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Bygones: Blatnik Bridge opened Dec. 2, 1961

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, Dec. 2, 1981

  • The Duluth School Board yesterday revised its five-year consolidation plan to include a new $7 million elementary magnet school on a site below Central High School. The decision reversed an earlier plan to remodel Washington Junior High to house the magnet school.
  • The John A. Blatnik Bridge between Duluth and Superior is 20 years old today. The bridge opened to traffic in 1961, replacing the Interstate Bridge that carried vehicle and railroad traffic and swung open to let ships in the harbor pass.

News Tribune, Dec. 2, 1921

  • By reducing wages 10-15%, mining companies on the Iron Range may soon reopen a number of mines, giving employment to hundreds of additional men. Even at the reduced pay scale, though, company representatives are doubtful they can operate at a profit.
  • A young man from Duluth has been selected as all-senior president at the University of Minnesota. As president, Skuli Hrutfiord, a 1916 graduate of Duluth Central, will lead the senior prom and march at the head of the Cap and Gown Day parade.

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