A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago March 15, 1962
• A group of Upper Peninsula businessmen announced their plans for creat- ing an entirely new 51st state out of the U.P. The plans call for the 15 counties in the U.P. to set up their own state government, and to legalize gambling as a means of attracting tourists and bolstering the area’s sagging economy.
• Over 40 members of Schoolcraft County 4-H Clubs took part in a Share- the-Fun Festival at the Manistique High School. The two top winners were Kathy Atherton, singing a solo and Tina Gorsche and Kay Pike who presented a baton comedy. Winners of the talent show became eligible to attend Camp Shaw, the 4-H camp at Chatham.
• The Manistique City Council received requests from city employees for changes in their union contract which will expire on April 30. The requests in- clude a blanket pay raise of ten cents per hour and enrollment in the Michigan Municipal League retirement plan, which last year was estimated would cost the city more than $12,000 annually.
35 Years Ago March 17, 1977
• The Manistique City Council has agreed to assume control of a vacated Department of Natural Resources fire equipment building prior to completion of plans to transform the building into a new Manistique Senior Citizens Cen- ter. City Manager, Robert Risik detailed the plans for the building on Main street at Monday’s council meeting and said that the city could lease the struc- ture from the DNR for the rest of 1977, while awaiting an answer to a grant request expected sometime in May. The Manistique Senior Citizens Center has applied through the city for $86,000 to expand and renovate the building as a new center to replace the one on Range Street.
• Along with March Madness comes board of review time, which some citi- zens feel fits the same description. Local boards of review have been meet- ing the last couple of weeks to work out problems property owners may have with their assessments. This year’s job may be an easier one, as the board of reviews are able to tell most property owners that they may be paying lower taxes this year.
• Several area residents are currently circulating petitions to stop a legisla- tive proposal that would allow local school districts to levy an income tax on residents should millage votes fail at the polls. According to Reg B. Chris- tensen, coordinator of the petition drive, the legislation would allow school districts to levy a two percent income tax on residents if millage requests fail more than twice.
25 Years Ago March 20, 1987
• Gulliver” the moose is on the move again and could be headed for Para- dise. According to Robert Aho, DNR wildlife habitat biologist, “Gulliver has covered an amazing distance” since his arrival in the Upper Peninsula via Moose Lift I in 1985. Gulliver, nicknamed for the area where he became a local celebrity when he made a surprise appearance after being transplanted near Marquette, from Canada.
• EDC Director, Jack Krueger is uncertain on whether or not to actively pur- sue the “shock incarceration” unit project for our area. The unit would house up to 160 first time felons in a facility utilizing a “boot camp” approach in an effort to break criminal patterns of behavior before they become more serious.
• The Manistique Emeralds are headed for Marquette after an exciting vic- tory over St. Ignace to clinch the District Tournament crown.
15 Years Ago March 17, 2002
• The Schoolcraft County landfill lawsuit has finally reached the end of the road. On March 4, the Michigan Supreme Court denied the city of Manis- tique’s request to hear an appeal in the case, effectively exhausting the city’s legal options.
• The Manistique City Council reaffirmed its commitment to seek broader participation in running local recreation programs. Included was investigation into a county wide millage to pay for completion and operation of the Little Bear West Arena, as well as funding other recreation projects in the city and townships.
• In search of his first district basketball crown, Manistique’s head coach Ed Marietti could not have asked for any more out of his Emeralds last Friday night. Taking control of the game in the early stages, the Emeralds spanked the St. Ignace Saints 87-56 to capture the Class C district title.