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Sunday 07/27/2014
The artist and the painting that helped create Ely’s Gardner Trust
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 4:43 pm

Donald G. Gardner donated a painting by Frederick Carl Frieseke (1874-1939) to the City of Ely in 1944. In 1989, it was sold for $510,000.00 and the Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust was created for the enrichment of the Ely Public Library and arts and artisans of the Ely community.

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The man behind Ely's Gardner Humanities Trust
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 4:44 pm

Donald Gardner came to Ely from Cincinnati, Ohio, because of his love of the outdoors and to seek some relief from his hay fever. Mr. Gardner bought the Langager cabin on Ojibway Lake in 1941 and Ely became his summer home. He and his chauffeur, Jackson, loved to drive to Ely in Don Gardner's station wagon, one of the first of its kind.

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Tuesday 07/08/2014
Updated: July 15, 2014 - 5:53 pm

 The Officers and Members of USW #6860 would like to thank all of the Emergency Personnel that responded to the recent Production Truck fire at the UTAC Mine. Your efficient and professional response was sincerely appreciated by all members of USW #6860.

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Thursday 05/15/2014
Bluegrass Festival on Lake Vermilion
Updated: May 16, 2014 - 9:12 am

Bluegrass Festival at Camp Vermilion

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Tuesday 03/25/2014
New Name for Northwoods Partners
Updated: May 16, 2014 - 9:14 am

There’s a new name in town! Help us spread the word…. formally Northwoods Hospice Respite Partners, we are now Northwoods Care Partners.  NHRP began in 2001 with a primary goal to provide the community with hospice and respite services. Over time we saw the need for many other services to help support individuals to live full and meaningful lives as they age in their communities. Our primary services at this time include transportation both locally and long distance for medical appointments, friendly visits, exercise programs, Matter of Balance classes, memory care support, and caregiver consultant services as well as two support groups for caregivers in Ely & Babbitt. NCP serves the communities of Ely, Winton, Babbitt, Tower, and Soudan.

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Friday 02/21/2014
Lyric Center for the Arts Presents Range of the Arts 2014
Updated: February 25, 2014 - 6:04 pm

Lyric Center for the Arts Presents: Range of the Arts 2014 

By: Kennedy Niska Burja

The 11th annual Range of the Arts has much to offer the community in the next week. The hard-working folks from the Lyric Center for the Arts have created some special opportunities for art presenters, performers, and audiences alike.

The week-long dedication to the arts kicks off on Sunday, February 23 at 1PM with a soirée preceding the 2:30 Mesabi Symphony Orchestra concert. The soirée will take place at the Lyric Center in the First Stage art gallery. The event will feature Erik Honkanen, a violinist from the Mesabi Symphony Orchestra, who will speak on the concert's musical theme "From Russia, with Love." The social is open to Lyric members and their guests, and will offer complimentary wine and cheese.

The second component of this year's ROTA is a special community performance put on by Virginia Fine Arts, the high school's performing arts organization. Talented Virginia students will be giving a variety of performances including speeches and music contest pieces, as well as three selections from Virginia's upcoming musical Thoroughly Modern Millie. The Virginia High School Fine Arts Showcase will take place at the Loft at the Lyric Center for the Arts on February 26 at 7PM. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend this very special presentation.

Saturday, March 1 is the date of the Lyric Center's "Arts International," a regular event of the annual ROTA. From 10AM to 2PM, traditional and ethnic arts and crafts by local and traveling artists will be featured in the Loft. Live ethnic music will be provided during the art showcase. A coffee an'/soup luncheon will be provided on the first floor of the Virginia Teen Center in the same time frame.

Range of the Arts 2014 will conclude on Monday, March 3 with "Words and Lyrics" - a celebration of the art of the spoken word - with author Cat Holm. Words and Lyrics has become a tradition at the Lyric, featuring different authors and readers on the first Monday of each month since 2006. The event begins at 6:30PM and takes place in the First Stage.

The mission statement of the Lyric Center for the Arts is to "provide artistic and educational opportunities for children and adults across the Iron Range while renovating the historic Lyric Building." The Lyric Center does an excellent job of strengthening the arts in our community. In addition to the 2014 ROTA, the First Stage art gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from 11 to 3 and showcases different artwork each month. The Loft hosts various community performances throughout the year. Many tours of the Lyric Building take place in warmer months. For more information regarding the Lyric Center for the Arts, like the organization's page on Facebook, visit
http://lyriccenterforthearts.blogspot.com, or stop in at the First Stage to see what is new! 

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Wednesday 02/19/2014
Virginia Youth Hockey competing in North Region Tournaments
Updated: February 19, 2014 - 4:38 pm

The Virginia youth hockey program will be well represented at the MN Hockey - North Region Tournaments that will be held February 28 - March 1.  The Bantam A, PeeWee A and PeeWee B teams will all be playing for a trip to the MN Hockey - State Tournament.

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Wednesday 11/06/2013
Ely Theatre Presents Church Basement Ladies 2
Updated: November 11, 2013 - 11:58 am

Northern Lakes Arts Association (NLAA) has gathered the cast back from their first Church Basement Ladies, with a few delightful additions, and sent them down to 'hotdish haven,' to bring forth their particular humor.

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FREE Early Childhood Community Forum
Updated: November 11, 2013 - 11:59 am

Parents, child care providers, and all who are interested are invited to learn  about what is happening in Minnesota and specifically St. Louis County to promote high-quality early childhood experiences. The Northland Foundation, in partnership with United Way of Northeastern Minnesota and Child Care Aware Minnesota Northeast, is hosting a free Early Childhood Community Forum on November 19, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Mesabi Range College, Room F100 (theater). Rob Grunewald, economist with the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank, will present "Why invest in quality early childhood? Impacts on families and our economy". Karen Cadigan, former director of the Minnesota Office of Early Learning, will also speak. The United Way of NE MN will share results of its Child Care Study, and Child Care Aware will discuss new tools to help child care providers achieve quality rating. There will also be children's book giveaways and prize drawings. Visit www.northlandfdn.org/Convening for more details. If you need child care during the Forum, call the Northland Foundation at 800-433-4045.

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