December 29, 2016 RSS feed / Local News

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County Board plans final meeting The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners will close down their 2016 sessions with a special meeting at 3:30 p.m. More...

Drunk driving arrests soar 30%; should cell phones share blame?

More folks drinking, driving

We’ve all heard the latest slogan aimed at keeping drunken drivers off the road: “Drive sober or get pulled over.” But it seems that fewer people in Leelanau County are listening, as drunk driving arrests increased from 87 in 2015 t More...

Recalling strange scenario leading to Rentenbach’s election as chair

One of the first orders of business to face the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners in the coming year will be election of a new chairman. The board’s current chairman, District No. More...

Berry growers invited to orchard, grape show

Leelanau County cherry growers aren’t the only ones concerned with the spotted wing drosophila (SWD).  Small-scale and backyard berry growers are also engaged in the bug battle, and they’ll have an opportunity to arm themselves with More...

Foundation offers babysitting and CPR classes

The Cedar Area Community Foundation will offer two programs next month for area youth and adults.  A free First Aid, CPR and AED class is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. More...

Bigger roles for many more county leaders

Are there others who are stepping into larger public roles in Leelanau County? Certainly. And the list is long. It includes:  More...

‘Moderate’ Tony Ansorge may play a bigger role

Of the seven members of the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners, one has stood out for his nonpartisan voting.  That commissioner may play an even bigger role in 2017 in county government.  District No. More...

Bill to fix county Jail grows by $27,000; board OKs changes

Building never met fire code

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners learned last week that it will cost nearly $27,000 more to replace a heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system at the county’s Law Enforcement Center (LEC).  Additional problems have More...

Usual owners listed with unpaid taxes; equity accompanies parcels

The Leelanau County tax foreclosure notice may contain fewer properties whose taxes have gone unpaid for at least two years, but it remains just as confusing as ever to many residents.  Having fewer properties listed is good news for county coff More...

Property owners can work out payment plan for taxes

Property owners who have fallen onto tough times may be given a break when it comes to foreclosure due to unpaid property taxes.  But they’ll need to speak up.  County Treasurer John A. Gallagher III and Proscutor Joseph T. More...

Montessori parents skeptical about reunification with public school

Leelanau Montessori parents value the Montessori philosophy and see it as “non-negotiable” when it comes to changes at the school. By a plurality, they also don’t want to become part of the Suttons Bay Public School district. More...

Medical clinic expanding to bridge gap in insurance coverage

A clinic in the southeast corner of Leelanau County that delivers health care to underserved people will soon have more examination rooms.  More...

Greg Julian takes gavel in Kasson

Greg Julian has worn a lot of hats.  But he’s given up a couple of them to focus on issues that directly impact his community.  “I chaired four different boards in December,” said Julian, the newly seated Kasson Township s More...