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50 Years Ago February 8, 1968

• The high cost of vandalism was discussed at the regular meeting of the Manistique Recreation Commission last Wednesday in the library. Director Dick Bonifas cited the cost of a new hose for flooding the ice rink a new electrical motor for the ski tow, and galvanizing of the ski shack---all necessary because of continued vandalism by area youngsters. Chairman Earl Kane conducted the meeting, which included a discussion on proposed ski instruction through Northern Michigan University, to be offered when there is sufficient snow. Designation of snowmobile trails and area was also discussed. Working on the winter staff are Nick Frankovich, Vince Weber, Robert Hewitt, Mildred Cameron, John Schmitt, Ron Provo, Lyle Demars and Larry Roberts.

• Leo DeMars of Manistique has been named vice chairman of the newly formed Michigan US-2 Improvement Council steering committee. Mr. DeMars, Schoolcraft County delegate to the meeting, represented the city and the county board of supervisors at the Thursday organizational session in Iron Mountain. The first aim of the organization is for each county to make an analysis of the condition of US-2 in that county, with reports and recommendations to be presented to the steering committee.

• John Pat Miller of Manistique, 1966-67 Jaycee state vice president for the eastern half of the Upper Peninsula, was the featured speaker at a special membership event sponsored by the Ontonagon Jaycees Jan. 27. Mr. Miller spoke to the group of the advantages of participating in the community activities through the Jaycee program. He was accompanied to the meeting by his wife Carolyn.

• A total of 47 aircraft used the Schoolcraft County airport and radio facilities during January, Operator Vern Bernard has reported. This compares to a total of 24 for the same month a year ago. The federal Aviation Agency is now sketching the visual omni approach plate for the airport, and FAA certification is expected by June 1 this year, Bernard added.

• Another Whopper --- Indian Lake is still giving up king-size sturgeon to skilled fishermen. A 27 pound, 43 inch long sturgeon was taken by Cliff Barber last Sunday. This is the first reported catch of the season.

• Elks bowlers from all over the Upper Peninsula will start coming to Manistique this weekend as the annual U.P. Elks Bowling Tournament gets underway. The event will be held on weekends only, and will run through April 14. Approximately 28 out of town teams are expected to participate in the annual event.

35 Years Ago February 10, 1983

• The independent truckers’ strike whiffed in Schoolcraft County, according to a number of local sources. No violence was reported, no shortages occurred and it was business as usual in this area. Manistique Papers Inc. is one of the biggest users of truck transportation here, but company president Leif Christensen says he is not aware of any disruptions in either the flow of logs and scrap paper into the plant or newsprint out of it. The mill uses independent local truckers under contract to do its hauling, and those operators were given the chance to take time off during the strike. However, Christensen said that none took the company up on the offer. The mill’s drivers also have not encountered any threats, according to Christensen.

• President Ronald Reagan today unveiled a sweeping new series of security measures to upgrade America’s national defense in the event of a Soviet nuclear attack. Most of these are to be concentrated in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, a little known and underpopulated region somewhere near Canada. Speaking at a afternoon press briefing in the Oval Office, Reagan outlined the major components of the U.P. plan. One of the keynotes is the Distant Warning and Attack Ruse Facility idea, or Project D.W.A.R.F. It is combination of present submarine communication systems being built in the U.P. and the deceptive basing scheme once envisioned for the MX missile.

• Inland Steel Company announced last week that it is permanently discontinuing cost-of-living adjustments and eliminating two paid holidays, Washington’s Birthday and United Nations Day, for its salaried work force. The cost-cutting measures, which affect 5,600 employees, came in the wake of a nearly $119 million loss in 1982 for Inland and in the face of continued weak demand for steel products. The nearly 20,000 United Steelworkers of America members employed by Inland have not been affected by any of these actions.

20 Years Ago February 12, 1998

• Doug Troyer of Manistique recently earned third place in a photo contest sponsored by MINING Magazine. Troyer, a mill associate with Specialty Minerals’ Port Inland operation in Gulliver, took third place in the Process-metallurgical plant category of the magazine’s photo contest. His color photo of the loading of a vessel at Port Inland was taken in July, was printed along with the other contest winners in the January issue of MINING Magazine.

• A stuffed animal known as “Bruiser the Cruiser” is ready to take another trip in the name of helping Big Bay de Noc students learn geography. The dog will be sent to 10 different states (not including Michigan) by third-graders in Mary Gollakner’s class. Bruiser will visit lower Michigan, Ohio, Virginia, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Kansas and New Mexico via the U.S. Postal Service. Gollakner said each of the students took Bruiser home overnight to bond with him. Then, adorned in a Black Bears jersey, the animal will visit with host families who are either close friends or relatives of the third grade students. As was the case last spring, this year’s class will chart Bruiser’s progress on a large map of the United States and study the states where he will visit. Gollakner said she would encourage other teachers to try a similar project. “It is extremely fun and the rewards are great,” she said.

10 Years Ago February 7, 2008

• It was another successful kick off to another Super Bowl Sunday, as the Manistique Rotary Club held its 13th annual Super Pancake Breakfast at the Elk’s Lodge last weekend. The popular event is a fund-raiser for Rotary community service projects. This year’s kitchen crew included Bob Elcoate, Rick Pink, George Ecclesine, Bob Monahan, Rick Stram, Ed Klumpp, Larry Sigulinsky, Tom Pugh, Giannine Perigo and Sheila Aldrich.

• Quarterback Cody Kangas will be going from the green and white of the Emeralds to the green and gold of Northern Michigan University next season. On Wednesday, the Manistique High School senior signed a letter of intent to attend NMU and play football for the Division II Wildcats. Other schools expressing interest in recruiting Kangas to their ranks included Michigan Technological University, Ferris State University and Hillsdale College.

• Manistique was abuzz last Saturday as the business enterprise class at Manistique High School, taught by economics instructor Mike Powers, coordinated a dodgeball tournament. Eighteen teams from across the U.P. participated in the event.

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