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Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital receives $595,455 grant

Patients at Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital will soon benefit from studies using the latest in x-ray technology made possible through a grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Rural Healthcare Program.
The Helmsley Charitable Trust has awarded Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital $595,455 for a fixed digital x-ray machine with fluoroscopy and a mobile digital x-ray machine, part of a $14.2 million initiative to upgrade x-ray technology at 49 rural hospitals in the Upper Midwest.
“We are very proud and excited to receive this incredible grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust,” said Michael Coyle, Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital CEO. “These funds will allow us to provide state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and expanded services to Ely and our entire service area. We are very grateful for this opportunity.”

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Flood help no matter where

We are fortunate to live where major rivers don’t threaten our community. We may not have a Sandbag Central but we do have people impacted by an overabundance of water.
When the city storm sewer system froze and backed up a couple weeks ago, two places were hit hard. A resident near the freeze up on Third Avenue East had 6,000 gallons of water fill her basement.
A Go Fund Me site was quickly set up to help her with expenses. The community responded with financial contributions and the goal was quickly met and exceeded.
On the other end of the freeze-up the water went into Sir G’s Restaurant and sand bags were used to keep more water from coming in.
Now volunteers are working with the restaurant’s owners to help with repairs to the floor. This is another example of community members stepping forward to help a friend in need.

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Superintendent job posted

by Tom Coombe
Ely School Board members will search for another part-time superintendent to replace the departing Kevin Abrahamson.
They made that decision unanimously at a special meeting Monday, after briefly considering other options during their monthly study session earlier the same evening.
Until mid-April, the district will post for a .6 full-time equivalent superintendent and the board endorsed a timeline that would include interviews by the end of the month and perhaps selection of a new chief executive as soon as May.
Board members seemed largely satisfied with the district’s current administrative configuration, in place since Abrahamson was hired in 2015, and chose to maintain the superintendent position at .6 FTE rather than pursue other ideas that were floated.

Fri
29
Mar

Terrence “Terry” Slogar, 66, of Ely, dies

Terrence “Terry” Slogar of Ely, MN passed away peacefully on the afternoon of March 26, surrounded by his beloved family. He was 66 years old.
Terry was a bold, tenacious man with quick wit and a wonderful sense of humor, who deeply touched the lives of everyone he knew. He was a light of hope, a voice of truth and an endlessly loving and compassionate man.
Terry was preceded in death by parents Robert “Bunny” Slogar and Irene Hunnicutt Slogar of Ely, MN. He is survived by his loving wife Merri Slogar; son Jason Slogar and his wife Christina Slogar, grandchildren Aaron Slogar, Erika Slogar, and Taylor Slogar; daughter Sheridan Slogar. He is also survived by his brother Robert “Bobby Jo” Slogar and his wife Carol Ann Slogar; brother Kim Slogar and his wife Jean Quist, niece and nephew, Jessica Slogar and Austen Slogar; nephew Bruce Kochevar, and nieces Lynn Perrey and Brenda Erjavec.

Fri
29
Mar

‘Smile’ event on for Tuesday

by Tom Coombe
A nationally-recognized speaker is set to deliver the keynote address at an annual event sponsored by the Ely Chamber of Commerce.
Lynne Jensen Nelson, a former Fortune 500 company manager who founded an organization to inspire groups to excel and reach their potential, will speak Tuesday at Grand Ely Lodge for the “Smile, You’re in Ely” event put on by the Ely Chamber of Commerce.
Social hour begins at 5 p.m., with a dinner to follow and a program starting at 6:30 p.m.
Now in its 28th year, the Chamber “Smile” event includes a social, dinner and program at Grand Ely Lodge (5 p.m.) and serves as an annual meeting of sorts for the business organization..
Organizers annually choose a speaker to deliver an engaging and often inspirational message, and this year they’ve turned to Nelson.

Fri
29
Mar

Late meltdown nixes VCC sweep

For all but about 20 minutes, the Vermilion Ironmen had a near-perfect day of baseball.
But that 20-minute lull - in a span of more than four hours - cost Vermilion dearly and resulted in a doubleheader split with Northern Division rival Tuesday at Proctor.
After sophomore Lukas Adelman blanked the Norse 10-0 in the opening game, Vermilion blew a 9-3, sixth-inning lead in the nightcap when the Norse sent 12 batters to the plate and tied the score.
Mesabi went on to push across the winning run in the bottom of the seventh and secured the split with a dramatic 10-9 win.
The late-inning meltdown took some of the luster off an otherwise splendid day for the Ironmen, who got superb starting pitching performances from Adelman and fellow sophomore Connor Knettel and ripped 26 hits, including six by freshman Dawson Linkert.

Fri
29
Mar

Native son: Showtime in Ely

How lucky we are to have concerts, plays, musicals and other theatrical events in Ely!
Coming up is Cabaret which was an instant hit when it opened on Broadway in 1966. It’s still playing somewhere in the world as I write this. I saw this show at least a dozen times – twice on Broadway and in other cities in America.
It was unusual the minute you walked into the theater. The curtain was already up and when the lights went down the musical didn’t start with an overture. There was only a drum roll and a cymbal crash. The plot consists of two stories. The first takes place in the nightclub called the Kit Kat Klub. The second is about a failed romance
The two main stars in the show are Sally Bowles and the unnamed Master of Ceremonies. Every song in this musical is a hit. They were written by John Kander and Fred Ebb. My favorites are the title song Cabaret followed by Don’t Tell Mama, Casey at the Bat, Two Ladies and Maybe This Time.

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Ely’s Hometown newspaper takes pride in bringing readers the local news

News of our families, school children important events, news of area businesses, a variety ,of opinions, sports, columninsts. This week the Ely Echo's ShagE Lake Ice Out Contest wrapped up for entries - Spring is on its way! Want to try out the Echo's email edition? send me an email (thepub@elyecho.com) and I'll send you a sample.

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Chelesnik named Unsung Hero

Chelesnik named Unsung Hero
WRAPPING UP the Ely Echo’s Unsung Hero award for 2019, the final nomination was from Jim Garni (right) for long-time neighbor David Chelesnik. Garni wrote: “For the past three years, Dave has been keeping our driveway and sidewalks clear of snow all winter. He has done this on his own without us even asking, So great to have a neighbor like that. So nice to come home to a house with the driveway and sidewalks clear of snow. Thanks Dave!” Garni said of David Chelesnik’s shoveling and kind care, “I’m happy that he does this. I appreciate it. Never had to ask him to do it. I keep telling him he doesn’t need to do it but he says: “I need the exercise....” And I said, “Yes he does...(Don’t we all.)” ... “I appreciate it, I’ll tell you that.” David, “We’ve been neighbors almost 50 years. I know more about the outside of his house than he does....” Good neighbors... they stood and talked a while longer... Photo by Pam Roberts

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29
Mar

Team Rubicon honored

A fundraiser for Team Rubicon which was in town to receive a $500 check from Zaverl’s Bar. Pictured are, l-r: Eric Mayranen, Phil Jacobs, Jeanie Zaverl and Michael Pope. In the background above is the fundraiser that was made into the American Flag honoring all veterans. Photo by Toni Zaverl

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