Author: Katharine Huntley

Barnes Volunteers Delivering Groceries and Medications to Those in Need

Staff at the emergency services building will take requests via phone and have community volunteers pick up the items and deliver them at a safe distance.

BARNES, Wis. – Emergency services has implemented a new program to help at-risk residents maintain access to groceries and medications without leaving their home in the town of Barnes. Staff at the emergency services building will take requests via phone and have community volunteers pick up the items and deliver them at a safe distance. According to the emergency services…

Superior Introducing Curbside Voting Along with Other Changes For Tuesday’s Election

As of Sunday evening, the deadline for absentee ballots in Wisconsin has been moved until next Monday for people who have already requested the ballots. Superior sent out an unprecedented 4,200 absentee ballots for Tuesday's election.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – While much of the Northland is shut down in some way because of the coronavirus outbreak, it is not stopping Tuesday’s spring election in Superior. As of Sunday evening, the deadline for absentee ballots in Wisconsin has been moved until next Monday for people who have already requested the ballots. This comes along with several other measures…

Drive-By Easter Bunny Celebration in Duluth Neighborhood

Cars drove past to see a full Easter set-up complete with a dancing Easter Bunny.

DULUTH, Minn. – Easter came early to the Piedmont Heights neighborhood of Duluth on Saturday. The Easter Bunny was outside one home waving and spreading springtime cheer. Cars drove past to see a full Easter set-up complete with a dancing Easter Bunny. The family who hosted it loves holidays and wanted to spread joy. “We just saw that there was…

Frost River Making Thousands of Pieces of Protective Equipment for Medical Providers at Duluth Hospitals

Frost River will be done with 45,000 face shields by mid-week and will double that soon.

DULUTH, Minn. – Frost River, a Duluth-based company that manufactures soft goods like bags, has stopped production of their regular goods. Instead, they are spearheading the manufacturing of equipment to keep medical professionals in Duluth safe. Employees and machines at Frost River are working around the clock to create protection for Duluth’s hospital workers. Owner, Christian Benson’s wife is in…

Proctor High School Program 3-D Printing Ways to Quadruple Capacity of Ventilators

They are creating things called manifolds which act as a splitter of sorts so one ventilator can help more than just one person.

PROCTOR, Minn. – The availability of ventilators is an important topic in the era of COVID-19 and a program at Proctor High School is using their 3-D printer to help. The industrial arts program is 3-D printing ways to double and even quadruple the capacity of ventilators. They are creating things called manifolds which act as a splitter of sorts…

One Roof Community Housing Helping Tenants and Landlords

Residential evictions, lease terminations, and foreclosures have been suspended.

DULUTH, Minn. – Millions of people are now unemployed around the country due to the pandemic and many are struggling to make monthly rent payments. Because of this, legislators have enacted protections for tenants and landlords. Residential evictions, lease terminations, and foreclosures have been suspended. However, these protections do not reduce or waive rent for tenants. One Roof Community Housing…

Gov. Walz Launches New COVID-19 Website

Gov. Walz says many places are not releasing this data for fear it will cause panic, but he believes it is important to make sure Minnesotans are well informed.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Governor Tim Walz addressed the state on Friday to announce a new website dedicated to COVID-19. Gov. Walz says the goal is to be a one-stop portal for the complete data the state has regarding the virus. The website covers things like available ICU beds, testing, how social distancing is working, and the capacity for…

Hoyt Lakes Couple Celebrates Canceled Cruise in Style from Backyard

Ray and Sue Shimmin have always dreamt of going on a cruise, but when their Western Caribbean cruise was canceled last-minute, they decided to do the cruise anyway from their backyard.

HOYT LAKES, Minn. – Vacations for just about everyone have been put on hold around the Northland. However, one couple whose cruise was canceled decided to still have some fun – even while staying home. Ray and Sue Shimmin have always dreamt of going on a cruise, but when their Western Caribbean cruise was canceled last-minute, they decided to do…

Superior Woman Celebrates a Surprise 88th Birthday in Social Distanced Style

Lorraine Urbaniak was treated to a surprise car parade of her family and friends outside her home.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Northlanders are doing what they can to celebrate important moments in life even if it’s from afar. In the time of COVID-19, families are dealing with being apart from loved ones, especially those who are in assisted living homes. But one local family in Superior did what they could to celebrate a very special 88th birthday. Lorraine…

Hartel’s Disposal Helping Out Employees During Pandemic

About five years ago, most of Hartel's trucks became fully automated, meaning drivers do not even have to get out of the trucks to load the trash at most sites.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Most local companies are dealing with the fallout of COVID-19 and though trash services are considered essential businesses, they are doing their best to keep their drivers safe. Each day, Proctor-based Hartel’s Disposal sanitized each garbage truck before they are driven on routes. Drivers are also given facemasks purchased from a local business to keep them safe….

