2018-04-19 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO April 18, 2013

Seasonal workers at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (SBDNL) would usually be back at work this time of the year, readying the park for visitors. But this spring, about 20 of these staff members have a six-week extension of the off-season due to federal budget cuts. The impact of the cuts will be mostly evident in the shoulder seasons leading up to and following peak visitation.

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Creating the minutes for public board and commission meetings around the county is a task that varies from one extreme to the other — especially when it comes to public comment. At meetings of the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners, every single public comment is meticulously transcribed into the minutes, with one recent set containing 21 pages of comment that took more than 24 hours to get on paper.

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Catching drug dealers is a specialty in the law enforcement field. The Traverse Narcotics Team (TNT) has taken the lead in Leelanau County and elsewhere in the Grand Traverse area since the early 1980’s. “It’s even more important today, with the budget problems across Michigan and the United States,” said Dan King, a detective lieutenant (D/Lt.) with the Michigan State Police and commander of TNT. “These drugs and these drug dealers travel in and out of our 8-county area. So there are no borders to drug trafficking.”

10 YEARS AGO April 17, 2008

National Park Service staffers put together four alternative plans to guide the future of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Park patrons put together their own. You won’t find the “preferred alternative” for future park management released last week solely within one proposal that was discussed at a series of meetings hosted by the Park Service a year ago.

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Brad Lutz’s inability to make a deal with the “unnamed guarantors” of Kate Wickstrom’s mortgage on Sugar Loaf Resort have caused him to pull away from an “option to purchase” agreement he signed in February. Lutz announced Tuesday that he was sending a letter to Wickstrom indicating that he would not be pursuing his 90-day option to purchase the resort.

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The Leelanau County Building Inspections Department appears to be getting its mojo back – along with a new name. The county Board of Commissioners on Tuesday evening officially re-named the department as the Leelanau County Construction Code Authority and authorized board chairman Robert Hawley to sign a settlement agreement with the state Bureau of Construction Codes

35 YEARS AGO April 21, 1983

Almost 9 miles of Leelanau County roads will be paved or improved at a total cost of almost $350,000 this summer under projects planned by the County Road Commission. The list of 10 projects was announced at Tuesday’s commission meeting. It is the largest road improvement schedule in several years.

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There may be a special meeting of the Cleveland Township electors in May – but what can be done by the residents at the meeting is uncertain. Township resident Charles J. Ryant, who is Zoning and Planning Board secretary, says he has signatures form 12 registered voters, enough to mandate the meeting of electors, to limit Township Board spending.

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This September, you could be on ESPN, the national cable TV sports network, all dressed up in your late-summer finery. That’s just one of the possibilities growing out of the Sept. 3 Northport 200 powerboat race, now being planned by more than 100 people under the sponsorship of the Northport Area Chamber of Commerce.

60 YEARS AGO April 24, 1958

Citizens of the Glen Lake community will have medical and dental facilities available to them, starting sometime in June, according to John Dorsey, president of the Glen Lake Community Clinic. Alonzo Norconk, M.D., and Leo Roman, DDS, will begin practice at Empire at that time. Dr. Norconk has started construction of his offices on Front Street, Empire.

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The coast guard light (rescue) station on South Manitou Island will be evacuated the first of next month, according to an order issued by Vice Admiral A.C. Richmond, commandant, U.S. Coast Guard at Washington. The order also affects many other coast guard installations including Beaver Island.

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The county seat will remain at Leland as the result of a 7-3 vote of the county board of supervisors meeting at Leland last week, Friday. The vote to keep the county seat at Leland came on a resolution introduced by Charles Noonan of the building and grounds committee.

135 YEARS AGO April 13, 1883

The Elsenheimer shingle mill started up Tuesday and is running full blast. Will Safford will be sawyer in the mill this season.

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W.W. Smith, of Glen Arbor, arrived in town yesterday and has commenced work on the new shingle mill.

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There will be a grand musical and dramatical entertainment by the pupils and young ladies of St. Mary’s Provemont, May 7th and 8th. Admission 25¢. Commences at 2:30 o’clock. Supper will be served at 6:00 o’clock. Tickets 25¢.

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