Coronavirus

Pfizer Requests Emergency Use Authorization to Administer COVID-19 Vaccine to Kids Ages 12-15

(FOX Business) – Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced on Friday that it submitted a request for emergency use authorization to begin administering its COVID-19 vaccine to adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15 in the U.S. Along with BioNTech SE, Pfizer has requested authorization from the Food and Drug Administration in the hopes that the vaccine will be available to children…

Whitmer Urges Halt of High School Classes, Youth Sports

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is urging a two-week suspension of in-person high school classes, all youth sports, and indoor restaurant dining to address a surge of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. She stopped short of ordering restrictions Friday, instead, asking for voluntary compliance. She says high schools should shift to virtual learning, both school and non-school youth sports…

Zeitgeist Leads Vaccination Clinic in Hillside Community

DULUTH, Minn.– Zeitgeist’s Healthy Hillside Steering Team partnered with Essentia Health and other groups Thursday to give out the COVID-19 vaccine. They vaccinated 150 people with the second dose of the Moderna vaccine or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Along 6th Avenue. Those with Zeitgeist say it was important to have the clinic in…

Minnesota Eclipses 2,500 New Single-Day Virus Cases

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials reported 2,500 new infections on Thursday as more infectious variants of the coronavirus drive case growth across the state. The new cases mark the highest single-day total since January as the state was coming down from the surge in infection cases late last year. The Minnesota Department of Health reported 14 more people have…

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic to Open Next Week at Wessman Arena

SUPERIOR, Wis. – University of Wisconsin’s Wessman Arena will be the site of a new community-based COVID-19 vaccination clinic next week. The university says the Douglas County Public Health clinic will open Tuesday, April 13 at 11:00 a.m. and will be run by AMI Expeditionary Healthcare who will be administering the Pfizer vaccine. Clinic hours will be Tuesday through Saturday…

New Bishop Named for Duluth Diocese

A new bishop has now been named for the Duluth diocese. The role had been open ever since Bishop Paul Sirba died in 2019.

DULUTH, Minn. – A new bishop has now been named for the Duluth diocese. The role had been open ever since Bishop Paul Sirba died in 2019. Pope Francis named Father Daniel Felton to be the tenth bishop of the Diocese of Duluth. Father Felton was ordained as a priest in 1981 and has served as vicar general and moderator…

Duluth Library Celebrates National Library Giving Day

This whole week is National Library Week and today is National Library Giving Day.

DULUTH, Minn. – This whole week is National Library Week and today is National Library Giving Day. 350 libraries throughout the United States and Canada are celebrating. The goal for the Duluth Public Library is to raise $25,000 by midnight tonight. “I think sometimes people don’t realize that it’s possible to support the library and help improve our services through…

75,000 Visitor Guides Delivered for Visit Duluth

Visit Duluth’s 2021 visitor guides are being delivered throughout the state.

DULUTH, Minn. – Visit Duluth’s 2021 visitor guides are being delivered throughout the state. 75,000 visitor guides were shipped out today to different parts of Minnesota including the Twin Cities. There is a new visitor guide produced every year and they are usually delivered in December. However, with COVID, there were a lot of unknowns, and management at Visit Duluth…

UW Students Who Get Vaccinated Won’t Be Tested For Virus

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – University of Wisconsin students who get vaccinated for COVID-19 will no longer have to be tested weekly for the virus under a policy that interim President Tommy Thompson calls an incentive to bolster vaccination rates on campus. Thompson says the change he announced Wednesday is designed to maximize the number who get inoculated before they leave…

Minnesota Hospitalizations Climb As Virus Cases Trend Upward

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials say nearly 500 Minnesotans are currently hospitalized due to the coronavirus as case numbers continue to rise despite the state’s vaccination campaign. About 497 Minnesotans are hospitalized Tuesday, including 114 in intensive care. Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says the state’s efforts to prioritize vaccinations in populations most vulnerable to the virus could prevent a…

County Seat Theater Showcases Performance

County Seat Theater Company is opening a performance of “Almost Maine” this weekend and it will run through next weekend.

