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Kallberg joins 1,000-point club

by Tom Coombe
Brielle Kallberg hit a milestone on Monday, and this week she and her teammates will take their next steps toward another one.
The Ely senior scored her 1,000th career point during the high school girls basketball team’s 72-50 home victory over Chisholm.
It was the final home game for the Wolves before this week’s Hoops for Hope Holiday Tournament.
Now in its sixth year, the fundraiser for the Spiritwood Foundation has generated well in excess of $15,000 and a successful tournament will bring the Ely program close to the $20,000 mark.
Ely Head Coach Darren Visser started Hoops for Hope in 2014, in part to incorporate community service as part of the program.
“The Hoops For Hope Tournament has helped our teams to see that they can have a positive impact on their community,” said Visser. “The community gives so much to our kids and this is a way to give back.”


Winless skaters show progress

by Tom Coombe
Ely’s high school hockey team remains without a victory, but the Timberwolves’ fourth straight defeat was their most competitive yet.
The Wolves put up a season-high 31 shots on goal in a 1043 loss to Moose Lake Area, in a Dec. 13 contest at the Ely Arena.
Ely’s final game before a holiday break was very competitive for two periods, and came on the heels of a lopsided 12-0 defeat against section contender Eveleth-Gilbert just three days earlier.
Senior Luke Olson, who had all four goals for Ely, scored twice in the first 10 minutes of play to give the hosts an early 2-1 lead.
The Rebels, who had a size advantage against an Ely team that includes several freshmen and eighth-graders, were more physical and got to the Wolves as the contest progressed.
Rebels Jordan Fjosne and Henry Ribich both scored in the final five minutes of the opening period on the way to hat tricks of their own.


Twin Metals submits mine plan

by Nick Wognum
And so it begins, but this time the spotlight is squarely on the Ely area.
Trying to become the second permitted copper-nickel mine in Minnesota, Twin Metals Minnesota announced it has formally submitted its mine project proposal to state and federal agencies.
“Really it’s a kickoff to our environmental review process,” said TMM’s Dean DeBeltz. “These are the best plans we have for a 21st century sustainable mine.”
TMM’s proposed project would involve construction of an underground mining operation, processing facility, and dry stack tailings facility.
The Twin Metals project will be Minnesota’s first underground mining operation since the closure of Ely’s Pioneer Mine in 1967.
“I truly believe the Twin Metals project will be a model for modern, sustainable and environmentally responsible underground mining,” said Kelly Osborne, TMM chief executive officer.


Kenneth Joseph Schlueter, of Babbitt

Kenneth Joseph Schlueter, of Babbitt, Minnesota, went home to be with his Lord and Savior at Carefree Living in Babbitt on Saturday, December 14, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on April 14, 1945 to Herbert and Mildred (Bomleny) Schlueter in Geneva, Illinois, graduating from West Chicago High School in 1963. After his first year of college, he was drafted into the U.S. Army as an infantryman in the First Division of the Imjin Scouts, serving in the DMZ in Korea.

“Sergeant Rock” attended University of Wisconsin at River Falls graduating with a major in Biology and a minor in Forestry. Ken worked for the MN DNR Fisheries in Bemidji, was a Game Warden in Wisconsin for one year, and retired in 2000 as a Conservation Officer in the Babbitt-Ely area with 24 years of service with the MN DNR. After retirement he pursued his passions of hunting, fishing, and trapping, and then started Game Warden Guide Service. Alaska was his favorite spot to visit.


Alan Raymond Kratz

Alan Raymond Kratz

Alan Kratz (73) passed away on 12/14/19 at his home, after a short, brave struggle with Pancreatic Cancer.

Al is survived by his loving wife and soulmate, Kay, brothers Keith (Jeanette) and Roger (Jennifer), sisters Susan Gruwell (Mark) and Sheri Kratz Brown.

He leaves four sons: Jason (Zoe), Cory (Sarah), Jeffrey (Tracy), and David Kratz, grandchildren: Rachael, Kyle and Daphne, and Mikomi Takaki who we love like our daughter.

