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12
Jun

LETTER... the dedication to duty and professionalism exhibited by the local rescue units

Editor:
I was with Pete Serson and his friends last week when he collapsed and died on the Fall Lake – Newton portage. Our efforts to revive him were daunting. With 2 college students alternating CPR and his grandson courageously holding his hand, it was readily apparent we needed help and we needed it fast.
My cell phone luckily had enough juice to reach 911. Within minutes we could hear the helicopter approaching. Simultaneously, we could hear the rescue units coming from the Fall Lake landing. When they reached us, it was immediately apparent they knew exactly what to do as they took charge of the situation, relieving the 2 college students and aggressively working on Pete.
When he could not be revived, they carefully protected Pete and prepared him to be moved back to the landing, while at the same time shielding his grandson from unnecessary stress.

Fri
12
Jun

Forest Service responds to fires, offers prevention advice

U.S. Forest Service fire crews and partners from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and local community Fire Departments have been responding to wildfires across this spring and early summer season.
Conditions in northern Minnesota have been dry and continue to be dry even with some short weather events that have brought rain for a few days.
As local residents, cabin owners, and visitors spend more time in the outdoors, the Forest Service asks the public to be extra vigilant.
On June 2 a wildfire was reported late in the day near Thursday Bay on Crooked Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
Fire crews responded and actively suppressed the fire keeping it to five acres in size.
Crews remain on site and are actively mopping up the fire to make sure it is secure.
This fire has been determined to be human caused, as an escaped “shore lunch,” not in an approved fire grate at a designated camp site.

Fri
12
Jun

When one of its own is in need, Ely rises up

by Tom Coombe
Echo editor
For the majority of my half-century on this earth, and continuously since mid-1993, Ely has been home.
Both work and pleasure-related travel take me away often and there have been years with better than 35,000 miles spent on the road.
Few of the amenities that draw people here have any pull on me, and nights at a ballpark, arena, gymnasium and trips to Las Vegas or a vibrant, urban downtown trump anything resembling a trip to the lake or the woods.
Yet there’s something reassuring every time the Ely water tower comes into view on Highway 169. It’s home.
An event last week proved once again why that’s so.
It was around noon on the Echo’s deadline day last Thursday when Nick raced by my office and said something about a fire on West Chapman, which for 13 years was my neighborhood.
Curiosity called and the view once aside was both fascinating and horrific.

Fri
12
Jun

School Board Meeting Minutes April 6, 2020 (Board approved 5/11/2020)

1.0 The regular meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 696 was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Chairman Marsnik.
2.0 On roll call the following directors were present via teleconference: Colarich, Mann, Marsnik, Omerza, Pointer, Sjoberg. Also present via teleconference: Erik Erie, Superintendent; Tom Coombe, Ely Echo; Keith Vandervort, Timberjay; Megan Anderson, Anne Oelke, Tim Leeson.
3.0 Pledge of Allegiance
4.0 Approval of Agenda:
4.1 Moved by Sjoberg, seconded by Colarich, to approve the agenda as
presented. YES: Colarich, Mann, Marsnik, Omerza, Pointer, Sjoberg.
NO: None. Motion carried. (Vote: 6-0)
5.0 Open Forum: Meeting closed to the public due to COVID-19 pandemic.
6.0 Correspondence/informational items:
6.1 Notice of Intent to Negotiate from the Ely Principal’s Association.
6.2 Ely Community Resource, Inc. Quarterly Progress Report – 1st Quarter – January 1 – March 31, 2020.

Fri
12
Jun

Special Meeting of the School Board May 26, 2020

1.0 The special meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 696 was called to order by Chairman Marsnik at 6:58 p.m. in the school board meeting room.
2.0 On roll call the following directors were present via teleconference: Colarich, Mann, Marsnik, Omerza, Pointer. Absent: Sjoberg. Also present via teleconference: Erik Erie, Superintendent; Tom Coombe, Ely Echo; Keith Vandervort, Timberjay; Megan Anderson, Anne Oelke, Tim Leeson.
3.0 Moved by Colarich, seconded by Omerza, to approve the 2019-2020 revised budget: YES: Colarich, Mann, Marsnik, Omerza, Pointer. NO: None. ABSENT: Sjoberg. Motion carried. (Vote: 5-0)