CLOQUET, Minn. – County Seat Theater Company is opening a performance of “Almost Maine” this weekend and it will run through next weekend. This is the second production that the company has put on since the lockdown with the production in February. With restrictions in place, about 40 of the 140 seats are seated. There is also a cast of…

Dry Conditions Fueled Several Wildfires, Experts Give Safety Tips

Dry conditions around the Northland have fueled several recent wildfires and even though rain is in the forecast, experts know fire potential remains high.

DULUTH, Minn. – Dry conditions around the Northland have fueled several recent wildfires and even though rain is in the forecast, experts know fire potential remains high. Around two dozen wildfires have been reported around the Northland over the past couple of weeks. 8 of those happened last Saturday alone. With conditions nice and dry and humidity being really low,…

Fragile Trails During Change of Seasons

With rain moving in and the ground thawing, you’re being urged to stay off any trails that are blocked off to avoid damaging them.

DULUTH, Minn. – With rain moving in and the ground thawing, you’re being urged to stay off any trails that are blocked off to avoid damaging them. Park crews tell us foot and the traffic on a mushy trail can create nasty water trapping ruts when the ground finally dries and that means more work for volunteers who have to…

Minnesota Debuts Vaccine Outreach Campaign Aimed at Workers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday launched an outreach campaign aimed at vaccinating Minnesota workers in frontline industries in the coming weeks. The outreach effort, which is part of a broader statewide “Roll Up Your Sleeves, MN” campaign, aims to connect workers in industries like food service with opportunities to get vaccinated at state-run community vaccination sites. The…

Official: Biden Moving Vaccine Eligibility Date to April 19

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden is set to announce that he’s shaving about two weeks off his May 1 deadline for states to make all adults eligible for coronavirus vaccines. A White House official says Biden will make the announcement later Tuesday. With states gradually expanding eligibility beyond such priority groups as seniors and essential, front-line workers, the president…

Minnesota State Fairgrounds to Serve as COVID-19 Vaccination Site

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (FOX 9) – The Minnesota State Fairgrounds will serve as a federally-supported COVID-19 mass vaccination site, state and federal officials announced Monday. The site will administer a combination of 168,000 Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson doses of the vaccine over eight weeks, which will result in over 100,000 total people being vaccinated, according to a news release from Gov….

CDC Director: Young People Fueling Virus Uptick

WASHINGTON — A top U.S. public health official says young people are driving the latest uptick in COVID-19 cases, as the increasing rate of vaccination in older Americans is preventing the most serious cases among seniors. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a briefing Monday that “cases are increasing nationally, and…

Minnesota Reports Record Daily Vaccines, Over 2,000 Cases

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota reported over 2,000 virus cases in a single day on Saturday for the first time since January, but also reported a daily record number of vaccinations administered. Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases has increased nearly 58%, a worrying trend as Gov. Tim Walz pushes for widespread vaccinations. Health…

Duluth City Council Brings Up Resolution for Climate Change

Some Duluth City Councilors are considering declaring a climate emergency in Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – Some Duluth City Councilors are considering declaring a climate emergency in Duluth. City councilors Gary Anderson, Arik Forsman, Roz Randorf, and Joel Sipress are joining efforts in asking the Duluth city administration for a climate action work plan. Some specific goals would be to accelerate the work of promoting lower emissions for utility operations and moving towards…

Officials Watch for Easter Weekend

With Easter weekend approaching, health officials say they are watching for a rise in case numbers as people meet for social gatherings or for religious services.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – With Easter weekend approaching, health officials say they are watching for a rise in case numbers as people meet for social gatherings or for religious services. When it comes to vaccinations in St. Louis County, about 47% of the population over the age of 16 have received one dose, and over 85% of the 65 and…

Restaurants Have Easter Specials for Holiday Weekend

Some local restaurants are doing Easter specials for the holiday weekend.

