Bygones: When the feds came for Duluth's bootleggers

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


News Tribune, Jan. 8, 1921

  • Federal revenue agents in Duluth yesterday began invoking the full financial penalties allowed under the Volstead Act. From 50 persons charged with making or selling liquor, the government is seeking to collect an aggregate sum of $100,000 in taxes and penalties.
  • Arthur O'Dea, deputy state fire marshal, said yesterday Duluth is nearing a high degree of fire safety with the removal of many old buildings. Within the past two years, Mr. O'Dea said, the city has demolished 150 buildings that were considered fire hazards.
  • A bill introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives yesterday would allow St. Louis County to establish a home school for boys as part of the county work farm. The school would offer regular academic subjects in addition to horticulture, agriculture, and gardening.
  • Arrangements for the Duluth Automobile Show, to be held in the Armory Feb. 28 to March 5, are now actively underway, with manufacturers from around the country expected to exhibit their newest models. At least 100 different makes of autos will be on the floor.

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