America’s Most Unusual Service Stations

April 1981 Holiday gas station / convenience store, Grand Avenue at 34th Avenue West – near Wheeler Field. Price of gas: $1.28. This picture was taken because the gas tanks at this station had been leaking, and were recently repaired. The station later closed and has sat vacant and boarded up for some time. The…
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The Shopping Machine

November 1984 The News Tribune attic contains many, many articles and photos of high-tech innovations that at one time seemed to hold so much promise… and then promptly fizzled away into oblivion. "The Shopping Machine" (photo and story below) is one of those fleeting items… although I guess, in a way, it included some elements…
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Wiener King And The Pop Shoppe

Central Entrance, June 1977 It looks like this is a view west from about Blackman Avenue – but since I’m relatively new to Duluth, please correct me if I’m wrong…

The Flammable Northwestern Bell Building

Nov. 27, 1983 This view from the 11th floor of the Medical Arts Building shows the extent of the damage to scaffolding on the Northwestern Bell building after Sunday night’s fire. (Jack Rendulich / News Tribune) Spectacular blaze ravages phone building scaffolding (News Tribune, Nov. 28, 1983) A spectacular ball of fire, spurred by wind…
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Duluth’s Top Party Songs, 1984

MTV promotional photo for Michael Jackson’s "Thriller" video, 1983 ———————————– Excerpt from the Duluth News-Tribune & Herald, Feb. 24, 1984: It’s ‘Thriller’ in a walk – er, strut: Readers pick top party songs of all time You snubbed the Beatles and Stones, relatively speaking. Even Elvis, the King. All were blown away by the Thriller.…
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