Author: Nachai Taylor

Independent Contractors Worried About Future As Pandemic Continues

DULUTH, Minn – The impacts of Covid-19 are beginning to trickle down to businesses, which are still open for essential services. Many local contractors are seeing declines in business and they are fearing what may happen in the future. Independent contractors rely on business from home owners. As the pandemic is creating hardship for their customers, contractors are becoming concerned….

More Layoffs For St. Luke’s Hospital

DULUTH, Minn – More layoffs are happening at St. Luke’s Hospital. As of now the hospital has let go of over a dozen employees, but some volunteered to leave due to a lack of work. St. Luke’s reps cite the decrease in patient volumes is creating the need to layoff staff. Earlier this week, Essentia announced they were laying off more than…

Covid-19 Testing Site Moves From Original Location In West Duluth

Testing site is now stationed on 59th Avenue West.

Essentia Health’s Covid-19 testing site has been open in West Duluth for the last two weeks, but officials have confirmed the testing location has now been moved. The tents were previously posted up in the parking lot of Essentia’s Business Services Center on 46th Avenue West. The testing site is now stationed in the residential area of 59th Avenue West….

A Covid-19 Surge Predicted For The Spring In The Northland

Medical experts say a peak could be reached by summer.

  DULUTH, Minn – Covid-19 is continuing to impact millions around the world. Medical professionals are now saying there could be a spike in the number of cases in Minnesota. Many health models on Covid-19 predicts a surge to start in Minnesota between late April and early May. There are multiple prediction models explaining Covid-19’s curve. Medical experts believe not…

Local Company Creates 3-D Face Shields For Medical Professionals

Design Eye Q could produce up to 150 face shields a week.

  DULUTH, Minn. – The need for more personal protective equipment continues to be a concern for many area healthcare facilities. A local company is printing 3-D face shields for healthcare workers in the Northland. Design Eye Q is known for designing parts for aircrafts and performance vehicles. For about a week, the company has been creating more than 75…

Fundraising Effort Helps “Lift Up” Lincoln Park During The Pandemic

More than 250 cookbooks have already been sold.

DULUTH, Minn – During this tough time, business owners are looking to bring hope back to Lincoln Park. Just a few weeks ago, life was different for Tom Hanson, the owner of OMC Smokehouse, Duluth Grill and many other Lincoln Park businesses. Things have changed drastically due to Covid-19, which caused bars and restaurants to close to help prevent the…

Virtual Medical Appointments Spike Amid Pandemic

Both St. Luke's Hospital and Essentia Health offer this type of virtual service.s

DULUTH, Minn – Virtual medical appointments are now on the rise as more healthcare facilities are encouraging patients to use the new type of service. St. Luke’s telehealth offers patients a virtual exam room experience. Patients can have a video conference with their doctor to talk about their medical issues. Typical telehealth appointments can be used for annual wellness or…

148th Fighter Wing Airmen Return Home After 60 Day Mission

Coming home with a pandemic going on and being able to reunite with our families is very comforting," said 179th Fighter Squadron Commander Paul Thorton.

DULUTH, Minn. – Airmen from the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth recently returned home after completing a 60 day mission. A group of aviators from the fighter wing were deployed to an undisclosed location to help support a northern air defense mission. This required them to help enforce temporary flight restrictions for the purpose of national defense. The Squadron Commander…

Grandma’s Marathon Cancellation Causes Major Impacts Runners & Community

A potential spike in the number of Covid-19 cases is being predicted for this spring by medical experts.

  DULUTH, Minn – One of Duluth’s largest events has now been canceled as Covid-19 continues to be a huge concern around the world. Grandma’s Marathon, which was scheduled for June, will no longer happen this year. This is the first time grandma’s marathon has had to be canceled out of the 44 years the race has existed. Every year…

Itasca County Official Speak On Confirmed Covid-19 Case

"This positive case shows we are not invisible in Itasca County," said Grand Itasca Clinic's Vice President of Medical Affairs Dan Soular.

