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Fri
10
May

Grace Lutheran seeks more volunteers

Women of Grace Quilters had a busy and productive winter sewing a variety of quilts which filled all the Grace Lutheran church pews recently. Now they are raising funds to ship the donation. The women include: Marge Haugen, Val Lovsness, Corinne Beals, Shirley Parish and Shirley Ronn.

Fri
10
May

Sir G’s re-opens after remodeling

A GRAND REOPENING at Sir G’s Italian Restaurant in Ely, after a sewer line break caused major water damage at the popular Ely eatery. Ely Chamber of Commerce representative Mary Zupancich (right) spoke at the May 2 grand reopening celebration, as owners Dan and Heidi Peace cut the ribbon with their daughter, Jade. Photo by Tom Coombe

Fri
10
May

Gracie’s Plant Works celebrates opening

GRAND OPENING of Gracie’s Plant Works at 22 West Sheridan Street was held on Friday, May 3 with an official ribbon cutting by the City of Ely and the Ely Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Eva Sebesta.

Fri
10
May

Ely Dancers compete in Duluth

Teams and individuals from Study North participated in the Celebration Talent Competition at Symphony Hall, DECC in Duluth - April 5-7 All of the teams scores qualified them for an opportunity to compete at Nationals this summer in Minneapolis and Wisconsin Dells.

Mini Competition Team: Audrey Engen, Isabelle Chick, Evelie Cooley-Cramer, Cylvia DeBeltz, Grace Flynn, Aila Harding, Sabrah Hart, Madison Jonas, Bria Marshall, Chezne Nickolson, Charlee Nielsen, Jesse Oelke, Ella Perish, Tracy Thibodeaux, Rhys Truty. Hip Hop Routine - High Gold Award and Category Winner; Jazz Routine - High Gold Award

More photos in this week’s Ely Echo - on newsstands today! Parent of a dancer at Studio North? You can order copies on the Echo website.

Wed
08
May

Zahn given award by Fleet Reserve Association

Fleet Reserve Association awarded Dick Zahn of Ely with a 50 year membership pin and dinner for volunteers at Veterans on the Lake last week. Dick Zahn is awarded for 50 year membership with the Fleet Reserve Association. The members of Viking Branch 136 represented by secretary Gene Jernigan, paid tribute to their shipmate Dick Zahn for his long, loyal and diligent service. Zahn received a 50 year gold lapel pin and certificate commemorating his service since 1968. Photo by Pam Roberts.

Wed
08
May

Survey out on ERCC project on locating on Ely hospital campus

by Tom Coombe -

Tue
07
May

Norwegian Island Prescribed Fire planned for 5/8/2019: Lake Vermilion

The West Zone of the Superior National Forest continues spring prescribed fire implementation with the Norwegian Island Prescribed Fire Unit on the LaCroix Ranger District. The 9 acre Norwegian Island Unit is located on the western end of Lake Vermilion. It is planned for ignition on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Actual ignition will depend on the fuels and weather conditions.
Depending on wind direction visitors to the Lake Vermilion area may see or smell smoke.

Mon
06
May

Timothy A. Konye, 38, of Ely, dies

Timothy A. Konye, 38, of Ely, passed away on Thursday, May 4, 2019 at his residence. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely

Sat
04
May

School needs to tap the brakes on superintendent search, building project

There was a special Ely school board meeting on Monday that brought a reason to tap the brakes on two major initiatives, hiring a new superintendent and pursuing a major building project. The reason? Millions of dollars for collaborating with neighboring school districts such as 2142, the sprawling St. Louis County district that includes schools in Babbitt and Tower.
A law pushed by Sen. Tom Bakk makes millions of dollars available to districts who work to share services, personnel and even facilities.
Ely hasn’t been able to get a seat at the table, until now. On Monday it was made clear that the taxpayers of Ely could get the IRRRB to foot a good portion of the bill for a major building project.

Sat
04
May

Native son: Easter at the Pioneer

The two most popular “get together” holidays are Christmas and Easter. This is when we usually spend quality time with family and good friends.
There are forty one tenants living at the Pioneer Apartments. There is no more room at the Inn. A brunch was planned for Easter Sunday beginning at 2 pm. All the food is made from scratch by the tenants. We had a dozen people who got together in the apartment building lounge which was decorated for this event.
The names of the people at the brunch and how long they lived at the Pioneer Apartments are: Tonya, 5 years, Sharon, 3 years, Kevin, 4 years, Donna, 3 years, Vance, 2 years, Gigi, 2 years, Chantel, 3 years, Cassie, 1 year and when I asked Vicki how long she’s been here she said “20 minutes!”

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