2015-08-06 / Columns

Looking Back in Leelanau…

5 YEARS AGO
August 5, 2010

Marian Kromkowski of Suttons Bay and Larry J. Nelson of Leland emerged as the top vote-getters in a five-way race for the county’s Probate Court judgeship. The two will now compete for the vacant seat in the Nov. 2 General Election. Kromkowski garnered 1,870 votes, or about 27 percent of the total, compared to 1,752 votes for Nelson, a little over 25 percent of the 6,836 ballots cast.

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County administrator Eric Cline and county commissioners at a budget work session Wednesday morning said they did not yet know what steps they will take to fund the county’s 9-1-1 Emergency Dispatch Center. Voters on Tuesday soundly rejected a proposed property tax increase that might have raised more than enough money to cover the center’s estimated $900,000 annual budget.

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The natural gas craze did not escape Leelanau County, where property owners have been receiving mail inquiries and knocks on their doors seeking leases. The most prevalent price in Leelanau County seems to be $50 per acre, a paltry sum compared to counties such as Missaukee.

10 YEARS AGO
August 4, 2005

A waterfront cultural center that welcomes visitors to Peshawbestown has taken a major step closer to becoming reality. The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians announced Tuesday that it has received a $1.5 million block grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to build the cultural center.

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The Michigan Supreme Court reversed a decision made last year by a state Court of Appeals that gave shoreline property owners “exclusive use” of their waterfront property to the water’s edge. Previous understandings had allowed members of the public to walk along private beaches between the “ordinary high water mark” and the actual water line without risking trespass charges.

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Tracy Stowe, 36, died Friday afternoon when a car pulled out in front of the motorcycle she and her husband, Marcus Stowe, 37, were riding as they traveled north on M-22. At her funeral Tuesday, an estimated 600-700 people attended.

35 YEARS AGO
August 7, 1980

Suttons Bay attorney Joseph E. Deegan cooled off the hottest countywide campaign in the primary with an overwhelming victory Tuesday for the Republican nomination to become Leelanau County’s first full-time prosecutor. Deegan scored a 2½-1 victory over the strongest challenger, Glenn T. Aylsworth, Jr.

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The first woman Leelanau County treasurer will begin her duties Jan. 1 following her successful bid Tuesday for the Republican nomination. Vicki Kilway defeated her strongest opposition, Gerald E. Culman, by an unoffi- cial 265-vote margin and overwhelmed candidate Darlene Gokey to become the third woman to hold a major office in the county.

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Incumbent Sheriff Fred Buehrer won handsomely in Tuesday’s Republican primary race, overwhelmingly defeating two challengers by wide margins to assure him a spot on the November ballot to face a bid from a Democratic newcomer. Leonard B. Novak got 237 votes in his unopposed bid for the Democrat nomination.

60 YEARS AGO
August 4, 1955

The rate for individual-line residence telephone service in Lake Leelanau and Leland will go up 30 cents a month, and at Northport 15 cents, under last week’s order by the Public Service Commission, according to James J. Beckett, manager here for the Michigan Bell Telephone Company. Rates for all other classes of service in the community will remain unchanged.

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Senator Charles Potter (R-Mich.) wrote a letter to the department of agriculture in which he expressed concern over the drop in price of cherries (to about six cents a pound) and said he was seriously concerned about the threat to Michigan’s cherry growers.

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Fire, cause unknown, at dawn Friday completely destroyed the Kilway lumber mill at Cedar Route 2. The loss, estimated at $20,000, was not covered by insurance.

120 YEARS AGO
August 8, 1895

We noticed A. F. Bunting of Empire and John Tweddle of Traverse City, in attendance at probate court last week.

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The number of eggs sold in this county during the year ending June 1, 1894, was 58,711 dozen, and valued at $7,805.

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