Author: Jane Kim

Healthy Routines Amidst the Coronavirus

While you watch what you eat, don't be afraid to have that cookie.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s about maintaining a healthy routine and schedule during this time when normal routines are not always possible to help regulate weight and nutrition. Experts say getting too comfortable at home and not being able to go outside may result in inactivity. “When you are kind of trapped in your home or you’re not able to go…

DTA Takes Precautions and Adjusts Protocols During the Coronavirus

Ridership is down by almost 50 percent on all fixed routes.

DULUTH, Minn. – The DTA is taking precautions and is adjusting its protocols accordingly during the coronavirus. Ridership is down by almost 50 percent on fixed routes, which are all free. The fronts of the buses are also taped off and are used only for those with mobility impairments. Most customers are only allowed to get off and on the…

Hardware Stores Continue to Stay Open

Despite most businesses shutting down, hardware stores are still up and running as they are considered essential businesses.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Despite most businesses shutting down, hardware stores, like Campbell Lumber in Superior, are still up and running as they are considered essential businesses. The president of the store tells us they are supplying construction crews for building projects around the community while other customers are coming in for home projects, like kitchen cabinetry, along with windows and…

Duluth Changes Trails for Social Distancing Purposes

As everyone is being told to keep their distance from others, Duluth city leaders want to make that easier even while people are outside.

  DULUTH, Minn. – As everyone is being told to keep their distance from others, Duluth city leaders want to make that easier even while people are outside. The city is hoping to route people to three additional trails. The goal is to help cut down on unsafe crowding that has been happening on local trails. One option includes Seven…

Shipping Takes Precautions for COVID-19

The shipping industry is yet another sector that is being impacted by the coronavirus.

DULUTH, Minn. – The shipping industry is yet another sector that is being impacted by the coronavirus. The Duluth Seaway Port Authority tells us that several precautions are being taken in the midst of the crisis. Approval to board the ships could be limited while all crew would be checked for symptoms of the virus. Ships coming to Lake Superior…

Some Students Heading Back to Class at Lake Superior College

Lake Superior College is resuming some classes this Monday on campus

DULUTH, Minn. – Lake Superior College is resuming some classes this Monday on campus. While the majority of classes will still be online, some of the students coming back will be back for classes that are more hands on learning including welding and medical lab technician, or MLT. LSC is taking extra precautions, asking students and faculty to stay 6…

Groups Serve Homeless Amidst Coronavirus

Duluth's Ordean Foundation is helping combat the impact of COVID-19 to vulnerable populations.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s Ordean Foundation is helping combat the impact of COVID-19 to vulnerable populations. The organization is providing emergency grants this week to groups like CHUM, Life House and Safe Haven. Life House in Duluth provides meals each day and also gives out hygiene products, deodorant and shampoo, to those who need them. It’s not easy maintaining precautions…

Meals on Wheels Still Trucking Forward

One organization is still paying it forward to senior citizens in need of meals.

DULUTH, Minn. – One organization is still paying it forward to senior citizens in need of meals. Even though the organization has lost some volunteers and dining sites are closed, Meals on Wheels is still operating. The group still drops off food to senior citizens in need of a hot meal, every day. “I love this program,” said Jacqueline Wacker,…

Local Club Raises Money for Healthcare Workers

One local club is raising money for healthcare workers serving on the front lines of this virus.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – One local club is raising money for healthcare workers serving on the front lines of this virus. Border Town Betties is a local pin-up social club, and is hosting the Healthcare Worker’s Meal Fund to provide meals for hospital staff at St. Luke’s and Essentia when they are hit with a surge of coronavirus patients. The group…

Statewide Salvation Army Receives Big Match Donation

The Northern Division of the Salvation Army, which includes all of North Dakota and Minnesota, is one of many organizations working to help people get through this pandemic.

DULUTH, Minn. – The northern division of the Salvation Army, which includes all of North Dakota and Minnesota, is one of many organizations working to help people get through this pandemic. And now, it will be a little bit easier for them, as all donations they receive up to $500,000 will be matched. According to officials, the match donation will…

How are Car Dealerships Dealing with the Coronavirus

Car dealerships like Benna Ford in Superior are still open for business.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Car dealerships like Benna Ford in Superior are still open for business, but things have changed a bit. Different managers and different sales people are in the office ever day on a rotation. The business is doing the best it can to implement a 6-foot distance between salespeople and customers. There is also a Lysol spray on…

Two Harbors Culvers Donate Food to Northland Food Shelf

The Two Harbors Culvers gave big donations to that city's food shelf today.

