Bygones: Little progress made in Duluth drug crackdown

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


News Tribune, March 16, 1921

  • Duluth, thought to be the center of illegal drug distribution for the entire northwest, has been under observation by U.S. anti-narcotic squads for more than two months. Officers have thus far failed to have much impact on the well-organized trafficking operation.
  • Fred J. Voss, Duluth commissioner of finance and head of the city treasury, died early yesterday morning in his home at 110 S. 14th Ave. E. On Jan. 15, Mr. Voss had completed his 34th year of public service for the city.
  • A large number of U.S. Naval Reserve vessels will be in Duluth this summer. Capt. Guy Eaton, commander of the U.S. Naval Reserve Training Station at Duluth, said yesterday five Naval Reserve ships and several submarine chasers will visit in July.
  • A bill creating a state colonization commission to foster settlement in northern Minnesota was passed by the Minnesota House yesterday. The commission, to be chaired by the governor, would encourage proper efforts of land settlement in the area.

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