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Gov. Tony Evers Suspends In-Person Voting for Wisconsin Spring Election

(Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File) Madison, Wis. – Gov. Tony Evers signed an Executive Order Monday suspending all in-person voting for the April 7 Wisconsin Spring Election. The Executive Order will move in-person voting to June 9, 2020, if legislation is not enacted to change the new election date. Evers says he is calling for the Legislature to…

UW-Superior Moves All Summer Courses Online

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin Superior announced on Monday that it has decided to offer all its summer 2020 courses in an online format. “In analyzing this decision, the dean’s office examined the summer 2020 course offerings,” said Maria Cuzzo, interim provost at UW-Superior. “The great majority of offerings were already planned online, so there is no disruption…

LIVE: Gov. Walz Updates Minnesota on Fight Against COVID-19

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz delivers a video address to update Minnesotans on the state’s fight against COVID-19. The governor’s spokesman said Walz plans to talk about the latest numbers and the challenges ahead. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the state’s death toll from the pandemic is 22 as of Friday. The state’s confirmed case count rose…

Ashland: Heavy Rain, Snow Melt Cause 7.1 Million Gallons of Sewage to Overflow Into Lake Superior

ASHLAND, Wis. – According to Ashland City officials, an estimated 7,177,000 gallons of sewage waste overflowed into Lake Superior last week. The sanitary overflow started on March 29 at the City of Ashland’s Waste Water Treatment Plant and ended on March 31. The city says the overflow was due to heavy rain and snowmelt. “All necessary steps are being taken…

Update: Body Found in Ashland Ravine Identified

Update: ASHLAND, Wis. – Authorities in Ashland say the body of a man discovered in a ravine near Industrial Park Road on Thursday morning has been identified. The Ashland Police Department says the individual has been identified as 43-year-old Bradley J. Mattson who had lived in Ashland for the past several years. The Ashland County Coroner has ordered an autopsy…

Walz to Update Minnesota on COVID-19 Fight via Video Address

(Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, Pool) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz will deliver a video address Friday to update Minnesotans on the state’s fight against COVID-19. The governor’s spokesman said Walz plans to talk about the latest numbers and the challenges ahead. The address will be livestreamed via the governor’s YouTube channel at 1 p.m. Walz has been self-quarantining at the…

St. Louis County Jail to Continue Release of Some Inmates to Help Slow Spread of COVID-19

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Louis County Jail is taking some precautions for what it believes will help prevent a large COVID-19 outbreak inside its walls. St. Louis County Sheriff Ross Litman talls us the jail has been releasing low-level non-violent offenders like people with warrants for unpaid fines, traffic violations, misdemeanor theft, and their first DUI offense. Because of…

Gov Walz: ‘Strong Possibility’ Students Won’t Return to the Classroom This Year

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says there is a “strong possibility” that in-person classes will be canceled for the rest of the school year. Under the current stay-at-home order schools will remain closed until May 4. However, during his daily COVID-19 briefing Thursday Walz seemed to suggest the closure may last longer. Walz says it is “heartbreaking” that so many…

Ashland Police Investigating Body Found in Ravine

ASHLAND, Wis. – Authorities in Ashland are investigating the discovery of a body near Industrial Park. According to the Ashland Police Department, the department received a call from a person around 8:19 a.m. on Thursday who said they may have discovered a deceased male in a ravine near Industrial Park. When officers responded to the call they found a body…

The DTA Announces More Service Changes

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Transit Authority announced on Thursday that more changes are coming to service routes starting next week. Beginning April 5, weekday services will be moving to the same “limited” schedule currently offered on Saturdays which still includes the cancellation of routes 4 and 5, along with route 15 remaining “dial-a-ride-format.” Sunday’s limited schedule remains unchanged. The…

Gordy’s Hi-Hat Moves Opening Day to April 8

We can’t wait any longer… Opening on Wednesday, April 8th! We strongly encourage placing call-in orders and using our… Posted by Gordy’s Hi-Hat on Thursday, April 2, 2020   CLOQUET, Minn. – Gordy’s Hi-Hat will be opening for its 60th season on Wednesday, April 8. Gordy’s made the announcement on its Facebook page Thursday morning saying, “We can’t wait any longer……

Minnesota: 742 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, 38 Hospitalized in ICU

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Health released updated numbers Thursday morning reporting there are a total of 742 COVID-19 cases in the state. According to the MDH website, there are currently 75 patients hospitals with 38 of those patients in the ICU. That is up from 54 hospitalized patients on Wednesday with 27 in the intensive care unit….

