100 YEARS AGO: Citizens of Marinette city and county can be proud of the fact that this county stands among the highest in the state in financial conditions. Reports for the past year show that the indebtedness of the county is very low in comparison with that of adjoining counties and others in the state. The institutions here are the best and the cost of maintenance to the people is exceptionally low. With many of the bonds of the county which at one time were excessively high having been paid a total indebtedness in bonds which all have been sold in Chicago markets aggregate $35,000 plus the bonds of the county bridges which were constructed at the cost of $1,500 making a total of $36,500 bonded indebtedness to the county. Two new bridges will be built this year between Middle Inlet and Crivitz which will make all the bridges in the county in first-class condition. 

50 YEARS AGO: Construction of a new Holiday Inn in downtown Marinette will begin as soon as the weather permits. That was the announcement today (March 11) from officials of Allen and O’Hara, Inc., the Memphis, Tenn.,-based firm which will build, own and operate the facility. W. Harwell Allen Jr., Chairman of the board of Allen and O’Hara, announced that plans have been finalized for a six-story motor inn which will have 110 double rooms and 15 single units. The 125 deluxe rooms will feature luxurious king-size beds, individual heating and air conditioning controls and furnishings and decor coordinated to enhance the pleasure of the guests. The ground floor of the Holiday Inn will be devoted to public areas, including a gracious dining room which will seat 130 people and offer a menus to please the most discriminating patron. Adjacent will be a cocktail lounge designed to seat 65 persons in a seating ideal for relaxation and conversation, Allen said. 

25 YEARS AGO: Another busy weekend at the Civic Center means good news for local motels and retailers. This weekend (March 12 and 13), the M&M Youth Hockey Association will host its fifth tournament of the winter. This time, it’s Bantam (ages 13-14) players. During the course of the season, hockey players of all shapes and sizes, from all across Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula and southern Ontario, Canada, have played in the Twin Cities. That means their families come as well, and the net result is money for local business during a slow-time of the year. Several years ago, when the River Cities Recreation Task Force was promoting the Civic Center dome project, members of the hockey association surveyed out-of-town hockey families. Conservatively, each visiting family spends $200 to $250 per weekend during a tourney, the survey showed. The money is spent at motels, restaurants, stores and gas stations throughout the Tri-Cities. 

FIVE YEARS AGO: A request by the city of Menominee to have the Waterfront Festival Committee list liability insurance as an expense on the festival budget was met with resistance Wednesday. The Judicial and Legislative/Personnel and Labor Committee requested festival organizer Nancy Douglas to include the $7,500 expense as a line item on its budget rather than paid directly by the city. The matter was first brought up by City Manager Ted Andrzejewski. “Shouldn’t that be an expense of the festival, not for the city?” He asked. “It looks like the city is supplying police protection, DPW workers, shouldn’t that be an expense of the festival?” Committee Member Bill Plemel said it was his understanding that it was a festival expense years ago but that it recently changed under former City Manager Michael Cramer, saying it was less expensive to do it that way. “It may be cheaper, but the city’s then taking on another expense,” said Andrzejewski. Plemel then interjected, “The festival is an expense of the city,” he said. “It brings in thousands and thousands of people.”