Bygones: In 1981, vandals used a bulldozer at a Duluth elementary school

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

News Tribune, Dec. 14, 1981

  • Duluth police are looking for two people who used a nine-ton bulldozer to damage two walls and a concrete warming shack at Birchwood Elementary School this weekend. Damage to the buildings and grounds is estimated at between $10,000 and $20,000.
  • Pat Kelly takes over today in the news anchor spot at KDLH-TV, Channel 3. Kelly, the station's former weathercaster, replaces Bob Ormseth, who left the station last week to take a reporter-anchor job at an NBC affiliate in Little Rock, Arkansas.

News Tribune, Dec. 14, 1921

  • The Minnesota Highway Department has determined that the planned road from Duluth to Port Arthur will follow the lakeshore whenever possible, Duluth Commercial Club officials announced yesterday. There had been some support for changing this course so it would run through more towns along the route.
  • A volley of bullets from Duluth police at midnight last night resulted in the capture of three alleged holdup men and their car loaded with 40 gallons of moonshine whiskey. The men had reportedly stolen three rifles from a Carlton County farm.

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