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Thu
06
Apr

Funeral service for Betty Loretta Morris Cripps May 13

Funeral service for Betty Loretta Morris Cripps, formerly of Ely, will be held May 13, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Lakeside Baptist Churck in Backus, MN. She died Feb. 23, 2017 in Dove Creek, CO at age 86.

Thu
06
Apr

Rescue Squad responds to a record number of calls

by St. Louis County Sheriff Ross Litman -

Wed
05
Apr

James L. Foster, 73, of Elk River, dies

James L. Foster, 73, of Elk River, passed away on Monday, April 3, 2017 at Guardian Angels Care Center in Elk River. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Wed
05
Apr

It’s all over but the Ice Out;

It’s time to wrap up the 2017 Ely Echo Shagawa Lake Ice Out Contest.
There was a flurry of last minute entries and some questions about lost or misplaced entries. All entries appear only one time in the Echo and there is only one entry allowed per person.
Arriving since the last group of guesses were printed are these:
March 28 at 11:15 a.m., Barbara Roetzler, Buffalo,MN;
March 29 at 12:15 p.m., Diane Blanchard, Silverton, ID;
April 2 at 3:30 p.m., “Thank you so much for letting our family enjoy being a part of the Ice Out! We were in Ely over Thanksgiving to celebrate Grandma Ann Mobilia’s 100th birthday! We can’t wait to get there this summer!” Jenni Nystrom, Aurora, CO;
April 4 at 1:36 p.m., Grace Erkkila, Babbitt;
April 6 at 3:15 p.m., Marianne Hedin, Duluth;
April 8 at 12 p.m., Keith Obermeyer, Excelsior, MN;
April 9 at 11:10 a.m., Linda Tomsich, Ramsey, MN;

Wed
05
Apr

Rev. Evert Erling Tornfelt, 90, dies

Rev. Evert Erling Tornfelt, 90, went to be with the Lord April 2, 2017 at his home in Redmond, WA. Born in Cleveland, OH on October 13, 1926 to Erling R. Tornfelt and Anna Marie (Tiderman) Tornfelt. He moved with his parents to Ely, MN, where he attended elementary school. Graduating from Ely Memorial High School in 1945, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force. After WWII he attended Minnesota Bible College, University of Minnesota (champion springboard diver and swim team captain). Then worked for General Electric in the field of atomic energy in Richland, WA. There he met Margaret Moe of East Stanwood, WA. They married in 1952. Evert felt called to minister the gospel of Jesus Christ and with Margaret as supportive companion, he began ministry with the Assemblies of God fellowships. He taught Sociology at Northwest College in Kirkland, Jersey City State College and Chapman College in Anchorage, in addition to working for the U.S.

Mon
03
Apr

Spring burning restrictions are now in effect for area

With warm temperatures, little to no snow and dry vegetation, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will start spring burning restrictions in parts of the state today. As conditions for wildfires increase, exposed dead grass and brush can light easily and burn quickly, especially in windy conditions.

To find burning restrictions for different areas, go to mndnr.gov/burnrestrictions or call a local DNR Forestry office. Fire conditions may change quickly. So, be sure to check before burning.

During spring restrictions, the state will not give out burning permits for burning brush or yard waste. Debris burning is especially dangerous in April and May when most wildfires occur in Minnesota. Residents are encouraged to use alternatives to burning such as composting or hauling brush to a collection site.

Mon
03
Apr

Amid controversy, Twin Metals continues its work

by Tom Coombe -

Sun
02
Apr

Helen L. Champa, 89, of Ely, dies

Helen Louise Champa, 89, died Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely surrounded by her family. Helen was born March 9, 1928 in Ely to Louis and Josephine (Melovasich) Ravnikar. Helen grew up and went to school in Ely. She married Robert Champa Sr. on October 5, 1946. They met at Vertin’s after Bob came home from the war and after seeing her working there he knew he was going to marry her. They made Ely their home and raised a family there.
Helen was a wonderful mother and loved being a mom and grandma. She was a great cook and loved to bake. She made potica which was a favorite at the hunting shack and she shared her talent with her children and taught a few of her grandchildren as well. She loved polka music and dancing. She worked at Vertin’s, catering for Zup’s and as a cook at Veteran’s on the Lake, Vermilion Community College and the Senior Citizen Center.

Sun
02
Apr

People make the difference

When I was living in the Chicago area, street sights were steel mills, oil refineries, manufacturing plants, railroads and lumber yards.

I’ve also lived in the San Francisco bay area of California and in Rome, Italy. Each offered different views, different perspectives.

Moving from Mount Vernon, Iowa to Chicago to Ely, Minnesota, each place, large or small was stabilized and bonded by its people.

The street sights are startling, intriguing or lovely, but it is the people who live there, people known there who remain in my thoughts. They taught me some life lessons and the rudiments of how to adapt to each new place.

In Ely, there were more lessons and sights to be learned.

Sun
02
Apr

Fredric Matthew Johnson, 78, dies

Fredric Matthew Johnson, 78, passed away on March 31, 2017. He was born Oct. 31, 1938 to Toivo and Helen (Nevala) Johnson of Embarrass, MN. Fred attended Ely Junior College and went on to the University of Minnesota where he completed his degree in education. Fred taught in the St. Paul Schools and coached football and track. He enjoyed living in his home on Burntside Lake with family and friends, canoeing in the BWCA, traveling to many countries and walking in his Embarrass woods.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Toivo and Helen.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Moroni) Johnson, his two sons, Christopher Johnson, S.J, and Benjamin (Adrienne) Johnson, three grandchildren: Andrew, Sophia and Leo Johnson, a brother, Michael (Nancy) Johnson, and a sister, Shannon (James) Hannigan.
He was a wonderful husband, father, brother and grandfather. We miss him.

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