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Bygones for April 3, 2017

April 3 1977 A referendum on Superior voters' ballots this week will ask if they support development on Barker's Island. The project includes a $5 million 350-slip marina to be undertaken by the city and a privately developed $7.2 million, 175-ro...

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Duluth firefighters work to contain a gas spill behind the Floor to Ceiling store near the Miller Hill Mall. A delivery truck ruptured its gas tank and the contents flowed into a small creek that empties into the Miller Creek. (file / News Tribune)

April 3 1977

A referendum on Superior voters' ballots this week will ask if they support development on Barker's Island. The project includes a $5 million 350-slip marina to be undertaken by the city and a privately developed $7.2 million, 175-room hotel and convention center.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials said yesterday they will resume the examination of barrels dumped into Lake Superior 15 years ago. The 1,400 barrels reportedly contain metal used in classified experimental artillery warheads manufactured by the Minneapolis Honeywell Regulator Co.

April 3, 1997

Environmental groups yesterday backed away from a tentative agreement allowing truck portages in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, leaving negotiations apparently dead. The panel's eight-month effort is set to end today in Duluth.

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An estimated 75 gallons of diesel fuel yesterday spilled from a delivery truck into a small creek behind the Duluth Floor to Ceiling Store on Miller Trunk Highway. The spill occurred when the truck's fuel tanks ruptured.

Bygones is researched and written by David Ouse, retired reference librarian from the Duluth Public Library. He can be contacted at djouse49@gmail.com .

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