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Bygones for May 25, 2017

Duluth's downtown, once a bustling retail center, is developing a different economy. A lot of its most attractive space is now on the skywalk or in back offices, much less visible to the average pedestrian or motorist. (1997 file / News Tribune)

May 25, 1977

A grim picture of budget year 1977-78 was presented to the Duluth School Board yesterday. School administrators told the committee of the whole the district will have about $350,000 less to work with next school year than was originally anticipated.

Bowing to community sentiment, the Lake County Board of Education voted 3-2 yesterday to remove a controversial sex-education textbook from a senior-level course. The board also agreed to remove the book, "Life and Health," from the school library.

May 25, 1997

The Greater Downtown Council and the city of Duluth are holding a "Downtown Economic Summit" this afternoon at the DECC. They want ideas for downtown planning on topics such as skywalk construction, Bayfront Park development, and DECC expansion.

Several city of Duluth Sewer Division workers returned this week from East Grand Forks, where they spent 11 days helping repair flood damage. The contractor handling the flood repairs is paying all costs associated with sending the employees.

Bygones is researched and written by David Ouse, retired reference librarian for the Duluth Public Library. He can be contacted at