August 6, 2015 RSS feed / Local News

Bride climbs downed trees to wedding

Bride: ‘I walked through tornado to marry’

Kate Newton walked through a “tornado” to marry Sam Duwe Sunday afternoon in Glen Arbor.  The couple was scheduled to exchange vows at the Thoreson Farm in the Port Oneida Historical District.  But with storm clouds looming abou More...

New business’ roof blows off and crashes onto its van

Owner takes long view; just ‘hiccup’

When Jeff Gagie saw that the roof had come off his Cedar business and landed in the street, flipping over his van and a trailer loaded with kayaks in the process, an old movie came to mind.  “It looks like the Wizard of Oz,” Gagie sa More...

Insurance agents scramble to keep up with claims after storm

Insurance agents in Leelanau County have their work cut out for them this week — and beyond — as they begin to assess property damage in advance of paying out claims.  Harry Wiberg, co-owner of Bonek Agency in Suttons Bay, spent most More...

Storm Stories

County residents pitch in to help; Blu feeds shelter people gourmet meal

The sound of generators and chainsaws filled the air Monday morning as southern Leelanau County began cleaning up after the biggest summer storm in recent history.  The first wave of storms hit Leland about 1 p.m. More...

Park closed, fair canceled

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is closed in the aftermath of Sunday’s storm and will likely remain closed for several more days, according to Merrith Baughman, acting information officer for the Lakeshore.  The Port Oneida Fair, in More...

Motorcyclist can’t make curve in fatal accident

An 81-year-old Fremont man is dead after he lost control of his motorcycle on a sharp curve on Gauthier Road in Centerville Township, according to Leelanau County Sheriff Mike Borkovich.  Kenneth Krapp was riding with his son at about 2 p.m. More...

DANGER ABOVE

DAMAGED TREES continued to threaten some structures in Maple City earlier this week.   More...

County Dates

Leland plans millage workshop   The Leland Township Board will hold a workshop to discuss options for its general operating millage at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the township offices in Lake Leelanau. More...

3 Rescues

People caught in storm helped; one group escorted to border

Three rescues — one by land and two by sea — had several law enforcement officers busy throughout Sunday night and into Monday morning.  Five people from downstate were stranded for several hours on Alligator Hill, where they had bee More...

Storm crushes remaining tarts, damages apples

Crow caws break the silence at Roger Noonan’s 70-acre tart cherry orchard in Maple City. More...

G-L area organizations cancel

A pair of events have been cancelled or postponed in the Glen Lake/Glen Arbor area.  The Glen Lake Association postponed its annual meeting, which was originally scheduled for Saturday morning, as the area is still being cleared.  More...

Most communities hit; power never lost in S-B

Play went on in Northport

The storm that tore through the Leelanau Peninsula left virtually no parts untouched. More...

Businesses scramble to stay open

And others stay open longer

The aftermath of Sunday’s storms has left many business owners scrambling to operate without electricity, water and sewage during the height of the tourism season.  Terry Gretzema, treasurer of the Glen Arbor Chamber of Commerce, said some More...

Lake property owners file lawsuit at trail

As if officials of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore didn’t already have enough going following this week’s devastating storm, a group of local property owners has filed a federal lawsuit against the National Park Service over a plan More...

70 crews arrive to help

At least 70 additional utility crews were expected to arrive in the county yesterday to help restore power to an estimated 5,425 Consumers Energy Customers who remain without electricity following Sunday’s storm.  More...

Phone-in ‘emergency’ signature

The signature on Leelanau County’s official declaration of a “state of emergency” could only be phoned-in Monday because the person whose job it is to sign the declaration was stranded in an emergency shelter in Glen Arbor.  More...