Coronavirus

Minnesota Lawmakers Ready COVID-19 Relief; Deaths Rise to 79

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers prepared Tuesday to pass a COVID-19 relief bill on a day when health officials reported nine more deaths due to the coronavirus. The Minnesota Department of Health reported that the nine new deaths raised the state’s total to 79. The department also reported 45 new confirmed cases to increase Minnesota’s total to 1,695. As of…

Utility Providers Including Minnesota Power Suspend Disconnections, Late Fees

Citizens Utility Board and Minnesota Power Urge Customers to Call to arrange payment plan.

DULUTH, Minn.- People struggling to keep up with heat, water, or electric bills due to the Coronavirus pandemic may find some relief from many utility providers. The Citizens Utility Board, a non-profit representing energy customers in Minnesota, is urging Minnesotans to contact their utility providers like Minnesota Power to work out a payment plan to avoid being disconnected. Many providers…

Cleveland-Cliffs To Idle Northshore Mining; 470 Employees Affected

The Northshore Mining Plant employees 570, only 100 remain employed.

SILVER BAY, Minn.- Cleveland-Cliffs has announced it is idling two of its iron ore plants, including Northshore Mining in Silver Bay, which will be shutting down by the middle of this month. This will affect roughly 470 employees, a significant number for a city like Silver Bay with a population of only 1,800. Cleveland-Cliffs CEO Lourenco Goncalves said they’ve evaluated…

Radio DJ Records Show From Home

Some of your favorite on-air personalities are also working from home.

DULUTH, Minn. – Have you been listening to the radio a lot lately? Some of your favorite on-air personalities are also working from home, including Jill Mikkelson, a radio host for Life 97.3. She uses her room as her personal studio where she researches content and records her material. She works remotely while living with roommates. She says that she…

Virtual Job Fair Helps People Find Work During Pandemic

Job fair runs through April 27th.

DULUTH, Minn – The Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training and its partner CareerForce in Duluth is offering a virtual job fair for people searching for work during the pandemic. More than 50 employers from a variety of industries including construction trades and healthcare are participating in the career fair to help fill open jobs. This event replaces the third…

UMD Campus Food Shelf Remains Open To Students As Pandemic Continues

Champ's Cupboard is expected to be open at least until the end of the semester.

DULUTH, Minn – The University of Minnesota of Duluth is making sure students, who are dealing with food insecurities, have access to healthy meals by keeping the campus food shelf open during the pandemic. Champ’s Cupboard is a free food shelf offered to all UMD students. It opened in 2013 after university officials noticed a need to help those dealing…

Duluth Pack Manufactures Medical Gowns For Healthcare Workers

The goal is to manufacture 1,000 gowns a day.

DULUTH, Minn – Instead of manufacturing outdoor gear and apparel Duluth pack will now be making protective gowns for healthcare workers. Duluth Pack is partnering with the Michigan-based company Stormy Kramer, which also manufactures outdoor apparel, to help make the gowns. The protective equipment is being made with materials that are moisture resistant. Medical gowns are usually disposable, instead, this…

Local Observations on Coronavirus Impact

People of many different racial and ethnic backgrounds have been sickened by the virus all over the world, but studies are finding both the African American and the Native American communities seem to be especially susceptible.

DULUTH, Minn. – People of many different racial and ethnic backgrounds have been sickened by the virus all over the world, but studies are finding both the African American and the Native American communities seem to be especially susceptible. Many individuals from minority backgrounds work as essential workers, including grocery stores and public transportation. When it comes to obtaining information…

Minnesota Reports 29 New COVID-19 Cases but No New Deaths

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Twenty-nine more Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the state’s total of confirmed cases to 1,650, the Minnesota Department of Health reported Monday. But the department reported no new deaths Monday, so the state’s coronavirus-related death toll stood at 70. It’s the first time since March 25 that the state has recorded no new deaths. As…

Duluth Police, Fire Hold Surprise Easter Parade in Harbor Highlands

Kids ran out to wave as the firetrucks and police cars drove past.

