100 YEARS AGO: Marinette is to have a county soldiers’ and sailors’ homecoming on July 3 and 4, for all the men who entered the service from this county. It will not be a celebration of the Fourth in an old sense but a day devoted to and for the men who served under the colors in the great war for liberty. The entire program of both days will be given in honor of and to entertain our soldiers and sailors. At the meeting of the homecoming committees last night, a formal motion was past asking the war board to undertake the entertainment of the service men on the days mentioned, and promising cooperation. The homecoming committees as designated will cooperate with the war board and under chairman Ralph Skidmore of the war board the big affair will be carried out. 

50 YEARS AGO: The old and nagging issue of a swingbridge across the Menominee River was kept alive in the Menominee City Council Monday night. Alderman Joseph Banach ignited discussion when he suggested the public works committee study the previous plan for the bridge construction and report back to the council. He said he had received several inquires regarding the bridge plans and was unable to answer them. Banach was not a member of the council at the time the controversial bridge issue arose. He requested the public works committee to provide council “with a positive status on it.” “We know the status of the bridge,” replied Mayor John W. Reindl. “It’s financing it.” The mayor reminded the aldermen that State Senator Joseph S. Mack, D-Ironwood, is working on the problem in Lansing. 

25 YEARS AGO: Due to a new school financing system that’s now in place in Michigan, the 1994-95 Menominee School District budget presented at Thursday’s school board meeting shows some extreme changes. Although expenditures are up quite a bit, state funding changes make it almost impossible to compare the budget with past years, said administrative assistant Fran Zuraski. The 1994-95 budget shows an overall $1.6 million increase in expenditures, and increase from $10,652,542 this year to $12,314,834 next year. One of the major budgetary changes includes increased expenditures for retirements and social security next year, Zuraski said. The school reforms passed recently make individual districts responsible for paying retirement costs for school employees. 

FIVE YEARS AGO:  Bellin Health has already begun the steps to take full ownership of the 11 NorthReach Healthcare locations in Marinette and Menominee counties. NorthReach was purchased Monday by Bellin from Bay Area Medical Center after the two healthcare entities ended a 14-year partnership to provide primary care services in the area. “Our commitment to continue serving the community was the main driver in our decision to purchase Bay Area Medical Center’s 50 percent share of NorthReach,” said Chris Woleske, executive vice president of Bellin Health. Woleske told the EagleHerald on Tuesday that Bellin expects a smooth transition for patients and staff. But as Bellin takes over sole ownership, it will also look at what can be updated and changed to provide better services.