Superiorland Yesterdays

EDITOR’S NOTE: Superiorland Yesterdays is prepared by the reference staff at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette.

30 years ago

WASHINGTON — Congress needs to release more money to combat a growing problem of toxic sediments in the Great Lakes, a House subcommittee was told Wednesday. Gov. Richard Celeste, D-Ohio, and representatives from several conservation groups told the House Public Works and Transportation Water Resources Subcommittee that toxic sediments are a major health hazard that could undo past achievements in cleaning up the lakes. “Simply put, toxic contamination is widespread and a threat to human health that compromises our quality of life,” Celeste said. “It is implicated in genetic damage, cancer and disorders of the reproductive system, among others. Glenda L. Daniel, executive director of the Lake Michigan Federation, said toxic chemicals escaping from sediment are finding their way into the food chain.

90 years ago

MARQUETTE — The latest edition of the National Geographic magazine has 56 pages devoted to Michigan. Part of the Michigan section is devoted to pictures and a story about Presque Isle in Marquette.