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Fri
05
Apr

Smile Event Co-Winner - Zup’s Food Market

CO-WINNER of the Ely Chamber of Commerce’s Good Neighbor Business Award was Zup’s Food Market. Accepting the award from board member Chuck Zeugner was Jim Zupancich.

Fri
05
Apr

Smile Event Co-Winner - Northland Market

CO-WINNER of the Ely Chamber of Commerce’s Good Neighbor Business Award was Ely Northland Market. Accepting the award from board member Chuck Zeugner was Jim Richards.

Fri
05
Apr

Fox and Friends comes to Ely to learn about logging

TALKING LOGGING WERE Todd Piro of Fox News, Ely logger Mike Neielsen and Scott Dane of the Association of Contract Loggers and Truckers of Minnesota. Logger Elroy Kuehl invited the Echo’s Nick Wognum to travel with them for the day. For the full article and Nick’s photos, see this week’s Ely Echo. You’ll gain an understanding of the importance of this Ely industry and its future in the article. Ely’s hometown newspaper brings you news and insight into your neighbors and Ely traditions to broaden your understnading into this unique area. If you’re not yet a subscriber, open your mind and subscribe to the only true local newspaper with offices on Chapman Street in Ely’s downtown business section where visitors are welcome!

Wed
03
Apr

Band students head to Chicago

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Wed
03
Apr

Joan I. Grund, age 79, dies

Joan I. Grund, age 79, passed away peacefully on March 6, 2019. She was surrounded by her children and grandchildren during her final days with lots of family music and chatter which is what she enjoyed most.
Joan was preceded in death by her husband John; parents, Frances (Shepel) and Fingal Lindbeck; and sister Desiree.
She is survived by daughter Heidi (Walter) Poxon of Hopkins; son Erik (Libby) Grund of Bloomington; daughter Erin (Phil Jensen) Grund of Duluth; grandchildren: Kylie, Kira, Nathan, Andrew and Brent; as well as friends and other relatives.

Tue
02
Apr

Merle Weckwerth of Montevideo dies

Merle Weckwerth of Montevideo died on Friday, March 29, 2019 at the Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital at the age of 90.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. Johns Lutheran Church rural Montevideo with Rev. Kent Borglum officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be held on Monday, April 1, 2019 from 5-7 PM at Anderson-TeBeest Funeral Home in Montevideo with a prayer service at 6:45PM

Mon
01
Apr

Trout Whisperer - Good Compass

Good compass
“Is my dad coming back? ”
He says, “I hope so.”
The boy asks, “Did you ever go to jail? ”
He says,“ no.”
“Why did my dad go to jail?”
He says, “Your dad got in with the wrong crowd.”
“I never want to get in with the wrong crowd.”
His grandpa says, “Good for you. Now here, you hold this wing while I glue it, okay?”
He reaches up his hands, his grandpa moves his fingers, places the balsa wood plane blade between his fingers and says, “Now you hold that still while I glue it.”
He says, “Ok grandpa.”
Grandpa leans in, drips the translucent glue off a steely tip along the edge of the plane’s wing blade to the side of the plane’s body.
He says to his grandson, “You can let go of that now.”
His little hands release.
Grandpa leans back and says, “Well it’s all done. You want to go fly it?”
There is a loud, “Yeah, can we?”

Mon
01
Apr

Jim Krings, 64, of Ely, dies

Jim Krings, 64, passed away on March 22, 2019 at the Solvay Hospice House in Duluth. Jim was an avid fisherman, who enjoyed hunting and had a great love of the outdoors.
Jim is survived by his wife Darla(Richter), his son and best friend: Cory (Amanda) Krings, brothers: David Krings and Bobby Krings; brother-in-laws: Art(Patty) Richter and David(Amy) Richter;sister-in-laws: Louise Nordling and Connie (Don) Stocks and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents: Donald and Idene Krings, a brother: Gary Krings;sister-in-laws: Ava(David) Krings and Jeannie (Bobby) Krings, father and mother-in-law: Derald and Audrey Richter; brother and sister-in-law: Danny and Krissy Richter. As per Jim’s wishes, there will be no services. Family arrangements by Kerntz Funeral Home.

Mon
01
Apr

Vanderbeek to play in all-star game April 5

by Tom Coombe
Patrick Vanderbeek will no longer wear an Ely Timberwolves jersey, but his high school basketball career isn’t quite over yet.
Vanderbeek, who set three-point shooting records during a stellar varsity career in Ely, has been selected to play in the Iron Range Engineering All-Star Games, set for Friday, April 5 at Virginia.
Vanderbeek is one of 32 area seniors who will form four teams for the doubleheader, which will take place on the campus of Mesabi Community College.
Players from Grand Rapids, Greenway, Cloquet, Mt. Iron-Buhl, Crosby-Ironton, Lakeview Christian and state Class A runner-up North Woods will be on Vanderbeek’s team, which takes tot the court at 6 p.m.
They’ll match up against players from Hibbing, Proctor, Cromwell, Cook County, Deer River, Virginia, Mt. Iron-Buhl and Lakeview Christian.

Sun
31
Mar

Jean "Jeannie" Maki, 76, of Ely, dies

Jean M. Maki, 76, of Ely, passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely after a courageous four and a half year battle with cancer. She was born to the late Frank and Mary Miklausich on November 25, 1942. She married Bill Maki on July 3, 1965 and they enjoyed 54 years together.
Jean attended Ely schools, Vermilion Community College, and University of Minnesota-Duluth, where she earned her degree in elementary education. After teaching for five years, Jean’s most rewarding work was raising her family. Later, she worked for eighteen years at Pamida. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren, as well as bingo and Fortune Bay.
Jean is survived by her husband Bill, two children, Bill (Jodi) Maki and Kelly (Lance) Ronn, and five grandchildren: Madison, McKenzie, and Parker Maki and Wyatt and Whitley Ronn. She is also survived by her sister Nancy Rozman who was lovingly by her side throughout her life and cancer battle.

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