ITASCA COUNTY, Minn.- The first case of Coronavirus has been confirmed by Minnesota health authorities in Itasca County. The person, who tested positive for the coronavirus, is a man in his sixties. The individual was hospitalized at the Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital in Grand Rapids. The patient was tested upon admission to the hospital and later confirmed positive. At…

Churches Find New Ways To Reach Parishioners During Pandemic

"I think part of it is people are really feeling a need to connect with their faith," said First United Methodist Pastor Jeanine Alexander.

DULUTH, Minn. – Many ministries have been looking for ways to spread their messages outside of normal church services. As the coronavirus continues to impact millions globally churches are shifting to virtual worship. The First United Methodist Church also known as The Coppertop in Duluth is one of many churches making the transition. Every Sunday parishioners can tune in to…

City Prepares For Snow in the Weekend Forecast

"Just because there is a pandemic doesn't mean the city is stopping," said Public Information Officer Kate Van Daele.

DULUTH, Minn. – With more snow in the forecast for the Northland, city officials tell us plow drivers are at full capacity and are prepared to hit the roads. Crews are continuing to pay attention to the forecast to map out the best plan of action for the storm as it could have the potential for downed power lines and…

Local Businesses Team Up to Donate Meals to St. Luke’s Employees

The group dropped off more than fifty meals.

DULUTH, Minn. – A few local businesses in Duluth are working together to give back during this global pandemic. The owner of the Rambler and Mid Coast Catering has teamed up with the owner of Yellow Bike Coffee in Duluth to form the group called “Lookout for the Helpers”. Their mission is to remember those serving on the front lines…

Blue Heron Trading Company In Duluth Donates To CHUM Food Shelf

"We drove around and picked up 803 pounds. That's a record," said Owner Jane Jenkins.

DULUTH, Minn. – Blue Heron Trading Company in Duluth is also helping to give back to the community for its 35th anniversary. Every year the houseware store hosts an annual food drive at its location in the DeWitt-Seitz building, but the pandemic has caused the store to shut down. Instead, staff picked up food donations from community members and delivered…

Freezer Sales Jump As Pandemic Continues

There are no freezers. They have sold them out everywhere," said Owner Frank Mertz.

DULUTH, Minn – Appliance stores are getting a little more business these days. Freezer sales are skyrocketing as the coronavirus pandemic continues around the world. As people are spending more time indoors, they are purchasing more food that would require the use of a freezer. Johnson Mertz in Duluth has been selling out of their stock of the appliance since…

Duluth School Board Selects A Finalist In The Hunt For A New Superintendent

If a final contract is approved, the new superintendent could assume his responsibilities starting July 1st.

DULUTH, Minn- The Duluth School Board has selected its final choice in their search for a new superintendent after the current superintendent in Bill Gronseth was offered a job in St. Peter, Minnesota. The board chose John Magas, who is an Associate Superintendent for the Green Bay Area School district. Magas says he is hoping to bring along his previous…

Non-Essential Businesses Speak On Closures As A Request From Governor Walz

"Well like everyone I'm very sad, scared, and everything is uncertain," said owner of Blue Heron Trading Company Jane Jenkins.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Dewitt-Seitz building in Canal Park is known to be the home for a variety of businesses like gift shops and restaurants. On a typical day, it’s flooded with locals and tourists but as the pandemic continues, the once lively building is now like a ghost town. Many non-essential businesses in Dewitt-Seitz have already stopped operating as…

Bulldog Pizza Sells Pizza Kits During Global Pandemic

The pizza shop is offering curbside and delivery for all pizza kit orders.

DULUTH, Minn. – Local businesses are getting more creative during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Bulldog Pizza in Duluth is now selling pizza kits for families to make their own pies at home. Each kit comes with all the fixings including four mini dough balls, cheese, marinara sauce, and a full list of directions. The co-owner says the kits were an idea…

Jefferson Lines Running Bus Routes During Pandemic

Jefferson Lines offers multiple routes including daily trips to Minneapolis-St. Paul.