DULUTH, Minn.- The sounds of sirens, some very excited kids, filled the Harbor Highlands neighborhood Sunday. Members of the Duluth Police and Fire Departments pulled together a surprise Easter Parade for everyone there. “Break up the monotony for all the ids up here, probably have had their routines with what they’re used to doing: playing with their friends, going to…

Facebook Gift Card Raffle Raises $20K for Superior Local Businesses So Far

Councilors Brent Fennessey and Craig Sutherland started the closed group two weeks ago.

SUPERIOR, Wis,- Like the rest of the Northland, normally busy streets and storefonts in Superior are bare as local businesses cope with being partially or completely shut down. Two Superior City Councilors decided to raise money for them, by raffling gift cards on Facebook. Weeks later, the small boost they hoped to give businesses is turning into a big help….

Duluth Harbor Mission Serves Nearly 200 Easter Dinners To-Go

On Sunday, the meals they served included ham, mashed potatoes, cheesy potatoes, corn, and even desserts.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Harbor Mission held its fifth annual free Easter dinner to those in need on Sunday. The faith-based mission provides food, shelter, and clothing year-round for people in need. During the pandemic, they say the need has been much greater. On Sunday, the meals they served included ham, mashed potatoes, cheesy potatoes, corn, and even desserts. The…

Boating, Biking, Even Dancing in Sunshine at Leif Erikson Park

Two dancers turned the stage in the center of the park into their own dance floor.

DULUTH, Minn.- Saturday’s above average temperatures brought tons of people out to Leif Erikson Park to enjoy the sunshine. The park was alive with people taking advantage of the nice day in their own way–boating in the lake, biking and jogging along the walkways. Now, a new outdoor park activity: dancing on the stage in the center of the grass….

OMC Smokehouse Opens Back Up For Online Pre-Orders

On the first day open, the restaurant received 200 online orders.

DULUTH, Minn.- Amid the many local restaurants forced to close under Governor Tim Walz’s Executive Order, OMC Smokehouse in Lincoln Park decided to get cooking again, doing takeout in an unconventional way for them. The restaurant opened up to online pre-orders only on Saturday, with food prepped and ready 5-10 mins before scheduled pickup. “I’ve been doing this 40 years,…

Masks Now Mandatory for Super One Employees

Super One in West Duluth distributed 250 asks to employees this week that they are required to wear while at work.

DULUTH, Minn. – As mask-wearing becomes more common in the Northland, employees at Super One Foods are now wearing them every day at work. Super One in West Duluth distributed 250 asks to employees this week that they are required to wear while at work. Other employees are wearing their own masks they made at home. All masks are cleaned…

Ashland County Reports Second Confirmed COVID-19 Case

ASHLAND COUNTY, Wis. – A second case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Ashland County, according to the county public health department. The individual who tested positive has a history of domestic travel and has been self-isolating since returning home. Ashland County Public Health tells us they are working with the individual to identify any people they were in close…

Seven New COVID-19 Deaths Reported in Minnesota Saturday

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Health reports 64 people have died from COVID-19 statewide as of Saturday, April 11th. That’s seven more deaths than were reported Friday, April 10th. 1,427 Minnesotans have now tested positive for the virus, 91 more than on Friday. Of the people who tested positive, 793 are no longer needing isolation. As of…

Amnicon Falls State Park Still Open Despite Closure of Southern Wisconsin Parks

Though people are out, many northern Wisconsin parks have not seen the hordes of people like ones in more populated areas.

SOUTH RANGE, Wis. – Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers recently announced the closure of 40 state parks, forests, and recreation areas mostly in the southern part of the state. Most northern Wisconsin parks are still open for people to enjoy the outdoors. Gov. Evers announced the order due to unprecedented crowds, litter, and vandalism at the parks to our south. As…

Bridgeman’s Busy with Curbside Fish Fry on Good Friday

Due to COVID-19, they served the fish curbside and were busy with a consistent stream of cars considering no one can eat in the restaurant.

