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Tue
12
Jun

East of Ely - The Manitou Boogie, Part Three

This is the final chapter of my trip to Frank Befera’s cabin that took place a quarter century ago. So far the other two columns covered the trip up to Manitou Lake, the Befera Cabin camp and the secret wall of fine liquor, both of which you can still read on the Ely Echo website. Now it’s onto the second day and a cloudless morning of fishing.
The seven of us took off early in three boats with a plan to rendezvous for shore lunch at an island campsite five miles to the west of the cabin.
I was with Frank’s son, Tim who had been given specific orders to arrive on time and with at least four trout. I understood why Frank had done this the instant Tim informed me we would first spend a couple of hours on his favorite smallmouth lake a short portage off of the east end of Manitou Lake.

Tue
12
Jun

Gordon F. Dodge, 81, of Aurora, IL, dies

Gordon F. Dodge, 81, of Aurora, IL, passed away on Friday, May 4, 2018 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was born June 12, 1936 in San Francisco, CA.
Gordon proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1953 to 1957. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan with the 3rd Marine Division as a Corporal.
Gordon worked for the Aurora Country Club prior to his retirement. He was a commercial pilot, auto mechanic and was an expert woodworker. In his spare time, Gordon loved to read any book he could get his hands on.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years Lida; children: Rachel Scott, Robin Mattes, Vincent Dodge, grandchildren Jake and Luke Cuttie, Loralli & Noah Bailey, Kelsey andLida Dodge, Jr., sisters Jackie Gallegos, Candy Hogan, Judy Wade, many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mon
11
Jun

Raymond Richard Doran, 80, of Cape Coral, FL, dies

Raymond Richard Doran, 80, of Cape Coral, FL, passed away Friday, June 8, 2018.

Sun
10
Jun

...there are no shortcuts to opening a mine

Editor:
Building on our commitment to sharing information about the Twin Metals Project with the public as details become more certain, we recently released new project information. As a part of this effort, I had the opportunity to meet with a number of people in our community who are interested and engaged in the future of our project. The conversations were productive and were based on maintaining open lines of communication to provide accurate information about our project as it becomes available. In the spirit of these meetings, I wanted to take the opportunity to provide some facts about our project.
Many in the area have likely heard that our federal mineral leases were recently reinstated. That isn’t to be confused with an approval to start mining or even lease renewal. It is, however, an important step in the lease renewal process for leases we’ve held in good standing since 1966.

Sun
10
Jun

Ely making the switch to Junior Legion

The jerseys are the same and the age level is nearly identical, yet Ely will make a major switch when it comes to youth baseball this weekend.
That’s when for the first time in community history, Ely will field a Junior Legion team.
Junior Legion has replaced VFW as the middle level of Ely’s summer baseball program, and the team makes its debut with this weekend’s ’Zup North Realty Classic.
Eight teams, including host Ely, will take part in the three-day event that wraps up Sunday at Veterans Memorial Field.
Like VFW baseball, Junior Legion is largely for players age 16 and under, but a few 17-year-olds make the cut thanks to a Jan. 1 cutoff date.
Across the state, Junior Legion is taking off, particularly for small-school programs such as Ely’s.

Sun
10
Jun

Political season in full swing

A series of surprising events last weekend led to a crazy week for statewide offices in the state of Minnesota. Not so much in Ely, but the St. Louis County Commissioner seat sure did attract a crowd.
Two events of note happened at the DFL convention in Rochester.
Gubernatorial front runner Tim Walz realized he wasn’t going to get the endorsement and made a hallway deal with fellow candidate Rebecca Otto to stop Erin Murphy from getting the DFL stamp of approval.
Walz and Otto walked in to the convention hall together and called for a vote of “No endorsement.” This was stunning to some and alerted a group from northeast Minnesota to proclaim, “We have to let Becky Rom know about this.”
It’s no secret Otto was the preferred candidate for the anti-mining crowd. But her candidacy fell flat statewide and that showed through in Rochester. Figuring she had nothing to lose, Otto dropped in with Walz, a stunning development to some of her supporters.

Sat
09
Jun

The lure of a kind gift to youth

by Anne Swenson
Answering phone calls at the Echo is generally a special treat. A chance to welcome home summer residents, connect staff members to inquirers. And sometimes the unexpected happens.
A fellow called recently to ask if we could suggest some area youth group who might benefit from his handmade lures. He said he had tried giving some away last year to a group elsewhere but they didn’t seem very appreciative. Were there any youth in the Ely area who could benefit, he asked.
While there are a number of youth camps in the area, one seemed to fit his request, and it had been a favorite of a former Echo editor - Sommers Canoe Boy Scout Base. He agreed.
In due time, a box arrived with neatly packaged lures of several varieties along with this letter:

Sat
09
Jun

Wolves suffer 7A upsets; Carlton, South Ridge end bid for third straight state tourney berth

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
08
Jun

East of Ely - The Manitou Boogie, Part Two

Last week I began a three part series about taking a trip to Frank Befera’s cabin on Manitou Lake in northwest Ontario, and for those of you who may not have read Part One, the column can be accessed via the Ely Echo website. I left off at the moment we arrived at the island retreat after describing what appeared to be an ordinary northern lake camp, yet the kind of place you fell in love with the instant your feet hit the ground.
The main cabin was low and wide with a large kitchen, two small bedrooms, a six-bed bunkroom and a small vestibule that held a propane-powered refrigerator. Outside stood a large outhouse and a boathouse built to keep at least five boats running on demand. Nothing fancy but it was obvious that this was the kind of camp that fishermen dream of.

Fri
08
Jun

Baltich running in Lake County

by Tom Coombe
Joe Baltich, a former Ely mayor and city council member, is running for county commissioner in Lake County.
The local business owner and Fall Lake Township resident announced this week that he’ll challenge incumbent Pete Walsh for his seat on the county board.
Baltich hopes to represent a district that includes Fall Lake and the northern part of the county.
It’s an area that, according to Baltich, hasn’t received sufficient attention from county officials.
“I just feel that we don’t have northern representation,” Baltich said Thursday. “I’ve been watching it for years and waiting for somebody from this area to pull the trigger and become a representative for the northern part of the county. That hasn’t happened so I said ‘it’s time for me.’”
Baltich pointed to the county’s involvement in a broadband initiative that failed to result in high-speed internet service in the area.

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