Breaking News


POSITION OPENING Ely Public Schools Paraprofessional (3 positions)

Ely Public Schools
Paraprofessional (3 positions)

Ely Public Schools is accepting applications for Paraprofessionals for the 2022-2023 school year; background check required.

Qualifications include:
• Associate’s Degree/equivalent or
complete a Para Pro exam with a passing
score (
• Preferred experience working with
school age children
• Evidence of ability to work cooperatively
and communicate effectively in a
collaborative setting
• Ability to perform job description duties

Qualifications include:
• Paid sick leave, personal days and
• Health and life insurance
• Flexible spending account
• PERA retirement

Application available at:


William "Bill" Palo

William "Bill" Palo passed away on Sunday, March 27 at Essentia Health - St Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth at the age of 83. He was born on November 19, 1938 in the Town of White, MN to Frank and Aili Palo.
Bill attended Tower-Soudan High School, graduating in 1956 and spent several years working in the woods, logging, hauling timber and developing skills he would later put to use as a mason and miner. Bill married his wife of 60 years, Genevieve Pirtz, on February 24, 1962. For the majority of his career, Bill worked as a Millright at Reserve Mining and LTV Steel, retiring in May 2002 after nearly 40 years in the mining industry.
A proud veteran, Bill served in the United States Army from 1961-1963, including a tour of duty in Germany. He was also a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and the American Legion.


Charles Patrick “Charlie” Kerntz

Charles Patrick “Charlie” Kerntz passed away unexpectedly at his White Iron Home on March 3, 2022.
Charlie was born to Charles and Margaret(Hren) Kerntz on March 17, 1949 in Ely, MN. He graduated from Ely High School in 1967.. He worked primarily for Ralph Swanson Construction in Ely. Charlie liked to fish, listen to music and keep up on world events.
Charlie is survived by his niece, Kristin Selander, and nephew, John Germscheid, brother-in-law Maurice Germscheid, numerous first cousins, and partner Marjorie Hible. Charlie was single and had no children. Charlie was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Marjorie Ann (Kerntz) Germscheid.
A private memorial mass will be held in the future at the St. Paul Cathedral in his honor.


Jean Nelson

Jean Elizabeth (Neururer) Nelson, of Ely, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on Wednesday May 18, 2022. She was born in Federal Dam, Minnesota on March 17th, 1938. Jean and her twin sister, Joan, were the fifth and sixth children of Joseph and Anna Neururer.
She attended school in Federal Dam through the 8th grade and graduated from Boy River High School. She worked as a beautician in Ely where she met her future husband Russel (Ozzie) Nelson. They were married August 5th, 1961 in Federal Dam. Jean lived over 60 years in Ely where she made many great friends.
Jean lived her life volunteering in several different ways. She delivered Meal on Wheels for over 30 years, volunteered on the cemetery clean-up crew, made pasties every month and volunteered at the senior center every day. She loved calling bingo every chance she got!


Charles “Charlie” Patrick Kerntz

Charles “Charlie” Patrick Kerntz, 73, of Ely, passed away May 3rd, 2022, after a brief battle with cancer in his home on White Iron Lake.
He was born on March 17th, 1949, to Charles and Margaret Kerntz in Ely, MN. Charlie attended Ely High School and graduated in 1967. He spent his days working for Ralph Swanson Construction, fishing and listening to music on his deck. He met his life partner, Margie, in 1985 and welcomed seven young stepchildren into his life.
Charlie is survived by his partner Margie, stepchildren, cousins, niece and nephew, countless grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his sister Marjorie Ann (Kerntz) Germscheid, stepdaughter Kelly Kowarsch, granddaughter Kirja Mae Kishel, and friend/son-in-law Frank “Nippy” D. Puzel.
A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.


