May 31, 1979

The Minnesota Municipal Board voted 3-2 yesterday to consolidate Hibbing and Stuntz Township, making it the largest city by land area in the state. The new town, to be called Hibbing, will cover about 187 1/2 square miles and have about 23,000 residents.

Construction began yesterday on a new National Bank of Commerce building at North 12th Street and Tower Avenue in Superior. The new building, expected to be completed next summer, will consist of 23,000 square feet on three levels, with six drive-in lanes.

May 31, 1999

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society will scuttle a 37-foot-long sailboat near Beaver Bay in June. The nonprofit group is sinking the boat to create a new attraction for divers and to gain experience for future restoration projects on Great Lakes shipwrecks.

The Battle of the Jug Bands was held yesterday at the Amazing Grace Bakery and Cafe in Canal Park. Elliot Silberman, leader of De Elliot Brothers jug band of Duluth, organized the contest, which is in its third year at Amazing Grace.

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