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Bygones for Feb. 25, 2019

Norstar Products International Inc. employee Glen Snyder, assembles an 80-foot boom at the companies Seaway Port terminal plant. (1999 file / News Tribune)

Feb. 25, 1979

U.S. Steel's new 1,000-foot iron ore supercarrier Edwin H. Gott lost one of its two giant rudders last week during its maiden voyage from Milwaukee to Two Harbors. The ship is being inspected to determine if it can be moved to Duluth for repairs.

Duluthians will have a chance tomorrow to witness the last total eclipse of the sun in the U.S. during this century, the next one not occurring until 2017. In Minnesota, the eclipse will be about 91 percent visible starting at 10:50 a.m.

Feb. 25, 1999

Tobacco and marijuana use is growing substantially among the Northland's young people, a trend that worries school and health officials who presented their survey results yesterday. Duluth Mayor Gary Doty said families, schools, and the community need to work to combat such trends.

Gov. Jesse Ventura today will name Lake Vermilion resort owner John Swift as commissioner of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board. Swift has said he will push to undo procedures that have given too much power to the regional development agency's board of directors.

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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