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Bygones: In 1982, Minnesota's budget plan was bad news for Duluth

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News Tribune, Jan. 15, 1982

  • Legislation designed to keep Minnesota's state budget in the black is expected to hurt city and county budgets in the next two years. Duluth Mayor John Fedo estimates the bill that takes effect July 1 will cut about $1.67 million from the city's 1982 budget.
  • Western Lake Superior Sanitary District officials met with about 100 Solway Township residents last night to discuss two possible landfill sites that would replace the Rice Lake Road landfill. Most residents at the meeting expressed opposition to both of the proposed sites.

News Tribune, Jan. 15, 1922

  • The total births recorded in Duluth during 1921 were 2,428, according to a city Health Department report released yesterday. After subtracting the number of deaths during the year, the births increased the city's total population by 1,428.
  • The Rotary Club Band of Superior will present its first concert today at 3 p.m. in the Palace Theater. H.A. George will conduct the band, and Miss Thelma Larson will perform two vocal solos accompanied by Miss Miriam Smith.
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