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Wed
04
Jul

School facilities committee struggles

by Nick Wognum -

Tue
03
Jul

Richard (Dick) Olson, 74, of Ely dies

Richard (Dick) Olson, 74, of Ely passed away on Monday, July 2, 2018 at the Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital.
Dick was born in Ely on December 16, 1943 to Eino and Mayme Olson. He grew up in Winton and graduated from Ely Memorial High School. In 1967, he married Phyllis Koschak and together they raised a son, Brad, and daughter Sarah. Dick retired from North Shore after 32 years in the mining industry as a welder.
He was quite an outdoorsman and spent his time snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, and trapping. He enjoyed spending time at his hunting shack, often bringing his children or grandchildren along to share his love of the outdoors with them. He always looked forward to his annual fishing trips to Crooked Lake with his son Brad and grandson Nick.

Tue
03
Jul

Deon Lynn (Thomas) LaSart, 69, of Embarrass, dies

Deon Lynn (Thomas) LaSart, 69, of Embarrass, passed away June 29, 2018 at Miller Dwan in Duluth.
She grew up in Crosby-Ironton, MN. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Clayton LaSart, and their children: Clayton James of Spring Hill, KS; Lonnie Mathew of Babbitt; Craig Joseph of Gilbert; a sister, Eleanor Kahl of Deerwood, MN; brother Nolan Thomas of Mesa, AZ and many nieces , nephews and grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her parents: Arthur “Ralph” Thomas and Myrtle Eleanor Thomas, and sisters: Marilyn Seavey, Sharon Beddow,, Susan Leach and Leora Wynn.
The funeral will held at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Babbitt at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 6. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Tue
03
Jul

OIl truck catches on fire Tuesday

On Tuesday, when the City of Ely was facing power outages off and on, the Ely Fire Department was called out for a fire in an Edwards Oil truck on Sheridan Street. Photo by Chris Ellerbroek - Ten80 North

Tue
03
Jul

Winton hosts community event

Neighbors, former residents and visitors got together Saturday for the Winton Kids Get Together held at the Community Center there. Photo by Pam Roberts

Tue
03
Jul

Roman John (John) Reichensperger, Jr., 82, of Ely, dies

Roman John (John) Reichensperger, Jr., 82, of Ely, Minnesota and San Antonio, Texas passed away peacefully in the arms of his wife on June 30, 2018 at the Solvay Hospice House in Duluth, Minnesota. John had battled Hodgkins Lymphoma for 20 years.
There will be a gathering to celebrate John’s life at their lake home on Eagles’s Nest Lake #3 on Sunday, July 8, at 12:30 PM. Formal funeral services will be held later in July in San Antonio, Texas. Burial will follow in late July at the Reichensperger family plot in St. Joseph, Minnesota.
John was born to Roman and Theresa Reichensperger on January 20, 1936 in Waite Park, MN. He graduated from St. Cloud Technical High School and furthered his studies at IBM, Honeywell, US Federal Emergency Management Institute and was a veteran of the United States Army Reserve.

Mon
02
Jul

The Dame of the Lake

The Native American depiction of North America as a “turtle island” has always struck me as eerily accurate, but in my vision that creature has to be a snapping turtle. After all, what kind of creature has a shell strong enough to carry the weight of our land? Or tough enough to a grow a Rocky Mountain rage of nasty spikes like its alligator-snapper cousin to the south?
Naturally, the human mind has no choice but to imagine how creatures that tiptoed between the feet of dinosaurs a hundred million years ago had no choice but to develop a mean disposition in order to survive. No wonder snapper lore decries their ability to bite off such things as the head of an axe, the blade of a canoe paddle, or a human arm.
In truth I was raised believing that once a snapping turtle gets ahold of your big toe, they won’t let go until it thunders.

Mon
02
Jul

More suits filed over Twin Metals’ lease reinstatement; TMM will intervene with feds

by Tom Coombe -

Mon
02
Jul

Anne Krmpotich, 59, dies

Anne Krmpotich, 59, of North Oaks passed away peacefully at home on June 29, 2018. With her were her daughters she adored, Katherine Marolt and Abigail Marolt, and her spouse, the love of her life and best friend for over 40 years, Dr. Robert Marolt. She is also survived by her mother Constance, sister Patricia Carlson, and brothers Michael and Mark. She was preceded in death by her father Frank.
Anne grew up in Ely MN, and developed an early love of nature, animals, sled dog racing and fishing. Later in life she took up tennis and discovered a whole new world of activity, competition, and a wonderful network of friends. She and Bob loved to travel together, and she always made sure that the next adventure was planned well in advance. Her love of reading was passed on to her girls.

Sat
30
Jun

From the miscellaneous drawer - Civility is among the missing

An opportunity to be useful.
Working as I do, I’m aware of the importance of that statement to life.
To be useful - to seize upon a problem and work or volunteer to resolve it.
Is that what our immigrant ancestors did? Is that what we as a nation have more need of now?
Who is stepping up? Who is recognizing the needs of the present and the potential of the future?
Not the “this is mine” and I have the money to sue to get it my way.
No, many who live here are those who are still aware of their roots: the trials in the original settlement here. Whose forebearers met un-imagined challenges, risking everything to create their better world, their understanding of American life.
Among the lessons learned was that of civility. There were a mix of people here, people with varying backgrounds, different languages, with varying potentials and varying needs.

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