Bill Clinton visits Duluth, 1994

There’s news today that former President Bill Clinton is planning a visit to Duluth on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, to campaign on behalf of Democratic candidates in the upcoming election.

That will be almost 18 years to the day after he stopped in Duluth while president. Here are a couple of past Attic posts about that Nov. 4, 1994, visit:

Photos of Clinton’s 1994 visit

Video of Clinton’s 1994 visit 

Photos of Paul Wellstone in the Northland

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, marks the 10th anniversary of the plane crash near Eveleth that took the life of U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.), his wife Sheila, and six others. Read the News Tribune’s coverage of the anniversary here.

Here’s a selection of News Tribune file photos from Wellstone’s many trips to the Northland, leading up to his election to the Senate in 1990 and in the years that followed:

Democrat Paul Wellstone ratchets up his U.S. Senate campaign against incumbent Republican Rudy Boschwitz during a stop at the Duluth Labor Temple on June 9, 1989. (John Rott / News-Tribune)


Senator-elect Paul Wellstone reacts to the approval of the crowd during a standing-room-only town hall meeting at the Marshall School cafeteria in Duluth on Dec. 5, 1990. (Steve Stearns / News-Tribune)


As Sen. Paul Wellstone jokes with locals at Maggie’s, a popular restaurant in Nashwauk, on April 5, 1991, owner Margaret Breuling looks on and smiles. (Charles Curtis / News-Tribune)


Sen. Paul Wellstone greets people who gathered for the opening of his office in Virginia, Minn., on April 5, 1991. (Charles Curtis / News-Tribune)


Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., speaks at a rally at the Duluth Labor Temple on London Road on April 13, 1991. (Dave Ballard / News-Tribune)


Sen. Paul Wellstone answers questions from the audience during a meeting about health-care issues on Feb. 13, 1992, at Duluth Central High School. (Clara Wu / News-Tribune)


Sen. Paul Wellstone addresses DFL delegates from across Minnesota on June 5, 1992, the first day of the state DFL convention at the DECC, Interpreting was Kim Olson of Minneapolis. (Bob King / News-Tribune)


Marilyn Pribyl of Chaska and Terry Selle of Bloomington listen as Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., pauses to chat with them during a stop at Grandma’s Restaurant in Duluth on Jan. 15, 1994. (Steve Stearns / News-Tribune)


Sen. Paul Wellstone addresses a gathering of people in low-income situations during a news conference Nov. 21, 1995, at Emerson School in Duluth. The event was held to bring attention to the plight of low-income people in need of housing assistance. (Dave Ballard / News-Tribune)


Aimee McIntyre (left) and Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., share a laugh during a rally for Wellstone at the Federal Building in Duluth on July 1, 1996. Supporters wore shirts with red targets and the words: “Proud to be a Republican Target.” (Kathy Strauss / News-Tribune)


Sen. Paul Wellstone speaks to the crowd gathered at a rally at the DECC’s Pioneer Hall in Duluth on the morning of Oct. 23, 1996, as Vice President Al Gore applauds in the background. (Dave Ballard / News-Tribune)


U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone answers a question from a student in the audience during the Democracy in Action forum April 9, 1999, at the College of St. Scholastica. More than 600 students from the three high schools in Duluth attended the forum, which gave them an opportunity to challenge and ask questions of elected officals. Listening to Wellstone on stage are state Sen. Sam Solon and Duluth Mayor Gary Doty. (Dave Ballard / News-Tribune)


Sen. Paul Wellstone speaks to a crowd of about 100 gathered Sunday at the entrance of ME International in Duluth on Oct. 31, 1999. Wellstone voiced his support of the United Steelworkers of America Local 1028 strike that has been in effect since August. (Renee Knoeber / News-Tribune)


Sen. Paul Wellstone visits Denfeld High School in Duluth on Nov. 16, 2000. (Rick Scibelli / News-Tribune)


Sen. Paul Wellstone meets with a full auditorium of Denfeld High School students on Nov. 16, 2000, at the school. Wellstone took questions and comments from students regarding the recent election and the issues surrounding it. (Rick Scibelli / News-Tribune)


U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone greets members of the Duluth Denfeld singing groups Solid Gold and Steppin’ Up on Nov. 16, 2000, during a visit to the school. Wellstone engaged the students in a town hall-style meeting, discussing the previous week’s presidential election. (Rick Scibelli / News-Tribune)


Sens. Paul Wellstone and Mark Dayton talk in Superior on March 9, 2001, with employees of Partridge River Inc., the company whose Hoyt Lakes plant was destroyed by fire earlier that month. The meeting took place at Partridge River’s Superior facility. (Charles Curtis / News-Tribune)


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George McGovern in the Twin Ports

Former Democratic U.S. Senator and presidential candidate George McGovern of South Dakota died Sunday at age 90.