Private Campgrounds Face Uncertain Future

Private campgrounds are doing what they can to heed government orders while also hoping to open up soon.

DULUTH, Minn. – Along with everything else, local campgrounds are feeling the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Campgrounds and even dispersed camping are closed at all state parks, forests, and recreational facilities. However, the mandate only covers DNR managed facilities. Private campgrounds are doing what they can to heed government orders while also hoping to open up soon. Many campgrounds…

PAVSA Offering Virtual Help During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, April, and Beyond

Advocates are working from home and are available online and via phone to survivors who need to seek help.

DULUTH, Minn. – April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and this year, the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault (PAVSA) is making it easier to remotely help those who need it. PAVSA’s offices will remain closed until at least the end of April due to the pandemic. However, advocates are still working from home. Survivors of sexual assault…

Eveleth Feeling Broad Impacts of COVID-19

The streets of Eveleth were mostly empty Sunday as people were heeding the government's warnings and staying home and businesses there are doing their best to keep their bearings.

EVELETH, Minn. – The coronavirus and its far-reaching effects are hitting Iron Range businesses. Streets in Eveleth were mostly empty Sunday as people were heeding the government’s warnings and staying home and businesses there are doing their best to keep their bearings. “If somebody would have told me two weeks ago that this was going to happen I never would…

Banks Experiencing Decrease in Transaction Volume During Pandemic

National Bank of Commerce tells Fox 21 that they have been experiencing a decrease in transaction volume, however, loan applications have picked up.

DULUTH, Minn. – Banks have been experiencing a mix of customer response amid the COVID-19 crisis. National Bank of Commerce tells Fox 21 that they have been experiencing a decrease in transaction volume, however, loan applications have picked up. Officials say the state of banks is better than they were during the subprime mortgage crisis. “The banking system is much…

Nearly Naked Ruck Took Place Virtually In Light of COVID-19 Pandemic

Hundreds of ruckers across the country put on their packs and hiked the ten miles, but due to COVID-19, they did it on a video chatting software while on their separate hikes.

DULUTH, Minn. – The annual Nearly Naked Ruck March was postponed this year, but ruckers still got a chance to hike with each other virtually and support veterans. Hundreds of ruckers across the country put on their packs and hiked the ten miles, but due to COVID-19, they did it on a video chatting software while on their separate hikes….

Gloria Dei Warming Shelter to Close March 31st

Until March 31st there will be more restrictive rules at Gloria Dei. CHUM Drop-In Center will remain open overnight after the 31st for those in need.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Gloria Dei Warming Shelter will close on March 31st, the shelter announced on Saturday in a press release. CHUM Drop-In Center will remain open overnight after March 31st but will have more restrictions on what the center calls “in and out movement”. Guests at CHUM can go in, sign up, and stay but once they leave…

Governor Walz Signs $330 Million COVID-19 Aid Package

(Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP) ST. PAUL, Minn. – Governor Walz signed a COVID-19 aid package totaling $330 million for Minnesota’s response to the virus. The legislature passed the bill with broad bipartisan support on March 26. A press release from Governor Walz’s office states the law will help ensure Minnesota has the right supports in place to prepare for…

Superior Police Respond to Gov. Evers “Safer at Home” Order

Chief Alexander stressed the police will not be pulling citizens over to ask about the nature of their business.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – After Governor Tony Evers’ “Safer at Home” order on Tuesday, Superior Police Chief Nick Alexander spoke about what this means for citizens of Superior. Chief Alexander stressed the police will not be pulling citizens over to ask about the nature of their business. He added that the bridges would remain open to traffic. The order also does…

Texas Roadhouse Offering Curbside Food Service

Customers are encouraged to order ahead, pull up, and get their food.

DULUTH, Minn. – Many restaurants around the Northland are doing what they can to stay open and keep their employees working, at least on a limited basis. Texas Roadhouse in Duluth is one of those restaurants and they are trying to make things easy for their customers to get the food they want curbside. They also say they are going…

Lines Forming Down the Sidewalk for Free Vikre Distillery Sanitizer

Those in line were carrying jars, Tupperware, spray bottles, and even old jugs that once held windshield wiper fluid, all to fill up on the sanitizer that Vikre is giving away.

