Betty’s Pies, 1978

August 6, 1978 Betty Lessard holds one of her famous lemon angel pies at her cafe north of Two Harbors in August 1978. (News-Tribune file photo) Before planned road construction forced a move to modern digs uphill from Highway 61, the famed Betty’s Pies was housed in a more humble home much closer to the…
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Bill Watson Wins Hobey Baker, 1985

UMD hockey player Bill Watson (left) and coach Mike Sertich talk on March 29, 1985, at a news conference in Detroit after Watson was announced as the 1985 Hobey Baker Award winner. It was the second consecutive year a Bulldog player won the award. (John Rott / 1985 file / News Tribune) 25 years ago:…
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Duluth’s Don Ness: Player Before Mayor

As the Minnesota high school basketball season concludes, 2010 also marked the end of Duluth Central and its basketball team with the upcoming closing of the school. Duluth Central basketball player Don Ness (front) had a quiet moment on the bus next to the state tournament plaque the team received on their trip back to…
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Lakehead Service Center, 1961

October 31, 1961 Lakehead Service Center, 1530 London Road (News-Tribune file photo) The Lakehead Service Center opened in 1961 on London Road in Duluth’s Endion neighborhood. After remodeling, additions and a name change, it’s still there today, operating as London Road Car Wash. Cars exiting the car wash today still use the original exit, as…
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Remember Jack McKenna?

There is a rather large file in the News Tribune attic on Jack McKenna, a former Duluth television personality who apparently began his career here in the 1950s as “Captain Q” on a children’s program and later played “Professor Fantastic”¬†on a late-night horror show on WDIO-TV Channel 10. The next mention of him in the…
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