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26
Aug

Twin Metals takes legal action

by Tom Coombe
Twin Metals Minnesota is going to court in an attempt to regain mineral leases that are pivotal to the company’s efforts to build a copper-nickel mine near Ely.
Flanked by supporters including representatives of northeastern Minnesota trade unions, Twin Metals officials announced the lawsuit Monday at a Hermantown labor hall.
“We are standing up for our right to a fair and consistent environmental review of our proposed mining project,” wrote Dean DeBeltz, Twin Metals’ director of operations, in a statement
The suit was filed this week in U.S. District Court against the Department of Interior, the federal Bureau of Land Management and agency officials - including Interior Secretary Debra Haaland.
It comes in the wake of earlier action by the Biden Administration to revoke leases that had been granted in 2019 by the Trump Administration.

Fri
26
Aug

Vets on Lake works “magic”

by Tom Coombe
A Tuesday briefing about the impact of recent improvements at Veterans on the Lake Resort quickly evolved when Lonn Cunningham entered the room.
Bound to a wheelchair and living with just one arm, Cunningham told an audience, one that included State Veterans Affairs Commissioner Larry Herke, just what his annual trip to the resort on Fall Lake means to him.
“This place is magical,” said Cunningham, who came to Ely from Texas to spend time fishing and enjoying the serenity of the veterans retreat. “I would drive to hell and back to come here. You’ve got something super special going up here.”
But along with that, Cunningham told the group, Veterans on the Lake offers him something even more uplifting - a sense of place that is often lacking elsewhere.

Fri
26
Aug

Three economic needs in Ely: Workforce, housing and childcare

Politicians like to say they will work to bring jobs to the Ely area. But what if jobs aren’t what we need right now?
There has been discussion at the Ely Chamber of Commerce about three problems currently facing businesses: workforce, housing and childcare shortages.
“All three are tied tightly together, each issue being as important as the others. Working together with both local, regional, and state organizations and agencies can aid with finding solutions. The solutions to these critical issues will come from multiple directions using some very creative ideas,” a recent Chamber newsletter stated.
This really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. We know there are enough workers to fill jobs in Ely, especially in the service industry. Businesses close early or don’t even open some days because they don’t have enough employees. That’s a workforce problem.

Fri
26
Aug

Swimmers all set to jump in

by Tom Coombe
Once again, there’s a decidedly Ely feel to the Northeast Range/Ely girls swimming team.
While the team is based out of Babbitt, where the swimming pool is located as well as the home of the host school in the cooperative, the roster is dominated by Ely swimmers.
All but two of the 20 swimmers on the roster are from Ely, and the team enters the 2022 campaign looking to build off of the successes of 2021.
Despite bringing Ely and Northeast Range together, the program remains one of the smallest in Section 7A in terms of school enrollment and overall numbers.
Yet the Nighthawks return an all-section swimmer in Ely senior Lily Tedrick, who was on the cusp of a state berth a year ago.
Junior Morgan McClelland has also earned section recognition and the team returns, intact, a pair of relays that shattered records, earned high section finishes, or both during the previous season.

Fri
26
Aug

Next step a big one for Wolves

by Tom Coombe
Last fall, the Ely Timberwolves were a point away from the section finals.
In 2020, they went unbeaten only to see the postseason wiped out by a pandemic.
There were trips to the final four in Section 7A the two years before that.
Could this be the year Ely’s volleyball program makes its biggest leap forward yet?
That question will be answered over the next two months of so, with the high school volleyball season set to begin and with Ely again near the top of anybody’s list of contenders in 7A.
Ely, which finished 21-7 a year ago and lost a five-set heartbreaker to eventual champion South Ridge in the 7A semifinals, opens the 2022 campaign Tuesday in Babbitt, against local rival Northeast Range.
The Wolves will be heavily favored in that contest, as they will be in most regular season affairs this year.

