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Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

MUNISING — Three area students received honorable mentions in a recent statewide wildlife art competition. Receiving awards in the fifth annual Tracks Magazine Wildlife Art Awards were Laura Nicholai, a sixth-grader at Mather Middle School in Munising, for her drawing of a whitetail deer; Cindy Cornish, a fourth-grader at Central Elementary School in Munising, for her pair of whitetails; and Jenny Evans, a fourth-grader at St. Michael’s in Marquette, who drew an American goldfinch. There were 40 finalists in each of the three grades represented in the competition — fourth, fifth and sixth grades. Tracks is a four-page conservation reader published by the Michigan United Conservation Clubs.

60 years ago

MARQUETTE — Another moose sighting — the third this spring in Marquette County — was reported this week. John Benzie, forester at the Dukes Forest Experiment Station in eastern Marquette County, reported seeing an adult moose southeast of Dukes. About three hours earlier on the same day, another party reported seeing a moose a mile and a half southwest of where Benzie saw the animal, and it is presumed that this was the same moose that Benzie saw. Earlier this spring, a moose was seen in the neighborhood of the Sagola Swamp, near the Marquette-Dickinson County line. Then a moose was observed south of Princeton. The first report of a moose seen in Marquette County in many years was made last fall when one was sighted southeast of Marquette near the junction of M-28 and U.S. 41. The moose are believed to be animals that migrated in the Upper Peninsula from Ontario or their descendants. William E. Laycock, Marquette, regional game supervisor for the conservation department, believes that the habitat in this area may not be entirely to the liking of moose, which, he thinks, may cause the animals to range more widely than they would normally. Thus, perhaps one or two moose could account for all the sightings that have occurred in the county.