DULUTH, Minn. – People are lining up in a socially distanced way for Vikre Distillery’s free sanitizer. Employees have been giving away their sprayable sanitize for a week now and it has been quite a hit. Those in line were carrying jars, Tupperware, spray bottles, and even old jugs that once held windshield wiper fluid, all to fill up on…

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northland Offering Dinner to Kids

Starting Monday evening and continuing every weekday until supplies run out, the Boys and Girls Club located in Lincoln Park will be giving out a "grab-and-go"dinner for children who need it.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northland is doing what it can for kids in the community who are hungry. Starting Monday evening and continuing every weekday until supplies run out, the Boys and Girls Club located in Lincoln Park will be giving out a “grab-and-go” dinner for children who need it. Normally the Boys and…

Childhood Sweethearts Celebrate a Special 92nd Birthday Through a Window Due to COVID-19

Not 70 years, nor a window, was going to keep now, 93-year-old Ken and 92-year-old Delores apart.

DULUTH, Minn. – Assisted living facilities are closed to visitors right now, but some families are not letting that stop them from seeing their loved ones in some way, even if it is through a window. Sunday, a very special 92nd birthday celebration was held from the outside looking in. It all started before World War II, Ken Sheehus and…

Antique Store Helping Out the Community with Food and Furniture

Many people who are still employed are doing what they can to help their fellow community members including Duluth business, Antique and Estate Treasures in West Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – Hundreds of workers have been laid off in the Duluth area since the COVID-19 pandemic started. Many people who are still employed are doing what they can to help their fellow community members including Duluth business, Antique and Estate Treasures in West Duluth. Owner Scott Miller is buying the food and giving it away to anyone in…

Car Repair Shops Still Open and Working Despite Virus

The owner of Belknap Automotive in Superior, Bill Liberty, says that each year they have a slower business cycle and that this is similar to that.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Essential Workers in the Twin Ports are relying on their vehicles to get to work and many local car repair shops are still open, keeping those vehicles running. The owner of Belknap Automotive in Superior, Bill Liberty, says that each year they have a slower business cycle and that this is similar to that. He has not…

OMC, Duluth Grill, and Corktown Deli to Close Temporarily

Owner Tom Hanson says he hopes to reopen OMC on a limited basis in a couple of weeks for take-out.

DULUTH, Minn. – As restaurants all across the region are offering take-out, Tom Hanson, the owner of Duluth’s OMC Smokehouse is taking a different approach. In light of the governor’s mandated shutdown, OMC, Duluth Grill, and Corktown Deli are closing their doors for the time being. Hanson says he hopes to reopen OMC on a limited basis in a couple…

Frost River to Pursue Making Masks to Aid COVID-19 Response

Normally Frost River makes softgoods such as bags, packs, and even outdoor equipment.

DULUTH, Minn. – Medical providers across the world are scrambling for much needed medical supplies and employees at Frost River Trading Company, a Duluth-based business, want to help. Normally Frost River makes softgoods such as bags, packs, and even outdoor equipment. This week their owner, Christian Benson, announced they have specific equipment that could potentially make medical masks. Benson is…

Duluth City Councilors Propose Delay of Plastic Bag Fee

The bag fee was all set to go into effects on April 1, but now it could be delayed until July 1, or even later.

DULUTH, Minn. – Some Duluth City Councilors want to delay the city’s upcoming five-cent fee on plastic bags. The bag fee was all set to go into effects on April 1, but now it could be delayed until July 1, or even later. Some councilors want to push it back because of how busy grocery stores are during the COVID-19…

Duluthians Watch Superintendent Interviews Remotely

Due to the pandemic, the public was not allowed to sit in the room during the interviews, but were able to view in another room.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth superintendent search is marching on despite the global pandemic. Thursday, the Duluth School Board interviewed the first of six candidates. Due to the pandemic, the public was not allowed to sit in the room during the interviews. Instead, they were in the gym at Old Central High School a few rooms away from where the…

Superior Salvation Army Continuing to Offer Food After Brief Closure

The Superior Salvation Army Corps Community Center is not open for customers to come inside as usual, but rather they will be putting boxes of food outside for those in need to pick up items.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – After a brief closure this week due to a false coronavirus scare, the Superior Salvation army is back up and running. However, in light of the pandemic, they will be changing up their services a little bit. The Superior Salvation Army Corps Community Center is not open for customers to come inside as usual, but rather they…

Funeral Plans Put on Hold Due to COVID-19

Downs Funeral and Cremation Services in Superior is postponing services unless family members choose to have a private service with only a few people.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The pandemic is hurting businesses right now as life for many Americans grinds to a halt, including those who have lost a loved one and need to plan a funeral. Downs Funeral and Cremation Services in Superior is postponing services unless family members choose to have a private service with only a few people. In some cases,…

