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Teachers say Nelson changed evals

Changes made to teacher evaluations by former Suttons Bay Superintendent Chris Nelson resulted in lower ratings and in one case the layoff of a longtime teacher. So says two members of the Suttons Bay virtual school staff. More...

Solon planners told not to speak to public

But state law does not apply

Solon Township residents trying to express their opinions about a proposed medical marijuana facility directly to Planning Commission members are getting a cold — but polite — shoulder. More...

Good grades for M-22; work nearly done

By all accounts, the nearly 13-mile stretch of newly-paved M-22 highway provides a smooth — and wider — ride from start to finish.  That’s good news for joggers and bicyclists, as well as motorists.  More...

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Public Notices  Free Access 

Public Notices For Leelanau County

Michigan law requires local governments to inform their citizenry through public notices published in newspapers of record for their communities. These notices provide residents with an easy path for following the work of their elected officials. More...

Sports

YOUTH LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

After the dust settled and the final out was recorded, Suttons Bay baseball players walked away from Championship Saturday with their heads held high. More...

Hursey hangs with state’s finest

A soon-to-be Suttons Bay senior qualified for the 39th annual Michigan Junior State Amateur as an alternate — but he didn’t play like one.  Thomas Hursey fired a 5-over 149 Monday to finish in a five-way tie for 30th place in a field More...

Son takes dad’s seat as co-chair of Fleis golf outing in Cedar

Ed Fleis Jr. enjoys playing golf with, and even against his son, Jerry. Regardless of who they are teeing off with on Saturday, Aug. 19, they’ll be on the same side. More...

Coming Events  Free Access 

Leelanau County Calendar of Events

Organizations wishing to have their public events listed in this calendar can email Patti Brandt at patti@leelanaunews.com or call The Enterprise, 256-9827, before 5 p.m. Friday.   TODAY  8:30-9:30 a.m. More...

Letters

Volunteers made home tour possible

To the editor:   The Glen Lake Library Home Tour held on July 20 was a huge success in part due to all the volunteers who helped it run smoothly and the home owners who generously opened their homes.  Many volunteers welcomed people to our More...

Glen Lake puts on fine tour

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Join fun in Northport by painting mural

To the editor:   Thank you, Northport Arts Association and the Northport Public Arts Committee (PAC) for selecting my creative design proposal for the Northport Marina Wall Mural, titled “BAY PRESENTS”.  More...

Columns

Art is in the air; birthday doubles

If it’s art of any sort that you want, Leelanau Township is the place to come. The work of Northport’s own David Grath is the current exhibit at the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City. More...

(Tim) Figura wins; becomes ‘Lucky 13’

The 125th annual Old Settlers Picnic will be held Sunday. The event starts at 10:30 a.m. with a service at the chapel. At noon a barbecue picnic is served by the Masonic Lodge. More...

Looking Back

5 YEARS AGO August 2, 2012 Voters in Empire and Centerville Townships will have tough decisions when they go to the polls on Tuesday. The first is to decide whether to forgo voting in their township races in favor of having a say in county races. More...

Leelanau Log

Construction Code Authority

Village of Suttons Bay  Seeley Trust (Shugart Builders Inc.) Construct single family dwelling, one story wood frame with unfinished and finished basement, main floor, covered porch and attached garage with finished interior at 319 N. St. More...

Real estate transfers recorded in county

July 18, 2017  Doreen Tyrrell to herself, Trustee of the Doreen Emily Tyrrell Trust, Lots 7 and 8 of the plat of Waukazoo, Village of Northport in the Village of Northport.  John N. Umlauf, Trustee of the Miriam F. More...

Soil Erosion Permits

Elmwood Township  Sterling Homes and Land – (Schworm Excavation) Excavation to build single family home at 7494 E. More...

AVOIDING THE JETTY

THERE ARE no plans to remove “jetties” that remain along the Lakeshore, according to assistant superintendent Tom Ulrich. While a nuisance, there’s simply no funds available for the work. See coverage on page 7.   More...

Nelson’s departure leaves question

Severance package rejected

One week after the resignation of Superintendent Chris Nelson, the Suttons Bay school community continues to ask why he stepped down three months after a glowing evaluation.  Nelson announced his resignation after a closed session with the Board More...

No severance pay offered to Nelson

With the clock ticking ever closer to the first day of school, the Suttons Bay Board of Education is scrambling to find an interim superintendent to prepare the district for the next school year.  The School Board met behind closed doors for 52 More...

Will ‘M’ word be used by county planners?

What was referred to as the “M” word may or may not be part of the discussion Tuesday within the Leelanau County Planning Commission.  More...

Local News

County Dates

Speak, hang out with Bards   More...

Whether jetties or ‘groins’, they’re staying in place

Despite inholder’s objections

Historic wooden structures sticking out of the sand along the Lake Michigan shoreline – including some with steel nails and spikes sticking out of them – won’t be going away anytime soon, according to officials of Sleeping Bear Dune More...

STARS ARE KINGS

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore played host to star gazers Saturday for its annual Astronomy Day.   More...

Life in Leelanau

A LEELANAU CELEBRATION

Leelanau Conservancy replaces annual picnic with event-filled ‘Conservancy Day’

What would Boo-Boo say? The Leelanau Conservancy for the first time since the early 2000s will not hold its Friends Picnic at some location in the county. More...

State grant to keep Leelanau water clean

The Leelanau Conservancy has been awarded a $452,877 grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) that will help to keep Grand Traverse Bay clean and healthy.  More...

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Lasse Franzen

Name: Lasse Franzen  Town or township of residence: I lived in Suttons Bay with Leslie and Mark Suitor but am from Leopoldstal, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. More...

Views

Fire halls belong in villages — but where?

In the ongoing discussion over where to locate the next Empire Township Fire Hall, we lean toward the view of the Empire Village Council.  Fire stations should be located within established communities, where possible.  But it’s also More...

Regulating free speech

Perhaps we’re belaboring, but we’d like to revisit the procedure being followed for the medical marijuana proposal in Solon Township.  We’re aghast that Solon Township zoning administrator Tim Cypher warned members of the Plann More...

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Courts

Appeals Court declines case; bank robbery trial coming next

Evidence that includes four diversionary phone calls in two Benzie County bank robberies will be allowed in the armed robbery trial of William F. Minore, 70, the man accused of sticking up the Huntington Bank in Empire.  More...

Bailey’s conviction and sentence length upheld by Appeal’s Court

The Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld sentences imposed on Derek J. Bailey in May 2016 for two convictions of criminal sexual conduct, second degree. More...

86th District Court

Chelsey A.  More...