100 YEARS AGO: Lieut. Ernest Helmburg, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Helmburg, 1123 Merryman Street, had the unusual honor and unique distinction of acting as an interpreter for the British fleet during the surrender of a German fleet last month. In British waters, he acted as the language mediator between the captains of the English cruiser Melbourne and the German cruiser Nuremberg, in arranging the details of the handing over of that unit of the Teuton armada to the allied ships. 

50 YEARS AGO: Mayor John Reindl, chairman of the finance committee of the Menominee County Board of Supervisors, reported at today’s (Dec. 17) session that the county will have a $65,000 balance at the close of the current year. This was a historic session for the board. It was the final meeting for the 22-member board which has been in existence since the county was formed more than a century ago. Due to apportionment, a new 15-member board will assume the reins of the county government effective Jan. 1. The changeover is a result of several years of study and legal conflicts which were carried all the way to the Michigan Supreme Court.  

25 YEARS AGO: To guarantee a nine-game varsity football schedule, the Menominee Board of Education voted Thursday (Dec. 16) to discontinue scheduling the annual M&M Game and instead schedule another team. In the current situation, the M&M Game must be cancelled whenever Marinette qualifies for the Wisconsin high school playoffs. When Menominee does not play a nine-game schedule, as was the case this autumn, the team’s chances of qualifying for the Michigan football playoffs are damaged. “When that happens with the Marinette schedule, it puts our program at a distinct disadvantage regarding making playoffs superintendent Randy Neelis said. “The Marinette coaches recommended that we should schedule a ninth game and forget about Marinette because they feel they will be in the play-offs next year,” Athletic Director Bob Krysiak said. 

FIVE YEARS AGO: Menominee County is on an icy road, and just seems to keep spinning its wheels without going anywhere. Winter is here, and the hiring freeze put in place in late March still hangs over county government — which can neither hire replacements or negotiate a new retirement deal with its unions. So jobs go unfilled, unless the department head can juggle personnel or hire someone through a temp agency who can’t join the ranks of employees on the current defined benefit plan. Wednesday morning, Commissioner John Nelson, chairman of the finance committee, said that is what the Menominee County Sheriff’s Department needs to do — gather anyone in its ranks who can pull corrections duty into the lineup — to make up for a six-person shortfall in part-time help.