Bygones for April 21, 2020

News Tribune, April 21, 1980

  • Dry conditions in much of Northeastern Minnesota caused scores of fires that scorched thousands of acres over the weekend. In Duluth so far this year, firefighters have been called out on 257 grass fires, while they fought 195 during all of last year.
  • A task force studying the future of the University of Wisconsin-Superior is proposing that the school continue to operate but with a major reduction in faculty and staff. The task force recommends a budget reduction for UWS of $1.7 million over six years.

News Tribune, April 21, 2000

  • Agreement was reached this week on the layout and features of a new plan for Bayfront Festival Park. The result will be a world-class festival park with a permanent stage, walking paths, picnic areas, and docking for recreational boats.
  • Cirrus Design Corp., the Duluth-based manufacturer of general aviation aircraft, has doubled its workforce since last July and is continuing to hire. Currently, the company has about 45 job openings in Duluth, where 371 of its employees are located.

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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