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Thu
26
Jul

Column: Friendship According to Facebook

Friendship According to Facebook
Oh look! I’m having a friendversary today. How thoughtful of Facebook to remember that special day three years ago when “Blanche” and I officially became friends on their site. Now…who’s Blanche again?
You understand. The average Facebook user has 338 friends, and many have far more than that. How can we possibly know them all? Facebook brings to mind that old adage, “There are no strangers here, only friends you have not met yet.”
The saying is credited to the poet William Butler Yeats, who, as you know, was a big fan of Facebook. Unfortunately, he died in 1939, just as it was really taking off.

Thu
26
Jul

Canoes featured August 24-26 at Widji

The Minnesota Chapter of the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association and the Minnesota Canoe Museum in Ely invite the public to a three-day celebration of canoes – past and present, August 24-26 in Ely, Minnesota.

Thu
26
Jul

Carol A. Marshall, age 66, dies

Carol A. Marshall, age 66, passed away Monday, July 23, 2018 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Carol was born July 16, 1952 in St. Cloud to Vernon P. and Lorraine (Sobieck) Van Hale. She graduated from Cathedral High School and from St. Cloud Vocational Technical College with a degree in Marketing/Advertising. Carol married Robert K. Marshall on May 26, 1978, by Johnny B. Pleasant in Texas. They lived in Iran before moving to California.
They moved to Ely in 1990 before she moved back to St. Cloud. She started working at age 11 cleaning houses, was a secretary for seven professors at St. Cloud State University, worked for Mark’s Realty, and held multiple other positions where she excelled, including the Minnesota Department of Revenue. She retired in 2016.

Wed
25
Jul

Ely’s 38th Blueberry/Art Festival attracts 80 first-time vendors

by Tom Coombe -

Tue
24
Jul

Anthony (Tony) Vertin Sr.,dies

Anthony (Tony) Vertin Sr., Cherished husband, father and grandfather. Passed away on July 21, 2018 and born on June 13, 1935 in Ely, Minnesota. He is preceded in death by his parents, Matija and Angela; siblings, Vernie Clark and Sonny Vertin; and infant grandson, Anthony Joseph Vertin III. He is survived by his wife, Jean, and their eight children: Anthony (Lori), Mary (Mark Huepful), Angela, John, Jean (John) Murphy, Matthew (Mary), Vincent and David (Chrissy), along with 19 grandchildren: David (Alyssa) and Joseph Vertin; Robert, Bridget, Angela, Edward and Reginaldo Huepful; Vincent, Elizabeth, Charles and John Murphy; Anna and Matthew Vertin; Callahan, Louis, and Lachlan Vertin; Olivia, Natalie and Penelope Vertin, as well as great-grandchildren Adeline and Ava Vertin.

Tue
24
Jul

Charles Edward Mistek, June 1, 1935-January 14, 2018

Charles Mistek, 82 years old, passed away on January 14, 2018 at Essentia-St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, MN.
Charles was born June 1, 1935 in Ely, MN to Edward and Eleanor Mistek. He graduated from Ely High School, attended Vermilion Junior College in Ely, and served two years in the United States Army. On June 25, 1959 he married Jacquelyn Pecore and together they raised their four children.
Charles received his Bachelor’s degree in Math and Social Sciences from St. Cloud State University and earned his Master’s degree in Secondary Administration from Mankato State University. He started his teaching career by teaching Social Studies at Sauk Centre High School and he spent 10 years at St. Paul Park High School teaching math and as a Vocational Coordinator.

Sun
22
Jul

Fixing a mistake with a concrete saw will return much needed parking spots

We fully support a move to return parking spaces on Sheridan Street that shouldn’t have been removed in the first place.
Several city council members have pointed to a mistake made by the city to eliminate numerous parking spaces in order to protect the marquee on the State Theater building.
The issue now isn’t the marquee, it’s using common sense to protect it. And certainly the owners of half the block shouldn’t be opposed to returning some of the lost parking spaces.
The city had the sidewalk extended from the west side of the marquee all the way down to Third Avenue East. This was done to protect the marquee from snowplows and other taller vehicles. But there is a better answer.
Putting up three cast iron ballards will protect the marquee. Cutting the sidewalk and returning the curb and gutter to where they were before makes perfect sense.

Sun
22
Jul

A downtown dilemma - Extended curb in front of theater building wipes out parking spots, and some on council want a remedy

by Tom Coombe
Some city officials are having second thoughts about a decision that wiped out several parking spaces on a downtown block.
Council members wrestled Tuesday with the ramifications of an earlier decision to extend the sidewalk in front of the State Theater building.
While the move protect the theater’s historic marquee from snowplows, it has created a dilemma of sorts on Ely’s main thoroughfare -Sheridan Street.
Some motorists have parked on the curb, while a no parking sign now up erases several prime downtown parking spots.
Council members Al Forsman and Paul Kess both said this week that it’s time for the city to take action.
“It creates issues for our community and it’s just bad,” said Forsman. “I think we need to get this corrected and admit this is a mistake.”
Kess agreed.
“We’re losing a half a block of parking here” said Kess. “If we made a mistake I think we should fix it.”

Sat
21
Jul

East of Ely – Just where is Ely, Minnesota?

The Prime Meridian is a line of latitude on the world map determined by a British aristocrat in 1851, which placed his empire at ground zero in relationship to a worldwide economy at the forefront of the Industrial Age. One quarter of the Earth’s circumference to the west sits the City of Ely, Minnesota, located a degree or so left of the fourth principal meridian at -91º plus on your iPhone’s GPS locater. And for those of you who haven’t died of boredom at this point, here are a few notes to ponder.
For starters, the straight-line polar miles from Ely to Moscow, Russia are significantly closer than the distance from Moscow to Washington, D.C. – a trivial fact in today’s terms, but something that may have weight in the not-to-distant future as nations rush to develop newly exposed natural resources in the Arctic.

Fri
20
Jul

From the miscellaneous drawer - Different perspective

My good friend Carol Brude would have been 73 this week. I miss her and my piano misses her playing and her talent.
Have you ever seen the Wyeth painting titled “Christina’s World”? In it a young woman, debilitated by polio is seen on a hillside, reaching out helplessly toward the farmhouse where the family lived.
There’s a sorrow about the painting even though her face cannot be seen.
I saw something similar to this recently in real life. Under the portico of a nursing home entrance, a woman in a motorized wheelchair was avoiding entering, her face turned away when assistance was offered.

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