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Robert W. Haapala, 84, of Babbitt, dies

Robert Haapala passed away on March 8, 2019 at the Boundary Waters Care Center. Robert was born on September 3, 1934 to August and Jennie (Herrala) Haapala. Robert was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 63 years, Clarice; siblings: Harry, Lauri, Bill, Leonard, Delores and Lilian; and grandson Neil.
Robert is survived by his children: Larry (Deb) Haapala, Ellen (Pat) Trancheff, Diane Ellis, Robin Haapala (Cory King), and Terri (Kevin) Pylka; brother in-law Alan (Rosemary) Maki, sisters-in-law: Ina Haapala and Jane Maki; grandchildren: John and Robert Ellis, Michael Shoden, Brian (Elina) Trancheff, Katrina Jensen (Adam Thole), Laura Trancheff, Jared Pylka, Trevor and Taylor King and Lily Pylka; step-grandchildren Brian, Thea Sheridan (Darren Tesser) and Matthew (Jessica) Sheridan; great-grandchildren: Lita Ellis, Tori Fleck, Zander Ellis and Ella Trancheff; special friend Joan Olson; and numerous family and friends.

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Online BWCA permit system works for some, not for others

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Ely Pee Wees bound for state

Coach Andrew Saarela, Eli Olson, Kaiden Zupancich, Wesley Sandy, Jace Huntbatch, Coach John Payne, Peyton Gregory, Garrett Rohr, Alex Merriman, Deegan Richards, Drew Marolt, Ty Walker, Brecken Sandberg, Blake Schaller, Owen Brekke, Tommy Homer, Anya Moger, Ely Hall and goalie Ben Leeson

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February reading competition at Washington Elementary

ON STAGE and chilling out with the ice fishing theme for the February reading competition at Washington Elementary were Ammie Peterson, Mataya Barrett and Holly Sherman. Photo by Nick Wognum.

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Ely competes at Masquerade Dance Competition

STUDIO NORTH Mini Competition Teamt: Back Row: Aila Harding, Evie Cooley, Ella Perish, Jesse Oelke, Sabrah Hart, Rhys Truty, Izzy Chick, Bria Marshall, Chezne Nickolson; Middle Row: Grace Flynn, Cylvia DeBeltz, Madison Jonas; Front Row: Charlee Nielsen, Audrey Engen, Tracy Thibodeaux

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Trout Whisperer - Use at your own risk

It’s an old bridge, on a not too worn path. On the bridge itself it says, use at your own risk. Many don’t.
The sign, just the small metal placard, if it’s any indicator, has plenty of bullet holes through it. One bent corner and splotchy blotches where paint over the years has been chipped off by Lord only knows what.
Today along its extremely thin length it’s frosted in snow, one gorgeous dump of a hump in the middle of the bridge all plumped up and its oozing out of the rusted rails almost, but not quite leaking, and I think with one warm day or a stout wind, those unsupported snowy outcroppings are bound to go down.
Down below, in a narrow ravine, the serpentine stream’s course is totally snow covered with rounded bends as it wends its way out of my eyesight.

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VCC baseball players play ball…on a Florida freeway

FREE PIZZA from newfound friends during a traffic jam on the VCC baseball team’s trip to Florida.

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Native son: What a night

On Saturday March 2, one of our coldest bone chilling nights, St John’s University Men’s Chorus arrived in Ely and gave a performance which I don’t think anyone who was there will ever forget! Twenty three male voices in perfect harmony with each other singing spiritual and popular music in the great hall of St Anthony’s Church.
The Chorus was founded in 1948 by Father James Kelly. The present director is Axel Theimer and I had the great pleasure of meeting him when I arrived at the church. He had just finished rehearsing his group before they went downstairs to change into their performance attire.
In 1960 the chorus at that time made their first of many trips to Europe. They also perform frequently for state and regional music conventions for which they have received numerous prizes and awards.

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Making memories in Ely

by Tom Coombe
Finn Liesching came to Ely in part to hone up on his English skills and try out American sports.
The exchange student from Germany has done that, and much more, in his seven months in the community.
Liesching shared some of his experiences and anecdotes this week at the Tuesday Group luncheon.
“It’s been a blast here in Ely,” said Liesching, who is here as part of the Rotary Exchange Student initiative. “It’s been such a good time. All the people are so welcoming.”
The youngest of four children, Liesching opted to go abroad for his junior year of high school and will have two more years of high school to complete once he returns to his home, near the French border.
While he grew up playing soccer, the signature sport of his nation, Liesching also became a fan of the NFL and dabbled in American football in his home country.

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