2017-04-06 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO
April 5, 2012

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, the County of Leelanau became the owner of 93 residential lots with sweeping views of Suttons Bay and Grand Traverse Bay in a development that was once valued at $6.4 million. Located in the former “Leelanau Hills” development north of M-204 off Scott Hill Road, the lots were “permanently forfeited” to the county after the deadline because some $159,000 in 2008 and 2009 property taxes were never paid.

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Construction began last week on the first phase of a 27-mile long, $10 million non-motorized trailway that will run from one end of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to the other in Leelanau County. The first phase is a 4.3-mile segment from the popular Dune Climb through Glen Haven and the D.H. Day Campground, ending in the unincorporated village of Glen Arbor.

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At the time, investigators lacked the tools to conclusively determine if game warden Frank S. Wilson took his own life, or if he pushed a poacher or ring of poachers to the point of inflicting the severest of retaliations: an execution-style murder. Today, the threads of evidence that might lead to an answer through modern techniques have mostly disintegrated.

10 YEARS AGO
April 5, 2007

Leelanau County is continuing to grow at a fairly healthy clip, at least when compared to the rest of the state. Just-released state Census figures show that Leelanau’s population jumped 4.6 percent from 2000 to 2006, increasing from 21,119 residents to 22,112.

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Sugar Loaf Resort owner Kate Wickstrom said this week she wasn’t aware that Cleveland Township offi- cials have been ready and are waiting for her to submit formal plans to redevelop and reopen the defunct ski resort. She also wasn’t aware that Sugar Loaf Service Company — which is responsible for providing sewer service to the resort — last week filed a lien against the resort for some $94,851 plus interest that the company claims she owes.

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Beginning in the 2007-08 school year many prep sports seasons will change. Girls basketball will move from the fall to the winter. In addition, girls volleyball moves from winter to the fall; boys golf and girls tennis from the fall to spring; and girls golf and boys tennis from the spring to the fall. About the only high school sports not affected by the Supreme Court decision are baseball and softball.

35 YEARS AGO
April 8, 1982

Leelanau County’s nearly 1,300 Lake Leelanau lakefront property owners will pay just over $200,000 in a special assessment district based on four property classes and the amount of their lake frontage. That was the decision Tuesday at a joint meeting in Suttons Bay of the County Drain Commission, The Lake Level Committee of the County Board of Commissioners, township supervisors, assessors and interested citizens.

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Arson is being blamed for a fire Sunday night at 318 Lake Michigan Dr. in Cleveland Township that leveled a home and garage. Both structures were destroyed, with only a brick chimney rising above the charred rubble, fire investigators sifted through Monday and Tuesday.

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A 17-year old Kalamazoo-area girl and her parents are suing the Leelanau School for $32,000, alleging the school expelled her for being pregnant – when she really wasn’t. The 4-count civil suit, filed March 25 in Leelanau Circuit Court, says the school used an erroneous report from a Traverse City doctor that the girl was pregnant as the basis for the expulsion.

60 YEARS AGO
April 4, 1957

Dry weather within the past week has brought a rash of grass fires, the most serious of which burned 35 acres Sunday on North Manitou Island and four acres Friday on a Suttons Bay Township farm operated by John and Harold Gellness.

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Although Leelanau went Republican about 2-1 in biennial elections Monday, Michigan Democrats made a clean sweep, filling every state office. In county elections, supervisiors of Empire and Leelanau townships held their posts by slim margins; two special proposals lost in Glen Arbor Township; and one special proposal carried in Leelanau Township.

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The Leelanau Prospectors Club, meeting Thursday night, made plans for sponsorship again this year of the Leelanau Youth Program. The Prospectors accepted recommendations of their committee, John Bacon of Empire, Gerald Selby of Suttons Bay and E.H. Lawler of Leland.

120 YEARS AGO
April 1, 1897

Omena. The people of this place are expecting a boat every day. There will be an entertainment given by the Omena school on Wednesday April 7th; Everybody welcome.

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Attorney A.A. Sessions, of Suttons Bay, was in the village on legal business Monday; while here he made us a pleasant call.

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We had a very pleasant visit with our boyhood friend E.A. Voice of Empire this week. Mr. Voice is the manager of the large general store of the Empire Lumber Co’s, and is also president of the village.

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Sam Brown, Ed Fisher and John Warner left yesterday for North Manitou Island.

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