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25
Sep

ATVers were everywhere during convention

For a weekend and then some there were ATVs everywhere you looked in Ely, Babbitt, Tower and Embarrass.
The ATV Minnesota Ride and Rally was hosted by the Prospector ATV Club Sept. 17-19 weekend and the turnout was higher than it has been in decades, according to organizers.
“We were really happy with how it all went. There was a lot of things going on and a lot of volunteers and businesses that made it happen,” said Prospector President Nick Wognum.
The event included a Friday line up of a pancake breakfast at Timber Hall, a guided VIP Ride to the Lake Vermilion Soudan Underground Mine State Park, the ATV Big Air Tour in Babbitt, followed by more guided ATV rides on Saturday and a banquet Saturday night at Miners Dry in Ely.

Sat
25
Sep

Editorial: School must live up to promises, establish plan to end mask mandate

Amid an uprising if not a revolt - one that led to the most contentious and crowded school board meeting in recent history - Ely school officials have pledged repeatedly that a controversial mask mandate is only temporary.
Consider these words: first, a letter to parents a day after the forced masking rule was announced and with public backlash already growing.
Ely school administrators wrote “ We are hopeful this is a speed bump along the path towards a more normal 2021-2022 school year.”
Five days later, at the first meeting of the fall of Ely’s Safe Learning Plan Advisory Council, superintendent Erik Erie said ‘Nobody wants to be wearing a mask. The big question is what is it going to take to change?” He went on to suggest possible “incremental” changes in the mandate.

Sat
25
Sep

Retail development planned for former grocery store buildings

A business from Chapman Street will make the move to Sheridan Street and add a second business next year.
Eagle Wolf Development, owned by Jay and Jacki Bregier-Poshak, are purchasing the Zup’s Food Market and Ely Northland Market buildings on Sheridan Street. J&L Hardware will be relocated to the Zup’s building.
“We’re investing in the town,” said Poshak. “We are looking out for the community’s needs, it’s why we’re doing this, so we can provide what people need right here in our local community.”
The project has a two-phase approach with getting the current Zup’s building ready first. Zup’s and Northland Market are moving to the former Shopko building in October.
“Moving to the Zup’s building will give us more space to expand our retail selections so we can continue to offer what we do now and expand areas like clothing and sporting goods,” said Poshak.

Fri
24
Sep

Park says masks don’t work, urges healthy eating

by Nick Wognum
A retired Ely doctor had some different words of advice when he spoke to a full house at the Ely Senior Center Wednesday night.
Dr. Steve Park retired four years ago and told the crowd he’s been following the coronavirus issue very closely.
“With the coronavirus stuff, it’s been a fascinating 20 months since it all started. Over that time I’ve read a ton, I read every day on it. And it’s just been fun for me because I’m not in the office and the lack of science I’ve just found really, really interesting,” said Park.
He said a trip to the southern part of the U.S. last fall found night and day differences to northern Minnesota.
“Every place in the northern part of country was locked down, and in Tennessee, Alabama and Florida it was like nothing had happened other than a restaurant where you walk in with a mask on, sit down and take the mask off. Where the heck did that come from? Is the germ that smart?”

Fri
24
Sep

Carl Ambrose Buraglio

Carl Ambrose Buraglio
Age 80 of Oakdale, passed away September 20, 2021.

Wed
22
Sep

Mark R. Palser

Mark R. Palser passed away peacefully on September 11, 2021 at Interfaith Care Center with his loving wife by his side. Mark was born on February 26, 1953 in Julesburg Colorado.
He wrestled for and graduated from Scottsbluff Senior High School in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.
He went on to be a very talented, high end hairdresser in Nebraska and then Arizona, where he eventually met the love of his life Liz. Mark had a zest for life and a love of Adventure and the outdoors. He and Liz went on to guide H1 hummer adventures in the mountains and of Arizona. Their love for the outdoors eventually brought them to Ely, MN where they started Minnesota’s first and only off road tour company - The Big Truck - and a $1 in town ride service with Mark’s faithful companion Hummer Dog.

Mon
20
Sep

Barbara Jean Rahkola

Barbara Jean Rahkola, 68, resident of Cromwell, died unexpectedly in her home on September 16th, 2021. She was born in Cloquet, MN to James Buehre and Arlene Lukanen on June 20th, 1953.
Barb grew up in Babbitt and attended school there. She spent her life devoted to food and meal preparation for numerous facilities including Interfaith Care Center in Carlton and Minnesota Department of Corrections in Moose Lake. Barb was proud of the volunteer hours she spent working with Ruby’s Pantry through the years. Her hobbies including visiting with family and friends on the phone, socializing in any form, canning foods from her garden, and owning and operating her own greenhouse, Green Acres. Barb will be remembered for her stubborn yet loving ways, and for all of the memorable conversations she leaves behind.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James Buehre and Arlene (Larry) Morris; brother, James Lanhart; sister, Sandra Russo; partner, Richard Huhta.

Sun
19
Sep

Andrea R. Bailey

Andrea R. Bailey, 73, of Ely, passed away at the Vermillion Senior Living Center in Tower. Per Andrea's request there'll be no services. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Thu
16
Sep

School threatened with suit

by Nick Wognum
An organization with conservative political leanings is threatening legal action against the Ely School District, alleging a civil rights violation and accusing the district of engaging in “unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination.”
Earlier this week, an attorney for the Young America’s Foundation served notice in a letter to superintendent Erik Erie.
Steven Mairella, deputy general counsel for the organization wrote that the school district’s cancellation of a 9-11 memorial event linked with his group “violated the civil rights of not only YAF but the students at your school.”
Mairella said the organization would take legal action unless the district “makes a public apology to YAF and the students who intended to participate in the 9-11 Never Forget Project” in both printed and social media, and “create clear guidelines that are consistent with the Constitution to prevent future abuses by school officials.”

Thu
16
Sep

EDITORAL: District doesn’t live in a bubble

School districts have a habit of living in a bubble and that just doesn’t work once decisions are questioned and the public starts looking for answers.
The Ely school district has discovered this by getting a failing grade in public relations in multiple areas.
The first problem was a communications disaster when the district dropped a bombshell decision on the Friday before the new school year began. With an open house the night before and people seemingly happy with wearing masks if they so chose to, suddenly that was no longer acceptable. A must wear a mask policy was instituted without discussion, debate or school board participation.
The reaction was swift and severe. A petition was started to protest the required mask decision and quickly grew to over 300 names. This was PR SNAFU number one.

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