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Wolves clip ’Hawks in four

by Tom Coombe
Ely’s high school volleyball team overcame a second-game hiccup and took care of a local rival.
An impressive serving game and an assortment of hitters helped the Timberwolves overcome a stellar outing from Northeast Range sophomore Hannah Reichenserger as the hosts won the season-opener in four games.
Ely junior McKenna Coughlin had 10 ace serves to go with a team-high 10 kills in the Wolves’ 25-20, 23-25, 25-19, 25-8 victory.
On the heels of a 21-win season in 2018 and high hopes for the 2019 campaign, the Wolves had trouble with the determined Nighthawks early on.
Reichensperger, who led all hitters with 16 kills was a force at the net and kept her team close in the opener.
The Nighthawks bolted out to 16-8 and 22-16 leads in the second game and persevered after the Wolves rallied to tie it at 22.

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Harvest Moon starts on Friday

by Tom Coombe
Ely’s Harvest Moon Festival is far more than arts and crafts and food.
In addition to the staples of the end-of-summer celebration, now in its 26th year, entertainment is also a key part of the event slated for Whiteside Park next weekend.
The festival begins Friday, Sept. 6 and runs through the weekend, with a dog show and music serving as two key attractions.
The All-Star Stunt Dogs Challenge returns to delight audiences. It stars dogs that have been rescues from pounds and shelters, and features the dogs performing air stunts, athletic feats and high-jumping challenges. Two, 30 minute shows are scheduled each day with an opportunity after each show to meet and greet.
The music component kicks off Friday with Timmy Haus, who performs a variety of genres from Paul Simon to Johnny Cash and more.

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POSITION OPENING

POSITION OPENING
ISD No. 696, ELY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
PARAPROFESSIONAL
PLACE OF WORK: District; RATE OF PAY: $16.08/hr.; HOURS: 6.5 hours/day, 5 days/week, student contact days; QUALIFICATIONS: AA Degree or two years of college required. Background check required. Application (non-licensed) available at www.ely.k12.mn.us or in the District Office. Send materials to: ISD #696, Attn: Superintendent, 600 E. Harvey St., Ely, MN 55731. Application review to begin Monday, September 9; open until filled.

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PETITION FOR PROBATE

STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF ST. LOUIS

DISTRICT COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
Court File No. 69VI-PR-19-109

ESTATE OF
EDWARD C. MARSOLEK, SR.
A/K/A EDWARD CHARLES MARSOLEK,
Decedent

NOTICE AND ORDER FOR HEARING ON PETITION FOR PROBATE OF WILL AND APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE
TO CREDITORS

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School year starts Tuesday in Ely

by Tom Coombe
Some may consider it bad news that it’s time to go back to school. Here’s some good news. The hot water system is finally fully functional in the Ely school buildings.
In Ely and in most other Minnesota communities including those around the Iron Range, school doors will swing open this week with the first day of classes on Tuesday.
The 2019-20 school year also brings some new faces to the district, including right at the top, with Erik Erie set to take over as superintendent this month, pending the completion of licensure requirements.
A longtime principal at Mesabi East in neighboring Aurora, Erie was tabbed this summer to replace Kevin Abrahamson, who is leaving after four years as the district’s part-time chief executive.
Megan Anderson (Memorial) and Anne Oelke (Washington) return as building principals, but both will be overseeing some new staff members.

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Way to go Washington Elementary PTO

Summer is over when school starts and for parents of elementary students it’s a time to load up on supplies from notebooks to Kleenex.
Not so this year in our community. The Washington Elementary PTO has given parents a gift that should go down in the history books. Every child from grades kindergarten to fifth grade will have the bulk of their school supplies waiting from them in a red bag in their locker.
What a great project and an example of seeing a problem, finding a solution and getting the job done. That’s not to say it was easy. Fundraising for a $6,000 project and coming up with $4,300 from sponsors alone is impressive.
But it’s the volunteer hours it took to pull it off that really deserve recognition. Like most organizations, the Washington Elementary PTO could use some more people to help out. There are three board members (the secretary position is unfilled) and they’ve been working hard on this project.

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Canoeman Joe Seliga stars in a new picture book biography for young readers

Ely’s own Joe Seliga is the celebrated subject of Canoeman Joe, a new picture book biography published by Green Writers Press of North Brattleboro, Vermont. Written by Robin Radcliffe and illustrated by Consie Powell, Canoeman Joe follows Joe from boyhood into elder years and chronicles the fascinating journey by which Joe taught himself to make wood and canvas canoes.
Born in Ely, Joe Seliga was one of 12 children in a close-knit family that owned two wood and canvas canoes made by the Morris Canoe Company of Veazie, Maine. It was the use, care, and repair of these Morris canoes that helped the young Joe ultimately figure out how to make canoes of his own design.
This biographical picture book celebrates Joe’s life with canoes as well as his independent spirit that instilled a tradition of self-reliance in a whole generation of campers across the lake country of northern Minnesota. The opening page offers just a hint of Joe’s independent spirit:

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Kraig J. Kalan, 52

Kraig J. Kalan, 52, longtime Superior resident, died peacefully, Thursday, August 29, 2019 surrounded by his family at Solvay Hospice House in Duluth, MN.
He was born in St. Paul, MN, October 21, 1966, the son of Rudolph and Carol (Breitbach) Kalan.
He graduated from Coon Rapids High School in 1985 and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
Kraig married Theresa “Terri” Champaigne on April 25, 1992 and they celebrated twenty-seven years of marriage before his passing.
He was employed as an auto finance manager for Krenzen Auto, Inc. for many years.
He was a member of Holy Assumption Catholic Church in Superior, and was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. He also enjoyed golf and was a longtime member of the Nemadji Mens Club.

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Way to go Washington Elementary PTO

Summer is over when school starts and for parents of elementary students it’s a time to load up on supplies from notebooks to Kleenex.
Not so this year in our community. The Washington Elementary PTO has given parents a gift that should go down in the history books. Every child from grades kindergarten to fifth grade will have the bulk of their school supplies waiting from them in a red bag in their locker.
What a great project and an example of seeing a problem, finding a solution and getting the job done. That’s not to say it was easy. Fundraising for a $6,000 project and coming up with $4,300 from sponsors alone is impressive.
But it’s the volunteer hours it took to pull it off that really deserve recognition. Like most organizations, the Washington Elementary PTO could use some more people to help out. There are three board members (the secretary position is unfilled) and they’ve been working hard on this project.

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Journalists open window to the world

JOURNALISTS from around the world and their Ely hosts posed in front of the Chamber of Commerce before leaving town. Photo by Nick Wognum.

by Tom Coombe

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