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Bygones for July 12, 2018

July 12, 1978

Marjorie Congdon Caldwell was freed on a $100,000 bail yesterday after being charged with conspiracy in the murder of her mother, heiress Elisabeth Congdon. After her release, she returned to her Twin Cities home to await a July 20 arraignment in Duluth.

Angry Cook County residents plan to block the entrance to the U.S. Forest Service office in Grand Marais tomorrow to protest proposed designation of more than 50,000 acres in the county as wilderness. Organizers expect several hundred persons to participate.

July 12, 1998

Work begins this week on a nearly $6 million medical and professional office building at 14th Avenue East and London Road in Duluth. The Lakewalk Center will be a two-story, 42,000-square-foot building on the former Duluth Dodge Oldsmobile site.

At least six public and private tenants have committed to renting space in the Duluth Technology Village, which is being planned for the Old Downtown. And developers say another major company is poised to announce later this summer its intentions to locate there.

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