Bygones: When Duluth was America's first city to raise funds for Jewish refugees

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, Nov. 30, 1981

The $1.2 million radiation therapy center at Miller-Dwan Hospital and Medical Center in Duluth opened Oct. 5. About 45 patients a day have been coming to the center to be treated on the Theratron 60 — a device that focuses cobalt radiation on a tumor.

Lurline Baker-Kent, Duluth's 1981 Woman of the Year, will leave the city in January to become the executive director of the YWCA in St. Paul. Baker-Kent is now director of the Women's Community Service Restitution Program at Arrowhead Regional Corrections.

News Tribune, Nov. 30, 1921

Two armed masked men early last night held up John McLeod in his grocery store at 928 E. Sixth St. in Duluth and escaped with $125. McLeod followed the bandits' car in his own automobile to Cascade Park, where he lost their trail.


The eyes of the nation are watching the progress of Duluth's American Jewish Relief drive. Duluth is the first city in America to open the drive to raise $14 million nationally for the relief of suffering refugees in Eastern and Central Europe.

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