Duluth Police Vehicles

Robert Cox (left) and Robert Grytdahl on patrol in 1976.News Tribune Today’s Duluth Police Department vehicles are black and white, and so are the ones I found scrounging through an old folder full of Duluth police photos. Enjoy a look back at Duluth’s finest and their various styles of motoring methods. Some of the photos…
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Superior Street Businesses

Here’s an undated photo from the attic, taken on Lake Avenue looking north toward Superior Street (we’re pretty sure about Lake Avenue, but might be wrong). The vehicles in the photo date it to later than 1966, and a car at the left has that ubiquitous Northland accessory – a canoe strapped to the top.…
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Outdoor Youth Hockey

Outdoor youth hockey Squirt hockey teams competing at the Lower Chester rink  in 1988. Bob King/News Tribune Outdoor hockey hasn’t changed much, except maybe it had more people playing outside because of the lack of indoor arenas. I grew up playing youth hockey on outdoor rinks. One time we played with temperatures below zero and…
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Duluth Supper Clubs, Revisited

In snooping around our electronic archives for information about some of Duluth’s old supper clubs, I was struck by how many people’s obituaries told of their working at such establishments as the London House, the Highland Supper Club, the Flame and Black Bear Lounge. Not to impugn any of Duluth’s current eateries, but it is…
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French River Missile Base

Have you ever seen the red-and-white water tower near the French River on the North Shore and wondered why it was there? A tiny file in the News Tribune attic might offer an answer. The Air Force activated a Bomarc antiaircraft missile base in the Town of Duluth in 1961. It included 28 missile-launch facilities…
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