Bygones for May 25, 2020

Workers leave the LTV plant in Hoyt Lakes at the 2:30 shift change in May 2000. (File / News Tribune)

News Tribune, May 25, 1980

  • After a layoff of more than two months, about 1,200 Reserve Mining Co. employees from Silver Bay and Babbitt may begin returning to work this week. Reserve plans to initiate partial operations if the company's new on-land tailings disposal system works properly.
  • The unemployment rate in Northeastern Minnesota was 9.8 percent in March, up more than two percentage points from March 1979, according to the Minnesota Department of Economic Security. Unemployment in the region is highest in the fields of mining, construction, and manufacturing.

News Tribune, May 25, 2000

  • Officials of LTV Steel announced yesterday that the company will permanently close its Hoyt Lakes taconite plant. The plant will be closed in July 2001, eliminating 1,400 jobs that pay an average of $65,000 a year, including benefits.
  • The Duluth Transit Authority Board voted yesterday to discontinue the DTA's Lakeside/UMD/Miller Hill Mall route as of June 10. At the board meeting, DTA officials reported a daily average of 60 riders on the route, which started in the late 1970s.

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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