Al was preceded in death by his Daughter, Rachael, and his parents, Raymond and Eileen Kratz.


Christmas money stolen from Ely nursing home

The Grinch made a stop in Ely today when money was stolen from the Boundary Waters Care Center.
During a Christmas luncheon on Friday donations were put into a jar to be used for craft supplies or bingo prizes for the residents, according to BWCC Activities Director Bonnie Forsman.
“All we know is that the jar was full and when my staff went and looked there was like $10 left in the jar,” said Forsman.
Craft items were being sold at a table with monies raised put into a jar.
One employee posted a message to the thief.
“You are not taking that money from me. You have taken it from my residents!!!!! Veterans who have served our country, mothers and fathers who have taken care of us . All that they have done for our country to make it great and now to be in a nursing home and have so little,” said Kyle Stella, BWCC Recreational Therapy Assistant.


OT only blemish for Ely girls

by Tom Coombe
Ely’s high school girls basketball team is a missed free throw away from a perfect start.
Other than a late collapse that resulted in an overtime defeat to Two Harbors last weekend, it has been smooth sailing for the Timberwolves, who improved to 4-1 Tuesday night with a 60-24 romp at Silver Bay.
The lopsided win eased some of the sting from Saturday, when a shorthanded Ely team ran out of gas in the second half as a 16-point lead went by the wayside and the visiting Agates rallied for a 51-47 win.
Ely missed several free throws late in regulation and a last-second basket forced overtime, where the Wolves again struggled at the free throw line.
Ely went 17-for-40 from the line, which set the stage for a tough finish.


From the miscellaneous drawer

As winter cold arrives in the northland, folks reach out to friends and acquaintances to share the settling early darkness.
In 2002 a group of musicians gathered to light up an evening with music. Some listeners joined the evening affair to provide the audience.
Musicians in Ely can change with the seasons, as snowbirds come and go. Fortunately, there are a number of Ely musicians around.
Many years ago, Bob Cary’s Starlighters band practiced at my home for its summer appearances at Burntside Lodge at the time.
Over time, the music room had also hosted a reggae group, Canadian and Russian performers, and others.
This particular evening was by request of a spouse. He had been ailing and his piano playing wife, Carol Brude prescribed the evening. That night Dan Erzar was on drums and Byron Moren fulfilled the role for stand up bass. The year that followed was not kind to all, with health issues hitting two of them.


Hook and Bullet Club

This is the final weekend to carry a firearm and hunt deer in Minnesota for 2019.
It’s muzzleloader season and I came in a bit unprepared. I didn’t hunt the first weekend and it wasn’t until Harold Langowski and I went for a ride to look at a trail issue that I was too excited to go out.
But when a huge buck was standing in a clear cut the urge to get back in the woods chasing whitetails returned in a hurry.
So, it was a last minute run to J&L to pick up ammunition since mine was at the shack.
Jay fetched powder pellets and bullets and I would’ve walked out the door if he hadn’t asked if I needed primers as well. Thanks Jay!
Since the law was changed I have been wanting to put the scope back on my muzzleloader.
Finally on Monday I was able to run down to Virginia Surplus where owner Doug Ellis stayed to help me out.


Letter: …Who are those that are so strongly opposed to Twin Metals copper-nickel mining project?

Letter to the Editor:
Earlier this week I attended the annual legislative meeting hosted by the Community Economic Development Joint Powers Board. Attending the meeting, as reported by the Ely Echo, were State legislators Tom Bakk and Rob Ecklund, City officials, IRRRB commissioner Mark Philips, Senators Tina Smith and Amy Klobuchar’s field representatives and field representative Spencer Igo from Congressman Pete Stauber’s office.
The meetings are held each year at this time and provide the opportunity for our local community leaders and the public to communicate with our legislators and express their concerns regarding infrastructure, our school and hospital, streets, roads and highways, the absence of broadband service, jobs and the state of our local economy. And conversely, it provides an opportunity for our legislators to tell our community leaders how much state money will be available to fund local projects.


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