Stone Ridge Shopping Center construction, 1993

May 14, 1993


This is an aerial view of the construction site of the Stone Ridge Shopping Center near the intersection of Trinity Road and Central Entrance/Miller Trunk Highway. (1993 file / News-Tribune)

The above photo shows the location of the Stone Ridge Shopping Center as it was on May 14, 1993, during its construction. The completed building on the left is Shopko. The shopping center also became home to a number of businesses, including Cub Foods, Taco Bell and Barnes & Noble.

The group of trees across Central Entrance eventually was cleared to make room for Home Depot and, years later, the Olive Garden.



Drilling, blasting and digging go on at the site of the Stone Ridge Shopping Center off Central Entrance in Duluth in these March 18, 1993, photos. (File / News-Tribune)



President Kennedy in Duluth, 1963

Sept. 24, 1963


President John F. Kennedy greets admirers during a visit to Duluth in this Sept. 24, 1963, photo. (File / News Tribune)

President John F. Kennedy visited Duluth in September 1963, less than two months before he was assassinated.

Kennedy, who also appeared in the Northland as a presidential candidate in 1960, gave a speech during the Northern Great Lakes Region Conference of Land and People at the University of Minnesota Duluth on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1963. Here’s an excerpt from the full prepared-text address that appeared in the News Tribune in 1963:

"The northern Great Lakes region has the land, the water, the skilled manpower, the resources and the transportation and recreation facilities to make it one of the country’s most prosperous areas. Yet the unemployment rate in this area is roughly twice that of the nation as a whole — which is itself too high. The economy of a region that should be prospering has reflected instead a series of economic setbacks, as mines and mills shut down or curtailed their operation. Year after year, this area has had the short end of every economic indicator."

Sept. 25, 1963


President Kennedy (back to camera) shakes hands with a woman in Duluth (1963 file / Duluth Herald)


Previous JFK-related Attic posts:

Duluth Arena-Auditorium construction, 1963-66


Duluth Arena

Project foreman Buz Beechler (left) and William Colt work on construction of the Duluth Arena-Auditorium. (1964 file / News Tribune)

This week’s groundbreaking of the $57 million DECC expansion may elicit memories of construction of the then-Duluth Arena-Auditorium in the 1960s. Groundbreaking of the Duluth Arena-Auditorium took place on Dec. 20, 1963, and construction neared completion in July 1966 for the August 4-14 grand opening. Construction of Pioneer Hall, an addition to the arena, began in 1975.

Now the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, the DECC has been home to a number of events from Minnesota Duluth men’s and women’s hockey to rock concerts and trade shows for 43 years.

The expected opening date of the new arena is Dec. 31, 2010.

Dec. 20, 1963


The groundbreaking ceremony in 1963 (File / News Tribune)

May 21, 1965


Workers pour cement during construction of the Duluth Arena-Auditorium. (1965 file / News Tribune)

Pennant fever, 1987

Oct. 15, 1987


Bruce Kraushaar (left), a licensed vendor from Connecticut, shows off his wares to Terri Smith of New Duluth as he plys his busy trade near the intersection between Miller Hill Mall and Target. (Steve Stearns / News Tribune)


Oh, 1987. 3 Men and a Baby was a smash hit at the box office, I was 6 years old, and the Minnesota Twins won their first World Series championship, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched the Twins Win season-recap VHS tape over the years. My favorite part is the slow-motion video of Gary Gaetti pouring champagne over Bert Blyleven’s head in an Arlington, Texas, locker room after the Twins clinched the American League West Division while Starship’s "Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now" played for viewers.

The Twins went on to lose the final five games of the regular season before beating the heavily favored Detroit Tigers 4-1 in the best-of-seven game AL championship series and coming back from a 3-games-to-2 deficit against the Cardinals.

Kent Hrbek, the Twins’ first baseman during their two World Series championships in 1987 and 1991, said in his book, "Kent Hrbek’s Tales from the Minnesota Twins Dugout":

"After we beat Texas, we sprayed champagne and beer for the first time as major leaguers. And then we promptly went out and lost the final five games of the regular season, which had people wondering about the importance of momentum in the postseason. The answer: no importance whatsoever. All we proved down the stretch was that it’s tough to play with a hangover."

I know if I try I can find my Twins World Series champions sweatshirt from that magical season.

The News Tribune Attic is closed

Well, I had hoped to keep this site going for a long time to come, but it was not meant to be. As of today, for reasons beyond my control, the Attic is no more.

I’ve cleared the board and posted everything that had been in the holding queue, so you have a few last entries to look through below.

It has been a lot of fun digging through all these old photos and articles, making new discoveries and finding answers to readers’ questions. It really gave me a new appreciation of Duluth, Superior and the rest of the region, and taught me so much about this town where somehow, someway, I hope to find a way to stay. I hope all of you enjoyed reading the site as much I enjoyed creating it.

Take care-

Andrew Krueger



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Mythical Aerial Bridge High School, 1985

April 26, 1985

Class at the Mythical Aerial Bridge High School comes to disorder on April 26, 1985, for (from left) Chamber of Commerce ambassador and mythical band director Rod Spearin, Duluth School Board Chairman David Kruell, school district PR official and mythical principal Len Golen, Duluth Superintendent Richard Pearson and, in the background, 17-month-old Dan Bye, son of Duluth City Councilor Meg Bye. Joey McLeister / News-Tribune

In April 1985, organizers planning the following year’s citywide high school reunion faced a dilemma. How, they wondered, can the event include the sizable number of Duluth residents who didn’t graduate from a local high school?

