2017-10-26 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO October 25, 2012

Commercial fishing in waters off Leelanau County this season has been “not bad” for whitefish but terrible for chub, according to those directly involved in the trade. Those targeting whitefish, the best-selling fish on the commercial market in the Great Lakes, will be taking a mandated harvest break for most of November while whitefish spawn.

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The potential purchaser of the former county courthouse property appears to take seriously his history and his politics. The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners is mulling over the one offer it received to purchase the now-vacant 1.8 acre property, which includes 196 feet along the Leland River. That offer was submitted by Robert Moulton-Ely.

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Taking a 170-inch whitetail buck is the goal of a lifetime for bow hunters. Corey Humphrey, at age 23, thanks God, his wife and his newborn son — his good luck charm — for allowing him to come close to or possibly reach that goal with the first buck he’s ever taken.

10 YEARS AGO October 25, 2007

Sheriff Mike Oltersdorf said this week that he’s not ready to make any formal announcement about his plans to run for a fourth term as Leelanau County’s Republican sheriff — despite a recent challenge announced by Leelanau County commissioner Mark Walter of Elmwood Township.

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School officials are calling for heightened awareness after a Suttons Bay student was diagnosed with an antibotic-resistant strain of a staph infection — the same that claimed the life of a Virginia high school senior last week.

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Paul Hunsinger wanted to move to Leelanau County, build and work out of his dream home. Now, a nearly 90-foot tower and antenna he had built at his home to receive highspeed wireless Internet service has some neighbors concerned that towers are going to start springing up all over.

35 YEARS AGO October 28, 1982

The 24-foot cap atop the steeple of St. Mary’s Church in Lake Leelanau will be rebuilt next spring. Fr. Arthur Mulka, pastor of the church, said a temporary winterizing structure will soon be constructed atop the steeple to close the church from the elements.

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Teachers in the Glen Lake School District and its Board of Education have reached agreement at the local level on all contract issues. Glen Lake Supterintendent Herb Milks said the pre-tentative agreement was finalized about noon yesterday with teach-union representatives John Schlosser and Serman Grieder.

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More than $115,000 has been distributed to 10 local units of government as compensation for lost property taxes on nearly 22,000 acres of land acquired for the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore par. The total is the lowest amount since the reimbursement payments were begun six years ago.

60 YEARS AGO October 24, 1957

The Northport Cherry factory will process a million and a quarter pounds of apples this year according to Edward Budd, factory manager. Cider and apple juice are company sidelines; but they keep the plant operating and provide a source of income not only for the growers and processors, but for the factory employees, too. who might otherwise be out of work at the end of the cherry season.

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There are 640 acres of land in Kasson township that will be closed to all hunting until December 9, and the surprising feature is that the posted area is the work of hunters; members of the Cedar Rod and Gun Club. The establishment of the closed area is aimed principally at providing a sanctuary for geese; a place where they might find food and refuge.

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New water mains are being installed on the south side of Suttons Bay to complete long planned-for service. Mayor Bonek states that the new mains will provide the village with more facilities for fire protection. He also stated that the extension of the present water main system will complete a circular route for the water mains.

120 YEARS AGO September 14, 1897

County Clerk Hinshaw has deer hunter’s license blanks and affidavits to correspond with the license, all persons hereafter will be obliged to make application in person to the County Clerk.

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Maple City. The people who went to Southern Mich. on the excursion have all returned excepting Mr. Borough. The Post Office is now nicely located in the drug store. Quarterly Meeting will be held at the Friend’s Church Saturday and Sunday. A party will be given at the residence of Will Amidon Saturday evening.

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Northport. Mrs. Phillips Howell, who has been quite sick for some time, is now much better. Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler, old residents of this township, now of Milwaukee, are visiting Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Craker of Omena.

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