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – The Two Harbors Culvers gave big donations to that city’s food shelf today. More than 650 pounds of food was donated, and experts say about 60 to 80 pounds of food lasts for a family of three for about two weeks. “This is immediate and this is wonderful. This is probably going to have a ripple…

North Shore Tourism Impacted by Coronavirus

A change in routine, a change in lifestyle...but how will this change impact North Shore tourism in the future?

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – A change in routine, a change in lifestyle…but how will this change impact North Shore tourism in the future? “It’s odd. It’s kind of awkward. Super quiet, kind of uncomfortable but you get used to it,” said Carl Ehlenz, owner of Betty’s Pies. With the change in policies, Betty’s Pies is taking extra precautions. The restaurant…

Bakeries Busy Amidst Coronavirus

Some businesses are still seeing a steady stream of customers during this time.

DULUTH, Minn. – Some businesses are still seeing a steady stream of customers during this time… While restaurants that bakeries serviced previously may not be ordering from them anymore, bakeries like Positively 3rd Street Bakery are experiencing business from cooperative grocers and from those in the community. “We also service a lot of cooperative grocers in the Midwest and they’re…

Coronavirus Cases Rise in the Northland

The cases of coronavirus continue to climb in the Northland.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The cases of coronavirus continue to climb in the Northland. At this hour, we are learning three more people have been reported positive in Douglas County for a total of four – with one case in Superior. There remains one confirmed case in Bayfield County and a second person has tested positive in St. Louis County. Right…

Fundraiser Raises Big Dollars for Local Healthcare Workers

Local businesses are partnering to raise money for healthcare workers, so they can get fresh coffee, baked goods and meals.

DULUTH, Minn. – Local businesses are partnering to raise money for healthcare workers, so they can get fresh coffee, baked goods and meals. The Rambler and Yellow Bike Coffee started out with a goal of raising $10,000 on a Go Fund Me page. They are now already passed $13,000. Those organizing the event says its nice to help those on…

YMCA Provides Childcare for Tier 2 Emergency Workers

Two World Wars, the Great Depression and the Spanish Flu: the Duluth area YMCA has been serving the community since 1870.

DULUTH, Minn. – Two world wars, the Great Depression and the Spanish Flu: the Duluth area YMCA has been serving the community since 1870. “We owe a debt of gratitude to front-line healthcare workers and other types of essential workers every day, all year long, but especially in times like these, I think we realize how important those folks are,”…

Duluth Company Helps Medical Personnel with COVID-19

One Duluth company is taking measured steps towards combating COVID-19.

DULUTH, Minn – One Duluth company is taking measured steps towards combating COVID-19. GeaCom produced a medical device called Phrazer-Kitsune. The device matches the language, culture and literacy levels of the patient to a virtual person who helps guide the patient through a series of medical-related questions. The device helps medical staff avoid exposure to contagious situations and creates a…

Grocery Stores Implement New Policies For Workers

New hours and new wages are being implemented in response to the impacts of the coronavirus.

DULUTH, Minn. – New hours and new wages are being implemented in response to the impacts of the coronavirus. Super One is one local grocery store that is changing up some of its policies. Miner’s Inc. Store Director Patrick Miner says grocery store workers are at the front lines and are working hard to meet the needs of those in…

Burrito Union Gives Free Burritos to Kids

One Duluth business is giving back to the community - one burrito at a time.

DULUTH, Minn. – One Duluth business is giving back to the community, one burrito at a time. Burrito Union is hosting a free burrito giveaway, Monday through Friday from 11 to 1 for any kid that wants one. They even get a free cookie. “Rather than getting doom and gloom, I think we take this as an opportunity where we’re…

Gas Prices Fall During Coronavirus

Gas prices are dropping around the nation, and the Northland is no exception.