Dave Cherne

David M. Cherne, 71 of Babbitt, MN passed away Sunday, May 15, 2022 at Ely Bloomenson Hospital after a 7 year battle with lung cancer.
Dave was a lifelong resident of Ely, MN where he lived on the Echo Trail in a beautiful log home he built with his wife of 51 years, the love of his life, Deb (Kainz) Cherne.
He was a Master Plumber/Steamfitter, member of Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 589 for almost 50 years, where he also was a teacher, mentor and MSHA instructor. He was an avid skier, loved to hunt and fish. A proud member of the National Ski Patrol for 25 years at Giants Ridge Ski Resort where he was a trainer and First Responder/CPR instructor. He loved teaching many things to so many people. Always willing to offer his knowledge and help to anyone who needed him. Dave and Deb loved spending as much time as they could at their Aikio Island cabin with their community of close friends.


We have a winner! Ice out on May 10

A strong wind storm blew into Ely Monday night and by Tuesday morning, Shagawa reached ice out.
The Ely Echo/Grand Ely Lodge official ice out on Shagawa Lake was Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 6:40 a.m. as called by Tammy Kisch and Joy Fedders.
Winning this year’s contest and $100 in Grand Ely Lodge Guest Bucks was Nancy Kirkpatrik of Saybrook, IL who picked May 10 at 10:10 a.m.
Coming in second place and winning a $50 Ely Echo gift certificate was Bernard Brula of Franklin Park, IL who guessed May 10 at 2:10 p.m.
Lindi Zemke of Ely took third and won $25 in Grand Ely Lodge bucks for picking May 9 at 2:30 p.m.
The Ely Echo Grand Ely Lodge Shagawa Lake Ice Out Contest is official when a boat could leave Grand Ely Lodge’s dock and cross to the north side of the lake, chunks of ice notwithstanding.
Thank you to everyone who entered and to Grand Ely Lodge for all of their help. Get your guesses ready for 2023!


Graduation night at VCC

by Tom Coombe
The 100th commencement at Vermilion Community College packed them in Tuesday night at the school’s gymnasium.
Dozens of graduates were joined by school faculty and staff, family members and friends, fellow VCC students and others in both a historic and “return to normal” commencement.
Provost Chris Koivisto noted the many changes that have taken place since Vermilion’s founding in 1922 as the former Ely Junior College, including name changes, consolidations and relocations.
Another change is in store this fall, when Vermilion becomes part of the newly-formed Minnesota North College, yet the campus will maintain both its identity and its niche outdoor-related programming that has attracted students from the upper Midwest and beyond.
Both two years ago and again in 2021, the commencement ceremonies were held virtually, and the campus was closed for several months two years ago.


3A Republicans to gather in Ely

by Tom Coombe
Republicans in House District 3A will gather again - this time in Ely - to endorse a new candidate in their bid to seek DFL incumbent Rob Ecklund.
Bob Wolfe, who won the endorsement last month at Cook, has since pulled out of the race and district Republicans will gather at 7 p.m. Friday, at Ely’s Senior Center, for a second endorsing conventions.
Ely Mayor Roger Skraba ran second to Wolfe at the earlier convention and actually tied the Loman resident in total votes, with Wolfe gaining the nod on a weighted point system.
But Friday’s event in Ely may not be a formality for Skraba.
Another candidate, Blain Johnson of Bigfork, is seeking the endorsement. He did not participate in the earlier convention at Cook.
Candidates must notify party officials they are seeking the endorsement by Wednesday, and no nominations will be taken from the floor.


Hacks for Remembering Hacks

Did you know that ketchup can clean copper and that mustard can be used as an exfoliating face mask? Also, they’re both really good on hot dogs.
And did you know that you can keep carryout pizza warm on the way home by setting it on the passenger seat and turning on the seat warmer? If you have a passenger and they resent having to sit in the backseat just tell them the pizza called shotgun.
These are all valuable tips I learned in an online article called 200 Hacks to Make Life Easier. If you waste as much time online as I do, you’ve noticed that what we once called “tips” or “hints from Heloise” are now called hacks. And there are a lot of them. There are life hacks, travel hacks, cooking hacks and personal finance hacks. There are car maintenance hacks, ballroom dancing hacks and rock climbing hacks. And there are hacks to burgle proof your home, hacks to prevent your computer from being hacked and writing hacks to keep you from being a hack.


Subscribe to RSS - Breaking News