Kevin McHale

Hibbing native Kevin McHale played basketball at all levels, including the University of Minnesota and in the NBA with the Boston Celtics during the 1980s and early 1990s. He later became a front office member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, including a stint as coach. Here are some notable encounters for McHale. Dave Nevanen/copy editor Bob…
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Fatal 1971 Train Accident

I’ve always wondered if any train cars have fallen off the trestles over I-35 in West Duluth that lead to the ore docks. One accident file in the DNT attic answered the question. On Jan. 30, 1971, three locomotives, 15 ore cars and a caboose were headed down the hill from Proctor when they apparently lost…
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Winter Olympic Memories

In the excitement following the gold medal win over Finland, Robert Verchota, father of U.S. Olympic hockey player Phil Verchota, grabbed a shotgun and fired three triumphant blasts from the front porch of the Verchota home in Duluth on Feb. 25, 1980. Charles Curtis / News Tribune As the 2010 Winter Olympics begin in Vancouver,…
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Themed Lunchboxes

An errant envelope in the attic brought back memories of walking to school in the late 1960s and early 1970s carrying a "Lost in Space" lunchbox. It seemed everyone back then had some kind of themed lunchbox. The good old lunchbox must have been replaced by backpacks and soft-sided coolers. What did your themed lunchbox…
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Monkee Memories

Micky Dolenz performs with the Monkees in Duluth on Nov. 9, 1986. Photo by Steve Stearns   Remember the Monkees, who sang their way to fame on a TV show in the 1960s? The band made it to Duluth at least twice, according to News Tribune files. The first time was on Sept. 6, 1969.…
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