Bygones: 100 years ago, Duluth planned to use snow and ice to attract tourists

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

News Tribune, Dec. 17, 1981

  • The U.S. Coast Guard plans to close its group headquarters in Duluth, part of a nationwide cutback forced by a $75 million reduction in the Coast Guard's budget. U.S. Rep. James Oberstar opposes the plan, arguing that it jeopardizes shipping and boating safety.
  • More people in Northeastern Minnesota were unemployed in October than in September, according to the current issue of the Northeastern Minnesota Labor Market Review. The seven-county region's jobless rate jumped to 9.2% in October, spurred mainly by iron mining industry layoffs.

News Tribune, Dec. 17, 1921

  • In the future, Duluth's snow and ice will be capitalized and used as an asset in the tourist trade, Commercial Club officials said yesterday. One possible activity will be international ski tournaments where champions of the world will be determined.
  • The International Concert Direction Company yesterday sent a wire canceling next Monday's appearance of Richard Strauss in Duluth. Strauss was to have been officially welcomed to town by Mayor Snively and then was to appear in concert at the Armory with soprano Elizbeth Schumann.

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