2017-02-09 / Columns

Looking Back…

February 9, 2012

Leelanau Fruit Company plans to withdraw from the local strawberry market, fearful that not enough bodies will migrate to Leelanau County in early summer to pick the crop. Instead, its owner says strawberries will likely be imported from Mexico.

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Suttons Bay School got a big boost of more than $150,000 in 2 percent gaming funds from the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians.The school district, which two months ago projected a $551,000 deficit by the end of the current school year, had applied for $400,000 in gaming funds to help offset the shortage.

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A man who split his childhood between Cedar and Poland has been tapped to become the next Leelanau County administrator. Chet Janik, whose family immigrated to Cedar in 1961 when he was 5-years-old, was the clear-cut favorite Tuesday.

February 8, 2007

The owner of a lumber company in Bingham Township and a retired Leland dentist have offered to buy and develop Leelanau County’s courthouse campus in Leland when the county seat moves to Suttons Bay Township next year. Business partners Gene Kelly and Dr. Jim Varley submitted the only bid to purchase the property — if their one-page fax to the county administrator can actually be called a “bid.” Although the property has been appraised at around $2.5 million, a hand-written fax cover page written by Kelly did not specify how much he and his partner would be willing to pay for the property.

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A letter to the editor published in last week’s Enterprise characterizing a recall effort against Bingham Township supervisor Robert W. Foster as a “vendetta” was submitted under false pretenses. The author whose name and address appeared at the bottom of the letter, said this week that he did not write the letter. He acknowledged that the pre-written letter was provided to him by Foster.

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After 14 years on the Tribal Council of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians — including four years as Tribal Chairman — George E. Bennett has no desire to run for office or sit on the Tribal Council again. Bennett lost his re-election bid in the tribe’s Jan. 25 Regular election following eight months of bitter infighting among candidates and the tribal Election Board over alleged violations of campaign rules and improper conduct of the election.

February 11, 1982

Welterweight boxer Thomas Hearns said repeatedly how impressed he was with Sugar Loaf Mountain Resort when he trained there last summer for his unsuccessful title bid against Sugar Ray Leonard.

* * * Workers began pulling equipment out of the Leland area this week as the county’s consulting engineer declared the dam project “94 percent complete.” “All of the work with the foundation rehabilitation. . . the downstream apron and the upstream wall is done.”

* * * New landfill rules put into effect by the state Department of Natural Resources might put Leelanau County out of the landfill business, the county Department of Public Works warned county commissioners Tuesday.

February 7, 1957

Miss Barbara Kroupa, attractive brunette daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kroupa of Elmwood, was chosen Monday evening as Leelanau’s cherry pie baking queen. She will represent this county February 14-15 at the state contest in Grand Rapids.

* * * The board of directors of Leelanau Memorial Hospital, Northport announces the appointment of Mrs. Kathleen Putnam, RN, as administrator. She will begin her duties when the hospital opens next month.

* * * New screen line steel equipment was installed last week by post office department technicians at the Northport post office. This equipment, owned by the government, replaces that owned in previous years by the acting postmaster, which had been in use since 1915.

February 11, 1897

We noticed the following persons from Northport, in town last week: James, Chris and Ed Kehl, Fred and Taylor, Reiley Porter, Deputy Sheriff Sandborn, Sam Porter, Ed Raunover, Andrew Scott, Jr., J Vannattee and wife, Circuit Court Commissioner A. John.

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ADV: “Notice. The the people of Suttons Bay! The undersign has opened up a first-class Shoe-maker Shop in the store of F.F. Smiseth’s where you can have your repairing done in the latest style, and very cheap. Give me a call, Anders Koande.”

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