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Pres. JFK visit to Apostle Islands celebrated


APOSTLE ISLANDS, WI (WTAQ) - Fifty years ago Tuesday, former President John F. Kennedy flew over the Apostle Islands and the Bad River, and then spoke in Ashland about the need to conserve pristine areas. 

The anniversary of that occasion will be celebrated in Ashland on Tuesday.  

Tia Nelson, daughter of the late U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, will speak at a ceremony along with retired Congressman David Obey. 

Kennedy said the conserving of pristine lands was a plus for boosting both the economy and recreation opportunities. 

Rick Arnold of Superior tells the Duluth News-Tribune that over 12,000 people attended Kennedy's speech -- far more than Ashland's population.  

JFK also visited Duluth the same day, less than two months before he was assassinated in Dallas. 

Nelson and Obey worked together to make the Apostle Islands part of the National Park System.  That happened in 1970, seven years after Kennedy's visit.