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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 — Superior Shores Nursing Center has named nurse’s aide Renee Klosowski as September Employee-of-the-Month. Klosowski has been employed in the same department five years and said the best part of her job is “being with the residents and visiting with them.” She was raised in VanMeer and Shingleton, living in Munising the past three years. She enjoys spending time with her husband Ray, stepdaughter Sara Rae, and the family dog Shadow. She is also active in a local dart league.

60 years ago

HANCOCK — The Portage Canal Drawbridge, which had bottled up a Keweenaw Peninsula short-cut across Lake Superior since Monday, was back in operation today. The span, literally frozen shut, was steamed out Wednesday by Copper Range Railroad workers. Heavy snowfall which began to melt in above-freezing temperatures and seeped into crevices and working joints was frozen solid as temperatures plunged to below-zero levels Monday. Two ships tied up rather than return to Lake Superior and face the rough rounding of Keweenaw Point in gale-force winds. Warming temperatures and abating winds brought reactivation to 35 freighters tied up in sheltered areas of the St. Mary’s River at the eastern end of Superior. Thirty set sail Wednesday from Whitefish Point for lakehead iron ore ports. Five others sailed from cover at Detour down-bound into Lake Huron.