Coronavirus

Superior Fire Department Receives Donation for Ice Rescue Suits

With a generous gift from Husky Energy, the Superior Fire Department is now equipped with four brand new ice rescue suits.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – With a generous gift from Husky Energy, the Superior Fire Department is now equipped with four brand new ice rescue suits. Husky Refinery had reached out to the fire department at the end of last year, asking about making a donation to help out with some winter gear. The refinery gave $2,500 for the new suits, which…

Vaccine Distribution Continues, St. Louis County Moves Ahead with Phase 1a

St. Louis County Public Health along with area health facilities plans to move on from its phase 1a vaccination plans by the end of the month.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – St. Louis County Public Health along with area health facilities plans to move on from its phase 1a vaccination plans by the end of the month. There is a strong push to get through phase 1a to move onto 1b, which includes the 65 plus population. Phase 1 A includes people in skilled nursing facilities, along…

Health Experts Blame Rapid Expansion for Vaccine Shortages

(AP) – Public health experts are blaming COVID-19 vaccine shortages around the U.S. in part on the Trump administration’s push to get states to vastly expand their vaccination drives to reach the nation’s estimated 54 million people age 65 and over. The push that began over a week ago has not been accompanied by enough doses to meet demand, leading…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Thursday, January 21

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 1,292 new cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota on Thursday morning bringing the total confirmed COVID cases to 450,762 in the state. Health officials also reported 32 news deaths bringing the death total to 56,011 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 6,247,442 tests have been completed to date. There…

Minnesota Pharmacies Request to Be Part of Vaccine Rollout

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota pharmacies and health care providers are requesting the state include them in the coronavirus vaccine rollout as the demand for a shot among seniors far outpaces the state’s supply. Pharmacists testified before a Minnesota Senate health committee on Wednesday, telling lawmakers they can provide easier access to a vaccine as the priority groups for doses expands…

Biden to Sign Virus Measures, Requires Mask Use to Travel

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is putting into play his national COVID-19 strategy to ramp up vaccinations and testing, reopen schools and businesses and increase the use of masks — including a requirement that Americans mask up for travel. He’ll sign 10 virus-related executive orders on Thursday as the nation is deep in the deadliest wave…

Students Make Snow Sculptures for Health Care Center Residents

Do you want to build a snowman? National Honor Society students at Cloquet High School have said yes to the challenge.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Do you want to build a snowman? National Honor Society students at Cloquet High School have said yes to the challenge. After a wild 2020, staff at the Sunnyside healthcare center in Cloquet were looking for a little pick-me-up for all the people living there. “Just trying to think of something to help put a smiles on…

Local Experts Inform Public About Common Vaccine Side Effects

With several million people already vaccinated, medical professionals want the public to know about the possible side effects that could happen in people getting the vaccine. 

DULUTH, Minn. – With several million people already vaccinated, medical professionals want the public to know about the possible side effects that could happen in people getting the vaccine. Overall, side effects of the vaccines are mostly pretty mild. With two different vaccines being distributed in the U.S., symptoms from each have been similar so far. Medical professionals are seeing…

Professor Reacts to Inauguration, Speaks on Transition of Power

A professor over at UWS says she saw a somewhat peaceful transition to Biden, hopefully bringing the country together under a spirit of unity, especially in light of the events that happened at the Capitol.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – With the inauguration of President Biden, history was made in several ways. A professor over at UWS says she saw a somewhat peaceful transition to Biden, hopefully bringing the country together under a spirit of unity, especially in light of the events that happened at the Capitol. “I think it demonstrates for one that we, despite all…

Minnesota Vaccine Pilot Program Spots for First Week Filled

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials on Wednesday announced that all 6,000 spots in a coronavirus vaccine pilot program reserved for Minnesotans over 65 have been filled after issues with the registration website caused it to crash on Tuesday. The 12,000 doses reserved for the program this week — half of which are reserved for teachers and child care workers…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Wednesday, January 20

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 1,237 new cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota on Wednesday morning bringing the total confirmed COVID cases to 449,492 in the state. Health officials also reported 34 news deaths bringing the death total to 5,979 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 6,206,196 tests have been completed to date. There…

St. Luke’s Now Offering Monoclonal Antibody Treatment for Eligible Patients with COVID-19

The Treatment is Found to Have Reduced COVID-19 Hospitilizations

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Luke’s in Duluth is now offering an emergency use COVID-19 antibody treatment that medical experts say has been proven to reduce the length of hospitalizations. The monoclonal antibody treatment is produced in a lab. The antibodies work to attack the COVID-19 virus in the patient’s system. St. Luke’s Infectious Disease Specialist, Dr. Andrew Thompson, says the…

