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02
Sep

Editorial: Obituaries - a window into a lifetime

Obituaries are a window into a person’s lifetime and every time we read one we learn something new. This week is no exception.
One of the “obits” on page four is for Mary Jokela who back in 1943 was 19-year-old Mary Tonkovich. With World War II raging on, Mary was called upon to be a spotter for the U.S. Forest Service in Ely.
Near the old city dump, she would climb up the stairs to the top of a fire lookout tower to keep a keen eye out for smoke.
“The towerman is the key figure in the vigilance of the timber stands, with lookout points located in strategic places throughout the Superior National Forest,” the Duluth Herald wrote.
Mary would go on to work in the accounting department of the Oliver Iron Mining Company in Ely for three years. She later married Harold Jokela and had a son, Duane, who shared some photos of his mother in the fire tower.

Fri
02
Sep

Rants from the Relic - Pop and Popsicles

August has been a temperate month here this year - warm afternoons, cool evenings. The scorching summers of my youth seemed more oppressive, especially when stuck in town.
Being kids, we drank from garden hoses, ducked into the basement to play Monopoly, or explored the vast forest atop the sandpit south of Conan Street. Under the rows of pines was shade and air being cooled by whatever process it is that converts sunlight into green plants. For refreshment, we gobbled handfuls of chokecherries only to find that they only made your mouth drier after you spat out the seeds. So we ate more of them and the cycle continued predictably.
But occasionally, maybe several times a month, we sensed that the center of gravity of our neighborhood was focusing on a point on Central Avenue between Conan and White Streets as area kids agglomerated on Clint’s warehouse. Art Zorman had arrived with his semi and it was time to earn a bottle of pop.

Fri
02
Sep

NRE edged out in first swim meet

by Tom Coombe
In the season opener, Northeast Range/Ely was done in by the diving board.
Diving isn’t part of the girls swimming program here because of safety rules related to pool depth, but International Falls has retained its diving program.
That allowed the Broncos to pick up 10 uncontested points and pull out a 92-86 dual meet victory on Wednesday at the pool in the Falls. NRE won the junior varsity portion of the meet 60-38,
In the varsity competition, the Nighthawks, won six of the 11 contested events, but International Falls pulled out the dual meet win on the strength of the diving points.
Senior Lily Tedrick, an all-section swimmer a year ago, bagged two individual wins for NRE, taking both the 200 yard individual medley (2;37.16) and 100 butterfly (1:12.18).
Tedrick also teamed with sophomores Anna Larson, Kelly Thompson and Morgan McClelland to win the 400 freestyle relay.

Fri
02
Sep

Domination in the debut

by Tom Coombe
The Ely Timberwolves spread the wealth in a dominant season-opener on Tuesday night.
Depth was on a display in Babbitt, where Ely opened the high school volleyball season with a 25-11, 25-10, 25-17.
Ely had 15 players on its roster compared to just eight for the rebuilding Nighthawks, and the Wolves made the most of that advantage.
“A lot of people were able to contribute and a lot of people touched the floor which was nice to see,” said Ely Head Coach Megan Wognum.
In her Ely debut, junior transfer Hannah Penke had seven kills and six ace serves, while sophomores Clare Thomas and Lilli Rechichi added six kills each.
The Nighthawks, who were runners-up in Section 7A last year but lost heavily to graduation, hung with Ely for part of the first game.
But it was only temporary.

Thu
01
Sep

Larry Rom

Larry Rom passed away on September 1, 2022 at Essentia Health - St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.
He was surrounded by his loving family.
Larry was born on May 30, 1951 in Winton to Bill and Barb Rom.
He is survived by his wife, Susie Hario; his stepdaughter Tara (Jack) Peschel and her two daughters Katie and Amanda; his sister, Becky (Reid Carron) Rom; brother-in-law Steve (Jane) Devich; nephews Jeff (Erin) Devich, Will Carron and Ben Carron; and Larry’s much-loved dog, Mac the Fifth.
Larry’s service will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior at Kerntz Funeral Home in Ely.

