Coronavirus

2,000-Plus Saliva Tests Given in First Week of Pilot Program at DECC

DULUTH, Minn. – The first week of COVID-19 testing by saliva in Duluth is complete and thousands showed up. St Louis County confirmed to FOX 21 Monday that 2,374 tests were given out between Wednesday, Sept. 23 and Sunday, Sept. 27. There was no immediate word on how many tests came back positive, but county officials said they were working…

MDH Warns Against Large Unsafe Gatherings as State Nears 100,000 COVID-19 Cases

Seven new deaths were also reported Monday, meaning 2,015 Minnesotans have now lost their lives to the virus, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

DULUTH, Minn.- Minnesota Department of Health leaders spoke out Monday, as the total COVID-19 cases statewide gets closer to 100,000. After reaching a milestone over the weekend of 2,003,115 tests performed so far, 936 new cases were reported Monday, bringing the total to 97,638 since the pandemic began. Seven new deaths were also reported Monday, meaning 2,015 Minnesotans have now…

Preparations for Trump’s Arrival in Duluth on Wednesday

This Wednesday, President Donald Trump will be arriving in Duluth at the airplane hangars near Monaco Air for a Make America Great Again campaign stop at 8 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – This Wednesday, President Donald Trump will be arriving in Duluth at the airplane hangars near Monaco Air for a Make America Great Again campaign stop at 8 p.m. The last time the president visited the city was in 2018 and this will be his third stop in Minnesota since August. Leadership at the airport says that having…

Council to Vote on Spirit Mountain Funding

The Duluth City Council is set to vote tonight on a resolution that could give $300,000 to Spirit Mountain to help get it back open for the winter season.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth City Council is set to vote tonight on a resolution that could give $300,000 to Spirit Mountain to help get it back open for the winter season. That money would reimburse most of the $340,000 Spirit Mountain spent over the past few years on improvements for its lift system, snowmaking machines and the alpine coaster….

Duluth Council To Vote On Lakewalk Path Extension

The Duluth City Council is also voting tonight on a measure that will impact funding for the lakewalk. However, the city did not inform the Friends of the Lakewalk about this resolution right away, and the organization says they were caught off-guard by the news. 

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth City Council is also voting tonight on a measure that will impact funding for the lakewalk. The measure supports three things: It would cancel plans to restore the lakewalk bluestone footpath in front of the Ledges development and cancel the construction of a pedestrian-only path in front of the Beacon Pointe Hotel. It would also…

US to Ship Millions of Tests in Push to Reopen K-12 Schools

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to announce the shipment of millions of rapid coronavirus tests to states this week. He plans to urge governors to use them to reopen schools. An administration official tells the Associated Press the federal government aims to ship 100 million tests to states over the next several weeks. The move to dramatically…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Monday, September 28

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 97,638 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Monday morning and 7 new deaths bringing the death total to 2,015 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 2,003,115 tests have been completed to date. There are 87,330 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 7,546 patients have required hospitalization…

Gordy’s Last Day of the 60th Season

You know it's the change of the seasons when Gordy's Hi-Hat in Cloquet serves up its last hamburger on the grill.

CLOQUET, Minn. – You know it’s the change of the seasons when Gordy’s Hi-Hat in Cloquet serves up its last hamburger on the grill. Today marked the end of the 60th season at Gordy’s and this year will go down in the history books during the pandemic. The popular restaurant created a car-hop service to safely serve customers. Cars lined…

Businesses Brace For the Colder Weather

Winter is coming and local businesses are planning accordingly to adjust to the cold.

DULUTH, Minn. – While we’ve had a warm fall so far, colder weather is imminent in the Northland. With outside seating, how are local restaurants and breweries accomodating customers during these changes? Winter is coming and local businesses are planning accordingly to adjust to the cold. At Bent Paddle in the Lincoln Park Craft District, the brewery is partnering with…

UMD Land Lab Celebrates National Public Lands Day

To celebrate National Public Lands Day today, one Duluth research location is providing projects for volunteers to partake in.

DULUTH, Minn. – To celebrate National Public Lands Day today, one Duluth research location is providing projects for volunteers to partake in. The UMD Land Lab located on Riley Road commemorated the special day with projects such as pulling tansies and other invasive species, organic site prep, and planting trees. Leadership says people have reached out to volunteer at the…

Church Hosts “Gyro Saturdays”

Even though the pandemic forced the cancellation of the Taste of Greece festival in Duluth this year, organizers still found a way to bring that Mediterranean taste to the Northland this year.

DULUTH, Minn. – Even though the pandemic forced the cancellation of the Taste of Greece festival in Duluth this year, organizers still found a way to bring that Mediterranean taste to the Northland this year. Twelve Holy Apostles Orthodox Church on East 2nd Street is hosting two “Gyro Saturdays” where they are selling items like gyros, greek salads and baklava….