Fri
12
Jun

School Board Study Session

1.0 The study session of the School Board of Independent School District No. 696 was called to order by Chairman Marsnik at 6:00 p.m. in the school board meeting room.
2.0 On roll call the following directors were present via teleconference: Colarich, Mann, Marsnik, Omerza, Pointer. Absent: Sjoberg. Also present via teleconference: Erik Erie, Superintendent; Tom Coombe, Ely Echo; Keith Vandervort, Timberjay; Megan Anderson, Anne Oelke, Tim Leeson.
3.0 Superintendent Erie gave an update on the referendum and the mailing that will be distributed.
4.0 Presentation of master schedule with early dismissal Wednesday was given by Superintentent Erie and Principal Anderson.
5.0 Superintendent Erie gave an update on the 1:1 initiative.
6.0 Superintenent Erie and Principal Anderson gave an update on the graduation ceremony plans.

Mon
08
Jun

Judith "Judy" Johnson, 78, of Babbitt

Judith K. Johnson, 78, of Babbitt, passed away Sunday June 7, 2020 in her home surrounded by family and friends.

Judy was born January 30, 1942 in North Hibbing Minnesota to Clemens (Clem) and Ellen Fredrickson. She grew up in Kelly Lake, Minnesota and attended Hibbing High School. Judy went on to cosmetology school and owned and operated Judy’s Beauty Salon in Babbitt. She married the love of her life, Darrel Johnson February 11, 1961. Judy was an active member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Babbitt. She was involved in Peter Mitchell Days, the Babbitt Fun Run, youth hockey and the Babbitt-Embarrass Women’s Club.

Judy was preceded in death by her father and mother, Clem and Ellen Fredrickson. Judy is survived by her beloved husband Darrel; son, Christopher (husband Hal Lebo); sister Marlyn Allen; sister Christine (Robert Monetti); and many nieces and nephews.

Fri
05
Jun

Peter "Pete" Serson, 76, of Ely

Peter (Pete) J. Serson, 76, of Ely, MN passed way on June 5th in the early morning while heading up to Basswood to enjoy a day of fishing.
Peter was born on July 3, 1943 to Peter A. and Maybel (Harper) Serson.
After serving in the Vietnam War, Pete came home to marry the love of his life Judith (Bydlon), who he adored. Pete and Judy were married for 51 years and raised four children, David, Jean, Liz and Kate.
A jack of all trades, Pete supported his family working at Warner/Marcus Communications, LTV Mining and Northshore Mining throughout his life.
Pete retired from NorthShore Mine in 2007, and spent many years with his grandchildren, teaching them many life lessons.

Fri
05
Jun

Ely home burns in fire

by Tom Coombe
An Ely house was destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon.
Shortly after noon, fire crews were dispatched to the Central Avenue home owned by Paul Starkovich.
Thick smoke billowed out of the top of the structure and the rear erupted in flames.
Starkovich was inside at the time with a friend and two dogs and all were able to escape the home, located across the avenue from the Ely Area Credit Union, near the intersection of Central and West Chapman Street.
Starkovich was taken to Ely-Bloomenson Community hospital and later released.
The home appeared to be a total loss.
The Ely fire department responded to the blaze within minutes and fire crews were still on the scene several hours later.
The cause of the fire was not clear, as of deadline.
Tom Erchull, Ely’s fire chief, was still on the scene at the time of the Echo’s deadline and not immediately available for comment.

Fri
05
Jun

City cancels July 4 parade

by Tom Coombe
Ely’s July 4 parade, which typically draws thousands of people, has been formally cancelled.
But in the wake of that decision, plans are quickly evolving for an alternative, independently-run parade, procession or patriotic demonstration on Independence Day.
Council members addressed the issue briefly at Tuesday’s regular meeting, acknowledging a recent decision by the city’s July 4 committee to pull the plug because of the coronavirus crisis.
“I would offer this, we’ve got some rules out of St. Paul that we must adhere to,” said mayor Chuck Novak.
Novak indicated that he’s also inclined to support the recommendation of the committee, which opted to join many other communities across the state in cancelling parades this year. On the Iron Range, it is believed that only Eveleth is moving forward with its parade.
“I’m not in any mood to override them,” said Novak. “I think I’m going to respect the committee.”

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