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Mon
26
Nov

Anton “Ski” Chmielewski, 85, dies

Anton “Ski” Chmielewski, 85, of Ely, Minnesota, lost his battle with cancer on Thursday, November 22, 2018, surrounded by family.
He was born February 25, 1933 in Iron River, Michigan, son of the late Anton and Annastasia (Przybylski) Chmielewski. He graduated from Iron River High School and joined the United States Air Force as a Hydraulic Mechanic, serving his country in the Korean War. He moved to Ely at the age of 32, where he worked the majority of his career with Reserve Mining and LTV Steel. In addition to his full-time employment, he usually added part-time plumbing in the evenings and mechanic work on the weekends to provide extra for his family.
Ski was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying so many activities such as; camping, hunting, fishing, canoeing, snowmobiling, 4-wheeling, gardening and volunteering with the Ely Ski Club. His passion for animals, especially his collies was incredible.

Sun
25
Nov

Wolf management is a disaster

The federal government has made a mess of trying to manage gray wolves. From a botched attempt to delist them from protection under the Endangered Species Act to the debacles at Isle Royale, this has been one screw up after another.
Those hoping for common sense cheered when they read the Republicans who still control the House passed a bill to drop legal protections for gray wolves in the lower 48 states. That bill is dead on arrival in the Senate.
But the passage of the bill in the House shows the frustration in how the Fish and Wildlife Service has been able to beat back repeated court challenges. The feds attempt to delist and return management to the state and the wolf groups fire up their lawyers and get a friendly judge in Washington to stop the delisting.

Sat
24
Nov

Native son: Grandparents

Grandpa and Grandma Gorshe and Dewey Novak

Grandma Novak and baby Dewey (Charlie)

Sat
24
Nov

Morse to expand proposed broadband project up Echo Trail

Town of Morse supervisors decided to expand a proposed broadband project.
The township has been working with Frontier to put together a project that would benefit people who are unable to get high speed internet.
At the last town board meeting, supervisor Bob Berrini pushed for a larger project.
“Let’s go further up the Echo and see if we can get to Passi Road,” said Berrini.
The initial scope of the project was to install a new fiber line from Ely to the east around Shagawa Lake to the Echo Trail. Now, that fiber line will extend up the Echo Trail to Passi Road.
This will improve service to people who live along Shagawa, Little Long and Burntside lakes. A second phase would include Wolf Lake Road and continue around Shagawa to improve service along Van Vac Road.
The project will be pitched at the Monday legislative meeting.

Fri
23
Nov

On thin ice – teach kids the dangers of ice

Now is the time to talk with kids about the dangers of ice. Ice thickness varies greatly on lakes, ponds and rivers throughout the state. Some water bodies have none, while others have several inches, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

“Ice, especially early ice with snow cover, is extremely deceptive because you can’t see dangerous cracks or the thickness of the ice under the snow,” said DNR Conservation Officer Adam Block. “Parents need to teach their kids that ice is never 100 percent safe. If your child is near the ice, you should be near your child.”

With many children out of school for holiday breaks, they may look toward newly forming ice for entertainment.

Thu
22
Nov

Hometown Ely news- the Echo covers it all!

Although most readers prefer to hold the actual newspaper in print in their hands each week, some have learned that receiving the Echo by email is a convenience when traveling or should there happen to be spotty postal delivery. If you have an email address I can send you a sample of the Echo by email as pdfs, just let me know.

If you have a print subscription now you can add $10 onto your year renewal and get the email Echo too.

To only receive the email version, the fee is $35 fo one year sent anywhere in the world, generally on Friday mornings.

--Anne Swenson, publisher

Thu
22
Nov

Schurke returning to Russia

by Tom Coombe -

Thu
22
Nov

Winton post boxes are in place

UP AND RUNNING - The new mailbox system in Winton is up and running. Located behind the Winton Roadhouse, the mailboxes are available to Winton residents. Packages can also be dropped off into a keyed box at the bottom of each unit. On Wednesday morning Sam Zorman was checking to see if he had any mail. Photo by Nick Wognum.

Thu
22
Nov

Winners announced by VFW Post 2717

CONTEST WINNERS - Ely VFW Post 2717 saluted the winners of the Patriots’ Pen Essay Contest. Lauren Rehbein and Lily Dirks won $20 prizes and Abigail Johnson was the overall winner. They are pictured with post commander Mike Pope. Submitted photo

Thu
22
Nov

The 100+ Ely Women Who Care gift Northern Lights Clubhouse

The 100+ Ely Women Who Care group presented Northern Lights Clubhouse with a check for $7,885 as the recipient of the combined donations at the group’s Oct. 28 event. The purpose of 100+ Ely Women Who Care is to foster philanthropy and community by donating as a group to a local charity. Over 100 Ely women contributed to the donations. This was the fourth 100+ Ely Women Who Care event. The first three events raised over $22,400.

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