Bygones: 40 years ago, Reserve Mining reached settlement to filter contaminants from Lake Superior drinking water

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, Oct. 8, 1981

  • Reserve Mining Co. has reached an out-of-court settlement with Duluth and the state of Minnesota over paying for filtering of Lake Superior drinking water. Reserve will pay $1.1 million toward construction of filtration plants in Duluth, Two Harbors, Beaver Bay and Silver Bay.
  • Hanna Mining Co. yesterday announced its two taconite processing plants on the Iron Range will shut down for six weeks beginning Oct. 18. Continued lack of demand for steel in the U.S. was cited as the reason for the shutdowns.

News Tribune, Oct. 8, 1921

  • Resolutions endorsing building a deep-sea waterway from the gulf of the St. Lawrence to the Great Lakes were adopted yesterday at the Minnesota waterways conference. The action marks the beginning of the final stage of the campaign to build the waterway.
  • A petition signed by 500 East End residents requesting that construction of the Chester Park School be started immediately was presented to the Duluth Board of Education last night. The petition states that the new school is needed to relieve congestion at Endion School.

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