He made at least two stops in Duluth during his political career, mostly notably on Sept. 8, 1972, during his ultimately unsuccessful presidential campaign against Richard Nixon.

Here are some photos from that visit (and one from 1970). Some of these images from the News Tribune archives had caption information; others did not. If you can fill in any of the gaps or have memories to share, please post a comment:

Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern walks with an entourage of reporters, staff members, security and local officials at the Duluth airport during a visit to the Twin Ports on Sept. 8, 1972. McGovern made a quick campaign stop in the Northland that day, briefly meeting with supporters at the airport before taking a tour of the Farmers Union Grain Terminal Association elevator in Superior, where he donned a hard hat and watched grain being unloaded from a railroad car. Two months later, he lost the 1972 presidential election to Richard Nixon. (News-Tribune file photo)


George McGovern (second from left) is joined by (from left) Rep. Jack LaVoy of Duluth, Bill Walker of Cass Lake (elected official? candidate?) and Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Martin Schreiber at the Duluth airport on McGovern’s visit to Duluth on Sept. 8, 1972. (News-Tribune file photo)


Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern (left) gets a tour of the Farmers Union Grain Terminal Association elevator in Superior from general manager B.J. Malusky on Sept. 8, 1972. (News-Tribune file photo)


The scene outside the Farmers Union Grain Terminal Association elevator in Superior during a visit by Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern on Sept. 8, 1972. (News-Tribune file photo)


Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern (bottom center) gets a tour of the Farmers Union Grain Terminal Association elevator in Superior on Sept. 8, 1972. (News-Tribune file photo)


Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern (second from left) walks from his plane at the Duluth airport on Sept. 8, 1972. At left is Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Martin Schreiber; others are not identified. (News-Tribune file photo)


U.S. Sen. George McGovern (left) visits Duluth on April 12, 1970. Joining him in this photo are (from left) Stanley Breen, chairman of the city’s DFL coordinating committee; Rep. John Blatnik of Duluth; and James Glazman, 61st District (DFL?) chairman. (Charles Curtis / News-Tribune)

Video of President Clinton’s 1994 Duluth visit

A few weeks back a video was posted to YouTube showing a WDIO-TV live shot from President Clinton’s visit to Duluth on November 4, 1994. Apparently this is from right after his jog on Skyline Parkway, when he decided to stop the motorcade briefly to meet with people gathered at the corner of Skyline and Observation. He waves right to the camera at the 5:15 mark.

Thanks to YouTube user “spiritoradio” for posting this:

DFL convention in Duluth, 1970

June 1970

Here are a couple of photos from the 1970 Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party convention at the Duluth Arena:

State Sen. Nicholas Coleman raises Wendell Anderson’s hand in a victory gesture after Anderson was endorsed for governor by acclamation at the Minnesota DFL convention on June 27, 1970. Looking on at left is senatorial candidate Hubert H. Humphrey, and at right are Sen. Walter F. Mondale and Rep. John A. Blatnik. (Charles Curtis / News-Tribune)


Minnesota gubernatorial candidate State Sen. Wendell Anderson and his wife (center) stand on the rostrum of the DFL state convention at the Duluth Arena on June 28, 1970, flanked by candidates on the party’s endorse ticket. They are (from left) attorney general candidate Warren Spannaus; lieutenant governor candidate State Sen. and Mrs. R.G. Perpich with their son, Rudy, and daughter, Mary Sue; the Andersons; secretary of state candidate Elmer Childress; state auditor candidate Jon Wefald; and state treasurer candidate H. Leonard Boche. (Earl Johnson / News-Tribune)

Here’s a rundown of how these candidates fared, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State website:

  • Anderson won the Minnesota governor’s race
  • Perpich won the lieutenant governor’s race
  • Spannaus won the attorney general race
  • Childress lost the secretary of state race to Arlen Erdahl
  • Wefald lost the state auditor race to Rolland Hatfield
  • Boche lost the state treasurer race to Val Bjornson. The office no longer exists.
  • Humphrey won election back to the U.S. Senate (he had served there previously from 1949-1964, before becoming vice president from 1965-1969)

Duluth’s Don Ness: player before mayor

As the Minnesota high school basketball season concludes, 2010 also marked the end of Duluth Central and its basketball team with the upcoming closing of the school.

Duluth Central basketball player Don Ness (front) had a quiet moment on the bus next to the state tournament plaque the team received on their trip back to Duluth from St. Paul on March 29, 1992. In the back reading a newspaper was Erik Reinertsen and playing cards were Dave Berntson and Todd Hanson. Clara Wu / Duluth News Tribune

Looking back at Duluth Central basketball, one player on the 1992 Trojan team that went to the state tournament was Don Ness, who later would become mayor of Duluth. Here’s a brief look at that March in 1992, where the Trojans finished with a third-place finish.

