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Section 2 ECHO/Page 4 ELY SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2019 Interview & photos by Pam Roberts . Ryan Knutti: (I ran in "to quick thank Ely Auto for fixing my van couple weeks ago ) Ryan: "1 work at Ely Auto. Things are good. Work. It's all about work. Money. Going to work. I'm changing a tire. Later I'll probably go sit at home, go to bed, and get ready to work tomorrow." Nancy Tubbs: "You almost never catch me in town. I'm in town doing laundry for Camp Van Vac. I am the owner. Camp has been really full and this is the first week where there's just a little bit of flex. I have a great crew that's gotten us through the summer. I love our guests. We have guests that are coming in many generations. One this summer, that I realized, was the Raudenvush family, has been coming for seven generations. Kids I grew up with catching frogs and climbing trees, are coming with their grandkids. So we are very lucky that way. I was born at camp in 1947. My parents came to run camp in 1946. My great aunt and uncle Aunt Kate and Uncle Van started camp in 1917. So my husband Tom and I came from California in 1984 to run camp. Tom has since passed and I have been there on my own with a great crew ever since. It's great fun and it is exhausting. And you know what summer is like I am loving this breeze Summer in Ely. Everybody is working so hard. Most of the people that are working don't have a lot of time to play but savoring that influx of energy, and all the people who love Ely and want to go into the Boundary Waters. We have so many people who tell us how lucky we are to live in all this . beauty. That helps us to remember when we are working 12 hours days that we are lucky. I just loaded about 200 pounds of laundry to the basement of the laundromat for them to do the laundry. Then you go pick it up in the next few days. It's like magic. It's clean and folded and you love it." Mrs. Petersen: "We're trying to hang up a zip tie for our dog and we came to visit her and just fell in love with the town clean." Daniel: "We're redoing a lot of the main floor but we and we got the water on. We just bought this house contract and the people, the friendly neighborhood, small town." have been living upstairs It's a fixer upper but it's livable. for deed. So there is a lot of work to do yet. We are working Daniel: "We lived here about a year and a half ago for about It's big. The guy got too old and wanted to get rid of it and on the plumbing and working on the dog zip line, so she three months and then we made our way back. We love Ely, we took on the challenge. We both like doing the work. As can be outside while we are working. Otherwise she, Zoey, the friendly people and the outdoors." Mrs. Petersen: "And long as we don't kill each other first we'll be alright." Mrs. just lays in front of the door and cries. She's a bull mastiff." love that the neighborhood is clean and love the scenery. Petersen: "Or fall off any more ladders." Daniel: "1 slipped (The meter man went into the house and back out ) Jason Actually when I first came here, walking through Ely, like on some clutter and I had to get some stitches in my arm. Roy: "Reading meters like every day " (And he's gone.) everybody waved at you and everybody was all talkative. I'll be whining about it. Just rushing along. Slipped on my Daniel Petersen: "He just read the meter. We're just fixing I guess you don't get that in other small towns around the hammer. I had stuff laying all over. I shouldn't have. I wanted up the house. We were walking the dog and now getting Range. So leaving from Virginia and coming to Ely is like a to blame her but it was my fault. Don't tell her that " our picture taken. We're from Mountain Iron-Virginia- Tower." whole different world." Daniel: 'Tm glad they take care of Mrs. Petersen: "My mom moved here a couple years ago this town here." Mrs. Petersen: "We are going to build and Steve Schon: "1 lent my trike to a friend and let her try it. I just them I think. We had a bigger crowd this year than we've issue. I'll have a little knee surgery next week and then I will went to pick it up now and I'm taking it back home and I'm had in a few years. It was a lot of fun. A lot of good kids be back on the courts. So you better watch out pickle ball think about having a nap. Trikes are stable. They are really and adults getting that free ice-cream cone for being in the players We play pickle ball up at the high school. We have made for flats like the Trezona Trail on the south side is good Loon Calling Contest and a lot of free prizes this year too. four courts where the old tennis courts were. In the winter we and when you stop you don't tip over. Just put your feet down It's a lot of fun. 34 years going and I've been there 32 years play at Vermilion Community College in the gym. We've got and you are there. So you can talk to friends, look at birds, being the head judge, the Head Loon. The rest of my day, maybe 40 folks or more in our pickle ball group and it's a lot wildlife, whatever, and keep upright which is a good thing like I say, there might be a nap in there somewhere, maybe of fun for us old tennis players. I call it tennis for old farts." for a guy my age. Last week was the Loon Calling Contest. a little yard work before I have a nap, and looking forward to We had a lot of folks there. You got a lot of good pictures of supper I have been playing pickle ball. I have a little knee