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Fri
25
Jan

Enthusiasm for Ely Basketball team

FULL EXTENSION for Savannah Johnson of Ely’s high school dance team during their performance Tuesday night. Photos by Eric Sherman.

Fri
25
Jan

Ely Hoop Club takes teams to UMD

On January 12 the Ely Hoop Club took the boys and girls teams to UMD to watch both teams play. Pictured are: standingR: Jasiah Wigdahl, Trevor Mattson, Nils Deremee. Seated left: Pat Vanderbeek, Tim Moskalyk, Joey Bianco, Eric Omerza, Rylee Bishop, Eddie Prijatel, Brock Latourell, Bryce Fairchild. Seated center: Harry Simons, Will Davies, Erika Mattson, Finn Leisching, Collen Seliskar, Mason Davis, Reba Kissel, Jason Kerntz, Jacob Cochran, Taylor Gibney, Sarah Visser. Seated right: Katrina Seliskar, Brynn Vollom, Madeline Kallberg, Madison Rohr, Lily Tedrick, Elizabeth Omerza, Madeline Perry, Grace Latourell, Ande Visser. Submitted photo

Fri
25
Jan

Loons were focus of Tuesday group

LOON STATS AND STORIES were prevalent Tuesday at the Grand Ely Lodge when loon watcher Sherry Abts spoke during the weekly luncheon. Abts presented data showing where loons were observed in the Ely area this year, and she and others shared stories about loons and their travels, including loons that have traveled as far as Nova Scotia or to the southern United States. Photo by Tom Coombe

Fri
25
Jan

Northland 300 snowmobile ride braved cold temps

COLD TEMPS but the Special Olympics torch lighting was still held Thursday morning at Grand Ely Lodge for the start of the Northland 300 snowmobile ride. Photo by Nancy McReady.

Fri
25
Jan

Vanderbeek fires up Wolves; Senior guard scores 33, 44 in back-to-back wins for Ely boys

A RED-HOT SHOOTING performance for Ely senior Patrick Vanderbeek, who nailed eight three-point shots and had 44 points in the Wolves’ win over Fond du Lac. Photos by Eric Sherman

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Thu
24
Jan

Home on the Range - Memories may vary

Disclaimer: Memories may vary…
“Oh yeah, they’ve been in a trailer, had a rope around their necks, and they’re weaned.” None of the preceding statements were true, and dad was there that day to load them up, take them away from their mamas, and castrate them while they had them caught.
Two yearling bulls, now steers, loaded in a borrowed trailer to be brought to the pasture at my grandparent’s house, the summer I was 12. In my few short years of walking this earth, I had never felt closer to being a cowgirl, or at least a farmer.
The one steer managed to throw himself around so much in the trailer that he was on his back for most of the ride. Dad pulled into the pasture, threw the trailer door open and got out of the way. They were soon grazing.
Not long afterwards, maybe a day or two, after they healed up a bit, the steers decided they didn’t care to be fenced in. They went for a stroll. Down grandma and grandpa’s driveway. Then down Highway 21.

Thu
24
Jan

School Board Meeting Minutes December 10, 2018

School Board Meeting Minutes December 10, 2018 (Board approved 1-14-2019)
1.0 The regular meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 696
was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Chairman Marsnik.
2.0 On roll call the following directors were present: Kellerman, Marsnik, Mann,
Omerza, Pointer, Sjoberg. Also present: Kevin Abrahamson, Superintendent;
Tom Coombe, Ely Echo; Keith Vandervort, Ely Timberjay.
3.0 Pledge of Allegiance
4.0 Approval of Agenda:
4.1 Moved by Pointer, seconded by Kellerman, to approve the agenda as
amended. Motion carried. (Vote: 6-0) (Item 11.4 and 12.1.4 were deleted
from the agenda)
5.0 Open forum:
5.1 Truth-In-Taxation presentation by Kevin Abrahamson
5.1.1 Discussed 2018-2019 budget
5.1.2 Discussed 2018 Payable 2019 Levy
5.2 Opportunity for questions from taxpayers: There were no questions
asked.
6.0 Approval of Past Meeting Minutes:

Thu
24
Jan

School Board Study Session December 17, 2018

School Board Study Session December 17, 2018 (Board approved 1-14-2019)
1.0 The study session of the School Board of Independent School District No. 696 was called to order by Chairman Marsnik at 6:00 p.m. in the school board meeting room.
2.0 On roll call the following directors were present: Kellerman, Mann, Marsnik, Pointer, Sjoberg. Absent: Omerza.
3.0 Katie Hildenbrand from ARI was present to answer questions and go over the facilities project timeline that will be needed for the planning and development process.
4.0 Superintendent Abrahamson and High School Principal Megan Anderson gave an update on the discussions that the Iron Range Collaboration have been having to provide more opportunities for our students.
5.0 Moved by Kellerman, seconded by Pointer, to adjourn at 6:55 p.m. Motion carried. (5-0)
Scott C. Kellerman, Clerk
Ely Echo 1/26/2019

Thu
24
Jan

Betty Jane (Thomas) Page, 93, dies

Betty Jane (Thomas) Page, 93, passed away at Carefree Assisted Living in Ely, MN on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. She was born August 2, 1925 in Iowa City, Iowa to Helen (Means) and Dr. Wesley Thomas. The family later lived next door to artist Grant Wood’s family in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
She married Wesley M. Page, MD and they had two sons: Thomas M. and Michael J. The family moved from Montezuma, Iowa to Rockford, Illinois in 1958. Betty graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in social work. She was a member of the Alpha Beta chapter of Alpha Delta Pi (social sorority while in Iowa). Then an member of an Alpha Delta Pi alumnae group in Rockford.

Thu
24
Jan

Mary Jean Kriznar, May 6, 1941 – January 15, 2019, dies

Mary Jean Kriznar, May 6, 1941 – January 15, 2019. A friend of everyone she met, Mary Jean Kriznar of Ely, Minnesota passed away on January 15, 2019. Mary Jean could strike up a conversation wherever she went, and had friends and relatives across the country. She will be remembered as a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She is predeceased by her parents, Adolph and Francis (Globokar) Dolenshak, and husband, Frank Mathew Kriznar.

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