Bobby Aro, 1984

August 12, 1984 Bobby Aro: Old-time music like they love it By Bob Ashenmacher, News-Tribune & Herald Old-time music has a friend in Bobby Aro. He recorded his biggest personal hit, for instance, in his sauna. The song was “Highway No. 7.” Aro claims it has sold a million copies in the 26 years since…
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Before The Music Died In 1959, It Lived In Duluth

A copy of the poster for the Winter Dance Party concert that was held on Jan. 31, 1959, from an ad in the Duluth News Tribune at the time. (News Tribune file image) Before it died, the music lived in Duluth. Fifty-five years ago today (Jan. 31), on a cold Saturday night in 1959, the…
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Chinese Lantern Fire Was 20 Years Ago

Flames erupt from the upper windows and roof of the Chinese Lantern shortly after 7 a.m. on Jan. 16, 1994 as firefighters pour water into the three-story structure from their hoses and aerial trucks. Twelve units and up to 50 firefighters were at the scene in downtown Duluth. (Dave Ballard / News-Tribune) Today marks the…
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Remembering The Spalding Hotel

Today’s News Tribune features an article on the 50th anniversary of the demolition of the landmark Spalding Hotel in downtown Duluth. The photo above, from the News Tribune files, appears to date from the late 1920s or 1930s. The hotel was demolished in 1963 as part of a larger urban renewal project. The Spalding was…
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Duluth TV Personality Jack McKenna Dies At Age 91

We received word from KUWS radio’s Mike Simonson, on the Radio Superior Facebook page, that longtime Twin Ports radio and TV personality Jack McKenna died Sunday, Dec. 8 at age 91. Jack McKenna does a weathercast at WDIO-TV in 1977, the same year he was chosen favorite TV personality by Twin Ports residents. (News Tribune file photo)…
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