Bygones: Duluth's diaphone foghorn

News Tribune, June 9, 1980

  • A committee is being formed by the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce to recommend cuts to the city administration's budget. Formation of the committee came about because of the city's proposal to raise needed funding by increasing the MP&L franchise fee, which the chamber opposes.
  • The Great Lakes Commission last week passed a resolution supporting the return of the old diaphone foghorn to the Duluth ship canal. Local Coast Guard officials say returning the foghorn would cost $40,000 plus $8,000 to $10,000 in annual maintenance.

News Tribune, June 9, 2000

  • The Duluth City Council next week will consider a new smoking ordinance that is less restrictive than the original proposal. The new ordinance would make exceptions for restaurants that develop smoking rooms with separate ventilation and would allow smoking in bars during late-night hours.
  • United Steelworkers of America Local 1028 and ME International yesterday reached consensus on a return-to-work agreement. The agreement addresses how, when, and roughly how many of the 143 union workers will be recalled to jobs at the Duluth plant.

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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