasure of meeting him when I arrived at the church. He had just finished rehearsing his group before they went downstairs to change into their performance attire.
In 1960 the chorus at that time made their first of many trips to Europe. They also perform frequently for state and regional music conventions for which they have received numerous prizes and awards.

Fri
08
Mar

Making memories in Ely

by Tom Coombe
Finn Liesching came to Ely in part to hone up on his English skills and try out American sports.
The exchange student from Germany has done that, and much more, in his seven months in the community.
Liesching shared some of his experiences and anecdotes this week at the Tuesday Group luncheon.
“It’s been a blast here in Ely,” said Liesching, who is here as part of the Rotary Exchange Student initiative. “It’s been such a good time. All the people are so welcoming.”
The youngest of four children, Liesching opted to go abroad for his junior year of high school and will have two more years of high school to complete once he returns to his home, near the French border.
While he grew up playing soccer, the signature sport of his nation, Liesching also became a fan of the NFL and dabbled in American football in his home country.

Thu
07
Mar

Rita Beron Myntti, of Duluth, 92, dies

Rita Beron Myntti, of Duluth, 92, died on March 5, 2019 at the Hospice of St Luke’s Hospital from complications of a fall. She was born to Raymond and Gilberte (Lachance) Beron on April 7, 1927 at home in Proctor, MN. She graduated from Proctor High School in the class of 1945.
Rita married Donald C Myntti on November 26, 1947 at St. Rose Catholic Church in Proctor, Minnesota. Yvonne McDonald, of Proctor, and Sigurd Olson Jr, of Ely, were attendants. Over their married life Rita and Don had five children and moved 25 times, cross-crossing the United States following Don’s mining and naval careers.

Thu
07
Mar

City of Winton CALL FOR BIDS

City of Winton
CALL FOR BIDS
Notice is hereby given that the Winton City Council is calling for bids to erect a canopy over the cluster box units on Lake Street in the City of Winton. All bids shall include site preparation, materials, labor and electrical service per specifications provided. Specifications and construction drawings are available from Mayor Kathy Brandau at Brandau Plumbing, 7 N. Fall Lake Drive, Winton, MN 55796, (218) 365-3985 or City Clerk Anne Jackson, 102 N. Main Street, Winton, MN 55796, (218) 365-5941.
All bids must be sealed and marked with the words “Postal Canopy Bid” on the outside and delivered to the Winton City Clerk no later than 5:00PM on Monday, April 1, 2019. All bids shall be opened and read aloud at 6:00PM April 1, 2019 at the Winton City Council Meeting in the Winton Community Center, 102 N. Main Street, Winton, MN.
The City reserves the right to reject any or all bids, and to waive any informalities therein.

Thu
07
Mar

Marilyn Johnson, 82, of White Bear Lake, dies

Marilyn Johnson, 82, of White Bear Lake, formerly of Ely passed away on March 2, 2019, after a fall on a wonderful trip to Costa Rica. She was born on July 13, 1936, in Cohasset, Minnesota. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arlie and Eleanor Clusiau. She was survived by her beloved husband, Bruce, her son, Mark (Désirée), her daughter, Denise, her son, Jeff (Holly), 8 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren (with another girl on the way). She was in one of the first classes at the University of Minnesota to get a degree in Physical Therapy. She was a devout Catholic, working in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and bringing communion to the homebound, among other duties. When Marilyn said she would pray for you, she meant it, and she kept a current written prayer list that she attended to every evening. She loved and was loved by many, many people. One of the songs she loved was “You Gotta Dance Till You Drop” by Robert Robinson, and she did.

Tue
05
Mar

Frank Edward Delak, 88, of Ely dies

Frank Edward Delak, 88, passed away on Monday, March 4, 2019. Frank was born on April 26, 1930 in Ely, MN to Frank and Mary (Leustek) Delak. He graduated from Ely High School in 1948 and was a heavy equipment operator and a member of the Operating Engineers Local 49.
Frank enjoyed working on projects in his garage and could fix anything. He was very hard working and shared his knowledge and skill of mechanics, carpentry, electrical and plumbing with his son and son-in-law. His generosity to his children and grandchildren knew no bounds.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Ruth (Tanttari) Delak, children: Mary (Rob) Mattson of Ely and Rich (Melissa) Delak of Ramsey; two grandchildren: Trevor and Erika Mattson and two grand dogs: Frankie Delak and Finley Mattson; one sister Dorothy Barclay, one nephew and four nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Mary Klun.
Per Frank’s request, there will not be a funeral.

Mon
04
Mar

Ely student shares her travels while studying abroad in Vietnam

Entry 1
My name is Susan Cook. I grew up in Ely, Minnesota, and I am halfway through my sophomore year of college at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.

This semester I am studying abroad in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam, and I will be periodically sharing stories of my time here.
I received very mixed reactions from my friends and family when I told them I selected this location for my semester abroad. Some people thought it was really cool that I was doing something so outside of the study abroad norm, but many were quite skeptical of my decision.
However, these occasional negative reactions did not dampen my excitement in the slightest. My desire to travel has always been strong and I knew I wanted something completely different from the small town Minnesota life I’m so accustomed to.

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