News Tribune, May 21, 1980

  • Another 250 workers at Erie Mining Co.'s Hoyt Lakes taconite processing plant are being laid off in mid-June because of the slumping demand for iron and steel. The company, which laid off 89 workers earlier this month, is producing at half of its normal levels.
  • The St. Louis County Board yesterday voted to give the city of Duluth most of the tax-forfeit land it needs to build the Western Waterfront Trail. The proposed trail would run along the St. Louis River from near the Duluth Zoo to Fond du Lac.

News Tribune, May 21, 2000

  • The Minnesota Legislature wrapped up a long, contentious session this week. Northeastern Minnesota lawmakers said the session was mainly successful, citing funding for new buildings at UMD and for a safe harbor at McQuade Road.
  • Harlin Quist, a Virginia native who returned to the Northland in the 1980s and worked to revive Duluth's Norshor Theater, died May 13 in Minneapolis. Quist established a nonprofit corporation, Theater in the State, to rehabilitate the Norshor and reopen it.

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