Lake Notes History Notes
Oct. 20, 1949: A record-breaking muskie – 69 pounds, 11 ounces – was caught on the Chippewa Flowage near Hayward, Wisconsin.
Oct. 25, 1889: A phone cable under the Straits of Mackinac links Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas.
Oct. 31, 1962: The Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge opens to traffic, connecting Ontario and Michigan, in a joint U.S./Canada project.
Nov. 21, 1902: The steamer Bannockburn and a crew of 20 leave Duluth, never to be seen again – except as a ghost ship haunting Lake Superior!
Around the Lake Notables
Among recipients of the seventh annual Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma Region (SSMARt) Awards are Catalyst Fitness, Innovation Company of the Year, for its Ignite! program, combining physical activity with educational lessons; Sault Area Hospital, Innovation Project of the Year, for development of a web-based program used in hand-cleansing audits; and Dr. Pedro Antunes of Algoma University, Innovation Researcher of the Year, for his work on invasive species.
In its August/September issue, National Geographic Traveler magazine featured the Highway 61 drive on Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior (North Shore Scenic Drive) from Duluth to Canada as one of its Ultimate Road Trips.
Rangers at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore credit Robert Helsel and Steven Welters, both of Munising, Michigan, with saving a man from Grand Rapids and a woman from Spring Lake whose kayaks capsized off Grand Island August 12. Returning from fishing, Robert and Steven heard the kayakers’ whistle and got the two, both mildly hypothermic, into their boat.