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f Section 2 ECHO/Page 3 ELY SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2019 Trout Whisperer- Being in tune Being in tune it a moment, and then those keys hear after more than fifty years. Memory, at my age, is in my opin- will come back to me. I look out the Wings of the hawk must rouse my ion, a fickle thing. I can recall my first kitchen window for some perspective, brain. It defies any logic I can corn- brook trout, all of it, every vibrant some distance from my hopefully, prehend, and it locks its wings and color, the day, where I was standing momentary, frustration, swoops towards the snow-covered and how dry I wasn't. I can taste in A hawk, big winged and purposed, earth. A snowshoe hare unseen to memory the scent, and pungent fresh- slices the wintry air. My brain whirls me, is suddenly swept up out over the ness of stepped on wild mint. and I see so clearly my grandfather treetops and gone. So where did I just set my truck with a scythe. It shocks me. I'm awed at its preci- keys. The very same set I use daily. He swishes a sound across the si0n. I stab my hands in my pockets, Ya know, the only ones I have. On grasses, they fiill, lopes of fronds so so stunned. And there amongst my the same key chain, they been on for neatly folded, another swish, another fingers are the missing keys. better than the last five years. I just laid row, the grasses, lay fiat amid his -- The trout whisperer set them somewhere, vastly rounded form. He swings, they So, I think, ok, take a breath, give fold with a swish, swish, a swish I can All-stater Jasper Johnston will advance to US Junior Nationals by Tom Coombe The high school season has ended but Ely's Jasper Johnston isn't about to put away his skis for the winter. Soon, the Ely standout will compete at a national level. Just three days after Johnston earned all-state recognition at the high school state meet, the soph- omore punched his ticket to the U.S. Junior Nationals, which will be held next month in Anchorage, Alas- ka. Johnston competed over the weekend in Minneapolis at the Mayor's Challenge qualifying event, and was third in a field of about 40 skiers in a five-kilometer classic race. The next day, Johnston took fourth in a freestyle race, also at Theodore Wirth Park on the edge of down- town Minneapolis. The performance, along with finishes at earlier qual- ifying events, gained John- ston a trip to Alaska and a berth in the Junior Nation- als, slated for Mar. 9-16. Johnston, who won sev- eral high school races this season, finished third in Section 7 and llth at the event and wound up third Kincaid Park. state meet Feb. 14 at Giants in a point system that took The last two years, John- Ridge, is advancing in the into account qualifying ston has earned all-state age 16U division for the races earlier in the winter at honors inhigh school, which national event. Cable, Wis and Houghton, go to the top-20 finishers at He took third on Satur- Mich. the state meet. day's five-kilometer course Johnston is one of nine Other Ely skiers taking in 15:34, about eight sec- skiers in his age group to part in the qualifying events onds off the pace set by advance to JuniorNationals, at Minneapolis were James winner Victor Sparks of which will include, individ- and Julia Schwinghamer Lopppet Nordic Racing ual and relay sprints, classic and RaifOlson, all members On Sunday, Johnston and freestyle events over of Ely's high schoolNordic took fourth in a freestyle several days at Anchorage's ski team. ELY SKIER Jasper Johnston competes in the state meet. Photo by Liz Anderson. t 7 FINAL TALLY - Ely 4, International Falls 3 at Bronco Arena in last Saturday's Section 7A hockey playoffs. It was Ely's first ever win against the Broncos and first playoff win since 2008. Photo by Jim Zupancich. ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS HALFWAY RANGER STATION ELY, MINNESOTA Notice is hereby given that sealed Bids will be received by delivery, mail, or email at the Office of Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps, ATFN: Jessica Formey, 6004 London Road, Duluth, MN 55804, or jessica@ northernbedrockcorps.com, until 2:00 p.m prevailing time, on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019; for the Halfway Ranger Station in Ely, MN, at which time bids will be privately acknowledged and tabled for further review. All bids must be sealed and clearly marked, "BID FOR: HALFWAY RANGER STATION", along with bidder's name, and must be accompanied by a certified check or bidder's bond in the amount of five percent (5%) of the net base bid amount, payable to the Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps and furnish the usual bonds (Performance Bond and Labor and Material Payment Bond) as required by the Specifications within ten (10) days after Notice of Award of Contract. 