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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

ISHPEMING — The next stop for the winner of the 19th annual Miss Ishpeming Scholarship Pageant will be February’s Miss Superiorland pageant. Tara Leigh Vickstrom, 17, of Cottage Street Ishpeming, was crowned Miss Ishpeming Saturday night before a packed house in the Ishpeming High School auditorium. She was sponsored by the Greater Ishpeming Chamber of Commerce Retail Committee. Judges also voted the blond-haired, blue-eyed Vickstrom the top award in the talent competition after her song, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Organizers of the pageant this morning said the event was one of the best staged in years. “I was thrilled,” said Holly Bjorne, pageant co-chairperson. “The judges said after the pageant that it really came off well.” Pageant participants competed in talent, casual wear, and evening gown segments.

60 years ago

MARQUETTE — Due to the extremely wet harvesting season, many Marquette County farmers have little or no straw or hay, this barn season. For dairymen who can’t buy straw or hay, Jack Little, Michigan State University extension dairyman for the Upper Peninsula, suggests they can use either shavings or sawdust. “See your local sawmill operator soon,” Little suggests. “Ask if shavings are available. Sawdust is available everywhere in the county and elsewhere in the Upper Peninsula in an unlimited supply.” Adequate bedding pays big dividends, says the specialist. “It saves valuable plant nutrients and keeps cows clean, dry and comfortable,” he said. “Well-bedded cows spend more time lying down. This will save energy and increase the amount of milk the cows give. A good bed is always a big step in producing quality milk.