Coronavirus

Gov. Walz, Mayo, U of M Announce COVID-19 Testing Breakthrough in Minnesota

(Scott Takushi/Pioneer Press via AP, Pool) ST. PAUL, Minn. – Governor Tim Walz along with the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota announced on Wednesday a breakthrough for widespread testing of COVID-19 in the state. The statewide testing strategy will allow the testing of anyone with symptoms, isolate confirmed cases, and expand public health surveillance tools. The governor’s office…

COVID-19 Kills 19 More Minnesotans in Biggest 1-day Jump Yet

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — COVID-19 has killed 19 more Minnesotans, marking the largest one-day death toll since the pandemic reached the state, the Minnesota Department of Health reported Wednesday. The 19 new deaths raised the state’s total to 179. The department also reported 154 new confirmed cases, a big one-day jump that raised the state’s total to 2,721. Health officials have…

COVID-19 Pandemic Could Have Big Impacts on the 2020 Presidential Election

Talk of a 'Mail-In' Election Have Been Brought Up By Many Lawmakers Including Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar

DULUTH, Minn. – Amid growing concern, many questions are surrounding how the COVID-19 pandemic could impact the 2020 Presidential election. Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden and President Trump are having to use different platforms on the campaign trail. Much of the media attention is focused on how Mr. Trump is handling the pandemic, which in turn leaves voters to analyze how…

Duluth City Council President, Tourist Attractions Prepare for Tough Times After Budget Shortfall

So far businesses are allowed to open early May, but there's weeks of preparation involved.

DULUTH, Minn.- After Mayor Emily Larson’s announcement of the City’s tremendous 2020 budget shortfall due to COVID-19, tourist attractions navigate uncertain times through the most important dollar-making months Duluth sees all year. While Governor Walz’s stay-at-home order right now says businesses can start opening up the first week of May, owners of attractions told us they can’t just throw open…

WRA Claims Half of Wisconsin Restaurants Could Close By End of May Due to Shutdown

WISCONSIN — The Wisconsin Restaurant Association president and CEO said that she believes up to half of all Wisconsin restaurants in the state could close as the state’s “Safer At Home” order continues until May 26th. “This is an extinction level event for small businesses,” WRA president and CEO Kristine Hillmer said. “We’re estimating that without relief, we think that…

Hermantown Businesses Can Now Sell To-Go Liquor

All alcohol can only be sold if accompanied by takeout or delivery orders.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Hermantown area businesses are now being allowed to sell takeout liquor for the duration of the pandemic. The Hermantown City Council recently approved an ordinance allowing businesses with a liquor license to apply for a temporary license to offer to-go liquor. The governor already approved a similar measure… for beer and wine, but this ordinance allows for…

In-Person Appointments Can Still be Made in Northland

Even during this time of coronavirus, it is important with those with a heart condition to be in touch with healthcare professionals.

DULUTH, Minn. – Even during this time of coronavirus, it is still important with those with a heart condition to be in touch with healthcare professionals. Medical professionals say if patient symptoms are more urgent and need evaluations in person, the in-person appointments need to be made, which would still follow the rules of social distancing. Patients wait in the…

Chiropractors Keep Offices Clean

Chiropractic clinics are also keeping to CDC recommendations during this coronavirus pandemic.

DULUTH, Minn. – Chiropractic clinics are also keeping to CDC recommendations during this coronavirus pandemic. Chester Creek Chiropractic is a relatively new business, and according to officials, many patients are putting chiropractic visits on pause, even though the business is considered essential. In many cases, appointments have been shifted online. Officials say there have been cases of upper back tensions…

Party Businesses Struggle During COVID-19 Outbreak

A local business owner is in a unique position, having one business say open while another closed.

DULUTH, Minn. – A local business owner is in a unique position, having one business say open while another closed. London Road Rental has been deemed an essential business by the state of Minnesota. While Party Express in Superior is closed because it’s considered non-essential by Wisconsin. Jerry Kortesmaki owns both. “Being a guy that has an opened business and…

17 More Minnesotans Die of COVID-19 as State’s Death Toll Hits 160

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Seventeen more Minnesotans have died from COVID-19, raising the state’s death toll to 160, the Minnesota Department of Health reported Tuesday. The 17 new deaths tied a high set last Friday. The department also reported 97 new confirmed cases to boost the state’s total to 2,576. It was the first time since last Tuesday that the department…

Officials Link 7 Wisconsin Virus Cases to In-Person Voting

Health Officials say There are no Signs yet of a Surge in Cases as Some Feared

(Angela Major/The Janesville Gazette via AP) MILWAUKEE (AP) — Officials have identified seven people who appear to have contracted the coronavirus through activities related to the April 7 election in Wisconsin, Milwaukee’s health commissioner said. Commissioner Jeanette Kowalik said six of the cases involve Milwaukee voters and one is a Milwaukee poll worker, the Journal Sentinel reported. Officials hope to have additional…

Veterinarians Help During Time of Crisis

A local vet clinic in Duluth is still hope as it is considered an essential business.

