2018-01-11 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO January 10, 2013

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ended 2012 with an all-time record number of visitors – 1,531,560. In fact, a record set in 1999 of 1,364,834 visitors was broken in mid-September 2012, and new records were set every day through Dec. 31.The 2012 record is nearly 11 percent higher than the alltime record, and 12 percent higher than the 2011 total of 1,348,304 visitors.

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In the wake of apparent bi-partisan support to designate 32,000 acres of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as Wilderness, opponents to the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail are now asking that the trail be ended three miles short of its original design. Opponents who reside on Little Traverse Lake originally asked that the trail be moved to a route closer to the Lake Michigan shoreline and away from their homes.

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After being passed by the Michigan legislature, a sweeping bill that would have diluted state gun laws was vetoed by Gov. Rick Snyder. The veto came in the aftermath of a school killing spree in a Connecticut elementary school that left 20 children and six adults dead at the hands of a mentally ill gunman.

10 YEARS AGO January 10, 2008

Leelanau County’s Building Inspection Department could be shut down by the State of Michigan within the next 30 days. In a report signed Jan. 2, 2008, the director of the state Bureau of Construction Codes, Henry L. Green, has recommended that the state Construction Code Commission withdraw responsibility for administering and enforcing state construction codes from Leelanau County and turn the responsibility over to state officials.

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The year 2007 was a year of change for fire and rescue departments throughout Leelanau County and 2008 could be a year of even bigger change. One of the 10 “goals and objectives” established by the Leelanau County Board of Commissioner for 2007 called on the county to “facilitate discussion of county-wide emergency services, fire and rescue efforts.”

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Three county schools may have to wait a year or more to take advantage of a state law that is expected to result in savings in teacher health insurance premiums.

Superintendents from Suttons Bay, Leland and Northport have requested information from the Michigan Education Special Services Association (MESSA) which could be used to secure competitive bids for health insurance.

35 YEARS AGO January 13, 1983

About 200 acres near the corner of M-22 and M-72 should remain in Elmwood Township, the state Court of Appeals ruled last week. The ruling upholds a 1981 decision by Circuit Judge William R. Brown which overturned a State Boundary Commission order annexing the land to the city of Traverse. Township officials and township attorney Michael A. Kronk were pleased with the decision.

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The Glen Lake School District’s teachers will now be represented by the Michigan Federation of Teachers, under a vote taken Tuesday on naming a new collective bargaining agent. The MFT received 26 votes cast Tuesday to win the election held under the supervision of the Michigan Employment Relations Commission.

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A new 3-year contract for county sheriff’s deputies providing no base wage boost for 1983 was approved Tuesday by the County Board of Commissioners. Ratification by the county board followed an 11-1 vote of deputies Monday in favor of the pact. The contract holds the line on base pay rates for 1983, as the county board desired.

60 YEARS AGO January 16, 1958

The Enterprise Ski School, in conjunction with the Sugar Loaf Ski Club, will begin classes this Saturday. Adult classes will start at 10:30 a.m. and the children’s section will commence lessons immediately after lunch, at about 12:30. Reaction to the Enteprise Ski school has been most gratifying with a number of people enrolling immediately after the announcement of the School last week.

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Plans for a new Leelanau county jail to be built near the courthouse in Leland, were approved by the county board of supervisors meeting in Leland this week. Paul Hazelton, architect, was requested by the board to draw up working plans immediately. The new structure is to be located on the west end of tract “A” in Leland, across the street from the present court house.

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The county board of supervisors, meeting at Leland this week passed a resolution, submitted by Elmer Billman of Cedar, recommending that there be no antlerless deer season in Leelanau county in 1958. Th resolution state that there was no shortage of food for deer in the county which would necessitate cutting down on the size of the herd.

120 YEARS AGO January 5, 1898

The G.R. & I Railroad Company is discussing plans for the new depot to be built next season at the cost of $100,000.

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Harry Carpenter has sold his farm to Dr. Burke, and plans to move to Florida.

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William Clement has purchased a large amount of land on Cat-Tail Point on Carp Lake. He has set up a camp and is cutting logs and square timber.

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