Dispatches from Douglas County: Striking historical gold, remembering the benzene spill and college soccer

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In the 1940s, the Princess Theater was the ornate building with a large marquee extending over the sidewalk located between the Princess Sweet Shop and a fashion store.
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SUPERIOR — There were so many festivities over the long weekend from Duluth Superior Pride to the Labor Day fireworks .

I hope you were able to get out and enjoy some of the fun before fall settles upon us!

We've got much more in store for you this week -- check out this week's headlines below:

Striking gold

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A picture along the bar on the main floor of the Princess Theater building, which was most recently Frankie's Tavern, shows the theater, at right, during its heyday.
Maria Lockwood / Superior Telegram

City officials and local historians toured the former Princess Theater building this week and found a trove of architectural details still intact .

Brian Finstad, a past guest on our local history podcast Archive Dive , summed up the group's findings:


“I honestly think what we’re finding is more than they originally thought was there,” he said. “I think there’s enough that, if you had the money and you want to go there, you can replicate everything. I mean, we know the curtain color. We know the wall color …”

Benzene spill 30 years later

Aerial of the train derailment and toxic benzene spill in the Nemadji River in 1992.
File / Duluth News Tribune

In June 1992, more than 50,000 people evacuated their homes after a train derailed over the Nemadji River spilling benzene.

Our colleagues at The Vault take a look back at the historic incident , and what happened to those impacted by it.

Shutout win

UW-Superior’s Mackie Ringrose (10) soars through the air after saving the ball from going out of bounds
UW-Superior’s Mackie Ringrose (10) soars through the air after saving the ball from going out of bounds in the first half of the Yellowjackets game with Bethel at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex in Superior on Wednesday evening, Sept. 7.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

The Wisconsin-Superior men's soccer team earned its first win of the season Wednesday, Sept. 7, with a 2-0 win over Bethel .

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Jen Zettel-Vandenhouten is the regional editor for Duluth Media Group, overseeing the Cloquet Pine Journal and the Superior Telegram.
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