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Mon
28
Jan

WinterFest set for Feb. 7-17

by Tom Coombe
The countdown is on to Ely’s premiere winter celebration.
Now in its 26th year, the 2019 edition of the Ely Winter Festival is set for Feb. 7-17, and organizers say it will include a combination of “new and traditional events that will enhance your enjoyment of winter.”
While it includes dozens of events and activities, the festival is headlined each year by the International Snowsculpting Symposium.
Whiteside Park and other locations in town serve as home to an array of snow sculptures, to be carved by 18 teams from Ely, elsewhere in Minnesota and other countries.
The symposium kicks off the festival Feb. 7-10, and the park is certain to serve as an unofficial hub of activity as sculpting teams make their works of art out of giant blocks of snow.
Volunteers brave the cold to set the forms and city crews fill them with snow.

Sun
27
Jan

Ely ski teams get set for key meets

by Tom Coombe -
Ely’s Nordic Wolves had the chance Wednesday to race under the same format that will be used for the upcoming section and state meets.
The results showed that opponents of the Ely boys have good reason to be nervous.
As they have all year, the Wolves racked up another team victory with sophomore Jasper Johnston once again at the head of the pack.
Johnston won both the freestyle and classic five-kilometer races at the Duluth East Invitational, taking home the combined pursuit victory with nearly a minute to spare.
As a team, the Ely boys were as dominant as Johnston, grabbing three of the top-five individual places and six spots in the top-11.
Those results gave the Wolves an easy win in the team standings, with Ely topping eight other schools.
Among the girls, Ely was fourth in a 10-team field.

Sun
27
Jan

Don Chinander, 78, of Ely, dies

Donald G. Chinander, 78, of Ely, MN formerly from Marine on the St. Croix, passed away Sunday, January 27, 2019 at his residence where he wanted to be when he went home to be with his Heavenly Father.
Don retired from 3M in 1996 after 35 years of service. In 1999 Don became the owner of Stony Ridge Resort and Cafe with his son Marty. Don is survived by his children: Gordon Chinander, Robin Lee, Martin (Dawn) Chinander; grandchildren: Jacquelyn Chinander (Sergio), Joshua Chinander (Morgan), Taylor Lee, Trevor Lee, Zach (Angie) Debeltz , Jesse (Ayla) Debeltz; great grandchild Pricilla Mena; brother Roger (Cindy) Chinander. He was preceded in death by parents Glenn and Maxine Chinander, former spouse Bette Chinander and infant grandson, Dakota Lee. A memorial service will be held at The Gospel Church on Saturday, February 9 at 1 p.m. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Sun
27
Jan

Gloria (Lassey) Starkman, dies

Gloria (Lassey) Starkman, died in Austin, TX, on Jan. 5. Graveside services will be held at the White Iron Cemetery this summer.

Sun
27
Jan

Rugged stretch on, off court; Illness, difficult foes form potent combination against Ely girls

by Tom Coombe -

Sat
26
Jan

Hook and Bullet Club by Nick Wognum

Father Brandon Moravitz gives a blessing to Ida Rukavina, daughter of the late Tom Rukavina during funeral services Saturday morning at Holy Spirit Church in Virginia. Former State Representative Tom Rukavina passed away Jan. 7. Photo by Mark Sauer, Mesabi Daily News.

Sat
26
Jan

Speed limit to climb on Highway 169

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
25
Jan

Working together works at the Fun Run

Year in and year out the Fun Run event has been successful at raising money for snowmobile trails in Ely, Babbitt and Tower.
But perhaps more importantly, the event is a blueprint of how the three communities can work together for the betterment of the area.
The event had 983 registrants this year, just behind last year’s record of just over 1,000. Temps were -35 Saturday morning, not exactly what someone would order up for an event that asks people to travel between the three communities.
Yet travel they did, some by snowmobile, many by car to Ely, Babbitt and Tower. At each community there were volunteers at the ready to assist with prize tickets and answer questions. Volunteers from three different communities working together.
By some accounts, close to 800 prizes were given away at the wrap-up party Saturday night at Fortune Bay Resort Casino. The Ely Echo’s Tom Coombe announced over 450 names without a break at the start of the night.

Fri
25
Jan

Ely’s Hometown Newspaper - Ely Echo is locally owned by folks who live here

You can tell who the hometown Elyites are - they're the ones volunteering and working to make the City of Ely and its environs survive - not just cold temperatures but also the sometimes harsh environment. Hundreds of prizes were donated by businesses to the Fun Run. Businesses which support local activities and welcome your patronage. That truly counts all year around. So say thanks to a volunteer and donator when you're out and about. They'll appreciate being recognized.

This issue of the Echo features hundreds of happy faces at the Fun Run.

Fri
25
Jan

Fun Run activities bring out the crowds

VOLUNTEERS Sara Archambault, Michele Richards, Marlene Zorman and Sam Zorman worked at the Grand Ely Lodge during the 2019 Fun Run event.
Photos galore in this week's Ely Echo of Fun Run activities across the north country.

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