Bygones: 20 years ago, Moose Lake observed 'Katie's Day'

News Tribune, June 11, 1980

  • The tourist industry near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota is in a state of stagnation, according to a study released this week. Area resorts had an average occupancy rate of only 63% in 1979.
  • A Wisconsin structural steel expert is expected to arrive in Superior this morning to investigate complaints about construction on the new Arrowhead Bridge. A welder on the project has alleged that welds on steel pilings were done improperly and will not carry the necessary weight.

News Tribune, June 11, 2000

  • Groups for and against the proposed smoking ordinance will be in attendance at tomorrow night's Duluth City Council meeting. Councilor Greg Gilbert, a co-sponsor of the ordinance, said there has been more discussion about this issue than on any he can remember.
  • Moose Lake yesterday observed Katie's Day, a daylong series of events aimed at celebrating Katie Poirier's life and raising money for scholarships named in her honor. It was also a day that brought back bitter memories of her 1999 abduction.

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

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