Eric Erkkila Announces Candidacy for St. Louis County Commissioner

1/2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. – Another candidate has joined the race for St. Louis County Commissioner in District 3. Duluth resident Eric Erkkila announced his candidacy Wednesday evening. “I’m running for this seat as I believe we need more focus on basic services, holding the line on property taxes, focusing on good-paying…

Wisconsin: 1,550 COVID-19 Cases, 24 Total Deaths

MADISON, Wis. – The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin crossed 1,500 on Wednesday, with 24 deaths. Douglas County is now reporting its seventh case. The latest figures from state and local health departments show the coronavirus continues to spread across the state. Of the positive cases, about 26% were hospitalized at some point. The data does not say…

City of Cloquet Closes Playgrounds, Athletic Facilities in Response to COVID-19

CLOQUET, Minn. – The City of Cloquet announced the closure of all outdoor play structures, including playgrounds and athletic facilities, effective immediately in continued response to the coronavirus pandemic. The city says sidewalks, trails, and other outdoor public areas will remain open, but the public should continue to practice safe social distancing. City-owned buildings remain closed at this time and…

Minnesota Department of Health Reports 5 More COVID-19 Deaths, 13 Cases now in St. Louis County

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday five more people have died of coronavirus complications, bringing the state’s death toll to 17. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continued to climb as expected with 70 additional cases announced Wednesday for a total of 689. The MDH reports that as of Wednesday morning St. Louis County…

Some Minnesota Families Won’t Get $500 Stimulus Checks for Children

(FOX 9) – Minnesota families will not get $500 stimulus checks for dependent children over the age of 16, something that U.S. Rep. Angie Craig says is “a real problem” that Congress needs to address. Last week’s $2.2 trillion coronavirus package will deliver $1,200 to most adults and $500 per child under the age of 17.  But, it excludes older dependent children, including college students, from…

Bayfield County Confirms Third COVID-19 Case

BAYFIELD COUNTY, Wis. – The Bayfield County Health Department says they have identified a third case of COVID-19 in the county. Health department officials say the patient is currently hospitalized, had not traveled outside the area, and had no contact with any individuals diagnosed with COVID-19. “The third positive case received today reaffirms the presence of COVID-19 in our community…

Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial Commemoration Event Postponed Until 2021

DULUTH, Minn. – The Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial commemoration ceremony has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. June 15, 2020 marks 100 years since the lynching of Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, and Isaac McGhie in the streets of Duluth. This year, CJM anticipated around 10,000 people would have been in attendance for the ceremony. The organization wrote a message to…

Driver Killed in UTV Crash in Northern Minnesota

BIWABIK, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in northern Minnesota say a driver was killed when a utility vehicle crashed near Biwabik. Benjamin Kaiser,37, of Gilbert was driving a utility side-by-side when the vehicle went off the road into a ditch and struck a tree, the St. Louis County sheriff’s office said. Deputies responded to the crash early Monday afternoon. Despite lifesaving…

Ashland County Reports First Case of COVID-19

ASHLAND COUNTY, Wis. – Ashland County Public Health announced Monday that there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Ashland County. It is believed the individual contracted the virus due to domestic travel to an area with known community transmission. The individual self-quarantined as requested and has since been cleared of COVID-19 infection and is recovering at home. “We are…

MN Department of Corrections: Moose Lake Inmate Tests Positive for COVID-19

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Corrections has confirmed that an inmate at the Moose Lake Correctional Facility has tested positive for COVID-19. The facility says the individual is experiencing mild symptoms and does not require hospitalization at this time. “We have been working directly with epidemiology staff from the Department of Health for several weeks to plan…

Essentia Health Restricting Clinic Visitors Beginning Wednesday

DULUTH, Minn. – Essentia Health announced on Monday they will be restricting clinic visitors beginning April 1. Patients visiting any Essential Health clinics are being asked to attend their appointments alone. As an exception, one additional person will be allowed to accompany: Children Obstetric patients Adults patients that require assistance Essentia says anyone accompanying a patient to the clinic must…

St. Luke’s, Essentia Health Expand Patient Appointment Services

DULUTH, Minn. – Two Duluth hospitals announced today that they will be expanding options for patient appointments amid the coronavirus pandemic. Essentia Health says they fast-tracked their virtual visit technology that was originally scheduled to be unveiled later this spring to allow patients the option to schedule a video visit with their provider. The vital visit model is being used…

Live: City of Cloquet Hosts Press Conference Regarding COVID-19

LIVE: The City of Cloquet holds a press conference regarding COVID-19 Posted by Fox 21 News on Monday, March 30, 2020   CLOQUET, Minn. – The City of Cloquet is holding a press conference at Cloquet City Hall in the Council Chamber today to broadcast information to the public from our local and regional agencies regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The press conference…

Itasca County Confirms First Case of COVID-19

ITASCA COUNTY, Minn. – Minnesota health officials confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in Itasca County on Sunday. According to the Itasca County Health and Human Services, the individual is in their 60’s. “At this point, there has been no request for the County to provide any essential services to this person. The Minnesota Department of Health will conduct contact…

