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May 16, 1914 – Considerable interest has been aroused in medical circles in Germany by a man who can swallow small animals and return them alive.

The doctors supposed that performances of this characters, which are frequently given at county fairs, were tricks by which the eye of the onlooker was in one way or another deceived. In this case, however, a medical practitioner of the highest standing reports that the animals were undoubtedly taken into the stomach.

May 17, 1974 Celebrating the Pilot's 40th Year – The 17th annual Little Norway Festival is under way, with perhaps the biggest ever crowd of visitors on hand.

The colorful three-day attraction includes a full agenda of music, food, extravaganzas, dancing, pageantry, contests and shows. Main Street will be closed off downtown and lined with concession booths.

Leadoff event is new this year. At 1pm today visitors and Petersburg residents will board buses for a tour of the Crystal Lake (Blind Slough) Fish Hatchery-- little more than a year in operation.

May 17, 1984 – A longtime resident of Petersburg came to Washington last week at the invitation of Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, to learn about the special concerns of aging.

Wilmer Oines, 66, was one of hundreds of senior citizens from across the country who spent last week as an intern in a congressional office. Oines' wife, Sylvia, accompanied him on the trip.

The annual senior internship gives participants a first-hand look at how the federal government deals with the unique needs of the elderly. The interns then return to their communities to share what they have learnedwith other senior citizens.

May 20, 2004 – Governor Murkowski and wife Nancy touched down in Little Norway this weekend, attending the 50th anniversary celebration of the buoy tender Elderberry, as well as various parties and events.

Murkowski spoke of his own experience in the Coast Guard and pinned awards on several crew members of both the Elderberry and the cutter Anacapa.

Afterward, he spoke briefly to the press about this year's just-finished legislative



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