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Bygones for Feb. 12, 2018

EVTAC Mine employees leave work at a shift change at 2:45 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. EVTAC officials announced a worker layoff to employees yesterday. (file / News Tribune)

Feb. 12, 1979

The first of 45 new buses purchased by the DTA will be displayed at a ceremony tomorrow morning in front of the Normandy Inn. The new buses, which can be lowered to facilitate boarding, will replace buses dating back to the 1950s.

A motion to dismiss former Duluth City Councilor Thomas Agnew's libel suit against Councilor Elnora Johnson and local news media will be argued in court next week. Agnew is asking for $11 million in damages, charging that his reputation has been harmed.

Feb. 12, 1999

At least 100 EVTAC Mining Co. employees are expected to be laid off by late May, and the struggling company will cut its taconite pellet production by up to 18 percent this year. EVTAC officials blame the crisis on a flood of foreign steel imports.

Some Minnesota legislators made discouraging remarks yesterday about Duluth's request for a $1.7 million state contribution toward the Duluth Technology Village. Local advocates of the proposed software business center said they hope to overcome lawmakers' skepticism in coming months.

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