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Ironmen dominate DQ Classi

DESPITE A HAND TO THE FACE, Vermilion guard Maurice Carter went in for a layup as the Ironmen picked up two wins in last weekend’s season-opening tournament. Photo by Eric Sherman

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Alfred Lacy Johnson, 97, formerly of Ely, dies

Alfred Lacy Johnson , formerly of Ely, changed addresses from Twin Falls, ID, to Heaven on Nov 3, 2018. He was 97 ½ and lived a rich and varied life. He was born in Warren, PA, Mar 8, 1921, to Alfred and Laura Johnson, the first of 5 children. During his teen years, he accepted God’s gift of eternal life through forgiveness and trust in Jesus Christ. That decision guided him the rest of his life. After high school, he jumped freight trains for a trip to the West, owned a landscaping business, served in WWII as a pilot and instructor, married Virginia Fredrickson in Warren, graduated From Penn State (also build a fishing boat in one of the dorm rooms), joined the US Forest Service, working in Juneau, AK; Ely, MN; and Marietta, OH. After retirement he owned a tree farm and was a consulting forester. He and Ginny moved to Twin Falls, ID, in 1995 to be closer to children.


Council Minutes - November 8, 2018 Regular Meeting Ely City Council

Council Minutes - November 8, 2018
Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers

1. CALL TO ORDER – Mayor Novak Called the Regular Council Meeting to order at 5:30pm.

2. PRESENT: Council Members A.Forsman, Kess, Debeltz, Callen, D.Forsman and Mayor Novak
ABSENT: Council Member Omerza

Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to approve the minutes from the October 16, 2018 Regular Council Meeting. Motion Carried 6-0-1 with Omerza Absent.


The City of Ely Planning Commission will hold a public hearing

The City of Ely Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday December 5th, 2018 at 5:45 pm in the 2nd Floor Board Room of City Hall to gather public input in consideration of a request made by City of Ely for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for activities proposed at the Community Center Building 30 South First Avenue East Ely MN. Parcel #030-0010-02620.

The City of Ely currently owns the Community Center and the property is in a Residential Transition (RT) Zone. Per the City of Ely Code Sec. 11.40.1 the RT Zone is to provide an area of transition between residential and commercial uses. The RT Zone permits residentially-compatible commercial uses with residential uses. The RT Zone is intended to allow for orderly and efficient use of a property so as to encourage the upkeep and maintenance of such property.


Special Council Meeting - November 13, 2018 Ely City Council - Council Chambers, Ely City Hall

Special Council Meeting - November 13, 2018
Ely City Council - Council Chambers, Ely City Hall

Mayor Novak called the Special Council meeting to order at 5:15pm in the Ely City Hall Council Chambers.

PRESENT: Council Members Debeltz, Omerza, D.Forsman and Mayor Novak
ABSENT: Council Member A.Forsman, Kess, Callen



A. Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to approve Resolution 2018-037 Resolution to Canvass the Vote of the November 6, 2018 General Election.
WHEREAS, the returns of the General Election held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, for Mayor, and three (3) Council members of the City of Ely are tabulated.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, which the results of said election are as follows:
Chuck Novak * 993 252 1245
Write In 97 25 122


Michelle M. Weisinger, 59, dies

Michelle M. Weisinger, 59, of Aurora, formerly of Ely, passed away on Monday, November 19, 2018 at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.
She was born on January 2, 1959 to Tom and Joy Cummings and is survived by her seven children: Tracy Weisinger of Aurora, Carrie Weisinger of Ely, Eric Weisinger of Aurora, Jason Weisinger of St. Cloud, Becky (Tom) Meador of Ely, Jessica (Cody) Fredenburg of Ely and Keith Weisinger of Chisholm; 11 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Her children were her life and she will be missed.
A celebration of her life will be held at Kerntz Funeral Home at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 24 with visitation one hour prior.
Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home.


Herbert R. Lamppa, 88, of Tower, dies

Herbert R. Lamppa, 88, of Tower, passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at St. Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia.
He was born on December 11, 1929, the son of Richard and Rose (Rapinoja) Lamppa, in Embarrass, where he grew up.
Herb was united in marriage to Edna Hiltunen on January 24, 1948 in Vermilion Township. They made their home in Tower, where he and Edna owned and operated the Tower Dairy for over 25 years.
He served on the Tower city council, served four terms as mayor of Tower, three terms as county commissioner, established Lamppa Manufacturing and was a math teacher for 19 ½ years.


Shirley Miller, 87 of Embarrass, dies

Shirley Miller, 87 of Embarrass, died Monday, November 19, 2018. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home.


Snow fun for recess at Washinton Elementary

THEY LIKE SNOW - Brennan Rue, Avery Cornish, Brooks Brenny and Brian Cook enjoying the snow on the playground at Washington Elementary. Photo by Pam Roberts.


Use your voice, take advantage of your right, and get out and vote

Minnesotans, particularly on the Iron Range and especially in the Ely area, don’t need much prodding to exercise their right and vote.
Turnout approaches 90 percent in some parts of our area during presidential election years and even an off-year, midterm election - such as the one coming up next week - always brings a healthy majority of local residents to the polls.
We’re hopeful that polling places are again among the busiest places in town on Tuesday and that turnout is even bigger than normal.
What the heck? Why not see if we can even approach the turnout of a presidential election?
While the race for the Oval Office isn’t on the ballot this time, and while Ely area elections are much quieter than usual, there are a bevy of races that have a big impact on all of us.
Whether you live in St. Louis or Lake County, contested county commissioner races are on the ballot.


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