Author: Alexandra Burnley

Drummond Area School District Leaders Surprise Graduates With Signs

DRUMMOND, Wis. — On Thursday, seniors graduating from the Drummond Area School District got a nice surprise from some school administrators. The high school principal Kristen Lamb and district administrator John Knight went out and delivered personalized signs for each student, congratulating them on the milestone. “This is a great bunch of young adults and this project was worth every…

Maurices Lays Off 39 Employees

DULUTH, Minn. — Maurices has had to make cuts on the corporate level due to the pandemic. On April 27th, the company let go of 39 employees who worked in the Duluth office, the Design Center team in New York, and the field leadership team. A spokesperson with the company added that all employees who were laid off were offered…

Governor Evers Issues Statement Reacting to Stay-At-Home Order Being Struck Down

(Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers released a statement on Wednesday night reacting to the state Supreme Court’s decision to strike down his stay-at-home order. The statement adds that the Wisconsin Department of Health will now be required to go through a “rulemaking process” to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. From the office…

Republican Tom Tiffany Wins Former Rep. Sean Duffy’s Congressional Seat

(District 7 – Tom Tiffany (R))WISCONSIN- Wisconsin Republican state senator Tom Tiffany has won former Representative Sean Duffy’s seat in the 7th district special election. With 99% of precincts reporting, Tiffany won 57.26% of the vote, with 108,570 ballots cast in his favor compared to his Democratic challenger, Tricia Zunker, who took home 42.74% of the votes with 81,026 ballots…

No Positive COVID-19 Cases So Far From Pop-Up Testing in Two Wisconsin Counties

NORTHWESTERN WISCONSIN– COVID-19 testing that was done in partnership with the state of Wisconsin, the National Guard, and local healthcare providers turned up all negative results in two Northwestern Wisconsin counties for those who were tested last week, with some results still pending. According to the Douglas County Department of Health and Human Services, all 171 people who went to…

Duluth High Schools Creating Virtual Graduation Ceremony Videos

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth Public Schools will hold virtual graduations this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the school district announced on Tuesday. “Graduation from high school is a significant milestone, one that students anticipate and look forward to for years,” Bill Gronseth, the ISD 709 Superintendent, said in a press release. “In the face of the pandemic and the restrictions…

Free Pop-Up COVID-19 Testing Events Happening in Northwestern Wisconsin

WISCONSIN — As states gather more testing kits for COVID-19, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has announced that free testing sites will pop-up in counties across Northwestern Wisconsin through at least mid-May. The testing will be done in areas that currently lack it or where there might be higher rates of the virus, according to the state. The pop-ups will be…

WRA Claims Half of Wisconsin Restaurants Could Close By End of May Due to Shutdown

WISCONSIN — The Wisconsin Restaurant Association president and CEO said that she believes up to half of all Wisconsin restaurants in the state could close as the state’s “Safer At Home” order continues until May 26th. “This is an extinction level event for small businesses,” WRA president and CEO Kristine Hillmer said. “We’re estimating that without relief, we think that…

Eating Better to Boost Immunity, Heart and Lung Health

DULUTH, Minn. — We might be reaching for comfort foods right now, but health experts recommend eating healthy to boost your lung and heart health, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. New research published in the Oxford Academic Journals last month found that adding more fresh produce into your diet and reducing red meat, dairy, and sugar intake can dramatically lower…

Grand Marais Community Reacts to Losing Three Businesses to One Fire

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. — Fueled by strong winds, a Monday afternoon fire ripped away three businesses from Grand Marais, ones run by local families that are friends to many in the area. “We know these people, we know their families, we know their kids,” Grand Marais resident Kati Stieler said. “White Pine North had just switched owners. It was a new…

Minnesota Launches Free Program to Help People Quit Smoking, Vaping, and Chewing Tobacco

MINNESOTA – The Minnesota Department of Health just launched a new program to help people who are interested in quitting smoking, vaping, or chewing tobacco. The program, called Quit Partner, offers free, personal counseling over the phone and online, plus it sends free lozenges, gum, and patches to help your body wean itself off of nicotine. There are an estimated…

