News Tribune, Sept. 16, 1979

  • Negotiations in the strike of Twin Ports grain millers bogged down this week over testing of grain-loaded rail cars and trucks for fumigants. Use of toxic chemicals as fungicides and pesticides has long been an issue with Duluth-Superior elevator operators and longshoremen.
  • Rep. James Oberstar spoke yesterday at the dedication ceremony for the $7.5 million UMD School of Medicine building. Oberstar said UMD is a pace-setter in the national campaign to produce a 50% increase in the number of primary care physicians during the next decade.

News Tribune, Sept. 16, 1999

  • Ten cases of a rare fungal infection have been confirmed among Mountain Iron residents, according to the state epidemiologist. Dr. Richard Danila and a team of seven health officials are in Mountain Iron this week to learn more about the unusual blastomycosis outbreak.
  • Ethel Hedman was named the 75th inductee into the Duluth Hall of Fame last night at the annual banquet in the Radisson Hotel. Hedman, 85, has been an active volunteer since moving to Duluth from a North Dakota homestead in 1934.

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