471-2000. Bid Documents may also be examined at the builders exchanges of: Duluth Builders Exchange; Hibbing Builders Exchange; Minnesota Builders Exchange; Construction Market Data and Dodge Data & Analytics. Pre- printed plans and specifications will not be provided. No Bidder shall modify, withdraw, or cancel his Bid or any part thereof for thirty (30) days after the time designated for the receipt of bids. The Owner reserves the right to reject any and all proposals or bids and to waive any defects, irregularities or information in any proposal or bid, and to award the contracts to other than the lowest bidder, if in their discretion the interests of the project will be best served thereby. This project shall meet compliance requirements of the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office. Performance/Payment Bonds are required. Prevailing Wage Rate Requirements will be required for all workers employed at the site. Bid Documents (plans and specifications) will be available electronically beginning February 25, 2019. Free access to the plans & specifications may be obtained by contacting: DSGWArchitects, Inc (218) MANDATORY Pre-Bid Meeting: Apre- bid meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6th, 2019, at the site. Ely Echo 2/23 & 3/2/2019 PUBLIC NOTICE Town of Morse Notice of Annual Meeting and Election of Officers Notice is hereby given to qualified voters of the TOWN OF MORSE, County of St. Louis, State of Minnesota, that the Annual Election of Town Officers and Annual Town Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. In case of inclement weather, the meeting and election may be postponed until the third Tuesday in March, announcement regarding the election will be aired on WELY. The Election Poll hours will be open from noon to 8 p.m. at which time the voters will elect: 1 (One) Town Supervisor, Three year term Foran Absentee Ballot, contact Clerk Nick Wognum at 218-343-2019 or write to: Town of Morse, P.O. Box 860, Ely, MN 55731. The Annual Meeting will commence following the election results and Board of Canvass to conduct all necessary business prescribed by law. The Annual Election and Meeting will be held at the following location: Town of Morse, Town Hall 911 South Central Avenue Nick Wognum, Clerk Town of Morse EE 2/23.3/2, 3/9 Home on the Range- Hunting by Karen Hamilton We were all piled in the suburban In previous stories I have talked love to shoot a muley as I had never to head out for an afternoon hunt. about some differences in hunting in harvested one. Multiple spots planned, dropping Minnesota and Montana, and one of 20 minutes later we crested a small each of us off along the way. Into the the biggest differences is the shots hill and 20 yards in front of us a first pasture, through a gate, not far taken. Often in Minnesota, especially muley buck in the brush. Deer down. into the next pasture up North, you're hunting in heavily The joke has now become that I just "STOP[ ANTELOPE! STOP THE wooded areas that wouldn't allow for need to "put my order in" with Tom TRUCK[ ANTELOPE!" Hunting a shot much more than 100 yards, and I will harvest that animal shortly seasons overlap in Montana, and One of the best parts of hunting is thereafter. though we went out for deer that day, calling home to share the stories Hunting is a pleasure, wild game antelope season was still open. Out of my Dad couldn't believe the shot. is delicious. Every time I take a life, the suburban, rifle raised, lean on a From what I understand, he went to I cry. I pet their fur, cry and thank tree All one motion She stops, I work bragging about his daughter's them for their life, taken by me to take aim and fire: shot for the next week! feed my family. If I ever stop crying, One shot, she barely took another That same season, Tom and I went I'll stop hunting. step. We paced it off, I got my first out another day for deer and I casu- antelope at about 325 yards ally mentioned to him that I would This Week's TWIN Sports Schedule METALS MINNESOTA HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS Saturday BASKETBALL Section 7A Semifinals, at Duluth Monday Section 7A Play-In Round, at Home Wednesday Sites Section 7A Finals, at Duluth Wednesday HIGH SCHOOL BOYS Section 7A Playoff Games, at Home BASKETBALL Sites, Saturday Ely vs. Sacred Heart, at Co/eraine, Saturday (Mar 2) 1 p.m. Section 7A Quarterfinals, at Grand Rapids Tuesday Ely at Littlefork-Big Falls, 7:15 p.m. 'day Ely at Wrenshall, 7.'15 p.m.