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Thu
08
Nov

Nolan congratulates Congressman-Elect Pete Stauber and offers assistance during transition

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan telephoned Congressman-elect Pete Stauber Wednesday to offer congratulations on Stauber’s election victory Tuesday, and offer any and all assistance in transitioning Minnesota’s 8th District Congressional office to the new representative.
“Pete and I had a warm and cordial conversation to discuss the orderly transition of the office, as well as information regarding legislative efforts he may wish to continue after he begins his service in Washington,” Nolan said. “This Congressional seat belongs to the great people of Minnesota’s Eighth District, and my staff and I are committed to ensuring that they continue to receive top-notch, uninterrupted service as long as we remain in office.”
Nolan added that he and Stauber agreed to be in close communication over the coming weeks leading up to the onset of the new Congress in January.

Wed
07
Nov

Home on the Range - A mighty oak has fallen

One of my clearest and most consistent memories of Grandpa Kuehl would be him coming home from work. In from the cold, pulling heavy boots off, gloves and coat hung to dry near the stove in the porch, thermos and lunch pail on the steps.
Up to the kitchen to take his place at the head of the dining room table. Gram would feed him and then off to his chair in the living room to read the Duluth paper, or if it was Saturday, the Ely Echo. Larry King blaring on the TV…
Grandpa was a picture of a hard worker. He didn’t know how to not work! As a kid, driving out to see him at his latest logging site was a frequent outing. I’d bet there are photos of each of the grandkids climbing a woodpile Grandpa had cut … maybe even a few of the Great Grandkids too!

Wed
07
Nov

Marlene Zorman elected in Winton

Marlene Zorman didn't seek elected office, but she will soon take a seat on the city council in Winton nonetheless.

Zorman got 41 write-in votes Tuesday and won a council race that had no candidates on the ballot.

About a dozen other people, Including President Trump, were written in by Winton residents but Zorman was the only resident to get significant support.

Kathy Edman ran unopposed and won the special election for city treasurer, while Anne Jackson was re-elected city clerk without opposition.

Winton residents turned out en masse for the election, with the city recording 72 percent voter turnout and 79 people casting ballots.

Wed
07
Nov

Heidi Omerza is the top vote-getter in Ely

The third time was the charm for Angela Campbell.

After unsuccessful previous runs for both mayor and city council, Campbell won a spot on the Ely City Council Tuesday, finishing third in a four-way race for three council seats.

Longtime council member Heidi Omerza was the top vote-getter with 1,082 votes while fellow incumbent Albert Forsman (984) took second, while Campbell collected 860 votes to edge out incumbent Dan Forsman by. 63 votes.

Campbell campaigned heavily for the position and was a frequent council critic the last several months, voicing her opposition to the proposed sale of the Ely Community Center building and submitting her own bid to buy the 80-year-old landmark.

Mayor Chuck Novak was re-elected Tuesday while running unopposed while Omerza, Forsman and Campbell won four-year terms on the council.

Wed
07
Nov

Walsh takes win in Lake County race, McDonald wins St. Louis County Board seat

In a Wednesday morning correction, Lola House, an accountant in the Auditor’s Office in Lake County, established that due to an entry error in the numbers, Pete Walsh retained his seat on the Lake County Board. The final tally was determined to be Walsh 708 and Joe Baltich 406.

Joe Baltich, a former Ely mayor, lost to incumbent Pete Walsh, 708-406 - in the Lake County Board race.

Paul McDonald had much more breathing room as he defeated Bernie Mettler, leading by nearly 2,000 votes with all but six of the St. Louis County's Fourth District precincts reporting.

The Ely native, a longtime teacher and coach at Vermilion Community College, is set to succeed the retiring Tom Rukavina on the county board. He racked up big margins on his home turf, including a 1,197-444 edge in Ely and decisive wins in Morse, Township, Winton and Eagles Nest Township.

Sun
04
Nov

Robert Scheuer, of Ely, dies

Robert Scheuer, of Ely, passed away on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Essentia Health- St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Sun
04
Nov

Anton "Tony" Golobich, 95, of Ely, dies

Anton J. ‘Tony’ Golobich, 95, of Ely died peacefully on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at Boundary Waters Care Center, one week after the passing of his beloved wife, Angie.
He was born on May 11, 1923 in Ely to Steve and Katherine (Jaketic) Golobich and graduated from Ely Memorial High School, class of 1941. During high school he was a ski jumper with the Ely Ski Club. Tony also became a skilled woodsman and trapper who understood animals and their movements. He was accomplished at finding his way in the woods, outsmarting wolves, fox, lynx, mink and beaver, especially during the Minnesota State “bounty” trapping years. He loved the outdoors and spent as much time as possible trapping and hunting or with a ‘line in the water’ on the Kawishiwi River and other area lakes.

Sat
03
Nov

City council candidates answer Ely Echo questions

Angela Campbell
Personal information -
Age 70 yrs. I attended the University of So. Dakota (communications) and University of Nebr. (architecture and design). I earned certificates from the Seasonal Park Ranger program at Vermilion Community College, Ely, Mn and non-profit management program at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Mn. I have lived in the Ely area for over 35 years and have been a resident of Ely for 17 years. I’m a mother of 2 adult children and have 5 grandchildren. I established the A.K. Campbell Development Company. Since moving to Ely I have been honored to serve the community as a member of severa local boards and committees including 3 city commissions (Ely Historical Preservation, Ely Housing and Redevelopment Authority). 5 community association boards and member of 8 civic organizations.
Why would you be an effective member of the Ely City Council?

Sat
03
Nov

Wallace “Wally”Chester Kuehl, 95, dies

Wallace “Wally”Chester Kuehl, 95, passed away on November 2, 2018 in Finland, MN surrounded by family at his home.
Wallace was born September 1, 1923 to Hugo and Harriet (Kile) Kuehl in Thorp WI. He was a proud WWII Vet, serving in the Army.
He married Vera (Cornwell) Kuehl on Jan 4, 1947. They farmed near Thorp, WI. In 1957 Wallace moved to Minnesota to work as a logger, his family followed in ’59.
He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Victor and James; sister Esther and a granddaughter, Lucinda (Cindy Lou) Kuehl.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Vera (Cornwell) Kuehl. Seven Children: Wally (Joyce), Elroy, Linda (Alan), Willy (Evelyn), Harriet (Roger), Jacqueline (Andres) and Katherine (Daniel).
Grandchildren: Reggie, Danielle, James, Suzette, Scott, Jessica, Rodney, Aaron, Travis, Roger, Karen, Benjamin, Barett. Brother Bernie (Jean) and sister Ruth (Leland) Cornwell and more than 30 great grandchildren.

Sat
03
Nov

From the miscellaneous drawer - Rushing to get things done

On the weekends I make up an imaginary set of “to do” lists for the days. Sometimes I write it all down, but sometimes it is short enough that I think I can handle it without a paper reminder.
And so it was last Saturday. A friend was coming over for lunch, so I planned my morning: Start the laundry, stop at the office for the mail, stop to see my friend Betty, pick up a couple things at the grocery store, buy some wine, set the table, straighten up the cascade of newspapers in the living room and get the cooking started.
My garage is also my laundry room, so I dressed, grabbed the laundry basket - briefly self-checking that I had emptied all the Kleenex out of the pockets of the grey jacket to be washed. Yes, I remembered doing that...
Got the machine load started after again questioning why the elderly aren’t considered when opening a child-proof soap container that requires the strength of a teenager or more.

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