News Tribune, April 7, 1921

  • The Minnesota Legislature yesterday received the first official report on the enormous toll on northern Minnesota of the forest fires of Oct. 12-13, 1918. Total property loss is estimated at over $30 million, and 453 people were burned to death.
  • John Pears of the Minnesota Atomized Fuel Company told an audience of Duluth businessmen yesterday that Duluth could be the center of the U.S. peat industry. Pears predicted that Duluth office buildings would soon be heating with peat taken from St. Louis County bogs.
  • The body of John Defoe of Cloquet, the first Minnesota Native American soldier to be killed in the Great War, will be returned here for burial next Sunday. Pvt. Defoe, who fell in the Argonne battle, will be buried in the cemetery on the Fond du Lac Reservation.
  • Construction of the Second Presbyterian Church on Second Street between 26th and 27th avenues west in Duluth should begin within a month. When completed, it will be the largest church building in the West End.

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