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Fri
27
Apr

Melting ice roads claim vehicles on Ely area lakes

A TOW TRUCK pulls out a partially sunken vehicle on Bear Island Lake last weekend. Photo by Tony Schaller.

by Nick Wognum -

Fri
27
Apr

Wolves’ wins easy, not pretty

OUT AT THE PLATE - Ely base runner Dylan Kienitz couldn’t get under a tag by the North Woods catcher as umpire DJ Janeksela called Kienitz out on Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Eric Sherman.

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
27
Apr

VCC Foundation awards over $96,000 in scholarships

The Vermilion Community College Foundation held their annual Scholarship Awards Banquet honoring scholarship recipients and donors on April 19 at the Grand Ely Lodge. One hundred eighty people attended the event to celebrate the generosity of the Foundation’s donors and to recognize the achievements of the scholarship recipients.

Fri
27
Apr

Featuring Paula and Joe Baltich and their stories

Paula Baltich: Immigrant from Slovenia to Ely and Joe Baltich: From minnow seller to Police Chief in Ely, MN

In this two page article by Pamalot Roberts

Fri
27
Apr

Thursday’s auction celebrates Young Life’s 20th anniversary in Ely

Left to Right: Top Row: Bobbi Jo Hasz, Tyler Walter, Dylan Kienitz, Jasiah Wigdahl, Mike Keller; Middle Row: Cameron Kienitz, Elijah Olson, Austin Kallberg, Caleb Janeksela, Emmett Faltesek, Evelyn Bercher, Lauren Porthan, Holly Dirks; Bottom Row: Ethan Hasz, Isabelle Kelley, Adrianna Bishop, Brianna Alverson, Lily Sauls, Grace Tweit, Ana Bercher, Sarah Isbell, Kris Bercher. Not pictured: Laura Pasmick, Meghan Lord, Gretchen Lord

Tue
24
Apr

Jerome Baudek, 61, of Chandler, AZ, formerly of Ely, dies

Jerome (Jerry) Baudek, 61, of Chandler, AZ died unexpectedly at home on Thursday, April 19, 2018.
Jerry was born March 24, 1957 in Winton, MN. He graduated from Ely Memorial High School in 1975. Jerry was always involved in athletics and was a letterman in swimming and golf. After high school he worked briefly at Erie Mining.
Jerry’s deep-rooted love of Minnesota did not waiver, but his passion for golf and warm climates led him to Florida in the early ’80s and then to Arizona in the mid-’90s. Jerry was an ardent golfer. He worked in food preparation and bartending at T.G.I. Friday’s for ten years, in sales for several years, and then found satisfaction as a house painter the rest of his working years. In his spare time he enjoyed refinishing furniture, and his attention to detail and craft precision were apparent in all his works.

Mon
23
Apr

Named as Heart of Gold Recipients

Congratulations to Pat Rolando and Lori Dubbin, Northwoods Partners 2018 Heart of Gold Recipients. They were honored at the Northwoods Partners Volunteer Appreciation Event held April 10.

Mon
23
Apr

Good Neighbor Business Award winner

WINNER of the Ely Chamber of Commerce Good Neighbor Business Award was Paul Ivancich. He was recognized for his support for a wide variety of events, organizations and fundraising activities including: Ely Christmas Choir, all area churches, Hoops for Hope, Young Leaders Conference, WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race, Dorothy Molter Museum, the Great Nordic Bread Fest, 5th & 6th Grade Play, Ely Little League, Baseball Association, Jeremy Hiltbrunner Cycstic Fibrosis Walleye Fishing Tournament, July 4th Parade, International Wolf Center, Wednesday Bowling League, Ely Nordic Ski Club, Clown Band, Ely Hoop Club, Ely Net Club, Ely Blue Line, Vermilion Community College Football, Baseball and Basketball, Happy Days Preschool. School Patrol, Cops & Kids Program, Ely Line Dance, All Night Grad Party for both Ely & Babbitt Seniors, American Cancer Association, Conservationists with Common Sense.

Mon
23
Apr

Katherine A. “Kay” Klabe, 100, of Ely dies

Katherine A. “Kay” Klabe, 100, of Ely died peacefully on March 27, 2018 at her home.
She was born on November 30, 1917 in Ely to Steve and Katherine (Jaketic) Golobich and attended school there. Following high school graduation, she moved to Chicago to visit friends and search for a job. Kay quickly found work in the big city and began her career in the corporate insurance and administrative field.
On September 29, 1952 she married Milton L. Klabe of Chicago, where they made their home. Kay worked at the National Can Corporation from which she retired in 1978 with over 25 years of service. Upon retirement, Kay and Milt moved to Ely, where she enjoyed gardening, walking, reading, traveling, and meeting and conversing with people.

Sat
21
Apr

Progress in Ely is often two steps forward and three steps back

The Ely Echo’s annual Progress Edition is a great example of people believing in our area’s future and stepping up to the plate to make this a better place to work and live.
Yet, even with 21 pages of stories, photos and advertising there are some disturbing trends happening here.
This year all indications point to three restaurants not re-opening. Three. Plus Ely’s oldest outfitting business closed its doors and had its assets auctioned off. How many jobs were lost for the summer? If our tourism economy is doing so well, how can this be?
For one, we don’t know how our tourism economy is doing because there isn’t an accurate way to measure it. Even those who point to the Ely area lodging tax know this is a flawed report.
The lodging tax income is derived as a percentage of what was charged. This isn’t a reflection of the number of rooms rented or the number of heads in beds.

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