Bygones: Duluth Air Base closing draws debate

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

Zach Cole uses a drill to cut a hole to place a lily pad into the rocks outside the Great Lakes Aquarium on June 22, 2001. Cole, working for Anurag Sculpture Studio, installed pieces of a sculpture called "The Language of Stone" created by artist Carla Stetson. The sculpture features, fish, including Lake Trout in the foreground, a turtle, beaver, sturgeon and other bronze pieces set in the boulders outside the doors of the aquarium. (Bob King / News Tribune)

News Tribune, June 23, 1981

  • About 40 people spoke yesterday at a hearing in Duluth City Hall on the closing of the Duluth Air Base. Most argued that the Electromagnetic Compatibility Analysis Center now located in Annapolis, Maryland, should be moved to Duluth to replace the base's current mission.
  • The Duluth City Council voted 5-4 yesterday to take back the pay increase it gave Mayor John Fedo last week. Councilor Elnora Johnson, who proposed the original pay raise, resubmitted the resolution after Fedo said he would give the $2,736 increase to charity.

News Tribune, June 23, 2001

  • Thirty bands will perform this weekend at the 24th annual International Polkafest at the Ironworld Discovery Center in Chisholm. The event will feature 85-year-old Matt Anzelc, International Polka Hall of Fame inductee, who will perform with Biwabik's own polka band, the Slovenian Home Button Box Club.
  • Five-time champion Reed Kolquist will head the field for today's first round of the Reidar Lund Skyline Golf Tournament at Duluth's Enger Park Golf Course. Other contenders include eight-time Lund winner Steve Stojevich and former Lakeview and Nemadji champ Bob Sundby.

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