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Winter Adventure Gear Demo Feb 7-8

Join us behind the snow sculptures in Whiteside Park for the Winter Adventure Gear Demo 11:00 am – 4:00 pm both Saturday, Feb 7 & Sunday, Feb 8. Winter is a uniquely peaceful, beautiful season to explore the Northwoods. Countless acres of frosted forests and snow-covered lakes offer plenty of opportunity for outdoor fun and adventure … especially […]

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What the heck is KUBB?

Dave Wigdahl, our local Kubb guru, describes it as Swedish lawn-bowling that has been modified for play on snow. It’s also sometimes called Viking chess, presumably without the bloodshed and horned helmets. There is quite a lot of tossing about of various carved pieces of wood that represent a king and other chess-like characters in […]

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BOOK BLIZZARD Forecast

A chilly winter’s eve, a warm, comfy chair, a book that grabs your attention and sparks the imagination….Get lost in your love of books at BOOK BLIZZARD, February 11 during the 2015 Ely Winter Festival! The new Ely Public Library will host the first three Book Blizzard events, with the Ely Steakhouse hosting the final […]

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What Does It Take to Put on a Festival?

Do you love the Ely Winter Festival?  Do you have skills in any of the areas listed below that you would like to contribute?  The Festival needs your brain power and a few of your hours! The Chair is currently performing many of the duties listed below and the plan is to  recruit  managers for […]

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Video Blog 2012

Follow Chris as he talks to Nancy Scheibe about her carving history, her design plan and methology, and her unique snow carving tools.  Very interesting! And, progress…

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About the Hegman Pictographs

Etched in stone But what these Indian drawings depict isn’t by John Husar “On the Outdoors” Duluth News Tribune Date written:  unknown, but approx 1996 Ely, Minn. – For many of the thousands of wilderness canoeists who venture here, the height of a summer voyage into the U.S. – Canadian boundary waters includes a rare […]

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