March 13, 1979

Residents along 24th Avenue West in Duluth are protesting parts of a plan to widen the avenue and cut down boulevard trees. They want the street fixed but not widened because they fear more trucks and heavy traffic will then use the avenue.

A 28-foot-tall sculpture representing three sailboats has been placed at the entrance to the new Lake Superior Plaza Building, which is nearing completion in downtown Duluth. The sculpture, conceived by Duluth artist Gerald Calenger, has curved steel uprights that support three cloth sails.

March 13, 1999

Great Lakes carriers have resigned themselves to lower Lake Superior water levels and reduced cargo sizes in 1999. Despite above-average precipitation recently, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates that Lake Superior will be six inches below average by May.

EVTAC Mining Co. officials yesterday announced 168 employees will be terminated, reducing the Iron Range taconite plant's workforce by roughly 30 percent. EVTAC has been hurt by a flood of foreign steel imports in 1998 and falling world pellet prices.

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