Coronavirus

Duluth Bars Extra Cautious as Gov. Walz Threatens Statewide Bar Shutdown

Bar owners in Duluth say a second closure could prove disastrous.

DULUTH, Minn.- As COVID-19 cases grow nationwide, many states are already turning back to restrictions on business. Now states like Minnesota may be considering the same, as Governor Tim Walz warns that mass gatherings without masks in bars will cause numbers to rise faster. “The bars right now are not safe,” said the Governor at a press conference last week,…

‘At Sara’s Table’ Among Duluth Businesses Requiring Customers to Wear Masks

Duluth City Council expected to take up mask ordinance on July 13th

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth City Council is expected to vote on requiring masks in some indoor public places on July 13th, but some local businesses have required mask-wearing for weeks. At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Cafe tells us many customers have been happy with the restaurant’s mask requirement, but it has upset some. Staff say the cafe-goers do not…

Animal Allies Girls Power Summer Camp Kicks Off

The ongoing pandemic is making it much harder than usual to host summer camps for young people, but many Northland camps are still moving forward by taking plenty of COVID-19 precautions.

DULUTH, Minn. – The ongoing pandemic is making it much harder than usual to host summer camps for young people, but many Northland camps are still moving forward by taking plenty of COVID-19 precautions. It’s being run a bit differently than usual, but the Animal Allies Girl Power Camp is underway, and campers are excited to get started. “Probably getting…

Blue Arrow Boutique Getting Ready to Reopen

One local shop is planning to open after being temporarily closed for the past few months due to the pandemic.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – One local shop is planning to open after being temporarily closed for the past few months due to the pandemic. Ownership from Blue Arrow Boutique in Superior, which specializes in women’s clothing, say they would have opened sooner, but were having trouble getting enough inventory while figuring out a plan to keep customers safe. “We’re pumped but…

Wisconsin Won’t Name Businesses with Multiple COVID-19 Cases

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is retreating from its original plans to name businesses and other places where there have been at least two confirmed coronavirus cases after business groups and Republican lawmakers opposed the idea. The department told local health officials in a call that it initially planned to start naming the businesses on…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Tuesday, July 7

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 39,133 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Tuesday morning and 3 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,477 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 685,247 tests have been completed to date. There are 34,377 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 4,252 patients have required hospitalization…

New Rules: Foreign Students Must Leave US if Classes go Online

(AP) – New federal guidelines say international students will be forced to leave the U.S. or transfer to another college if their schools offer classes entirely online this fall. The guidelines provide additional pressure for campuses to reopen even amid growing concerns about the recent spread of COVID-19 among young adults. President Donald Trump has insisted that schools and universities…

Tourism Takes Hit During Holiday Weekend

While Canal Park was still busy over the holiday weekend, the Maritime Visitor Center says it saw a couple of thousand fewer people stop by on the fourth.

DULUTH, Minn. – While Canal Park was still busy over the holiday weekend, the maritime visitor center says it saw a couple of thousand fewer people stop by on the fourth. The visitor center had about 1,000 people stop by its booth over the holiday weekend. But last year when the museum building was open, the visitor booth estimated between…

UMD KIDSROCK Summer Camp Kicks Off

Summer camp is looking different this summer because of the pandemic.

DULUTH, Minn. – Summer camp is looking different this summer because of the pandemic. “We were really excited that we were able to still do this in any kind of capacity,” said Joel Sanderson, the assistant director for intermural sports and youth programs. There have been several changes made to the UMD KIDSROCK camp due to the coronavirus. The program…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Monday, July 6

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 38,569 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Monday morning and 3 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,474 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 679,693 tests have been completed to date. There are 33,907 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 4,219 patients have required hospitalization…

Some Superior Businesses See Different Customer Traffic Due to Canceled Fireworks Show

Bars and restaurants and attractions seeing a bit more customers, but many staying home.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The City of Superior abruptly canceled their 4th of July fireworks show the day before, causing some businesses to adapt to the change in customer flow. “We weren’t sure what to expect coming through,” Dustin Heckman, Executive Director of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center said. A year with fireworks would bring both Superiorites and others visiting…

Duluth Harbor Mission Hosts Community Event

A local group hosted a barbecue for community members to enjoy.

DULUTH, Minn. – A local group hosted a barbecue for community members to enjoy. Duluth Harbor Mission on West Third Street hosted the event at Harrison Community Center. Dozens of people came to take in live music and free food, while also spending time getting to know others in their local neighborhoods. “We love people,” said Wendy Lane, the women’s…

Nice Weather Draws Many Visitors

The weekend weather drew people from all over the state.

