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Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 06:58 am:

In the course of preparing "Day in History" on one of the slides I happened to notice the Stock Certificate for Quincy Mining Company was actually signed on this day in 1897:

By Helen in the U. P.! (Lahelo) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 06:59 am:

Good Morning!
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By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 07:26 am:

I noticed that one of Ashley's photos was featured in today's
"Decade of the Pasty Cam." Reading the "Mining Gazette" online
last evening, I saw the obituary for her father. What a sad day this
will be for their family. It sounds as if he was the kind of person
we would be sorry not to have known. Sincere Condolences.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 07:37 am:

Good Morning, Everyone! You know that Spring is springing, when you keep hearing a loud noise outside, something sounds like it is attacking the downspout. Even before you look, you know it is probably a bird building its nest. It is so loud that I figured it had to be a big bird, like a blue jay, a crow, or something. I had told my husband that if it was one of those, to please scare it away before it laid its egg, so it had time to build a nest somewhere else. But, it is a robin! And, I love robins, the harbingers of spring, so they can stay there, even if they have startled me a lot in the last several days. They are really hard workers, off and on from early morning to late in the evening. I hope their nest is done, soon, though! :-)

Happy Monday!

By Eugene Zuverink (Zube) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 08:13 am:

One of the radio stations in the Grand Rapids Mi. area said that the Keweenaw still has 22 inches of snow on the ground, anyone UP there,is that true? That was this mornings report.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 08:14 am:

Good morning! I hope everybody has a fine day. The sun is shining and it's supposed to be in the 70's today.

My heart goes out to Ashley, Judy and the rest of Dan's family. I knew Judy in my younger years but it's been a really long time. Anyway, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 08:15 am:

Good morning!!

This just came in from AP News a few minutes ago:

Strong aftershock reported in Illinois

The U.S. Geological Survey says it has recorded one of the strongest aftershock so far from Friday's Illinois earthquake. Geologists say the temblor just before 12:40 a.m. Monday registered at 4.5 magnitude at its epicenter about 5 miles northwest of Mount Carmel. The location is in the same area as Friday's early-morning 5.2-magnitude earthquake, which was followed by a 4.5 magnitude aftershock about 5 1/2 hours later. The Monday morning aftershock was at least the 15th since Friday's quake.

It would appear that it was a pretty major fault with a lot of stored energy that ruptured Friday to cause this many aftershocks. I was just reading some of the scientific data about these quakes and while the Friday quake was classified as moderate by the USGS, of much greater concern is the potential for the adjacent New Madrid seismic zone to generate severe earthquakes. The discussion also focused on how Friday's quake may impact movements along New Madrid in the future.

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 08:27 am:

Thanks for that info, Capt. Paul, I think that explains why I woke up about that time. I didn't consciously feel anything but was a bit dizzy when I turned over in bed. Eerie!

By Mr. Bill (Mrbill) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 09:48 am:

Spring IS in the air; three deer just swam across the Lac La Belle channel, shook off, and continued sprinting up the beach.

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 10:01 am:

Spring is in the air here in Eastern Ia. as well. Skunks are not making it across the roadways alive and a local radio station is playing the 1973 classic, "Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road" daily.

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 10:28 am:

I have noticed many dead skunks here in the Copper Country too. Much more pleasant sign of spring were some bulbs coming through in a neighbors flower bead I noticed walking yesterday. My son was more interested in the emerging piles of dog poop, which I would classify with the skunks.

By Doug (Greenhermit) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 10:48 am:

The photograph entitled "Big Iron River (1926)" in today's Decade was taken at what used to be the Greenwood Lumber Company's Camp 6. The people in the photo are standing on rocks hidden under the rushing water of Greenwood Falls in today's Cam Notes. In 1931 C. H. Worcester, president of the Greenwood Lumber Co., donated Camp 6 to Carp Lake Township and it was used as a scoutng and Bible camp into the 40's. The picture was probably taken at some activity during this time - not in 1926 when the logging camp was still in operation. In the 1950's the township dump was located adjacent to the falls and provided tourists and locals alike with bear watching opportunities. Several silver mines were openned up along the Iron River in this vicinity during the 1870's.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 12:05 pm:

I just heard on the news that there is a big oil leak on a ship in Marquette, and that the lower harbor is now closed, for protection & cleanup?

