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Bygones for Dec. 4, 2018

Mable Ridgewell carries a pan of cookies from the oven to the counter to let them cool after cooking them in the kitchen of First United Methodist Church. (1998 file / News Tribune)

Dec. 4, 1978

Duluth police will get wage and fringe benefit improvements averaging 6.6 percent annually under a new two-year contract. The agreement, which pushes salaries up to $1,172 per month for beginning officers, will cost the city an additional $165,000 in 1979.

The manager of the Duluth Holiday Inn is considering legal action against the Spirit Mountain Authority after the authority board voted to cancel a discounted ski-lift ticket deal with the hotel. The deal was negotiated by the ski hill's former director.

Dec. 4, 1998

Eighteen Iron Range residents are filing a suit to block Minnesota's first off-highway vehicle recreation park in Gilbert. The suit seeks a declaratory judgment against the park, alleging that the 1996 law that created the park was unconstitutional.

Duluth architect Thomas Vecchi, who designed many of the city's best-known contemporary buildings, has retired. Vecchi's work includes the convention center and Pioneer Hall at the DECC, UMD's Sport and Health Center, the Benedictine Health Center, and much of the downtown skywalk system.

Bygones is researched and written by David Ouse, retired reference librarian from the Duluth Public Library. He can be contacted at djouse49@gmail.com.

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