Twin Ports Virtual Coastal Clean-up Kicks Off

Today's Twin Ports Virtual Coastal Clean-up encouraged people from both Duluth and Superior to spend time cleaning up local waterways.

TWIN PORTS – Being productive while keeping the environment clean. Today’s Twin Ports Virtual Coastal Clean-up encouraged people from both Duluth and Superior to spend time cleaning up local waterways. Both Duluth Mayor Emily Larson and Superior Mayor Jim Paine invited residents from both cities to virtually clean up their neighborhoods or favorite waterways in a socially-distanced manner. Participants could…

Visit Duluth Launches Campaign

Visit Duluth recently launched a social media campaign focused on hybrid learning.

DULUTH, Minn. – Visit Duluth recently launched a social media campaign focused on hybrid learning. Locals and visitors can go to a set of different attractions throughout Duluth where they learn a lesson about it. This week’s lesson is Lake Superior and the highlighted attractions are the William A. Irvin and the Vista Fleet. “We want people to come to…

Carlton County Offering Drive-Thru Flu Vaccinations

CARLTON, Minn.– With the concern of flu season now during the COVID-19 pandemic, Carlton County is offering easy access to influenza vaccinations. The county puts on a flu vaccine clinic every year and while this year’s may look a bit different due to the pandemic, it’s still just as important as ever says county public health officials to get vaccinated….

St. Louis County Sees Highest Daily Jump in COVID-19 Cases; Many Linked to College Students

Of Friday's 73 new cases, 19 involve college-aged individuals.

DULUTH, Minn.- St. Louis County reported it’s highest jump in COVID-19 cases Friday, and what’s alarming health officials — much of those new cases are college students. On Friday the county reported 73 new confirmed cases; the previous highest jump was 50 just last week. With this spike, there were more cases over one day than there were over the entire…

Taste of Greece This Weekend

Twelve Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church is hosting Taste of Greece this Saturday where they will be serving up Greek food for takeout from noon to 5 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Twelve Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church is hosting Taste of Greece this Saturday along with the next one where they will be serving up Greek food for takeout from noon to 5 p.m. The church, located 632 E 2nd St, will have gyros, big greek salads and pastries including Baklava. “We’re going to be doing everything as…

Wrenshall School District Changes Plans for Younger Students

"Coming back to school, learning about what school is about. It’s just really important to able to be in person."

WRENSHALL, Minn. – Earlier this week, the Wrenshall School District announced students would not be returning to in-person classes until November 9th after a high number of staff and students felt sick with COVID-19 symptoms. But now, there’s been a change in plans and some students are returning to in-person learning much sooner. The Wrenshall School District had been doing…

Ashland County Health Officials Rescind Order to Temporarily Close Bars, Taverns

ASHLAND COUNTY, Wis. – On Friday, the Ashland County Public Health Department said it would be rescinding an order to temporarily close bars and taverns in the city of Ashland. On Wednesday, a public health order was announced that would temporarily close all bars and taverns in the city of Ashland and immediate surrounding areas. The order went into effect…

COVID-19 Survey Crews Pulled Out of Minnesota After Facing Racism, Armed Intimidation

(FOX 9) – The CDC has pulled its COVID-19 door-to-door survey teams from Minnesota following multiple incidents of alleged verbal abuse and intimidation, according to the Minnesota Department of Health and a CDC spokesman. The surveys were part of the Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response or CASPER project, which was created to better understand the spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota. However,…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Friday, September 25

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 94,189 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Friday morning and 6 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,994 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,924,020 tests have been completed to date. There are 84,256 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 7,391 patients have required hospitalization…

Wisconsin Extends Emergency Order, Mask Mandate

MADISON, Wis.– As COVID-19 cases rise above 108,000 in Wisconsin, Governor Tony Evers and state health leaders are strengthening their efforts to fight COVID-19 in the state. With cases increasing in Wisconsin, health leaders are calling for more action from Wisconsinites as the state is entering what they say is “a new and dangerous phase of the pandemic” as fall…

Duluth Resident Hosts Concerts In Backyard

One local Duluth resident is hosting backyard concerts for her friends.

DULUTH, Minn. – One local Duluth resident is hosting backyard concerts for her friends. Wendy Ruhnke started hosting these concerts because she doesn’t watch television and she enjoys live music. She initially invited ten friends to partake in the concerts but after the guidelines changed, she increased the number. She says people have shown her much support to host the…

Great Pumpkin Train to be Held This Year

One annual fall tradition is not going to be canceled this year to the delight of locals and visitors.

