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50 years ago

May 28, 1970

New state regulations may force the City of Manistique to go out of the ambulance business. City Manager Robert Noe told City council Monday night at their regular meeting. This would mean that responsibility for the service would probably have to be shifted to the county, he added, and he was instructed to contact the County Board of Commissioners to alert them of the problem. Noe explained that state law that goes into effect July 1 will require licensed attendants for ambulance service, and would also require a new vehicle capable of carrying three stretchers, a pulmotor and first aid supplies. He estimated the cost of a new vehicle and equipment at a minimum of $10,000. It was pointed out that the city would be vulnerable to law suits if they continued to operate an ambulance service that did not meet state legal standards. At present the ambulance is operated as part of the Public safety Department of the city.

Preliminary census figures released last week show that Schoolcraft County lost 10 percent of its population during the past 10 years. A preliminary total figure of 8,092 for the county was announced by Mrs. Robert Hansley of Escanaba, district census manager for the U.P. This compares to a 1960 total of 8,953. No figures were released for the City of Manistique. The preliminary total was not as low, however, as that predicted in a study, “Michigan Regional Population Trends, 1950 – 1980,” by the University of Michigan Population Studies Center last June. That study predicted the 1970 census total for the county would be 7,900. Upper Peninsula population dropped from 305,852 in 1960 to 299,012 in the preliminary total. Only three of the 15 counties in the U.P.—Baraga, Delta and Marquette—showed gains for the 10 year period. Official population figures for all areas in the United States will be released in the fall.

City Manager Robert L. Noe has resigned his post to take a new job in Idaho. His resignation was presented and accepted at Monday night’s City Council meeting. Noe, who has been manager here since March, 1967, is taking a job as manager and director of urban affairs with Greater Shoshone County, Inc. of Idaho. During Noe’s three years here the city has embarked on an overall street improvement program, completed a Senior Citizens housing project of 35 units, and built a new City Hall and public works garage.

35 years ago

May 30, 1985

National honors came to Melissa Cohen, a sixth grade student at the Lincoln School, who won first prize in a nationwide art contest sponsored by the Grand Aerie of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Fuson, 145 N. Houghton, Melissa won a $200 savings bond. Chamber of Commerce Director John Stapleton was among the speakers at a ceremony at the school Friday. Melissa was flanked by her mother and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Verner Johnson, Eagles officials and her schoolmates.

Th 1985 Cheerleading Squad recently competed in the U.P. Cheerleading Competition held in Escanaba. The squad came away with the third place trophy in their division. They were judged on their neatness, voice and the degree of difficulty of the cheers. Members of the squad are Kellie LeMaster, Marnie Renk, Captain Laurie Klarich, Lynne Hepker, Sheilah Doyle, Dianna Barber, Shelley Misunas and Rhonda Hewitt.

Manistique’s Dave Archer, leading scorer in the Upper Peninsula last basketball season and a Class C All- State selection, will be playing for Ferris State College in Big Rapids next season. Bulldog Coach Tom Ludwig made the announcement, saying “There’s no question that this is the best recruiting we’ve had since I came to Ferris.” Three Junior College transfers and seven freshmen make up the recruiting class. Ludwig said he felt the new crop could push Ferris back to the top of the Great Lakes Conference and towards a berth in the NCAA Division II playoffs. The addition of the three transfer students plus the freshmen provide “a great combination of youth and experience, he said. Ferris finished the 1984-85 season at 14-13 at third in the conference. Ferris has previously won consecutive league titles under Ludwig from 1981-83 and qualified for the NCAA Division II Regionals in 1983.

20 years ago

June 1, 2000

Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer David Jahn has been elected president of the Upper Peninsula Health Care Network (UPHCN). Jahn, who served as vice president of the network last year, replaces outgoing president Bill Nemacheck, CEO of Marquette General Health System. Nemacheck now moves into the position of treasurer. Elected vice president was John Schon, Administrator/CEO of Dickinson County Health Care System. Kevin Calhoun, CEO of Bell Memorial Hospital in Ishpeming, was re-elected as secretary. The UPHCN is currently in its sixth year of operation. The network was organized to establish relationships among the 12 participating U.P. health care facilities and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribal Health Centers. The goal is coordinate medical services throughout the region, creating lower medical costs, providing more services without duplication, and offering additional health education.

The Manistique High school boys’ golf team won the 2000 Mid-Peninsula Conference Championship on Friday, May 16, behind the effort of the seniors, says Coach Mike Powers. This is the fourth Mid-Pen title won by Manistique. The first was earned in 1960 under Bud Malloy, as well as titles earned in 1989 and 1996 under Powers. According to Powers, this year’s seniors have made up the main part of the team for the past four years. ‘The seniors of Greg Schuetter, Dave Winkel, Jared Kemppainen, Kienan Ecclesine, Andy Bjorne, Dave Kaiser, Fred Marks and Jon Urban collectively scored as many points for Manistique over their past four years as any of the golfers I have coached.”

10 years ago

May 27, 2010

Manistique is putting the brakes on any possible distribution of medical marijuana inside city limits. At Monday’s regular meeting, City Council authorized the drafting of a six-month moratorium, giving the planning commission time to study the issue. The action followed a request from Zoning Administrator Greg Hase. In a memo to City Manager Sheila Aldrich, Hase noted that Manistique does not have an ordinance or zoning regulations covering the sale and distribution of medical marijuana. “I would recommend that a moratorium be placed on this issue by either the City Council or the Planning and Zoning Board until this issue is resolved one way or the other,” Haze wrote.

The opening of the new Jack’s Fresh Market grocery store on Veterans Drive has led to heavier traffic in Manistique’s Lakeside district, and the city of Manistique has implemented additional traffic controls to address the situation. According to Public Safety Director Ken Golat, more people are using the brand new connection to Park Avenue to access the development on Veterans Drive, which includes the grocery store, Pamida and the Department of Veterans Affairs clinic.

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