Thu
01
Sep

No dead air yet, WELY still open

The Bois Forte Tribal Council voted Wednesday to continue operating and programming WELY radio station for an additional three months while the business is moving through the sale process.
Bois Forte, which has owned the station since 2005, had announced in the spring that it would close WELY June 1 and cited financial losses of roughly $1.7 million.
But the announcement triggered reaction within Ely and beyond from those hoping to save the station, as well as interest from potential buyers
Bois Forte decided to put off the June 1 closing date to give interested parties more time, and the latest announcement extends that timeframe for another three months.
The tribe said there has been interest shown in someone stepping in to buy the station.

Wed
31
Aug

Charlotte Wiseman Parish

Charlotte Wiseman Parish passed away peacefully on August 26th with her family by her side at her Tullahoma home “The Barn,” the same property where the Wiseman dairy farm was once her family’s thriving business.
Charlotte was born on the 19th of July 1937 in Tullahoma, TN to Ollie and Mamye Wiseman. She attended South Jackson Elementary, Tullahoma High School, and The University of Tennessee.
Charlotte was accomplished in so many ways, although many would never know her talents. In one sense, accomplishment is measured by what a person did and in another by who a person was. Charlotte’s focus was on the who rather than the what. She would rather be remembered by who she was rather than what she did. She centered her talents and her love on who she helped and who she supported. But in both, Charlotte lived a remarkable life.

Tue
30
Aug

Edward Francis Klimek

Loving husband, father, and coolest dude, Edward Francis Klimek, was set free from this world on August 28, 2022 at his home in Mountain Iron, Minn., surrounded by his wife and daughters. Ed was born on July 16, 1952 to Elwin and Marvel (Patzoldt) Klimek in Hibbing, Minn. He was born the third of four children. He graduated from JFK High School in Babbitt, Minn. in 1970. He spent his youth on the football field and in the hockey rink, which is how he ended up with his golden tooth. Ed met his babe of a wife, Lynda Kachmarzinski, in high school, and they married at St. Pius Catholic Church on July 21, 1973. They drove off into the sunset in a 1964 Corvette that he painted in time to celebrate their nuptials. They moved first to Mountain Iron, then settled in Embarrass to raise their family. Ed was a proud U.S. Steel employee from 1972 until his retirement in 2006. He served as a surveyor, railroad worker, and finished his career as a millwright.

Tue
30
Aug

Delores Lillian (Salo) Richter

Delores Lillian (Salo) Richter, 88, of Ely, died August 26, 2022.

Delores was born January 29, 1934 in Embarrass to George Salo and Edna (Maki) Salo. Her family moved to Ely where she graduated from Ely High School. She went on to join the Air Force, where she proudly served during the Korean War. Following her time of service, she moved to Huntington Beach, California where she was married and started a family while working as a secretary. Then, after many years, she moved back to Minnesota. Delores was a very kind-hearted, generous, giving person. She loved the country, the lakes, family and friends. She loved cooking and gatherings. She touched many lives with her love and friendship.

Delores is survived by her children: Ron Richter, Jimmy Hart, and Maria Durnford; aunts; uncles; many nieces and nephews; grandchildren; and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother; and son, Mike Richter.

Sat
27
Aug

Keith Vandervort

Keith Vandervort, Ely MN, passed away of natural causes on August 26, 2022 at the age of 60.
Keith was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a degree in journalism and political science.
He started his career in journalism at the Chilton Times-Journal in Wisconsin where he met his wife, Kay. He worked at two newspapers in Fond du Lac and then took a job as a staff photographer at The Record-Eagle in Traverse City MI. Following that position he returned to Fond du Lac as the Chief Photographer at The Reporter then moved to a position as copy editor/page designer for The Reporter and later the regional copy desk for Gannett Wisconsin Media. His final position was as the Ely editor for The Timberjay Newspapers.

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