Bygones for April 4, 2020

Mitchel Kasper (left) and Ian Mooers go over a jump together at Spirit Mountain’s Big Air Terrain Park. (2000 file / News Tribune)

News Tribune, April 4, 1980

  • The city of Duluth is considering hiring consultants to study why the Air Force rejected the city as a location for a space shuttle control station. Air Force officials say the decision had to do with communication links, electromagnetic interference, climate, and security.
  • The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has purchased the abandoned Burlington Northern railroad right of way between Hinckley and Moose Lake for development into a recreational trail. It could become a segment of the Minnesota-Wisconsin Boundary Area Trail.

News Tribune, April 4, 2000

  • The Duluth J.C. Penney store in the Miller Hill Mall will undergo a $1 million remodeling project this spring and summer. The 106,000-square-foot retail space will be reconfigured beginning shortly after Easter and will be completed about Aug. 1, in time for back-to-school shopping.
  • Charter Communications Inc. has launched digital cable service in the Duluth-Superior area. The optional service gives Charter customers access to 116 new channels including 38 new satellite services, 40 new music channels, and 38 pay-per-view channels for an additional $8.95 to $35.85 per month.

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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