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Negaunee, Michigan (U.S.)

Marquette County

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Reported in the Mining Journal (27 March 2006):

"Each of the more than 60 seventh and eighth graders in Pam Jacobson's art class are using their artistic abilities to create a design concept that the Negaunee City Council may select to use on its future city flag. The council in February created an ad hoc flag committee - chaired by Councilman Kimme Peterson and also comprised of councilmen Jim Thomas and Jim Wickstrom - to come up with a flag design to bring back to the council. Negaunee currently does not have a city flag, which will be used at various parades and ceremonies.
The ad hoc committee, which could select one design or incorporate several of the students' renderings to come up with an official flag design - gave the students guidelines to follow while creating their designs. The flag designs must include Negaunee's city seal in the center, which includes an illustration of a pine tree stump that symbolizes when iron ore was first discovered in 1844 in the roots of the tree near what became the Jackson Mine. The flag must also include Negaunee's school colors of maize and blue. The students have also been directed to include what they believe makes Negaunee important.
Depending on how soon the committee receives the students' ideas, Peterson said the committee hopes to review the students' renderings and come up with design options to present to the city council within the next few months."
Ivan Sache, 29 March 2006

Quoting Ken Wyatt, "The Jackson Citizen Patriot", 14 May 2009:
"Dan Wymer, township clerk, proposed a possible centerpiece for a township flag during a discussion at Tuesday's township board meeting. It was a rippled toroid. Wymer nearly strained his rippling deltoids hefting a rippled toroid up for board members to inspect. "We used to think they had something to do with dinosaurs," he said. But they are actually geologic formations found in Napoleon quarries and described in a 1963 Journal of Sedimentary Research article. Wymer distributed a page from the book, "Geology of Michigan," featuring photos of a rippled toroid from Napoleon and a plaster facsimile created in a laboratory. Geologists believe the rippled toroid is a sand filling of a small depression created by vortex currents. The township has four specimens for display, contributed by Jude's Quarry on Austin Road.", with a colour photo of the rippled toroid".

The quoted article is:
Dorr JA, Kauffman EG. 1963. Rippled toroids from the Napoleon Sandstone Member (Mississippian) of southern Michigan. Journal of Sedimentary Research 33, 751-758.
Abstract: Toroidal, radially ripple marked sedimentary structures in the Early Mississippian Napoleon Sandstone of southern Michigan are herein named rippled toroids. These objects are considered to be sand fillings (casts) of small depressions formed in unconsolidated, inner sublittoral marine sands. The field occurrence of rippled toroids, observation of similar structures in Recent sediments, and experimental evidence support the conclusion that the original toroidal depressions were produced by vortex currents, probably along the margins of rip currents or at the intersection of opposed longshore currents.

Ivan Sache, 14 May 2009