The News Tribune attic contains files of photos and clippings from two visits John F. Kennedy made to Duluth – once as a presidential candidate in September 1960, and again as president in September 1963, two months before he was assassinated. Here is a photo from the second visit (caption below):
President John F. Kennedy shakes hands with Clarence Maddy, assistant to the mayor, on Superior Street in front of the Hotel Duluth in September 1963. (Karl Jaros / News Tribune)
And here are images of portions of the News Tribune’s stories covering that visit, which included a speech at UMD:
On the edge of some of the news clippings – but not saved in its entirety – is a story about Mr. Magoo, a mongoose at the Duluth Zoo, who was "granted a reprieve from execution" by Kennedy’s Interior Secretary, Stewart Udall. Apparently Udall, who was traveling with Kennedy, asked how the mongoose was doing. I’ll see if I can dig up the full story on another trip upstairs.