Wisconsin Begins Distributing, Receiving At-Home COVID-19 Tests

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state has started distributing and receiving at-home test kits for COVID-19. Wisconsin Department of Health Services spokeswoman Traci DeSalvo says more than 12,000 kits have been ordered and more than 1,600 have been returned as of last week. “People are ordering a kit and having it on hand for when they’re ready,” she said. “It’s…

Duluth Police Begin Vaccinations, Mourn Colleague Who Died Of COVID-19

DULUTH, Minn. — Members of the Duluth Police Department have begun getting their COVID-19 vaccinations as they mourn one of the colleagues who recently died of the virus. Some of the department’s employees started getting their shots this past weekend. Shelly Meixsel A spokesperson said while the department is not requiring employees to get vaccinated or report when they do,…

Boxes Filled with Snow In Preparation for Sculptors in Lincoln Park Craft District

Massive 6-foot tall boxes full of packed snow have popped up in Duluth’s Lincoln Park Craft District. The boxes will be peeled open later this week so local and regional artists can transform the snow cubes into creative snow sculptures.

DULUTH, Minn. – Massive 6-foot tall boxes full of packed snow have popped up in Duluth’s Lincoln Park Craft District. The boxes will be peeled open later this week so local and regional artists can transform the snow cubes into creative snow sculptures. Organizers tell us it’s all about getting people out of the house to enjoy winter while also…

Superior School District Provides Meals for Students

With many students attending school in a hybrid format, Northland school districts are trying new strategies to make sure their students get enough to eat.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – With many students attending school in a hybrid format, Northland school districts are trying new strategies to make sure their students get enough to eat. Whether it’s chicken alfredo or cheeseburgers, the Superior School District is providing free meals to students not only for the food but also to give a sense of normalcy during these uncertain…

Duluth Realtor Puts Together Guide for Local Homebuyers

A Duluth realtor is putting together a guide for local homebuyers.

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth realtor is putting together a guide for local homebuyers. Ayla Dougherty helps out people who are moving to the Duluth area. She says that over the years, some of her clients have come from the Twin Cities area and further away such as the Dakotas and even Canada. This new guide will highlight the best…

Minnesota’s COVID-19 Vaccine Online Appointment Portal Opens Tuesday Afternoon

(FOX 9) – Starting Tuesday at noon, some eligible Minnesotans will be able to sign up online for an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at one of the nine pilot vaccination sites that are opening across the state. Minnesota is expanding its COVID-19 vaccination program to include people 65 years old and above, teachers, and child care workers, but health officials say initial…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Tuesday, January 19

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 922 new cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota on Tuesday morning bringing the total confirmed COVID cases to 448,268 in the state. Health officials also reported 6 news deaths bringing the death total to 5,945 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 6,188,091 tests have been completed to date. There…

Everyone Over 65 Next in Line for Vaccine in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Everyone over age 65 in Wisconsin will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting on Monday. The state Department of Health Services said Tuesday that prioritizing that population will help save lives. However, the department cautioned that how quickly they will be vaccinated depends on how much vaccine the state receives from the federal government. There…

Duluth, Proctor Superintendents Disappointed in Slow Federal Vaccine Rollout

Duluth School District is only getting 32 vaccines to start, and Proctor is only getting 10.

DULUTH/PROCTOR, Minn.- While Gov. Tim Walz announced Monday the state will open up vaccines to the elderly, education and child care workers in the coming weeks, Northland school leaders said they feel disheartened that the vaccines they’re getting to start barely scratch the surface. “Quite honestly I was really hopeful that it would be broader,” said Duluth Schools Superintendent John…

Martin Luther King Jr. Honored at Virtual Ceremony

Whether it be the pandemic or the continued division in the country, this year’s events surrounding Martin Luther King Jr. Day were sure to look a lot different than in year’s past.

DULUTH, Minn. – Whether it be the pandemic or the continued division in the country, this year’s events surrounding Martin Luther King Jr. Day were sure to look a lot different than in year’s past. This year’s virtual ceremony gave light to social justice, like the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, but also to the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19….

Walz Announces Vaccine Pilot Program Amid Supply Concerns

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says the state will open nine community sites this week to vaccinate adults over 65, pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade educators, school staff, and child care workers. The program announced Monday expands the rollout beyond the first high-priority group that includes healthcare workers and long-term care residents and staff, who began receiving doses last month….

