2017-05-18 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO May 17, 2012

All politics is local. Just ask some of the more than two dozen candidates filing nominating petitions on the Aug. 7 Primary ballot seeking county positions. Twenty-eight persons filed as candidates for county offices with the largest amount of interest shown in the District No. 6 commissioner’s seat being vacated by commissioner David Marshall, who did not seek re-election.

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Pat Beckman of Traverse City has had an “unbelievable” time fishing off the Manitou islands for salmon that are usually difficult to find until at least early July after summer sets in. On Sunday, he and two friends netted their limit of 15 fish in three hours; they ranged from 10-21 pounds.

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Lindsey Friend’s world was shaken — everything familiar became unfamiliar — after incurring a closed head injury in the fall of 2008. Then a freshman on the Clarkston High School JV competitive cheer team, Friend fell while practicing a stunt, striking the back of her head on the floor.

10 YEARS AGO May 17, 2007

The mouth of Leland Harbor needs to be dredged, and the community is being asked to lend financial support. The Leland Harbor Commission unanimously recommended to the Township Board that the township pay half of the estimated $50,000 dredging cost. The township harbor’s portion of the match would be $25,000, with the remaining $25,000 raised through a community fundraising effort organized by Michael Grosvenor and Megan Munoz.

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Glen Lake students are enjoying roasted asparagus for lunch this week. The school, in collaboration with the Michigan Land Use Institute, purchased 90 pounds of asparagus from Harry Norconk, who farms just south of the Leelanau/Benzie County line.

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Glen Lake distance runner Marissa Treece has been named female athlete of the year in Michigan by the Detroit Athletic Club. Treece earned the award not just because of her athletics. She has a 3.97 grade point average and participates in Project Heroes and Pals as well as the county 4-H program raising steers, pigs and sheep.

35 YEARS AGO May 20, 1982

May flowers – in the form of cherry blossoms – came this year after the normally heavy April showers, although farmers are beginning to worry about the effects on their crops of an unseasonably dry May. County Agricultural Agent James Nugent said this week that rain is needed immediately to germinate already-planted corn, and “soon” to assure that cherries attain full growth...

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A condemnation suit to include North Manitou Island within the Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore park is fast-approaching its fourth anniversary, and a final decision in the case is still months – and perhaps years – away. That means little relief for North Manitou’s deer heard, which has not been hunted since the suit began.

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Leelanau County’s share of the great federal cheese giveaway of 1982 seems to be showing as many holes as a good Swiss. In fact, officials at the county Department of Social Services are trying to get rid of a good share of the 5-pound blocks of American – before it turns into something like Roquefort.

60 YEARS AGO May 16, 1957

The Michigan Week spotlight will be focused on Leelanau County Monday afternoon as K.T. Keller, famed industrialist and state chairman for Michigan Week arrives here to address the Mayor Exchange banquet that evening at Leland Lodge. Mr. Keller, former General Motors official and past president of the Chrysler Corporation.

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Lightning during the height of Tuesday’s night’s severe electrical storm, struck the Good Harbor Trout Preserve four miles south of Leland, resulting in the death of at least 90 trout. Harry Schlueter, manager, and Mrs. Schlueter waded the stream Wednesday morning, removing fish which did seem likely to survive and cleaning them for sale.

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Nearly 1,500 persons are expected to visit Empire Air Force Station Saturday as officers and airmen hold Open House in observance of Armed Forces Day. The public is invited to visit the station any time between 11:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to see the air defense team in action.

120 YEARS AGO May 13, 1897

Miss Ina Perrin closed a very successful term of school in this village on Saturday last. Miss Perrin will spend the summer at Traverse City with her mother.

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Andrew Fjarlig and Miss Josephine Hansen, of Empire, were married by Justice Nelson at the Hotel Ruff, in this village yesterday afternoon. The Enterprise join their friends in wishing them a pleasant voyage through life.

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Mr. Lemme’s barn near Provemont was destroyed by fire last Tuesday night.

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Rudolph Ruff will soon open up his saloon again and we bespeake for him a good trade.

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