DULUTH, Minn. – Jefferson Lines in Duluth is still running bus routes during the pandemic, but they have made a few adjustments to follow along with federal and state mandates. The bus line will be limiting the number of passengers on their fleet to allow for social distancing. Crews are also sanitizing bus interiors regularly. “It’s reassuring that folks know…

St. Luke’s Hospital Issues Layoffs And Temporarily Cuts Hours

Essentia has yet to cut jobs.

DULUTH, Minn – St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth has announced they have laid off seven employees in positions that… leadership says are not essential during the pandemic. They are also temporarily cutting hours for workers in some areas. The hospital would not comment on what positions are being cut or reduced. This comes after Governor Walz ordered to cease all…

Multiple Essential Businesses Are On The Hunt For Employees

Some people are collecting unemployment and that may not be enough," said Stepping Stone for Living President Stephanie Ericksen.

NORTHLAND – Many businesses in various industries are hoping to fill openings and give workers some relief during this pandemic. Across the Northland, non-essential businesses have closed up shop. Many were forced to lay off employees as a result of Covid-19. But essential businesses like health care facilities and grocery stores are still in need of help. Stepping Stones for…

“Bear Hunt” Helps Entertain Families in Proctor As Pandemic Continues

Its just kind of a nice community feeling of warmth at a distance," said Proctor resident Colleen Barriere.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Folks in Proctor have found a fun way to help entertain youngsters in the neighborhood during the extended school closures. The neighborhood has set up a “bear hunt.” Participating residents and business owners have been putting different types of teddy bears in their windows. It’s creating a fun game for kids and families while they are out…

A Local Fabric Shop Works With The Community To Make Fabric Masks For Healthcare Workers

Hundreds of masks have been donated to local hospitals and nursing facilities.

DULUTH, Minn. – Face masks are an essential item for healthcare workers across the globe. As the shortage of masks impacts the Northland, a community effort to create fabric masks is one way to help minimize the need. Janet Anelli, owner of Hannah Johnson’s Fabrics in Duluth, was prepared to close up the shop and work from home like the…

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers is Imposing A “Safer At Home” Order Beginning Tuesday

"We need people to look for ways to alter their lives to protect the health of their neighbors and fellow citizens," said Superior Mayor Jim Paine.

SUPERIOR, Wis – Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers is taking the next steps to help slow down the spread of the coronavirus across the state. He is imposing a “Safer at Home” order, beginning on Tuesday. This will cease the operations of non- essential businesses and make people stay home during the pandemic. The “Safer at Home” order isn’t something Governor…

The Global Pandemic is Causing Growing Concerns For The Safety Of Domestic Violence Victims

"Isolation is a tactic an abuser uses," said Community Engagement Coordinator Jill Hinners.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Coronavirus is causing families to spend more time at home and now many domestic violence agencies in the nation are concerned about what this could mean for victims of abuse. Some organizations in the U.S. have seen a significant increase in the number of phone calls from victims looking to escape their situation. The Center Against…

Lake Superior Railroad Museum Creates New Experience for Train Lovers During Covid-19 Pandemic

DULUTH, Minn. – You may not be able to visit the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth right now since it is closed during the Coronavirus pandemic. But now the museum can come to you. The organization will be offering daily video tours of the museum and the St.Louis County Depot. Viewers will get a behind-the-scenes look into spaces and…

The College Of St. Scholastica Students React To Covid-19 Precautions

"It's interesting for sure. It's kind of weird to have our freshman year end like this," said CSS student Matthew Clarke.

DULUTH, Minn. – The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth has moved all classes online for the rest of the spring semester. The college also canceled graduation as a result of Covid-19. Students also returned to campus on Friday to get their belongings from the residential halls. Many students say finishing the semester doing online classes and leaving behind their…

Psychology Expert Speaks On Mental Impacts Of Covid-19

"It's really important people understand we have the ability to cope," said Licensed Psychologist Michaela Merrill Mayfield.

