2018-02-08 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO February 7, 2013

The Northport Village Council last week approved a second supplement to its site lease agreement with Leelanau Community Energy, LLC (LCE) in an effort to help the for-profit group of wind turbine investors’ bid for a $100,000 federal grant. However, changes the LCE wanted in the site lease came with a price.

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The Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office has set up, and a long-time officer is running, an online website to disseminate information and warnings to the public. Lt. Clint Kerr has the Sheriff’s “blogspot” website up and running. Its first entry under the “Daily Patrol Log,” dated Feb. 1, was listed under the headline, “Sibling fight puts woman in jail.”

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The number of Leelanau County residents applying for a license to carry a concealed pistol is expected to go up significantly this year. According to attorney David Bieganowski of Traverse City, signups for a firearms law and safety course he teaches in Leelanau County and elsewhere have skyrocketed in the past few months.

10 YEARS AGO February 7, 2008

The amicable cheerleading sessions referred to as “national conventions” for the country’s two major parties may be a thing of the past — at least this year — as it’s possible no candidate will secure the delegates needed to secure their parties nomination. On the morning after “Super Tuesday,” when more than 20 states held primaries or caucuses, Sen. John McCain of Arizona had garnered the most delegates among Republican presidential candidates at 613.

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It’s probably a good thing Jeff Manning doesn’t live in Leelanau County. We interviewed Manning over the phone for this story. He picked up while tossing a Frisbee to his chocolate lab, Marlow, named after the town in England where his wife was born. Manning was in a park by his home in the San Francisco Bay area, but as usual always ready to talk cherries.

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Brad Lutz said this week that he feels “like a bobsled being pulled by a race car.” As he finalizes his deal to purchase Sugar Loaf Resort from Kate Wickstrom, Lutz said he has maintained a hectic pace over the past week, touching base with dozens of people eager to help him revive the long-shuttered ski resort.

35 YEARS AGO February 10, 1983

Although hiking its 1979 value placed on North Manitou Island by nearly 50 percent, a 3-member federal court panel is again split on how much the National Park Service should bay for the Lake Michigan Island. The special land commission, in its second attempt, last week filed a 52-page report signed by two of the three members, valuing North Manitou at $9,205,099.

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The budgets of Centerville and Cleveland townships and the Leland and Travere Bay Area Intermediate school districts could be short almost $100,000 this year due to the unpaid taxes of Sugar Loaf Mountain Resort. That’s because Leelanau County isn’t going to include Sugar Loaf’s back taxes in its annual sale of bonds to cover delinquent taxes.

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One thing is certain: Leelanau County would have to spend upwards of $100,000 to bring its jail to even bare compliance with the standards of the state Department of Corrections. But who’s going to pay? Tuesday, the County Board of Commissioners announced it would ask State Rep. Thomas Power (R-Traverse City) to find out.

60 YEARS AGO February 13, 1958

Promptly at 2:30 last Sunday afternoon, Senator Charles E. Potter, Representative Robert P. Griffin, and the honored participants in the dedication ceremonies for the new Glen Lake community school walked out on the glistening new stage, which was banked with flowers. They took their places before a backdrop of a map defining the three consolidated school districts who built the school.

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Orders for more than 200,000 pine, spruce and fir trees for spring plantings have been placed by the Leelanau Soil Conservation District use by its cooperators, George Fredrickson of Northport, district director in charge of forestry, announced this week.

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Two drivers were uninjured when their cars crashed on M-72, just west of M-22 in Empire township, Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. Harry John Garvin, 27 had just pulled out of a driveway and was heading east on M-72 when a car driven by Leo John Fleis, 45, overtook him and, in attempting to pass, sideswiped the Garvin car.

121 YEARS AGO February 3, 1897

Leland received no outside mail on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, due to snow.

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Van Buren station where the new road strikes the C & W M is moving for a change of name and asks to be known as “Rapids City.”

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Fish shanties are being hauled out upon the ice and trout, perch and pickerel will be depopulated.

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