DULUTH, Minn. – Some local restaurants are doing Easter specials for the holiday weekend. Duluth Grill on 27th Avenue West has already sold out of its Easter to-go kits, featuring a variety of brunch favorites. Management says they haven’t done this kind of thing before and are happy about the demand for their kits. “It’s interesting,” said Dan LeFebvre, a…

Airport Experiences Influx of Traffic in Light of New Guidance from CDC

With vaccinations on the rise, airports are experiencing more traffic as people feel more comfortable traveling.

DULUTH, Minn. – With vaccinations on the rise, airports are experiencing more traffic as people feel more comfortable traveling. This all comes as the Centers for Disease Control issues new guidance today that also helps free up travelers. The CDC now recommends that fully vaccinated people can travel within the U.S. and they don’t have to take a COVID test…

Wisconsin COVID Count Jumps to 875

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s COVID-19 daily case count has jumped to its highest mark since mid-February. State health officials reported 875 confirmed cases on Friday, the highest number of daily cases since Feb. 12, when the figure was 938 cases. The seven-day daily case average increased to 531. The statistic stood at less than 400 cases in mid-March. The…

Lieutenant: Kneeling on Floyd’s Neck ‘Totally Unnecessary’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The head of the Minneapolis Police Department’s homicide division has testified that kneeling on the neck of someone who is handcuffed and lying on his stomach is top-tier, deadly force, and “totally unnecessary.” Lt. Richard Zimmerman testified Friday at the trial of former Officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with killing George Floyd last year. His testimony…

Fully Vaccinated Can Travel Again, Says New CDC Guidance

NEW YORK (AP) — Add travel to the activities vaccinated Americans can enjoy again. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance Friday to say fully vaccinated people can travel within the U.S. without getting a COVID-19 test or going into quarantine. The agency previously cautioned against unnecessary travel even for vaccinated people. The agency says vaccinated people…

Essentia Health Expands Vaccine Eligibility in Wisconsin

DULUTH, Minn. – Essentia Health announced on Friday that it is expanding its vaccine efforts to increase accessibility following Gov. Evers’ announcement that anyone aged 16 and older will be eligible for a vaccine starting Monday. Essentia says they are now vaccinating people 16 and older in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota. Appointments can be scheduled through Essentia’s online portal…

Duluth Children’s Museum Has Pop-Up Play Place

The Duluth Children's Museum has opened a pop-up play space in downtown Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Children’s Museum has opened a pop-up play space in downtown Duluth. Right now, they are using an empty storefront on the 300 block of East Superior Street, which serves as a mini-museum, including an indoor playground and fossil exploration. This all coming as the new children’s museum in Lincoln Park is expected to open in…

Itasca County Residents Reflect on Gratitude One Year Since Pandemic Began

41 Percent of Itasca County's Population Has Started Vaccination Efforts

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – In Itasca County, the COVID-19 case rate per 10,000 people continues to increase steadily, however, there is light at the end of the tunnel. 41 percent of the county’s population has begun their vaccination efforts. Over 45,000 residents live in the county, and health officials report nearly 10,000 have completed both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine….

New Restaurant to Open in Superior

"It's a blessing," said Zudi Maksutoski, the owner of Dolce Vita. "You know, I kind of grew up in the kitchen from a little baby and then now to actually get to do this to open up my first place and then now I get to actually bring out my whole potential and try it out and everything will be made from scratch."

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A new restaurant is set to open in a few days in Superior on the 5800 block of Tower Avenue. Dolce Vita is a new restaurant with a flair for European cuisine. Owners say it’ll be all about steaks and pasta, and will showcase local wines and beers. They say they’re grateful for the opportunity to open…

Job Numbers Improve in the Northland

The unemployment rate fell in the Northland from 6 to 5.5% in February.

