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Shirley M. Tournat, 87, formerly of Brainerd, dies

Shirley M. Tournat, 87, formerly of Brainerd, passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.


Marvel L. Klimek, 87, of Babbitt, dies

Marvel L. Klimek, 87, of Babbitt, died Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Carefree Living in Babbitt after her determined battle with dementia.
She was born April 10, 1929, in Long Prairie, MN, to Louis and Olive (Maland) Patzoldt. She grew up in Long Prairie and graduated from Long Prairie High School. On Nov. 1, 1947, she was united in marriage to Elwin Klimek in Millerville, MN. Marvel spent her life operating businesses that she owned with her husband; Al’s Bus Lines in Babbitt, Klimek Enterprises, Red Carpet Motel and Klimek Mail.
Marvel was a volunteer and active in her community, was a previous board member at the Ely Hospital, a past Trail Administrator for Taconite Spur Snowmobile Trail System, a Cub Scout and Brownie leader, and a devout Christian. At the age of 65, she obtained her pilots license. She enjoyed painting, being at the cabin at Birch Lake, visiting the guests who stayed at the motel and especially spending time with her family.


March 2017 Ely School Board minutes

Strategic Planning Session March 13, 2017 (Bd approved 4-10-2017)

A strategic planning session was held at 4:00 p.m. in the Memorial Media Center,
Ralph Brauer was the facilitator. The following were present: Anne Oelke, Molly Olson,
Jim Lah, Tom Omerza, Ray Marsnik, Julie Hignell, Jeff Sundell, Kevin Abrahamson,
Megan Anderson, James Pointer, Jeff Jankowski, Penny Jankowski, Scott Kellerman,
Kathy Udovich, Jason Kelley, Heidi Mann.
On the agenda: 1. Opportunities/threats; 2. Goal Setting; 3. Summarize
One goal was set as follows: As it relates to facilities; ISD No. 696 intends to maintain
safely, efficiently, and responsibly, its buildings and grounds.
The next session will be held on Monday, April 10, 2017, at 4 p.m. in the
Memorial Media Center.

Submitted by Penny Jankowski,
Superintendent’s Assistant


International Wolf Center: a million visitors and counting

by Tom Coombe -


Helen Mary (Skufca) Sampson, 88, of Fridley, dies

Helen Mary Sampson, 88, of Fridley, passed away on Sat., April 8, 2017. Helen is preceded in death by daughters Emily and Amy; parents, Joseph and Mary Skufca; brothers: Don and Joe. She is survived by children: Mark (Diana) Sampson and Carolyn Sampson (Kathy Connelly); grandsons, Adam and Judd (Jessica); 3 great-granddaughters. Memorial service will be held on Sat., 4/22/2017, at Miller Funeral Home, 6210 Hwy 65 NE, Fridley, MN, at 11 AM with a visitation one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Fairview Hospice or the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.


Kathryne A. Lind, 82, of Babbitt, dies

Kathryne A. Lind, 82, of Babbitt, passed away on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Carefree Assisted Living in Babbitt. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.


City of Ely is requesting proposals for the purchase of a used tracked excavator

Proposals Requested

The City of Ely is requesting proposals for the purchase of a used tracked excavator. The City is interested in a machine 2008 or newer with less than 5000 hours and equivalent to a Cat 315D L excavator.
Sealed proposals are due on Tuesday April 18th at 2pm at Ely City Hall, 209 East Chapman Street Ely, Mn. 55731. The City reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and will award the purchase in the best interest of the City.

Harold R. Langowski P.E.
City of Ely
Office: 218-226-5474 Ely Echo 4/15/017


Ely Council Minutes: March 21, 2017

Council Minutes: March 21, 2017
Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers

CALL TO ORDER: Mayor Novak called the meeting to order at 5:30pm.

PRESENT: Council members A.Forsman, Kess, Callen, D.Forsman, and Acting Mayor Omerza
ABSENT: Council Member Debeltz and Mayor Novak

D.Forsman/Callen moved to approve the minutes from the March 7, 2017 Regular Meeting. Motion carried 5-0-2 with Debeltz and Mayor Novak absent.

Addition 11.D Resolution #2017-010 Resolution Supporting Local Decision-Making Authority The City of Ely, MN
Addition 8.B. Community Center Furnishings
Items A and B added without objection.

Acting Mayor Omerza reported that Mayor Novak is in Washington DC with a group of range advocates discussing the leases with the USFS and the BLM.


Pitching key to Ely’s success

by Tom Coombe
Pitching is part of the core of success for any baseball team, and the Ely Timberwolves rode the efforts of a dominant senior pitcher last spring all the way to the state tournament.
This spring, pitching takes on an even larger focus, both for the Timberwolves and in high school baseball as a whole.
New rules, governing the number of pitches that pitchers may throw, cast an imposing shadow over a 2017 season that started Friday, when the Wolves hosted Two Harbors in one of the earliest-ever season-openers at Veterans Memorial Field.
Ely has won three of the last five Section 7A titles, including in 2016 when Patrick Huisman picked up three pitching wins and two saves during the Wolves’ section tournament run.
But Huisman has graduated, and the new rules make it impossible for anyone to step in and even attempt to match that performance this spring.


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