DULUTH, Minn. – Bridgeman’s is a staple for many people who are looking for fried fish during lent and Good Friday is their busiest fish fry of the year. Due to COVID-19, they served the fish curbside and were busy with a consistent stream of cars considering no one can eat in the restaurant. The owner estimates fish fries were…

Gov. Walz Issues Executive Order to Help First Responders

The Order Provides COVID-19 Information from Minnesota Department of Health to First Responders

DULUTH, Minn. – Local first responders continue to risk not only their own but the lives of family and loved ones as we continue to live in this new era surrounding COVID-19. Congressman Pete Stauber (R-MN) is now making sure they can continue to work safely with peace of mind. Area police, fire, and various other first responders have been…

Looking Back at the 1918 Spanish Flu in Duluth

This isn't the first time Duluth has been under a city-wide lock down because of the virus.

DULUTH, Minn. – This isn’t the first time Duluth has been under a city-wide lock down because of a virus. In 1918, the Spanish Flu swept across the globe and Duluth where 300 people died. Similar to today, public libraries, lodges, the YMCA and other gathering places were closed. Places such as Moose Hall in West Duluth were turned into…

Teacher Leave Heartwarming Messages in Windows of Lester Park Elementary

DULUTH, Minn. – Students in Minnesota are currently out of school to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Teachers at Lester Park Elementary in Duluth are making sure to keep the connection with the kids. The teachers left heartwarming messages to their students in the windows. Many of the messages are expressing how much the teachers miss their students. Others…

Two Local Artists Use Art To Cope With The Impacts Of Covid-19

"For me, the main thing is my mental health. Sitting at home all day and not being able to be creative is hard for me," said Tattoo Artist Kevin Pendleton.

DULUTH, Minn. – The pandemic may be creating hardships for many, but some are using art to deal with the impacts. At the corner of 8th Avenue East and Third Street in Duluth stands a colorfully creative mural inspired by the impacts of Covid-19. “I think it is a really awesome piece of art to have in the community. I…

Wildwoods Adjusts to Coronavirus

Wildwoods, which is the Northland's only wildlife rehabilitation center, has online classes that they have available for any community clubs, such as churches or rotary clubs.

DULUTH, Minn. – Wildwoods, which is the Northland’s only wildlife rehabilitation center, has online classes that they have available for any community clubs, such as churches or rotary clubs. Wildwoods cares for more than 1,800 animals every year on average. The center says that if you encounter an injured animal, to give Wildwoods a call before touching it. Wildwoods will…

Makers Mercantile Change the Way They Do Business

Businesses throughout the Northland are experiencing changes as they adjust to the demands of COVID-19.

DULUTH, Minn. – Businesses throughout the Northland are experiencing changes as they adjust to the demands of COVID-19. Makers Mercantile is a mobile store, which is a renovated camper that was flipped into a shop. The virus changed the store’s protocols. The store turned to online platforms to help bring more awareness to their content. Makers Mercantile carries handcrafted goods…

Churches Celebrate Good Friday in a Unique Way

St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Duluth typically has around 350 people at the main Easter service, but this year, the pews will be empty.

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Duluth typically has around 350 people at the main Easter service, but this year, the pews will be empty. It’s what Rector Bill Van Oss calls loving your neighbor. “Most of the time that has to do with being together with our neighbor and interacting with them,” said Van Oss. “During this…

Minnesota Officials Project 22,000 COVID-19 Deaths, July 13 Hospitalization Peak

(Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, Pool) ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Minnesota public health officials revealed some details Friday about their modeling projections for the coronavirus pandemic here, predicting that 22,000 Minnesotans would die despite social distancing measures that have been put in place. The modeling, which has been kept under wraps until now, was revealed to reporters and legislative leaders in separate briefings after…

Wisconsin: 3,068 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, 128 Deaths