DULUTH, Minn. – Gas prices are dropping around the nation, and the Northland is no exception. Around the local area, gas is falling. Demand is not meeting the amount of supply that is available. Duluthians say the gas prices are helpful, specifically for who are currently working. “They drive the company car, pay for the fixing of the car, and…

Hospitals and Medical Professionals Update on COVID-19

Area hospitals are busy preparing for the potential impact of coronavirus in the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn. – Area hospitals are busy preparing for the potential impact of coronavirus in the Northland. Earlier today, St. Luke’s and Essentia leaders came together to help address questions concerning the virus. Tests have been happening at both Essentia and St. Luke’s in Duluth for the past week. Hospital officials say they have enough equipment for medical personnel and…

Culver’s Gives Free Meals to Health Care Workers

Even during this uncertain time, businesses are helping out in the community.

DULUTH, Minn. – Even during this uncertain time, businesses are helping out the community. Culver’s locations in Duluth, Two Harbors, Ashland and Superior are providing value baskets free of charge to health care workers. This includes a choice of a free entree with fries and a beverage. All those who qualify have to do is show their ID badge at…

Flying During the Coronavirus

The coronavirus outbreak has slowed down travel all over the world, but that doesn't mean everyone has stopped flying.

DULUTH, Minn. – The coronavirus outbreak has slowed down travel all over the world, but that doesn’t mean everyone has stopped flying. Flyers we spoke with are traveling on planes with many more open seats, and they are taking precautions as much as possible. The seating areas are sparse at the Duluth International Airport. People are not sitting next to…

Liquor Stores Busy Amidst Coronavirus

While bars are closing in the Northland, liquor stores are experiencing an uptick in business to accommodate those who want a drink or two.

DULUTH, Minn. – While bars are closing in the Northland, liquor stores are experiencing an uptick in business to accommodate those who want a drink or two. Lake Aire Bottle Shoppe in Duluth is currently open. It says it’s having a steady stream of people coming into the business. The store says all kinds of hard liquor are currently being…

Salvation Army Provides Box Lunches to Area Residents

Instead of shutting down its lunch program, the Salvation Army is now providing box lunches for area residents.

DULUTH, Minn. – Instead of hosting lunch in a room with several dozen other people, the Salvation Army is now providing box lunches for area residents that they can now take on the go. The Salvation Army’s lunch box program provided meals at its Duluth location. For some people, it might be the only meal they can get all day….

Duluth Loves Local Group Helps Local Businesses Amidst Coronavirus

Duluth Loves Local is helping business combat the changes.

DULUTH, Minn. – The group Duluth Loves Local is helping city businesses stay afloat during coronavirus-related closures combat by letting them advertise on their Instagram page for free. Leaders from the group say it’s a good way to give back during a dire situation. “It is, it is because small businesses don’t have a lot to lean back on in…

Coronavirus Impacts on Local Real Estate

Despite the spread of coronavirus, there are still lots of listings and lots of real estate traffic in the Northland.

TWIN PORTS – The mass closures due to the coronavirus have not dampened the housing market in the Northland, according to real estate agents. Experts are calling it a seller’s market in this area, meaning demand is exceeding supply, whether it be in Duluth, Cloquet, Hermantown or Proctor. Even in this market, the virus is unpredictable by the day, even…

Yarn Harbor Implements Curbside Pickup

As the coronavirus continues to spread, businesses like Yarn Harbor in Duluth are implementing new ways to deliver products to customers.

DULUTH, Minn. – As the coronavirus continues to spread, businesses like Yarn Harbor in Duluth are implementing new ways to deliver products to customers. The business has introduced a new curbside pickup. Customers can order and pay ahead of time before picking up their supplies in front of Yarn Harbor. Leadership from the business say this new business model will…

Daycares Serve Communities During Coronavirus

Governor Walz has ordered that schools provide childcare for elementary-age children of health care professionals, first responders, and other emergency workers...

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – With schools and other institutions being shut down, daycare for young children is in high demand in the Northland. Laugh and Learn Childcare Center opened its Hermantown location in October, well before anything like the coronavirus was a concern. So far, the center is not experiencing much change from normal business. While the infant room is currently…

Lots for Tots Keeping Clean

Local used goods stores have already been taking precautions when it comes to cleanliness...