Fri
26
Aug

Reminder: Deer lottery application deadline Sept. 8

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds firearm and muzzleloader hunters who want to harvest antlerless deer in a deer permit area designated as antlerless permit lottery this hunting season to purchase their license by Thursday, Sept. 8. Hunters who purchase their license on or before this date are automatically entered into the lottery for the deer permit area or special hunt area they declare.
Successful applicants will receive a postcard in the mail authorizing them to take an antlerless deer using their regular license in that antlerless permit lottery area. No application is needed to take antlerless deer in permit areas with either sex, two-deer limit, three-deer limit or five-deer limit designations.
Hunters who want to participate in special firearm or muzzleloader deer hunts also need to apply for permits that are issued through a lottery. That application deadline is also Sept. 8.

Fri
26
Aug

Mary Jokela

Mary Jokela, age 98, of Ely, passed away on August 26, 2022 at Carefree Assisted Living in Ely.
She was born on September 24, 1923 to John and Eva (Silkovich) Tonkovich in Ely.
She was a graduate of the Ely Memorial High School in June 1941. She then attended the Ely Junior College.
During World War II she worked one season as a Fire Guard at the Ely Fire Tower for the U.S. Forest Service.
She also worked in the accounting department of the Oliver Iron Mining Company for three years as a Clerk and a Secretary.
She married Harold A. Jokela on September 21, 1946 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Ely, where she was still a member.
She enjoyed living at their lake home on Eagles Nest Lake Two for 23 years where she and Harold had many happy times with family and friends.

Wed
24
Aug

Linda R. Shober

Linda R. Shober, age 74, from Plymouth, MN, formally New Brighton, passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with ALS on August 19th.
Linda was a 1966 graduate of North St. Paul High School. The majority of Linda’s career was spent with the Pohlad Companies where she worked as an Executive Assistant for Carl Pohlad for 30+ years.
Linda was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She loved knitting, cooking, card making, traveling to Florida during the winter, making her Christmas caramels and cookie platters, spending time with family and special friends, and of course, baseball and her Minnesota Twins.
Linda is preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Rose Schwintek.

Wed
24
Aug

Fredericka (Freda) A Puzel Giler

Fredericka (Freda) A. Puzel Giler, 71, passed away unexpectedly August 14, 2022 at St Mary’s in Duluth MN. Freda was born December 16, 1950 in Ely MN to Fred (Fritz) and Rose Puzel.
Freda was a lifelong resident of Ely and Winton. She graduated from Ely Memorial High School in 1969. After graduation she moved to Chicago Illinois to be with her sister Patte. There she met and married Julio Giler. They had 3 daughters. Juleann in 1971, Denise in 1972 and Rhonda in 1975. She then met the love of her life Ron Marolt. They then had a son Ron in 1980.
Freda loved playing bingo and going to Fortune Bay. She was known to adore polka music and never missed a airing of WELYs polka show. She was also immensely proud of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She lost her partner Ron on October 24, 2014. They spent almost 40 wonderful years together.

Wed
24
Aug

Fredericka (Freda) A Puzel Giler

Fredericka (Freda) A Puzel Giler, 71
Passed away unexpectedly August 15, 2022 at St Mary’s in Duluth MN. Freda was born December 16, 1950 in Ely MN to Fred (Fritz) and Rose Puzel.
Freda was a lifelong resident of Ely and Winton. She graduated from Ely Memorial High School in 1969. After graduation she moved to Chicago Illinois to be with her sister Patte. There she met and married Julio Giler. They had 3 daughters. Juleann in 1971, Denise in 1972 and Rhonda in 1975. She then met the love of her life Ron Marolt. They then had a son Ron in 1980.
Freda loved playing bingo and going to Fortune Bay. She was known to adore polka music and never missed a airing of WELYs polka show. She was also immensely proud of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She lost her partner Ron on October 24, 2014. They spent almost 40 wonderful years together.

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