DULUTH, Minn. – The weekend weather drew people from all over the state. The Canal Park Lakewalk area was busy with walkers and bikers. One Twin Cities family who has visited Duluth before said they’re here to explore the city and that the lake feels the warmest it has ever felt. “This is great,” said the Olson family, who came…

Local Organizers Host Barbecue at Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial

Local organizers hosted a barbecue to provide both free food and a safe space for connection.

DULUTH, Minn. – This particular July 4th feels a bit different this year, but not just because of the pandemic. One community event brought together people in the spirit of unity and reconciliation. Local organizers hosted a barbecue to provide both free food and a safe space for connection. “You know, it’s a lot of work, but it’s worthy work…

Essentia, St. Lukes Speak Out in Favor of Duluth’s Proposed Mask Ordinance

DULUTH, Minn. – Both Essentia Health and St. Luke’s are speaking out in favor of Duluth’s proposed ordinance that would require masks to be worn in many public indoor spaces. St. Luke’s sent a letter to the Duluth City Council. It reads in part: “Many people are weary of COVID-19 and all the changes that have come with it. It’s…

Increase In Grill and Pellet Sales

Grill sales are way up this summer season.

DULUTH, Minn. – Grill sales are way up this summer season. London Road Rental in Duluth tells us pellet sales have been up 200% and grill sales are up 30% to 40%. They attribute it to more people eating at home than going out because of the pandemic. “Especially right now because you’re limited on where you can go in…

People Travel Even During Coronavirus Pandemic

Even while the coronavirus pandemic continues, visitors are still coming through Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – People are coming out to enjoy July 4th weekend despite the coronavirus pandemic. One best friend duo from Minneapolis is in Duluth on their last leg of a long road trip. “So we ended up going south going near Chicago near South Bend,” said Kelly Aherns, a visitor from Minneapolis. “We spent about three to four days…

Superior Cancels July 4th Fireworks

Mayor Jim Paine says he hopes the city can have the fireworks later in the year or have an even better celebration next Fourth of July.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The City of Superior has canceled its 4th of July fireworks display scheduled for Saturday night. The city made the announcement in this news release sent Friday: “Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Douglas County, the City of Superior has chosen to cancel the Fourth of July fireworks show scheduled for tomorrow night. This…

COVID-19 Cases Rise in Douglas County, More Superior Bars Linked to Surge

Health Dept. has tracked "several" COVID-19 cases to President's Bar.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Douglas County Public Health is reporting seven more people tested positive for COVID-19 this week — specifically in Superior — bringing the total to 37. Common factors contributing to the spread of the virus are visitors from areas with high transmission rates and people who visited multiple public places while symptomatic. At least eight bars in the…

New Accelerated Nursing Program Introduced at CSS

One local college is meeting the need for nursing assistants through some new courses.

DULUTH, Minn. – One local college is meeting the need for nursing assistants through some new courses. The program will give students the opportunity to become nursing assistants in as little as six weeks. Essentially, it puts together online and in-person training to create a hybrid experience for students. Leadership at CSS says that there is a big need that…

Jamrock Cultural Restaurant Finds New Home After Eviction Complicates Business

After being evicted due to serving the food to cars lined up outside his home, the owner and chef said, a Superior bar helped him out.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A local cook who’s Caribbean food business was sidelined after his landlord evicted him is teaming up with a Superior bar owner to serve his food once again. Average Joe’s Pub off Hammond Avenue was packed Tuesday evening, but people weren’t just there for a drink — but for Jamrock Cultural Restaurant in the back of the building….

Local Musician, Disability Rights Advocate Writes to Duluth Council in Favor of Mask Mandate

Gaelynn Lea says she feels requiring masks indoors is a logical first step for Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn.- A local musician and outspoken advocate for people with disabilities is voicing her support of the City Council approving a mask-mandate in public buildings. Gaelynn Lea recently wrote to Mayor Emily Larson and also the City Council urging them to require mask-wearing in the city. She said people who don’t wear a mask in public create a serious…

Lake Avenue Restaurant and Bar Voluntarily Closes After Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

DULUTH, Minn.– Lake Avenue Restaurant and Bar in Duluth announced Wednesday they are voluntarily closing, explaining that staff has been exposed to a person with COVID-19. It’s also located in Canal Park, where the popular tourist destination has been seeing bigger crowds over the last few weeks. After a number of bars and restaurants in Superior closed yesterday due to…

Maritime Staff Help Tourists Navigate Area

While the local maritime museum remains closed to guests, it now has staff stationed outside the visitor center to provide information for guests and visitors.

