As we bid goodbye (or good riddance) to 2017, let’s take a look back at what happened in the Northland this year. Test your knowledge of current affairs (and previous PDD Quizzes) with this end-of-the-year quiz!
The next PDD Quiz, on the history of the soon-to-reopen NorShor Theatre, will be published on Jan. 14. Please send question ideas to Alison Moffat at [email protected] by Jan. 11.
#1 On Nov. 29, a snowy owl was rescued from a chaff collector at which local business?
The rescued owl was christened Mokka.
#2 Duluth’s Lakewalk was severely damaged in a storm during which month?
Damage from the Oct. 27 storm was estimated at $3.5 million.
#3 In November, Duluthians voted in favor of a sales tax increase to fund street repair. The proposed tax is expected to generate how much money per year?
Duluthians voted on the 0.5% sales tax increase in a Nov. 7 referendum.
#4 Duluth Business University announced it would close its doors after how many years of operation?
DBU is slated to close in June 2018.
#5 Which brewery announced its taproom would be moving into the former Enger & Olson Co. furniture building?
The building currently houses Bent Paddle’s offices.
#6 Minnesota’s prohibition of Sunday liquor sales ended this year; in what year did this ban begin?
The ban on Sunday liquor sales has been in effect since Minnesota has been a state.
#7 Rubber tire mulch was replaced by what at Duluth public school playgrounds?
The school district began replacing the mulch in June.
#8 The owners of which other Duluth eatery opened OMC Smokehouse this year?
Owner Tom Hanson is planning another venture, Corktown Taphouse and Delicatessen, across the street from OMC Smokehouse at 1908 W. Superior Street.
#9 Video of sea smoke in the Duluth harbor on Christmas Day was picked up by what foreign broadcast corporation?
As of Dec. 29, the video had garnered 827,000 views on the BBC News Facebook page.
#10 A $1 milllion Powerball ticket was sold where in Duluth this year?
Greg Anderson of Hermantown purchased the winning ticket on March 18 at the Holiday store at 5430 Grand Ave.
You’ve certainly been paying attention to local news this year!
Better luck next time!
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