DULUTH, Minn. – Local used goods stores have already been taking precautions when it comes to cleanliness. Lots for Tots is a local shop where items like hats, shoes, and clothes are sold for resale. Store leadership says they personally wash every single item before the item is sold to prevent the spread of disease. “We take all the equipment…

Essentia Health and St. Luke’s Respond to COVID-19

Health experts say many of those with COVID-19 will have either no or mild symptoms, making testing important to identify cases.

DULUTH, Minn. – Health experts say many of those with COVID-19 will have either no or mild symptoms, making testing important to identify cases. But testing itself is extremely limited in the state of Minnesota right now. It is done through the Minnesota Department of Health, and is reserved for those who are at high risk. Specifically those who have…

Friday the 13th Event Breaks Superstitions

Today is Friday the 13th ,a perfect day to break some superstitions

DULUTH, Minn. – One Northland resident put those superstitions to the test, giving Northlanders the chance to smash mirrors, throw salt over their shoulders and walk under ladders during this special Friday the 13th event at the Radisson. The presentations showed that while superstitions are fun, they shouldn’t be taken literally. “We want to celebrate our reliance on science nowadays…

Local Assisted Living Facilities Take Precautionary Measures Against Coronavirus

The CDC says older adults and those with serious health conditions are at a higher risk of becoming sick from this virus.

DULUTH, Minn. – The CDC says older adults and those with serious health conditions are at a higher risk of becoming sick from this virus. This has many nursing homes and care facilities taking extra precautions…but COVID-19 is not the only concern. The flu season also continues to be a major focus. “We go through our own flu season anyway…

Great Lakes Aquarium Celebrates 20th Anniversary by Introducing 20 New Things This Year

And the Great Lakes Aquarium is celebrating its 20th anniversary by introducing 20 new things this year.

DULUTH, Minn. – And the Great Lakes Aquarium is celebrating its 20th anniversary by introducing 20 new things this year. Along with new animals, there will also be new exhibits, new programs and new events. Included in the newness is a North American opossum, which will be a feature animal in the origins exhibit. Socks the opossum was discovered orphaned…

Free Reusable Bags by Swim Creative

Duluth's single-use bag ordinance is taking affect on April 1st...

DULUTH, Minn – Duluth’s single-use bag ordinance is taking affect on April 1st. In response, marketing and advertising agency swim creative designed what they call the incredible grocery bag. It’s an all-cotton bag the company hopes consumers will use to break their dependence on one-time use bags that can be harmful to the environment. Consumers who don’t bring reusable bags…

Local Tech Businesses Impacted by the Coronavirus

The electronics industry is among those now seeing the impact of coronavirus concerns.

DULUTH, Minn. – The electronics industry is among those now seeing the impact of coronavirus concerns. Colin Mackin of Tech Medics says he’s never experienced a shortage of supplies like this because of a virus in his 10 years of owning the business along London Road. One of Mackin’s specialties is iPhone repair, but parts to make the fixes are…

Local Shops Have Dresses Available During Coronavirus

While nationwide it's a big concern, local prom and bridal dress shops are not necessarily facing the impact of the virus...

SUPERIOR, Wis. – While nationwide it’s a big concern, local prom and bridal dress shops are not necessarily facing the impact of the virus. Local stores such as Angie’s Close in Superior are experiencing good business amidst the illness. The business says it does not buy dresses from factories from China. Rather, it buys from locals on consignment. “A lot…

School Board Meeting Determines Superintendent Final Candidates

The process continued to find Duluth Public Schools new superintendent.

DULUTH, Minn. – The process continued to find Duluth Public Schools new superintendent after current superintendent Bill Gronseth previously announced he will be leaving this summer. The Duluth School Board has partnered with a consulting group to find a match for the superintendent position. During today’s meeting, the candidates were spoken about anonymously, specifically about their work experiences and their…

Aerial Lift Bridge to Go Through Sidewalk Repair and Lighting Upgrades

Work continues today for a major renovation project on the aerial lift bridge...