The answer: Create a new Duluth high school and hand out “diplomas” left and right. And so was born the Mythical Aerial Bridge High School.

Here are excerpts from an April 27, 1985 article recounting the previous day’s dedication of the new school at the Aerial Lift Bridge:


By Linda Hanson, News-Tribune staff writer

Sea gulls swooped and screeched, their shadows blinking over the crowd as the ore carrier William J. Delancey glided under Duluth’s newest high school.

"It’s the finest high school Duluth will never see," said School Board Chairman David Kruell at a dedication ceremony Friday for the Mythical Aerial Bridge High School.

The mythical high school will bridge the gap between those who graduated from a Duluth high school and those who wish they had, said Len Golen of the school district’s public relations department.

Diplomas from the mythical school will enable those who didn’t graduate from a Duluth high school to feel more a part of the citywide high school reunion planned for July 1986. Organizers said the reunion could attract up to 30,000 alumni. …

Dan Bye, 17 months, checks out the Mythical Aerial Bridge High School during its dedication ceremony on April 26, 1985. Dan attended with his mom, Meg Bye, a member of the Duluth City Council. Joey McLeister / News-Tribune


District Superintendent Richard Pearson vowed that the school will be the most cost-efficient in the school district.

“The school colors will be silver and blue, the athletic teams will be named the Sea Gulls and the school song will be ‘Harbor Lights,’ ” Pearson said. “The school may become the most popular diploma mill in the country.”

Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce President David Cordeau quipped that it was a good thing Mayor John Fedo wasn’t in town for the school’s dedication.

"If he was, he’d probably run down to the Legislature and ask for $5 million or $6 million for the school," Cordeau said.


In August 1985, about 200 people “graduated” from the school during a ceremony at the Greysolon Plaza Ballroom.

Montgomery Ward, 1973

July 24, 1973

The buffeteria was one of the most popular places in the Montgomery Ward store at the Miller Hill Mall when this photo was taken in July 1973, four months after the store opened. (News Tribune file photo)

When plans for the Miller Hill Mall were developed in the 1960s, Montgomery Ward was the first store to throw its support behind the project.

Stuck in what had become cramped quarters at 203 W. Superior St. in downtown Duluth, Ward’s — which came to Duluth in 1933 — announced in 1966 that it would open a new location in the yet-to-be-built mall.

Seven years later, in March 1973, Montgomery Ward was the first store to open its doors in the Miller Hill Mall, nearly four months ahead of the mall’s official opening.

Sporting goods department in the Montgomery Ward store at the Miller Hill Mall, July 24, 1973 (News-Tribune file photo)


When it opened, the new Montgomery Ward at the Miller Hill Mall was touted as a “showcase of retailing” and “one of the largest full-line department stores in the Upper Midwest.” It has “all the usual departments including catalog service,” the News Tribune reported on March 24, 1973. The article continued:

In addition, there will be special shops — a Junior Reflections fashion shop for teenage girls and a Chain Shop for young men, gourmet, wig, camera and garden shops and an aquarium. The buffeteria will be a combination operation serving “everything from a cup of coffee to a full meal,” store manager Paul Louchart said.

A long line of cars backed up on U.S. Highway 53 as “thousands of shoppers” flocked to the store on the day it opened, the Duluth Herald reported.

Clothing departments in Montgomery Ward at the Miller Hill Mall, July 24, 1973. The "Junior Reflections" department is to the left. (News-Tribune file photo)


Montgomery Ward announced in January 1999 that it was closing the Miller Hill Mall store. Its space in the mall now is occupied by Barnes & Noble, Old Navy and other stores. The store’s auto service center now is home to North Star Ford.

The Montgomery Ward chain, which once boasted more than 500 stores across the U.S., went out of business in 2001. The Montgomery Ward name was purchased and survives as an online retail site, though it is not directly connected to the one-time chain.


Here are some zoomed-in views from the photos above:

All-you-can-eat La Rosa spaghetti in the "buffeteria," along with…

…some nifty 1970s flowered carpeting.


That sailboat is on sale for $499.88.


Sir, can I interest you in a scooter?

Toys, 1986

November 28, 1986

Ruth Wosepka of Ashland tried to keep an eye on her sons Craig (front) and Chad as they struggle through a day of Christmas shopping at Target. (Steve Stearns / News-Tribune)

Visible on the shelves behind the Wosepka family…. ThunderCats merchandise:


Here’s another Christmas shopping photo, from December 6, 1986, also by the News-Tribune’s Steve Stearns:

It doesn’t list the store or identify the people, but by zooming in we can get a look at some other circa-1986 toys and games:

Among the toys visible above, the Karate Kid Competition Center, the Sling ‘Em-Fling ‘Em Wrestling Ring, and something called "Ninja Ensemble." And below, games including Mastermind, Whodunit and Sale of the Century:


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Cute puppies, 2001

 February 2, 2001

Raja, a 13-week old St. Bernard from Duluth, and Rose, a 7-month old pug from Duluth, attempted to intimidate each other during the annual Cutest Puppy Contest on Saturday afternoon at the Fitger’s Brewery Complex. The puppy contest was held in conjunction with the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. Raja won the cutest puppy title — by a nose. (Rick Scibelli / News-Tribune)

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West Duluth question: What restaurant was on that corner?

A reader sent in an e-mail with this question:

I’m trying to remember what was on the corner of Central Ave and Grand Ave where the Holiday gas station now stands. I remember it was a resturant with a drive-in, but I can’t remember what the name of it was. This was pre-McDonalds.

Can anyone out there provide the answer?

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