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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 — The Marquette Senior High forensic speech team, including Jason Engle, Katrina Rassmusen, Allison Dufay, Dmitri Jajich, Abbi Urich, Joel Mendelin, Any Kulisheck, Chris Zini and Umber Ahmad, spent part of their spring vacation in competition. The team traveled to Plymouth Canton Salem High School downstate for a tournament March 2-4. The tournament was the largest invitational meet held thus far in the state, with 579 speakers registered. Umber Ahmad made it to the semifinals in extemporaneous speaking, placing 8th in a field of 36 entries. Christine Zini also made the semifinal cut in a field of 40 entries, placing 7th. In dramatic duo competition, the team of Abbi Urich and Joel Mendelin made it to the final round with six other contestants, winning 5th place trophies out of a field of 56 entries. Marquette’s overall team performance was good enough to earn them a third place trophy in the small entry division.

60 years ago

MARQUETTE — Approximately 50 times each month, a call is received by Marquette’s fire department, and before the phone is hung up, two men dressed for the weather have driven an ambulance into the street – ready to report to any address in the city within seconds. Operation of the city’s two ambulances is charged to the fire department, and all firemen and fire truck drivers, except the officers, take turns on that particular duty. Carl Nystrom, assistant fire chief, said the majority of all cases are taken to a hospital.

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