Dec. 29, 1977

Roth's, Superior's oldest and largest department store, will close its doors next month, the firm's president announced yesterday. Theodore R. Smith, president of the 88-year-old firm since 1962, said the closing is due in part to the rise of shopping malls and merchandising centers.

The last wall of the old Northern Drug Co. building on Commerce Street in Duluth was knocked down yesterday. The 72-year-old, seven-story warehouse and office building was in the Gateway Urban Renewal District and was replaced by a facility at the Airpark.

Dec. 29, 1997

More than 50 environmental activists held a rally yesterday afternoon at the Little Alfie logging site in the Superior National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service has issued its final order that red pines on the site can be cut without damaging the forest's ecosystem.

A Meadowlands man was injured yesterday when his car was hit by a DM&IR train on County Road 52 about five miles west of Cotton. The railroad crossing is not barricaded by stop arms but was recently marked with railroad crossing signs.

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