2016-10-13 / Columns

Looking Back…

5 YEARS AGO
October 13, 2011

A federal judge wants Leelanau County prosecuting attorney Joseph Hubbell and his chief assistant prosecutor Douglas Donaldson to appear in a U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids to testify about their role in a long-running legal dispute between Leelanau County Sheriff Michael Oltersdorf and several of his deputies. The latest court order sets back a decision in the longstanding civil lawsuit until at least next year.

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Some people believe wearing a Michigan State or University of Michigan sweatshirt is enough to show support for their team. They need to meet four of Leelanau County’s more avid fans. Steve and Lisa Niergarth both have degrees from U-M. Their allegiance to their alma mater is much too big to fit on a shirt, so they put up a billboard. Glen Lake teacher and football coach Jerry Angers bleeds MSU green and white. His wife, Kathy, has grown to embrace the Spartans almost as much.

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Unseasonably warm temperatures, turning leaves and an extended holiday weekend for some converged to give county businesses a boost during what many consider the “shoulder” tourist season on either side of summer’s peak.

10 YEARS AGO
October 12, 2006

The concept of one high school for all of Leelanau County has crept into discussions of the county school collaboration steering committee. Group members met Oct. 4 for the fourth time since August to talk about expanding educational opportunities for students on the Leelanau Peninsula. The gathering was mostly about public reaction to the “idea” of phasing out Northport’s high school over three years.

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Earlier this year, Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed legislation authorizing an increase in the state’s minimum wage requirement from $5.15 an hour to $6.95. The increase went into effect on Oct. 1, and will be raised to $7.15 an hour on July 1, 2007 and $7.40 an hour on July 1, 2008.

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The county’s recycling program will remain alive — but not everywhere. The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners this week added a $25-per-household fee to December tax bills in seven of the county’s 11 townships. Meanwhile, residents of the four townships where an annual per-household fee was voted down in the Aug. 8 Primary election will not be charged the fee, nor will the county ask residents of those townships to pay the fee “voluntarily.”

35 YEARS AGO
October 8, 1981

Led by a sharp decline in enrollment at Glen Lake Community Schools, Leelanau County’s total public school enrollment has registered a fifth straight year of decline. The total numbers of students at Leelanau’s four local public school districts was 2,010 as of Friday, down from 2,053 in 1980. Friday’s “head count” was the official state Department of Education student census taken on the fourth Friday of each school year.

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Sugar Loaf Mountain Resort owner James Ganter refused to confirm or deny this week a report published in Detroit that he is negotiating to sell the 2,000-acre resort to Detroit Express soccer team owner Sonny Van Arnem. The Detroit News report published Sunday stated Van Arnem wishes to build new condominiums at Sugar Loaf to house Express soccer camps next summer.

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Workers from a Cheboygan construction contracting firm began setting up at the Leland Dam yesterday for their $157,000 repair job on the 73-year-old structure. The repair project is expected to take more than a month.

60 YEARS AGO
October 11, 1956

Leelanau County’s board of supervisors are fighting a budget battle that it expects to finish today. Also on the agenda are setting of salaries of county officials for the next two years, and winding up all other business. The chief problem plaguing the supervisors this week was the rapidly rising total of hospital and doctor bills, which threatens to leave the department of social welfare with a considerable deficit this year.

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The Michigan Bell Telephone company reports an increase since Jan. 1, 1945 of 403 telephones on the Leland- Lake Leelanau exchange and 288 on the Northport exchange. Residence phones in the Leland-Lake Leelanau area have jumped from 109 to 479 and business phones have increased from 39 to 72. At Northport, the number of residential phones has jumped from 226 to 473 and business phones have increased from 58 to 99.

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Workmen on the Leelanau Memorial Hospital project in Northport are taking advantage of good weather to rush outside work. All outside plastering has been completed, a 10,000-gallon fuel oil tank has been installed, and other jobs finished. Inside, steel framework is nearly complete for plastering, the oxygen system is installed, and electrical wiring is in progress.

120 YEARS AGO
October 8, 1896

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schomberg of Good Harbor entertained a number of their friends last Thursday evening. The occasion being their crystal anniversary.

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John Lee of Suttons Bay was a caller at the county clerks’ office yesterday. We have not heard whether he secured a license, but he acted a little suspicious.

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