Bygones for April 2, 2020

Lois Robillard runs with her English setter, Kelsey, near Ely Lake in Fayal Township. (2000 file / News Tribune)

News Tribune, April 2, 1980

  • The Minnesota Senate yesterday approved a bill authorizing Duluth to continue collecting a one-percent tax on restaurant and bar sales to help fund Spirit Mountain and the Duluth Arena. The bill also includes an additional one-percent tax on some hotel/motel services.
  • Refinery workers at the Conoco plant in Wrenshall return to work today after accepting a new contract, ending an 11-week strike. The contract includes pay increases, improvements in health insurance coverage, and the start of a dental insurance program.

News Tribune, April 2, 2000

  • A fire yesterday at the Ashland Soo Line Railroad Depot caused $3 million to $5 million in damage, according to the Ashland Fire Department. The 1887 building housed the Railyard Pub, the Depot restaurant, the South Shore Brewery, and office space.
  • Superior School District officials this week abandoned plans to build a new middle school on 37 acres of wetlands at North 58th Street and Weeks Avenue. The Environmental Protection Agency has objected to the construction because it would destroy several rare plants.

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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