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Bygones for Feb. 16, 2019

A Superior Police Officer walks along the side of a fabricated home that blew off its trailer as the truck that was pulling it was driving across the Bong Bridge. High winds lifted the trailer up and tipped the home onto the dividing median of the bridge. (1999 file / News Tribune)

Feb. 16, 1979

The Chisholm Memorial Hospital couldn't make its payroll this week until the Chisholm City Council voted to lend the hospital up to $40,000. The 50-bed hospital's financial plight stems from a loss of patients to hospitals in Hibbing and Virginia.

The Proctor City Council has given the town's municipal bar a year in which to increase revenue or be closed. The bar sells about as much liquor as ever, but overhead--chiefly salaries--and insurance have cut into revenue.

Feb. 16, 1999

Just hours after he re-entered the race, Dr. Anthony Baraga was named Northeastern Minnesota's representative on the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. The Hibbing radiologist had dropped out of the race earlier because of a family situation.

State Department of Health inspectors conducted their annual unannounced survey of Nopeming Nursing Home last week and apparently found no serious violations. Administrator Deb Kempi said there were no major issues raised by the inspectors and no repeat concerns from last year.

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