DULUTH, Minn. – One annual fall tradition is not going to be canceled this year to the delight of locals and visitors. The Great Pumpkin Train through the North Shore Scenic railroad will still take place this year from October 15th to the 18th. Special accommodations will be in place to reduce capacity so there is a little extra space…

Halloween Precautions Due to COVID

With all these new recommendations from the CDC, does this mean this is the end of the Halloween celebrations? Health departments from both St. Louis County and Douglas County say not yet. 

NORTHLAND – The CDC recently released a set of guidelines concerning Halloween calling more toned down celebrations with fewer people while having more socially-distanced forms of trick-or-treating. With all these new recommendations from the CDC, does this mean this is the end of the Halloween celebrations? Health departments from both St. Louis County and Douglas County say not yet. Douglas…

Wisconsin Hits Second-Highest Daily Total of COVID-19 Cases

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s daily count of COVID-19 cases has hit its second-highest total to date, while the seven-day average topped 1,900 for the first time. The state Department of Health Services reported Thursday that Wisconsin has seen more than 108,000 positive cases of the coronavirus and 1,265 deaths. The 2,392 new cases reported Thursday was second only to…

Wisconsin Colleges and Universities to Receive $8.3 Million for COVID-19 Testing

(Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File) MADISON, Wis. – On Thursday, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced $8.3 million will be provided to Wisconsin colleges and universities to support COVID-19 testing for college students. The additional funding will come from the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. “All across our state we are seeing an alarming increase in…

Va Bene Caffe Temporarily Closes After Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

DULUTH, Minn. – Va Bene Caffe has temporarily closed due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19. The restaurant made the announcement on their Facebook page Wednesday saying the employee last worked on Friday, September 18. Va Bene says they will remain closed until next week at the earliest. “To be cautious we plan to close until at least Friday,…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Thursday, September 24

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 93,012 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Thursday morning and 3 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,988 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,895,302 tests have been completed to date. There are 83,862 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 7,335 patients have required hospitalization…

Lake Superior Zoo Preschool Opens

The Lake Superior Zoo's Preschool is now open.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lake Superior Zoo’s Preschool is now open. The program, open to children from ages three to five, focuses on nature play along with the animals all around the zoo. Children at the zoo are also encouraged to practice conservation activities at an early age like recycling and turning the lights off when they leave a room….

BoomTown to Open in Northland in 2021

The owners of BoomTown Woodfire Bar and Grill on the Iron Range will be setting up shop next year in Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – The owners of BoomTown Woodfire Bar and Grill on the Iron Range will be setting up shop next year in Duluth. The plans are in the works to open at the old Sunset Bar and Grill on Martin Road in January of 2021. The co-owners had purchased the bar and grill with the hopes of opening in…

Medical Cannabis Dispensary to Open in Northland

The Duluth area will soon be getting its first medical cannabis dispensary.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth area will soon be getting its first medical cannabis dispensary. Vireo Health of Minnesota has four existing retail locations in Minnesota and will soon be adding a fifth in Hermantown. The locations will go by the name “Green Goods” on the 4900 block of Miller Trunk Highway. Management says they feel the store is very…

Ashland County Bars and Taverns to Temporarily Close Following Uptick of COVID-19 Cases

ASHLAND COUNTY, Wis. – A public health order was put in place Wednesday by the Ashland County Public Health Department to temporarily close all bars and taverns in the city of Ashland and immediate surrounding areas. The order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday and will be in place until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, October 11. The health department says…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Wednesday, September 23

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 92,100 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Wednesday morning and 6 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,985 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,873,867 tests have been completed to date. There are 83,507 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 7,303 patients have required hospitalization…

Two COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Drummond School District, Students Move to Virtual Learning

DRUMMOND, Wis. – According to the Bayfield County Health Department, the Drummond School District has confirmed at least two cases of COVID-19 in the district. On Tuesday, the district announced that several students and staff members have been recommended to quarantine following the confirmed cases. As a result, the Drummond Area School District will be moving to a virtual learning…

Two Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed at Ashland High School, Students to Temporarily Move to Virtual Classes

ASHLAND, Wis. – The Ashland County Public Health Department announced Tuesday they are investigating COVID-19 exposure in the Ashland School District after one student and one staff member at Ashland High School tested positive for coronavirus. The Ashland school district says over twenty students and nine staff members are currently in a cautionary quarantine to help prevent additional exposures. So…

‘Unfathomable’: Us Death Toll From Coronavirus Hits 200,000

(AP) – The death toll in the U.S. from the coronavirus has topped 200,000, a figure unimaginable eight months ago when the scourge first reached the world’s richest nation. That’s according to the count kept by Johns Hopkins University, based on figures from state health authorities. The real number of dead is thought to be much higher, in part because…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Tuesday, September 22