NORTHLAND – The unemployment rate fell in the Northland from 6 to 5.5% in February. The labor force also added almost 2,000 workers, which is a 1.2% increase. Duluth has regained about half of the jobs that were lost due to the pandemic, according to experts from workforce development. The largest number of jobs lost because of COVID were in…

Army Corps To Lead Park Point Beach Cleanup Involving Metal Debris

Erosion has been taking place on Duluth’s Park Point Beach for years, but a group effort is now underway to help restore the beach, which includes picking up sharp metal debris from a recent dredging project.

DULUTH, Minn. – Erosion has been taking place on Duluth’s Park Point Beach for years, but a group effort is now underway to help restore the beach, which includes picking up sharp metal debris from a recent dredging project. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will conduct a survey to pinpoint the location and depth of a large amount of…

Minnesota Tops 2,000 Daily Cases for First Time in Months

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota exceeded more than 2,000 daily cases of the coronavirus on Thursday for the first time in months as cases in recent weeks continue to trend upward. The Minnesota Department of Health reported 2,140 new cases and 12 more people have died due to the coronavirus, putting the state’s totals at 521,667 cases and 6,860 deaths since…

Hardware Stores Busy for Spring

Local hardware stores are busy as people come in to buy springtime items they need for their houses and their yards.

DULUTH, Minn. – Local hardware stores are busy as people come in to buy springtime items they need for their houses and their yards. At Marshall Hardware, management there says people are buying things to clean up their yards, like rakes and garbage bags. People are also getting seeds as well for their gardens. For tips to take care of…

Businesses Experiencing Little Impact by Can of Worms

While the construction is creating some detours, businesses we talked to say they are not seeing much impact at this point.

DULUTH, Minn. – As traffic detours begin, businesses in Duluth’s Lincoln Park Craft District are being impacted by major construction on the Twin Ports Interchange, also known as the “Can of Worms” project. Girders are now set on the 27th Avenue West bridge and work is starting on some of the bridges connected with the Blatnik for a project that…

Greater Downtown Council Conducts Survey

The Greater Downtown Council is teaming up with the City of Duluth to survey business leaders to learn more about how the workforce is returning to the office.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Greater Downtown Council is teaming up with the City of Duluth to survey business leaders to learn more about how the workforce is returning to the office. Some have already seen employees coming back and the Greater Duluth Council wants to see what it looks like for the summer months to gauge their future plans. According…

Pfizer Vaccine Safe for Kids 12 to 15

Pfizer recently came out with a study saying its COVID-19 vaccine is safe for kids 12 to 15.

DULUTH, Minn. – Pfizer recently came out with a study saying its COVID-19 vaccine is safe for kids 12 to 15. In the study of more than 2,000 U.S. volunteers, data showed that the vaccine was highly effective when participants were given the full adult dose. Health officials say it’s exciting news as this is another milestone that research has…

Minnesota Hospitalizations Due to Virus Exceed 400

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota cases and hospitalizations driven by coronavirus variants in recent weeks continue to steadily climb, even as officials make progress on the state’s vaccination efforts. Just over 400 patients are hospitalized due to complications from COVID-19 as of Tuesday, including 102 in intensive care — the most since late January, according to the state’s dashboard. While hospitalizations…

Wisconsin Supreme Court Strikes Down Statewide Mask Mandate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court has struck down Gov. Tony Evers’ statewide mask mandate, ruling that the Democratic governor exceeded his authority by issuing the order. The 4-3 ruling Wednesday by the conservative-controlled court is the latest legal blow to attempts by Evers to control the coronavirus. It comes after Republicans in the Legislature voted to repeal…

Pfizer Says Its COVID-19 Vaccine Protects Younger Teens

(Richard Chung via AP) (AP) – Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and strongly protective in kids as young as 12. The announcement Wednesday marks a step toward possibly beginning shots in this age group before the next school year. Most COVID-19 vaccines being rolled out worldwide are for adults, who are at higher risk from the coronavirus. Pfizer’s…

