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Tue
20
Nov

Michelle M. Weisinger, 59, dies

Michelle M. Weisinger, 59, of Aurora, formerly of Ely, passed away on Monday, November 19, 2018 at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.
She was born on January 2, 1959 to Tom and Joy Cummings and is survived by her seven children: Tracy Weisinger of Aurora, Carrie Weisinger of Ely, Eric Weisinger of Aurora, Jason Weisinger of St. Cloud, Becky (Tom) Meador of Ely, Jessica (Cody) Fredenburg of Ely and Keith Weisinger of Chisholm; 11 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Her children were her life and she will be missed.
A celebration of her life will be held at Kerntz Funeral Home at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 24 with visitation one hour prior.
Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home.

Tue
20
Nov

Herbert R. Lamppa, 88, of Tower, dies

Herbert R. Lamppa, 88, of Tower, passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at St. Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia.
He was born on December 11, 1929, the son of Richard and Rose (Rapinoja) Lamppa, in Embarrass, where he grew up.
Herb was united in marriage to Edna Hiltunen on January 24, 1948 in Vermilion Township. They made their home in Tower, where he and Edna owned and operated the Tower Dairy for over 25 years.
He served on the Tower city council, served four terms as mayor of Tower, three terms as county commissioner, established Lamppa Manufacturing and was a math teacher for 19 ½ years.

Tue
20
Nov

Shirley Miller, 87 of Embarrass, dies

Shirley Miller, 87 of Embarrass, died Monday, November 19, 2018. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home.

Mon
19
Nov

Snow fun for recess at Washinton Elementary

THEY LIKE SNOW - Brennan Rue, Avery Cornish, Brooks Brenny and Brian Cook enjoying the snow on the playground at Washington Elementary. Photo by Pam Roberts.

Sun
18
Nov

Use your voice, take advantage of your right, and get out and vote

Minnesotans, particularly on the Iron Range and especially in the Ely area, don’t need much prodding to exercise their right and vote.
Turnout approaches 90 percent in some parts of our area during presidential election years and even an off-year, midterm election - such as the one coming up next week - always brings a healthy majority of local residents to the polls.
We’re hopeful that polling places are again among the busiest places in town on Tuesday and that turnout is even bigger than normal.
What the heck? Why not see if we can even approach the turnout of a presidential election?
While the race for the Oval Office isn’t on the ballot this time, and while Ely area elections are much quieter than usual, there are a bevy of races that have a big impact on all of us.
Whether you live in St. Louis or Lake County, contested county commissioner races are on the ballot.

Sun
18
Nov

State Legion honors Ely

Baseball season has ended but Ely had what amounted to a game-winning double play last week in the Twin Cities.
Ely American Legion Post 248 was named Minnesota’s “Post of the Year” by the state Legion baseball board of directors.
The same group also approved Ely’s bid to host the 2021 Divison II Junior Legion State Tournament.
The recognition comes in advance of next summer’s Division II Senior Legion State Tournament, which will be held Aug 2-4, 2019 at Veterans Memorial Field.
That will be the latest in a long line of major tournaments to be held at Ely’s historic ballpark, and committee members were quick to award the community the opportunity host the fledgling Division II Junior Legion event.
The last two years, Minnesota has held a state tournament for the Junior Legion level, which has taken off in popularity and has replaced VFW baseball as the program of choice in many small towns.

Sat
17
Nov

New BWCA permit system under fire

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Sat
17
Nov

HS winter sports practices begin

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Sat
17
Nov

School Board Meeting Minutes October

School Board Meeting Minutes October 8, 2018 (Board approved 11-12-2018)

Fri
16
Nov

Ely Echo newspaper - Your History, Your Town, Your friends and neighbors

The Holiday season begins with activities and a parade over the Thanksgiving holiday, so come out and support your home town with shopping, fun and family activities! You'll find them all and more in this week’s Ely Echo and North Country Saver! Enjoy! Stay warm and be safe on the snowy streets!

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