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Fri
02
Aug

Ely council talks trash

by Tom Coombe
Ely council members are pondering changes to the city’s sanitation contract, including a competitive bid process for residential service and allowing commercial property owners the opportunity to contract with whom they choose.
But those ideas generated pushback Tuesday night, both from the incumbent provider and some business owners who spoke at the monthly study session.
Council members took no action Tuesday, but some went on record in support of changes that would strip exclusivity from the current contractor - G Men Environmental Services - and perhaps create separate contracts for residential and business service.
“I think competition has a time and place, and this is the time,” said council member Paul Kess. “Having an exclusive contract now for 10 years, I think we’ve gotten away from any sense of responsibility to the taxpayer. It’s time to rebid that to see if there are any other haulers who can complete.”

Fri
02
Aug

Patricia "Pat" Muhvich, 77, of Ely

Patricia Ramona Muhvich, 77, of Ely, passed away on Friday, August 2, 2019 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely. She was born in Ely on September 23, 1941 to parents Ellia and Joseph R. Kobe.
Pat married George Muhvich on May 19, 1962 in St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely. Pat worked at the Ely Medical Center and also as an EMT at Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital until she retired in 2006. She was very dedicated to her profession. She was also a member of the St. Louis County Rescue Squad.
Her most favorite times were spent with her family. She raised two sons, Michael and Bill, for which she was truly proud of – with the most pleasure in her life were her grandchildren, Angelica, Jordan, Erin, Marlee and Michael. “I will always love all of you!”

Thu
01
Aug

Beverley Caroline Skogen, 79,

Beverley Caroline Skogen, 79, was released from her physical body, five years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Her daughters were by her side.
She was born in 1939 to Clarence and Dorothy Bildeaux. She spent her early childhood in and around Danbury, WI. For the next 25 years she lived in logging camps in NE Minnesota. She lived many years in Ely, MN, where she raised her family and worked at several restaurants and stores, including Pamida and Piragis Northwoods Company.
She was a natural caretaker. She was there no matter what the circumstance. She saw the good in everybody.
She enjoyed picking agates and berries, hunting deer and grouse, and loved being outside.
She was proud of her Ojibwe heritage and learned all she could so she could pass that on to her family.
Her family was her greatest joy. She savored every moment she had with her grandchildren.

Thu
01
Aug

Frank Joseph Jerich, 90

After a long fight with vascular dementia, Frank Joseph Jerich, 90, passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2019 in Palm Desert, CA. He leaves his wife of 55 years, Patricia Fairbanks (Doyle) Jerich; his daughter, Susan Jerich and his son, Frank Jerich, Jr. He led a life devoted to public service.
Born and raised in Ely, Minnesota, the son of Slovenian immigrants, Joseph Jerich and Frances Levstek, he enlisted in the United States Navy while attending college in Minnesota. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Mr. Jerich spent the next twenty years of his life in the navy retiring at the rank of commander.
After retiring from military service, Mr. Jerich moved his family to Wayzata, Minnesota from the Washington D.C. area. Mr. Jerich was employed with Honeywell before retiring and relocating to Palm Desert, California in 1999 with his wife Pat in order to be closer to their children.
Mr. Jerich had a passion for his family, polka music, and ice cream.

Mon
29
Jul

Girl bitten by bear near Ely

Echo file photo

The Minnesota DNR is reporting a 16 year-old girl was bitten by a black bear near White Iron Lake on June 22. The bear was later shot and killed by a DNR law enforcement officer.
The incident occurred around 4:30 p.m. on Monday, July 22 when the girl was jogging on a path near White Iron Lake. The victim was taken to Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital for minor injuries where she was treated and later released.
The bear was shot at a garbage bin located near to where the girl was bitten. The bear's DNR is being tested to see if it was the same bear that attacked the girl.
DNR officials have published a notice to those living in the area:
· It is possible that the bear who bit the jogger may still be in the vicinity. Be
vigilant, especially when alone, and be wary of bears that seem unafraid of you.
· The fact that the bear charged the jogger from behind indicates its habituation to
humans. This is not normal behavior for a bear.

Sat
27
Jul

Girl Scout group rescued from BWCA

A group of Girl Scouts were rescued from Knife Lake in the BWCA after feeling the effects of a lightning strike.
The St. Louis County Rescue Squad was dispatched after reports of a group of six girls age 15-18 and their leaders from Chicago, IL reported “they might have experienced ground current” after a nearby lightning strike.
The event occurred Friday night after a strong storm passed through the Ely area and even attracted the attention of Gov. Tim Walz who tweeted, “A group of very brave Girl Scouts need your prayers tonight. They’re waiting out dangerous conditions and potential injuries in BWCA, while search & rescue teams try to locate them. Our first responders train for this. We're going to do everything we can to bring them home safe.”

Sat
27
Jul

Twin Metals decision to switch to dry stack tailings method means any sulfur/sulfide is nearly non-existent while dam failure is officially non-existent

by Bob Colombo
July 18 changed the landscape for non-ferrous mining in the Arrowhead. An innocuous sentence in our morning Facebook page simply said; “TMM to use Dry Stack Tailings.” I read it and whispered to no one, Thank you Jesus and Kelly Osborne. The importance of that sentence is huge.
World-wide there are 3,700 earthen dams in the mining industry. Chile alone has 740 dams and most of them are sitting over, or near, one of the most active earthquake faults in the world. In the last four years, I’ve have been witness to two major dam blowouts in Brazil. They were iron mines in the state of Minas Gerais and both are little more than an hour away from my home. Is it any wonder why new methods of dealing with tailings have been a hot-button issue for years? Tailings dams are basically the world’s biggest mud puddles with the consistency of wet cement.

Fri
26
Jul

Festival weekend arrives

by Tom Coombe
Wind chimes made their own music and interrupted the silence Thursday at Ely’s Whiteside Park.
As many of the roughly 280 vendors in town for the Blueberry/Art Festival set up shop, the artistry of Bob Hendricks provided more than background noise.
The Forest Lake vendor, who with his wife Lana operates Silverfish ‘N’ Things, has been coming to Ely and the community’s signature event of the summer for about a decade.
Many things keep him coming back.
“We have a lot of return vendors we’ve made friends with,” Hendricks said Thursday, as the park slowly transformed into a tent city for the weekend festival. “It’s kind of fun to all get together. We all do shows but we don’t all do the same shows. It’s fun to run into people you haven’t seen for a year.”

Thu
25
Jul

Erzar wins East-West challenge

GO FAST - Chris Erzar #987, of Ely, took first place in the East-West Challenge Dan Hill Cup at the World Championship Snowmobile Watercross in Grantsburg, WI. For the third year in a row, Erzar also grabbed the canoe race title, partnered for the past two years with Nick Mattila of Ely. Photo by Eric Sherman.

Thu
25
Jul

Legion alumni game tonight, July 27

It’s a step back in time tonight at Veterans Memorial Field.
About 20 former Ely American Legion baseball players will don the red, black and white for a night of fun with the seventh annual Ely Legion Baseball Alumni Game.
The contest is set to begin at 6 p.m. at the local ballpark.
Teams will be divided prior to the exhibition game, and the organizers say the focus is on fun and sharing old memories.
“We’re excited that so many of our former players are coming back to participate,” said Tom Coombe, head coach of Ely’s Legion team. “We’ve had the game the last few years, and scheduling was a bit more difficult this year because of the state tournament coming up and so many other tournament weekends at our ballpark. This was more of a last minute decision but we decided to move forward with it.”

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