Duluth Central’s Don Ness makes a basket against Moorhead in the third-place game at the state tournament at the St. Paul Civic Center. Clara Wu / Duluth News Tribune

Duluth Central players celebrate after a win at the 1992 state boys basketball tournament in St. Paul. Players are (from left) Don Ness, Elisha Sickler, Erik Reinertsen and Bill Irving. Clara Wu / Duluth News Tribune

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Mayor’s portrait comes out of hiding to take its place in Duluth City Hall

David Ericson’s painting of former Duluth Mayor Henry Truelsen

David Ericson’s portrait of former Duluth Mayor Henry Truelsen

The St. Louis Historical Society is currently showing six paintings by David Ericson (1869-1946), a portrait and landscape artist who lived in Duluth. His piece “Skyline” shows the waterfront in 1882 — when Ericson was 13.

This earliest surviving painting by native Duluthian David Ericson (1869-1946), a watercolor of the Duluth “skyline” from the waterfront in 1882, is one of six Ericson works featured in a new exhibit at the Depot.

Hearing about the show reminded me of an interesting story involving Ericson I ran across when I was doing some informal research on my husband’s great-grandfather, Henry Truelsen, who was mayor of Duluth from 1896-1900.
A May 24, 1921, Duluth News Tribune article headlined “Council accepts gift of former mayor’s picture” recounts how a portrait of Truelsen commissioned from Ericson sat in “hiding” for 20 years, according to then-Mayor Sam Snively. Snively is quoted:
“One of my first steps after assuming office was to bring from hiding and have placed in the council chamber the portrait of Henry Truelsen, former mayor of Duluth.”
“The portrait was painted 20 years ago at the request of some of Mr. Truelsen’s friends but was never paid for. It has been in the keeping of J. Johnson, acting in behalf of Mr. Ericson. The portrait was valued at $1,100. Wishing to make a contribution, Mr. Ericson reduced the price to $600.”
Ericson finally got his $600 payment for the painting when Snively undertook his campaign and Thomas A. Merritt of Duluth stepped forward to buy the painting as a gift to the city.
The article goes on: “The painting is encased in a beautifully gilded frame bearing a tablet upon which is engraved: ‘Henry Truelsen, mayor of Duluth, 1896-1900. Through whose untiring efforts Duluth obtained its water and gas plant. Presented to the city by Thomas A. Merritt.’ ”
The engraving’s ever-so-brief mention of Truelsen’s work on the water and gas plant refers to a tumultuous battle led by Truelsen for public ownership of the city’s water supply at a reasonable price. His objection to the purchase price in 1894, while he was president of the Board of Public Works, led to his populist candidacy for Duluth mayor.
Actually, Snively exaggerates a bit the length of time the painting sat while Ericson waited for payment. A News Tribune story from April 11, 1910, announces that Ericson had been commissioned to travel to Zenith, N.D., Truelsen’s new home, to paint the portrait. A committee had been formed and a “subscription list” drawn up to collect money to pay for the painting, but apparently that effort was not successful.
No word on whether Ericson was miffed by the drying up of funding for the painting, but he was quite successful nonetheless.

David Ericson

Ericson, who was born in Sweden, immigrated to the United States with his family and settled in Duluth in 1872 when he was a young child. The family lived on Park Point near the spot where the Aerial Lift Bridge now stands.

"Salting the Sheep" by David Ericson

His talent was recognized early, and his first success was winning a gold medal at the Minnesota State Fair for his painting “Salting the Sheep” when he was 16. He spent time living and painting in Provincetown, Mass., New York City and Paris, studying for a time with well-known painter James McNeill Whistler.

David Ericson in his studio

And Ericson was appreciated as well in his hometown of Duluth, as an Oct. 21, 1924, article observes: “A prophet may never be a prophet in his own country, but occasionally a painter is appreciated by his home town as is evidenced by the unusual interest which Duluthians are taking in Mr. Ericson’s pictures.”
Ericson was a popular lecturer at women’s and educators’ groups around town, with his paintings of scenes from here and abroad proving popular with the hometown crowd.

"Morning of Life" by David Ericson, a painting of Ericson’s young son at a dock on Park Point in Duluth

A Nov. 12, 1961, clipping reports a trip to Duluth by Ericson’s son, David Ericson Jr., who donated 18 of his father’s paintings to the Tweed Museum at UMD. The Tweed featured Ericson’s paintings most recently in 2006 in the show “David Ericson, Always Returning: The Life and Work of a Duluth Cultural Icon.”

By Mary Beamish, DNT copy editor

To learn more about David Ericson on the Minnesota Artists Web site:

To learn more about Henry Truelsen in Minnesota History magazine: