EDITOR’S NOTE: Superiorland Yesterdays is prepared by the reference staff at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette.
30 years ago
NEGAUNEE–Eight area high school student are still waiting for entry visas but still planning to leave Sunday for the Soviet Union. The last minute visas are an example of “typical Soviet bureaucracy,” said exchange coordinator Jim Somers. They wait until I guess the day before to send them.” Somers said he was assured Thursday by Soviet embassy staff that entry papers are being sent via overnight delivery and would be received today. “All the way through the (exchange) program, it’s been a very lethargic bureaucracy,” Somers said.
Soviet students were in Negaunee High School for six weeks last spring, and the local students are reciprocating for a month in the Soviet Union this summer.
Unlike the Russian students who visited Negaunee, the Americans won’t attend school during their visit, which ends Aug. 21.
The students plan to stay with host families in Moscow, taking several day trips to other soviet cities, Somers said. The group also plans to spend 12 days at the Bolshoi Theater summer camp on the Black Sea.
60 years ago
MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan College’s public service division is arranging to offer in Marquette the course NMC 214-3, “Soils,” daily from July 31 to Aug. 18, to all interested undergraduate students. Prof. Alfred O. Niemi will teach the course which will begin at 10 a.m. next Monday. Chief objective of the course is to become familiar with the principles of soil management; including a study of the chemical and physical properties of soil management, land classification, and conservation. Field trips, laboratory work, and the services of the area federal and state resource people will constitute a part of the course.