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reporting 3,068 positive cases of COVID-19 as of Friday afternoon. According to the Wisconsin DHS website coronavirus deaths in the state have reached 128, up 17 from the day before. State health officials say there have been 33,225 negative test results to date and 904 hospitalizations. Douglas County is reporting…

Three More COVID-19 Related Deaths Reported in St. Louis County

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting four COVID-19 related deaths in St. Louis County as of Friday morning. On Thursday, leaders at St. Ann’s Residence in Duluth confirmed that three deaths at the facility were related to the novel coronavirus, but had not yet been reported by the Minnesota Department of Health. The assisted living…

Minnesota Prison Releases Could Begin Next Week

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Department of Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell says the release of some state prisoners because of the coronavirus could happen as early as next week. Civil rights advocates have called on state officials to release some medically at-risk and nonviolent inmates to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. Schnell said on Minnesota Public Radio that releasing…

Keeping the Music Alive: DSSO Musicians Use Technology and Social Media

While live musical performances are being put on hold, in the Northland, some local musicians are working to keep the music alive.

DULUTH, Minn. – While live musical performances are being put on hold, in the Northland, some local musicians are working to keep the music alive. While musicians are used to playing in a practice room for hours on end, they’re not necessary used to not being able to gather for concert performances. Local musicians, including those from the Duluth Symphony,…

Greenhouses Can Now Open During Governor Walz’s Stay-At-Home Order

Rice Lake Gardens plans to open for the season on Mother's Day.

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota garden centers and greenhouses are now exempt from Governor Tim Walz’s executive order, which requested non-essential businesses to close. Under the revision, greenhouses can be open, but have to follow certain guidelines. They must implement social distancing by limiting the number of customers inside at a time. Also, garden centers must follow recommendations from the Center…

Essentia and St. Luke’s Prepping for COVID-19 Surge

St. Luke's and Essentia Health-St. Mary's are gearing up for the worst-case scenario saying they would rather be over-prepared when the peak hits the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn. – Hospitals in the Twin Ports continue to prepare this week for the coming surge of COVID-19 patients. Doctors say they are carefully watching hard-hit areas of the country and using that information so the Northland can protect as many people as possible. St. Luke’s and Essentia Health-St. Mary’s are gearing up for the worst-case scenario saying they…

Local Church Offers Free Grocery Delivery For Those Susceptible To Covid-19

"They need to stay at home and they need to stay safe," said Youth Pastor Samuel Lester.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A local church is giving back to those who are most vulnerable to catching the coronavirus. Central Assembly of God Church in Superior is offering free delivery of groceries. People who are 65 and older or have pre-existing illnesses that could be impacted by Covid -19, can call the church to have an order placed with a…

A Cloquet Church Helps Parishioners Celebrate Easter At Home

Each package comes with a blessed palm and Easter communion for individuals and families.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Most people may not be able to celebrate Easter the old fashion way due to Covid-19. But a local church is making sure you have everything you need to celebrate at home. Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Cloquet is giving away easter packages. Each one comes with a blessed palm and Easter communion for individuals and families….

Three COVID-19 Deaths, 17 Total Cases Reported at St. Ann’s Residence in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Three deaths related to the novel coronavirus have been confirmed at St. Ann’s Residence in Duluth. The assisted living center has 17 total cases. COVID-19 fatality rates can be as high as 40 percent in assisted living facilities. That’s what makes the outbreak so concerning to St. Ann’s 138 residents and 100 staff members. The Minnesota Department…

Educators Are Adding A New Meaning To Social Distancing And Working From Home

“I think the connection part is really important," said DCSC's Youth Development Director Cortnie Bain.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Community School Collaborative staff are thinking outside the box when it comes to working remotely. These employees have been working from home since schools were forced to shut down to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. Staff at the Duluth Community School Collaborative have been conducting staff meetings virtually every since. But being stuck…

