News Tribune, Aug. 13, 1979

  • Rain yesterday afternoon washed out the first annual Bust OPEC Energy Fair at Spirit Mountain. The six-month-old Bust OPEC organization is taking on the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries by encouraging the development of any clean energy sources not dependent on fossil fuels.
  • The Belford House, a historic Oliver, Wisconsin watering hole, was destroyed by fire yesterday morning. The one-story frame structure, built in 1918 to house a saloon, had served through the years as a tavern under a variety of names.

News Tribune, Aug. 13, 1999

  • Campfires have been prohibited in parts of the BWCA, and only cooking on gas and propane stoves will be allowed. The fire ban, brought about because of a large amount of deadfall from the July 4 windstorm, took effect this week.
  • An old three-story storage building on West Michigan Street and 15th Avenue West spontaneously collapsed earlier this week. No one was injured, although some city employees at the Duluth Traffic Operations office at 1532 W. Michigan St. were startled by the implosion.

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