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Ely Golf Club hosts Annual Polish Delight Tournament and fundraiser

by Kurt Soderberg
Photos by Barb Soderberg
At noon on Sunday, June 9, 2019, 39 enthusiastic golfers headed out under darkening skies to participate in the First Annual Polish Delight Par Three Tournament, sponsored by Zup’s as a fundraiser for the Ely Golf Club.
After a gloomy start the conditions turned to full rain and wind, but not one team failed to complete the 18 holes. The eventual winners of the event were Team Youngman, followed by Team Curtiss, and with Team Casey in third place. Most teams were mixed men and women, with ages from the 20s to the 70s. Many additional prizes were awarded for accomplishments on various holes.
Course Superintendent Jacob Curtiss shortened each of the nine holes to a Par Three length – mostly 100 yards or less – so that the emphasis was on skill and not power. The most notable change was hitting from near the top of the hill near Morse Town Hall over the trees to the number three green in the valley below.

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Fortune Bay to host Wild Rice Hotdish Eating Championship

Fortune Bay has already hosted two MLE (Major League Eating) Indian Taco Eating Contests, but now things will even more interesting later this month as the first annual MLE Wild Rice Hotdish Eating Championship takes place.
The No. 5-ranked competitive eater in the world, Darron Breeden, from Orange, VA and other top-ranked eaters will gather Saturday, June 22 to seek the title and $2,500 cash prize.
The competition will take place at 3 p.m. at Fortune Bay’s Lakeside Tent. There is no charge to attend this event.
“We are excited to welcome the top competitive eaters in the nation for this historic eating contest for this distinct rice dish,” said Fortune Bay’s Sammy Richter. “This event continues a series of exciting events for guests of the Fortune Bay Resort Casino.”
This inaugural event will take place over eight minutes of sanctioned competition time.

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Jun

TOWN OF MORSE NOTICE

TOWN OF MORSE NOTICE

The Town of Morse has been notified paving will begin on Monday morning for Cedar Lake Road and continue through the day. Please plan accordingly.

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Jun

POSITION OPENING - ISD No. 696, ELY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

POSITION OPENING - ISD No. 696, ELY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
for the 2019-2020 school year
.44 FTE Social Studies Teacher (Grade 9 Civics)
Salary and fringes as per Master Agreement Between ISD #696 and the Ely Education Association and School Board policy. Include district application, resume’, official transcripts, letters of recommendation and current Minnesota teaching license; background check required. Application available at www.ely.k12.mn.us, click on District then on Job Openings, then Application for Employment in Licensed Position or at the General Office, 2nd floor of the Memorial Building; return materials to: ISD No. 696, Attn: Superintendent, 600 E. Harvey St., Ely, MN 55731. Application deadline: Position open until filled.

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Jun

SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF ST. LOUIS
DISTRICT COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

Court File No. CX-88-162

Order for hearing on petition to confirm appointment of trustees

In Re: Funds held by
donald G. Gardner Humanities trust

Fri
14
Jun

Olson brings home gold

by Tom Coombe
The state champion in the 800 meter run came right out of centerfield.
Instead of chasing fly balls, Luke Olson was being chased by his opponents in track all spring long - all the way up to last weekend’s state meet in St. Paul.
But nobody ever caught the Ely junior, who won the Class A title late Saturday afternoon with a blazing time of 1:55.48.
Olson, an all-state cross country runner who converted from baseball to track this spring, made history in many ways.
Not only did he win a state title in his first year of action, but he is believed to be Ely’s first-ever boys state track champion. Larry Berkner was the closest, finishing second in the 1,600 run in 1975.
Olson, who won the Section 7A title a week earlier, had the top seed entering the state meet and was first after the June 7 preliminaries.
In Saturday’s final, he was bound and determined and didn’t let up.

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George Nyman, of Ely

George H. Nyman, 88, of Ely, passed away on Friday, May 31, 2019 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely. George was born on December 29, 1930 in Ely to Arthur and Lillian (Norha) Nyman
George had a love for physics, chemistry, and technology in general. His love of physics and chemistry led him to obtain his teaching degree in these areas and later he earned his Master’s Degree. George was a high school teacher in the Forest Lake School District for 15 years. During this time, his passion for golf led him to be the varsity golf coach. Following his teaching career, George became a Horace Mann insurance agent and moved his family to Grand Rapids, MN in 1968.

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Jun

Lois May Sanford (nee) Purdy, age 96

Lois May Sanford (nee) Purdy, age 96, born in Ely, Minnesota on February 10, 1923, passed away peacefully in her home in Bloomington, Minnesota on Sunday, May 26, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. Preceded in death by her parents, John & Julia Betsy Purdy; Sisters Betty Mattila, Faith Purdy and brother Jack Purdy, all of Ely, Mn; husband, Warren (Bob); daughter and son-in-law Lynn and Tom Cedergren. She is survived by daughter, Janis Sanford Wiegand of Burnsville; son, Dale Sanford of Minneapolis; several grand children and great grandchildren.

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Jun

Bonnie Jo Christensen, of Ely, dies

Bonnie Jo Christensen of Ely, Minnesota, passed away at her home on June 11, 2019. She was born in Ortonville, Minnesota, on October 30, 1950, graduated from Aurora-Hoyt Lakes High School (Mesabi East) in 1968, and received her Bachelors of Science from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, in 1972.
Bonnie loved children and taught elementary education for over 30 years, first in Blue Earth, Minnesota, and then at several sites within school district 2142.
Bonnie is survived by her daughters, Kayla Christensen and Bethany Christensen-Kunz; her sisters, Judy (Tom) Lehtinen, Vicki (Jerry) Baumann, and Jan Shambow; and her brother, Jim Paul. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Bryn, Brentley, Evan, Jordyn, and Tristan. She is preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Alice (Thompson) Paul.
Her funeral will be held at Grace Lutheran Church in Ely on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at 2 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service.

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Helen Kolberg dies on June 10

Helen Kolberg passed away on June 10, 2019, with her loving family by her side, after a short illness. She was born on the 4th of July, 1930, in Ely, Minnesota. Her parents, Jacob and Anna Maki, were both immigrants from Finland. She truly enjoyed her birthday every year with marching bands and picnics!
She graduated from Ely High School in 1948, and enrolled in nursing school at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, MN. She graduated from there, in 1951, and began her nursing career.
During her nursing school summer break in 1950, while working as a cabin girl at a fly-in resort in the Minnesota Boundary Waters area, she met her husband Anton (Spike) Kolberg, who was working there as a fishing guide. They married in 1951 and spent 54 years together.

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