March 15, 1979

Acting upon recommendations from its special task force, the Spirit Mountain Authority decided yesterday to close the recreational area for up to 45 days during April and May. The closing will save an estimated $45,000, according to Dale Mattinen, the facility's financial director.

The heavy ice field on Lake Superior caused navigation problems during February with a resulting drop in iron ore shipments. Docks at Two Harbors loaded 198,116 tons during this February compared with 697,626 tons in the same month last year.

March 15, 1999

Three future UMD construction projects will probably create the need for a new campus parking ramp. A women's hockey rink, a new laboratory sciences building, and a new music performance building would eliminate hundreds of current parking spaces.

Superior city councilors this week will start talking about getting laptop computers for themselves, a move that's unlikely to bring the controversy it did in Duluth three years ago. Councilors say laptops would increase efficiency and reduce paper use.

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