‘A Place for Fido’ Offering Pickup, Curbside, Delivery at Fitger’s Complex

A few businesses inside Fitger's Complex are still operating on a pickup and delivery basis for food for people and dogs.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Fitger’s Complex in Duluth is the latest mall to temporarily close amid coronavirus concerns. But a few businesses inside are still operating on a pickup and delivery basis for food for people and dogs. A Place for Fido supplies food for all kinds of dogs and even ones with sensitive stomachs. Customers cannot shop in the…

Ruby’s Pantry Hosting Drive-Thru Service this Month

For this month, Ruby's will be operating outside the church in the parking lot with drive-thru service.

DULUTH, Minn. – Ruby’s Pantry is not stopping its food distribution on Thursday at Duluth’s Coppertop Church, but the way it’s being handed out is much different. Normally people are welcomed into the church basement where they can select their food. For this month, Ruby’s will be operating outside the church in the parking lot with drive-thru service. Cars will…

Duluth Bethel Alchoholics Anonymous Meetings Suspended

AA websites and other recovery websites have phone numbers of people those struggling can call.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Bethel is temporarily suspending public meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous and other recovery group meetings at its facility downtown. Fox 21 is told that the Duluth Bethel will reopen the meetings when coronavirus concerns pass. The executive director, Dennis Cummings, says people can still call for help. There is also a list of sponsors and helplines…

Customers at Grocery Stores Taking Extra Precautions

Customers at Super One on Arrowhead Road are also taking extra precautions including one college student who says she is wearing a mask to protect others.

DULUTH, Minn. – Grocery stores are staying more than busy restocking shelves as fast as they can as people pile their shopping carts with food and cleaning supplies. Customers at Super One on Arrowhead Road are also taking extra precautions including one college student who says she is wearing a mask to protect others. She just returned from Jamaica and…

Fitger’s Brewhouse Launching Curbside Pickup Amid Coronavirus Fears

Customers are encouraged to call ahead, pull right up, and Brewhouse staff will bring food and even a growler of beer to their car.

DULUTH, Minn. – Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth is launching a new curbside service on Superior Street as the coronavirus spreads. Customers are encouraged to call ahead, pull right up, and Brewhouse staff will bring food and even a growler of beer to their car. Fitger’s Brewhouse is also part of Food Dudes and Grub Hub for people who do not…

Duluth Responds to Coronavirus Concerns

City leaders have addressed topics like emergency response and how to continue providing reliable utilities in the Duluth area.

DULUTH, Minn. – With coronavirus case numbers on the rise, city leaders say they are preparing for when, and not if, the pandemic strikes Duluth. City leaders have addressed topics like emergency response and how to continue providing reliable utilities in the Duluth area. Fire Chief Shawn Krizaj, who is also the city’s emergency manager, addressed the fire department’s role…

Wisconsin Parents Coming to Terms with No School

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers announced Wisconsin K-12 schools will be closed from March 18 through April 6. 

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers announced Wisconsin K-12 schools will be closed from March 18 through April 6. Parents are now coming to terms with that decision and are busy figuring out how to occupy their children during the time off. One parent in Superior tells he is trying to look at the bright side of a negative…

Proctor Speedway to be Renamed Halvor Lines Speedway

Halvor Lines is a trucking and logistics company that has a terminal in Superior so they say they are excited to help out a local place so many people enjoy.

PROCTOR, Minn. – The Proctor Speedway will be getting a brand new name and major sponsor. Friday, Halvor Lines signed on to rename the track the Halvor Lines Speedway for the next three years. Halvor Lines has partnered with different speedways in the past and even at Proctor Speedway they have sponsored their military night for a number of years….

Duluth Police and Fire Departments Face Off on the Ice

Each team has players of skill levels ranging from recreational up through guys who played some semi-pro hockey.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police and Fire Departments faced off on Tuesday night in their annual hockey game. Over a dozen players on each team competed fro the win. Each team has players of skill levels ranging from recreational up through guys who played some semi-pro hockey. The real prize for winning the game is a year of bragging…

Local Expert Explains Worst Dow Jones Single-Day Drop Since 2008

The S&P 500 dropped more than seven percent today triggering a circuit breaker causing trading to stop for 15 minutes until cooler heads could prevail.

