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Wed
08
Nov

“Footloose” begins Nov. 10 at school

Ely students are cutting loose and busting moves all over the stage, as they prepare for this year’s musical, “Footloose.” They have been working for seven weeks on their singing, their acting and their footwork. This musical exudes energy and anyone who attends will feel it.
In the play, the main character and his mother (Emma Terwilliger), starting a new life, move from the big city of Chicago to Beaumont, Texas. The culture shock is enough to ruin Ren’s (played by Blaise Lah) life.
He learns that this town has outlawed dancing because of a tragic accident. Reverend Shaw Moore played by Jasiah Wigdahl) is the de facto mayor and enforcer of the “No-dancing” law. In doing so he alienates his daughter Ariel (Erika Mattson) and his wife Vi (Danielle Krostue).
Ariel rebels and finds Ren quite attractive. Vi retreats, but by the end finds her voice.

Wed
08
Nov

Mills opts out of 2018 House race

by Tom Coombe -

Wed
08
Nov

Watercraft inspections to benefit lakes with $93,000 in grants

Funding support of $33,000 from the Initiative Foundation, will aid in a two-year project to further improve the efficiency of boat inspection work at 17 Lake Vermilion and 5 Burntside Lake public accesses.
Watercraft inspections at Vermilion and Burntside are conducted by North St Louis Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in partnership with the Vermilion Lake Association and the Burntside Lake Association. All three organizations are involved in this pilot project.
“While boat inspections are the most effective means we have to prevent new AIS infestations, they are also labor intensive and our most expensive AIS undertaking,” said Jeff Lovgren, AIS program leader at Lake Vermilion. “Our partnership has an obligation to become even more efficient every year, and we’re pleased to receive a grant to pilot some innovative ideas to make that happen.”

Wed
08
Nov

Carol Ann (Tomsich) Tegantvoort of Maplewood, 74, dies

Carol Ann (Tomsich) Tegantvoort of Maplewood, 74, passed away peacefully with family by her side after a 22 month battle with pancreatic cancer.
She was born in Ely, Minnesota, on July 13, 1943. Carol was very proud of her Ely heritage. You could always see an “I Love Ely” sticker on her van and her scooter. She graduated from Ely Memorial High School in 1961. On July 20, 1984 she received her nursing diploma from St. Paul TVI. Carol married Larry Tegantvoort in 1964 and was blessed with four children. Survived by sons Bradley (Jana), Kurt (Jill), Kevin (Sheri), and daughter Kari “Sis” (John) Knodle; grandsons: Tony, Johnny, Jorren, and Kai; granddaughters: Paige, Laurie (Dan) Furth, Alicia, and Ashley; brothers: Louis “Butch” (Linda) and Jack (Sue); numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, special friends, and extended family.

Tue
07
Nov

Karen Jean Leiviska, 69, of Ely, dies

Memorial service for Karen Jean Leiviska, 69, of Ely, formerly of Aurora, will be 2 p.m. Sunday, November 12, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church in Ely with Pastor Corey Larsen officiating. Friends may gather one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements by Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Gilbert, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Virginia Humane Society or Contended Critters.
Karen passed away peacefully on Monday, November 6, 2017 at her home in Ely, MN.
Survivors include her children: Tara (Kevin) Boerst of Ely, Adam Leiviska of Virginia and Jenny Leiviska of Purcell, OK; grandchildren: Anika, Derrick and Amanda; great grandchild, Bentley; siblings: Johnny (Gwen) Wudinich of Virginia and Laurie (Tom) Cundy of Eveleth; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
She is preceded in death by her parents: John and Geraldine (Inman) Wudinich; husband, Raymond and her sister, Marilyn Purell.

Mon
06
Nov

From the miscellaneous drawer - Memories

People often say they remember where they were when they heard some dramatic event had occurred. Not true for me in regard to the JFK shooting in Texas. I might have been traveling and away from news sources.
There is only one event I can pinpoint in time and my memory. What’s especially odd about the memory is how vivid it remains and my age at the time. It was Sunday, December 7, 1941. I was six.
My family had gone by car to nearby Homewood, Illinois to the Auditorium there for Evelyn Klein’s Student Piano Recital.
Miss Klein was a German Jewish refugee and she came every week on the Illinois Central railroad to give piano lessons to we three children. My sister, age 11, had taken to the lessons far better than my brother or me.
The large auditorium was filled with parents and relatives. Washington Auditorium in Ely is quite similar in its interior.

Mon
06
Nov

A Veterans Day Message from the VFW

GUEST EDITORIAL:
A Veterans Day Message from the VFW

The debt owed to our nation’s defenders is ever-present
Reprinted from Veterans of Foreign Wars

For generations, the men and women of America’s Armed Forces have demonstrated their willingness to put country before self; patriots who serve for the greater good and who don’t seek glory or recognition or personal gain. On Nov. 11, Veterans Day, our nation honors the contributions of the nearly 22 million veterans living today, and all those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of liberty and justice.

History has provided us with extraordinary examples of their selfless deeds. They’ve brought hope, faith and liberty to millions of people around the world. The true number of people who have benefitted cannot be calculated and the number of erected memorials or speeches delivered doesn’t begin to represent the true scope of service our nations’ veterans have provided.

Sun
05
Nov

Amelia “Molly” Hill, 104, of Ely dies

AMELIA “MOLLY” MARIAN HILL, 104, died on Saturday, Novemmber 4, 2017 at the Ely Carefree Assisted Living faculty where she resided after a minor stroke in April 2009.
She was born September 1, 1913 at home in Ely to Slovenian immigrants John and Mary Horvat. Molly attended school in Ely through Jr. College. She was working at Pipestone Falls Fish Camp while dating Matt Hill who worked at Peterson’s Fish Camp on Basswood Lake. Matt was Lutheran and Molly Catholic so they got married by a Methodist Minister in 1935. They became members of the Ely Methodist Church when they moved from Winton to their newly built Ely home in 1952.
Molly is survived by sons William (Barbara) of Laguna Niguel, CA and Thomas (Sharon) of Fountain Valley, CA; granddaughters Linda Hill of Santa Ana, CA and Tracy Hill of Huntington Beach, CA; sisters Louise (Allen) Weins of Duluth, MN and Rose Leslie of Hermantown, MN; and, brother Albert Horvat of Tower,MN.

Sun
05
Nov

Whitefish, tullibee sport-netting to open Nov. 5 on Shagawa, Bear Island, Ojibway lakes

Whitefish, tullibee sport-netting to open on Shagawa, Bear Island, Ojibway lakes.
Dates have been set for recreational netting for whitefish and tullibee (cisco) on Shagawa, Bear Island and Ojibway lakes in the Tower fisheries work area, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

These lakes are Schedule I Lakes, which are more susceptible to sudden changes that impact water temperatures, and are opened and closed on a 48-hour notice posted at lake accesses, other public places, and the DNR website.

Schedule I Lakes (48 hour notice)

Shagawa, open to netting Sunday, Nov. 5 through Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 (minimum 3.5 inch mesh size)
Bear Island & Ojibway lakes, open to netting Saturday, Nov. 18 through Saturday, Dec. 18, 2017 (minimum 1.75 inch mesh size)
Shagawa Lake is designated as infested with spiny waterflea so netters are encouraged to review rules that help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

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