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Sun
02
Jun

School’s out for summer but board has plenty of homework

Students at ISD 696 had their final day in class yesterday and 32 will walk the stage tonight. For the Ely school board, there’s plenty of homework to be done after the last locker is emptied.
The district has been looking at hiring a new superintendent but has gone back to the drawing board after finding the first top four candidates not too appealing.
Struggling with process the board was unable to come to terms with giving one of the candidates who didn’t make the grade on paper a chance to interview. A 3-3 vote threw that plan out the window.
So, we’re back to the beginning and looking for applicants for a part-time job without full benefits for the top job at the Ely school district.

Sun
02
Jun

From the miscellaneous drawer - Children matter

Children have always been important to me. Growing up, I was a babysitter for children in my small town.
Cousins were like younger siblings when they stayed with us and became part of the family at least for a while.
My first marriage ended because the man didn’t want children.
In California, where my sister was raising two daughters and attending university, I lived with her for a while to help care for Susan and Nicoli. It was a good experience.
Moving back to the Midwest I became close to my brother’s two daughters - Lise and Ingrid.
Later, I had two children of my own and now have six grandchildren and one great grandchild. Each one is precious and loved no matter what happens in the path of life.

Sun
02
Jun

Summer ball ready to begin

One baseball season in Ely is winding down while another is set to start.
As the high school baseball playoffs (see related story) continue, the summer baseball season in Ely is moving forward on several fronts.
The Ely Baseball Association will hold its annual parent and volunteer sign-up session Monday, with team practices soon to follow and the first summer baseball tournament of the year on tap next weekend.
Ely’s Junior Legion team will host the ’Zup North Realty Classic, a seven-team, three-day event that opens Friday, June 7, at Veterans Memorial Field.
With the summer season fast approaching, registration continues and culminates Monday.
That’s when summer sign-up wraps up at the EBA session, slated for 6 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Field. All parents are invited to come to return registration forms and sign up for volunteer shifts in the concession stand and ticket booth.

Sun
02
Jun

Divided Ely school board votes to repost part-time superintendent position

by Tom Coombe -

Sat
01
Jun

Wolves face long way back

by Tom Coombe -

Sat
01
Jun

Hook and Bullet Club by Nick Wognum

Being at our shack in the summer is a battle of the bugs. But Evan and I had to make an express trip one night after work when we found out a logging operation would be going through where we left a ladder stand.
We met one of the loggers on the road, he had just driven his $350,000 feller buncher to a spot by our shack. We followed the tracks on the road like tracking a wounded deer.
After giving the guy a ride back to his truck we set out for the stand. On our way across a swamp we apparently woke up the mosquitoes and flies. When we came back carrying the 16-foot stand, they were waiting for us.
Evan had positioned himself between two of the steps and I was holding the bottom of the ladder with one hand. This gave me the advantage, I had a free hand to swat flies.
The stand removal went smoothly, no one fell out of a tree or lost a boot in the swamp. Came home with a few bug bites but no ticks. See? Miracles can happen!

Fri
31
May

George H. Nyman, 88, of Ely, dies

George H. Nyman, 88, of Ely, passed away on Friday, May 31, 2019 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely. George was born on December 29, 1930 in Ely to Arthur and Lillian (Norha) Nyman
George had a love for physics, chemistry, and technology in general. His love of physics and chemistry led him to obtain his teaching degree in these areas and later he earned his Master’s Degree. George was a high school teacher in the Forest Lake School District for 15 years. During this time, his passion for golf led him to be the varsity golf coach. Following his teaching career, George became a Horace Mann insurance agent and moved his family to Grand Rapids, MN in 1968.

Fri
31
May

The Pitcha Pine Prescribed Fire is planned for Saturday, June 1, 2019.

The Pitcha Pine Prescribed Fire is planned for Saturday, June 1, 2019. This unit is located on Highway 1 southeast of Ely, MN. Residents and visitors may see or smell smoke along Highway 1.

The North School Section Prescribed Fire is planned for Sunday, June 2, 2019 depending on fuels and weather conditions. This unit is located on the west/northwest side of Burntside Lake. Residents and visitors on Burntside Lake may see or smell smoke in the area.The Pitcha Pine Units (556 acres) are located on both sides of Highway 1
between the Chub Lake boat access and County Highway 2 in T60N, R10W, Sections 20 and 21.

Fri
31
May

Betty Jane (Thomas) Page, 83, memorial set for Sunday, , June 9

The Celebration of Life will be held at Amici's Event Center from 2to 3:30 PM

Fri
31
May

Ely schools end 2019 year with activities

Lots happening in the Ely area! Good fishing! Peter Mitchell Days in Babbitt! Track & Field Day! Graduation! And photos galore!

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