Author: Katharine Huntley

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…

52nd Annual UMD Junior High Honor Band Festival Draws Hundreds

350 students representing more than 56 junior highs were nominated by their directors to attend.

DULUTH, Minn. – Hundreds of junior high students from around Minnesota and Wisconsin gathered at UMD for the 52nd Annual Junior High Honor Band Festival. 350 students representing more than 56 junior highs were nominated by their directors to attend. The students split up and formed three different bands for the one-day event. They practice different selections all day before…

Potential Duluth School Boundary Changes Put on Hold Until 2021-2022

After 2000 surveys and 650 community members weighed in on potential Duluth school boundary changes, the school board announced that those plans will be put on hold for the time being with how close it is to the 2020-2021 school year.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth School Board is speaking about its decision to put the school boundary change on hold for the time being. After 2000 surveys and 650 community members weighed in on potential Duluth school boundary changes, the school board announced that those plans will be put on hold for the time being with how close it is…

CASDA Reacts to Harvey Weinstein Conviction

CASDA says the latest verdict does in-part feel like a win for advocates and victims, but also a loss for the other counts he was acquitted of.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Center Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Abuse (CASDA) in Superior is speaking about local impacts of the Harvey Weinstein conviction. CASDA says the latest verdict does in-part feel like a win for advocates and victims, but also a loss for the other counts he was acquitted of. CASDA says that the conviction could give victims locally…

Hawks, Hunters Prepare for Section 7A Championship Game

Hermantown and Duluth Denfeld prepare to clash for a ticket to the state tournament.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Section 7A Boys Hockey Tournament has been whittled down to just two teams the top seed Hermantown Hawks and number two seed Duluth Denfeld Hunters. Hermantown is coming off an 8-0 win over Eveleth Gilbert to make it to their twelfth straight championship game. “Everything right now is just building for that first period on Wednesday…

Homecoming Celebration Held for Lumberjack Girls Hockey

CEC went 27-4 this season and were Class A runner-up.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Members of the Cloquet, Esko, and Carlton communities gathered at Northwoods Arena to honor and celebrate the Lumberjack girls hockey team a day after they were Class A runner-up. The girls took the ice one final time this season. This time it was not to play a game but stand with the hardware they won for being…

Warm and Sunny Weather Welcomes 2020 American Birkebeiner

Each year the spectacle draws racers and fans from all over the world to see America's largest cross-country ski race and the third-largest in the world.

HAYWARD, Wis. – Thousands of racers skied through Hayward on Saturday for the 2020 American Birkebeiner. The weather was what some racers were calling perfect nordic racing weather with temperatures around 40 and sunny skies. Each year the spectacle draws racers and fans from all over the world to see America’s largest cross-country ski race and the third-largest in the…

Ashland Parks and Recreation Announces New Waterfront Improvements

Coming up in 2020, work will continue to bolster the shoreline for coastal resiliency after storms have washed away key features.

ASHLAND, Wis. – The City of Ashland Parks and Recreation Department announced their improvements to the coastline in 2019 and what is to come in 2020 after years of storms battering the coastlines. Some projects completed in 2019 involve finishing the Bayview Pier, completion of the diamond access on the historic iron ore dock. Coming up in 2020, work will…

Final Presentation of Project Held for Mission Creek Burial Ground

The burial ground was disturbed by a Minnesota Department of Transportation project to replace the Higway 23 Bridge in Fond Du Lac neighborhood.

CARLTON, Minn. – Black Bear Casino hosted a final presentation on Wednesday night by Urban Ecosystems, the Twin Cities landscape architecture firm working on the project, for the Mission Creek Burial Ground. The burial ground was disturbed by a Minnesota Department of Transportation project to replace the Highway 23 Bridge in Fond Du Lac neighborhood in 2017. According to Urban…

Town of Oakland Snowshoe Race Celebrates New Fire Station and Town Hall

The Snowshoe Race has been going on since the 1980s and this year, it was held next to the town's newest building.

TOWN OF OAKLAND, Wis. – The Town of Oakland recently opened its new combined fire station and town hall building. It opened a couple of months ago giving the community a place to gather and the volunteer fire department a new space. “We’ve got a lot more room for our fire equipment every piece of apparatus has a door to…

Nearly 700 Take the Plunge Off Park Point to Support the Special Olympics

The water was running just above freezing as the St. Louis County Rescue Squad ushered people in and out of the water.

DULUTH, Minn. – Hundreds of people took the Polar Bear Plunge all to support the more than 8000 Special Olympics athletes in Minnesota. “Families of Special Olympics athletes and the athletes themselves are the most upbeat appreciative group of people I’ve ever met in my life,” said Mike Thamm, the coordinator of the Polar Plunge. The water was running just…

Two Snowmobilers Rescued from St. Louis County Ravine

  ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. – A snowmobile carrying two people fell 30 feet off a rock cliff and landed at the bottom of a ravine. According to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, first responders used a combination of rescue toboggans, ropes, and an ATV to rescue the snowmobilers. They were transported to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth…

Hundreds to Take Polar Plunge Saturday

The normal plunge site off the Lake Walk is under construction so they are jumping off Park Point.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Polar Plunge is coming back for its nineteenth year and around 700 people are expected to jump into Superior Bay to raise money for the Special Olympics. This year, the Plunge looks a bit different. The normal plunge site off the Lake Walk is under construction so they are jumping off Park Point. The location might…

5th Annual Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s March Draws Hundreds

On Friday, hundreds marched through downtown Duluth remembering the lives lost and supporting communities of women who continue to fall victim.

DULUTH, Minn. – In 2016 nearly 6,000 Indigenous women were missing or murdered nationwide. On Friday, hundreds marched through downtown Duluth remembering the lives lost and supporting communities of women who continue to fall victim. Those marching wore red which is a traditional healing color that has also come to signify missing and murdered indigenous women. The day started with…