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LETTER: ... remember that facts need to be correct and applied accurately to stories

Dear Editor:
Accuracy is not a factor my classmate, Becky Rom, retains when forming positions that have grave consequences for a town she calls home....ELY, MN.
It is extremely important to remember that facts need to be correct and applied accurately to stories, which are intended to be perused by the reader.
If you do not state facts that support your intended perspective, you are falsifying your outcomes to suit your needs.
As your classmate I feel the need to bring out some inconsistencies in her recent article from the Minneapolis newspaper. First at age 12/13 she stated that in seventh grade she was selected by our English teacher, Mr Doug Drechsler, who was a first year teacher in 1962, to take the lead in a debate over the BWCA. At that age it was not a big concern of us since, we were still able to travel in the Basswood Lake area by motorboat and snowmobile.


Rita E. Baudek, 83, of Babbitt, dies

Rita Elvira Baudek, 83, Babbitt, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 at St Mary’s Hospital in Duluth.
Rita was born Oct.18, 1933 and in lived in Ely, graduating from Ely Memorial High School in 1951. She was a cheerleader in high school and active in club activities.
She currently lived in Babbitt. Rita married Mathew Baudek on May 12, 1952 and they were together for 64 years. Rita was a dedicated wife and mother and raised six children in Ely before moving to Babbitt in 1979. She adored her grandchildren. Rita was active in bowling, golf, ceramics and time with her lady friends. She was very generous and at times the life of the party. She was also active at St. Pius X Catholic Church as a reader, choir member and worked and served on many special committees.


Gertrude Jensen, 90, of Babbitt, dies

Gertrude R. Jensen, 90, passed away at home on December 2, 2016, with her family by her side. She was born on August 20, 1926, to Albert and Mary (Thielen) Herold at the family farm in Elkton, SD.
She married Melvin Jensen on February 27, 1954, in Elkton where they farmed until they moved to Babbitt, MN, in 1957, and then to Madison, WI, in 1971 and returned to Babbitt in 1990.
Gert enjoyed sewing, quilting, reading, gardening, baking, crossword puzzles, playing cards, cheering on the Minnesota Twins and was always ready to take a drive to the casino. Her faith was very important to her and she hardly ever missed a mass on Sunday. Gert was a homemaker and devoted her life to her four children and helped to raise her grandchildren.


From the miscellaneous drawer - Lessons learned

There was an advantage to growing up in a household with two politically-opposite parents.
They always voted, and almost always they voted at opposite ends of the spectrum. And not always endorsing the party or person they had voted for in the past.
And above everything, they believed in freedom of speech. That also entailed the freedom not to speak.
Over the years at the Echo I’ve learned some odd truths.
When a person is angry about something, perhaps not even within his or her control, is it better to rant and rave, bringing additional attention to the anger-causing incident, or is it better to keep one’s peace?
One way drags out the issue and may cause more hard feelings, the other allows the incident to fade into perspective or even become an object lesson of respect for differences.
If one chooses to be offended, just living with criticism or differences in viewpoints is enough to make one testy and disagreeable.


Ely’s hometown newspaper - The Ely Echo - is loaded with news and photos

Forsman post stokes furor -
Presidential election Facebook meme embroils first-term Ely council member in controversy; some demand his resignation;

Cramer gets $10K to resign;

In Ely, levy up, taxes down -
Despite city, county increases, many property owners see decrease;

Annual meeting, annual check-up for Ely-Bloomenson Monday at hospital;

First Amendment applies to everyone including elected officials;

Recount looms in Nolan-Mills race;

And so much more! On newsstands and by email today, in the Post Office for home delivery tomorrow! Let’s get YOU started with Ely’s favorite, locally owned and operated newspaper!


Christmas Choir Concert is Sunday, 2 p.m. at Washington Auditorium

Ely Christmas Choir Concert, a “Journey of hope, the birth of the Savior” will be held on Sunday, December 4 at 2 p.m. in Washington Auditorium under the direction of Lyle Klein. The concert is free to the public.


Rangers back copper-nickel

PRESENTING A CHECK for $3,200 to the Ely Food Shelf were representatives of Twin Metals Minnesota’s Ely office. Pictured are (l-r) Nicole Hoffman and Dean Debeltz of TMM, Liz Langley and Carol Orban of the Ely Food Shelf, Cabin Totenhagen and James Devine of TMM. Photo by Nick Wognum.

by Tom Coombe -


New car giveaway from Zup's

NEW CAR for Michelle Lekatz of Ely, congratulated by Jim Zupancich for winning the top prize in Zup’s Food Markets’ 100th anniversary giveaway.


In Ely for Thanksgiving

A SNOW BIRD - Carlie and Chloe Beatty of Lakevlle, MN made this snow turkey on Thanksgiving Day near the Fernberg Road. “Love coming to Ely for thanksgiving!” said the Beatty family.


Rev. Alfred Donald ‘Father Al’ Kaster, 85, originally from Long Lake, MN dies

Rev. Alfred Donald ‘Father Al’ Kaster, 85, originally from Long Lake, MN, passed away peacefully at the home of his brother Bill, in Long Lake, Mn. on Nov. 28, 2016.
Born 11/25/31 to German parents, Fredrich and Martha, Alfred was the third of seven children: Bernard, Gertrude, Robert, Paul, William and Stephen.
Father Al’s education included both public and parochial schools. After graduating high school in 1949, Alfred went on to graduate from the Crosier Seminary in 1952. Under the supervision of the Duluth Mn. Diocese. Al completed his Philosophy and Theology education at the Benedictine Seminary. Alfred was then ordained a Priest by Bishop Francis Schenk of the Church of St. George in Long Lake, Mn.


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