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911 head to retire

Tom Skowronski, the director of Leelanau County’s Emergency Management department for the last 11 years, has announced that he plans to retire this spring.  More...

Local News

Marriages set new high in county’s 2014 vital stats report

Divorces up, but far from record

Leelanau County was the place to wed last year, according to vital statistics for 2014 released last week by the County Clerk’s office.  A record 221 couples were united on the peninsula in 2014, besting the previous record of 205 set in 2 More...

Call made to dredge Leland River following 2014’s rains

Calls to dredge the Leland River have surfaced following a year of heavy rains that have made it difficult to maintain water levels in Lake Leelanau.  The Leland Dam Authority met offi- cially Tuesday for the first time since May 2012 to discuss More...

Road Comm. waiting on snowmobile race

The Leelanau County Road Commission on Tuesday did not give its nod of approval for a permit to hold a Hill Climb in Empire as part of its Winterfest event planned for Feb. More...

Outdoors

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‘WALKIE TALKIES’ is the name of a longstanding women’s hiking group that conducts excursions weekly at various Leelanau County locations. More...

Like snow, demand for senior plow vouchers has fallen off

Record number sought last winter — for record snowfall

Leelanau County Senior Services has started selling the 3,500 snow removal vouchers that are available this year, though the demand is not what it was last year, when 266 inches of snow fell.  The vouchers sold out in record time last year. More...

Emergency services says be prepared for winter

Borrowing from the Boy Scout motto “Be Prepared”, the county emergency management website has a list of things you can do to be ready for whatever Old Man Winter throws your way.  Heavy snow, extreme cold, ice and wind routinely affe More...

Coming Events  Free Access 

Leelanau County Calendar of Events

Organizations wishing to have their public events listed in this calendar can email Patti Brandt at patti@leelanaunews.com or call The Enterprise, 256-9827, before 5 p.m. Friday.   TODAY  9:30-10:30 a.m. More...

Views

Move slow on permit request for windmill

our opinion

Who would have thought that a story about the big windmill at the top of Morgan Hill would end up in the Detroit News just because it needs a new permit?  More...

Counter-offer makes sense

While it’s true that $775,000 is a long way from $2.4 million, the counter-offer made by Leelanau County for the sale of the former county seat property in Leland makes sense on many fronts.  More...

A decent man, Dave Camp, will be missed

I’ve talked with two U.S. senators and three congressmen in the confines of the front office of the Leelanau Enterprise. More...

Leelanau Log

Real estate transfers recorded in county

Dec. 26  Mary L. Forster, trustee of the Joseph F. Brzezinski Trust to Joseph F. Brzezinski, Section 5, Solon Township  Mary L. Forster to Joseph F. Brzezinski Trust and Leonard A. Burns, JoAnn Schwarz, Patricia Hokenstad, Jon M. More...

Marriages performed

Nathaniel P. Schenck and Mylissa L. Johnston — Dec. 21 in Suttons Bay.   More...

Deaths recorded in county

Robert W. Jackson, 86, of Solon Township, died Dec. 16 in Solon Township.  Bernice W. Shorter, 89, of Cleveland Township, died Dec. 20 in Cleveland Township.  Lyle A. Graves, 92, of Bingham Township, died Dec. More...

 

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KYLAH AMIN, 1, of Northport, enjoys swinging Friday after her mom Jen gave her a push at the South Beach park.   More...

Leland land sale pending

Compromise splits County Board

Leelanau County appears close to finalizing a deal with Grand Rapids developer Joel Peterson to sell vacant land once used to house the county seat in Leland.  More...

Empire president tenders, takes back resignation

The brouhaha over the installation of a water line across private property without an easement from the owner by the village’s Department of Public Works may have been the last straw for Empire Village President Sue Carpenter, who resigned from More...

Special Sections

Sports

St. Mary loses OT thriller

The St. Mary boys basketball team lost its first legitimate shot at a victory.  Coach Clint Couturier can’t wait for his Eagles to get another chance.  More...

Leland boys battle Glen Lake to the end

Leland gave Glen Lake its best shot Tuesday night in a Northwest Conference boys basketball battle at Glen Lake.  But the Comets couldn’t totally erase an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit and fell 40-36.  “It was a really good ga More...

St. Mary girls earn third straight victory

The St. Mary girls basketball team returned to the hardcourt following the holiday break and continued to play winning basketball.  The Eagles defeated Hale on Saturday, 33-21, in a nonleague game at St. Mary’s gym. More...

Life in Leelanau

DISPATCHING A NEW ERA

There’s a changing of the guard in the county emergency dispatch center this week as one of its longest-serving staff members retires and two more have joined the staff.  Jan McCurties is stepping down this week after 11 1/2 years with Lee More...

Looking back at 2014

The Enterprise continues its annual look back at significant news stories with brief summaries from every issue in 2014.  This week’s overview begins with the July 4, 2014, edition and runs through the Dec. More...

Cooperation with other 9-1-1 systems emerging

Aside from some notable personnel changes, it’s not likely that any new organizational moves will occur anytime soon within Leelanau County’s 9-1-1 dispatch system.  More...

Letters

Bay to Bay Trail along Lake Michigan shoreline is stressing

To the Editor:  It is amazing to me that the National Park Service would even suggest another trail that would put more visitors into the small towns of Glen Arbor, Glen Haven, and Empire. More...

New subscriber believes ‘Frosty’ story not funny

To the Editor:  I was pleased to receive a subscription to the Leelanau Enterprise as a Christmas gift this year. More...

Four-township fire department needs more clarity

To the Editor:  More...

Courts

Fourth drunk driving arrest for S-B woman

A 59-year-old Suttons Bay woman has pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony drunken driving and having open intoxicants in her vehicle.  Karyn K. Mattson, of 600 W. Broadway St., was arraigned last week in 86th District Court.  More...

Bad Samaritan caught with meth

A 31-year-old Traverse City man was arraigned Dec. 30 in 13th Circuit Court on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine.  Jacob O. More...

Alleged child abuser fails to show

A warrant has been issued for Rheme M. Segien, 58, of Maple City, who failed to appear for arraignment on a charge of fourth degree child abuse.  More...