Suspect Charged With Intent to Murder In Gogebic County Shooting

GOGEBIC COUNTY, Mich. — A man from Bessemer, Michigan, has been charged in the shooting of a 26-year-old man. According to the Gogebic County Sheriff’s Office, the victim was shot in the chest at a home on the 300-block of Beecher Street in Bessemer on Wednesday evening. Law enforcement arrested Timothy Wigman, 26, in connection to the shooting. Wigman is…

Senior Assisted Living Facility Looking for Workers During Pandemic

If you’re looking for a temporary or permanent job, New Perspective Senior Living is hiring at its multiple facilities in Superior, Cloquet, and Barnum. There are 20 job openings for caregivers, cooks, housekeepers, servers, and concierges. The business also bumped up hourly wages by $2 more per hour for hazard pay, which New Perspective calls ‘hero pay.’ “We have seen…

Wisconsin DWD Receives 115,679 New Unemployment Applications, 1.5 Million Calls In A Week

WISCONSIN – In Wisconsin, the Department of Workforce Development has seen new applications for unemployment go from a steady 6,000 a week to 115,679 just last week. The DWD said it received 1.5 million calls last week, which includes those who called multiple times. The requirement that you must apply to several jobs every week to receive your unemployment check…

Essential Businesses Currently Hiring in the Northland During the Pandemic

Many workers in the Northland have been laid off from jobs due to the response to the coronavirus pandemic. If you are currently looking for work, there are businesses still hiring in our region. If you are a business looking to hire workers during the coronavirus pandemic and would like to be added to this list, email news@fox21online.com with the…

Duluth Fitness Studios Pivot to Online Platforms to Try to Stay Afloat

DULUTH, Minn. — Fitness and wellness businesses in Duluth are fighting to keep revenue going as they have had to shut their doors to clients amid the coronavirus pandemic. Two of the businesses we spoke with are Movo Studio and Runa Yoga. Jessica Rossing, owner of Movo Studio, opened her business in its new home on East First Street just…

Cass County Sees Its First Case of Coronavirus

CASS COUNTY, Minn. – A coronavirus case has been confirmed in Cass County by the Minnesota Department of Health. The patient is older, and hadn’t traveled recently. They developed symptoms on March 9th, but did not seek treatment for their health until one week later, on the 16th. St. Louis County, Douglas County, and Bayfield County have each seen one…

Latest Worldwide Coronavirus Numbers: Approximately 196,000 Cases, more than 7,000 Deaths

According to the Johns Hopkins University & Health Center Coronavirus Resource Center, there are 196,640 confirmed cases of the coronavirus worldwide as of Tuesday afternoon. Other worldwide confirmed coronavirus numbers include 80,840 recoveries, and 7,893 deaths. The United States has seen 5,894 cases so far, with 97 deaths and 17 recoveries. China still has the highest number of cases at…

Essentia Health and St. Mary’s Hospital Limiting Visitors Amid Coronavirus Concerns

DULUTH, Minn. — Essentia Health is changing its policy for visitors amid the coronavirus outbreak reaching Minnesota. Essentia will be restricting visitors to its facilities, including St. Mary’s Hospital, to keep patients and staff safe. There are limited exceptions, and those who want to visit need to call Essentia and confirm if they are allowed in. The healthcare provider is…

St. Luke’s Hospital Says Coronavirus Testing is Limited

DULUTH, Minn.  — St. Luke’s Hospital is warning the community that testing for the coronavirus is limited right now. The healthcare provider said it will not test for coronavirus in people who aren’t showing any symptoms. It will give coronavirus tests to those who think they’ve been exposed to the virus and have the symptoms, such as a fever, cough,…

Duluth School Board Releases Names Of Six Superintendent Candidates

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth School Board has released the names of the six candidates who will be interviewed for the Duluth Public School District superintendent job. The board approved the final six candidates on Tuesday. The semifinalists were selected from 20 applicants. The candidates are James Wagner, the superintendent of the Johnson County School District in Buffalo, Wyoming, Fabby…

VFW, Behavioral Health Clinic Destroyed by Fire in Grand Rapids

Crews were not able to get into Lakeview Behavioral Health that caught fire upon arriving at the scene, but they were able to enter the VFW and save important items.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. — A Saturday night fire has destroyed two buildings and damaged a third in downtown Grand Rapids on NW 3rd street. The Grand Rapids VFW and the Lakeview Behavioral Health were left in ruins from the blaze. No one was hurt in the fire except for one firefighter who was treated and released. The fire department arrived…

