Odds And Ends Photos From The Attic

Over the years I’ve pulled a number of photos from the News Tribune archives that, for one reason or another, didn’t result in a post on this site. Maybe I couldn’t locate the accompanying story, or I just didn’t have time to fully investigate the photo for a post. So… here’s the first of what…
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Ethel Jondreau And The Blueberry Store, 1982

September 19, 1982 Unflappable: Ethel Jondreau isn’t worried by Blueberry crime, red tape By Sylvia Wier News Tribune & Herald BLUEBERRY, Wis. — Ethel Jondreau is one tough cookie. The 76 years, the sometimes-soprano wafting voice, the 5-foot-minus height are all disguises. You don’t want to mess with Ethel. “When the guy couldn’t pay for…
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A History Of The Bong Bridge Linking Duluth And Superior

Heavier-than-expected traffic on the High Bridge — particularly truck traffic — and the deterioration of the Arrowhead Bridge were among the reasons that city and state officials started looking at a new span linking West Duluth and Superior in the late 1960s. In 1973, federal officials approved the route of the new high bridge carrying…
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Notable Northland Storms From The Past 150 Years

NOTABLE NORTHLAND STORMS Some of the major weather events that have affected the Northland in the past 150 years November 1872: A “great storm” wrecked the Duluth harbor breakwater “to such an extent as to expose the elevator, warehouses and docks on the lakeshore to serious damage,” according to a history of the harbor published…
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The History Of The Blatnik Bridge

It wasn’t long after the opening of the Arrowhead Bridge in 1927 that Duluth and Superior city officials and residents started chafing at the limitations — and the tolls — of the old Interstate Bridge, which still carried most vehicle traffic between the two cities. Duluth formed a citizens’ committee to look into ways of…
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