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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 — Travis Hunt of Gwinn served notice Friday he’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the Fourth Annual Upper Peninsula Cycling Championships this weekend. The Gwinn cyclist captured top honors overall and the Men’s Senior Division (19-35 years of age) in a 12.6 mile time trial along County Road 553 in Marquette with a clocking of 28 minutes and 21 seconds. Jeff Juntti of Gwinn placed second overall in 28:41, while third place went to Mark Westlake of Marquette in 28:57. Both were also competing in the Senior Division. In the women’s competition, Jill Aho of Marquette copped first place overall with a 34:17 effort in the Senior Division. Chris Watts of Iron Mountain came in second at 36:40 while Liz Silvola of Marquette — competing in the Veteran’s Division (36-45) — placed third with a 38:13 clocking. A total of 44 cyclists took part in the first of three race events sponsored by The Mining Journal, Escanaba Daily Press, Iron Mountain Daily News, Houghton Mining Gazette and Minx Sports of Marquette.

60 years ago

NEGAUNEE — In connection with the primary election tomorrow, Negaunee residents will cast ballots on a proposal to repeal the municipal ordinance prohibiting dancing in public places where alcoholic beverages are sold. Petitions requesting that the question be placed on the ballot at the primary election was circulated through the efforts of the Negaunee Table Toppers Assn. Dancing currently is permitted in clubs operated by various fraternal organizations in the community, but it is not allowed within the city limits to persons who are not members of these groups. The proposal to ban dancing was approved by the electorate in 1955, and following the election the city council adopted the present ordinance. Repeal proposals were submitted without success in 1957 and again in 1958.

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