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News-Chronicle archives find new home

The Lake County News-Chronicle archives have found a new home at the Lake County Historical Society. The archives date as far back as 1898. (News-Chronicle photo by Adelle Whitefoot)

The Lake County News-Chronicle's archives have found a new home at the Lake County Historical Society.

LCHS Executive Director Mel Sando approached the News-Chronicle about the newspaper's archives when the announcement of the office closing was made.

"My first thought was concern about the archives," Sando said. "I was very happy when Duluth News Tribune Publisher Neal Ronquist agreed to let us take them in on a deed of loan. Although they are redundant with archives at the Two Harbors Public Library, it's a good idea to have them available in both locations."

The News-Chronicle archives, which date back as far as 1898, include multiple volumes of the Two Harbors Socialist and The Iron News. The archives loaned to LCHS also include 21 volumes of The Silver Bay News from 1955-1974.

"One of the vital roles of any newspaper is to be the historical record-keeper for the community it serves," Duluth News Tribune Editor Rick Lubbers said. "We're excited that the Lake County News-Chronicle's archives will be in great hands at the Lake County Historical Society."

Sando said he's hoping to take a look at the community's response to "Black Friday" on jan. 3, 1963, when U.S. Steel closed docks and yard in Two Harbors. He's been intrigued by the subject for several years.

"I'm looking forward to reviewing the News-Chronicle for the 10-15 years following that event," Sando said. "The resiliency and subsequent diversification of industry in Two Harbors is something I think the community should be proud of. Young people need to understand what those that came before them lived through."

LSCH allows the public to view all of its archives by appointment from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information, call (218) 834-4898.

Adelle Whitefoot

Adelle Whitefoot is a Michigan native who moved to Minnesota in Sept. 2014 when she started as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle. She graduated from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich., in 2012 with a bachelor's in English writing and has been a professional photographer since 2011. Whitefoot is the night general assignments reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. 

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