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Fri
21
Dec

Hoops for Hope takes hold Friday

by Tom Coombe
An idea for a community service project has, in five short years, taken on a life of its own.
Now in its fifth year, the Hoops for Hope Holiday Tournament has become a staple on Ely’s high school girls basketball calendar and a significant local fundraiser.
This year’s event is set for Thursday and Friday at the high school gymnasium, with four teams squaring off and raising money for the local Spiritwood Foundation in the process.
Hoops for Hope, in addition to raising money for a local cause, also raises awareness about Alzheimer’s Disease, one of several benefits from an event that started with an idea from Darren Visser, who took over as girls basketball coach in town and started the tournament in 2014.

Fri
21
Dec

Merry Christmas to all from the Ely Echo!

Over 200 faces will greet readers in this week’s Ely Echo - all seen at the children’s Christmas Concert held Wednesday at Washington Auditorium. And all in full color! A special Christmas Greetings section too!
Lots of news to herald the new year and each week the Ely Echo will be there for you - We publish 52 issues a year!

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Fri
21
Dec

Washington Elementary hosts holiday program

THIRD GRADE with their hands up on Wednesday. Top row: Henry Fetterer, Jace Myers, Cooper Mayranen, Grant Chittum, Myles Scharber, Dawson Murphy; Middle Row: Sova Meyers, Kylee Zobitz, Saylor Sandberg, Lucy Dunn; Front: Brenna Hegfors, Selam Houle, Charlee Nielsen, Addison Myers.

Fri
21
Dec

Sharing Ely Echo news

JUST ABOUT EVERYBODY READS THE ELY ECHO including Santa and Mrs. Claus during a recent stop in Ely. Photo by Ruthanne Fenske.

Fri
21
Dec

Sharing German treats

At the final Ely Rotary meeting for 2018, exchange student Finn Liesching shared candies and cookies sent from Germany by his mother, thanking the club for supporting her son. Photo by Sue Savereide.

Fri
21
Dec

Ely Squirts take first place finish at Walker tournament

Ely Squirts first place finish at the City on the Bay Walker, MN tournament this past weekend. Ely went undefeated in four games, beating Becker Big Lake, Blaine, Warroad, and then Bloomington Kennedy Richfield in the championship game. Pictured are: back row (l-r): Head coach Nicki Carlson, Assistant Coaches Justin Zemke, Bill Forsberg, Joe Majerus; 3rd row: Lewey Powell, Jayden Zemke, Stig Majerus, Ryland Sandy, Tyler Forsberg, Sylvia Shock; 2nd row: Brayden Akins, Nico Lenci, Brady Eaton, Sean Merriman, Caz Carlson, Owen Marolt, Hunter Halbakken, Evan Leeson; Front: winning goalie in net for the championship game, Jon Schlosser. Submitted photo.

Wed
19
Dec

Music & Drama Community Service to the Arts awarded to Ray Thielbar

by Sara Skelton
Each year, the Ely Music and Drama Club recognizes someone from the community who has dedicated him or herself to promoting the arts in the Ely area. This year, the Club is pleased to announce that Ray Thielbar is the 2018 “Community Service to the Arts” recipient.
Having met as junior high school sweethearts, Ray and Rose Thielbar began their lives together in Illinois where Ray worked for Caterpillar, Inc., and they raised their three children: sons Bruce and Chris and daughter Becky. But they always found time for adventuring, including canoe trips to the Ely area with their family.
In January of 1980, Caterpillar moved them to San Paulo, Brazil, to open a manufacturing plant. With his rich bass voice, Ray has always enjoyed singing, and it was in Brazil that he helped found a quartet called “Calvary Four” with three missionaries who were also serving in Brazil.

Wed
19
Dec

Marvin L. Bunney, 85, of Ely, dies

Marvin Le Roy Bunney, 85, of Ely, formerly of Stacy, MN passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely, MN, surrounded by his family.
Marv was born on Feb. 20, 1933 in Michigan, ND to Morris and Alpha (Dahl) Bunney. He married Dona (Storlie) on July 21, 1956. He and Dona enjoyed raising their three sons and watching their four grandchildren grow up. Marv’s family was his pride and joy.
He retired from the 3M company after 30 plus years of doing a job he thoroughly enjoyed. He and Dona enjoyed many years of traveling the country and visiting their many friends and family.
He is survived by the love of his life, Dona of 62 years; children: Scott (Robin) of Ely, Morris of Springfield, MO, Tim (Sharon) of Hartselle, AL. Grandchildren: Paul of Sitka, AK, Hannah of Richfield, MN, Hailey of Hartselle, AL and Thomas of Hartselle, AL.

Mon
17
Dec

County residents urged to protect septic tanks from freezing

This winter’s relatively low snowfall amounts, combined with single digit temperatures, could lead to potential freezing problems for septic systems.
The St. Louis County Environmental Services Department is reminding property owners with septic systems to take preventative maintenance steps to protect their systems.
• Recommended precautions to take now include:
• Add a layer of mulch (8-12 inches of hay or straw) over the pipes, tank and soil treatment area. Keep the mulch loose to form air pockets, which act as insulation. This is particularly important if a system is new and vegetative cover has not been well established.
• Use normal amounts of water; the warmer the better. Spread out laundry schedules to one warm/hot load per day.
• Don’t leave water running to prevent freezing. A slow trickle could freeze, while a steady stream could overload the system.

Sun
16
Dec

Twin Metals purchases land in downtown Babbitt

by Nick Wognum -

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