DULUTH, Minn. – While the local maritime museum remains closed to guests, it now has staff stationed outside the visitor center to provide information for guests and visitors. It provides information about the shipping schedule along with brochures about the area. Those helping out say it’s important to get the word out about all the area has to offer. “This…

WITC Prepares for Fall Semester

As the pandemic continues, local colleges are getting ready for the fall semester.

DULUTH, Minn. – As the pandemic continues, local colleges are getting ready for the fall semester. Over at WITC, leadership says they are still figuring out what that looks like logistically. Students may or may not be required to wear a mask depending on how close in proximity they may be to other students in the classroom. They added they…

North Shore Scenic Railroad Kicks Off Summer Tourism Season

The coronavirus pandemic stopped operations at the North Shore Scenic Railroad in Duluth for many weeks, but a train finally left the depot today.

DULUTH, Minn. – The coronavirus pandemic stopped operations at the North Shore Scenic Railroad in Duluth for many weeks, but a train finally left the depot today. It’s the first run of the season. After three and a half months of preparations, the North Shore Scenic Railroad is welcoming in passengers and guests. “Even though we’re delayed, we’re sold out…

Lake Avenue Restaurant and Bar Temporarily Closing After Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

(photo courtesy: Facebook/Lake Avenue Restaurant and Bar) DULUTH, Minn. – Lake Avenue Restaurant and Bar announced on Wednesday they will be closing temporarily due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19. In a recent Facebook post, the restaurant wrote, “We are focusing right now on ensuring that the rest of our employees get tested. We continue to follow the cleaning…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Wednesday, July 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 36,716 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Wednesday morning and 4 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,445 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 617,107 tests have been completed to date. There are 31,947 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 4,081 patients have required hospitalization…

University of Minnesota: 7 Students Test COVID-19 Positive

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota said Tuesday that seven athletes from “multiple sports” have tested positive for the coronavirus. The Gopher Athletics Department conducted 170 COVID-19 tests during June, and seven athletes tested positive. The school said students who test positive are entered into a protocol and asked to self-isolate. Those students will have access to all necessary…

Fireworks Stands Stay Busy

Northlanders are also continuing to prep for the fourth by buying up fireworks.

DULUTH, Minn. – Northlanders are also continuing to prep for the fourth by buying up fireworks. The owners at one stand at Cub Foods in Duluth says sales are up 300 percent higher than they were last year. Owners attribute this to coronavirus, saying since many celebrations are canceled, Northlanders are celebrating in their own ways, while keeping safety in…

Multiple Bars Voluntarily Close After Customers Test Positive for COVID-19

SUPERIOR, Wis.– At least five bars in Superior, South Superior and South Range have voluntarily shut their doors for the time being after getting notified they’ve each had a customer in their establishment recently who has tested positive COVID-19. The bar closures come as the health department recorded 30 positive cases in Douglas County since the pandemic began. Log Cabin…

Duluth Children’s Museum Opens This Week

After being closed for months, the Duluth Children's Museum is reopening Thursday.

DULUTH, Minn. – After being closed for months, the Duluth Children’s Museum is reopening Thursday. Since shutting down, leadership has had to come up with new ways for kids of all ages to enjoy the attractions, and now, safety precautions are in place, which should keep everyone comfortable. “Well, we’re so excited,” said Cameron Kruger, the president and CEO of…

Fauci: US ‘Going in Wrong Direction’ in Coronavirus Outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. is “going in the wrong direction” with the coronavirus surging badly enough that Dr. Anthony Fauci told senators Tuesday some regions are putting the entire country at risk — just as schools and colleges are wrestling with how to safely reopen. With about 40,000 new cases being reported a day, Fauci, the government’s top infectious…

University of Minnesota, Edina, Rochester Adopt Face Mask Requirements

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota as well as the cities of Edina and Rochester have new requirements on wearing face masks in public places as the number of coronavirus cases and deaths continue to climb in Minnesota. University officials sent an e-mail to students Monday announcing that beginning Wednesday, all faculty, students, and visitors to the campuses will…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Tuesday, June 30

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 36,303 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Tuesday morning and 6 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,441 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 605,316 tests have been completed to date. There are 31,601 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 4,054 patients have required hospitalization…

UMD To Require Masks On Campus While Indoors Starting July 1

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota announced Monday that starting July 1, it will require all students, staff and visitors to wear a mask while in any indoor or enclosed space on campus. In an email sent to staff and students, officials wrote that “We now know that wearing a face covering provides valuable, albeit imperfect, protection against the spread…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Monday, June 29

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 35,861 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Monday morning and 10 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,435 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 592,955 tests have been completed to date. There are 31,225 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 4,031 patients have required hospitalization…

Health Care Workers Forced to Reuse Masks Due to Shortage

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — 3M Co. says global demand for N95 masks continues to far exceed supply. The Maplewood-based conglomerate corporation says it has doubled the production of N95 masks this year. But, with too few N95 respirators to go around, nurses and other health care workers are being forced to reuse the masks even though the coronavirus can live on…

Liila Boutique in Lincoln Park Moves Store to Sidewalk

Store holds sidewalk sale to make up for not being able to open interior.