Traffic Fatalities Grow During Stay-At-Home Order

Fatal traffic crashes in Minnesota have still jumped lately despite the big drop in traffic volume.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – Fatal traffic crashes in Minnesota have still jumped lately, despite the big drop in traffic volume. It’s a surprising trend. While the density of traffic has decreased a lot throughout the state, fatalities from traffic crashes have increased. Minnesota as a whole has seen a decrease in traffic by about 47 to 50 percent when compared…

IRS Speeds up Coronavirus Check Printing

(FOX 9) – Americans hard hit financially due to the fallout from the coronavirus who are anxiously waiting for cash relief may catch a break. FOX Business has learned that the Internal Revenue Service has sped up its process and is now targeting “early next week” for the direct deposit checks. The first checks could be directly deposited as early as Monday or Tuesday with the first…

Evers Closes 40 Wisconsin State Parks, Recreational Areas

(Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File) MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday ordered the closure of 40 Wisconsin’s state parks, forests and recreational areas primarily in southern and southeastern Wisconsin to help reduce overcrowding and vandalism and to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Evers’ warned that the order could be followed by more closures if…

Small Town Restaurants Work Hard to Stay Open During Pandemic

Soft Pines Resort and Buckhorn Bar and Grill among Northern Wisconsin restaurants and bars struggling during shutdown

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wis. – Restaurants and bars across Minnesota and Wisconsin are struggling to make ends meet during the COVID-19 shutdown. Businesses in small towns have been hard particularly hard by the pandemic, with at least half of some restaurants’ normal business gone. The owners are doing what they can to keep the establishments open, but it’s a struggle with…

COVID-19 Outbreaks at Assisted Living in Duluth, Moose Lake Prison

Cases in St. Louis County now stand at 28, 14 in Carlton County.

MINNESOTA,- An assisted living facility in Duluth and Moose Lake Prison in Carlton County is dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19, bringing the total number to 28 cases in St. Louis County, and 14 cases in Carlton County. On Wednesday St. Louis County saw a jump in cases of 11, a large percentage linked to St. Ann’s Residence in Duluth….

Local Peace Corps Members Evacuated

In the first time in Peace Corps history, more than 7,000 volunteers were evacuated from their respective countries.

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. – In the first time in Peace Corps history, more than 7,000 volunteers were evacuated from their respective countries. Grand Marais resident Bill Hansen was one volunteer and was evacuated from Uganda. Hansen was planning to be there for 27 months but his time was cut short and had to leave at 11 months into his stay….

Two Possible Cases of Arson in Northland Last Night

Three fires occurred last night in Duluth. Two of them were ruled as intentionally set.

DULUTH, Minn. – Three fires occurred last night in Duluth. Two of them were ruled as intentionally set. Authorities say the two arson cases happened around from about midnight to 1:30 A.M. One was on the 200 block of Mesaba Ave while the other was on South 16th Avenue East. The two buildings were vacant. The third fire, which was…

Wisconsin Elections Impacted by Conavirus

Election day in Wisconsin yesterday was much different than usual because of the coronavirus pandemic.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Election day in Wisconsin yesterday was much different than usual because of the coronavirus pandemic. In-person voting went forward after the Supreme Court stepped in to prevent Governor Evers from postponing the election until June. Whether to risk safety to show up at the polls was a big question facing Wisconsin residents as they turned out to…

First Confirmed COVID-19 Case Reported in Sawyer County

Hayward Area Memorial Hospital CEO discusses pandemic preparations

SAWYER COUNTY, Wis. – Sawyer County, Wisconsin has its first confirmed COVID-19 case. We’re told one person there tested positive and is now at home in isolation. The Sawyer County Health Department is now working to contact anybody who the infected person may have been in contact with. Hayward Area Memorial Hospital has been preparing for coronavirus patients for months….

Pandemic Forces Duluth News Tribune’s Parent Company To Make Cuts

DULUTH, Minn. — During a time when so many people are turning to television and newspapers for the latest on this historic pandemic, media companies are experiencing a drastic loss of advertising revenue from businesses facing their own uncertainties. And the Duluth News Tribune’s parent company – Forum Communications Co. out of Fargo, North Dakota — is one of those…