Coronavirus

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…

Live: Gov. Walz Extends Stay Home Order Until May 4

ST. PAUL, Minn. -To continue Minnesota’s success in slowing the spread of COVID-19 across the state, Governor Tim Walz today extended the Stay Home Order until May 4. “What we are doing is working, Minnesota,” said Governor Walz. “We are taking this seriously, and we are staying home. While Minnesota is showing lower rates of infections than our peers across the country,…

St. Louis County to Provide Hotel Rooms for Those Without Safe Isolation Space

Hotel Rooms Will Be Available in Duluth, Hibbing, Virginia, and Ely

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Louis County Public Health along with AEOA and partners such as CHUM is working to make sure those without a safe place to shelter if they were to test positive for COVID-19 can self-isolate. Four hotels would be used at various locations throughout St. Louis County – one each in Duluth, Hibbing, Virginia, and Ely. According…

St. Louis Co. Jumps to 28 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, 1,154 Total Cases in Minnesota, Includes 632 Recoveries

The total number of cases includes 632 recoveries

DULUTH, Minn. – According to the Minnesota Department of Health, St. Louis County now has 28 confirmed cases of COVID-19, up from 17 cases the day before. As of Wednesday morning, the MDH website reported 1,154 total cases in the state and 39 deaths. The total number of cases includes 632 recoveries. (courtesy: Minnesota Department of Health) Of those confirmed…

Local Liquor Stores Taking Extreme Measures to Keep Customers Social Distancing, Avoid Closing

If customers crowd liquor stores as time goes on, they could be forced to close.

Many people stuck at home in both Minnesota and Wisconsin are heading to liquor stores. But when those stores become crowded, business owners have to choose between serving customers, an following the law of public health by maintaining social distance. One sign in front of Shanty Bottle Shop in Duluth’s Hillside neighborhood says it best: “Do not rush into the…

Home Healthcare Service Accepting More Patients to Decrease Need for Hospitalization

Recover Health hopes to eliminate patients' need to go back to the hospital.

DULUTH, Minn.- A home health service in Duluth is doing its part to treat more people at home, while also lifting the burden off of local hospitals. Recover Health on Grand Avenue in Denfeld is currently accepting new patients at about 8 beds a week. They offer services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and help with medications. The service…

WI Voters Still Show Up To The Polls

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Wisconsin voters are taking their civic duty seriously even as Covid-19 poses a threat to public health This week, to protect the health of residents Governor Tony Evers attempted to have the Wisconsin presidential primary moved to June. That was shut down by a last-minute supreme court decision, which kept the elections from moving. This meant voters…

Best Buy Launches Curbside Pickup as More Customers Need Electronic Devices

Customers can purchase what they need online and when they arrive, workers will bring their products out and place it in their cars.  

DULUTH, Minn. – With many people taking classes or working from home and most places shut down, stores like Best Buy are staying busy to make sure everyone has the technology and resources they need. Best Buy has closed its doors to customers but launched a curbside pickup option. Customers can purchase what they need online and when they arrive,…

Local Addiction Help During Quarantine

During this time of quarantine, people with addiction issues may have a harder time dealing with self-isolation. 

DULUTH, Minn. – During this time of quarantine, people with addiction issues may have a harder time dealing with self-isolation. According to the co-founder of Recovery Alliance Duluth, technology has been a good resource with helping with recovery. Face-to-face contact has been replaced with a virtual world where clients are receiving counseling and outreach. Among the topics discussed with patients,…

Facilities to be Used for Homeless During COVID-19

St. Louis County has finalized the contract for several hotels in the region to temporarily house Northlanders who need to be quarantined but do not have a safe place to go.

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Louis County has finalized the contract for several hotels in the region to temporarily house Northlanders who need to be quarantined but do not have a safe place to go. The hotels being offered up in the region will be for homeless people impacted by the coronavirus to use, including those who have tested positive for…

Rise in Hate Crimes Throughout Minnesota

As the coronavirus continues to spread across the region, the Minnesota Attorney General's office says they are seeing a rise in hate crimes. 

DULUTH, Minn. – As the coronavirus continues to spread across the region, the Minnesota Attorney General’s office says they are seeing a rise in hate crimes. Where it’s nasty comments online or someone posting a note on a windshield, Attorney General Keith Ellison says there have been more hate crimes against those who have ancestry connected with China, Hmong, Japanese…

U.S., Wisconsin Supreme Courts Rule Against Evers; Election Day Stands

The Governor's attempts to change or postpone the election have been blocked on all fronts.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- After going through three changes in the span of one day, Wisconsin Elections will carry on as normal. Rulings from both the Wisconsin and U.S. Supreme Courts now make Wisconsin the only state with an election scheduled in April that is proceeding as planned. Governor Tony Evers signed an Executive Order early Monday postponing the election to June….

