2017-09-28 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO September 27, 2012

As of 6 a.m. yesterday, Sept. 26, some 35 car-deer accidents had been reported to the county sheriff’s department during month, already up from the 20 recorded last year and more than twice the fiveyear monthly average of 15.4. According to county undersheriff Scott Wooters, collisions with deer accidents are the largest source of automobile accidents in the county.

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Leelanau County has received what is described by county officials as a “legitimate offer” to purchase the former courthouse property in Leland for $1,450,000. Now the question moves to what, exactly, the county has to sell. In the latest monkey wrench tossed in to the county’s efforts to find new developers for the former County Seat campus along the Leland River, the former developers.

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A hay shortage in northern Michigan resulting from near-drought conditions this year is causing problems for local farmers and could affect the price of locally-produced meat and dairy products. Leelanau’s cattle ranchers and dairy farmers aren’t the only ones suffering, however. Horse owners and the owners of other large animals that subsist on hay and silage through the winter could also be impacted.

10 YEARS AGO September 27, 2007

With a history of working out gaming pacts, neither Michigan Indian tribes nor the state were willing to roll the dice when it came down to inland fishing and hunting rights. Instead of litigating the issue, they have negotiated a lengthy document that provides something for both sides — and a lot of regulation.

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The rental sign posted at the Connie Binsfeld Resource Center in Lake Leelanau could soon read “for sale” after expected action today by the Benzie- Leelanau Board of Health. The board will consider a two-prong recommendation from director Bill Crawford to extend the mortgage longer than 20 years and put the center up for sale.

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Republican and Democratic lawmakers dueling over how to fix a $1.75 billion state budget deficit are nearing their final steps before turning and firing, with many Leelanau County residents caught in the crossfire. Lawmakers, who were accused of not taking the budget crisis seriously as summer waned, have kicked their efforts into gear. The state Senate during a rare Sunday session approved a bill allowing state government to continue to run for 30 days while a compromise is worked out. If no deal is reached, a partial shutdown of state government will begin Monday.

35 YEARS AGO September 30, 1982

Leelanau County has more than its share of unusual place names, and so it makes sense that it has more than its share of folklore about how these names got started. The name of the county itself. Early Michigan historian Henry Schoolcraft insisted the word meant “Delight of Life” or “Land of Delight” in the early Native American tongues. Not so, say others who insist he made the whole thing up.

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The Suttons Bay Education Association will file unfair labor practices charges against the Board of Education with the Michigan Department of Labor. The charges will allege unfair negotiation of an “understanding” that led teachers to return to work Sept. 14 after a week-long strike.

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The County Board of Commissioners will receive a recommendation from its finance committee in a special meeting today to peg this year’s millage levy at last year’s 4-mill level – and perhaps even less. Finance Committee Chairman James A. Meyer is being recommended to the board.

60 YEARS AGO September 26, 1957

The Elmwood baseball team became the permanent possessors of the Dalton Cup by whipping Suttons Bay, Sunday, to the tune of nine to five. Sunday’s victory was the third time the Elmwood team had won the coveted Dalton Cup Tournament and the second year in a row they had been victorious in the post-season tourney. Their third win gives them permanent custody of the Cup.

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A public hearing on the proposal of the C&O railroad and the Leelanau Transit Company to abandon 24 miles of railroad between Hatches Crossing and Northport will be held today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. in the courthouse at Traverse City. Examiner Paul C. Albus, representing the Interstate Commerce Commission, will conduct the hearing.

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Shotguns will blaze away; bowstrings will twang... and summer fat will melt away like a paycheck in a supermarket for both the pursued and the pursuers when the nimrods take to the hills and valleys of Leelanau County, Tuesday, October 1. The small game season opening Tuesday at 6:00 a.m.

120 YEARS AGO September 16, 1897

Maple City. The barn in connection with Hotel Newman was struck by lightning early Monday morning and in a few minutes was completely burnt with nearly all its contents. Our citizens turned out in a body, but the fire had gained such headway that nothing could be done.

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Suttons Bay. A caucus of School Dist. No. 1 and also of the Village, was taken last week. Suttons Bay has enough population to incorporate.

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Tuesday evening the I.O.G.T. opened their new hall to the public, a short program was given after which melons and ice cream were served. The proceeds of the eve were seven dollars and seventy-five cents. All present spoke highly of the new hall, the program and the way they were entertained.

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