Bygones: NASA director comes to Duluth for reunion

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News Tribune, July 19, 1981

  • A threatened government workers' strike could affect this year's Minnesota Ethnic Days Festival in Chisholm. About two-thirds of the Iron Range Interpretative Center's employees belong to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union, which could go on strike tomorrow.
  • Robert Gilruth will be returning to Duluth this week to join his high school classmates at the 50th reunion of Duluth Central's class of 1931. As director of NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center, Gilruth conducted the Apollo 11 mission that first landed men on the moon.

News Tribune, July 19, 1921

  • Two American women's swimming records were broken at the Duluth Boat Club last night by 17-year-old Margaret Woodbridge of Detroit. Miss Woodbridge's feat cut 13 seconds off the American record for 1,000 yards and beat the American record for the mile by one second.
  • The Northern Navigation Company of Duluth is offering a seven-day cruise on lakes Superior and Huron this summer on three ships — the Noronic, the Hamonic, and the Huronic. The round-trip fare, including meals and a berth, is $69.75.

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