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Ely Canoe Flotilla Embraced by Canada Pow Wow ~ August 2016

It all started on a whim. A year ago, Ely Folk School members Paul and Sue Schurke were looking for a novel get-away and noticed it was summer Pow Wow weekend for the Ojibwa community on the Canadian side of the Boundary Water’s Lac La Croix. Seizing the moment, they arrived there on an overnight paddle from the Little Indian Sioux trailhead. […]

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Crafting Authenticity: Birch Bark Canoe Project 2016

By LynnAnne Downham Did you notice the fine piece of paddle-able art that took shape this summer on the lawn next to the Fisherman’s Headquarters building? The Ely Folk School’s birch bark canoe building project was headed by Erik Simula, former interpretive ranger and canoe builder at Grand Portage National Monument. The project drew together a […]

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Support EFS!

By Susan Polege I have not really excelled at raising money in my life. For Girl Scout cookie sales, my family bought a couple boxes and we called that a reasonable effort. The popcorn tins and other school group fundraisers were even worse. Once when I needed to raise a couple thousand dollars for a Habitat […]

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Handmade Gifts Made by Kids

By Monica Steele, EFS volunteer On the warm sunny Saturday morning of May 7th Ely children gathered at the Folk School to create a variety of beautiful gifts for their moms for Mother’s Day. They hand painted small clay flower pots with cheerful designs and then planted the pots with sweet little pansies. A variety of […]

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Spring Stories and Songs

By Molly Olson Something about shared experiences brings people together. I personally love sharing food, stories and listening to music. Those times spent laughing and smiling with others seems to multiply the good feelings. As I look back on times in my life when I felt most happy, it was always when sharing good feelings […]

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Community Building at Ely Folk School

by Susan Polege Springtime is peeking through, and though our winter was not so difficult this year, it’s always nice to enjoy the changing of seasons. It is incredible to ponder the momentum that Ely Folk School has enjoyed in this first year of activity. I meet new people often who say “we’re so glad […]

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What’s Up at the Ely Folk School?

By Molly Olson Well, folks it has been quite a year! I recall last winter reading about the new folk school that was just being organized in January 2015 in Ely. At this time I was living in Prairie Farm, WI and just thinking about moving to Ely, MN. My husband and I were dreaming about […]

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