Douglas County Health Officer Breaks Down Vaccine Efforts As Eligibility Expands Next Week

Douglas County Health Officials look to add to the more than 19,000 people in the county who’ve already gotten one dose.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Starting next Monday, Wisconsinites 16 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Now Douglas County Health Officials look to add to the more than 19,000 people in the county who’ve already gotten one dose. “With eligibility opening up to Wisconites next week, especially with the holiday weekend upon us, we need folks to be as diligent…

Chocolate Shops Busy With Customers

At Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Canal Park, workers say business has doubled sales for some days over the last few weeks compared to two years before the pandemic.

DULUTH, Minn. – Chocolate shops are busy with people visiting their stores for the upcoming holiday. At Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Canal Park, workers say business has doubled sales for some days over the last few weeks compared to two years before the pandemic. “The Easter holiday is a celebration of life and sometimes a little chocolate just helps…

Churches Prepare for Easter Weekend During the Pandemic

Churches throughout the Northland are preparing for the upcoming Easter weekend. We talked to church leaders about how they’ve adjusted during the pandemic.

DULUTH, Minn. – Churches throughout the Northland are preparing for the upcoming Easter weekend and church leaders talk about how they’ve adjusted during the pandemic. With Easter approaching, churches in the area are doing their best to get ready as the pandemic continues. Minnesota churches are now allowed to be open without capacity limits but Northland churches continue using a…

RECOVER Study with St. Luke’s Continues

Data collected through the RECOVER study showed that by 14 days after the second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, they are 90% protective against symptomatic and asymptomatic infection.

DULUTH, Minn. – The results are in for a national COVID study St. Luke’s hospital was involved in. Data collected through the RECOVER study showed that by 14 days after the second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, they are 90% protective against symptomatic and asymptomatic infection. Previous studies showed that the vaccine was effective against symptomatic infection but…

Governors Walz, Pawlenty Receive COVID-19 Vaccine on First Day All Minnesotans Eligible

1/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 Show Caption Hide Caption ST. PAUL, Minn. – Governor Walz and former Republican governor Tim Pawlenty received the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday at the Vikings’ Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center in Eagan. Today is the first day all Minnesotans 16-years-of-age and older are eligible to receive…

Wisconsin To Open Vaccinations To General Public Monday

  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin will make everyone in the state who is 16 and older eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations starting next week, Gov. Tony Evers said Tuesday. Evers, a Democrat, announced the change in a tweet. BREAKING: Wisconsin leads the nation in getting available shots in arms, and today we’re announcing everyone 16 and older will be eligible…

1 Million Minnesotans Now Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19

(FOX 9) – Gov. Tim Walz announced Tuesday that 1,003,316 Minnesotans have completed the vaccination process against COVID-19. About 1,637,771 Minnesotans have received at least one dose of the vaccine. The news comes as vaccine eligibility expanded on March 30, allowing Minnesotans 16 years of age and older to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Minnesota health officials reported more than 70,000 vaccines administered on Saturday and…

More Pharmacy Chains To Offer COVID-19 Vaccine in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Seven more pharmacy chains are set to offer COVID-19 vaccine shots in Wisconsin, state health officials said Tuesday. The state Department of Health Services announced that seven new chains will receive the vaccine this week as part of the federal retail pharmacy program, including Costco; CVS; Hy-Vee; Good Neighbor and AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation; Health Mart; Medicine…

Tents Needed for Homeless

CHUM is in need of tents to provide for those who are homeless.

DULUTH, Minn. – CHUM is in need of tents to provide for those who are homeless. The warming shelter will be closing on March 31st and while the shelter may be open in April due to possible cold weather, the shelter is seasonal. Those from the street outreach team at CHUM are looking for tents so people don’t have to…