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Little League in need of help

After a year off, Little League baseball is poised to resume in Ely later this spring.
But first, the local organization needs some help - from parents and families.
If Little League is going to resume and Ely’s youngest boys and girls of summer are going to participate, parents need to step forward to assist a core group working to keep youth baseball alive.
“We’re in need of new board members, coaches at all levels, volunteers, somebody to schedule umpires,” said Kevin Marolt, one of two remaining board members.
In a transition from Little League’s last full season in 2019 to this year, the group is losing five of seven board members as children graduate up to higher age levels.
That leaves the Ely group scrambling to reassemble after the COVID-19 pandemic led to the cancellation of the 2020 sesason.
“We missed a whole year,” said Marolt.
For Little League to move forward this year, the group needs help on multiple fronts.

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12
Mar

Some lawmakers don’t think blaze pink passes muster on hunters, look to change 2017 law

by Nate Gotlieb
Session Daily
DFL lawmakers want to overturn the provision in a 2017 state law allowing blaze pink hunting clothing, out of concern the color is less visible than blaze orange.
HF1562, sponsored by Rep. Rick Hansen (DFL-South St. Paul), would only allow blaze gear — required during Minnesota’s deer-hunting season — to be orange.
As amended, the bill, which also contains a number of other environmental policy provisions, was approved along party lines Tuesday by the House Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy Committee.
Its companion, SF1533, is sponsored by Sen. Carrie Ruud (R-Breezy Point) and awaits action by the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance Committee.
Blaze gear increases visibility and helps prevent hunting-related shooting accidents.

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12
Mar

Study Session February 22, 2021

Study Session
February 22, 2021
(Board approved 3/8/2021)

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12
Mar

School Board Meeting Minute February 8, 2021

School Board Meeting Minute
February 8, 2021
(Board approved 3/8/2021)

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12
Mar

2021 CITY INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS

CITY OF ELY, MINNESOTA
2021 CITY INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS
ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS

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12
Mar

Earl Arthur Johnson Jr., 84, of Ely

Earl A Johnson left us on March 10, 2021. He was born and raised in Virginia and left for Minneapolis to attend the University of Minnesota, majoring in Architecture.After retirement he left the Twin Cities Area and built a beautiful retirement home on one of Ely’s gorgeous lakes. He was preceded in death by his wife Joanne, his son Steven and parents Earl and Margaret Johnson. He is survived by his sons Scott(Jennifer) and Todd( Rhonda), grandchildren Nikki, Josh, Brady, Drew and great grandson Weston. Also survived by his siblings Jay Johnson, Brian Johnson, Cheryl Johnson, Marilyn Plunkett and several dear friends.
An artist, poet, teller of tales and maybe a raucous joke or two. He will be missed by those who loved him.
Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Fri
12
Mar

Robert “Scott” Seigfreid

Robert “Scott” Seigfreid passed away on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Scott was born to Leora (Waller) and Gene Seigfreid on June 30, 1957 in Mankato, MN.
Scott’s passion for wildlife developed early in life when he went trapping and hunting with neighborhood friends.
After graduating from Mankato West High School, Scott furthered his education by attending SCC (North Mankato, MN) and then onto VCC (Ely, MN).
Scott was a VCC student and had a taxidermy business in Ely for a few years. He has many friends in Ely. He was very active in several habitat organizations like the Prairie Enthusiasts. He was also a strong proponent of the Sax-Zim bog Wildlife Management Area.

Tue
09
Mar

Darrell Kaye Dowden, 88

Darrell Kaye Dowden, 88, of Fairchild, Wisconsin passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side March 7, 2021.
Darrell was born on September 16,1932 in Mondovi, Wisconsin to Fred and Della Dowden.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, June of Fairchild, Wisconsin, his three daughters: Julie (Tim) Johnson of Northfield, MN, Helene (Dave) Johnson of Ely, MN, Barb (John)Mann of Hugo, MN, and son Dean (Tammie) Dowden of Tower, MN. Five grandchildren: Luke Johnson of Blaine, MN, Ryan Mann of White Bear Lake, MN, Alyssa Soukup of Stillwater, MN, April Toro of Bradenton, Florida and Darrell Dowden of Superior, WI and five great-grandchildren.
Darrell was preceded in death by his parents, his Brothers Lee Dowden and Russ Dowden, and his sisters June Myers and Betty King.
Darrell graduated from Mondovi High School in 1950.
He served in the Navy during the Korean War.

Tue
09
Mar

Former Fortune Bay Casino supervisor pleads guilty to embezzling more than $300,000

Acting United States Attorney W. Anders Folk announced March 9 the guilty plea of Jennifer Lynn Boutto, 32, to one count of embezzlement and theft of Tribal funds. Boutto, who was charged by felony information on December 14, 2020, pleaded guilty before Judge Eric C. Tostrud in U.S. District Court. A sentencing date will be scheduled at a later time.

Tue
09
Mar

Seth M. Nelson, 43, of Ely

On Monday, March 8, 2021, Seth Michael Paul Nelson, loving father of two, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend of many, passed away at age 43. Seth was born in St Petersburg, Florida to Steven Paul Nelson and Sharon Kay Nelson (Sadle). He grew up in Hanover, Minnesota and graduated from Buffalo High School before continuing to graduate from Vermillion College in Ely Minnesota where he continued to work and raise his family. Seth worked for the United States Forest Service starting in 2002 as an Engine Boss and Incident Commander with wildland fire, and in recent years Timber Sales Administrator. Seth built two homes just outside of Ely and has been blessed with two beautiful daughters, Carmen (14), and June (11).

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