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24
May

Ely students build model sailboat

STUDENTS Shane Spangler (left), Abby Rehbein and Zach Robbins present to the Ely school board on Monday.

Fri
24
May

Area wildlife amuse residents, visitors

FOX PUPS went nose to nose in this photo taken by Eric Sherman last week near Ely.

Fri
24
May

Ely high school choir and band performed at the school concert on May 6.

ELY HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR: Back Row: Grace Fedders, Cora Olson, Lauren Olson, Shane Geiger, Matt Janeksela, Jasiah Wigdahl, Caleb Rouse-Littler, Bryce Fairchild, Preston Morgan, Grace Erickson, Madison Hill, Adrianna Bishop. Front Row: Hanna Littler, Amelia Pluth, Nash Hren, Adam Williamson, Logan Mather, Reba Kissell and Caitlin Priebe. Photos by Eric Sherman.

Fri
24
May

CC fuel tank removed

FROM UNDERNEATH the sidewalks and pipes holding Frontier phone lines, Dick Rach lifts a 10,000 fuel oil tank from in front of the Community Center as city workers assist. Photo by Nick Wognum.

Tue
21
May

School Board minutes April, May 2019

School Board Meeting Minutes April 8, 2019
(Board approved 5-13-2019)

Tue
21
May

REQUEST FOR QUOTATIONS FOR SNOWPLOWING

REQUEST FOR QUOTATIONS FOR SNOWPLOWING

On the 11th day of June 11, at 1:00 p.m. in the Board Room of Independent School District #696, the written quotes for snowplowing for the school calendar year of 2019-2020 shall be opened. The quotes must conform to the specifications that are available to interested parties and which are on file with the Superintendent’s office at 600 E. Harvey St., Ely, Minnesota. After reviewing the quotes, the District shall award a contract by direct negotiation consistent with the terms of Minn. Stat. 471.345.

Tue
21
May

REQUEST FOR QUOTATIONS FOR LIQUID PROPANE GAS

REQUEST FOR QUOTATIONS FOR LIQUID PROPANE GAS

On the 11th day of June 2019, at 1:30 p.m. in the Board Room of ISD #696, the written quotes for liquid propane gas for the school calendar year of 2019-2020 shall be opened. The quotes must conform to the specifications that are available to interested parties and which are on file with the Superintendent’s office, 600 E. Harvey St., Ely, MN 55731. After reviewing the quotes, the District shall award a contract by direct negotiation consistent with the terms of Minn. Stat. 123B.52, subd. 3.

Tue
21
May

Virginia Schneider, 90, dies

Virginia Schneider, 90, passed away Friday, May 10, 2019 surrounded by friends and family in Virginia, Minnesota.She was born April 21, 1929 in Wilmette, Illinois as the second of five siblings. Around the age of 20, she met her husband James Schneider to whom she was married for over 60 years.
In her early years, she worked as a switch board operator and a manager at Hackney’s for 23 years before moving to Ely, Minnesota in 1976. She and her skilled siblings built an incredible home on the lake where hundreds of family members visited over the subsequent years, earning many titles including; camp counselor, bottle washer, and pecan roll maker. When not hosting family, she volunteered at the hospital, participated in the sewing club, and developed programs for seniors.

Tue
21
May

Joseph P. Pryatel, 79, of Babbitt, dies

Joseph P. Pryatel, 79, of Babbitt, passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at his residence. Per Joe’s request there will be no services. Arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Mon
20
May

Hook and bullet club - Lucky guy

Luckiest guy on Mother’s Day? Had to be me. When I asked my wife what she wanted to do, she said, “How about a wheeler ride?”
Evan and Megan joined us and we loaded up the truck with two wheelers and a dirt bike. There will come a day when we can ride trails from Ely and that day is coming soon. We’re hoping to complete construction of the Prospector Loop from Ely to Mattila’s Shelter and beyond by this fall.
For now, however, unless you want to ride blacktop, trailering is your best bet.
We pulled into an old gravel pit and unloaded the machines. The weather was on the iffy side but a few raindrops weren’t going to stop us.
Evan and Megan took the lead and off we went down the trail. The leaves hadn’t filled in the forest yet so the views were just great. Seeing into the woods and out on to lakes, rivers and bogs is a fun part of spring riding.

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