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Fri
01
Dec

Duluth mayor makes Ely visit

by Tom Coombe
Duluth Mayor Emily Larson has made many trips to Ely, but her visit this week was her first in an official capacity.
The leader of St. Louis County’s largest city spent a night in town and visited local businesses, met with city officials and had a series of conversations with area residents.
Larson, who was guided Thursday morning by county commissioner Tom Rukavina, said there was no formal business for the trip other than “really just making the rounds with our northern partners.”
The first-term Duluth mayor got input from Elyites in a bevy of issues.
“People have been really honest, which I appreciate,” said Larson. “I did a lot of listening, and there were some definite themes. Jobs are really important. An economy that’s diverse is really important, and keeping our schools going and keeping our kids, and mining.”

Fri
01
Dec

Pioneer Mine again hosts Holiday Fantasy

PLENTY TO CHOOSE FROM for shoppers who took in the Holiday Fantasy event at Miners Dry sponsored by Ely Arts & Heritage Center and Stone Soup Events.

Fri
01
Dec

Ely turns out for Christmas

IN WHITESIDE PARK for the lighting of the City of Ely Christmas Tree were Little Miss Ely Chezne Nicholson, Miss Ely Shayla Zaverl, Santa Claus and Mayor Chuck Novak. Photo by Ruthanne Fenske.

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Thu
30
Nov

Marilyn Wilson, 70, of Ely, dies

Marilyn Jean (Tuomela) Wilson, 70, of Ely, passed away on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at her residence. She was a lifelong resident of Ely and attended Ely schools. She loved camping.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Maxine Lassi. She is survived by her children: Dawn Wilson, Scott Wilson, Tami (Tom) Herb; her grandchildren: Justin Runberg, Zach Kainz, Ashlee Kainz; her great-grandchildren: Nora Kainz and Aspyn Kainz and many cousins.
A celebration of Marilyn’s life will be held on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at Kerntz Funeral Home. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Wed
29
Nov

More hours at Ely VA Clinic; Facility now open three days per week, over 450 veterans served

by Tom Coombe -

Wed
29
Nov

East of Ely - The Joe Meany Breakfast

The year I turned twenty-one, a friend and I paddled the entire route connecting the lakes and rivers of the Hunter’s Island escarpment. Our canoe was a heavy aluminum Grumman. Our food was a combination of freeze-dried dinners, pasta noodles, powdered eggs and any other lightweight stuff we could easily portage.
We planned to be out for over two weeks. Weight was an issue.
I’d lost a few pounds by the time we reached Lac La Croix, dead tired and in need of a quick place to camp. A thunderstorm was closing fast from the southwest.
The pines have grown much taller since that day at the Quetico Provincial Park Ranger Station, when a man standing at the dock waved us in.
The lean fellow in a dark green jacket with a cigarette dangling of the corner of his mouth was the ranger, Joe Meany, who ushered us out from the lightning into his cabin.

Tue
28
Nov

Richard Leroy “Dick” Perala, 76, of Lake Vermilion, Tower, dies

Richard Leroy “Dick” Perala, 76, of Lake Vermilion, Tower, died Sunday, November 26, 2017 at his home. Richard was born March 21, 1941 in Duluth to Betty Perala. He grew up in Makinen and Markham and was a 1959 graduate of Aurora-Hoyt Lakes High School. Richard was united in marriage to Judith Papesh on August 1, 1964 in Virginia. He retired in 2001 after 36 years as a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 294 in Hibbing. He split his retirement years between his lake place on Vermilion and the homestead farm in Makinen.

Tue
28
Nov

Ralph Howard Smith, 93 dies

Ralph Howard Smith, 93, went to his heavenly home on November 24, 2017, in Wilmington NC. Ralph was born in Plainfield, IL, to Reva Davis Smith and Ralph Howard Smith Sr. Ralph lived in Ely MN for over three decades before relocating with his wife, Mary, to Wilmington in 2014 to be close to family.
Ralph was predeceased by his daughter Eleanor, in 2017, one brother, three sisters, two step brothers three step sisters and two wives.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Mary Wachter-Smith, son Dale (Debbie) Smith of Conway AK, daughter Kathleen (Virgil) Norris of Sunrise Beach, MO and son-in-law Robert Pedersen of Joliet IL. Also, step daughters, Janet (Bruce) Kavanaugh of Wilmington, Barbara (Gary) Rothe of Springfield NH, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Tue
28
Nov

Edwin William Latva, 88, of Ely, dies

Edwin William Latva, 88, of Ely, passed away on Monday, November 27, 2017 at his home. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years Helen and his parents.
He is survived by his children: Luann (Keith) BaDour of Glenwood City, WI, David Latva of Fairbault and Joel (Veronica) Latva of Mantua, OH; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at First Lutheran Church in Ely at 11:00 a.m. with visitation being held one hour prior to the service at the church. Military honors will be provided by the Ely Honor Guard. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Tue
28
Nov

Loggers’ lawsuit should name governor, legislature as well

One of the legs is about to be kicked out of the three legged stool of taconite, timber and tourism.
Following a late-night move by the Minnesota state legislature and a signature by Gov. Mark Dayton, the state’s wood chipping operations were sold to the lobbyist-driven Xcel Energy.
This was back room politics pure and simple now covered up by altruistic sound bites on how the deal will save money for Xcel’s customers. Hogwash.
The company was in a world of hurt in 1994 when it was trying to find a way to dispose of nuclear waste that no one wanted.
A deal was reached where Xcel could store spent nuclear fuel casks at its Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Station in Red Wing in exchange for a plan to use biomass to generate electricity. Bad was exchanged for good, nuclear waste for logging jobs and clean renewable energy.

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