Bygones for Oct. 17, 2019

Ramsey Street home owners (from left to right) Judy Suzick, Adele Jernberg, Leah Overlie and Rudy and Chris Anderson pose outside their condemned town houses at the corner of Ramsey Street and 53rd Avenue West. (1999 file / News Tribune)

News Tribune, Oct. 17, 1979

  • Standard Machine and Equipment Co. won't be reopening U.S. Steel's Duluth coke plant because financing for the takeover cannot be arranged. The plant closed in May and needs from $15 to $20 million in pollution-control equipment, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
  • The Duluth School Board's approval yesterday of three desegregation options moved the district closer to meeting a state order to desegregate three elementary schools. But more work and public hearings will be necessary before a plan can be implemented.

News Tribune, Oct. 17, 1999

  • With the construction of the new Great Lakes Aquarium at Lake Superior Center and uncertainty over the configuration of Bayfront Festival Park, the area is in flux. Duluth's next mayor likely will play a large role in determining the direction of the development.
  • Residents of a century-old row house at 53rd Avenue West and Ramsey Street in West Duluth feel that they are being driven from their homes. The Spirit Valley Citizens Neighborhood Development Association hopes to replace the row house with a townhouse development called "Ramsey Village."

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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