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Fri
12
Oct

Paddling North: Heimans tell Rotarians of northern adventure

by Jessica Kellogg -

Fri
12
Oct

Ironmen’s first win a wild one

MUDDY TERRAIN - The turf at Ely School Stadium was torn up by Vermilon and Fond du Lac players Saturday after several days of rain. Photo by Carly Evancevich.

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
12
Oct

Fall contrasts in snow

Fall leaf colors are still evident despite the recent winds, rains and snow in the Ely area. Photo by Kelsey Pearse

Fri
12
Oct

Ely Memorial crowns Homecoming royalty

CROWNING MOMENT - High school social studies teacher Frank Ivancich put the Homecoming queen crown on Lida Dodge during Tuesday’s pep rally Other candidates were Gabi Omerza, Mackenzie Peterson and Madelene Johnson. ROYAL COUPLE are Homecoming Queen Lida Dodge and King Tymur Moskalyk, exchange student from the Ukraine. Photo by Nick Wognum.

Thu
11
Oct

Snow in Ely area

With Hurricane Michael affecting weather throughout the East Coast and the Midwest, 1-2 inches of snow fell locally with 5-6 inches expected in the International Falls area. In this area, off Van Vac Road, four eagles were observed, feasting off a button buck with a broken leg, according to neighbor Kelly Murphy.
Photo by Anne Swenson

Thu
11
Oct

Thomas Jerry Blackwood Jr, 81, of Lafayette, CA, dies

Thomas Jerry Blackwood Jr, 81, of Lafayette, CA passed away peacefully on Sunday Sept. 16, 2018.
“Coach” as he preferred to be called was born in Palo Alto in 1936 to Thomas Jerry Blackwood Sr and Alice (Kovall, of Ely) Blackwood. After moving numerous times in his youth, he went on to be a 3-sport athlete at Menlo-Atherton High School in Menlo Park, CA where he was named ‘Peninsula Athlete of the Year’ in his senior year. Coach then attended college at San Jose State University before joining the Army. His decision to enlist would shape his life. He began service at the Monterey Language School, but posts in Turkey and Japan instilled in him a love of travel and history that followed him forever. Upon being discharged he enrolled at SF State University pursuing his passion for history and teaching. Upon graduating, he would go on to spend his next 40 years teaching and coaching at Miramonte High School in Orinda, California.

Tue
09
Oct

Betty A. Kotzian, 83, of Hibbing, formerly of Ely, dies

Betty Annette Kotzian, 83, originally of Ely, passed away at Guardian Angels on October 8, 2018. Betty was born on March 2, 1935 and was the loving daughter of Toivo and Sally (Blixtz) Carlson. Betty was a 1953 graduate of Ely Memorial High School and married her high school sweetheart, Patrick John Kotzian. They wed at the First Presbyterian Church in Ely on December 27, 1953. Betty and Pat were blessed with one son, Michael John and one daughter, Debra Kay. During their loving marriage, they lived in England, Illinois, Florida, Mississippi and Ohio.
Betty was a lifelong member of Grace Lutheran Church and had been employed by Army/Air Force Exchange System, Wells Fargo and Norwest Bank of Ely. She enjoyed life to the fullest with interests in sewing, ceramics, stamping, gardening, traveling, blueberry picking and fishing. Betty was a true lover of the outdoors and positively loved Minnesota. She was always open to new adventures and challenges.

Thu
31
May

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Serious situation in Ely a MPCA in town to investigate leak of 4,854 gallons of gas at Holiday Station.

Ely Mayor Novak said that. MPCA, through gas statistics at Holiday store, learned that 4,844 gallons of gas "disappeared through the evening" in a leak that was reported Monday morning. "This has permeated into the ground somewhere - we don't know where," Novak said tonight.

Ely city officials will meet at 5 pm to address Holiday gas leak. MPCA looking at sanitary sewer on Washington Street.

State has asked Ely Holiday to close temporarily as a safety precaution.

Some of the gas from Holiday station leak wound up in Ely storm sewer and flowed into Miners Lake.

Mayor Chuck Novak: At this point, “there is no explosion concern," over gas leak of more than 4,800 gallons at Holiday station. Officials yet tonight are stopping at homes and businesses east and south of store to check for smell of gas.

Wed
30
May

Detour begins for final work on Highway 88 bridge west of Ely

The final phase of the project to replace the bridge on County State Aid Highway 88 (Grant McMahon Boulevard) west of Ely began Wednesday, May 30, and that means the road will be closed and a detour in place for the next three weeks. Detour signage will be placed on both CSAH 88 and Highway 169.

Crews will be completing final road paving, bridge painting, installation of the bridge concrete wearing course, pavement markings and road shouldering. Work is expected to be complete and the road reopened by June 18.

Most of the work was completed last fall to install the new 105-foot concrete slab span bridge that crosses the Burntside River. It replaces a nearly 80-year-old bridge that had been subject to weight limitations, and had reached the end of its serviceable life.

The total project cost is $1.26 million, with funding coming from State Aid dollars. Redstone Construction, LLC, is the project contractor.

Fri
04
May

...CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON ACROSS NORTHEAST MINNESOTA...

Red Flag Warning - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Duluth MN

...CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON ACROSS NORTHEAST MINNESOTA...

The National Weather Service in Duluth has issued a Red Flag
Warning for low relative humidities and gusty winds, which is in
effect from noon today to 7 PM CDT this evening.

* Affected Area...In Minnesota, North St. Louis, Northern Cook/Northern Lake, Central St. Louis, Southern Lake/North Shore, Southern Cook/North Shore, Carlton/South St. Louis and Pine.

.Dangerous fire weather conditions are expected over northeast Minnesota this afternoon. Northwest winds of 15 to 20 mph with gusts to around 25 mph are expected as humidity values drop to between 15 to 25 percent.

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