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Tue
15
May

28th Altameja slated for June 2

The Altameja Fundraiser for Vermilion Community College athletics is in its 28th year, and organizers say they’ve lined up an extra special day of fun and activities next weekend.
The golf and fishing outing, named in honor of retired VCC coaches Bob Altavilla and Rudy Semeja, and most recently in honor of former VCC assistant coach and local business owner the late Gary Zaverl, takes place Saturday, June 2 at both the Ely Golf Club and on Shagawa Lake.
Fishing begins at 8 a.m. with golf getting underway at noon with a shotgun start. The fishing contest winds up at 4 p.m. with weigh-ins at the Shagawa Lake landing.
Entry fee is $80 for fishing, $100 for golf or $110 for both events.
Registration includes greens fees, a buffet dinner, beverages, awards, gifts and door prizes, and the event wraps up with a program and karaoke that evening at Zaverl’s Bar.
To register, contact Paul McDonald at (800) 657-3608 or 235-2190.

Tue
15
May

Mary R. Murn “Mickie” (AKA Mary Bouska) , 93, dies

Mary R. Murn “Mickie” (AKA Mary Bouska) said goodbye to her family on Saturday, April 21, at the age of 93. She died of complications from Parkinson’s disease. She was married to the love of her life Thomas G. Murn for 68 years. They grew up just blocks apart in Ely, Mn, and shared a love of the north woods and fishing together on Fall Lake and on Basswood Lake. They watched the birds and animals from the cabin windows and on walks through the woods, enjoyed reading, saunas and a good fish fillet. Mickie baked and shared the best bread, cookies and rolls with family and friends and spent her life giving to others.
She is deeply loved by her eight children Melanie; Mary Erickson (Steve); Thomas Jr. ( Patty); Shannon Kowalkowski (Dave); Tracy; Patrick (Kathy); Carey Moe (Mark); preceded in death by son Michael “Kelly” (Ginny). Grandma Mickie was adored by 15 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Mon
14
May

Full house for graduation night at VCC

by Tom Coombe -

Mon
14
May

Dayton breaks ranks, vetoes wild rice bill

by Tom Coombe -

Sat
12
May

East of Ely - The night Steve came to town

by David Krikorian

Fri
11
May

CEMETERY CLEAN UP WEEK – May 21-27

CEMETERY CLEAN UP WEEK – May 21-27

May 21 - 27 has been designated as cemetery clean up week.
Those who are able to support this effort are urged to do so before Memorial Day on May 28. Besides what might be done on family plots you might consider others that are in need of attention. Families have died out and others are living far distances from Ely so this is something you might do to help in the ongoing effort to help beautify the cemetery.

Dirt for sunken areas will be provided in several locations by the City of Ely but tools are not.
Seeding and sodding is an individual responsibility.

Faded and deteriorated artificial floral arrangements should be removed. Flowers with loose wires often create big problems for the mowers. Trash containers will be available as long as they are not used for dumping household garbage.

Fri
11
May

TOWN OF MORSE SPECIAL MEETING - Land use plan

TOWN OF MORSE
SPECIAL MEETING

The Board of Supervisors for the Town of Morse will hold a special meeting with Mary Anderson - Land Use Manager with St. Louis County Planning and Community Development on Monday, May 21 at 1 p.m. at the Morse Town Hall. The county is working on a new comprehensive plan which could impact the current Burntside Lake plan as well as the Town of Morse land use plan.

Nick Wognum, Clerk
Town of Morse

Fri
11
May

Ely Echo Guest Editorial: Supporting a free and open internet

by Senator Amy Klobuchar
Minnesotans in rural communities across our state are at risk of losing their access to a free and open internet. People like Lane from Avon, who at 21-years-old is worried about getting his graphic design business off the ground. The internet has helped him get the word out about his designs and he plans to use that momentum to set up his own company, but he’s worried that recent changes to net neutrality rules could make it harder for his small business to succeed. Minnesotans and Americans across the country share this young entrepreneur’s concerns.

Fri
11
May

Winners declared in Echo’s Shagawa Lake Ice Out Contest

It might have been a bit later than usual when Shagawa Lake was officially declared open, but it made it in time for Saturday’s fishing opener.
The date officially was Sunday, May 6 at 1:16 p.m. as declared by Grand Ely Lodge employees Jakob Dahlin and Toni Zaverl.
There were many May guesses, but the winners came from the third week of entries which had some errors when compared to the original entry slips.
Connie Olson, Hills, MN was one minute off the result and took the top $100 GEL Gift Certificate prize.
Second prize went to Jesse Sislear of Blaine, 31 minutes off the mark with 12:45 p.m., He gets the $50 Ely Echo credit.
Third prize ($25 GEL Gift Certificate) Bill Meyer of Ely, 44 minutes off entry (12:32 p.m.).
Some errors were discovered in last week’s report which didn’t match the actual submitted entries. Those are now corrected.
Winners have been notified by US Mail.

Fri
11
May

Marathon adds canoe portage division; Fourth annual race on for Sept. 22

by Tom Coombe -

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