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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

MARQUETTE — A local engineering firm won the bid to design a new $3.6 million public works facility Monday for the city of Marquette, despite a committee’s recommendation that a Wisconsin company get the contract. Sundberg, Carlson and Associates, Inc., of Marquette, was awarded the $280,000 architectural/engineering contract for the 88,000 square foot facility. The city’s Public Works Advisory Committee had unanimously recommended Seymour-Davis-Seymour, Inc., of Eau Clair, Wis., as they had a little more expertise. Sundberg-Carlson representatives pointed out that a subcontractor the company plans to use for the engineering work has extensive expertise in similar projects. Commissioners pointed out the benefit of hiring a local firm. Three representatives from Sundberg-Carlson attended the meeting; no one did from Seymour-Davis. “We are qualified, we are the low bidder, and we are local,” said Michael Pond of Sundberg-Carlson. Originally four firms submitted bids on the project. The vote on the contract award was 4-3, with commissioners Frank Sciotto, Donald Potvin and Charles Coffey against it.

60 years ago

ISHPEMING — Famous old Lake Angeline, once the site of a unique, high-grade iron ore mine, produced a 15-pound German Brown trout — certain to be one of the largest of the species taken in Michigan this year — on the final day of the 1960 general trout season Sept. 11. The big trout, which was 28 inches long and had a girth of 20 inches, was caught by Anthony Valenti, 64, of W. Johnson St., a bartender at the Moose Lodge here.

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