DULUTH, Minn.- Another local business in Lincoln Park is trying new ways to open back up while also following public health guidelines. Liila Boutique on West Superior Street has been bringing their store to the sidewalk the past few weekends. Since they’re located in the Duluth Folk School building which remains closed, they can’t open their doors to the public….

Duluth-Based IKONICS Corporation Announces Employee Furloughs

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth-based IKONICS Corporation has announced it will furlough about 40 percent of its 81-employee workforce through the end of July. Furloughed employees will continue to receive benefits, but the company is suspending retirement plan contributions. The furloughs are designed to offset revenue lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. Glenn Sandgren, IKONICS CEO, released this statement in regard to…

e2ip Technologies Shutting Down Bigfork Facility By End of 2020

Economic Officials in Itasca County Provide an Update on Residents, Businesses Financially Impacted by COVID-19

BIGFORK, Minn. – Friday morning during a press briefing, economic officials in Itasca County provided new details regarding the economic impact COVID-19 is having on residents and businesses in the region. According to Tamara Lowney, President, and CEO of Itasca Economic Development Center, by the end of 2020, Montreal based e2ip Technologies will close its Bigfork location for good. The…

Fire Impacts Ursa Minor Brewing

The fire was reported just before 1:00 a.m. this morning and it's still unclear how it started.

DULUTH, Minn. – The fire was reported just before 1:00 a.m. this morning and it’s still unclear how it started. The shed where the fire happened is attached to Ursa Minor Brewing. But the flames did not reach the brewery’s building. The fire did destroy several items in the shed, including a forklift and a refrigeration unit. Damage is estimated…

Artificial Intelligence Used to Track Patterns in COVID-19

Researchers at UMD have been studying artificial intelligence to track developments related to COVID-19.

DULUTH, Minn. – Researchers at UMD have been studying artificial intelligence to track developments related to COVID-19. One professor there is tracking hate speech connected to the virus. His research is just a small portion of how coronavirus can be studied using AI. For instance, other researchers are using AI to predict who most likely should and shouldn’t use intensive…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Friday, June 26

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 34,616 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Friday morning and 5 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,411 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 557,278 tests have been completed to date. There are 30,008 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 3,966 patients have required hospitalization…

‘Face Covering’ Now Required For Shoppers, Staff At Whole Foods Co-Op

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s Whole Foods Co-op locations are increasing safety measures against the coronavirus pandemic by requiring all shoppers and staff to wear some type of face mask while in the stores. The rule goes into effect Friday, June 26.  And if a customer doesn’t have a “face covering,” there will be a stock of single-use masks available at…

Glensheen Mansion Open for Self-Guided Tours

One local historical site, popular with tourists, has reopened another portion of its facility to the public.

DULUTH, Minn. – One local historical site, popular with tourists, has reopened another portion of its facility to the public. Glensheen Mansion is now allowing self-guided full-mansion tours. Tour capacity has been reduced and to make sure people are spread out, it is also now a one-way tour route. “Soit’s this treasure upon a treasure of things for people to…

Virtual Rhubarb Contest Being Held

After this Rhubarb Fest was canceled this year, CHUM has decided to go virtual for its rhubarb contest.

DULUTH, Minn. – After this Rhubarb Fest was canceled this year, CHUM has decided to go virtual for its rhubarb contest. The contest, which has been going on for the past 16 years, for whoever has the biggest leaf and the longest stalk, participants have to send in a picture to Molly Lyons, the director of communications for CHUM, to…

Coronavirus Impacts Northland Assisted Living Facilities

Benedictine Living Community on Kenwood Avenue has at least nine new COVID-19 cases. Seven involve residents and the other two cases are staff members.

DULUTH, Minn . – Benedictine Living Community on Kenwood Avenue has at least nine new COVID-19 cases. Seven involve residents and the other two cases are staff members. The cases were diagnosed after a recent mass testing session done by the state and once the positive results came back, Benedictine leaders took quick action to try and prevent the virus…

Minnesota Prison Inmate Dies After Testing COVID-19 Positive

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota prison inmate has died after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, state corrections officials said Thursday. The Minnesota Department of Corrections said Adrian Raymaar Keys, 43, died Tuesday night at a hospital. Keys was an inmate at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Faribault and tested positive for COVID-19 along with a number…