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Fri
09
Jun

Wolves upset Deer River, return to state

by Tom Coombe -

For the Ely Timberwolves, an improbable season will reach its climax at an improbable destination: the Class A State High School Baseball Tournament.

The youngest baseball team in school history gave the program its second straight Section 7A title - upsetting top-seeded and state-ranked Deer River twice Thursday night at Duluth's Wade Stadium,

Junior Gage Merhar returned to the mound with a dominant performance and teamed with senior Mark Killoran to drive in eight runs as the Wolves won the opening game 12-7, setting up a deciding game for the title that mirrored the first.

Again, Ely jumped to a big lead and held on at the end, with sophomore Tyler Housey recording the save in his first-ever varsity pitching performance, relieving freshman Dalton Schreffler in a 9-6 Wolves win.

Wed
07
Jun

BRIAN LEWIS ARNOLD, 49, dies

BRIAN LEWIS ARNOLD, 49, died June 3, 2017 at St. Mary’s Medical Center Duluth MN, after a brief illness.
Born december 28, 1967 in Fort Frances Ontario Canada to Ivan and Rosalie Arnold. He lived in Ely MN till moving to International Falls two years ago. He held many jobs but his heart belonged to the Morse/ Fall Lake Fire and Rescue Department.

Wed
07
Jun

Honors for Bianco, Heiman Ely senior standouts named Arrowhead Athletes of the Year

by Tom Coombe -

Wed
07
Jun

Philip A. “Phil” Hogan, 85, dies

Philip A. “Phil” Hogan, 85, passed away peacefully on June 2, 2017. Born December 25, 1931.
Phil grew up in Michigan graduating from Ludington HS and from the University of Michigan. After serving in the Army, he moved with his wife and family to the Twin Cities working 30 years at Honeywell. Phil and Jan then moved to Ely where he built a lovely home in the North Woods on the edge of the BWCA.
Phil was preceded in death by his parents Lila and Frank. He is survived by wife Janet (Gast), son Mike (Anna), son James, daughter Terri Copps (Rip), and grandchildren Matthew, Emilie Purvine (Sam), Laura, Joe, Paul, Andrew, Jim and Katie.

Wed
07
Jun

Solitude at eventide

Photographer Pam Roberts captures the serenity of a boat ride through the channel at Silver Rapids.

Wed
07
Jun

Ely Aquatic Invasives Team (EAIT) ramping up summer activities

With growing concern about the effects of aquatic invasive species (AIS) such as rusty crayfish and spiny water fleas on the Northland’s fisheries and our lakes and rivers “as we know them,” a group of area citizens and government agencies has come together to learn about them and work to impede their spread.
Representatives from the Burntside Lake (BLA), White Iron Chain of Lakes (WICOLA), Vermilion Lake (VLA—formerly the Sportsmen’s Club of Lake Vermilion), and Eagle’s Nest Lake Associations, St. Louis and Lake Counties Soil & Water Conservation Districts, US Forest Service, Ely Field Naturalists (EFN), and Ely Community Resource (ECR) have met monthly since 2015 to coordinate opportunities and efforts.

Tue
06
Jun

VCC earns high ranking

by Tom Coombe -

Mon
05
Jun

Second CanoeFest coming up June 10-11

by Tom Coombe
Known for decades as the canoe capital of the United States, if not the world, Ely will go to great lengths next weekend to live up to that billing.
The second annual Great American Canoe Festival will take place June 10-11 at Semer’s Park with demonstrations and seminars, music and food, vendors and special events including canoe races, a film festival and literary breakfast.
“There is a ton of stuff going on,” said organizer Wendy LIndsay.
Born in 2016, the CanoeFest is part of an effort to bring more events - and visitors - to the community.
The inaugural event was held last June and encompassed three days and two sites - both Semer’s as well as Vermilion Community College.
This time around, the event has been consolidated to two days and Semer’s serves as the focal point.
“100 percent of it is at Semer’s,” Lindsay said of the popular, city-owned beach area.

Sun
04
Jun

Judith L. Vollom, of Ely, dies

Judith L. Vollom, of Ely, passed away May 22, 2017 surrounded by her family at the Babbitt Carefree Living Center. She was born on August 20, 1944 to Gaylord and Ellen Bailey. Judy graduated from St. Paul Central High school and college from Vermilion Community College and Bemidji State University with a degree in American Indian studies and Ojibwe language. Judy taught the Ojibwe language at Vermilion and Mesabi Community Colleges and authored the book Ojibwemowin which was nominated for the 1995 Northern Minnesota Book Award. She had a passion for the Ojibwe language and culture that was shown through her teaching. Judy also owned and operated a greenhouse and floral business in Ely. Judy loved spending time with her 12 grandchildren baking, crafting, gardening and loving them dearly. Judy was married to Douglas Vollom August 3rd, 1963 and they enjoyed 54 years together. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be dearly missed.

Sun
04
Jun

Summer ball ready to begin, Local sign-up on Monday

One baseball season in Ely is winding down while another is set to start.
As the high school baseball playoffs (see related story) continue, the summer baseball season in Ely is moving forward on several fronts.
The Ely Baseball Association will hold its annual parent and volunteer sign-up session Monday, with team practices soon to follow and the first summer baseball tournament of the year on tap next weekend.
Ely’s VFW team will host the Taste of Ely Classic, a seven-team, three-day event that opens Friday, June 9, at Veterans Memorial Field.
With the summer season fast approaching, registration continues and culminates Monday.
That’s when summer sign-up wraps up at the EBA session, slated for 6 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Field. All parents are invited to come to return registration forms and sign up for volunteer shifts in the concession stand and ticket booth.
Additional registration forms will be available at the field that evening.

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