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Monday, January 18

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 980 new cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota on Monday morning bringing the total confirmed COVID cases to 447,349 in the state. Health officials also reported 12 news deaths bringing the death total to 5,939 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 6,173,664 tests have been completed to date. There…

Pandemic Forces ‘Art in the Alley’ to Leave Downtown Duluth, Focus on Miller Hill Mall

The owner says the pandemic is pushing more people to the mall, and therefore her business.

DULUTH, Minn.- A longtime retailer in Duluth, Art in the Alley was forced out of their location on East Superior Street by the pandemic. The owner, now focusing her attention on sales at the Miller Hill Mall — where she says business is booming. “The thing about being a small business owner, 13 years in may we’ve been through a…

Wisconsin’s Average Daily Virus Cases Remain Mostly Constant

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Wisconsin health officials are confirming 1,606 new cases of the coronavirus, out of nearly 7,000 people tested in the last day. Nearly 522,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. The COVID Tracking Project reports that over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases in the state…

Minnesota Lists 1,364 New Virus Cases, 40 Additional Deaths

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota health officials are confirming 1,364 new cases of COVID-19 and 40 additional deaths due to complications from the virus. The COVID Tracking Project reports that the state’s death count is the 22nd highest in the country overall and the 28th highest per capita at about 107 deaths per 100,000 people. State officials said 24 of the…

Furniture Sales High in Demand During Pandemic

The local furniture market seems to be doing well during the pandemic.

DULUTH, Minn. – The local furniture market seems to be doing well during the pandemic. Over at Hom Furniture in Hermantown, demand has surged. 2020 was a very busy year and because of COVID-19, people have been purchasing more items for the home office and upholstery furniture for those stuck at home Netflixing. “You know, you want to come home…

Officials Prepare for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events

With Martin Luther King Jr. Day coming up Monday, there are local and statewide events happening, commemorating him and his legacy.

DULUTH, Minn. – With Martin Luther King Jr. Day coming up Monday, there are local and statewide events happening, commemorating him and his legacy. One of the major ones being planned is a virtual Twin Ports MLK rally hosted by the NAACP. Duluth Human Rights Officer tells FOX 21 that these types of rallies are important, especially during chaotic times…

Gov. Evers Extends Mask Mandate as Vaccinations Continue In Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis.– The state of Wisconsin is preparing to take the first steps into the next phase of the vaccination process as over 213,056 Wisconsinites have received the vaccine. The state will be opening up vaccines to groups like frontline and EMS workers, firefighters and members of law enforcement. Also next week, nine mobile vaccination teams will be sent out…

Port Authority Reports Numbers, Year Marked by Resilience

There are several silver linings to 2020's story of total tonnage. With Soo Locks closing on Friday at 11:59 p.m., the numbers speak for themselves as authorities say this past year was one marked by resilience.  

DULUTH, Minn. – There are several silver linings to 2020’s story of total tonnage. With Soo Locks closing on Friday at 11:59 p.m., the numbers speak for themselves as authorities say this past year was one marked by resilience. “The season started, as I said, it started well, but when COVID came, diminishment of demands and that lead to a…

Bakeries Celebrate National Bagel Day

It's National Bagel Day and some Northland bakeries are celebrating the baked treat.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s National Bagel Day and some Northland bakeries are celebrating the baked treat. Over at Positively Third Street Bakery, the bagel is held in high distinction and is made fresh every day. “It adds more flavor to the community instead of just having big box stores,” said Kathryn Elliott, a baker at the bakery. “You’re able to…

Motorhead Madness Not Continuing with Shows

After more than 50 years, Duluth's annual Motorhead Madness show is coming to a close.

DULUTH, Minn. – After more than 50 years, Duluth’s annual Motorhead Madness show is coming to a close. Producers say it’s a hard decision to make, but after COVID-19 along with the non-COVID related deaths of show producer’s wife Joyce along with friend David Swanson who were big parts of the show itself, they decided to call it quits. They…

Wisconsin Launching Mobile Vaccination Program

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin is launching a mobile coronavirus vaccination program next week. Gov. Tony Evers announced the effort Friday. Evers says nine mobile labs will be dispatched across the state starting Tuesday. They will be staffed by members of the Wisconsin National Guard as well as pharmacy and nursing student volunteers through a partnership with the University of…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Friday, January 15

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 1,640 new cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota on Friday morning bringing the total confirmed COVID cases to 443,562 in the state. Health officials also reported 33 news deaths bringing the death total to 5,850 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 6,090,114 tests have been completed to date. There…

