This Day in Duluth Archive

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January 18, 1944: Birth of Denny Anderson, the “Voice of the Northland”

On this day in 1944, at precisely 9:39 a.m., future Duluth television news anchor Dennis “Denny” Anderson was born in Eveleth, Minnesota. While in high school he joined the radio broadcast club and after graduating went on the air for Virginia’s WHLB radio, beginning a lifetime as a radio and television broadcaster. Denny was just…

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January 17, 1893: State legislature considers a state normal school for Duluth

On this day in 1893, Representative J. A. Boggs introduced a bill to create a state normal school in Duluth. Normal schools trained high school graduates to become teachers; the term “normal” comes from the ideal that the education focused on “the norms of pedagogy and curriculum.” Most normals schools were later renamed “teachers colleges.”…

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January 14, 1913: The DM&N Railroad announces new ore dock

On this day in Duluth in 1913, William McGonagle, president of the Duluth, Missabe & Northern Railroad, announced that his company would soon hire a contractor to build the world’s largest ore dock next to existing ore docks standing west of Thirty-Third Avenue West. The first West Duluth ore dock, made of wood, was completed 1893…

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January 12, 1914: Duluth Police department under investigation by grand jury 

On this day in Duluth in 1914, newspapers announced that a St. Louis County Grand Jury was investigating the Duluth Police Department on a variety of charges and would soon subpoena forty witnesses. County Attorney Warren Greene conducted the interviews, including those of Chief Chauncy Troyer and Duluth News Tribune reporter Jackson Darrimore. The DPD had been operating…

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