Bygones: 100 years ago, heating plant proposed for downtown Duluth

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

Duluth News Tribune archive / Newsbank

News Tribune, Sept. 14, 1981

  • The 22 air traffic controllers at the Duluth International Airport, on strike since Aug. 3, are still walking picket lines and are hopeful that they will eventually get their jobs back. The controllers were fired a month ago by President Ronald Reagan.
  • The Proctor Education Association has filed a notice of intent to strike after almost six months of negotiations with the School Board. Proctor's 133 teachers could strike if they fail to reach a contract agreement with the board within 10 days.

News Tribune, Sept. 14, 1921

  • Installation of a central heating plant for downtown Duluth buildings has been proposed by a group of Detroit men. The plan calls for construction of huge furnaces near South First Avenue East that would be connected with pipes to downtown buildings.
  • A record of 412 students, 112 of whom are men, are enrolled this term at the Superior State Normal School, and that number is expected to grow to 500 this week. Last year the total enrollment was 361, of which 102 were men.

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