R.I.P. Ben Boo

Former Duluth mayor and Minnesota representative Ben Boo died on Dec. 1 at age 96.

Boo was Duluth’s 35th mayor, holding office for two terms from 1967 to 1975. He served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1984 to 1992. He also directed the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District and the Upper Great Lakes Regional Commission in between his political terms.

The interview segment below was recorded by Gina Temple-Rhodes in 2010.

Advertisement for Ben Boo’s 1990 reelection campaign for Minnesota House of Representatives.

Duluth New Tribune 1970 photo of Rudy Perpich and Ben Boo from Duluth Public Library clip file.

This 1968 Duluth News Tribune photo in a scrapbook from the Archives and Special Collections at UMD’s Kathryn A. Martin Library shows Duluth Mayor Ben Boo with the city’s head librarian, Lucile Roemer, and novelist Margaret Culkin Banning Salsich. Roemer was also Duluth’s first female city councilor in the late 1950s. The caption headline on the photo in the paper was “City Council Thanks Author,” and the caption notes Mayor Boo “presented a copy of a City Council resolution expressing gratitude for (Mrs. Salsich’s) efforts as a 39-year member of the Duluth Library Board.”

Boo family photo from the April 5, 1967 Duluth Herald.

Story Links
Duluth News Tribune: Former Duluth Mayor Ben Boo remembered as a ‘gentle leader’
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Former Duluth Mayor Ben Boo, a ‘consummate politician,’ dies at 96

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