June 71: Election Day liquor sales arrive in Duluth

Off-sale liquor stores in Duluth were closed on Remembrance Day and election days 50 years ago, but things were about to change. The Duluth Herald of June 23, 1971 reported that the City Council of Alcoholic Beverages voted to open the stores, leaving the City Council to follow the recommendation. The action was authorized by a March 15 action from the state legislature.

Legend: New Tot Lot … Park Pointers and their community club sponsored bingo games and an art fair to raise funds to establish land on the S-curve between 1200 Lake and 1300 Avenues in Minnesota. The United States Coast Guard, the American Legion, and the Duluth Parks and Recreation Department donated time, funds and materials. Among the most innovative features of the lot is a shaved bark willow, start played, left to right, by 8-year-old Guy Kinney; Bea Smith, 10, of Cloquet, and Paula Kinney, 7, of 1104 Minnesota Avenue. The dedication of the lot is tentatively scheduled for next week. – (Photo by the herald.)

Legend: Proud of the golden years … The Aftenro Home, a shelter for the elderly, is 50 years old and will mark the occasion with an “open day” on Sunday afternoon. Residents have private rooms, but also enjoy many opportunities for recreation and companionship. An ancient Bible they look at stimulates conversation between, from left to right, Ms. Esther Strand, Ms. Amanda Haarstad and Ms. Kathryn Sullivan.

Herald sports editor Bruce Bennett interviewed American League Baseball rookie umpire Bill Deegan in this issue. Deegan, 36, was a sergeant at Duluth Air Force Base and a full-time bartender and butcher in town. He said officiating was “the best job in the world for someone who loves baseball.”

At this point, Deegan had sent off only one manager from a game, Lefty Phillips of the California Angels.

According to Wikipedia, Deegan continued to officiate in the American League until “the middle of the 1980s season” when he “resigned so that he could pursue other business opportunities.” He returned in 1984 during an umpires strike to officiate the American League championship series with a team of “local and collegiate umpires.”

Wikipedia notes that Deegan “officiated in four American League championship series: 1970 (Game One only), 1974, 1977 and 1984. He also refereed the 1978 All Star Game and the 1976 World Series; he was the plate umpire for Game 4 of the series, which the defending Cincinnati Reds champion won thanks to Johnny Bench’s two-homer, five-RBI performance to complete a New York Yankees sweep.


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