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Bygones for May 3, 2019

Jill Engstad (right) is upset that St. Louis County is preparing to install a plastic flooring in the St. Louis County Fairgrounds in Proctor. The new floor, which is aimed at accomodating the growing hockey needs, may displace the 4H horse group which needs a dirt floor to practice and compete on. Engstad's daughter Jenelle, 10, rides Cherokee, her 5-year-old Pinto Shetland Pony at their Rice Lake Township home. (1999 file / News Tribune)

May 3, 1979

Projected economic benefits and environmental impacts of year-round Great Lakes shipping were questioned yesterday at a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers public hearing in Duluth. The Corps plans to recommend that Congress fund a proposal to extend the shipping season.

Some Duluthians encountered unpleasant-tasting drinking water yesterday when the city filtration plant mixed wash water held in lagoons all winter into the regular water supply. Distribution was halted after a half-dozen complaints, and the water should return to normal today, plant officials said.

May 3, 1999

About 150 high school students and adults held a march and vigil on Duluth's Lakewalk last evening to make a statement against school violence. The group walked from Canal Park to Leif Erickson Park, where a candlelight vigil was held.

The Minnesota Senate takes up a K-12 education funding bill today that's the most generous introduced so far this session. The bill would help ease the need for as much as $1.9 million in budget cuts currently being discussed for Duluth schools.

Bygones is researched and written by David Ouse, retired reference librarian from the Duluth Public Library. He can be contacted at djouse49@gmail.com.