Fire In Duluth’s West End, 1962

January 17, 1962 It isn’t easy fighting a fire in Duluth in the winter — especially when it’s a massive fire and the temperature is well below zero. The sad but spectacular scene was left after flames destroyed the Osborne Block in Duluth’s West End neighborhood (now Lincoln Park) on Jan. 17, 1962. The building…
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New Fire Truck In Duluth, Circa Mid-1960s

This undated photo appears to show a new fire truck on display at the old No. 8 fire station on Central Avenue in West Duluth: Up on the ladder is Ed Sodergren, with firefighters Henry Berger (left) and Capt. Ingvald Wicklund at the controls. Standing next to the truck, from left, are: Duluth Fire Chief…
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Thanksgiving Dinner In Duluth In The 1890s

Broiled bluefish. Braised saddle of squirrels. Cream of terrapin. And, yes, turkey and pumpkin pie. Items both odd and familiar to modern-day palates were on the menu for Thanksgiving dinner at Duluth’s top hotels 120 years ago. This item from the News Tribune from Nov. 25, 1897 — headlined “The Homeless Man,” referring to traveling…
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St. Louis County Rescue Squad, 1968

The St. Louis County Rescue Squad is a group of volunteers who conduct search-and-rescue operations on land and water, along with assisting law enforcement agencies and fire departments with motor vehicle crashes and other emergency calls. The Rescue Squad was founded in 1958 and officially incorporated in 1959, according to a history of the squad…
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History Of The Oliver Bridge

As U.S. Steel announced plans to build a massive plant in what would become the Morgan Park neighborhood of Duluth in the early 1900s, there also was talk of building a new bridge across the St. Louis River in large part to serve that facility. In February 1908, the News Tribune reported work on the…
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