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Fri
01
Feb

Frekings go 1-2 in 2019 Beargrease Race

ON THE TRAIL and on her way to a second place finish behind her husband Blake Freking was Jennifer Freking who finished in 21:17:58, with Blake taking first with a time of 19:32:31. The couple resides in Finland, MN. The 293 mile race is the longest in the lower 48 states and carries a purse of $5,400 for first place and $3,600 for second place.

Elyite Peter McClellan placed seventh in the Marathon finishers.
Photo by Heidi Pinkerton.

Fri
01
Feb

Pushing the limits; Ely’s Skustad bows out of 135

Carl Skustad posted online this week, “Thanks for all your thoughts and positive vibes. After a few hours at Melgeorge’s last night thinking about today’s race strategy I decided to drop from this years AH135. With as much respect as I have for this race I didn’t want to be a liability on trail. I was safe and have all my fingers and toes in one piece. The time it would taken me to get to the finish would have possibly put me in a bivi tonight. My skis were so slow and I jacked up my knee in a little wipeout action on course. Ski ya later, peace.”

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
01
Feb

Ely Lions Club shares funds

NEW AND OLD LIONS - The original Ely Lions Club gave away $16,000 this past weekend. Accepting a donation of $4,000 was Steve Saari of Veterans on the Lake. The original Ely Lions Club gave away $16,000 this past weekend in monies raised from pancake feeds in Whiteside Park during the Blueberry/Art and Harvest Moon festivals. $3,500 was sccepted by Kurt Erickson for the St. Louis County Rescue Squad. Donations were also made to Ely Food Shelf $2,000, Veterans on the Lake $4,000, Northwoods Partners 1,500, Ely Community Resource $1,000, Advocates for Family Peace $1,500, South Shore Ambulance $500 and Leader Dogs $2,000. Presenting the checks were Bud Adamic and Len Katauskas. Also pictured are two people looking to revive the club, Kris Winkelman (left) and Mike Brundski. There will be an Ely Lions Club meeting at the Boundary Waters Care Center on Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. Photo by Nick Wognum.

Thu
31
Jan

Thursday morning greeting

Eric had -65 degrees

Thursday morning greeting

Thought I'd send these photos taken between 7 and 8 this AM at White Iron with thermometer about 4ft off the lake.
Enjoy,
Eric Pfeiffer

Ely schools were closed for the third day due to the cold.

Wed
30
Jan

Crash and burn! Epic failure for BWCA online permit system

by Nick Wognum -

Wed
30
Jan

Wilderness group advocates naming Quetico Lake after forest ecologist

by M. McKinnon
Reprinted with permission from Atikokan Progress, Atikokan, Canada

Tue
29
Jan

Lake Superior cools down Ironmen

by Tom Coombe
The Vermilion Ironmen were riding a hot streak, at least until Wednesday.
That’s when league upstart Lake Superior staked its own claim in a growing chase for a regional playoff berth, pulling away from the Ironmen in an 84-64 community college basketball victory at Superior, Wis.
The fledgling IceHawks, in their first season of play in the Minnesota Community Athletic Conference, evened their division record at 4-4 while VCC fell to 3-4 and had a three-game win streak come to an end.
One team was hot and the other was not as the Ironmen shot just 34 percent for the game and were six-for-28 from three-point distance.
Lake Superior shot at a 51 percent clip and was an even more impressive 11-for-20 from beyond the three-point line.
The IceHawks’ Ryan Pantsar hit all five of his three-point attempts and had 19 points for LSC, which outscored Vermilion 39-27 in the second stanza.

Mon
28
Jan

WinterFest set for Feb. 7-17

by Tom Coombe
The countdown is on to Ely’s premiere winter celebration.
Now in its 26th year, the 2019 edition of the Ely Winter Festival is set for Feb. 7-17, and organizers say it will include a combination of “new and traditional events that will enhance your enjoyment of winter.”
While it includes dozens of events and activities, the festival is headlined each year by the International Snowsculpting Symposium.
Whiteside Park and other locations in town serve as home to an array of snow sculptures, to be carved by 18 teams from Ely, elsewhere in Minnesota and other countries.
The symposium kicks off the festival Feb. 7-10, and the park is certain to serve as an unofficial hub of activity as sculpting teams make their works of art out of giant blocks of snow.
Volunteers brave the cold to set the forms and city crews fill them with snow.

Sun
27
Jan

Ely ski teams get set for key meets

by Tom Coombe -
Ely’s Nordic Wolves had the chance Wednesday to race under the same format that will be used for the upcoming section and state meets.
The results showed that opponents of the Ely boys have good reason to be nervous.
As they have all year, the Wolves racked up another team victory with sophomore Jasper Johnston once again at the head of the pack.
Johnston won both the freestyle and classic five-kilometer races at the Duluth East Invitational, taking home the combined pursuit victory with nearly a minute to spare.
As a team, the Ely boys were as dominant as Johnston, grabbing three of the top-five individual places and six spots in the top-11.
Those results gave the Wolves an easy win in the team standings, with Ely topping eight other schools.
Among the girls, Ely was fourth in a 10-team field.

Sun
27
Jan

Don Chinander, 78, of Ely, dies

Donald G. Chinander, 78, of Ely, MN formerly from Marine on the St. Croix, passed away Sunday, January 27, 2019 at his residence where he wanted to be when he went home to be with his Heavenly Father.
Don retired from 3M in 1996 after 35 years of service. In 1999 Don became the owner of Stony Ridge Resort and Cafe with his son Marty. Don is survived by his children: Gordon Chinander, Robin Lee, Martin (Dawn) Chinander; grandchildren: Jacquelyn Chinander (Sergio), Joshua Chinander (Morgan), Taylor Lee, Trevor Lee, Zach (Angie) Debeltz , Jesse (Ayla) Debeltz; great grandchild Pricilla Mena; brother Roger (Cindy) Chinander. He was preceded in death by parents Glenn and Maxine Chinander, former spouse Bette Chinander and infant grandson, Dakota Lee. A memorial service will be held at The Gospel Church on Saturday, February 9 at 1 p.m. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

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