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Wed
13
Sep

Entries up for Ely Marathon Sept. 23

by Tom Coombe -

Mon
11
Sep

Edward Richard “Dick” Fernlund dies

Edward Richard “Dick” Fernlund died peacefully on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital. Edward was born Feb. 12, 1930 near Cook, MN to Frank and Cordelia (Ecklund) Fernlund. He married Carol Sokoloski on May 25, 1957 in Virginia, MN.
Edward graduated from Cook, MN High School, was drafted into the U.S. Marine Corps in 1951 and honorably discharged in 1953.
He is a 15-year paid-up for life member of the Waite Park Post 428 American Legion. He retired from the U.S. Forest Service as an engineer in 1985 after 27 years. Edward “Dick” was a man of few words but known for his dry humor that kept you laughing. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, collecting agates and watching football and westerns.
Edward is survived by his daughter Corry Frentz (Roy Bester); sons Ed Fernlund (Robin Amolins) and Tom (Veronica) Fernlund; eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.

Mon
11
Sep

Water quality meeting Tuesday; Session at Grand Ely Lodge part of governor’s statewide series

by Tom Coombe -

Mon
11
Sep

Audit shows city reserves up again

by Tom Coombe -

Sun
10
Sep

Naples, Florida evacuation affects Ely, Minnesota

At 1909 miles, the distance between Ely, Minnesota and Naples, Florida may seem irrelevant.
That is unless the Ely Echo newspaper's server is housed in Naples, Florida and the folks there are experiencing a major hurricane.
Before they all exited for a safer location, they gave directions to the publisher on how to still use the serviceslocated in other parts of the country.
Echo web readers normally are privy to almost daily updates, but during this period, there will be some delays.
Please be patient. It might be a good time for you to request a sample of the Echo’s email edition which comes in the form of a pdf.
It is the complete newspaper and it is all in color! Contact Anne at 218-365-3141 Monday Friday 8 AM - 4 PM for a sample.

Fri
08
Sep

Your hometown, official Ely newspaper welcomes you to subscribe in print or by email

And for only a few more days, you'll find a special half price offer in the Ely Echo. Call 218-365-3141 to sign up! Offer ends Tuesday, Sept. 12. A deal like this is unlikely to return again. Now is your chance to subscribe for a year's worth of Ely’s only locally owned newspaper. It is $52 for a year on newsstands, but right now you can have it delivered to your home via mail for half price.

The Ely Echo is Ely-centered. Written by professional journalists. Office on Chapman Street open 8-4 Monday - Friday.

Fri
08
Sep

Ely’s Jack Daniels Band returns after 40 years

PERFORMING for a crowd of over 100 people in Jerry Fink’s yard last Sunday were Jack Daniels Band members Justin Champa, Jef Cierniak, Jerry Fink, Dave Waggoner and Earl Bulinski during a band practice session. Photo by Nick Wognum.

Fri
08
Sep

Life skills still needed

When students first enter the Independent School District 696 as a kindergarten student, they are taught skills they will use for the rest of their lives.
Simple things like keeping your hands to yourself, learning how to stand in line and being sure to flush are all skills that will stay with you throughout life.
We’d like to think every child is taught these skills at home but we’re not naive. More and more parenting skills are being transferred from the home to the classroom.
Unless we want to shoulder the problem of having graduates not ready to be productive members of society, maybe it’s time to take another look at what we expect from school districts.
At the grocery store this week, a young woman was purchasing a ready made sandwich with food stamps. The elderly woman running the till could only think, “Why doesn’t she buy a loaf of bread and some lunch meat? It would be much cheaper!”

Fri
08
Sep

Henry Harger, 83, of Ely, dies

Henry C. Harger, 83, of Ely, passed away at St. Raphael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Eveleth on Thursday, September 7, 2017. Henry C. Harger, 83, of Ely, Minnesota, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, September 7, 2017.
Born in Elmhurst, Illinois, Henry (“Hank”) served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He met and was married to Virginia Tyler shortly after his return from military service. They raised two daughters.
Hank loved the outdoors and especially fishing. He retired from his job with the electric company of northern Illinois after nearly 40 years of service and then moved to Ely. He had a lifelong passion for singing that began in his school days. Hank sang with the Navy Blue Jacket Choir while in the service and continued singing in the choirs of the churches where they lived, most recently in the Grace Lutheran Church choir, Ely, for the past twenty-five years.

Fri
08
Sep

House passes Emmer-Nolan amendment to halt mining ban in Superior National Forest

The U.S. House Thursday approved a bipartisan amendment by U.S. Reps. Tom Emmer and Rick Nolan to halt the withdrawal of 234,328 acres of the Superior National Forest from all mining activities.
The amendment, which will become part of the omnibus FY 2018 federal spending package, specifically “prohibits funding from being used to implement a January 13, 2017 effort by the U.S. Department of Interior and Agriculture to restrict all leasing, exploration and potential development of approximately 234,328 acres of federal land in Northeast Minnesota.”
Following passage of the amendment, Nolan released the following statement:
“I was proud to help lead the way to passage of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) Wilderness Act back in 1978. None of us who live in northern Minnesota and love the great outdoors would ever support mining in the Boundary Waters.

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