DULUTH, Minn. – A local veterinary clinic in Duluth is still open as it is considered an essential business, but it is also taking extra precautions. Leadership from Dougherty Veterinary Clinic on East 14th Street is not doing routine annual exams at the moment. However, the clinic is just seeing sick animals and injured animals, including emergency surgeries in order…

Physical Therapists Change the Way They Do Business

Local physical therapy clinics are seeing a dramatic decrease in customers in recent weeks.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Local physical therapy clinics are seeing a dramatic decrease in customers in recent weeks as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Superior’s Center for Muscle and Joint Therapy is one business that’s having to rework how they go about serving their customers. The center has a slower decrease in patients from the start, which has lead to staff cuts….

Duluth Pastry Chef Spreading Sweetness, Safety with Delivery of Cakes, Masks

Sweet Exchange delivery is going contactless with orders of cakes and cupcakes, along with a free handmade mask.

DULUTH, Minn.- A local pastry chef who was hoping to open a new storefront in Downtown Duluth is continuing to bring sweetness to people, with an added bonus. The owner of Sweet Exchange is taking phone orders for contactless delivery of cakes and cupcakes. Think Ding Dong Ditch with a cake waiting on your doorstep. She’s also handmaking cloth masks…

Hotels Step Up to Help Healthcare Workers

One local hotel is stepping up to help healthcare workers.

DULUTH, Minn. – One local hotel is stepping up to help healthcare workers. The AmericInn by the Miller Hill Mall is having a special rate for them during the pandemic. Right now, people staying at the hotel are those who work in the healthcare field. Healthcare workers staying at the hotel are those who work at a local nursing home….

West Duluth Sewing and Design Selling Handmade Masks to Stay Afloat

The sewing and alterations business is selling masks for $6, the only business they are getting right now with proms and weddings cancelled.

DULUTH, Minn.- At first, West Duluth Sewing and Design’s foray into making masks started with a donation. Now it’s their only real income, with cancelled proms and weddings slowing business. A nursing home in Moose Lake asked the owners, Jeaneth and Harold Deterling, to make and donate about 50 masks a week, being paid just for materials. “She asked me…

Minnesota Latest COVID-19 Numbers, April 20

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Health released updated COVID-19 numbers Monday morning reporting 2,470 confirmed cases in the state. That is 114 new cases of COVID-19 since yesterday. Minnesota is also reporting 143 total deaths in the state due to new coronavirus. To date, 1,202 in the state no longer require isolation. The MDH website reports that…

Local Dancer Gives Others Virtual Platform to Shine

Worldwide Dance Challenge is uniting dancers across the world to connect, collaborate and compete.

DULUTH, Minn.- As more people stay at home across the world due to the Coronavirus, artists like dancers become stifled at home. Professional dancer Jesse Paul Smith noticed this, and started the Worldwide Dance Challenge. “I really believe this is the next phase of dance competitions,” he said. The Superior native saw how quarantine was effecting dancers, who had put…

OMC Smokehouse, Corktown to Open; Merge into ‘OMC Express and Deli’

New business style hopes to bring back 20-25% of the 200 laid off employees.

DULUTH, Minn.- People missing the smoked meat and sandwiches in Lincoln Park are in luck. OMC Express and Deli will open Wednesday, as the result of merging OMC Smokehouse and Corktown Deli and Brews. Both businesses have been closed through the pandemic. According to owner Tom Hanson, the operation should put 20-25% of the 200 employees laid off back to…

Two New COVID-19 Cases, Ninth Death Reported in St. Louis County

Total number of cases in the county is now 48.

MINNESOTA- Two new Coronavirus cases, and one death were reported in St. Louis County Sunday, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The county now has 48 positive cases and nine deaths total. Statewide 13 new deaths were reported Sunday, bringing the total number to 134, according to MDH. Minnesota now has 2,356 positive cases, with 1,160 individuals released from…

Pandemic Forces Wedding Planners to Adjust as Couples Wait to Tie the Knot

Both planners and couples are navigating new territory of rescheduling the big day.