Duluth Home Damaged in Monday Morning Fire

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth home sustained an estimated $45,000 in damage after an early morning fire broke out in the home on Monday morning. The Duluth Fire Department says they responded to the structure fire just after 1:00 a.m. Monday at 607 East 9th Street. The Duluth Police Department had already removed two occupants and two dogs from the…

Thailand Elephant Park Promises to Scrap Tourist Rides because of Virus

(CNN) — Elephants forced to perform tricks and carry tourists in a Thailand park are to be liberated from their controversial work as a consequence of the coronavirus, the park’s owner says. Anchalee Kalampichit, the owner of Maesa Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, closed the park on Monday after tourist numbers plummeted from “hundreds” each day to less than 20, she told…

Douglas County Confirms New Cases of COVID-19

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wis. – Douglas County Public Health says there are now five individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the county. Additionally, the public health department says three other family members are symptomatic but have not been tested as they are presumed to have the virus. All eight individuals are isolated at home and doing well. According to…

Costco Cancels Purchase Agreement for Arrowhead, Haines Road Location

DULUTH, Minn. – Costco will no longer be building its long-awaited store in Duluth. According to Dave Holappa of Holappa Commercial Real Estate, earlier this week Costco canceled its purchase agreement for the Arrowhead Road location. Last year the planning commission unanimously approved a plot of land at the corner of Haines Road and Arrowhead Road for the development. Holappa…

Changes Made to Essentia Health Urgent Care, Convenient Care Locations

DULUTH, Minn. – Essentia Health has announced new changes to their urgent care locations that will go into effect at 7:00 p.m. Friday until further notice. The changes include: Urgent care services will be offered at the Essentia Health-West Duluth Clinic and Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic 3rd Street Building. At both locations, hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m….

Wisconsin: 842 COVID-19 Confirmed Cases, 13 Deaths

MADISON, Wis. (FOX 9) – Thirteen people have now died from COVID-19 and 842 others have tested positive for the virus in Wisconsin as of Friday afternoon. This marks the largest daily increase in Wisconsin, with 135 more confirmed cases and five more deaths than Thursday’s totals.  The state has returned 13,140 negative tests as well.  Earlier this week, Governor Tony Evers directed the Department…

Downtown Duluth Skywalk System to Close for Two Weeks

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth announced the temporary closure of the downtown Duluth skywalk system. The entire skywalk will be shut down for two weeks starting at 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 27 until April 13 in accordance with Governor Walz’s Stay at Home Executive order. “We realize that this will be inconvenient, not only for essential workers working…

Two More COVID-19 Deaths Reported in Minnesota

(FOX 9) – Two more people have died from the coronavirus in Minnesota, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to four since the outbreak began.  As of Friday, there are now 398 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota, although state health officials say that number is still an undercount due to a lack of testing. Approximately 14,003 people have been tested for…

Duluth Dylan Fest 2020 Canceled

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Dylan Fest 2020 has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Duluth Dylan Fest organizers announced the cancellation early Friday morning. “It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Duluth Dylan Fest 2020 will not be taking place this year,” said committee chair Zane Bail. The event was scheduled to run from Saturday, May 16…

COVID-19 Death Reported in Gogebic County

GOGEBIC COUNTY, Mich. – The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department received notice on Thursday of the area’s first COVID-19 related death. WUPHD says the elderly male was a resident of Gogebic County and did have underlying health issues. He was also the first confirmed COVID-19 case in the county. “Our heartfelt sympathies and prayers go out to the family who…

St. Luke’s Employee Tests Positive for Coronavirus

DULUTH, Minn.-St. Luke’s has confirmed that one of their employees has tested positive for coronavirus. A spokesperson for the hospital said the infection was not a result of their work at St. Luke’s, but it was travel related. St. Luke’s leadership would not say where the employee traveled from, or if they had contact with any patients. “Contact tracing has…

Second COVID-19 Death Reported in Minnesota, Hospitalizations Continue to Rise

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed a second death due to COVID-19 as the number of people hospitalized in the state continues to rise.  As of Thursday morning, the MDH reported 41 hospitalizations up from 26 the day before. At this time 31 people remain hospitalized.  There are 36 counties with confirmed COVID-19 cases in…

Gov. Tim Walz Issues Two-Week Stay-at-Home Order

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz issued a two-week-stay-at-home order during his Wednesday afternoon press conference. The order will take effect Friday, March 27 at 11:59 p.m. and will be in place until Friday, April 10.  It directs Minnesotans to stay at home and limit their movements outside of home. Gov. Walz says this action will slow the…

Essentia Health Opens Drop-Off Site for Community Donations

(courtesy: Essentia Health) DULUTH, Minn. – Essentia Health has opened a drop-off site for community donations at its Miller Hill Health Plaza.  Essentia says they are seeking donations of:  Medical-grade N95 masks Unopened medical-grade personal protective equipment (PPE) – masks, gowns, eye protection, and gloves Face shields Handmade masks The drop-off site will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00…