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Bygones for May 9, 2018

May 9, 1978

The Elton, a saltwater vessel registered in the Soviet Union, was ordered to leave Duluth yesterday because its paperwork was not in order. The ship's owners had failed to apply for a port visit permit, as required by the U.S. government.

Transportation Secretary Brock Adams yesterday recommended that 8,100 miles of track and several well-known routes be cut from Amtrak's rail passenger service because of budget shortfalls. However, the Duluth-Superior to Twin Cities route is not included in the proposed cuts.

May 9, 1998

Duluth Mayor Gary Doty yesterday joined the growing protest against a Canadian plan to sell Lake Superior water to Asia. Ontario officials have agreed to take 153 million gallons of water from Lake Superior each year to ship to drought-ravaged parts of Asia.

UMD officials yesterday made an offer to settle a Title IX lawsuit brought against the school by four female student-athletes alleging sexual discrimination. The offer was described as substantial by attorney Steve Samborski, who represents former UMD soccer player Julie Grandson.

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