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This Day in Duluth Archive

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July 1, 1947: Duluth Teachers College becomes UMD

On this day in Duluth in 1947, the Duluth State Teacher’s College became the Duluth Branch of the University of Minnesota System—today’s UMD. The facility first opened in 1902 as the Duluth State Normal School; that first year its enrollment was 100 students. In 1921, it became the Duluth State Teachers College, intended to to…

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June 30, 1917: Duluthians get soaked before going dry

On this day in Duluth in 1917, Duluthians enjoyed their last legal dance with John Barleycorn while across the bay Superiorites prepared for his return. While national prohibition was still two years away, Duluth had voted on April 17 to go dry on July 1. Police captain Anthony Fiskett told the Duluth News Tribune that he…

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June 29, 1983: Marjorie Congdon Caldwell settles with her children

On this day in Duluth in 1983, St. Louis County probate court approved a settlement between Marjorie Congdon Caldwell and her children over the approximately $8 million Congdon estate inheritance. After Caldwell had been acquitted of conspiring to kill her adoptive mother, Elisabeth Congdon, five of her children—Peter, Andy, Suzanne, Heather, and Rebecca—filed a civil…

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June 28 , 1886: Mark Twain visits Duluth

On this day in Duluth in 1886, Mark Twain arrived on the steamer Empress of India from Buffalo, New York, accompanied by his daughters. He was on his way to visit his mother in Keokuk, Iowa. He stayed at the St. Louis Hotel, but evaded Duluth reporters. Only one story ran about his visit, with…

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June 27, 1679: Daniel Greysolon Sieur du Luht lands at Onigamiinsing

On this day in 1679, Daniel Greysolon Sieur du Luht landed at Onigamiinsing or Little Portage, where today the Duluth Ship Canal cuts through Minnesota Point. He had left Quebec on September 1 with seven of his countrymen and three native guides on a historic quest to bring peace to the warring native peoples living…

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June 25, 1892: Cornerstone laid for Duluth’s U.S. Federal Building

On this day in Duluth, Masons laid the cornerstone for the new Federal Building and Post Office, design by architect H. G. Linderman, at 431 West First Street, roughly the eastern portion of the plaza in front of today’s City Hall. Construction was slowed because local brownstone was determined too weak for the three-story building.…

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June 24, 1912: First night baseball game in Duluth

On this night in Duluth in 1912, the Duluth White Sox faced off against the All-Nations traveling all-star baseball team for nine innings at Duluth’s Athletic Park. The All-Nations was a barnstorming exhibition team made up of players of many nationalities—included women—sponsored by Hopkins Brothers Sporting Goods of Kansas City and Des Moines, Iowa. The…

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June 23, 1927: The Leif Erikson Arrives in Duluth

On this day in Duluth in 1927, the replica Viking ship Leif Erikson arrived in Duluth after traveling about 10,000 from Borgen, Norway. The journey hadn’t been easy: The Norwegian sailors faced hurricane-like winds, icebergs, and weeks of fog. But they made it to Labrador and on to Boston, covering 6,700 miles, in 50 days.…

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June 22, 1902: Captain Claims Lake Superior has a Sea Serpent

On this day in Duluth in 1902, an article in the Duluth News Tribune reported that an ore boat captain claimed a sea monster in Lake Superior was responsible for wrecks near Knife Island. The creature was described as a “Huge Fish of the ‘Electrical’ Variety,” and “an electrical sea monster, larger than a whale,”…

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