FOR ANY OF YOU THAT HAVE TRAVELED THE PICTURED ROCKS NATIONAL LAKESHORE DRIVE, YOU WILL BE PLEASED WITH THE FOLLOWING INFO. For those of you who have never taken the drive, YOU HAVE MISSED OUT! The sights to see along the drive are breath-taking...the drive itself though has always been, shall we say, like being in a lumberwagon going across corderoy??
10/17/2006, 4:10 p.m. ET
The Associated Press
FOLLOW THE NEWLY PAVED ROAD!
GRAND MARAIS, Mich. (AP) — Tourism and local economic development will be the winners once the long-sought paving of Alger County Highway 58 is completed, officials say.
"It's going to be a tremendous, tremendous economic boon," Tom Baldini, aide to U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Menominee, said Monday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The 40-mile road between Munising and Grand Marais provides the kind of access to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore that local leaders have sought since the lakeshore was established in 1966
The ceremony marked the opening of a newly rebuilt and paved 3.8-mile section. The remaining 17 miles is scheduled for paving and upgrading by 2008.
Doug Miron, chairman of the county road commission, said the paving will cut maintenance costs, which have reached up to $40,000 annually for gravel one part of the highway.
"It's going to save us a lot of money and it isn't costing us any money," Miron said.
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER
MENOMINEE, Mich. (AP) — Fifty-five years after being injured in the Korean War, local resident Joe La Pointe is getting his Purple Heart.
"They just overlooked it, but it's on my records," La Pointe told the EagleHerald for a Tuesday story.
A modest ceremony is planned this week at the Menominee County Courthouse.
Ken Marks, the county's veterans service officer who helped with paperwork to obtain the medal, will pin it on La Pointe.
La Pointe also has received the Combat Infantry Badge, the Korean Citation and a pair of Bronze Battle Stars.
He was hit by mortar Oct. 3, 1951, near Yonchon, North Korea. He'd severely injured his back in a fall shortly before being hit.
"When I fell, they found out that I had pulled a bone that goes from your hip to the spine and it let go," he said. "There was not a thing they could do."
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