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Bygones for Oct. 13, 2017

Oct. 13, 1977

Duluth is one of 22 finalists in the 29th annual National Municipal League's All-American City award, it was announced yesterday in New York City. There were 470 cities nominated throughout the U.S., and Duluth and Mankato are the only Minnesota cities remaining in contention.

Pioneer Superior hardware merchant Morris Berger died yesterday in a Superior hospital at the age of 109. Born in Russia, Berger moved to Superior in 1915 and founded the Berger Hardware Store, which he was active with until May 1 of this year.

Oct. 13, 1997

Hermantown High School teacher Neil Witikko yesterday was named the 1997 Minnesota Teacher of the Year by the Minnesota Education Association. Witikko has been at Hermantown since 1986, teaching German, advanced placement English, and television production, and has coached track for four years.

While many Northlanders say they'd like the Twins to stay in Minnesota, most say they don't support public funding for a new ballpark. Twins owner Carl Pohlad has threatened to sell the franchise if legislators don't agree on a funding package by Nov. 30.

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