St. Louis Bay Bridge

Last fall, the News Tribune produced a “premium section” for its print subscribers, focused on the maritime heritage of the Twin Ports. As part of that section, I compiled a history of all the bridges linking Duluth and Superior, past and present. Now that a few months have gone by, I thought I’d share those…
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41st Anniversary Of The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald

Today — Nov. 10, 2016 — is the 41st anniversary of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald and the loss of its crew of 29 in a Lake Superior storm. Pictured above is the front page from the next day’s Duluth Herald. Here’s a video that includes marine radio traffic from the hours after the…
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Remembering The 1991 Halloween Blizzard

Today’s News Tribune contains a bunch of stories and photos on the 25th anniversary of the 1991 Halloween Blizzard that dumped 36.9 inches of snow on Duluth. You can find that anniversary coverage here. Here are a coupleĀ more items of interest, looking back at that historic storm: YouTube user “Evil Jeffy” uploaded a video containing…
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A Key From The Past And A Look Back At Duluth’s Spalding Hotel

Thursday’s News Tribune has a story on a key from theĀ Spalding Hotel – a downtown Duluth landmark demolished 53 years ago – turning up at the main post office this week. It’s been a few years since we shared old photos of the hotel on here, so it seemed like an opportune time to do…
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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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