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The staff of "Walking with Dinosaurs" conducted a "dino check" Friday afternoon to make sure everything was in order before their Twin Ports debut at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center Arena. Here's some inside information about the show, which continues with performances at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. today and at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday: The dinosaurs used in the show cost about $1 million each to construct.
The staff of "Walking With Dinosaurs" conducted a "dino check" this afternoon to make sure everything was in order before tonight's Duluth debut at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center Arena. Here's some inside information about the show, which continues with performances at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday: - The dinosaurs used in the show cost about $1 million each to construct.
Victory Chimes, 1986 There's a story in Thursday's News Tribune about the Victory Chimes, a tall ship that for a few months called Duluth home - before financial and logistical difficulties resulted in the ship being repossessed by the bank, auctioned off and eventually sold to a buyer who moved it out of town (that buyer was Domino's Pizza, but that's another story).
Arena-Auditorium grand opening, 1966 August 5, 1966 In August 1966, Duluth hosted an 11-day mega-celebration combining "Portorama" with the grand opening of the Arena-Auditorium (what we now know, in expanded form, as the DECC). Local, state and national political leaders joined Hollywood stars in town for the festivities - perhaps the biggest assemblage of "big names" ever found in Duluth (if you can come up with other examples to rival this event, please post them in the comments).
Strong to severe thunderstorms rolled across parts of the Northland on Saturday night, bringing hail and high winds and causing some power outages. Duluth and Superior were under a severe thunderstorm warning for a time, though the brunt of that storm was felt to the west of the Twin Ports. The National Weather Service relayed spotter reports of quarter-size hail, trees down and power outages in Cloquet about 10:20 p.m.
Au revoir, St. Jean Baptiste, 1996 May 16, 1996 Peter Grady with Letourneau & Sons Contractors sprays down the dust as a wrecking ball takes down the walls St. Jean Baptiste Church on West Third Street in Duluth in May 1996. (Kathy Strauss / News-Tribune)
Irving Moore Memorial Building 1966 This view of downtown Duluth from 1966 shows Superior Street looking west from Third Avenue West:
Mystery photo Date unknown I found this poignant image of a man surveying a block of abandoned homes in a folder of random, unfiled photos in the archives. It has no date, and no caption information of any kind.
Loverboy comes to town, 1982 February 15, 1982
Duluth's Bowery, 1950s 1950s This undated photo of Superior Street, at the west end of downtown Duluth, is captioned "Old Bowery in Duluth" in the News Tribune files.