Coronavirus

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…

Frost River Making Thousands of Pieces of Protective Equipment for Medical Providers at Duluth Hospitals

Frost River will be done with 45,000 face shields by mid-week and will double that soon.

DULUTH, Minn. – Frost River, a Duluth-based company that manufactures soft goods like bags, has stopped production of their regular goods. Instead, they are spearheading the manufacturing of equipment to keep medical professionals in Duluth safe. Employees and machines at Frost River are working around the clock to create protection for Duluth’s hospital workers. Owner, Christian Benson’s wife is in…

COVID-19 Confirmed at Duluth Long-Term Care Facility

DULUTH, Minn. – COVID-19 has been confirmed at Superior View Apartments, a long-term care facility in Duluth. The facility is included on the long-term care facilities with outbreaks list on the Minnesota Department of Health website. Superior View Apartments is the only facility in St. Louis County that appears on the list. According to the Department of Health, an outbreak…

How to Celebrate a Birthday While in Quarantine

What happens to your birthday party when you're quarantined?

DULUTH, Minn. – It was in her room in Duluth where Yana Stockman decided to record herself celebrating a unique birthday. “Celebrating birthday when you are under a stay at home order could determine a lot of elements and parts of celebration,” said Stockman. “But hey, at least it’s history.” Yana had planned to take a trip to the Netherlands…

Digital Library Access to the Public

Need a way to escape the quarantine? The Duluth Public Library has a solution for you.

DULUTH, Minn. – Need a way to escape the quarantine? The Duluth Public Library has a solution for you. The Duluth library is closed to the public. However, the library is now making its digital content accessible to the public. Through an E-access library card, there is temporary access to e-books, audiobooks, magazines, and databases. “It’s great because right now…

Wisconsin Elections Impacted by Coronavirus

There are usually 500 absentee ballots for an election like they have in Superior next week. 

SUPERIOR, Wis. – There are usually 500 absentee ballots for an election like they have in Superior next week. But officials there say they have counted about 4,000 so far. Staff says that the coronavirus and its impact on the election was a surprise. They are glad people are staying safe. “We’re seeing more absentee ballots because of the virus,”…

Gov. Walz Rolls Out COVID-19 Data Dashboard Website

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota state government rolled out a new COVID-19 dashboard Friday as a one-stop-shop for residents to see the latest data on the state’s response to the pandemic as well as information on how to protect themselves. The website, which will be updated daily, includes data on available ventilators, intensive care beds, personal protective equipment and tests as…

Hoyt Lakes Couple Celebrates Canceled Cruise in Style from Backyard

Ray and Sue Shimmin have always dreamt of going on a cruise, but when their Western Caribbean cruise was canceled last-minute, they decided to do the cruise anyway from their backyard.

HOYT LAKES, Minn. – Vacations for just about everyone have been put on hold around the Northland. However, one couple whose cruise was canceled decided to still have some fun – even while staying home. Ray and Sue Shimmin have always dreamt of going on a cruise, but when their Western Caribbean cruise was canceled last-minute, they decided to do…

Superior Woman Celebrates a Surprise 88th Birthday in Social Distanced Style

Lorraine Urbaniak was treated to a surprise car parade of her family and friends outside her home.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Northlanders are doing what they can to celebrate important moments in life even if it’s from afar. In the time of COVID-19, families are dealing with being apart from loved ones, especially those who are in assisted living homes. But one local family in Superior did what they could to celebrate a very special 88th birthday. Lorraine…

Hartel’s Disposal Helping Out Employees During Pandemic

About five years ago, most of Hartel's trucks became fully automated, meaning drivers do not even have to get out of the trucks to load the trash at most sites.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Most local companies are dealing with the fallout of COVID-19 and though trash services are considered essential businesses, they are doing their best to keep their drivers safe. Each day, Proctor-based Hartel’s Disposal sanitized each garbage truck before they are driven on routes. Drivers are also given facemasks purchased from a local business to keep them safe….

A Covid-19 Surge Predicted For The Spring In The Northland

Medical experts say a peak could be reached by summer.