DULUTH, Minn. – The changes in lifestyle recommended to help stop the spread of Covid-19 can be mentally draining for many people. Psychology experts say the pandemic is causing uncertainty and that can cause anxiety for many. This may lead to feelings of anger, frustration, and panic. Experts say a helpful tip to get everyone through the difficult time is…

Worried Donations Will Drop, Northland Non-profits Band Together to Stay Afloat

DULUTH, Minn. – Five Northland non-profit organizations, including the Northland Foundation and the Head of the Lakes United Way, are collaborating to help support their community efforts during this coronavirus outbreak. The organizations have now created the Covid-19 Response Fund to help raise money to get them through this period of time. Most fundraisers have been canceled as large groups…

City Officials Remind Residents To Only Call 911 For Emergencies During Pandemic

DULUTH, Minn. – Emergency services in Duluth are beginning to prioritize emergency calls based on the most immediate need during the coronavirus pandemic. Officials are now asking the public to think before they call 911. The Duluth Fire Department tell us there has been a surge in calls from people with questions about the coronavirus. They are asking even if…

Unemployment Encouraged After Many Workers Lose Jobs As A Result Of Covid-19

Applicants could receive their unemployment benefits within a week.

DULUTH, Minn. – Many workers across the nation have lost their jobs as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. The City of Duluth is now encouraging people to apply for unemployment to help with their financial difficulties. CareerForce, which is part of the City of Duluth’s Workforce Development Department, has been seen an increase in calls from people hoping to…

Students Receive Free Breakfast And Lunch During Coronavirus Pandemic

DULUTH, Minn.- With all Minnesota schools being required to close its doors during Coronavirus pandemic, the Duluth Public School district is making sure students are continuing to be fed by giving out free breakfast and lunch. Starting Wednesday until March 27th any student 18 or younger from any school in Duluth can grab one of the to-go meals. Bagged breakfast…

St. Louis County Declares Local State Of Emergency

This state of emergency builds on state executive orders and federal declarations already imposed.

DULUTH, Minn – As the Coronavirus pandemic continues, the St. Louis County Board of Commissioners has now declared a local state of emergency. This state of emergency builds on state executive orders and federal declarations already imposed. Public access to all St. Louis County offices, including walk-up service windows, will now be suspended. Some St. Louis County employees will also…

A Duluth Bar Is Doing “St. Patrick’s Day To-Go”

The bar is hoping to begin selling growlers and offer delivery during the mandated closure.

DULUTH, Minn. – Bars and restaurants are now closed to dine-in customers after being ordered to do so by Governor Walz on Monday. That’s not stopping a Duluth bar from taking a new approach to St. Patrick’s Day. Dubh Linn’s Irish Pub is improvising by offering “St. Patrick’s Day To-Go,” where customers can still order all their Irish favorites. St….

Donations Help Feed Students With Food Insecurities During Covid-19 School Closures

 About 100 bags of food is being given out to Piedmont Elementary students and their families.

DULUTH, Minn – With schools being mandated to close during the Coronavirus pandemic, it brings into question the potential limited access to food for many people dealing with food insecurities. Piedmont Elementary in Duluth put out a call to action for the community to help minimize the impact on children suffering from food insecurities during the Covid-19 school closure. The…

COVID-19 Testing Centers Expected To Open

Health officials say tests for Coronavirus are in limited supply.

DULUTH, Minn. – As the Northland prepares for the coronavirus outbreak, both St. Luke’s and Essentia Health are planning to set up separate testing centers. This service will only be available to those who have been pre-screened by their primary care physician or through a virtual medical consultation such as Essentia’s e-visit. Those individuals would be able to schedule a…

Public Buildings And Sites Shut Down Starting Tuesday

The city will be pushing for non-essential city staff to work from home or remotely.

DULUTH, Minn. – Starting Tuesday, city buildings will be closed to the public as a precaution against the coronavirus threat. The city will now be pushing for non-essential city staff to work from home or remotely as much as possible to help protect themselves and the public’s health. Essential employees will still work on-site as the city want to minimize…

Duluth Public Schools Will Use Time Of Closure To Help Make Future Plans

ISD 709 schools will close from March 18-27.

DULUTH, Minn. – Governor Tim Walz recently ordered all Minnesota K-12 schools to close starting on Wednesday. The Duluth Public School District is speaking out about how this time of closure will be used to plan for the future as coronavirus concerns continue to grow. District officials say they are standing ready by looking into precautions with the best interest…

A U of M Student Tests Positive For Coronavirus; UMD Prepares Amid Threats

Leadership at the school is now planning on using online classes after extending spring break.

