Bygones for April 23, 2020

News Tribune, April 23, 1980

  • More than 2,000 firefighters yesterday battled an 11-mile-long blaze that came within four miles of Spooner, Wisconsin. Firefighters from every community within a 30-mile radius attempted to contain the fire, which had started shortly before noon northwest of Spooner.
  • Convicted murderer Roger Caldwell's request for a new trial was denied yesterday by Duluth District Court Judge Jack J. Litman. Caldwell is serving two consecutive life terms in Stillwater State Prison for killing Duluth heiress Elisabeth Congdon and her night nurse, Velma Pietila.

News Tribune, April 23, 2000

  • After five days of praying and four days of fasting, a group of American Indians ended their stay atop Duluth's Spirit Mountain yesterday afternoon. The group said the pilgrimage to the mountain was in recognition of the area's spiritual significance.
  • A rogue grizzly bear that has attracted attention in Alaska after breaking into the Anchorage Zoo three times might be headed to a new home in Duluth. The aptly named "Trouble" could become the Lake Superior Zoo's newest bear attraction.

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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