Local unemployment numbers went up in December and are predicted to go even higher in January.
But those numbers alone may not accurately reflect the problems plaguing the Grand Lake area. Not represented in unemployment statistics are those people whose salaries were cut, hours reduced and benefits taken away. [More]
Rockford resident Hoolie Custer, 94, first heard about the coming Great Depression in 1929 from a buddy who walked up to town from the St. Marys River with a dead muskrat in one hand and a hand axe in the other.
"He asked if I'd learned yet that the stock market crashed. I hadn't, but I sure learned a lot before the Depression was over," says Custer, who was then 15 years old and already a scrappy guy nicknamed Hooligan by his River Rat buddies. [More]