DULUTH, Minn.- On a warm, sunny April day, many scenic outdoor spots in the Northland are normally packed with a bride, groom, and large crowd, gathered to witness the marriage. But just like other events, weddings now have to be drastically changed due to COVID-19. “This is definitely not something you imagine, you know?” said bride-to-be, Meghan Hagedon. “You plan…

New COVID-19 Death Reported in St. Louis County, New Positive Case in Early 20s

As of Saturday there are 46 confirmed cases in the County.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn.- One new individual has died from COVID-19 in St. Louis County, according to the Minnesota Department of Health, bringing the total number of deaths to eight. The deceased is a woman in her early 80s, and was living in a long-term care facility. Another case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the county Saturday, to be a…

Gov. Walz Calls on Minnesotans to Donate Homemade Masks

State health officials report 143 new COVID-19 cases and 10 new coronavirus deaths statewide

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Gov. Tim Walz is calling on Minnesota residents to make homemade masks for those most at risk of the coronavirus. Walz said Saturday that people should drop off the masks at their local fire departments next Saturday so that they can be delivered to senior living facilities and other group homes for employees and residents to wear….

Stimulus Checks Used to Feed the Needy

The Salvation Army received a sweet donation from a couple of employees.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Salvation Army received a sweet donation from a couple of employees. The workers got their stimulus checks and decided to give a portion of that to help feed those who use their lunch program. They purchased 30 boxes of pizza to feed roughly 100 people who lately have been taking a meal home with them from…

Local Businesses Impacted by Alcohol To-Go Bill

The Minnesota Senate and the House have passed a bill authorizing restaurants to sell wine and beer with takeout orders.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. – Good news for some Minnesota restaurants: The Minnesota Senate and the House have passed a bill authorizing restaurants to sell wine and beer with takeout orders. Final approval is still pending from the governor, but that seems almost certain to happen. Many Minnesota restaurant owners had been pushing for this change to open up a…

Latest Wisconsin COVID-19 Numbers

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reporting 4,045 positive cases of COVID-19 as of Friday afternoon. According to the Wisconsin DHS website coronavirus deaths in the state have reached 205. State health officials say there have been 42,365 negative test results to date and 1,153 hospitalizations. Douglas County is still reporting 7 positive COVID-19 cases and…

Minnesota Latest COVID-19 Numbers, April 17

That is 159 New Cases Since Thursday

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Health released updated COVID-19 numbers Friday morning reporting 2,071 confirmed cases in the state. That is 159 new cases of COVID-19 since yesterday. Minnesota is also reporting 111 total deaths in the state due to new coronavirus. To date, 1,066 in the state no longer require isolation. The MDH website reports that…

Toastmaters Competition Continues Virtually

While some gatherings are closed, others are still happening virtually, including speech competitions.

DULUTH, Minn. – While some gatherings are closed, others are still happening virtually, including speech competitions. Toastmasters is a speech club that has groups throughout the nation and the world. Recently, a speech competition for the region was held virtually, featuring competitors from the Northland and Iron Range. The Technical Director for the competition says its important to have these…

Local Business Raising Funds to Feed the Hungry

One local company is creating merchandise to help out Northland residents.

DULUTH, Minn. – One local company is creating merchandise to help out Northland residents. Locally Laid Egg Company wanted to help with fighting off food insecurity for Northlanders, so they partnered with Duluth Screen Printing to create clothes to sell. Proceeds will be donated to multiple groups such as Duluth Screen Printing, Second Harvest Food Bank and Feeding America. “I’m…

Wisconsin Schools, Golf Courses Impacted by Wisconsin’s ‘Safer at Home’ Extension

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wis. – Families and business across Wisconsin are being impacted by Gov. Tony Evers extending Wisconsin’s Safer at Home Order. Public and private schools will be closed for the rest of the academic year. Dr. Sara Croney, superintendent of the School District of Maple, tells us that’s no surprise to her. She’s happy her district now has a…

First Ever Virtual Beer Fest Happening This Weekend

About 20 Minnesota breweries are participating in the event.

DULUTH, Minn. – For all the beer lovers out there, here’s your chance to have an experience of a lifetime right in the comfort of your home. The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild is hosting the first-ever virtual beer fest this weekend. About 20 Minnesota breweries, including Bent Paddle, Blacklist Brewing, and Hoops Brewing in Duluth, are participating in the virtual…

St. Ann’s Residence Covid-19 Update

20 cases of the Coronavirus has been confirmed at the senior living facility.

