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A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007


CHASSELL, Mich. (AP) —
A circuit judge has sided with local landowners in a dispute over an abandoned stretch of railroad grade the state wants to use for a trail.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources filed suit last May against Eric Leukuma, Naomi Leukuma, Matte Kiilunen and Mary Kiilunen. The rail grade runs through property they own.

The DNR planned to use the former Marquette, Houghton and Ontonagon Railroad line as a recreational trail. In its suit, the agency asked the court to affirm the state's ownership and order the adjacent property owners to remove fences they placed along the grade.
But Houghton County Circuit Judge Garfield Hood last week rejected the DNR's claim based on an 1883 deed of conveyance and denied the agency's request for an injunction against the landowners.

The ruling means Kiilunens and Leukumas won the first battle over rights to the grade but the case isn't over, said their attorney, Caroline Bridges.

"It just hasn't been determined what it means in the overall case yet but the DNR was attempting to bring the case to an early end," Bridges told The Daily Mining Gazette of Houghton for a Tuesday story. "That could have been either by having the judge decide they owned the property, or by getting this injunction."

The DNR hasn't decided on its next move, said Jim Radabaugh, state trails coordinator.
Information from: The Daily Mining Gazette, http://www.mininggazette.com

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