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“Little Ely” was “15-second fluke thought”, creator says

ELY, MN– In our fourth installment of the Great Summer Getaway, Dan Wolfe sat down with business owner Dave Schmidt who came up with the souvenir.

A local photographer nicknamed the water tower in Ely “Little Ely”, so Schmidt decided to make a 3-D model of the water tower.

He said it took four hours to print, and he only prints 10 to 12 a day. He mentioned that he does these model prints often and takes the effort and time to plan out what he wants to model, but this one he said was a “15-second fluke thought”.

Schmidt was also a military contractor for nine years, so a lot of the projects he prints and models are military models.

“Little Ely” has made quite a buzz, making appearances in Florida, Norway, a Minnesota Twins Game, Iowa, Louisiana and in Arizona inside a cactus.

KBJR Staff

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