Nemadji Golf Course Prepares for Spring Season

Golf courses in Wisconsin and Minnesota are currently not allowed to open, but multiple organizations are pushing to allow courses to open during the coronavirus.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The first full week of April usually means the Masters Tournament and the start of golf season. But just like the tournament, the start of golf season in the Northland is postponed. “The Masters being one of the best golf tournaments out there. People look forward to that, people look forward to beginning their golf season in…

Superior Street Reconstruction Begins

Traffic will have no access to the site of the reconstruction project.

DULUTH, Minn. – It all started back in 2018 for a project that includes a new street, underground utilities, sidewalks, and lighting. Now the project is nearing the finish line. The final phase of the Superior Street reconstruction project includes the busy intersection of Lake Avenue to 3rd Avenue West. Traffic will have no access to the site of the…

Groceries Given to Students in Need

Lincoln Park Boys and Girls Clubs is partnering with Ecolibrium 3, a local non-profit in Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – Lincoln Park Boys and Girls Club is partnering with Ecolibrium 3, a local non-profit in Duluth, to supply groceries for students who need them. The groceries are provided for kids 18 and under who have been using the school breakfast and lunch programs. “Together as a community, this is a crazy time,” said Mackenzie Foley, Americorps vista…

YMCA Offers Free Meals to Kids

The Duluth YMCA is working with other local businesses and organizations to provide grab and go meals for kids along with personal hygiene items.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth YMCA is working with other local businesses and organizations to provide Grab & Go meals for kids along with personal hygiene items. Children ages 18 and under qualify for the meals for the event happening all this week. “I mean it’s really beneficial and I think it’s an important thing so yeah, I feel like…

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Moved to Intensive Care

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to the intensive care unit of a London hospital after his coronavirus symptoms worsened Monday, just a day after he was admitted for what were said to be routine tests Johnson was admitted to St. Thomas’ Hospital late Sunday, 10 days after he was diagnosed with COVID-19. “Over the course…

Six-Year-Old’s Birthday Party Becomes Personal Birthday Parade Thanks to Community

Josie Ulvestad was surprised with a parade filled with her friends, and Duluth Police and Fire Department.

DULUTH, Minn.- As gatherings and parties have to be cancelled to maintain social distance, one Duluth community couldn’t let one six-year-old birthday girl go without having some type of celebration. Car honks, sirens, and waves greeted a very happy Josie Ulvestad, as she got her own personal birthday parade. Her mother told the other parents of her classmates over social…

Governor Walz: ‘The State of our State is Resilient’

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – The coronavirus pandemic has brought Minnesota to a grinding halt. Schools have closed, events have been cancelled, and many businesses have shut down as leaders have worked to slow the spread of the disease and prevent hospitals from being overloaded. Governor Walz issued a stay-at-home order that took effect starting March 27, urging Minnesotans…

Dogs, Anglers Enjoy Sunny Warm Day on Park Point Beach

Humans, dogs, and anglers out enjoying the weather.

DULUTH, Minn.- The sands of Park Point beaches were covered with some fur on Sunday, dog fur that is. Temperatures in the high 40s called dogs and their owners out of the house. “She’s been locked up for a while along with myself, with everything going on,” said Patrick Bittinger, playing fetch with his dog Bella. “So just trying to…

LSC Donates PPE to City of Duluth to Distribute

College donated 400 masks, 60 boxes of gloves.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth Emergency Management has received a large donation of Personal Protective Equipment from Lake Superior College. Officials picked up about 400 masks, 60 boxes of gloves, gowns, sharps containers and more. The smaller places that do nursing home or adult care, or even child care needs,” Duluth Fire Chief Shawn Krizaj said. “I think this partnership is going…

Wisconsin Primaries Continue as Normal, Superior Prepares for Tuesday

The Governor's request to make the election all-mail was shot down by state Republicans.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A special session of the Wisconsin Legislature was held Saturday, to discuss making the Wisconsin Primary Elections all-mail, and extending absentee voting until late May. The meeting came to a halt when state Republicans shot down the request citing concerns for election security, and adjourned the meeting immediately. “Folks let me be clear this is not a Republican…

Drive-By Easter Bunny Celebration in Duluth Neighborhood

Cars drove past to see a full Easter set-up complete with a dancing Easter Bunny.

DULUTH, Minn. – Easter came early to the Piedmont Heights neighborhood of Duluth on Saturday. The Easter Bunny was outside one home waving and spreading springtime cheer. Cars drove past to see a full Easter set-up complete with a dancing Easter Bunny. The family who hosted it loves holidays and wanted to spread joy. “We just saw that there was…