Beach Boys Play Duluth, 1984

The Beach Boys have made several stops in the Northland over the years, but the performance that made the biggest waves in the News Tribune archives was their concert at Wade Stadium on July 8, 1984. Here’s coverage from the next day’s News-Tribune: Lead guitar player Carl Wilson (left) and lead singer Mike Love of…
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Duluth’s Long-gone King Neptune Statue

Reader John Michel e-mailed a couple of photos earlier this month of the 26-foot-tall King Neptune statue that used to grace Canal Park from 1959 to 1963. There’s this view from a postcard: And then this view from the other side that he found online; I don’t have a source, so if you know where…
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Downtown Duluth, 1981

June 9, 1981 Superior Street in downtown Duluth, looking west from Second Avenue East, June 9, 1981. (Duluth Herald photo) The picture above shows the Sears Roebuck department store building, home today to the Fond du Luth Casino. Here’s a closer look: ——————- Here’s another look down Superior Street from a few months later –…
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Heatwave Berler

KDAL-TV weatherman Richard “Heatwave” Berler wearing one of his T-shirts, August 1976. (Joey McLeister / News-Tribune) The Scrapbook section of Sunday’s News Tribune includes a “best of the Attic” feature on TV weatherman Heatwave Berler, who developed quite a fan base in Duluth in the 1970s. That post originally appeared on this site on May…
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Famous Lashua, Duluth’s Singing Cowboy

The post on Duluth’s first television station from a few weeks back included a mention of “Famous, a country-western singer.” The name “Famous” piqued my curiosity, so I went digging in the files and found out a lot more about Famous Lashua, Duluth’s singing cowboy, including this article from February 6, 1983: Famous Lashua, Oct.…
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