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Mon
24
Sep

Pearl Swanson Shea, 87, of Framingham, MA, dies

Pearl Swanson Shea, 87, of Framingham, MA, died on September 21, 2018. Born in Ely, MN on November 21, 1930. Parents - Samuel Swanson and Eleanor Hyatt. She attended and graduated from Ely High School and Ely Junior College. Her first job was as a switchboard operator in Ely. After working as a secretary in Chicago, IL, she joined the Red Cross, working in Minneapolis and Walker, MN, before being assigned in 1952 to work as part of the Red Cross staff at Camp Chitose in Hokkaido, Japan. There she converted to Roman Catholicism and then met First Lieutenant Henry (Hank) Joseph Shea, who was returning from fighting in the Korean Conflict.

Sun
23
Sep

Trout Whisperer - September

Where I belong
It worked out good for me, I was late coming off the stream and he was late getting his haybales off the field. I could choose from several, I picked an easy one, one between me and a set of wheels that would carry me home, eventually.
I know where I am, I know where I should be, and I know I don’t want to miss right now this place. Don’t have any idea what’s to come of it, but I like it, I like where I am now.
The bale was long on the north side, I sat down benched against it, watching the sun slowly slide over tree tops, me foot tired, and, maybe, it tired of summer leaves.
The evening air wasn’t too cool, but the hay’s insulation, warm against my back, was surprisingly comfortable.
Three crows came from the east, flap, flap, floated over the field, nothing in the way of noisy caws, no hurried wing beats, they were just headed the way of sun.
I quit watching them when a lone doe slipped out onto the fresh mowed field.

Sat
22
Sep

Big-school opposition; Red-hot Ely gets set to meet volleyball powers in Virginia

by Tom Coombe -

Sat
22
Sep

From the miscellaneous drawer - R-e-s-p-e-c-t

The Emmys for 2018 winners list was announced and I had not seen even one of these programs. Guess I don’t watch as much TV as I thought, even before the DISH fracas in Duluth.
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Now here’s food for thought:
“Within just a couple decades, older people are projected to outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history,” said Jonathan Vespa, a demographer with the U.S. Census Bureau. “By 2035, there will be 78.0 million people 65 years and older compared to 76.7 million under the age of 18.” https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2018/cb18-41-population-p...
I think the elderly have generally earned this thought, but I noted in Aretha Franklin’s passing, her song Respect has the words: “I’m about to give you all of my money, And all I’m askin’ in return, honey, Is to give me my propers...”

Sat
22
Sep

BWCA online reservation system is doomed to fail

The U.S. Forest Service may end up being responsible for damaging several Ely area businesses and upsetting a large section of BWCA motorboat permit users.
A letter sent out last week from the Duluth office reaffirms the decision to do away with the permit lottery for motor entry points.
This includes:
Day Use Motor Entry Points:
• D Fall Lake, Newton, Pipestone & Beyond
• F Moose Lake to Newfound & Sucker Lakes
• G Moose Lake to Prairie Portage to Basswood
Overnight Paddle & Overnight Motor Entry Points:
• 24 Fall Lake
• 25 Moose Lake
The Forest Service believes an online permit reservation system will work better. But for individual users and businesses who rely on the scarce motor permits, this is a recipe for disaster.

Fri
21
Sep

Prospectors Alliance holds fall ride up Echo Trail

A TOTAL OF 25 ATVs left Ely Sunday morning for a 131-mile round trip to Crane Lake on the Echo Trail including a stop at Ed Shave Lake and Vermilion Falls. The ride was organized by the Trail Prospectors Alliance. Photo by Nick Wognum.

Fri
21
Sep

Marie A. Williams, 77, of Ely, dies

Marie Ann Williams, 77, of Ely, passed away at the Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital on Friday, September 21, 2018, after a short battle with cancer. Marie was born March 4, 1941 to Magnhild and Frank Boldin and was a lifelong resident of Ely. Marie was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 47 years, Ronald J. Williams.
Marie is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Caroline and Donald Mikolich of Ely, and her children and their spouses, Michael and Molly (Bridges) of Traverse City, MI; Tim and Linda (Niemela) of Lino Lakes, MN; Stacy and Rick Steel of Proctor, MN. She is also survived by her grandson and spouse Christopher and Kayla (Johnson) Bissonette, her grandchildren Meghan, Annikka, Jenni and Ricky Steel, Robert, Kathleen and Jack Williams, her great-grandson Jairus (Steel) Jennings, her sister-in-law Linda (Barry) Williams of Ely, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jack and Mary Williams of Waseca, MN and many nieces and nephews.

Fri
21
Sep

Your hometown newspaper - The Ely Echo delivers BIG pages of news and photos

Approaching news with open eyes and minds, that's what the Echo team provides its readers. Not the gossip of social media. You can count on Echo reporters facts.

Fri
21
Sep

Fall rains affect Ely’s low areas

FLOODING in Whiteside Park as well as on Sheridan and Pattison streets when a storm blew in Saturday night and dropped over two inches of rain in a short period. Photo courtesy Ely Police Department.

Fri
21
Sep

Ely’s road construction season wraps up

CURB AND GUTTER has been installed on 19th Ave. East, west of Vermilion Community College. Photo by Cam Weisert.

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