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Thu
26
Dec

Milton H. Netzer, 80, of Ely

MILTON HARVEY NETZER, 80, of Ely, MN died Wednesday, December 25, 2019 on Christmas Day at Carefree Living in Babbitt, MN.
Milton was born on February 18,1939 at the family farm near Mikkelson, ND to Emil and Edna Netzer. His family moved to Jamestown, ND in 1945.
Milton went from a small farmhouse school in LaMoure County to Jamestown Lincoln Elementary School. He graduated from Jamestown High School in 1958. He attended Jamestown College in Jamestown, ND. Milton married Mary Catherine Tatarek on June 04,1960 at the St. James Catholic Church in Jamestown.
Milton delivered newspapers as a young boy. Then he worked at a tire shop. He also worked at the Jamestown Drive-in where he met his true love, Mary.

Sun
22
Dec

Bernard Passananti, 63, of Ely

Bernard Passananti, 63, of Ely, passed away on Sunday, December 23, 2019 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely.
Bernard is survived by his four siblings, John (Carole) of Tucson, Arizona; Stan (Joyce) of Ely, MN; Carol (Pat) Coffen of Lake Tomahawk, WI; Joan (Richard) Angiliri of Woodruff, WI.
Bernard was preceded in death by his parents, John and Rose Passananti and brother Frank.
He was a man with unparalleled carpentry skills and a brilliant mind. He was an inventor devising many inventions over his lifetime starting as a boy inventing a submarine.
A memorial will be scheduled for this coming summer.
Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Sat
21
Dec

Katherine Scheuer, 88, of Ely,

Katherine Ann (Rauscher) Scheuer, 88, died peacefully on December 21, 2019 at home in Ely, Minnesota.
She was born October 1, 1931 in International Falls, Minnesota to Gretchen and Nicholas Rauscher.
She graduated from International Falls High School and attended the College of St. Teresa in Winona earning a B.S. degree in business.
Katherine met and married Robert Scheuer while working as a social worker for Aitkin County.
Katherine and Bob moved to Ely in 1957 where they raised eight children.
She worked as a social worker at Ely Bloomenson Hospital, was a fifty-year AAUW member, and enjoyed cooking, baking, and reading.
In retirement, she was a tutor for Homework Club and served as a Global Volunteer teaching English in China.

Fri
20
Dec

POSITION OPENING ELY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, ISD No. 696 PARAPROFESSIONAL

POSITION OPENING
ELY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, ISD No. 696
PARAPROFESSIONAL
(2 positions)

PLACE OF WORK: District; RATE OF PAY: $16.40/hr.; HOURS: 6.5 hours/day, 5 days/week, student contact days; QUALIFICATIONS: AA Degree or two years of college required. Include district application and transcripts; background check required. Application (non-licensed) available at www.ely.k12.mn.us or in the District Office. Send materials to: ISD #696, Attn: Superintendent, 600 E. Harvey St., Ely, MN 55731. Deadline for application: Monday, January 13, 2020.

Fri
20
Dec

Town of Fall Lake Filing Notice

Notice is hereby given to qualified voters that a township election will be held in the Town of Fall Lake on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at the Fall Lake Town Hall.

Filings open December 31, 2019 and will close at 5:00 PM (at the town hall) January 14, 2020 for the following office:

One (1) Supervisor - 3 Year Term

Affidavits of Candidacy may be filed with the Town Clerk, Marlene Skube, by calling 365-4582. Filing fee is $2.00.

Marlene Skube
Clerk - Town of Fall Lake

Fri
20
Dec

TOWN OF MORSE NOTICE OF FILING FOR TOWNSHIP ELECTION

TOWN OF MORSE
NOTICE OF
FILING FOR
TOWNSHIP ELECTION

Notice is hereby given to qualified voters of the TOWN OF MORSE, St. Louis County, State of Minnesota, that filing for town office will be held for a two-week period beginning Tuesday, December 30, 2014.

Affidavits of Candidacy can be filed with Town Clerk Nick Wognum, by calling 218-343-2019. Filing dates are from Tuesday, December 31, 2019 to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 14, 2020. The Morse Town Hall will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 for the end of the filing period.

Offices to be filled at the March 10, 2020 Annual Election at the Morse Town Hall are:

1 – (One) Supervisor – Three year term

Filing fee - $2.00

Nick Wognum, Clerk
Town of Morse
Ely Echo 12/21/19, 12/28/19, 1/4/20

Fri
20
Dec

From the miscellaneous drawer

Did you ever have to take an aptitude test when you were in school? Mine came back stating I should become a mechanic as an adult.
That wasn’t too surprising given that I repaired my bike when needed and changed car tires for my parents. I also took apart a small table top fan in the heat of the summer to fix it.
The only problem was that when I re-assembled it, the fan ran backwards, pushing the blades so they revolved over the motor which heated up easily.
Nobody had air conditioning back then, and I was stumped and hot. I was again working for my dad that summer and knew there were men in the plant who were handy.
I brought the small fan into work and convinced a worker to see what I had done wrong and to fix it.
Before long he came back to me and asked where the rest of the fan parts were. Somewhat embarrassed, I handed them over.
He returned with a working fan.
So much for my mechanic’s aptitude!

Fri
20
Dec

Letter to the Editor: ...we found an incredible town

Editor:
Our gratitude...
When Georgia and I moved to Ely in 1954, our thoughts were to have two years of experience in teaching...then move back to our hometown area of central Minnesota...However, after one year we realized that we found an incredible town, filled with loving and kind, caring people...And after 65 years living in Ely...that feeling has grown stronger each year....

Fri
20
Dec

Hook and Bullet Club

Dave “Otto” Merhar and I were bound and determined to knock down a deer during the last weekend of muzzleloader season. First we had to shovel out our trucks after getting stuck in the deep snow.
Otto went first, attempting to turn around at the end of the Cloquet Line. But there were two Forest Service trucks and trailers parked there along with a cable for tying off sled dogs.
He tried to get around them but the deep snow sucked his truck in. Otto is nothing if not persistent and didn’t want to call for help. Finally he sent me a text.
“I’m a retired Army officer, bohunk. So this hard…Help!”
Little did I know I would be in his shoes an hour or so later.
It only took a few minutes to pull Dave’s truck back on to the plowed snow. From there we decided to consolidate into my truck and try our luck on the Fernberg.

Fri
20
Dec

New school plan: $19.8 million

by Tom Coombe
After going back to the drawing board, Ely school officials now have a new-look, nearly $20 million dollar facilities project to consider, as well as a timeline to gain outside funding assistance and take the initiative to local voters by the summer of 2020.
A school board study session Monday night revealed new drawings for a $19.8 million initiative that encompasses many of the renovations addressed by district officials during the last year, including the construction of a structure that connects the Washington and Memorial buildings and creates new classroom, commons, cafeteria and gymnasium space as well as new secure entry.
It also calls for the demolition of part of the Industrial Arts Building, as first suggested earlier this month by consultants as well as superintendent Erik Erie.

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