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Section 1 ) ) ECHO/Page 2 ELY SATURDAYI FEBRUARY 231 201 ,q (Continued from Page 1) the snowbirds start coming acher's history with Ely a pharmacy or get their John Martinetto pur- Clinic in Ely has seen a up and the summer tourists pharmacies dates back to a medications from a licensed chased Fortier Drug in 1976, major increase in business, arrive," said Hartshorn. special day in the commu- pharmacist. So I licensed moved the business to Sec- Pharmacist Beth Harts- From two to one nity's history, April I, 1967. a pharmacist in 1968 and and Avenue East and Sheri- horn said ECP has added a For Silverness, 64, this is "I came up to work at James Drug shared a phar- dan in 1985 before selling to second window and hired another chapter coming to a James Drug on April 1, 1967, macist with the hospital Pamida in 2006. additional staff, close in her 38-year career, the day the PioneerrMine until 1993. Silverness is hopeful the "We hired another tech- Silverness started at closed. I'm an optimist," said "When I closed James community is able to get a nician and she has already James Drug in 1981 andSchumacher. Drug in 1999, it had been second pharmacy back in started. We put in a second worked there until 1991 The James family had open 111 years," said Schum- town. cash register. We're current- ly advertising for a shared pharmacist between my pharmacy and the hospital pharmacy," said Hartshorn. "We're going to re-evalu- ate our staffing needs by the summer to see how things are going." ECP will be extending hours it is open as well. "We'll be open for our extended hours on Satur- days starting March 9, we'll be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Then starting March ll we will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m " said Hartshorn. With ECP and the phar- macy inside the hospital, there will be four pharma- cists. ECP will increase its staff from five to seven. "So far we're probably doing 75 to 100 more pre- scriptions every day but I think that will go up when stead of from Shopko. "Maybe some people will go to Virginia but I'm assuming most will come here," said Hartshorn. "We tried to get all the records here and it didn't work out, it just didn't." Hartshorn worked for Walgreens before coming to ECE "I can't see Walgreens when she worked at Marttila operated the drug store 9n acher. She urged the city to use Drug in Tower. Chapman Street and First Fortier Drug was later its economic development She would return to Ely Avenue East until 1959:1 connected to Babbitt Drug, efforts to bring the jobs back putting a pharmacy here, to start Ely CommunityDuring that time, Abijah] il which operated from 1955 tally, it's not their type of town, Pharmacy in 2001 andthen James and his brother Frank when AI Malmo opened the "There's always been two but maybe," said Hartshorn. went to Pamida (now Shop- James were both in Ely, Art Ei de was, pharmacies since at least EricaPeterson, thephar- ko) in 2012. Frank James would leave thei:0r g naI :phaimacist, 1981. There's room for two macist at the Virginia Wal- "I love my job, I love to start James Drug in Two according to Frank Jaeger. pharmacies, greens agreed it would be being a pharmacist," said Harbors. "Malmo sold Babbitt . "In 1888 when James unlikely. , Silverness, who's known as James DruginlEly felI! Drug started there was only I haven t heard anything the "friendly pharmacist." into an estate following the un !e Cy Fortier in i. one pharmacy so unless we about that so I would assume She noted this is the first death ofR0b Jamesin 1959 started on July 1, 1959 and want to go back to 1888 we no," said Peterson. time in a very long time George Berttulawouldpur- later purchased it. I ran it need two pharmacies," said The records from the that Ely will not have two chase the business and own until the fire on Sept. 24, Silverness. Ely Shopko pharmacy have pharmacies, it until 1977. 2011," said Jaeger. Hartshorn agreed there is now been transferred to the Ac c ording to the ElySchumacher's connection Silverness was able to fill room for two. Virginia Walgreens. Echo history book "Ely, to Ely included going to in the history between 1981 "I think there's room for "All they have to do is Since 1888," James Drug college with Berttula's son and today, two pharmacies for Ely," call us and giveus theirname started in 1888 and Fortier Jack. "His wife didn't want "We had James Drug said Hartshorn, who added and date ofbirth and we'll be Drug started in 1939. to live in a small town so he and Fortier's. Then Marti- ECP has already been gear- able to see all the refills they Cy Fortier Jr. opened didn't come up here," said netto bought Fortier's. Then. ing up to be the only one. have on file," said Peterson. Fortier Drug at the corner Schumacher. Martinetto went to a new "We're a well oiled ma- "They can come here to of Sheridan Street and First "I bought James Drug building. Then James Drug chine here," she said.pick them up or we can mail Avenue East. Fortier also from George in1977 and ran sold their files to Parnida. Starting Monday the them." had the Gamble Store and itfrom 1977until 1999when Then I openedup Ely Cam- chan e for ECP will beWalgreens can be reached Fortier Furniture. I sold to Pamida. Whenmunity Pharmacy and then people will be transferring at 218-741- 2421. Ely Cam- Lee Schumacher hired Medicare came about has- Martinetto sold his files to their prescriptions from the munity Pharmacy's phone Silverness in 1981. Schum- pitals were required to have Pamida." Walgreens in Virginia in- number is 365-8788. I .i (Continued from Page 1) About a dozen mush- "We'll have some pretty eventually reconnect with The awards ceremony isheld in the VCC cafeteria. ers, including some notable fast teams in that eight-dog the Taconite for the return expected to begin at approx- Tickets are available at the Ely, out to various trails and names, are part of the field, race," said Cashman. jaunt to Ely, with the first imately 5 p.m. door and are $10 for adults back to the finish area at the Defending champion The dog teams will go out teams expected at the finish Mushers are coming from and $5 for children 10 and softball complex. Ryan Anderson of Ray is every twominutes starting at line perhaps as soon as 1 across Minnesota to take under. The musher meeting "Last year we had 31 coming off a victory in the 9 a.m, and once the eight- p.m, according to Cashman. part, with some journeying andbib presentation follows inches0fsnowontheground Beargrease 120 while the dog competitors are on the "I would say between one to Ely from as far away the spaghetti dinner. and then more snow'the event also features John trail the race will move right and two o'clock you'll see a as Wisconsin and Dryden, The weekend promises night before and it was a BeargreaseMarathoncham- into the six-dog, 30-mile lot ofteams," she said, "A lot Ontatio. to be full of activity and little slow," said Cashman. plan Blake Freking. event, depends on trail conditions." Plans are in the works for harkens back to the 1970s An eight-dog, 50-mile Veteran musher and for- Spectators are invitedRace day begins with vet the races to be streamed by and 1980s, when Ely hosted event headlines race day mer state legislator Frank to come early to take in the cheeks around 7 a.m and the Ifan Sports Network. the All-American Sled Dog and gets the event starIed Moe is also part ofthe eight- howling; barking and ener- spectators are welcome as Race organizers say a Races and was known as the at 9 a.m. dog slate, getic dogs as they wait to the festivities begin. The festive atmosphere fills the sled dog capital ofthenation. leave from the starting gate. Grand Ely Lodge will serve air on Saturday, Feb. 23 as "I think it's going to be "-LAST WEEK'S Day Date High Low Preci0 Snow The dog teams will con, as race headquarters and musher trucks arrive in Ely: a good race and we'll deal We . 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