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19
Jul

From the miscellaneous drawer

Wednesday night as the northland dealt with the potential for a severe storm and possible tornado, my thoughts turned to the kind folks who have sent emails and cards while I’m home bound. I have a new goal for Monday - to be well enough to come to the office at least for a while.
I’ve missed seeing Echo subscribers and the folks who stop by for photos and copies. I think I will especially regret not cleaning off my desk before summer arrived!
Stuck at home these days, I’ve watched more television in a week than I have in many years combined.
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The 50th year celebration of the first moon landing made me think back to where I was on that occasion; in Duluth, attending UMD. On a bus heading to class I heard the disbelief spoken by bus riders and understood the skepticism of my northern neighbors. Such an event was far outside of their daily life.

Fri
19
Jul

...what a memorable day it is for me

Letter to the Editor:
A heartfelt thank you to the town of Ely, MN.
June 22-29, 2019 marked the first ever Midwest PVA Fishing Event. (PVA stands for Paralyzed Veterans of America.)
Approximately 20 paralyzed veterans, 15 of their caregivers and 21 staff volunteers made the trip to Veterans on the Lake Resort in beautiful Ely, MN for a week-long rehabilitation event.
Veterans on the Lake Resort and Britton’s Café were our main facility providers (Britton’s Café catered all of the meals), but the entire town of Ely made this a trip to remember for these veteran heroes and their caregivers.
Bonnie Jacobson at Britton’s Café raised money for our event.
Veterans on the Lake and Bonnie gathered items from local business for swag bags for all in attendance. Veterans on the Lake provided each and every veteran and caregiver with a rod /reel combination.

Fri
19
Jul

Fortunebaynia2 set to entertain fans young and old

Sammy Richter didn’t know what to expect when he broached the subject of bringing professional wrestling to Fortune Bay Resort Casino.
After all, Fortune Bay was synonymous with bringing outdoor concerts to the area and professional wrestling was never really considered.
However, that all changed in the summer of 2018 when Richter got the approval to bring Fortunebaynia to the big stage. The success of that inaugural event has led to Fortunebaynia2, which Richter promises to be even better than the original.
Some of the star power signed on to play a part in the festivities is Sting, Booker T, Ultimo Dragon, Super Crazy, Honky Tonk Man, Demolition, Air Wolf and King Leonidas. Everyone’s favorite villain Jimmy “The Mouth from the South” Hart will also be part of the show as will Minnesota’s very own, Madusa. There will be many top-notch wrestlers from the Midwest taking the ring once the bell is rung Sunday, July 28th at 5 p.m.

Fri
19
Jul

Hole in one

Curt Johnson from Ely got lucky and made a hole in one on Thursday, July 11. The hole was number seven at the Ely Golf Course, he used an eight iron from 118 yards.

Fri
19
Jul

Twin Metals to use dry stack tailings

Twin Metals Minnesota announced Thursday plans to use the environmentally friendly dry stack method to store the leftover rock from its proposed underground copper-nickel mine to be located nine miles southeast of Ely.
The dry stack method eliminates the storage pond and dam associated with conventional tailings facilities.
The dry stack area will be built close to the mine site so it will be located within the Rainy watershed. Previously the company had looked to pump tailings to an area in Embarrass within the St. Louis watershed.
The company will need to acquire land in order to have space for the dry stack area. However, dry stacking requires a smaller footprint than conventional wet tailings storage.
Twin Metals has said up to 50% of tailings will have cement added and be permanently placed back underground.

Fri
19
Jul

Ely Winter Festival unveils pin for 2020

In the middle of summer, The Ely Winter Festival board is looking toward winter and planning to create another fabulous festival Feb. 7-18, 2020.
The board announced that Nancy Scheibe, a veteran snow sculptor, has designed the new pin picturing some of the North’s favorite forest animals.
This will be the third festival where the festival will donate $1 of the $6 price of the pin to an Ely public schools arts program.
Previously the festival supported the art department and the instrumental music program.
Proceeds from the 2020 festival will go to the choral music program. The other $5 is used to fund the festival.
The Ely Winter Festival will have a booth at the Blueberry/Art Festival July 26-28.
The festival is looking for people to volunteer at the booth, if interested, email christinek@elywinterfestival.com.

Fri
19
Jul

Bear with ring story reaches London Times

Wall Street Journal reporter Erin Ailworth. Photo by Eric Sherman.

A story about a bear in the Ely area that had a garbage can lid on it has reached the London Times.
Ely Echo photographer Eric Sherman was contacted by the London Times after a story written by Erin Ailworth appeared in the Wall Street Journal.
Sherman provided photos of the bear and accompanied Ailworth into the woods to look for it.
By Sunday it was reported the bear had freed itself of the lid. The bear had been named “Ringo” by a group of people on Facebook and was seen frequently bird feeders on the east side of Ely.
Sherman said Thursday he was also contacted by Fox Business News on purchasing reprint rights for his photos.
Ailworth didn’t see the bear while she was in Ely, but she was welcomed to town on the theater marquee and helped to rescue a turtle that was crossing a paved road.

Wed
17
Jul

Alan John Rhein, 82, of Ely

Alan J. Rhein, 82, of Ely passed away on July 16, 2019, at the Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital.
Alan was born in Ely on March 20, 1937, to George and Alice Rhein and was a lifelong resident. He graduated from Ely Memorial High School and attended Ely Junior College. In 1958, he married Betty Koschak and together they raised two sons, Keith and Gregory and daughter Susan.
His work career began at the Ely Post Office. He then spent 26 years working for Reserve Mining. After retiring from Reserve Mining, he spent 10 years driving school bus for the Ely schools.
Alan was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church having served as a trustee, an elder and treasurer. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, trapping, hunting and camping. In his retirement, Alan enjoyed traveling, especially to Alaska and Hawaii.

Tue
16
Jul

CARLSON (Murphy), Patricia Jean, age 87, of Brainerd

CARLSON (Murphy), Patricia Jean, age 87, of Brainerd, went to be with her Love in Heaven on July 11, 2019. Preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Carlson; parents, Richard and Hilda Murphy; 6 siblings; great grandson, Tate Strege; daughter in-law, Joy Carlson. She will be missed by her children, Bob, Mary (Bruce) Carlson Pap, Tim (Alice), Bill (Lisa), Jen (Mike) Owens, Patrick; 17 Grandchildren; 25 Great Grandchildren; one great great grandson; nephews, Carl “Sonny” Buraglio, Richard “Corky”and Conrad Scullard; niece, Tammy Crosby; many relatives and good friends. Per her wishes, private family Mass and Interment.

Tue
16
Jul

Alan J. Rhein, 82, of Ely

Alan J. Rhein, 82, of Ely, passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at the Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

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