A BRIEF IDEA OF ELY
LedgeRock Community Church
LedgeRock has become my favorite church I have served anywhere (this is the Intentional Interim Pastor speaking). There is an incredibly solid core that is spiritual, loyal, well informed, and open to new visions. The church has a great relationship with the local College (Vermillion), helping with boots, coats, mittens, and hats in the winter and dinners throughout the year once a month. We work closely with Young Life and Rock Ridge (a Christian outfitting camp). The church is part of Converge (John Piper’s denomination formerly called Baptist General Conference). Thanksgathering was founded by our folks and most of the churches in town participate in it. There are four Bible studies midweek for men and women. Praise and Worship is blended. 14 of our folks graduated from a Lay Speaker’s class. Prayer is central in the life of the people, both men and women.
THE PEOPLE OF ELY
Ely is very unique in that it is remote and yet is cosmopolitan. It has a “Northwoods feel” but has many highly educated residents. Community is genuine but people enjoy privacy as well. The Boundary Waters has attracted writers and artists such as the well-known writer, Sigurd Ferdinand Olson (April 4, 1899 – January 13, 1982) who was an American author, environmentalist, and advocate for the protection of wilderness. For more than thirty years, he served as a wilderness guide in the lakes and forests of the Quetico-Superior country of northern Minnesota and northwestern Ontario. The well-known photographer and filmmaker of National Geographic, Jim Brandenburg made his home here as well. He was author of numerous bestsellers including Chased by the Light, Scruffy, Brother Wolf and White Wolf. While attractive to the thinker and the environmentalist, Ely is also a great place to raise kids. The schools are excellent and include all levels as well as Vermillion Community College. Churches include Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Methodist, Assembly of God, and non-denominational. Many outfitters for the BWCA and beyond are based in Ely and there are numerous camps, including YMCA and Rock-Ridge, an Evangelical Free Church outfitting camp.
RESTAURANTS, HOTELS, MOTELS, AND SHOPS
Ely is virtually full of 3-5-star restaurants with great ambiance and even better food. The town is known for its love of tourists. Resorts populate the surrounding area with warm hosts and excellent amenities. Extraordinary outfitting shops are on every corner and two top quality winter clothing manufacturers call Ely home. For regular shopping, there are two markets, one Shopko, and two Dollar-type stores. Dairy Queen and Subway cater to the need for a quick lunch. If larger shopping centers are desired, Virginia and Mountain Iron and Duluth cater to those seeking entertainment, etc.
WINTER STUFF TO DO
Dogsledding, Snowmobiling, Cross-country skiing, Ice Fishing, Snowshoeing, and Snow carving
SUMMER AND TRANSITION SEASONS STUFF TO DO
The North American Bear Center, The International Wolf Center, Canoeing and kayaking, Fishing, Power-boating, Hiking and camping
Because Ely is full of resorts it has a large influx of nonpermanent residents but has a large number of permanent residents in log homes and in the city proper. There are 2,000 lakes close by and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) is easily accessed from Ely as well as Quetico, the Canadian Provincial Park, is nearby as well. The two areas together are over 2 million acres. The Chamber of Commerce has an excellent website: https://www.ely.or