Local news from 20 and 40 years ago from the Duluth News-Tribune. This column appears daily Monday through Saturday in the Duluth News-Tribune. Researched and written by the Reference Staff at the Duluth Public Library. 

New Tribune
February 24, 1967 

The hiring of 11 new officers next week will bring the Duluth Police Department to full strength, Chief Edward T. Bird said yesterday. The new officers will go through a six-week training period.

Burglars stole a 300-pound safe early yesterday from the Balzer Walgreen Drug Store in Superior by carrying it off in one of the store’s shopping carts. The safe contained an estimated $1,500 in cash.

New Tribune
February 24, 1987

Camp Roundelay, where Northland Girl Scouts have camped for 25 years, will be closed this summer for financial reasons, it was announced yesterday. Northern Pine Girl Scouts Council officials hope to reopen the camp in 1988.

City administrators proposed a new downtown Duluth parking plan at last night’s City Council meeting that would offer half-hour free parking. The plan received lukewarm reception from councilors who want it extended to one hour.

Duluth Winter Frolic, February 18, 1927

Friday, February 18, 1927, was a bitterly cold day, so Speed Day races were postponed until the next day. On Saturday, an estimated 15,000 paid fifty cents (twenty-five cents for children) to view horse races, speed skating, and motorcycle ski-joring on a half-mile track on the lake ice off Lake Shore Park. A 9:00 p.m. dance at the Armory was the final event of the week.

From the 2/17/1927 Duluth News Tribune

Duluth Winter Frolic, February 15-16, 1927

On Tuesday night, Feb. 15, 1927, the Winter Frolic parade, with 7,000 marchers, floats, bands, and drum corps, entertained an estimated 70,000 spectators. The City of Duluth float was a miniature model of the new city hall. Wednesday was West Duluth Day, with numerous activities planned including another parade through the West Duluth business district.

Program from the 2/15/1927 Duluth Herald

From the 2/16/1927 Duluth Herald

Second Annual Duluth Winter Frolic February 14-19, 1927

The first Duluth Winter Frolic was so popular that planning for the 1927 Frolic began in April of 1926. E.P. Kreimer was named chairman of the executive committee. The 1927 Frolic actually kicked off on Sunday, Feb. 13, with a ski-jumping tournament and Olympic trials at the Chester Park ski slide. A crowd of 5,000 watched Duluthian Tommy Clark make a jump of 154 feet, the longest of the tournament. The main event on Monday was the coronation of Winter Frolic Queen Helia Nauha, which took place in the ice palace which had been constructed in Lake Shore Park (now Leif Erikson Park), followed by the Coronation Ball at the Armory. On Tuesday night, the biggest event of the week took place. A parade including 6,000 people, more than 140 floats and decorated cars, 125 horses, and ten bands assembled at Superior Street and Second Avenue West and marched to Fifteenth Avenue East and London Road. An estimated 70,000 people lined the parade route. Additional parades took place on Wednesday (West Duluth Day) and Thursday (West End Day). Altogether, five parades were held during the week, in addition to numerous luncheons, dinners, hockey games, skating and skiing races, a baseball game on ice at Wheeler Field, Frolic balls, and a costume contest. Speed Day races scheduled for Friday afternoon on the ice off Lake Shore Park were postponed until Saturday because of cold temperatures. On Saturday afternoon, a crowd estimated at 15,000 watched various racing events held on a half-mile track on the lake ice from Fifth Avenue East to Eleventh Avenue East. Harness-horse, skating, and motorcycle ski-joring races were held throughout the afternoon. The Frolic ended Saturday night with the Carnival Ball at the Armory.


Local news from 20 and 40 years ago from the Duluth News-Tribune. This column appears daily Monday through Saturday in the Duluth News-Tribune. Researched and written by the Reference Staff at the Duluth Public Library.

News Tribune

Feb. 12, 1967 


The new Frank’s Quality Foods Store branch at 3800 Piedmont Ave. will open tomorrow, Manager Frank Wrazidlo has announced. The new supermarket is believed to be the only fully carpeted grocery store in the Duluth area.


The 1967 UMD Sno-Week celebration begins today with the crowning of the Sno Queen. A week of activities concludes on Saturday at the annual Sno Ball, with three floors of Kirby Student Center decorated in a Mexican theme.


News Tribune

Feb. 12, 1987


Graybar Electric Co. has announced plans to build a new one-story warehouse and office building at 26th Ave West and Superior Street. Graybar, which has branches in all 50 states, has been in Duluth since 1918.


The American Bakery Co. plant in Duluth, which makes Taystee bread, is being offered for sale. The Duluth plant, which employs about 105 workers, is among five plants the company is selling.