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Bygones for Feb. 14, 2019

Duluth artist Frank Sander places beaver skulls in discarded government-surplus files. This will be only part of Sander's piece to go on display in July at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts. (1999 file / News Tribune)

Feb. 14, 1979

The Duluth School Board yesterday approved a list of capital expenditures that included money to demolish Ensign Elementary School, 1013 Piedmont Ave. Before the school can be closed, though, the board must hold a public hearing and then take a formal vote.

Duluth city planning commissioners said yesterday they dislike plans for a new restaurant and two businesses in the Miller Hill area. Commissioners voted unanimously against the proposed Ground Round Restaurant on Decker Road and the expansion of the Sound America building.

Feb. 14, 1999

A new alternative Duluth newspaper known as the Ripsaw is attacking City Hall and Mayor Gary Doty with its coverage. Last month's first issue accused Doty's administration of wrongdoing in the demolition of some buildings for a parking ramp for the Duluth Technology Village.

It has been 17 months since Duluth's Edison Project schools first opened their doors, and school leaders are feeling comfortable about how far they've come. Enrollment is up and parent and staff satisfaction surveys look promising at the elementary school.

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