  DULUTH, Minn – Covid-19 is continuing to impact millions around the world. Medical professionals are now saying there could be a spike in the number of cases in Minnesota. Many health models on Covid-19 predicts a surge to start in Minnesota between late April and early May. There are multiple prediction models explaining Covid-19’s curve. Medical experts believe not…

Local Company Creates 3-D Face Shields For Medical Professionals

Design Eye Q could produce up to 150 face shields a week.

  DULUTH, Minn. – The need for more personal protective equipment continues to be a concern for many area healthcare facilities. A local company is printing 3-D face shields for healthcare workers in the Northland. Design Eye Q is known for designing parts for aircrafts and performance vehicles. For about a week, the company has been creating more than 75…

St. Louis County Jail to Continue Release of Some Inmates to Help Slow Spread of COVID-19

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Louis County Jail is taking some precautions for what it believes will help prevent a large COVID-19 outbreak inside its walls. St. Louis County Sheriff Ross Litman talls us the jail has been releasing low-level non-violent offenders like people with warrants for unpaid fines, traffic violations, misdemeanor theft, and their first DUI offense. Because of…

Coronavirus Impacts RV Businesses

It isn't all bad for RV sales.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – It isn’t all bad news for RV sales. There have been some cases where medical personnel and others are purchasing RVs in efforts to self-isolate. Not only do RVs provide a sense of distance from other campers, they also provide a sense of containment. RV companies like Bullyan RV are now turning to more digital methods to…

Businesses Take Steps to Combat Coronavirus

Paul Davis Restoration in Superior says if any cases of coronavirus are found in an area, they are willing to help out with their cleaning experts who are well prepared.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Other local businesses are taking extra precautions against the coronavirus. Paul Davis Restoration in Superior, which helps with fire, water and mold damage for residential and commercial buildings, say if any cases of coronavirus are found in an area they are willing to help out with their cleaning experts who are well prepared. Make people feel more…

Butcher Shops Experience Surge in Business

Local butchers like Superior Meats are also experiencing a surge in sales due to the coronavirus.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Local butchers like Superior Meats are also experiencing a surge in sales due to the coronavirus. Areas of the register are marked off so people don’t get too close. According to management, people are buying more than they usually do as they are trying to stock their freezers for quarantine. Customers have been calling in to order…

Minnesota: 742 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, 38 Hospitalized in ICU

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Health released updated numbers Thursday morning reporting there are a total of 742 COVID-19 cases in the state. According to the MDH website, there are currently 75 patients hospitals with 38 of those patients in the ICU. That is up from 54 hospitalized patients on Wednesday with 27 in the intensive care unit….

Gov. Whitmer: Michigan Schools Closed for Academic Year

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — More than 1.5 million Michigan students will not return to K-12 school buildings the rest of the academic year due to the coronavirus pandemic and instead will learn remotely, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered Thursday. All public and private schools are more than halfway through a four-week shutdown ordered by Whitmer to combat the outbreak. She said…

Less Driving, Demand for Gas Causes Prices to Fall

Prices across Minnesota and Wisconsin drop below $2.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Gas prices across the Northland have dropped below $2 as demand for gasoline falls, as drivers get out less while stay-at-home orders are in place. One of the cheapest places for gas right now is Kimmes Oil in Superior. It was $1.49 a gallon Wednesday for Regular Unleaded. One customer normally spends $100 filling his truck, but only…

Getting Out of House to Clean Up North Shore

Two friends spend their time without a job picking up garbage along Brighton Beach all the way to Two Harbors.

DULUTH, Minn.- As more people are enjoying activities outdoors, two folks decided to show the environment some love, and pick up trash along the North Shore. After losing their jobs at Duluth Woman’s Club, Lane Prekker and Karina Bite decided to get out of the house and head to Brighton Beach. “We came up here to get out in the…

Fond du Lac Band Says Casino Employees Would Be Laid Off First

CARLTON, Co. – The Fond du Lac Band is trying to avoid layoffs of its employees as its two casinos sit dark with zero cash flow. The tribe’s secretary treasurer, Ferdinand Martineau, addressed the financial concerns in a Facebook video Wednesday. He said leadership is discussing when and who could be laid off if the governor’s closure order lasts longer…