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Fri
22
Mar

Girl Scouts learn how to help

Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital staff educator/infection prevention coordinator Tiffany Zemke taught the Ely Girl Scout Brownies about what an emergency/first aid is, how to call 9-1-1, basic first aid treatment, what you should have in a first aid kit, and how to prevent/treat outdoor injuries. Ely Brownies (left to right): Payson Kundinger, Kayla Larsen, Ryann Schlosser, Lindi Zemke, Lena Flom, Addison Seibert and Jazmyne Akins.

Fri
22
Mar

Time out for Ironmen in Florida

JUST ABOUT EVERYBODY READS THE ELY ECHO, including the Vermilion Ironmen baseball team on their recent spring trip to Florida. Pictured are Brendan Schwichtenberg, Erik Hakamaki, Kaleb Beane, Robert Studivent, Dawson Linkert, Casey Holman, Cody Leslie, Jordan Kaczrowski, Kyle Hintz, Lukas Adelman, Connor Knettel, Caleb Berg, Ben Zeidler, Chase Bottin, Brady Meyer. Missing is head coach Tom Coombe. Photo submitted by first mound visit coach Mike Turnbull.

Thu
21
Mar

One stop shop for job-seekers

AT THE EADA offices in the Frandsen Building was Jeanette Palcher who volunteers her time to help people find jobs. Photo by Tom Coombe.

by Tom Coombe -

Wed
20
Mar

From the miscellaneous drawer - Inventor wanted

Growing problem
Especially with the elderly - the frequency of falling. Firemen, police and medical personnel are increasingly being summoned to assist those who fall and can’t get up.
The Census Bureau projects that by 2035, there will be 78.0 million people 65 years and older compared to 76.7 million under the age of 18.
In nearby Virginia, MN it was reported that: “During the week of Feb. 25-March 3, the Virginia Fire Department was called for service 96 times: 15 fire calls and 81 medical calls.” Unknown how many of these were for help after falling.–––
Two years ago, after taking a shower and starting to dry off, I became dizzy and fell in my bathroom, hitting my head.
I carry my cell phone with me at all times (on the advice of my then- four-year old grandson Jake). I made a phone call for help. Then I thought out the situation...

Wed
20
Mar

Letter to Editor: ...Landwehr’s credibility as a nonpartisan regulator spilled into the Boundary Waters along with his principles

Letter to the Editor:
Stories have recently appeared in the print media regarding the hiring of former Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr by Ely based Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness to serve as its Executive Director. Landwehr was hired to lead their organization to fight copper-nickel mining within the BWCAW watershed, focusing on Twin Metals Minnesota’s proposed copper-nickel underground mine, which would be located near Ely, Minnesota.
Up North Jobs Inc. is an Ely based nonprofit membership organization chartered in 2013 to promote economic development and job growth in Northeastern Minnesota. Permit us to offer additional facts to bring context to the print media stories.

Tue
19
Mar

Richard Dean “Rick” Tomsich, 61, of Tower, dies

Richard Dean “Rick” Tomsich, 61, of Tower, passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.
He was born on August 8, 1957, in Ely, the youngest of seven children, to Leonard “Lanko” and Nelmi (Carlson) Tomsich. Rick was a lifelong resident of Tower. He attended Tower-Soudan High School, where he played basketball and football, graduating in 1975.
He learned the family business, Tower Bakery, first hand, alongside his parents and sisters and brothers. He worked at the bakery from age 14 until it’s closing in 1990. He then worked for Pep’s Bakery in Virginia for many years and then continued on to make the famous “Tower Bakery” pasties for everyone to enjoy.

Tue
19
Mar

DNR invites conversation about deer at March 26 open house in Tower

Ever wonder how the DNR sets deer hunting regulations? Or how you can provide input on deer management in your area?
Local wildlife managers across the state are inviting the public to come to open-house meetings to ask their deer questions and learn about the state’s most popular mammal.
In the Tower work area, the open house will be held Tuesday, March 26 from 5-7 p.m. at the DNR’s Tower area office located at 650 Highway 169, Tower.
These local, open-house-style meetings are a way to encourage discussions about deer and deer management, enhance local relationships and foster two-way communication between the DNR and the public.
The DNR began the meetings last year with the release of its statewide deer management plan.

Mon
18
Mar

Ely's largest retail store and a major employer in town will close within three months.

by Tom Coombe -

ShopKo announced Monday afternoon that it will close all of its stores later this year - including one that occupies a massive 38,000 square foot building on Ely's east end.

The announcement came as the Wisconsin-based retailer navigates rocky financial waters, including a move to seek bankruptcy protection and plans for corporate restructuring.

ShopKo closed its pharmacy operation in Ely last month amid reports that the company owed $67 million to a pharmaceutical supplier.

At the time, it appeared the Ely store would continue to operate but the retailer indicated Monday that all of its remaining stores would close by June 16.

Ely's is one of several ShopKo locations in northeastern Minnesota to close, joining stores in Duluth, Aitkin, Moose Lake and Two Harbors. ShopKo has 134 stores and another 176 ShopKo Hometown outlets across the Midwest.

Sun
17
Mar

Pee Wees knocked out at state

Two high-powered opponents made for a difficult two days for an Ely hockey team at state tournament play.

The Ely Pee Wees fell 5-0 to Moorhead Black in the opening round of the State Pee Wee B Tournament at Plymouth.

Friday's loss sent the future Timberwolves into the consolation round, where Ely was defeated 9-0 on Saturday by Chaska/Chanhassen. The loss eliminated the local squad from the eight-team tournament,

Ely qualified for state two weeks ago after winning championships at both the district and regional level. The Pee Wees range in age from 11-13 and were the first Ely team to make a state youth hockey tournament in four years.

Sun
17
Mar

First look at school project has $23 million price tag

by Nick Wognum -

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