Bell Bank Opens in Historic Temple Opera Building

DULUTH, Minn. – As the pandemic continues to impact many businesses in the Northland, a new bank has opened in the Historic Temple Opera Building in downtown Duluth. That building on East Superior Street is now home to the first Bell Bank location in Duluth. The bank signed an agreement with developer Titanium Partners — leasing all three floors of…

Vaccinations Continue Through Northland as Providers Eye Next Wave of Doses

DULUTH, Minn.– As vaccinations continue across Minnesota, in St. Louis county 8,377 people have received the shot. While that’s just four percent of the county’s population, those in the health sector are preparing for the next steps. The county is still in phase one of vaccine distribution but Essentia Health has laid out its plans for the next round of…

Governor Walz Visits War Memorials, Talks Moving Forward and Getting Things Done

Surrounded by city officials and war veterans, Governor Walz came to Duluth to emphasize the power of unity especially during times like these.

DULUTH, Minn. – “I’m asking you to say that to move progress forward, there’s a few things that we’re going to have to compromise on and move forward and get done,” said Gov. Walz. Surrounded by city officials and war veterans, Gov. Walz came to Duluth to emphasize the power of unity especially during times like these. On Thursday afternoon,…

Essentia Plans for Public Vaccination as Minnesota Health Officials Expand Vaccine Eligibility

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Health has told hospitals, health care systems, and other vaccination providers that they can now provide coronavirus shots to a broader group of the population, including Minnesotans 65 and older. Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said in a statement that the move is meant to free providers to use all available doses as quickly…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Thursday, January 14

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 1,598 new cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota on Thursday morning bringing the total confirmed COVID cases to 441,935 in the state. Health officials also reported 43 news deaths bringing the death total to 5,817 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 6,043,802 tests have been completed to date. There…

Pharmacist Accused of Spoiling Vaccine Has License Suspended

(Ozaukee County Sheriff via AP) MILWAUKEE (AP) — A state board has suspended the license of a Wisconsin pharmacist accused of ruining more than 500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine because he thought it was unsafe. Steven Brandenburg was working at Advocate Aurora Health in Grafton, about 20 miles north of Milwaukee when he was arrested last month. The arrested followed…

US Unemployment Claims Jump to 965,000 as Virus Takes Toll

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment aid soared last week to 965,000, the most since late August, and evidence that the resurgent virus has caused a spike in layoffs. The latest figures for jobless claims, issued Thursday by the Labor Department, remain at levels never seen until the virus struck. Before the pandemic, weekly applications typically numbered…

Goodwill In Need of Donations

DULUTH, Minn. – Goodwill in Duluth is running out of some items to sell like pots, pans and smaller appliances. Management says all their locations are continuing to follow COVID protocol, and donations are quarantined for 72 hours before being sold. “Goodwill is doing well overall,” said Scott Vezina, the communications and training manager at Goodwill. “This is our slower…

COVID-19 Vaccinations Begin from Douglas County Health Dept.

SUPERIOR, Wis.– Vaccination efforts continue across the country, including in Wisconsin, where more than 123,000 people have been vaccinated so far. Hospitals and local health officials have been trying to distribute the limited amount of doses as best as they can, including in Douglas County. Earlier this month, vaccines were given out to employees at Essentia Health’s hospital in Superior….

Ursa Minor and One Less Guest Team Up to Support Sacred Heart

Ursa Minor Brewery is teaming up with a local band, creating the new beer Forbidden Fruit, to raise funds for the Sacred Heart Music Center.

DULUTH, Minn. – Ursa Minor Brewery is teaming up with a local band, creating the new beer Forbidden Fruit, to raise funds for the Sacred Heart Music Center. The band One Less Guest has performed at the brewery a number of times and the band approached Ursa Minor about raising money for the center. The goal of the fundraiser is…

Harbor House Homeless Ministry Celebrates 20 Years of Service

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Superior homeless shelter Harbor House homeless ministry.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Superior homeless shelter Harbor House homeless ministry. Harbor House homeless ministry in Superior has been a part of the community for the past two decades, welcoming, housing, and working with homeless women and families throughout Douglas County. “If you can imagine, a mom with her kids and trying to…

St. Luke’s Updates Its Visitor Policy

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Luke’s announced on Wednesday that it has updated its visitor policy due to the arrival of the highly transmittable variant of COVID-19 in the state. Under the updated inpatient visitor policy, no visitors are allowed at St. Luke’s Hospital. Limited exceptions will be made. Visitor exceptions include: Pediatric patients will be allowed one parent/guardian All other…