2017-08-10 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO August 9, 2012

Results of the race for Sheriff of Leelanau County appeared to follow the amount of money the candidates had in their respective campaign war chests. The winner of the Republican nomination for sheriff, Michael Borkovich, had amassed some $18,000 going into the election, according to official pre-election campaign finance statements.

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Attendance at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is on track to set a record this season based on July attendance figures, up 28 percent from the first seven months of 2011. But you don’t have to tell local businesses that. Matt Wiesen of Crystal River Outfitters in Glen Arbor knows very well the impact of the increased attendance on his business.

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Leelanau County voters — the 37 percent of the ones who were registered and turned out Tuesday — voted for a new sheriff and treasurer while keeping their prosecutor. Those are some of the results of a busy Primary election in which county voters easily beat the statewide voter participation rate of 20 percent. They seemed decisive in their decisions, as few races were close, but did leave one issue unsettled. In Empire Township treasurer candidates Cheryl Manning and Bob Price, both Democrats, were tied at 90. The two will pull papers out of a hat to determine the winner.

10 YEARS AGO August 9, 2007

Wireless internet access for Leelanau County residents could expand significantly over the next three years. County officials have inked a deal with Cherry Capital Connections of Williamsburg that will allow the Internet service provider to install equipment on county-owned telecommunications towers at the new Law Enforcement Center in Suttons Bay Township and off Schomberg Road in Leland Township.

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The bidding war went up and up last Thursday at the annual Leelanau Conservancy picnic for 12 seats at a dinner table with television star Mario Batali, providing his familiar ingredients as celebrity chef, epicurean educator, consummate host and entertainer. Six couples with homes in Leelanau County spent a combined $67,000 for the meal.

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If the county Road Commission doesn’t abandon E. Cedar Street in Leland, the decision would not be a deal-breaker for plans to redevelop the county courthouse property. But it could result in significant changes to the plans, including the possibility of selling a waterfront parcel, said one of the developers.

35 YEARS AGO August 12, 1982

Leaders of Peshawbestown’s two Indian organizations will meet with Leelanau County authorities Sept. 8 to discuss the future ownership of 147 acres in the Indian settlement. Tribal officers asked the county board to begin the process of transferring the land from its present county-owned status to the ownership of the federal government.

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Lake Leelanau riparian owners will get a break if they elect to pay their special assessment installment over three years instead of one lump sum. The County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday not to charge interest to those who pay back their assessment over the maximum 3 years.

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Mr. and Mrs. Robert McNary, of Syracuse, Ind., escaped tragedy in their 41-foot sailboat on Lake Michigan. She was asleep below-deck and he was piloting above deck when he felt natures call and then fell overboard. She awoke to the boat aground and no husband. (he had swum ashore)

60 YEARS AGO August 8, 1957

The Michigan Waterways Commission after a survey last fall had placed Leland on its “harbors of refuge” program, pointing out that it was the only shelter in 60 miles of coastline. The Commission, however, went on record against further construction or repair of the breakwaters in their present positions. Commission engineers found that the present structural arrangement creates such extreme turbulence within the harbor as to make it unsafe for small craft anchorage.

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Elmer Warner, Elmwood township dairyman and fruit grower, Tuesday was elected a director of the Michigan Farm Bureau at a meeting of the board in Lansing. He will fill the unexpired term of Ren De Ruiter of McBain who resigned because of ill health.

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Fire hazards increased sharply in Leelanau county this week as the weather continued fair and dry for the fourth consecutive week, and with no heavy rains in prospect for at least the next five days.

118 YEARS AGO August 3, 1899

Noel Couturier at Provemont has the finest telephone office in the county.

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Hans Sogge will build a fine residence in this village in the near future.

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The Ann Arbor Railroad Company will build a large grain elevator at Frankfort.

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N.J. Bequist of North Manitou is having his house repainted on his farm near Suttons Bay. Prof. S.E. Blackwood is doing the work.

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