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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–Graveraet Middle School’s MATHCOUNTS team took first place in the sixth annual MATHCOUNTS competition at the Westwood High School in Ishpeming Feb. 8. This is the second time in three years that Graveraet has won the Upper Peninsula MATHCOUNTS competition. The eighth-grade team of Belinda Mathie, Calder Duncanson, Erik Thoren, and Chad Coolman was coached by Norm Pelto. They defeated eight other U.P. schools and earned the right to represent the U.P. in East Lansing March 17. They will face 29 other teams of “mathletes” competing to advance to national competition May 12 in Washington, D.C. Belinda Mathie finished first in the individual competition. As runner up, Vulcan Middle School in Norway will also go to Lansing. Its eight grade team includes Ryan Backlund, Matt Ray, Sean McLaughlin, and Jon Girard and was coached by Kevin Kangas. Champion International sponsored and financed the competition.

60 years ago

MUNISING–Harry Nelson started his ice-cutting operations in Munising Bay Monday morning with a crew of 10 men. The ice is between 11 and 15 inches thick, Nelson said, adding that he expects to store approximately 250 tons for tourist and camp trade. Normally the operation takes about one week, but adverse weather conditions could prolong the work.

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