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Fri
25
Jun

Hook and Bullet Club

We spent a good part of last weekend in Babbitt for Peter Mitchell days and there’s one thing that kept coming back to me: How can we do this in Ely?
It’s amazing what Babbitt is able to pull off each year. Even without a carnival, this was one of their best years.
The list of events is impressive, starting with the Walleye Whamma fishing contest and continuing the next weekend with the main events.
They had kids races, a 5K run, a classic car show, live bands both nights, a rover radar run, free watermelon feed, sawdust pile giveaways and a whole bunch of tournaments (kickball, volleyball, bocce ball, holey boards, etc.).
The holey board thing cracks me up. It’s similar to the popular cornhole or bags game but you toss large washers instead. Must be the impact of the taconite mine not too far away.

Fri
25
Jun

Nemanich, Tulla coach HS teams to state tourney

A couple of coaches with Ely connections were involved in last week’s state high school baseball tournament.
Jerome Nemanich, a 1988 Ely graduate, is head coach for Sartell, which finished fourth in Class AAA, while 1985 Ely graduate Greg Tulla was an assistant at Class AAA runner-up Grand Rapids.
Both Nemanich and Tulla are former players and coaches in Ely’s baseball program.
Nemanich, who has spent the last 23 years as head coach at Sartell, guided the Sabers to the Section 8AA title, a 22-5 overall record and an opening round win over Albert Lea June 15 at Jordan.
The former Ely Timberwolf also coached Sartell to state in high school baseball in both 2004 and 2005 and in American Legion baseball in 1998.
Tulla has been a longtime coach in the Grand Rapids program, coaching his VFW team to a state championship in 2014.

Fri
25
Jun

Notice from Town of Morse

Notice from Town of Morse

The Town of Morse Board of Supervisors has changed their regular meeting to July 6 at 5 p.m. at the Morse Town Hall.

Ely Echo June 26, July 3, 2021

Fri
25
Jun

School Board Meeting Minutes May 10, 2021

School Board Meeting Minutes May 10, 2021 (Board approved 6/14/2021)

Fri
25
Jun

Study Session May 24, 2021

Study Session
May 24, 2021 (Board approved 6/14/2021)

Fri
25
Jun

Special Meeting of the School Board May 24, 2021

Special Meeting of the School Board
May 24, 2021 (Board approved 6/14/2021)

Tue
22
Jun

J Michael Bowers

J Michael Bowers, Ph. D, of Kansas City, Missouri, died June 19, 2021, at his home. Mike was born November 12, 1943, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He received his B.A. and M.A. Degrees from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and his Ph.D. from University of Oregon Medical School, Portland, Oregon. He was Dean of Administration at Lincoln College, Lincoln, Illinois, Sales Manager at Merrill Lynch, Clayton, Missouri, Branch Manager of UBS/Paine Webber, Clayton, Missouri, Carmel and Indianapolis, Indiana, and finally in Kansas City, Missouri. Mike enjoyed his friends at the Lodge on Spangler Prairie in Blairstown, Missouri and spending summers at the family cabin on Eagles Nest Lake in Ely, Minnesota. Mike is survived by his wife Mary Kay (Syndergaard) and children, Jeffrey Michael Bowers and Sarah Jane Bowers, all of Kansas City, Missouri.

Mon
21
Jun

Charles "Charlie" Jonas

Charles “Charlie” Jonas, 65, of Ely, passed away peacefully at his home on June 21, 2021.
Charlie ws born on November 7, 1955 to Marvin and Cecelia Jonas. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a very talented woodburning artist. His artwork can be seen in homes around the world.
Charlie was most proud of his children and the wonderful adults they have become. Being a “PaPa” filled his heart with a special love. Madison, Timothy and Braden brought endless joy to his life.
Charlie will be greatly missed by his wife of 40 years, Patsy, his children Greg (Sarah), Tina (Colin) as well as his brothers, nieces and nephews.
Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Fri
18
Jun

Albert O. Zupancich

Albert O. Zupancich, 74, of Virginia , passed away peacefully June 14, 2021, at his home after a courageous 16 month battle with cancer.
Al was born in Ely, MN on March 2, 1947, the first child of Albert and Margaret (Owen) Zupancich.
He was active in scouting, earning the rating of an Eagle Scout. Al played hockey throughout his high school years and grew up working in the family grocery store. He graduated from Ely High School in 1965 and attended Ely Junior College and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1969.
After owning several grocery stores, he eventually found his home in Eveleth. He proudly owned and operated Eveleth IGA for over 35 years. Al had a strong commitment to his customers and was well known for his generosity and kindness to all. He had many valued employees whom he considered family.

Thu
17
Jun

EDITORIAL: Having public access on Burntside open to July 8 is welcome news

We love our lakes in the North Country and Burntside is right at the top of the list. The lake features beautiful sights, several public beaches and enough bays, arms and islands to spread out the boat traffic.
The one thing Burntside has suffered from is a better public access. There are actually five landings but only one that serves the public efficiently.
Located next to Sandemar off the Van Vac Road, the public access is about to get a much needed facelift with additional parking space, a wider access road and a separate canoe launching area.
But those benefits come at a cost and this year the cost is the Van Vac landing will be closed while the construction work is going on. Originally this was supposed to start by mid-June and run into September.
This past week the DNR office in Tower announced the Van Vac landing will remain open until July 8. There may be some dancing on the beaches to that bit of good news.

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