DULUTH, Minn. – Work continues today for a major renovation project on the aerial lift bridge, which includes some lighting upgrades and sidewalk improvements. This will be the first time since 1980 that the lights will be upgraded. The new LED lights are expected to last for nearly 23 years. Officials say they are expected to increase lighting efficiency and…

27th Annual Toothpick Bridge Competition Takes Place at UMD

Many talented students came together to evaluate their engineering capabilities...

DULUTH, Minn. – Toothpicks, sand and more toothpicks. Many talented students came together to evaluate their engineering capabilities at the 27th Annual Toothpick Bridge Competition. 150 students from several area schools created 120 separate bridge projects. Rules have changed this year. The weight limit is now .1 pounds, half of what it used to be…while the bridge was shortened to…

Fond du Lac Reservation Reeling after Mother and Son were Victims of Homicide

The Fond du Lac Reservation is reeling after a mother and son were the victims of a homicide there over the weekend as a suspect is taken into custody. 

CLOQUET, Minn. – “We’re a really close knit community so if something happens to one of us, we all feel it in a really powerful way and even if you know, we have our little gripes with each other, we support each other, we build each other up, we help each other as a community,” said Cortnee DeFoe, older sister…

Fire Destroys Multiple Garage Units

A fire ripped through two garage units at the Highland Village Apartments just off Central Entrance.

DULUTH, Minn. – Just after 8 last night, a fire ripped through two garage units at the Highland Village Apartments just off Central Entrance. At this hour, authorities are investigating the cause of the blaze, which caused 90 thousand dollars in damages. There were no injuries reporting in all of this, as the apartments are detached from the garage. Categories:…

Duluth Tutor Focuses on Encouragement as She Teaches Kids in China

The coronavirus outbreak is having an impact on many types of businesses and workers...especially those who have jobs with direct connection to certain parts of the world. 

DULUTH, Minn. – The coronavirus outbreak is having an impact on many types of businesses and workers…especially those who have jobs with direct connection to certain parts of the world. Kristina Winings has been teaching English online to kids in China for the past seven months through a program called VIPKid. She’s had a first-hand look at what children are…

St. Luke’s Partners with Duluth Airport Authority for Ways to Combat Sickness

Local organizations throughout the city are doing their best to combat the coronavirus.

DULUTH, Minn. – Local organizations throughout the city are doing their best to combat the coronavirus… The Duluth Airport has partnered with St. Luke’s in providing handsanitizer and wipes to traveling customers… Those organizations are encouraging customers to clean their seating area with the wipes, along with arm rests, tray tables and seat pockets. They also want travelers to wash…

Lenten Organ Recitals Hosted in Duluth

Music lovers gather around...

DULUTH, Minn. – Music lovers gather around.. The Arrowhead Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is hosting recitals during the Lenten season. Samuel Black played for the first recital in the series. The performance took place at First Presbyterian Church in Duluth. Black has been playing the organ since 1966. He played pieces including those by Richard Horn and…

Surprise Turnout and a Surprise Result for Primary Election

Joe Biden's campaign did not have a strong presence in the state, making his victory largely unexpected, especially after Senator Bernie Sanders won the Minnesota caucus handily back in 2016...

DULUTH, Minn. – Joe Biden’s campaign did not have a strong presence in the state, making his victory largely unexpected, especially after Senator Bernie Sanders won the Minnesota caucus handily back in 2016. High voter turnout was a big part of the Minnesota primary. Turnout in Duluth was right around 35 percent of registered voters, but the biggest news was…

Minnesota Foodshare Month has Begun

Your dollars and donations are wanted to help combat hunger...

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota Foodshare Month has begun…and your dollars and donations are wanted to help combat hunger. The CHUM Food Shelf in Downtown Duluth is accepting food donations, but CHUM can do so much more with money. Every one dollar donating equals seven dollars of food through a partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank. Right now, CHUM provides 5-day…

17th Annual Mono Ski and Race Camp

The event is the largest adapted learning-how-to-ski event in the Midwest

DULUTH, Minn. – The Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute hit the slopes last week for its 17th annual Mono Ski and Race Camp at Spirit Mountain. The event is the largest adapted learning-how-to-ski event in the Midwest. Participants learn how to improve on their mono-ski skills and gain extra confidence to become independent at the sport…and to have fun all at…