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Aurora's new splash pad grand opening

In aurora Minnesota a grand opening is bringing a new way to cool off in the summer. The Caring For Kids Community group has now opened their splash pad, a playground type area but with water extremities. The group is extremely proud that they were able to put it all...
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Grand marshal Butch Ceglar "just loves living" in Aurora

AURORA — Anthony “Butch” Ceglar and wife Joanne live in the same house where he grew up and where his father Rudy Ceglar, son of Austrian immigrants Anton and Mary Ceglar, grew up, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Somebody asks Ceglar where he lives, and “Miller Location,” he answers. “That’s what I say,” the proud Slovenian said in a recent interview about being the 2022 grand marshal of the 5:30 p.m. July 3 Aurora parade. ...
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Donald E. (Don) Maki

Donald E. (Don) Maki passed away on Thursday, June 31st at the Cook Hospital at the age of 81. He was born on January 8, 1941 in Ely, MN to Wilho and Ailie Maki. Don attended Embarrass High School, graduating in 1959 and attended vocational school which would lead to his profession as a master electrician. Don married his wife of 57 years, Carole Pinola, on January 16, 1965. For the majority of his career, Don worked as an electrician at Reserve Mining and later as a foreman at LTV Steel and owned his own contracting business.
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Ely Community Ed resurfaces pickleball courts

What is Pickleball? Pickleball is a paddle sport that was established 50 years ago. It’s the fastest-growing sport in the USA. It is ping pong meets tennis on a badminton court. Ely has had the popular sport since 2011. It has grown from a dozen players to 80 players...
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School project: tight timeline

Contractors are racing against the clock to complete a better than $20 million renovation project in time for the start of the upcoming school year. It’s a race they’re cautiously optimistic they’ll win, according to the latest discussion Monday at the regular school board session. Plans call...
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Pank Aches Swimming and Kisting on the 4th

In the 50s and 60s in Ely on Independence Day there’d be organized contests with meaningful prizes in Whiteside Park for us kids. I can still see Joe Folio shinnying up a greased pole to claim the 20 dollar note (or was it a 100?) at the top. Joe cleverly covered his hands, pants legs, and chest with sand to provide the winning friction. The finale to that incident, his arriving home and sneaking his garb into the hamper, has never been revealed. Glenn Lindroos and I won the three-legged race prize -- but we cheated. We practiced for weeks before and secured our legs together with two straps, one at our ankles and the other just above our knees. With this Olympic gear and training we developed a coordinated lope that was unbeatable. Too bad college athletic departments didn’t award scholarships for three-legged racing.
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Editorial: Be happy, it’s the 4th of July in Ely

The 4th of July is finally here! It’s time to set aside being upset about Roe vs. Wade being overturned or gas prices skyrocketing and just be proud to be an American. As the song went, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy!”. And if you’re in Ely this holiday...
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Gilbert's Omar St. Lawrence: 'humbled' as grand marshal

GILBERT — Omar St. Lawrence turned 93 the first day of summer, and the day of the interview about his being named 2022 grand marshal of the 7:30 p.m. Gilbert 3rd of July parade, he had played nine holes of golf. “You have to keep active,” he said with a smile. He organizes tournaments at the Eveleth Golf Course. “I’m honored and humbled to be asked,” he said of being...
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Barnum tops Aurora 6-5 in 10-inning battle

AURORA — Finding themselves up 5-3 through six innings, the Aurora Junior American Legion Baseball team just needed to hold on for three more outs if they wanted to come away with the win over visiting Barnum Thursday night. Post 361, however, had other plans. The visiting squad knotted things up in the bottom of the seventh with a two-out, two-RBI double from Joey Steen to force extra innings. Going...
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More fun for the Fourth

There was just no way to fit that much fun into one day. That’s why Ely’s Fourth of July celebration will start early - with Saturday night’s “Rock the Park” event - and continue into a full slate of activity on Monday. Ely’s traditional Independence...
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Celebrate the Fourth in Tower, Orr, and Ely

ELY - Ely’s Fourth of July celebration looks to be a weekend affair this year with the addition of a new music event to go along with all the traditional favorites as the community celebrates the 246th birthday of America. Rock the Park will be held Saturday, July 2,...
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One loaded tournament

In the span of two decades, a July American Legion baseball tournament in Ely has gone from an effort to fill the local team’s schedule to one of the premiere regular season events in Minnesota. Loaded with nine teams, including several of state tournament caliber, the 21st Sir G’s...
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MagIron Achieves Significant Milestone in its Strategy to Restart Plant 4

GILBERT, Minn., June 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- MagIron LLC ("MagIron" or the "Company) today announced that it has completed the purchase of selected assets from the receivership estate of Prairie River Minerals, LLC ("PRM") (the "Acquisition"). This follows entry of a court order approving the free and clear sale of PRM assets to MagIron by a State of Minnesota district court judge in the Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors action on May 13, 2022. Under the terms of the Acquisition, MagIron will pay total cash consideration of $2.6 million and assume $6.05 million of debt.
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Dennis “Jake” Jacobsen

Dennis “Jake” Jacobsen, 77, died on Thursday, June 30, 2022 of injuries suffered in a fall in 2018. He was a lifelong resident of the Iron Range. He grew up in Ely, graduating from Ely Memorial High School in 1963. He spent 3 years in the Navy, serving in Mobile Construction Battalion 58. His service included 2 tours in Vietnam during that war. He was very proud of his service and was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He worked as a meat cutter and butcher for most of his post navy life; first for Joe’s IGA in Ely and then for Zup’s in Hibbing and Aurora. He most recently resided at the Waterview Woods assisted living facility in Eveleth.
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City by City: Hibbing, Iron Range, Ely

Hibbing, MN- The City of Hibbing received a grant to clean and repurpose a contaminated site. Nearly $250,000 will get allocated from the Department of Employment and Economic Development. The money will clean and redevelop the site into a proposed new eye clinic. The project is anticipated to create four jobs and retain eight jobs. Other funds for the project will come from a developer and the IRRRB.
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