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Tue
26
Jun

East of Ely - One Hundred Lady Slippers

The Pink or “Stem-less” Lady’s Slipper is an iconic orchid that appears from late May through June in the forests surrounding Ely. Many of us know where the flower grows and keep that secret close to our hearts, sharing it only with those we trust not to spill the beans to some trampling human herd.
Lady’s Slippers played a significant role in the native lore of Minnesota, and were later celebrated by European settlers who cherished the once abundant orchids with deadly zeal, often picking huge arrangements for Sunday services. From the Lady’s Slipper’s description in the Ojibwe language, “ma-ki-sin-waa-big-waan,” we derived the name, “Moccasin Flower.” And although the shape of the orchid kind-of fits the pronunciation of moccasin in English, it’s not even close to what the Ojibwe called their “pucker-toed” footwear, according to Francis Densmore, the American anthropologist and ethnographer who wrote the book, Chippewa Customs, in 1929.

Tue
26
Jun
Tue
26
Jun

Funeral mass for Mary Mavetz 2pm on Thursday, July 5

Family and friends - please join us for the
Funeral mass for
Mary Mavetz
2pm on Thursday, July 5
at St. Anthony’s
Catholic Church
Help our family to celebrate
a life well lived and the
end of an era
at 6pm at the Long branch
in Winton on July 5.
We would love to hear your stories to help us honor her with joy
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Mon
25
Jun

Nancy “Sue” Kelley, 77, of Babbitt dies

Nancy “Sue” Kelley, 77, of Babbitt passed away at her residence Thursday, June 21, 2018. She was born April 26, 1941 to Frank and Norma (Perry) Wiler.
Sue grew up in Hill City, MN and married Sherman Kelley on Dec. 12, 1960. They moved to rural Babbitt and raised their family. Sue loved to camp and fish and they would travel with friends and neighbors to different camp grounds with their kids. Leech Lake was an annual gathering for their family. She also loved to read.
Sue is survived by daughter Jackie Kelley of Hastings, MN; grandchildren Anna and Sam Kelley of Duluth; sister Cindy (Bill) Holm of Grand Rapids, MN; brothers Earl Lamke of Buhl and Dennis Wiler of Forest Lake, MN; numerous nieces and nephews; neighbors and family friends Rachel and Ben Thomatz.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Sherman in 2013 and son Steven in 2008; and brother Frank in 2016.

Mon
25
Jun

Merhar named an All-Stater

by Tom Coombe -

Mon
25
Jun

Mary L. Whitmarsh, 71, of Port Byron, IL dies

Mary L. Whitmarsh, 71, of Port Byron, IL passed away June 7, 2018, at her home.
A celebration of life was held noon-5 p.m. Saturday, June 16, 2018, at Falcon Farms, 2507 214th St. N. Port Byron. Memorials may be made to the family. Quad Cities Cremation Center is assisting the family with arrangements.
Mary was born Aug. 10, 1946, in Bemidji, Minn., the daughter of Lee Stahl and Evelyn Lossing Tuomala. She was raised by her mother and stepfather, Roy Tuomala Sr.
Mary retired from Addus Healthcare in the accounting department. She enjoyed baking, crocheting, quilting and everything Betty Boop. Mary loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Sun
24
Jun

Sheridan portion of marathon route evokes protests

by Tom Coombe -

Sun
24
Jun

Jerry Dean Thoren, 73, of Ely dies

Jerry Dean Thoren, 73, of Ely passed away at her home on Saturday, June 23, 2018. She was born March 8 1945. She was preceded in death by her great granddaughter Kennedi Swanson.
Survived by her husband Gerold Thoren; sons: Barney Swanson and Jeremy (Melissa Linn) Swanson; grandchildren: Alex Swanson, Keith Swanson, Josh Grotberg, John (Alyssa LaBarge) Grotberg, Jessica (Cody Robinson) Pikala, Austin (Rose Cavier) Swanson and Ashton Swanson and numerous great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at First Lutheran Church in Ely at 11 a.m. with visitation being held one hour prior to the service at the church. Family arrangements entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Sat
23
Jun

United: If you have time to spare, travel by air

Ely Echo Editorial Un“ited: If you have time
to spare, travel by air

by Nick Wognum
Flying to Raleigh, North Carolina for an Army educational tour was an adventure in itself.
Staff Sgt. Cody Williams picked me up in Ely Tuesday morning. We had time to talk about recruiting and life on our trip to the Duluth airport. Me thinks was the most uneventful part of the whole trip.

Fri
22
Jun

Tests await unbeaten Legion

CLOUD OF DUST - A Virginia runner was called safe at second as Gage Merhar applied the tag Tuesday night at Veterans Memorial Field. Ely won the American Legion game 8-2. Photo by Eric Sherman

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