Bygones for April 16, 2020

A drake passes by a backdrop of gulls in Allouez Bay. Mallards are only one of several species of ducks that inhabit the bay. (2000 file / News Tribune)

News Tribune, April 16, 1980

  • An International Joint Commission report released yesterday says lead contamination from car exhaust is building up in fish in the Great Lakes. Commission officials said the U.S. and Canadian governments should hasten conversion to unleaded gasoline and consider stricter pollution controls for car exhaust.
  • Forty-seven teaching jobs may be eliminated from the Duluth school district next year because of a projected enrollment decline of almost 1,000 students. In addition, a school psychologist and several other staff positions may be cut, Superintendent Richard Pearson said yesterday.

News Tribune, April 16, 2000

  • Family-owned logging businesses in the area are facing an uncertain future and are gradually disappearing. They are encountering a variety of obstacles, including intense public scrutiny, the need to own expensive, high-tech machinery, and the lack of competitive employment benefits.
  • Earth Day is this Saturday, and there are numerous related events in the coming week. People can kick off Earth Week and help support local environmental groups by participating in today's Earth Walk 2000 5K on the Duluth Lakewalk.

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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