• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

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    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

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    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

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    Minneapolis, MN
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    Apple Valley, MN

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
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    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

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    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

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    Mora, MN

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    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

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    Aurora, CO
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    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

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    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

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    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

The Ely Fire of 2012

For those of us up here in the Boundary Waters, the last couple of days have proven quite eventful.  As you may have heard about in the news, Ely experienced a severe forest fire on Thursday afternoon that actually spread all the way to the edge of town, threatening locals’ houses and several businesses.  No one really knew that it was coming initially.  From my house, when looking east, we could just make out some hazy smoke when the fire began.  However, after several hours, the smoke turned into dark gray plumes and the smell of smoke became very thick.  Houses on the east end of town closest to the fire were mandated to be evacuated and families planned to stay with friends and family on the outskirts of the western portion of town.  When standing on a hilltop a few blocks away from my backyard, we could see flames reaching up above the treeline.

Firefighters and help came from all over to fight the flames.  There were dozens of firefighters from Ely, Tower, Breitung, Babbitt, and Winton.  Many conservation firefighters, who specifically work to fight forest and natural fires, were brought to Ely from all over the country.  All of town’s motels and hotels were packed with firefighters and DNR conservationists who came up to aid in fighting the blaze.

What was the cause?  Well, they determined that approximately a mile out of town on Highway 1, two power lines went down as a result of the high winds.  The lines sparked and started the dangerous fire.  Thankfully, no one was hurt and no businesses or homes were destroyed.  However, this fire really illustrated just how susceptible the area is to fire, especially now in times of drought.  It is more important than ever that people are careful with their use of fire and take care to put them out thoroughly.  While it makes for an awesome story, we don’t want a repeat of this anytime soon!

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