DULUTH, Minn. – Monday was the stock market’s worst day in more than a decade. Stocks plunged in light of a steep drop in oil prices along with continued coronavirus fears. The S&P 500 dropped more than seven percent today triggering a circuit breaker causing trading to stop for 15 minutes until cooler heads could prevail. According to financial professionals,…

Hermantown Welcomes Home Class A Runner-Up Hawks

The players took pictures with fans and signed autographs and spoke about how proud they are of what they accomplished.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – The Hermantown boys hockey team accomplished one of their goals of making it back to the state tournament, and while the Hawks came up just short of winning the Class A Championship, there was still plenty of reasons to celebrate in Hermantown. The Hawks returned home to fans and community members cheering at a celebration at the…

2nd Annual Carlton County Food Fair Attracts Hundreds

The fair had 30 vendors including food preservers, bakers, and farmers.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Hundreds of people learned about local food at the Carlton County Food Fair at Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College. The fair had 30 vendors including food preservers, bakers, and farmers. Those at the fair were able to learn how local food is made and preserved through the winter months. There were even things like wild…

Spirit Mountain Busy During Warm Weather

Some skiers say it is easier to try new tricks in the weather because when they fall the snow is soft to land on.

DULUTH, Minn. – With the 50-degree temperatures on Saturday people were hitting the slopes taking advantage of the weather. Spirit Mountain was busy with hundreds of people enjoying the warm temperatures, most were skiing and snowboarding in just sweatshirts and pullovers. There were lots of people using the terrain parks enjoying the jumps. Some skiers say it is easier to…

Rookie Basketball Association Celebrates 32nd Season

This season, 511 kids, 98 volunteer coaches, and 52 teams made up the association in its biggest year yet.

DULUTH, Minn. – Young basketball players and their families gathered at Denfeld High School to celebrate the 32nd season of the Salvation Army’s Rookie Basketball Association. This season, 511 kids, 98 volunteer coaches, and 52 teams made up the association in its biggest year yet. Last year, the Duluth Amateur Youth Basketball Association merged with the Rookie Basketball Association. They…

Coronavirus Impacting Local Fishing Gear Inventories

Marine General usually receives four truckloads of kayaks a year and this year they will only be getting two.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Coronavirus is having far-reaching effects on businesses including the local fishing industry. Marine General in Duluth’s owner, Russ Francisco, tells Fox 21 that because of disruptions in the supply chains in Channa caused by COVID-19 the store will see fewer shipments of their usual summer products. Marine General usually receives four truckloads of kayaks a year…

Hundreds of Kids Attend Dr. Seuss Celebration at UWS

Kids and their families were even given a free Dr. Seuss book to help foster a love of reading.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Beloved author Dr. Seuss’s birthday falls in March and Thursday, UWS students and Twin Ports families celebrated the author with fun games geared towards getting the community involved at the Jim Dan Hill Library. Some activities included an obstacle course, a cat in the hat, and ring toss, all Dr. Seuss themed. Kids and their families were…

Duluth Public Library Remembers Dr. Seuss on Read Across America Day

The Duluth Public Library said many schools in the area have full day-long events encouraging kids to get interested in reading.

DULUTH, Minn. – Read Across America Day occurs each year on March 2, which also happens to be Dr. Seuss’s birthday. The Duluth Public Library said many schools in the area have full day-long events encouraging kids to get interested in reading. Libraries say Dr. Seuss continues to be on the popular list of books parents want to introduce to…

Governor Tony Evers Signs Three Mental Health Related Bills into Law

Gov. Evers said that an estimated 21 percent of kids in Wisconsin have a mental health concern and that Wisconsin ranks just 42nd in the nation for access to youth mental health.

ASHLAND, Wis. – Governor Tony Evers was at Ashland High School singing three bills regarding student mental health on Monday. Gov. Evers said that an estimated 21 percent of kids in Wisconsin have a mental health concern and that Wisconsin ranks just 42nd in the nation for access to youth mental health. The bills he signed are attempting to change…

Spring Running Preparations Underway at Duluth Running Company

They are starting to see runners visiting the store wanting to make sure their shoes and apparel are ready for the upcoming season.

DULUTH, Minn. – With all the nice weather and race season right around the corner, the Duluth Running Company is starting to see business pick up. They are starting to see runners visiting the store wanting to make sure their shoes and apparel are ready for the upcoming season. They also recommend people start getting their nutrition on track for…

Split Rock’s New Live-In Manager and Family Enjoying the View from their New Home

Hayes Scriven grew up visiting the North Shore of Minnesota and says it has taken a while for his new job to sink in.

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – In Split Rock Lighthouse’s 110-year history, there have been more than thirty families who have lived on its grounds. Recently, Hayes Scriven took over from Lee Radzak who was the previous manager for more than 36 years. Scriven, his wife, and two kids moved to the grounds at the beginning of February to the grounds of…