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Bygones for Jan. 3, 2018

Jan. 3, 1978

Deidre Dodge, Second District Commissioner, has been elected chairperson of the St. Louis County Board, becoming the first woman to hold that position. Dodge, a board member since 1975, was elected chairperson by a 4-3 vote over Commissioner Edwin Hoff.

A firebomb constructed of a five-gallon can filled with oil may have touched off a fire that destroyed the Hermantown General Store early today. Roy Stromgren, the store's owner, said firefighters found the can with a wick in it inside the store.

Jan. 3, 1998

The Fort James Corp. commercial napkin mill in Ashland is among dozens of plants the company is studying for potential downsizing, a spokesman acknowledged yesterday. The mill employs 200 hourly workers earning between $14 and $15 an hour on average.

Bantam hockey players christened Cloquet's new ice hockey arena yesterday, kicking off a 16-team tournament. The Cloquet Area Hockey Association built the arena with donations, state grants, and a $2 million loan from the city of Cloquet.

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