Dec. 6, 1978

The sale of Maurices Inc., a Duluth-based apparel chain, to Amcena Corp. of New York was announced yesterday. Joel Labovitz will continue as president of Maurices and construction of a $1 million corporate headquarters in downtown Duluth will continue as planned.

Two Duluth men were arrested yesterday on charges of bookmaking, and law enforcement officials promised more gambling arrests. Duluth police said the two men had booked nearly $450,000 in bets in the past three weeks, primarily on college and professional football games.

Dec. 6, 1998

New holiday decorations in downtown Superior have turned Tower Avenue and Belknap Street into festive thoroughfares. Although some residents complain about the $117,400 spent on 253 lighted decorations and 542 winter and summer banners, most think they were worth it.

Firearms deer hunters in Northeastern Minnesota shot about 60 percent more deer this fall than last year. Figures for the Department of Natural Resources Region II, which includes most of Northeastern Minnesota, showed hunters killed 13,792 bucks, up from 8,687 last year.

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