Has anyone else heard anything about it?

By Theresa R. Brunk (Trb0013) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 12:57 pm:

That song was 'Dead Brunk in the Middle of the Road' or am I not hearing the song right? :P

By Dunerat (Dunerat) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 01:52 pm:

Here's Art Pickering's report on the incident in Marquette harbor, as reported on

April 21st: *******Breaking News*********

Rumor has it round Marquette that a ore vessel has struck a rock in Marquette's
lower harbor and fuel oil is now leaking badly from the vessels. According to
comments provided to me just before lunch today, the ore vessel Pathfinder had
just completed unloading operations this morning at the Shiras dock in the
lower harbor and had departed around 6:30 a.m. for the short trip to the ore
dock in the upper harbor. As she rounded the end of the breakwall in the lower
harbor, she struck a rock which damaged the vessel and creating the spill. At
the time of this report the vessel is just off the south harbor breakwall and
Coast Guard officials can be seen investigating the scene. No other details
are available at this time.

By The (Zman) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 02:41 pm:

Here's what Channel 6 news says about the spill

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 03:21 pm:

Thank you for the update, Dunerat & Zman! The WLUCTV6 report is updated from what I last saw. I would guess that it would be easier if the leak was in a tug than if it were from an ore carrier. I really hope the winds stay low, so the leak doesn't spread and that it can be contained and cleaned up quickly. I will be interested in hearing updates.

While that picture on WLUC is not all that clear, at least to me, it does look like the carrier is the one leaking the oil? Hopefully, the Coast Guard will call in whatever assets it needs to help out. :-)

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 03:37 pm:

Me confused. Last week we heard this:


By RCW (Rcw) on Monday, April 14, 2008 - 09:43 am:

… No tug service in MQT

Now WLUC-TV6 says:


"Tug boat leaking oil into Superior"


(I have no reason to doubt what RCW said, but this sure is some contradictory information.
Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 03:39 pm:

Oh no Theresa, that was a nic-name for you huh? Well, I had one too, my maiden name was Johnson, so I was called Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder. If it was only true, I would not have to work for income!

By RCW (Rcw) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 03:55 pm:

FR Nash We have no tug boat service (ASSISTING LARGE STEAMERS ETC) in the Houghton area either, but numerous one's do venture thru. I suppose thats the case in MQT

By Daveofmohawk (Daveofmohawk) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 06:04 pm:

Zube: I would say that 22 inches in the wooded areas is accurate.

By Daveofmohawk (Daveofmohawk) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 06:09 pm:

Spill update: it was a tugboat that hit bottom and spilled about 30 gallons; they are making mountains out of molehills.

By Bob Jewell, Farmington Hills (Rjewell) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 07:26 pm:

The Pathfinder is a converted freighter with its engines removed. The tug Dorthy Ann is custom fitted into her stern and pushes her around the lakes. Dorthy Ann can be removed and used for other purposes.

By Eugene Zuverink (Zube) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 08:06 pm:

Thanks alot Dave, It will be in the woods until June if thats the case.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 - 08:50 am:

Daveofmohawk - thanks for the update. That sounds about par for the course, that they would make mountains out of a molehill on something like that. I am curious, though, as to why they tug would hit the bottom, when the lake levels are up? Did it hit a previously buried or uncharted boulder, or how could the tug hit bottom (but not the freighter)? Thank you for your info!

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 - 11:31 am:

Bob Jewell, Farmington Hills (Rjewell):

Bob, thanks for the info on the Pathfinder and the Dorthy Ann. Quaint combo, eh?

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