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26
May

When you hear Bill Deyak’s name this Memorial Day, remember his story

by Dave Merhar -

Sat
26
May

Jessica Schultz, 37, of St. Paul, dies

Jessica Schultz, 37, of St. Paul, passed away on Saturday, May 26, 2018 in Ely while vacationing with her mother at her side. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Fri
25
May

Janet M. Rhein, of Ely, dies

Janet M. Rhein, of Ely, passed away Friday, April 6, 2018 at Essentia Health in Virginia. Janet Marie Rhein was born to Anton and Katherine Kramar. She graduated from Ely High School. On July 14, 1956, she was united in marriage to George Rhein. The couple made their home in Ely, raising their three children, Sandy, Dave and Mike.
Janet enjoyed being outdoors, camping, fishing, gardening, berry and mushroom picking and spending time with her grandkids, Katie, April, Triston, Isabelle, Eric, Tyler, and her grand dogs.
She is survived by: sons: David (Julie) and Mike (Pat) Rhein, daughter: Sandy (Paul) Venne. Grandchildren: Triston, April (Leo), Katie, Eric (Sara), and Tyler (Joselyn); Great Granddaughter: Isabell; sisters: Francis and Norma Kramar; brother-in-law: Allen (Betty) Rhein; several nieces and nephews.

Fri
25
May

Prigge first in 3,200 at subs

by Tom Coombe
Ryne Prigge has made her mark as one of the area’s best long-distance high school girls track athletes.
The Ely senior held to form Wednesday at Hibbing, overcoming unseasonably warm conditions and taking first in the 3,200 meter run at the Section 7A North Subsection Meet.
Prigge had the Wolves’ only victory, but she’ll have plenty of company at Thursday’s section meet at Duluth.
Teammate Brielle Kallberg had second-place subsection finishes in both the long jump and triple jump and will move on to sections in the 100 dash as well, while seventh-grader Zoe Devine moves on after a second-place finish in the 1,600 run.
Ely’s Lauren Olson, Ande Visser, Evelyn Bercher and Annikka Mattson all won section berths and the Wolves will also advance their four-by-800 relay, after Emma Terwiliger, Bercher, Phoebe Helms and Devine combined to take fourth.

Fri
25
May

From the miscellaneous drawer - Phone books

City phone books. The older ones trace the progression and regression of a community. Most people toss them when they are replaced. Now with so many folks switching to cell phones, keeping old phone books allows one to stay in touch with those who only have land lines. I’ve kept a few.

Fri
25
May

Governor’s veto puts stamp on a failure to communicate

What we have at the end of the 2018 legislative session is a major failure to communicate. Instead of keeping our income taxes from becoming a tangled mess and solving numerous state problems, Governor Mark Dayton hastily vetoed the two major bills.
An omnibus spending and a major tax bill were passed by the Republican controlled House and Senate. The DFL governor didn’t like what he read and killed both bills. Dayton also ruled out a special session, leaving taxpayers across the state of Minnesota hanging.
In Ely that meant a major hit to the 250-mile Prospector Loop ATV trail project. Provisions in the omnibus bill would have extended a use-it-or-lose-it funding deadline for another year and transferred $400,000 of dedicated funds into the project.

Fri
25
May

Ely’s New Business Card

Ely’s New Business Card

Fri
25
May

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Fri
25
May

State funds trailhead project

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
25
May

Fire on Burntside

THREE STRUCTURES burned from a sauna fire on Burntside Lake at the Koivumaki family cabin. Morse-Fall Lake fire chief Ted Krueger said the fire started in the sauna and burned a boathouse and a storage shed. A side by side ATV and a boat burned in addition to a half acre of woods. The Morse-Fall Lake, USFS, and Ely fire departments battled the blaze off Burntside Lake Road near Kaleva Bay. “It could’ve been a lot of worse than it was. Luckily we had the Forest Service to help us and we had the small trucks because we couldn’t get our big trucks in. These small roads are not brushed out and not wide enough,” said Krueger. Photo by Martha Scott.

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