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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

COVINGTON — A Skandia man was forced to land his plane on a deserted highway Sunday night when the single-engined aircraft apparently ran out of fuel, according to state police in L’Anse. Terrence Smith, 24, and his wife Elizabeth were flying from Minneapolis to Marquette at 11:15 p.m. when their rented Piper Archer four-passenger plane landed on M-28 near Covington. Neither the Smiths nor the plane was harmed as they landed two miles west of U.S. 41. Smith was in contact with an air traffic controller in Minneapolis, who assisted with the landing decision, police said. The plane was off the traffic lane this morning and waiting to be removed. Glenn Maki of Covington said he was surprised to see the plane on the side of the road while driving to work in L’Anse this morning. The plane did not look damaged, Maki said, but he considered the passengers fortunate. Traffic is common on M-28 in the evening, Maki said. The two-lane stretch of highway is dark and on an incline, with power lines overhead. Negaunee-based Airmotives, the leasing agency that owns the plane, is handling its removal, and police said they’ve concluded their investigation.

60 years ago

MARQUETTE — Celebrations planned to note the golden jubilee of the sisterhood of Sister Mary Florina in Marquette this week have been postponed due to an injury she sustained in an accident in Green Bay over the weekend. Mrs. Mary Jeanson, who had planned celebrations for her sister’s jubilee, said she received word Sister Mary Florina fell and injured her knee while on a retreat in Green Bay. The sister is a member of St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Hancock. Mrs. Jeanson noted a Mass planned at St. Peter’s Cathedral at 11 a.m. tomorrow will still be held, despite the fact Sister Mary Florina will not be here.

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