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Fri
15
Nov

Ely Area Recycling Center

NOTICE
The Ely Area Recycling Center will be temporarily closed starting Thursday, November 14th for the construction of the new entrance to the Trailhead Facility. This work is anticipated to last until Friday, November 22. During this time the recycle center will be completely closed and recycling and brush or mulch will not be accepted. During this time you are encouraged to utilize the transfer site on highway 21 if you need to recycle. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Fri
15
Nov

DISTRICT COURT PROBATE DIVISION

STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF ST. LOUIS

DISTRICT COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
Court File No. 69DU-PR-19-303

ESTATE OF
David Al Hieb, a/k/a
David A. Hieb,
Decedent

AMENDED
NOTICE and order of hearing on petition for formal probate of will and appointment of personal representative and notice to creditors

Fri
15
Nov

...and he never took my money

Dear Editor:
I just finished reading the November 9th edition of the Echo.
It truly warms my heart to see all the Veterans recognition stories and ads.
I was an Ely resident when I joined the Navy on July 1, 1982.
At that time our country still had the bad taste of the Vietnam Conflict in its collective mouth.
It wasn’t “cool” to be in the military. Except in Ely. Every time I came home on leave to visit my parents, I would make my rounds.
I always stopped at Zaverl’s to see Gary. Prior to my enlisting, he and I had many a discussion about joining the Navy as I was deciding exactly what to do with my life.
Gary ALWAYS had a cold beer waiting for me when I was in town. On the house!!
I’d stop by to get a hair cut with Jerry the Barber, and he never took my money. After all, he was a Navy Vet himself.
I haven’t lived in Ely for over 37 years, but now spend my summers there and still consider Ely my hometown.

Fri
15
Nov

Records fall, medals won

by Tom Coombe
A season of growth in the water couldn’t have ended much better for Northeast Range/Ely.
All that was missing from last weekend’s Section 7A girls swimming meet was a bid to state and Ely senior Brooke Pasmick, nearly had that, finishing third in the 100 backstroke and missing out on moving on by less than two-tenths of a second.
NRE also returned home from Hibbing with several medals and a slew of team-record and personal-best performances.
Not bad for a team that had just one senior - Pasmick - and was loaded with swimmers in ninth grade or below.
“Today was only the beginning for a young team like ours,” said Ely ninth grader Lily Tedrick, who earned two medals at section and set team records in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly.

Fri
15
Nov

From Ely to the NCAA

by Tom Coombe
Two Ely Timberwolves are taking their games to a new level.
Seniors Luke Olson and Brielle Kallberg, standouts in an array of sports at the high school, both signed letters of intent this week to play collegiate athletics.
Olson has accepted an offer to join the men’s track and field team at NCAA Division I South Dakota, while Kallberg is set to play volleyball at Minnesota State-Moorhead, an NCAA Division II school.
Signing ceremonies Wednesday in Ely capped a recruiting process that resulted in significant interest in both Timberwolves.
Olson visited several schools before settling on South Dakota, and Kallberg attracted the attention of numerous college volleyball programs.
A state champion last spring in the 800 meter run, Olson becomes the second Ely athlete to currently compete at the Division I level in track, joining 2017 Ely graduate Josh Heiman, a triple jumper at Army.

Thu
14
Nov

Bonnie Joy Adams, age 63, of Ely

Bonnie Joy Adams, age 63, of Ely and formerly of Virginia, Duluth, and Wright, MN and Litchfield, AZ, died Saturday, November 9, 2019, at Essentia Health – St. Mary’s in Duluth. She was born August 28, 1956, in Virginia, MN the daughter of Merle and Beverly (Hanson) Adams. She was a 1974 Graduate of Virginia High School and went on to receive her LPN degree from Eveleth Vo-Tech.
Bonnie worked as a Business Support Analyst for the Federal Reserve through Sato/Carlson Wagonlit. She had also worked as a nurse for several years at St. Mary’s in Duluth. She attended the Heritage Trail Bible Church. Bonnie was a member of the Eagles Nest Lake Association and Fireflies. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, swimming, reading, and games.

Fri
08
Nov

Don Roger Ortley

Don Roger Ortley finished his final portage on November 2, 2019, after living a full and rich life filled with adventure and nourished by a passion for the outdoors and water. Don is survived by his children, Barbara Jacobs (Randy), David (Lori Jo), Linnea Ortley- Yetter, Rebecca Haley (Joe); 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; his sister, Donna Bonello; and friend, Sara Gilliam.

Fri
08
Nov

Paying Tribute to Our Veterans

On the 11th day, of the 11th month, we pay a special tribute to our veterans—honoring those who served in every war since our nation was founded. Whether it was the beaches of Normandy, the hills of Korea, the mountains of Afghanistan, the deserts of Iraq, or right here at home—these extraordinary men and women all heard the call of duty and answered it.

When our service members signed up to serve there wasn’t a waiting line, and when they come home there shouldn’t be a waiting line for the benefits they’ve earned. That’s why we’ve worked across the aisle to modernize the G.I. Bill benefits for our troops, strengthen funding for veterans’ health care, improve mental health care for our soldiers, and ensure that our VA system provides shorter waits and better care. Our veterans deserve to be treated with the dignity befitting their sacrifice and that also means making sure they have a safe and affordable home.

Fri
08
Nov

Hunting shacks underwent changes for the Floyd family

by Rich Floyd
Deer hunting out of a shack has been a treasured tradition in our family since long before I was born. Though we have had our own place for nearly 60 years now, before that the shacks were opportunistic.
I can remember two of them. The first was an abandoned lumber camp somewhere around Skibo, outside of Hoyt Lakes. (We lived in Eveleth at the time.)
We called it the tar paper shack. Old timers will know why. It was around the mid ’50s when we used that shack.
I turned six years old in the fall of 1955, so of course, I didn’t deer hunt yet, but I remember my brother, Ted, and me shooting a BB gun at busted dishes left after a bear had broken into the place, making a big mess.

Thu
07
Nov

Hook and Bullet Club

A new Minnesota law this year allow hunters to use a dog to retrieve a wounded deer or bear.
Avid hunter Ben Thomas of Ely used his dog Tilli to locate a 10-point buck on Oct. 28.
Bow hunting at the end of the day from a tree stand, Thomas watched the buck come in from 90 yards away, rubbing and scraping his way along the ridge.
“I didn’t even climb down for 15 minutes after I shot and when I walked over to the spot 20 yards away I found some blood.”
But there wasn’t a lot of blood and it was starting to get dark on a cloudy afternoon so Thomas decided not to track the deer.
He talked to a friend in Wisconsin who had used a dog to track deer and bear. The advice was simple, use your dog to find the deer.
Thomas reviewed the new regulations, which includes making sure your dog is on a leash that is up to 30 feet long, and decided to give his German short hair Tilli a try.

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