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Bygones for April 16, 2018

April 16, 1978

An 89-man contingent of the Minnesota National Guard sent to East Grand Forks April 9 for flood duty will leave the city today as floodwaters of the Red River are receding. However, dozens of disaster workers and volunteers remain.

While most area communities have or are close to having new water treatment plants to remove asbestos fibers from the water, Cloquet is waiting for federal funds to build its new plant. Cloquet draws 20 percent of its water from Lake Superior.

April 16, 1998

A Superior City Council committee yesterday voted to continue a controversial citywide sidewalk replacement program. Under the program, sidewalks are built on one side of streets with the city paying half the cost and property owners on both sides assessed for the other half.

The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe is investing up to $10 million in the bottled-water business through a company that helps tribes sell their own natural spring water. Indian Wells Water Co. will market and distribute the water.

Bygones is researched and written by David Ouse, retired reference librarian from the Duluth Public Library. He can be contacted at