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Fri
08
Dec

Mildred Eva (Kowalski) Randall, 89, dies

Mildred Eva (Kowalski) Randall, 89, passed away peacefully on Dec 7, 2017 in Burnsville, MN, after a courageous battle with Parkinson's and Alzheimers. Millie has been reunited with her husband Bill, daughter Marlys and infant son, brothers: Donald, Clarence, Louis Kowalski, sister Delores, and parents Stephen and Edith Kowalksi. Survived by daughters: Karen Nelson, Ann Tess, Jean Alaspa, Loretta (Jeffrey) Benedict, and Brenda Sweet (Dale Boltz); 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, her brother Richard Kowalski and many other family and friends. A celebration of life will be held Tuesday, December 12, at 11am White Funeral Home, Burnsville MN.

Fri
08
Dec

Ely news in a timely fashion - Ely Echo delivers 52 weeks each year

Ely hospital names new CEO

Bakk the Grinch on 17th Avenue project

Fossum reflects on two decades - Retiring Ely hospital administrator looks back in farewell address

City polling place staying put

Fall Lake residents will get guidance on recyclable items

Skaters fall to 0-3

Abernathy lifts VCC to first ‘W’

Wolves put three on All-District football team, and much more sport news!

Fri
08
Dec

Mining foe: No. No matter what; Twin Metals project, MINER Act injected into Joint Powers meeting

TALKING MINING - Sen. Al Franken aide Pete Makowski, Babbitt council member Glenn Anderson and Ely school board member Rochelle Sjoberg at the Grand Ely Lodge for the legislative meeting on Monday.

Fri
08
Dec

Skaters take to Shagawa Lake ice in 40 degree temps

EPIC SKATING PARTY held on Shagawa Lake in front of Semers Park on Dec. 1 with rare good skating ice conditions on area lakes. Photo by Nick Wognum.

Fri
08
Dec

Opposition to proposed rec complex forms as school board to vote Monday

by Nick Wognum
A week before the Ely School Board is set to vote on the issue, opposition has formed on the proposed recreation complex.
A dozen people gathered Wednesday night to express concerns about the project. Those concerns mainly focused on the facility being located on the school campus.
A letter to the editor in this week’s Ely Echo outlines an additional issue, competition with private enterprise.
Adding up the numbers
Roger Skraba asked the group to encourage people to attend Monday’s school board meeting at 6 p.m. and to speak out on separate issues.
“I’m looking at the numbers and I’m saying there’s no way a community this size can make this work,” said Skraba. “We don’t have enough people to pull this off.”

Fri
08
Dec

In Ely & Taiwan - Just about everybody reads the Ely Echo!

Just about everybody reads the Ely Echo!
During the balmy weather last Saturday, Rich Floyd took a break from ice skating on Eagles Nest Lake Three to peruse the Echo.

Just about everybody reads the Ely Echo!
IN Taiwan - Len and Pat Katauskas’ son-in-law Mark was catching up on the news under the Longgong Waterfall in the Meishan Township of central Taiwan.

Thu
07
Dec

William (Billy) Mayerle, of Ely, dies

William “Billy” Frank Mayerle, 67, of Ely died Thursday, December 7, 2017 at Essentia Health Virginia Care Center.
William was born July 18, 1950 to Frank and Edith Margaret (Nichols) Mayerle in Virginia, MN and grew up and was a life- long resident of Ely, graduating in the Class of 1969.
Upon graduation he worked for James G-Men for a short period and then as an equipment operator for the City of Ely until his retirement, and also was a member of the Ely Volunteer Fire Department.
Billy had a passion for fishing on Basswood Lake since he was a child, and he and his friends went almost every Saturday from fishing opener until after Labor Day. He also enjoyed ice fishing and snowmobiling, but most of all he loved his family and grandsons.
Billy is survived by his daughter Kathie (Shawn) Hill, four grandsons, Timothy, Adam, Bryce Williamson and Easton Hill, all of Winton, MN. Along with many close friends.

Thu
07
Dec

Carol Delores (Ostlund) Austreng, 83, dies

Carol Delores (Ostlund) Austreng, 83, longtime Babbitt resident, died December 7, 2017 at Carefree Living in Babbitt. Family arrangements are by Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Thu
07
Dec

Ralph Frank Sershen, 85, of West St. Paul, MN formerly of Ely, dies

Ralph Frank Sershen, 85, of West St. Paul, MN formerly of Ely, passed away on December 5, 2017.
Survived by wife Elizabeth (Birch) Sershen, son Frank (Sue) Sershen, daughters: Barb (Chuck) Elliott, Marie (Chris) Coyne and Jean Sershen (Chris Tomhave), 8 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Ralph was preceded in death by mother and father, Frank and Mary (Vertnik) Sershen and brother, Donald Sershen.

Thu
07
Dec

Alice Pamela Starkman, 87, dies

Alice Pamela Starkman, 87, passed away peacefully on Monday December 4 at Southview Senior Living Center in West St. Paul, MN. She was born in St. Paul, MN to Phillip and Olga Keeling on Apil 5, 1930. In her early life Alice was a school teacher in South St. Paul MN, Rawlings WY, Tower MN and the Section 30 School. She married Kenneth Starkman on February 15, 1958 in St. Paul, MN. They owned and operated several businesses throughout the years, most notably the Starkman Oil Company in Ely, MN.
Alice and Ken spent their retirement years in Apache Junction, AZ and St. Paul, MN. Alice loved to read, work crossword puzzles as well as play cribbage and she spent many hours of her retirement doing just that.
She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Starkman. Alice is survived by sons: Ken Starkman and Jeff Starkman (Jessica); brother Keith Keeling; and grandsons: Hunter Starkman and Garrett Starkman.

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