Bygones for April 15, 2020

Mary Lou Williams works on some of the songs off of her album during a practice session with Dave Winchester. (2000 file / News Tribune)

News Tribune, April 15, 1980

  • Federal budget cuts have delayed for five or six months the purchase of right-of-way for extension of I-35 in Duluth to 10th Avenue East. John Pawlak, district highway engineer, said yesterday the funding for the purchase won't be available until the fall.
  • The federal food stamp program is running out of money and Congress has not yet approved funding to keep it going. In St. Louis County, about 12,500 recipients could go without food stamps in June if the money isn't approved by May 15.

News Tribune, April 15, 2000

  • Contract negotiations are scheduled to resume next week between United Steelworkers of America Local 1028 and ME International. This time, the talks will include a federal mediator to help the two sides end the dispute that began Aug. 25.
  • Two Harbors will lose its driver exam station this summer because of a lack of use. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety announced this week that it will close the Two Harbors station and 20 other underutilized exam stations on Aug. 1.

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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