2017-12-28 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO December 27, 2012

Mike Borkovich is itching to get back to work. So much so that Leelanau County’s newest sheriff will start at midnight on Dec. 31, when he plans to pull an “all-nighter.” Borkovich, who is taking over for outgoing, four-term sheriff Michael Oltersdorf, will work the first 12 hours of the new year, until noon, when his undersheriff, Steve Morgan, will begin his new job.

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Just when nearly everyone thought the long-running lawsuit against the Leelanau County sheriff by four of his deputies was on the verge of being settled comes a notice of “non-settlement” filed last week in federal court. Leelanau County prosecuting attorney Joseph Hubbell and chief assistant prosecutor Douglas Donaldson – who were “non-party witnesses” in the case — last week asked a federal court judge in Grand Rapids to set a hearing on their request for funds to pay for an attorney who represented their interests in the case.

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Fred Gordon, manager of NM Investments, had until Dec. 24 to find a buyer for the parcel of Leelanau Township land historically known as Timber Shores. That’s when the company’s redemption rights expired, according to Aaron B. Kendal, the attorney for American Bancorp of Minnesota, which foreclosed on the property for non-payment of a land contract.

10 YEARS AGO December 27, 2007

The Great Lakes basin is experiencing a drop in water levels, a trend also being noticed over the last five years in Leelanau County. For November 2007, the Lake Michigan-Huron basin water level was 576.7 feet, which is 25 inches below average. According to Army Corps of Engineers records, Lake Michigan is five inches above the record low lake level set in March 1964 of 576.28 feet.

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A new effort to crack down on Leelanau County property owners who have been underpaying on improperly designated “principal residences” has been modestly successful, according to county officials. A “Homestead Audit” program instituted early this year has put more than $81,600 into the coffers of local public school districts, nearly $3,500 into township coffers and more than $9,700 into county coffers.

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“Rescue” blankets that were opened as gag presents by two Maple City brothers this week have special significance related to their activities Sunday. Ryan Yost, 16, and his older brother Curtis, 21, went to The Homestead to snowboard Sunday, but decided to try the Dune Climb within the National Park after finding conditions icy at the resort. They had parked at the base of the Dune Climb and thought they were walking back to their car when they got to Lake Michigan. Rescue crews found the boys on the beach at 6 p.m.

35 YEARS AGO December 30, 1982

County citizens can expect some changes in the way their County Board of Commissioners does business when the new, 7-member county board takes office at its organizational meeting Monday featuring four new commissioners – a majority. At least, the four new county commissioners are “talking” change.

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When Agnes Donner first started “taking care of her boys” at the Suttons Bay Rotary Club, Harry S. Truman was President, television was a newfangled nuisance, Americans had never heard of Vietnam and Ronald Reagan was making movies. Mrs. Donner, who will turn 98 on Sunday, helped prepare here final Rotary meal last Thursday, retiring after more than three decades of service.

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Leelanau County paid its first big bill toward a jail expansion at Tuesday’s year-end meeting. The County Board of Commissioners paid the Traverse City architectural firm of Cornwell, Calahan and Hold a total of $13,387 for services to date drawing up blueprints, specifications, engineering and bid documents on the first phase of the jail expansion, which could cost up to $150,000.

60 YEARS AGO December 25, 1957

Dale S. Bourisseau, a native of Northport, was named 1957 winner of the Ben Hogan trophy for handicapped golfers by the Golf Writers Association of America. The Hogan award is given annually to the golfer who has proved an inspiration to all golfers by overcoming a physical handicap or ailment and continuing to play golf.

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Growers fees collected from sweet cherries will henceforth be spent on sweet cherry promotion by the Michigan Sweet Cherry Growers Commission, according to Morris F. Amon of Acme. and Ted Esch Jr., of Lake Leeelanau. The action, determining on sweet cherry promotional campaign followed a recent cherry commission meeting in Grand Rapids.

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With 32 pages of news and advertising, the Leelanau Enterprise-Tribune this week brings to its subscribers, one of the largest papers in its history. “Northern Michigan’s Largest Weekly” lives up to its slogan more than ever this week. Next week there will be no newspaper to give its employees a vacation . . . time to enjoy the holidays.

120 YEARS AGO December 16, 1897

John Larue, the oldest settler in this county, died at his home in Empire, Sunday morning, at the age of 83 years.

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Rev. J.J. Maakstad of Suttons Bay will preach in English next Sunday eve at 7 o’clock in the Lutheran church in this village.

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County Clerk Hinshaw says he has eleven divorce cases on the docket for trial next term of court and that marriage is a failure to some people in this county.

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Our fishermen may now set their nets for whitefish and trout.

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