Coronavirus

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…

Goodwill Industries Of Duluth Lays Off Nearly 300 Employees

Most of the layoffs are impacting retail and donation processing workers.

DULUTH, Minn – More layoffs are spreading throughout the northland. Nearly 300 employees from Goodwill Industries locations around the area are out of work as a direct result of Covid-19. Goodwill’s core mission is to help people dealing with social and economic barriers, gain viable employment. With operations in the northland being closed for nearly a month, due to Covid…

Virtual Baby Showers: How the Coronavirus Impacts Gatherings

“It's probably the best thing that we can do right now and it's something that I can still look forward to," said Lynsey Haala.

DULUTH, Minn. – A lot of gatherings are being canceled these days because of the coronavirus, but people are still figuring out alternative ways to do things like baby showers. Lynsey Haala and her husband Chad are expecting a new baby in June. When they had to cancel their planned baby shower, they knew they needed to get creative. Then…

Lake Superior Zoo Accepting Donations While Closed

While you can't come visit the Lake Superior Zoo, you can still help out.

DULUTH, Minn. – The zoo is asking for monetary donations as well as selling membership extension and advanced tickets. Because the zoo is a nonprofit, it relies on revenue to keep animals fed. “It’s pretty much business as usual for them,” said Emily Perala, Lead Zookeeper. “Some of them seem to really miss having a lot of the folks come…

ACLU Sues to Release Moose Lake Inmates Due to COVID-19 Concerns

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. – According to a recent press release, the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota filed a petition on Wednesday against the state Department of Corrections asking for the immediate release of Moose Lake inmates. The ACLU-MN says that the state DOC is not keeping prisoners and staff safe from the rapid spread of COVID-19. “The ACLU of…

FDA Approves Low-Cost Ventilator Developed by U of Minnesota

(Breanna Retherford/University of Minnesota via AP)   MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved a low-cost ventilator developed by the University of Minnesota and aimed at helping COVID-19 patients breathe. The FDA authorized use of the compact device, known as the Coventor, that was quickly developed and designed by a team of university researchers, a…

Making the Neighborhood Safer

The Duluth Police Department was recently awarded a big grant to help keep the community safe.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department was recently awarded a big grant to help keep the community safe. The department awarded over $33,000 from the state for the safe neighborhood program. The funding will be used to organize a group to address repeat offenders, specifically with drug and violent crimes, and promote reentry for those criminals. The planning process…

A Local Junk Hauling Company Gives Back To Community

Over the next two weeks, Twin Ports Trailer Trash will be also collecting donations for CASDA and RAD.

Twin Ports Trailer Trash is known for doing exactly what its name implies, hauling away junk and trash. But like other small businesses in the area, the junk hauling company is being impacted by Covid-19. Spring is typically a busy time for Twin Ports Trailer Trash, but the pandemic has caused a change of pace. The company is now using…

Senior Linkage Line: Here to Help

The Senior Linkage Line is helping older adults and caregivers with resources in their communities.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Senior Linkage Line is helping older adults and caregivers with resources in their communities. Services include helping with personal care or help around the house, chore homemaker services, roundabout rides to the doctor, rides to other locations and help with Medicare. Officials say it’s a one-stop shop for those who are growing older and how they…

Wisconsin Campgrounds Face Uncertainty During Pandemic

Campgrounds in rural areas can be packed with people from cities trying to social distance

WASCOTT, Wis. – People are trying to get out of cities as much as possible during the pandemic. That means campgrounds in rural areas can be packed. While the owners appreciate the business, they tell us it’s up to campers to act responsibly and maintain social distance. Rick Maas, owner of Up North Resort in Wascott, tells us there are…

Free Masks Bring Long Line to Vikre Distillery

Lake Superior Medical Equipment and Duluth Screen Printing team up to make 175 masks to distribute at Vikre.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Center for Disease Control has updated its recommendations, advising people to wear masks while out in public. Now Vikre Distillery is partnering with local businesses to distribute free cloth masks to Northlanders, along with hand sanitizer. “Keeps us busy while we’re closed, and feels really nice to be able to help the community that way,” said Doug…

Hannah Johnson Fabrics Giving Out Masks to Those in Need

The local fabric store is selling mask making kits, while also giving out free masks to people who still need one.

DULUTH, Minn. – Hannah Johnson Fabrics in Duluth has a few options for people who still need masks. People can purchase mask making kits, which includes the supplies for three masks, for six dollars. They also have people making and donating masks, that they’re giving out to places like hospitals or nursing homes. Hannah Johnson Fabrics also said they’re giving…

DRCC Takes Precautions To Prevent The Spread Of Covid-19

Organization is in need of more personal protective equipment.

The Duluth Regional Care Center, which is an organization that offers housing and community support for people with developmental disabilities is taking the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of those they serve as the coronavirus pandemic continues. DRCC runs 50 group homes in the Arrowhead Region and also offers in-home services, which have already been scaled back. As a…

All-Star Reading Program Continues

As students continue to do their school work from home, local leaders are stepping in offering up a unique event.

DULUTH, Minn. – As students continue to do their school work from home, local leaders are stepping in offering up a unique event. Recently the Duluth Public Library started it’s All-Star Storytime where leaders like Duluth Fire Chief Shawn Krizaj read a book to a public Facebook group. The fire chief told us it’s a good way to distract young…

Superior’s Restaurant Week is Still On

Restaurants are only doing delivery and carry out these days but that isn't stopping this year's event from happening.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Superior’s restaurant week is still on. 23 restaurants are offering special dining deals all the way through Sunday. The goal is to raise awareness about the unique variety of tastes offered by Superior restaurants. “I think this is an industry that needs it and I think that this is an…

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…