May 11, 1979

Nearly three inches of rain fell in the Duluth area in a 24-hour period ending last night. The downpour flooded at least 155 basements in Duluth and temporarily turned some roads into rivers, the city Public Works Department reported.

The Minnesota Legislature has extended for 18 months the special one-percent Duluth sales tax that supports Spirit Mountain. The tax, which applies to food sold in restaurants and liquor sold in bars, has been extended to Dec. 31, 1980.

May 11, 1999

The Duluth City Council last night passed a resolution authorizing the issuance of $6.85 million in general obligation bonds. Most of the money will help finance the 1999 street improvement program, with a small portion dedicated to the purchase of new DTA buses.

Bob Nielson, Wisconsin-Eau Claire's head coach, yesterday was named UMD's fourth football coach, the first since Jim Malosky was hired April 19, 1958. Malosky officially retired in February and had sat out the 1998 season following a stroke.

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