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John R. Harrington, 49, of Ely

John R. Harrington, 49, of Ely, passed away on Monday, March 8, 2021 at his residence. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

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08
Mar

Lorraine V. Huset

Lorraine V. Huset passed away on March 1, 2021 at Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely.
She was born March 9, 1926 in Prairie Farm, Wisconsin to Henry and Alma Lien.
Raymond and Lorraine were married on Nov 3, 1944 while he was serving in the Army during WWII. In 1954 they moved from Spooner, WI to Babbitt, where Lorraine remained a resident until her move to the BWCC in Ely. Lorraine was employed at BWCC for approximately 20 years serving as an aid and providing care and comfort to the residents there.
Lorraine’s main focus in life remained always in caring for her family and those around her, and it was returned in kind many times over by the wonderful care she received at BWCC the last year of her life. A woman of strength, of love and passion for those dear to her, and a woman well respected by those that came to know her. She will be forever missed.

Sun
07
Mar

Nola M. Sorenson

Nola M. Sorenson, 90, of Ely, passed away on Sunday, March 7, 2021 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely.
She was born February 17, 1921 to Edward and Frances (Morrison) Ditlevson in Blooming Prairie, MN. Nola attended high school in Blooming Prairie, graduating in 1949. She graduated from Northwest Bible College in 1952.
Nola married Roger Sorenson on Oct. 1, 1955 in Blooming Prairie, MN.
Nola worked for General Mills, Super Valu and Hekle Corporation. The couple lived in Minneapolis until 1961 when they moved to Richfield, MN and then in 1995 the made the move to Ely.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Lynwood Ditlevson, four sisters: Del Neitzel, Coni O’Connor, Joyce Halflinger and Marion Christiansen.
Nola is surved by her husband Roger; sons Gregory Sorenson of Andover, MN and Todd (Cathy) Sorenson of Osage, IA; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Sun
07
Mar

Joe Kobe, 70, of Ely

Joseph R. (Joe) Kobe of Ely, MN passed away peacefully at his home on March 6, 2021.
He was born on July 5, 1950 in Ely, MN. He was the 7th of 10 children born to Joseph and Ellia (Buraglio) Kobe (some say her favorite). In high school, he was an avid baseball and hockey player. He graduated from Ely Memorial High School in 1968 and a short 3 years later was drafted and sent on his first plane flight to Vietnam where he served as a military police officer.
After his service, he spent a short time in California, and then returned home to Ely where he owned and operated Kobe’s Liquor store as well as an auto repair service.
Despite never wanting to live in the Twin Cities, he moved there and worked 12 years in the carpentry trade where he met two life-long friends. He introduced them to Ely, where they spent many weekends hunting and fishing.

Fri
05
Mar

The polar vortex ruined February’s forecast, will March be next?

Vermilion Community College sure has been an asset to Ely since its founding in 1922. In my parents’ day, tuition for local kids was free and paid for by the Oliver Mining Company. By the time my turn came in the early 80’s, it was no longer free but still quite a bargain and I was able to pay for it with two year’s work as a janitor at the high school.
All these years later, I still have the “stop acid rain” button I was given as a VCC freshman. The whole campus was on a crusade to fight that environmental problem. According to a BBC article titled “The Bittersweet Story of How We Stopped Acid Rain”, joint efforts between the U.S. and Canada have put a big dent in the trouble.

Fri
05
Mar

Ecklund’s bill battles CWD by further restricting deer farmers

Minnesota’s deer herd faces a deadly challenge in chronic wasting disease also known as CWD. The problem can be traced back to deer farms and Rep. Rob Ecklund is looking to put the clamps on these operations.
On Friday a bill was scheduled to be heard in a House committee that would transfer oversight of farmed deer from the Board of Animal Health to the Department of Natural Resources.
Farmed cervidae will also have additional rules including more fencing (two fences at least 10 feet tall), no new farms and if a farmer has deer with CWD they cannot raise deer for 10 years.
Ecklund said the bill may be an uphill battle but he knows the goal of saving Minnesota’s wild deer herd is worthwhile.
“For some reason the ag community has decided they’re going to totally embrace farmed cervidae and treat it as a big ag organization,” said Ecklund.

Fri
05
Mar

Fire now could save buildings later

by Nick Wognum
The U.S. Forest Service was applying some of its own device to remove fire dangers from around the Kawishiwi Ranger District office in Ely.
With signs on the highway warning of smoke ahead, fires were burned this past week to get rid of balsam trees and other vegetation.
“We’re working on hazardous fuels reduction around our compound. We’re taking out all the balsam, trying to get rid of that fire hazard,” said Backe. “We also have spruce budworm in this area causing problems.”
Backe said there are 25 acres being treated around the complex and some federal land will be treated by the International Wolf Center.
By reducing the balsam and trimming up branches, Backe said landowners can make their properties more resistant to fire.

Fri
05
Mar

Electric rates due to spike

by Tom Coombe
Customers of the Ely Utilities Commission could soon be in for a case of sticker shock.
Later this spring, utility rate payers in the city may be paying seven percent more for electric service, as part of an increase proposed by the EUC in the wake of wholesale rate hikes implemented by the city’s electric provider- Minnesota Power.
City council members took the first step towards authorizing the consumer rate hike, scheduling a public hearing for March 15 at 5 p.m., prior to the next regular meeting.
Approval by the council is needed before the increase will take place, but members generally approve increases forwarded by the EUC and there were no sign of resistance on Tuesday.
“Seven percent is what we’re getting from Minnesota Power and we can’t absorb it,” said mayor Chuck Novak.
The impact on Ely residents and business owners will depend on their consumption of electricity and current bills.

Fri
05
Mar

Johnston a repeat winner as Ely sends four to state

by Tom Coombe
Jasper Johnston continues to reign atop Section 7, while three of his Ely teammates have punched their own tickets to state.
Those were the key particulars Wednesday, when the section Nordic skiing meet was held at Giants Ridge.
Johnston, a three-time all-state honoree, repeated as Section 7 individual boys champion after winning both the classic and freestyle races on a mild, early-March afternoon.
Ely sophomore Zoe Devine was the top Timberwolves girls finishers, taking third in the section and earning another trip to state.
Two other Wolves will also move on as individuals, with junior Gabriel Pointer taking seventh overall in the boys competition and sophomore Phoebe Helms advancing after placing 11th among the girls.
Both Ely teams were a spot away from qualifying for the state meet as they came home Wednesday with respective third-place finishes.

Fri
05
Mar

Wolves win an OT thriller

by Tom Coombe
Less than two weeks before the playoffs begin for real, the Ely Timberwolves passed a significant playoff test.
In a game that had a playoff feel, the Timberwolves outlasted South Ridge 67-64 in a Feb. 26 overtime thriller at the high school gymnasium.
Will Davies picked up a loose ball and drove for the go-ahead hoop with just over a minute left in the extra session, and fellow senior Brock LaTourell picked off a long-distance pass with two seconds left to seal the Wolves’ biggest win of the year.
Ely (9-3) also blew out Cook County 76-22 on Tuesday but the signature win of the week if not the season came against the Panthers, who were led by 6-6 Austin Josephson.
Josephson scored only 12 points but was a dominant force inside, while the Panthers had at least three other players 6-3 or taller against the much tinier Wolves, who don’t start a player over six feet.

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