DULUTH, Minn. – Its been one week since a Coronavirus outbreak has hit St. Ann’s Residence in Duluth. So far, a total of 20 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed at the senior living facility, five of those have died. St. Ann’s Executive Director tells us they have already tested nearly 80 of their residents for Covid-19. Only about eight…

City Of Superior Gets Some Economic Relief Amid Pandemic

Nearly $700,000 is being allocated to offer financial relief.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The City of Superior is responding to the economic impact on its community. Superior Mayor Jim Paine recently announced proposals for the Superior Coronavirus Relief package. The package is a nearly $700,000 investment to help bring back some economic stability to the city. More than $400,000 from the package is being proposed to fund the Community Development Block…

4-H Makes Masks and Scrub Caps for Northlanders

Young people all over the Northland are among those helping out in the fight against coronavirus.

ESKO, Minn. – 4-H is an organization that gives young people opportunities for service projects. Here in the Northland, 4-H members have made more than 400 masks and have also been making scrub caps. The items are being donated to hospitals, schools, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities in the Carlton County area, Fond Du Lac Reservation, and Duluth. For…

Local Chorus Group Still Finding a Way to Sing

Despite the challenges with the coronavirus, one local choir group still finding a way to sing.

DULUTH, Minn. – Despite the challenges with the coronavirus, one local choir group is still finding a way to sing. The Lake Superior Youth Chorus has now created virtual orchestra spaces for each choir. The organization is also hosting musical moments, where choir members can submit pictures or videos of themselves making music in their homes. Winners are chosen from…

Evers Extends Wisconsin Stay-at-Home Order Until May 26

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday extended Wisconsin’s stay-at-home order that was originally slated to expire next week for another month, keeping non-essential businesses closed until May 26 to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Schools will be closed the remainder of the academic year under the order. News of the extension comes amid growing criticism from…

Minnesota Latest COVID-19 Numbers

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Health released updated COVID-19 numbers Thursday morning reporting 1,912 confirmed cases in the state. That is 103 new cases of COVID-19 since yesterday. Minnesota is also reporting 94 total deaths in the state due to new coronavirus. To date, 1,020 in the state no longer require isolation. The MDH website reports that…

Sutherland CBD, Dr. Juice Offer Hand Sanitizer, Donate Hundreds to First Responders

The pair are are selling bottles at cost for $3, all sales going back into production.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Sutherland CBD and Dr. Juice USA, both on Tower Avenue, are now offering handmade hand sanitizer. And hundreds of bottles of their product are going to first responders in need. “In these difficult times everybody’s got to do their part to stop the spread of this thing, to stay safe,” said Jacob Tout, CEO of Dr. Juice USA….

Northland Summer Camps Prepare for Uncertain Season

Camp Amnicon and Camp Nebagamon discuss planning for summer camps during pandemic

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wis. – Going to camp is a summer tradition for many families but, with so much uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, nobody knows if kids will have the chance to attend Northland camps this year. “What we provide is the opportunity to get outdoors and to learn in the outdoors and we really feel that families, kids are going to…

Home Health Care Industry Impacted by Coronavirus

In particular, it looks like it has slowed down the home health care industry.

DULUTH, Minn. – The coronavirus has impacted businesses throughout the Northland. Touching Hearts at Home located is an in-home services and transportation provider. The company hasn’t laid off any of its employees. Owners say it’s important to keep home healthcare services available. “I would say a big part of it is an isolation factor that sometimes the only person they…

ACLU-MN sues to release Moose Lake inmates due to COVID-19

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota is suing to release inmates endangered by COVID-19 at Moose Lake prison in northern Minnesota. The organization filed a petition Wednesday against the state Department of Corrections. According to a DOC database, 12 inmates in Moose Lake are confirmed positive for the coronavirus and another 31 inmates are…

Over 33 Thousand Minnesota Small Businesses Approved for Forgivable Loans

Sen. Tina Smith says more work has to be done to address the funding shortage for loans.

MINNESOTA, As stimulus checks begin rolling out, additional help through forgivable loans have been awarded to over 33,819 Minnesota small businesses as of Monday. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) grants loans to small businesses as part of the Stimulus Package. The loans are forgivable to businesses who retain or rehire their workers. Senator Tina Smith (D), who helped pass the…

Duluth International Is Receiving More Than $5 Million In Relief Funding

Typically the airport runs up to 12 daily flights, but that has since dropped to five flights per day.

DULUTH, Minn- The Duluth International Airport is receiving more than $5 million in relief funding to support operations during the pandemic. This comes after Congressman Pete Stauber recently announced nearly $30 million in funding to assist more than 25 airports in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District. Those funds were made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. Duluth…