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Bygones for June 19, 2017

Customers dine at Old Chicago restaurant on opening day in Canal Park. (1997 file / News Tribune)

June 19, 1977

Taavo Virkhaus, a member of the conducting faculty of the Eastman School of Music, has been named music director and conductor of the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra. Virkhaus succeeds Joseph Hawthorne, who retired this spring after ten years with the orchestra.

Garry Bjorklund, the runner from Twig and Proctor High School who participated in the last Olympics, will run his first marathon this Saturday in the first annual Grandma's Marathon. Scott Keenan, race director, said yesterday about 60 runners have entered the race.

June 19, 1997

Duluth's new Old Chicago restaurant opened yesterday in the Waterfront Plaza, just across the street from gourmet pizza-maker Green Mill. Despite some open seats over the lunch hour, managers said Old Chicago is off to a promising start.

The Duluth School District, along with other districts across the state, may start a new fiscal year July 1 with the level of state funding still undecided. The Legislature will meet in special session next week to take up the K-12 education funding bill.

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