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Wed
17
Oct

Minnesota Power plugs into growing EV trend with installation of charging stations in Ely

Minnesota Power announced today that it will install four electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, each supported by a 5-kilowatt solar installation, in the region where the company provides electricity.
The charging stations will be located in Ely, Virginia, Two Harbors and Motley.
Construction began last week in Ely and crews will move south to the other charging stations, with all expected to be complete by the end of the year.
The four charging stations are part of Minnesota Power’s plan to build a charging network in northeastern Minnesota to provide more charging options for motorists.

Tue
16
Oct

Esther Beel, 94 of Blaine, formerly of Ely, dies

Esther Marie Cherne Beel, 94, formerly of Ely, passed away on October 15, 2018, in Blaine MN. She was born on June 7, 1924 in Ely to Michael G. and Frances Wenker Cherne. She graduated from Ely Memorial High School in 1942. She worked as a receptionist at the Shipman Hospital until moving to Chicago to work in the airplane industry during WW2. She married William O. (Chick) Beel on September 18, 1944 in Chicago. After Chick’s Army service, they settled in Ely, moving to Cedar Lake in June of 1960.

Esther was employed at The Gift Corner in the sixties and seventies. She loved her family, reading, gardening, the woods and RV trips with Chick.

Tue
16
Oct

Kelli Laine, 38, of Babbitt, dies

Kelli Laine, 38, of Babbitt, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 15, 2018 at her residence with her loved ones at her side.
She enjoyed her family, her pets, and four wheeling. She wants all her friends to remember her as the bubbly person she was. She is survived by her soulmate and best friend Aaron Holmstein, her parents Kathy and Dave Laine, sisters: Carmen (Roy) Saari and Karen (Gordy) Fiske, nieces and nephews: Ashley Laine, Mark Laine, Emma Laine; many aunts, uncles and cousins.
A service will be held on Saturday, October 20 at 5 p.m. with visitation an hour prior at Kerntz Funeral Home in Ely.
Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Tue
16
Oct

Ely and Whitefish, tullibee sport-netting to open on Tower area lakes

Recreational netting dates for whitefish and tullibee (cisco) have been set on several Schedule I Lakes in the Tower fisheries work area, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Schedule I Lakes, which are more susceptible to sudden changes that impact water temperatures, will be opened and closed on a 48-hour notice posted at lake accesses, other public places, and the DNR website.

Schedule I lakes (48 hour notice)

The following Tower Area lakes will be open Saturday, Oct. 20 through Sunday Nov. 11:
• Vermilion (all except Pike Bay, south and west of a north-south line at narrowest portion between Echo Point and Punchers Point) - 3.5 inch mesh.
• Fall – 1.75 inch mesh.
• Basswood – 1.75 inch mesh.
• Newton – 3.5 inch mesh.

Mon
15
Oct
Sun
14
Oct

Virginia swims past Nighthawks

Virginia got off to a fast start Tuesday and never looked back, cruising past Northeast Range/Ely 52-36 in a high school girls swiming meet.
The host Blue Devils had one-two finishes in three of the first five events, while Elise Hoard picked up two individual first and was part of a winning relay in her team’s victory.
Brooke Pasmick, an Ely junior, continued a strong season for NRE.
Pasmick broke the Blue Devils’ early dominance by winning the 50 yard freestyle in 27.96 seconds, edging our Virginia’s Madeline Potts in a tight race.
Later, Pasmick took second in the 100 backstroke and joined Kayla Mellesmoen, Lily Tedrick and Abby Koivisto
Cedar Ohlhauser picked up the Nighthawks’ only other first. It came in the 100 breaststroke late in the meet when Virginia only entered swimmers in the exhibition category.

Sun
14
Oct

CITY OF ELY Absentee Voting for the General Election

CITY OF ELY
Absentee Voting for the General Election

To the Electors of the City of Ely in the County of St. Louis, State of Minnesota

Sun
14
Oct

Michael S. Swanson, 57, of Ely, dies

Michael S. Swanson, 57, of Ely, passed away at his residence on Saturday, October 13, 2018. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Sun
14
Oct

Glen Zorman, 61, of Ely, dies

Glen Zorman, 61, of Ely, passed away at his residence on Saturday, October 13, 2018. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Sun
14
Oct

Hook and Bullet Club by Nick Wognum

Time in the woods during the fall is food for the soul. No matter if you’re swinging a brush saw in the rain or righting a deer stand that tumbled in a summer windstorm.
Having a day off to sight in rifles turned into a change of plans with rain again falling in the Ely area.
Deciding not to give in, I fired up the brush saw to re-open some of our trails by the shack. Since I didn’t have Megan’s golden retrievers Millie and Maverick with me, this seemed like a good plan. At least there would be no three-legged dogs when I was done.
The tag elders grow like weeds and in my mind that’s what they are. You cut them and they grow back. Rinse and repeat.
By the time I had run through two tanks of gas, hit 15 rocks and was soaked to the bone, it was time to call it a day. But it was a day away from work, spent out in the woods.
On Saturday I headed to my buddy Rob Wilmunen’s shack to help him return an elevated stand to its original location.

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