Three new Loon champs
by Tom Coombe
Three new champions were crowned Thursday in Ely.
Those were the winners in the 34th annual Loon Calling Contest, held under sunny skies outside Piragis Northwoods Company near the deck at new restaurant Moose Bear Wolf.
Ben Tomlinson won the adult division, Avery Ellerbroek was first among the boys and Eleanor Nyquist was the girls division.
The Loony Day celebration included the contest, which attracted an audience of about 75 people.
For three decades, the coos and trills of loons have resonated from the courtyard outside Piragis Northwoods Company, and the business treated all participants and spectators to ice cream cones.
Tomlinson, who is from Cleveland, Ohio, topped the adult field with Laura Harm of Madison, Wisc., in second place. Ely’s Micah Larson took third.
Ellerbroek, age nine, topped 10-year-old Caleb Larson of Ely and nine-year-old Tristan Harm of Madison. The trio formed the top three contestants in the boys contest.
Nyquist, 7, impressed the judges to win the girls division.
In second was Selam Houle, 9, while Madison Jonas, 9, was third.
The top-three girls finishers all are from Ely. Look for more photos from the event in next week’s Ely Echo.