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Fri
11
Jan

Ely’s youth ski league opens at Hidden Valley

COMPLETE WITH A TORCH LIGHTING CEREMONY, Ely’s youth ski league opened at Hidden Valley with Olympic-style fanfare. Area resident Elton Brown, who has skied in nearly 30 American Birkebeiner races, lit the torch that marked the start of the Ely chapter of the 2019 Minnesota Youth Ski League.

Fri
11
Jan

Film crew visits Ely Arena

FILM CREW IN ELY - Representatives of Northland Films, which produced the hit “Pond Hockey” and other films, were in Ely last week shooting footage of Ely’s high school hockey team for a potential film about the hockey program and a small community. Tommy Haines was among those at the Ely Arena Jan. 4 to get footage of the Wolves’ game with International Falls. Photo by Finn Bay Photography.

Fri
11
Jan

The waiting game?

WAITING ON A FRIEND? Photo by Heidi Pinkerton of Root River Photography: “Head is bobbing back and forth to WELY’s polka music and I’m sipping some Starbucks as I drive down the road in search of wildlife. I glance over and see a deer standing in the river. Fifteen years of photographing wildlife has me turn around in a heartbeat. I know for a fact that a deer ixs not just going to stand in icy cold water for no reason at all. And even though I didn’t make out the wolf on the first pass, it was certainly there when I pressed the shutter! As I walked back to the car to get my long lens, the wolf slipped away. The deer stood there for another hour before making her way back to shore. Needless to say, I really didn’t need that caffeine after all.”

Fri
11
Jan

Youth snowmobile races held in Winton

TEARING UP THE TRACK on Shagawa Lake after the KCPRO East races were moved from Fall Lake last Saturday were these youth snowmobile racers. Photo by Eric Sherman.

Wed
09
Jan

Paul Leonard Lassila, 86, dies

Paul Leonard Lassila passed away peacefully on December 21, 2018 at the age of 86 after a long battle with COPD while wintering in Desert Hot Springs, California.
Paul was born in Embarrass, Minnesota to Paul and Hilja Lassila and was the youngest of six children. When he was young the family moved to Ely and he graduated in 1950 from Ely High School. In 1952 he was invited to join the U.S. Army and proudly served his country as a member of the Elite 10th Special Forces Group, (Airborne) through 1954. After fulfilling his military service he attended Trinidad State College and earned his associate degree in gunsmithing. He returned to Ely and operated his gunsmithing business while employed as a diesel mechanic at Reserve Mining Company. In Paul’s younger years he guided many canoe trips. He was an avid outdoorsman as camping, hunting and fishing were his passion.

Wed
09
Jan

Steven Anthony Tekautz, 42, of Owatonna, dies

Steven Anthony Tekautz, 42, of Owatonna, formerly of Hastings and Silver Bay, passed away suddenly on January 7, 2019.
He was born Sept. 28, 1976 to Anthony and Gail (Ebert) Tekautz.
Steve is dearly missed, by his wife, Kelly of Owatonna; children, Cayce and Alex of Owatonna; parents Anthony and Gail, Chisholm, MN; Sisters, Tara Tyo of Brimson, MN, Tracey (John) Fenske of Ely, MN; nieces and nephews, Travis, Jenny, Dylan, Ryan and countless friends.
Some of Steve’s ashes will be spread at the places he loved best, the cabin at White Iron Lake and the hunting shack. Burial will be in the family plot in the Ely Cemetery. A celebration of Steve’s life will take place at the cabin early this upcoming summer, when the fish are biting. For more information or to leave an online condolence message go to www.brick-megerfuneralhome.com

Tue
08
Jan

Joretta Pollock, 87, of Ely, dies

Joretta Pollock, 87, of Ely, passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at Carefree Assisted Living in Ely. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Tue
08
Jan

Charles "Cherla" Merhar, 80, dies

Charles John Merhar, aka Charlie or Cherla, born January 18, 1938, passed away peacefully on January 8, 2019 with family at his side, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 80. The “voice” of Ace Hardware could always be heard greeting his customers with “How can I help you?”
He graduated from Ely High School in 1956 where he was an accomplished athlete in both baseball and football. He worked with his father at Ace Hardware and apprenticed to become a licensed plumber and well installer. His civic life included serving on the Ely Volunteer Fire Department for over 20 years, the Ely Jaycees and was a supporter of Ducks Unlimited. He married his High School sweetheart, Judy Mahoney in 1961 and built their home on White Iron Lake in 1962 where they remained for over 40 years. Judy and Cherla took over successful management of Merhar Ace Hardware in 1992 until when management passed to Mark and Chris Merhar being the 4th generation to own the business.

Tue
08
Jan

Tom Rukavina, an Iron Range political icon, dies

Tom Rukavina, an Iron Range political icon who represented the Ely area on the St. Louis County Board the last four years, died Monday in Minneapolis after a brief battle with leukemia. He was 68.

While standing less than five-and-a-half feet tall, Rukavina was remembered Monday as a political giant who pulled no punches.

The Virginia native represented his hometown in the Minnesota legislature for 26 years, and was known for his acerbic wit and passionate support for his constituents and northeastern Minnesota.

"Minnesota and the Iron Range have lost a true champion for workers,” U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar said in a statement released a new hours after Rukvaina's death. “Tom Rukavina understood the dignity of hard work, and was a force for Iron Range workers and their families. He spent nearly three decades in elected office on the Range fighting for miners and bringing good-paying union jobs to the region.”

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