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09
Jul

James (Jimmy) Howard Tuomala, 58, dies

James (Jimmy) Howard Tuomala, 58, passed from this world to his new home in heaven on July 5, 2018 at the Ely Bloomenson Hospital following a hard battle with cancer. He was born in Ely on June 25, 1960, to Michael and Violet (Korpi) Tuomala. He graduated from the Ely Memorial High School, served in the Army National Guard, worked as a manager of a sawmill, and working several capacities, most recently as a supervisor at the North Shore Mine. He spent his spare time studying. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Bachelor of Science (computer), and a Master of Applied Sciences (psychology). Jim’s unfulfilled dream was to become a counselor. He was a member of the Ely Baptist Church and the Masons organization. Jim was passionate about politics, making several bids for public office. Jim had a violin and taught himself to play.

Mon
09
Jul

A loaded Sir G’s Classic; Wisconsin teams part of 11-team field in Legion event

Top-flight American Legion baseball teams from northern Minnesota, other parts of the state and even beyond are coming to Ely.
The occasion is the Sir G’s Midsummer Classic, which in a decade-and-a-half has become one of the premiere Legion tournaments in the state.
Defending state Division II champion Pierz was a late scratch from the tournament, which starts Friday at Veterans Memorial Field, but the remaining 11 teams form a power-packed lineup.
Viroqua (Wis.), which won the national Division II title two years ago, is making the trek to Ely along with fellow Wisconsin powerhouse Superior, as well as 2017 state Division II runner-up Proctor and 2017 state tournament teams BOLD and Stephen-Argyle.
Add Crosslake, Cloquet, Esko, International Falls, Virginia and host Ely to the mix and the result is a collection of talent unlike many, if any, small-town tournaments in the state.

Mon
09
Jul

Mildred Wirta, 98 of Wadena, dies

The memorial service for Mildred Wirta, 98 of Wadena, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 13, at the St. John Lutheran Church in Wadena with Pastor Meltzer presiding. Visitation with the family will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.
Mildred was born to Walter and Mary (Mattela) Niemela May 21, 1920 in Biwabik, MN. Mildred Amanda Niemela was united in marriage with Eino Wirta March 8th, 1947 in Ely MN, where they resided for many years.
Mildred was a long time active member at First Lutheran Church of Ely, and she enjoyed serving on various committees. She found joy in spending time with her family, quilting, knitting, embroidering, baking, gardening, playing cards and Farkel.
In May 2015, Mildred moved from Ely to Fair Oaks Lodge in Wadena, where she lived until July 7, 2018, when she died peacefully and entered into God’s Kingdom of Glory.

Sat
07
Jul

Many politicians conspicuously absent from Ely’s 4th of July parade

Election year or not, politicians have traditionally seemed to find Ely on their calendar when it comes to Fourth of July parades.
It hasn’t been uncommon to see candidates for any of an assortment of offices, from county board to state legislative seats, or even those running for statewide office or positions in Congress, in the Ely parade.
Parade-goers in recent years have seen the likes of U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan and former U.S. Sen. Al Franken shaking hands along the route.
So this, in the mother of all election years, figured to be a politics-lover’s delight.
After all, in Gilbert, at its July 3 parade, there were no less than 16 candidates for state office in the parade, including two of the three DFL candidates for governor, with the third (Lori Swanson) represented by Nolan, her lieutenant governor running mate.

Sat
07
Jul

Hook and Bullet Club by Nick wognum - Storm damage

My wife Mary and I were looking out our front windows Friday morning and watching 60+ mile an hour winds hammer the birch trees across the street.
A loud noise from our back yard caught our attention. A massive Norway pine came crashing down, missing our house and taking out a fence.
Like many who faced more challenges than us, we were faced with a major clean-up effort that would last two days.
This storm knocked out power for up to four days for people around the Ely area. Power poles were snapped off and trees were the main culprits to being able to turn the lights back on.
With or without power, gas chainsaws are the main tool for taking care of downed timber.
But the most important tool for us was people. Thanks to a lot of helping hands we were able to get our (and our neighbors’) backyards cleaned up in record time.

Fri
06
Jul

James Tuomala, 58, of Babbitt, dies

James Tuomala, 58, of Babbitt, passed away on Thursday July 5, 2018 at the Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital in Ely. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Fri
06
Jul

From the miscellaneous drawer - Loggers needed

Oh, to awaken to the sweet sounds of generators on a warm June morning.
To wonder if there will be enough water to flush the toilet, enough trash bags to empty the molding refrigerator.
Oh, the joy of arriving at the office on a Saturday morning only to discover that I have no three-pronged cane at my side, my morning pattern interrupted in a home with no lights.
The joy to look out into my yard, my two and a half acres and see that removing 60-70 trees by logging and another 9-11 trees in storms hasn’t saved me from the one across Van Vac Road which brought down the power line to my house.
My home is alongside Van Vac Road and does not have access to the high-price property adjacent to Burntside Lake.
I have a proposal to make to all the folks who live along Van Vac Road:
I’ll start with a pledge of $100.

Fri
06
Jul

Council Minutes - June 19, 2018 Regular Meeting Ely City Council

Council Minutes - June 19, 2018
Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers

1. CALL TO ORDER: Mayor Novak called the Regular Council Meeting to order at 5:30pm.

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

3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to approve the minutes from the June 5, 2018 Regular Council Meeting and the June 12, 2018 Special Council Meeting. Motion Carried 6-0-1 with Omerza absent.

4. ADDITIONS OR OMISSIONS TO AGENDA
A. Addition 9. A.ii. Semers Park Pavilion
B. Addition 11. A. City and EUC claims for June 19, 2018 for $624,166.74
Items A and B added without objection.

Fri
06
Jul

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