Talking with Doctor, Airport Authority About Coronavirus Preparations in the Northland

DULUTH, Minn. — There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Duluth right now, but if one were to hit tomorrow, accurate test kits that detect the virus haven’t been distributed to most hospitals in the United States yet. During a strong influenza season, it’s critical to have the kits to determine if a patient has coronavirus, or just the…

Duluth Man Pleads Guilty to Sexually Assaulting Two Underage Girls at Daycare

DULUTH, Minn. — A 23-year-old Duluth man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two felony charges of first degree sexual assault of two underage girls. According criminal complaints, Daniel Bunnell sexually assaulted an 11-year-old who was staying at the 24-hour at-home daycare that Bunnell’s mother was running. The victim told police he had sexually assaulted her more than once, and it…

Illinois Man Dies in Snowmobile Crash in Iron County

TOWN OF MERCER, Wis. — A 40-year-old man from Illinois died over the weekend after a snowmobile accident in the Town of Mercer. According to the Iron County Sheriff’s Office, the man had gone off a trail and crashed into a tree. Emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene shortly before 1 a.m. on Sunday. They were unable to revive…

Park Point Residents Work to Protect Properties and Find Funding to Stop Erosion and Flooding

DULUTH, Minn. – If you could choose any neighborhood to live in in Duluth, Park Point is one of the most desirable. A beautiful six-mile isle on Lake Superior, there’s no better place to be close to the water in the city. However, in recent years, Duluthians who are living on Park Point are battling the power of Lake Superior…

City Council Votes to Give Forgivable Loan to Help Save Duluth Paper Mill

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth City Council unanimously voted to help keep the Verso Corporation’s paper mill in the city afloat amid its financial troubles. With demand for paper products dropping, the Verso Corporation’s paper mill is edging toward an uncertain future. Verso wants to convert its recycle mill so it can take scrap packaging and turn it into pulp…

Stabbing In Two Harbors Sends One Person to Hospital With Non-life Threatening Injuries

TWO HARBORS, Minn. — One person was brought to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries after a stabbing in Two Harbors on Sunday afternoon, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The Two Harbors Police Department responded to the scene shortly before 2:30 p.m. The two people involved know each other and the public isn’t in danger. The Two Harbors…

Hermantown City Council, Mayor Reject Proposed Housing Project

HERMANTOWN, Minn. — On Tuesday, the Hermantown City Council voted to reject a proposal for a 137-unit housing development called The Arbours of Maple Grove. City council’s vote was tied 2-2, with the tiebreaker vote made by Hermantown Mayor Wayne Boucher to deny the proposal. The Arbours of Maple Grove property would have sat on more than 10 acres of…

Bluestone Developer Talks About Vue Project, Why Developers Are Building Luxury Over Basic Housing

DULUTH, Minn. — In the next few years, Duluth will see more luxury housing than ever before popping up all over the area, from up on the hill to down by the lake. One of the luxury properties popping up in less than two years is Bluestone Vue by developer Mark Lambert. Since acquiring the 27 acres of land in…

Year in Review: July Through September

Here’s a look back at some of the biggest stories that happened around the Northland from July to September. Stories include the Rainbow Family Gathering in Bayfield County, the mayors of the Twin Ports reaffirming their stance that the EPA should look into refineries like Husky Energy using hydrogen fluoride, and nurses in Duluth picketing while negotiating new contracts with…

Union Representing St. Louis County Snow Plow Drivers Authorizes Potential Strike

VIRGINIA, Minn. — The Teamsters Local 320 union, which represents St. Louis County Public Works employees, voted in favor of authorizing a strike if contract negotiations fail with the county by the end of the year. The vote passed 112 to 1 Sunday morning. A potential strike would involve 180 St. Louis county employees, which includes snow plow operators, mechanics,…

Snowmobiler Rescued After Getting Stuck in Swamp

ARROWHEAD TOWNSHIP, Minn. — Rescue crews helped a stranded snowmobiler on Saturday after he became stuck in a swamp. Around noon on Saturday, the St. Louis County Rescue Squad, the Arrowhead Volunteer Fire Department, and the Floodwood Ambulance responded to the call of the stranded snowmobiler. According to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, the man was riding on a…