DULUTH, Minn. – A University of Minnesota Twin Cities student has tested positive for coronavirus. So far there are no reports of UMD students having the virus but that’s not stopping the campus from preparing. Leadership at the school is now planning on using online classes after extending spring break. Some faculty have been using various electronic delivery methods and…

City Shares Preparation Plans In Response To The Covid-19 Threat

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth city leaders and local agencies gave an update on their preparations in response to the Coronavirus threat. City officials say they have been planning for several weeks the best approaches to Covid-19 They say the City of Duluth is fully prepared for effective public safety and emergency response when, rather than if, the virus arrives in…

NERCC Suspends Visitation To Prevent Exposure To Coronavirus

All visitation and volunteer services are suspended until further notice.

DULUTH, Minn. – The health and safety of correctional staff and inmates at the Northeastern Regional Corrections Center are becoming more of a priority as the coronavirus threat moves closer to our region. NERCC has about 100 inmates living in their facility. This makes it critical for the institution to find ways to help eliminate exposure to the virus. The…

CHUM Brings In Portable Handwashing Stations In Response To Coronavirus Threat

Handwashing stations are geared to make it easier for CHUM visitors to keep their hands clean.

DULUTH, Minn. – CHUM in Duluth is taking the first steps to prevent and delay any potential threat of the coronavirus within its facilities. The organization has rented and installed nearly 10 portable handwashing stations in the shelter and the food shelf to help make it easier for people to keep their hands clean. They are also following guidelines from…

Mobile Sauna Take Up A Residency On The Lakewalk

Cedar and Stone will be open on the Lakewalk until May.

DULUTH, Minn. – A new mobile sauna is taking up a residency on the Lakewalk in Duluth. Cedar and Stone Nordic Sauna, which launched in December, is partnering with the Inn on Lake Superior in Canal Park to offer a unique experience. Visitors to the wood fire sauna will have a chance to enjoy the gorgeous views of Lake Superior…

Bell Bank Signs Lease To Move Into Historic Temple Opera Building

The historic structure was originally built in 1889.

DULUTH, Minn. – One of downtown Duluth’s historic buildings now has a new tenant. Fargo-based Bell Bank recently signed a lease agreement to occupy all three floors of the Temple Opera Building to expand into the Twin Ports. Bell Bank officials have been on the hunt for several months for the right space to begin operations in Duluth. The Temple…

Local Fitness Clubs Are Maintaining Healthy Practices In Response To Coronavirus

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Local gyms and fitness clubs in the Twin Ports are taking precautions due to the coronavirus concerns. The Superior YMCA is amping up its regular cleaning practices by wiping down equipment and other surface areas frequently. They have also hired more staff to do more cleaning around the building. The fitness club has also posted signs reminding…

City Of Superior Follows Lead Of Douglas County’s Public Health Department During Coronavirus Concerns

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Over in Wisconsin, a third person has also been found with coronavirus. We spoke with Superior city leadership about how they hope to battle the virus. The city officials tell us they are following the lead of Douglas County’s Public Health Department when it comes to educating the community. Superior Mayor Jim Paine says they are also…

Cloquet Man Charged With Three Counts Of Second Degree Murder Appears In Court

He faces up to 40 years in prison for each charge.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Sheldon James Thompson appeared in court for the first time for his bail hearing, held on Tuesday in Carlton County, on three charges of second-degree murder. Sheldon Thompson showed little to no emotion or remorse while in the courtroom even after the judge set his bail at $1 million. During the bail hearing, which lasted no more…

The Northland Foundation Receives Grant To Help The Aging Adult Community

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – The Northland Foundation recently received a grant for $3.5 million to launch their Integrated Rural Aging Community Program. The foundation is now partnering with local organizations in Northeastern Minnesota to implement the Community Planning and Care Coordination project to help better serve the aging older adult community. A total of eight organizations, known for supporting rural…