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 91,422 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Tuesday morning and 10 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,979 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,863,694 tests have been completed to date. There are 82,833 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 7,253 patients have required hospitalization…

Evers Extends Wisconsin Mask Mandate Until Nov. 21

(courtesy: WI Dept of Health Services via AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Faced with soaring coronavirus cases across Wisconsin, particularly on college campuses, Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday extended a statewide mask mandate until Nov. 21. The order, which has been in effect since August, was scheduled to expire on Monday. Evers extended the order even as his authority to…

Wisconsin Health Officials Recommend Against Usual Trick-or-Treating

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State health officials are recommending against trick-or-treating as usual this Halloween because of the coronavirus pandemic. Going house-to-house and having in-person contact is not a good idea, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. If individual communities decide to go ahead with traditional trick-or-treating, health officials recommend leaving individual treat bags on the porch for…

Free COVID-19 Saliva Testing Site to Open in Duluth Wednesday

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Health announced on Monday that Duluth will be hosting the first COVID-19 saliva testing site later this week. The pilot site will be at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center and will be free to any Minnesotans who believe they need to be tested. “Our battle against COVID-19 is far from over,” said Minnesota…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Monday, September 21

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 90,942 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Monday morning and 4 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,969 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,855,308 tests have been completed to date. There are 82,174 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 7,199 patients have required hospitalization…

Photographers Stay Busy During Pandemic

Maurissa McNellis added that she and the other photographers on her team all wear masks and stay distanced from customers during the shoots. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Some photography businesses are doing well during the pandemic, as it’s easy to stay socially distanced from their subjects. A Twin Cities-based business called Mind of Mo Photography held mini sessions today at Brighton Beach that were affordably priced. The business owner says she’s seen more customers signing up for sessions lately, adding that September has been…

Aqua Affair in the Garden Takes Place at Great Lakes Aquarium

The Great Lakes Aquarium found a new way to hold their annual fundraiser during the pandemic today.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Great Lakes Aquarium found a new way to hold its annual fundraiser during the pandemic today. Aqua Affair in the Garden took place on the outdoor space of the aquarium due to COVID-19 restrictions. Masks were encouraged at the free event and there was a limit of one household per table, which were all cleaned and…

Cruise for Cancer Takes off in the Northland

Today, gearheads and their rides from all over the Northland came together to raise money for those affected by cancer.

DULUTH, Minn. – Today, gearheads and their rides from all over the Northland came together to raise money for those affected by cancer. Cruise for Cancer is an event where participants pay a certain amount of money in the morning and go on a day-long scavenger hunt around 64 spots across the Northland. Every year 100% of the proceeds go…

Cause for the Paws 5K Kicks Off

Who let the dogs out? The Humane Society of Douglas County did today at their annual 5k walk and run in Superior.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Who let the dogs out? The Humane Society of Douglas County did today at their annual 5k walk and run in Superior. Even the coronavirus pandemic couldn’t stop some of the Northland’s furry friends from getting out and getting active for the 22nd annual 5k walk/run hosted by the Humane Society of Douglas County. “It’s kind of…

Superior Cluster Brings in Participants Despite Pandemic

As the pandemic continues, it still hasn't stopped one local dog show from happening in Superior albeit with some new protocols in place.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – As the pandemic continues, it still hasn’t stopped one local dog show from happening in Superior albeit with some new protocols in place. The Superior Cluster is bringing in people from all over the country to participate in its dog show happening all weekend at the Head of the Lakes fairgrounds. “I just think that when they’re…

Pumpkin Season Is Finally Here

As the air is feeling crisper, pumpkin season is finally here.

DULUTH, Minn. – As the air is feeling crisper, pumpkin season is finally here. DC’s Best Produce’s pumpkin patch on Central entrance is selling a variety of pumpkins, from jack o’ lanterns to white ghost pumpkins along with corn stalks and squash. One worker we talked to said it’s nice to be able to provide pumpkins, especially during the pandemic….

Six Students in Esko School District Test Positive for COVID-19, 35 Quarantined

ESKO, Minn. – A week after Esko High School confirmed its first case of COVID-19, the school district says more students have now tested positive for coronavirus. In total, district officials say six students in the district have tested positive and 35 students are in quarantine. One of the students that tested positive is in elementary school while the other…

Canada Extends U.S. Border Restrictions to Oct. 21

TORONTO (AP) — Canada is extending the agreement to keep the U.S. border closed to non-essential travel to Oct. 21 during the coronavirus pandemic. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said Friday they will continue to base the decision on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe. The restrictions were announced on March 18 and have been extended…