May 7, 1979

Three corporations have shown a strong interest in taking over and operating U.S. Steel's coke plant in Morgan Park, according to Duluth Mayor Robert Beaudin. U.S. Steel will close the plant this week due to the high cost of compliance with pollution control standards.

The Minnesota Planning Agency recently estimated Duluth's 1979 population at 94,517. Mayor Robert Beaudin said the U.S. Department of Commerce has estimated the population at 103,000, and he expects the 1980 census count will be close to the 1970 census figure of 100,578.

May 7, 1999

Parents and students yesterday protested the possible elimination of a counselor position at Grant Elementary School in Duluth. A few dozen parents and children gathered outside the school where they held signs, chanted, and delivered letters of support to the school's counselor, Deb Anderson.

Some Duluth city councilors say they want Opus Corp. to bring proposed changes to its planned Central Entrance shopping center back to the council for approval. Opus has made changes to the project's plan that the council had approved in October.

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