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Deer season opens this weekend

Minnesota’s firearms deer season begins a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Nov. 3, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources expects half a million hunters to participate.

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Back to the drawing board?

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Olson, Devine run to state

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Mary (Bianchi) Gray, 75, of Ely, dies

Mary (Bianchi) Gray, 75, of Ely, passed away on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Essentia Health- St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents Marcella and Peter Bianchi, and stepfather Paul Lobe.
Mary is survived by her husband George Gray, her daughters: Marcy (Allan) Bubb, Tanya (Keith) Akins, Georgia (Jason) Akins, and Amanda (Lance) Horvat, her sisters Gloria Smuk and Judy (Ted) Curn; grandchildren Alanna, Klaeton, Hailey, Andrea, Jacob, Chase, Caitlin, Alec, Aiden, Carter, Makenna, and Jack. Nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
The family of Mary wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the CICU unit of Essentia Duluth and all her family and friends for all their love and support.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 3, 2018, with visitation an hour earlier, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with Father Method presiding. A reception will follow at the Church.

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New Babbitt company awarded $10,000 as “Best Startup” in Greater Minnesota

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On Oct. 8, Clearwater BioLogic, LLC—a company developed to economically remove sulfates from mining-affected waters in Northern Minnesota—was awarded $10,000 for being the best 2018 start-up company in Greater Minnesota. The award was presented by the Minnesota Department of Education and Economic Development at the MN Cup final awards ceremony at the Carlson School of Business and Management on the Minneapolis U of M campus.
Clearwater BioLogic is headquartered in Babbitt, the birthplace of taconite mining and a central location for the proposed extraction of the confirmed copper-nickel-platinum group metals on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

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2018 Tower DNR area deer season forecast

The 2018 16-day firearms deer season will begin Saturday, Nov. 3 and end Sunday, Nov. 18.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Office in Tower is forecasting a deer population that is recovered from the severe winters of 2013 + 2014 in Northern St. Louis and Northern Lake Counties.
Wildlife managers report the deer herd has rebounded nicely and is now within the population “sweet spot” established for our area.
The last four winters have been mild to moderate, as measured by the DNR Winter Severity Index. As a result, fawn production has been excellent with twin fawns the norm in the better areas.
Winter severity, predation and antlerless deer harvest are the most significant mortality factors in northern forest deer management.
The 2018 deer season framework is much more liberal, in response to the growing population.

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Kidnapping, assault charges brought against Ely man

An Ely man is in jail and faces several charges, including four felonies, in connection with an incident in which he allegedly assaulted, kidnapped and threatened to kill a female acquaintance.
Ryan Savolainen, 40, has been charged with felony kidnapping, second-degree assaults, threats of violence and false imprisonment, as well as two misdemeanors.
As of Thursday, Savolainen remained in the county jail with bail set at $100,000.
A criminal complaint, released by the Ely Police Department, outlines a series of events that occurred earlier this week.
According to the complaint, Savolainen met the female outside Washington Elementary School because she agreed only to meet at a public place. Savolainen then entered her vehicle and told her to drive to his home in Ely or else “he would kill her and dump her body in the woods where no one would find it.”

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Helen (Prasnicki) Laitinen, 73, of Princeton, MN dies

Helen (Prasnicki) Laitinen, 73, of Princeton, MN, peacefully passed away on October 23rd 2018 with loving family at her side.
Helen was born in Gilman, Wisconsin to John and Helen Prasnicki on February 24th, 1945 and graduated high school in Silver Bay, Mn. Prior to retirement she worked as a receptionist for The University of Minnesota Foundation for 12 years in Minneapolis. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, family, and friends. She will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure to know her.
Helen is preceded in death by husband Gary Laitinen, parents John and Helen Prasnicki, and brothers Stephen and Frank Prasnicki.
Helen is survived by her children Tim (Lynn) Laitinen, Chris Laitinen, Bill (Cynthia) Laitinen, Steve Laitinen, Nancy (Chris) McCormick. Brothers and sisters Aloys Prasnicki, Rita (Jim) Garni, Liz Hyrkas, Roger (Rosalin) Prasnicki, and Julie (Butch) Ernst, 17 Grandchildren and seven Great-Grandchildren.

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Angela Golobich, 93, of Ely, dies

Angela F. “Angie” Golobich, 93, of Ely died peacefully on Friday, October 26, 2018 at Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely. She was born on May 29, 1925 in Ely to Matthew and Gertrude (Zaverl) Vertnik and graduated from Ely Memorial High School, class of 1943. Following high school, Angie worked in retail at the local J.C. Penney store until she married Anton “Tony” Golobich on September 30, 1947, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. They had three children: Roberta, Gerald and Russell.

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Karen Jiacik, 78, of Ely, dies

Karen Josephine Jiacik, 78, was born June 15, 1940 in Ely. The Lord called her home on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at the Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital.
She married the love of her life Richie on October 15, 1960 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Ely. She enjoyed selling Avon 50 plus years to customers who became life-long friends. She loved spending time with her family and one of her favorite times was spending it in R & K patio with Richie admiring her beautiful flowers.
She was an avid Vikings and Gopher hockey fan.
Preceded in death by her parents Charles and Lillian Starkman, in-laws Pete and Ann Jiacik, siblings: Kenneth, Lorraine Schuler, Sandy Starkman and grandson Rustin Richards.

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