Coronavirus

Gov. Tim Walz to Announce New Restrictions in Statewide Coronavirus Response

(courtesy: Fox 9) ST. PAUL, Minn. (Fox 9) – Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is expected to announce new statewide restrictions during his 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday that will be aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus.  The new restrictions will go further than the school and business closures that Walz announced last week and plan to extend beyond Friday.  As…

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz Will Extend Coronavirus Business Shutdown Past Friday

(FOX 9) – Gov. Tim Walz says he will extend an order forcing thousands of Minnesota businesses to close beyond its original end date of Friday as the coronavirus spreads across the state. Walz told reporters on a conference call Tuesday that he was not prepared to set a new date. But he refuted President Donald Trump’s stated desire of…

Timberwolves’ Towns says mother hospitalized with COVID-19

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns says his mother is hospitalized and in a medically-induced coma after contracting the new coronavirus. Towns talked about his mother’s condition Wednesday on his Instagram page and urged his followers to take COVID-19 seriously and practice social distancing. Towns says both his parents went to the hospital recently and were tested for…

Superior Mayor Jim Paine Reacts to Gov. Evers’s ‘Safer-at-Home’ Order

Mayor recognizes grocery stores as essential, but asks the public only go when they need to.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Superior Mayor Jim Paine spoke out after Governor’s Shelter-in-Place order was announced. His main message: stay home and limit your trips unless absolutely necessary and that means even grocery stores. While Governor Evers has labeled grocery stores as essential, Mayor Paine wants residents to avoid those stores if you can. This comes after one of the four people…

SuperOne Helps Social Distancing with New Plastic Barriers at Check-Out

Barriers installed at all 41 stores across three states, at over 270 stations.

DULUTH, Minn.- As SuperOne grocery stores across the Northland remain packed with people shopping for essentials, the store has installed acrylic barriers at cashier stations to limit the spread of Coronavirus. At the end of Tuesday, the new barriers were outfitted at all 41 grocery and liquor store locations across Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Products scan and carts screech by…

Virus Outbreak Halts Damaged Husky Refinery Rebuilding

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) – Husky Energy has suspended rebuilding its oil refinery in Superior that was damaged by an explosion two years ago because of the coronavirus outbreak. A spokeswoman for the Alberta, Canada-based company said Tuesday that Husky has “begun a systematic and orderly suspension of major construction activities related to the Superior rebuild project.” The fire and explosion…

“Bear Hunt” Helps Entertain Families in Proctor As Pandemic Continues

Its just kind of a nice community feeling of warmth at a distance," said Proctor resident Colleen Barriere.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Folks in Proctor have found a fun way to help entertain youngsters in the neighborhood during the extended school closures. The neighborhood has set up a “bear hunt.” Participating residents and business owners have been putting different types of teddy bears in their windows. It’s creating a fun game for kids and families while they are out…

Duluth Fitness Studio Offers Free Live Video Classes During Pandemic

Ignite Studio offering classes in dance cardio, yoga, fuse, and zumba

DULUTH, Minn. – Health and fitness studios are closed across Minnesota and Wisconsin. Now, local studios are offering online classes to promote healthy lifestyles and keep their businesses going during the coronavirus pandemic. Ignite Studio in Duluth has been offering live fitness classes on Facebook and their website for free to keep people moving and active while they’re stuck at…

St. Luke’s Changes Portion of First Street to Two-Way

First Street between 8th and 12th Avenues East is now a two-way.

DULUTH, Minn. – On Tuesday, St. Luke’s and the city of Duluth changed a portion of First Street between 8th and 12th Avenues East into a two way. St. Luke’s had been trying to make this change for a while, but was able to accelerate the process due to the coronavirus outbreak. This change is a proactive step to help…

Superior Police Respond to Gov. Evers “Safer at Home” Order

Chief Alexander stressed the police will not be pulling citizens over to ask about the nature of their business.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – After Governor Tony Evers’ “Safer at Home” order on Tuesday, Superior Police Chief Nick Alexander spoke about what this means for citizens of Superior. Chief Alexander stressed the police will not be pulling citizens over to ask about the nature of their business. He added that the bridges would remain open to traffic. The order also does…

Two Harbors Culvers Donate Food to Northland Food Shelf

The Two Harbors Culvers gave big donations to that city's food shelf today.

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – The Two Harbors Culvers gave big donations to that city’s food shelf today. More than 650 pounds of food was donated, and experts say about 60 to 80 pounds of food lasts for a family of three for about two weeks. “This is immediate and this is wonderful. This is probably going to have a ripple…

A Local Fabric Shop Works With The Community To Make Fabric Masks For Healthcare Workers

Hundreds of masks have been donated to local hospitals and nursing facilities.

DULUTH, Minn. – Face masks are an essential item for healthcare workers across the globe. As the shortage of masks impacts the Northland, a community effort to create fabric masks is one way to help minimize the need. Janet Anelli, owner of Hannah Johnson’s Fabrics in Duluth, was prepared to close up the shop and work from home like the…

North Shore Tourism Impacted by Coronavirus

A change in routine, a change in lifestyle...but how will this change impact North Shore tourism in the future?

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – A change in routine, a change in lifestyle…but how will this change impact North Shore tourism in the future? “It’s odd. It’s kind of awkward. Super quiet, kind of uncomfortable but you get used to it,” said Carl Ehlenz, owner of Betty’s Pies. With the change in policies, Betty’s Pies is taking extra precautions. The restaurant…

New COVID-19 Cases in St. Louis, Douglas Counties

Experts say while it's not confirmed, they are sure there is community spread.

The cases of Coronavirus continue to climb in the Northland. A second case has been discovered in St. Louis County, along with three others in Douglas County, bringing the total there to four–with one case in Superior. There remains one confirmed case in Bayfield County The newest case in St. Louis County is a woman in her early 60s who…

As Coronavirus Impacts Grocery Stores, Duluth City Councilors Postpone Plastic Bag Fee

DULUTH, Minn. – Councilors took action Monday to help ease extra anxiety on grocery store workers during the COVID-19 outbreak by postponing the implementation of the 5-cent plastic bag fee. Councilors voted unanimously to wait until January of 2021 to enforce the new law that will charge customers 5 cents for each plastic bag used. Councilor Barb Russ was absent…

U-Haul Rental Services Busy as College Students Head Home

With online classes and nowhere to go, students head home.

DULUTH, Minn.- With colleges and universities across the Northland moving all classes online for the rest of the year and asking students to leave dorms, many are heading to their nearest U-Hauls to pack up and head home. The only truck that Complete Auto Repair Service (CARS) has left is a cardboard model that sits on their front desk. Their…

Knowing Your Neighbors: GeaCom

Since last week, GeaCom put 400 units of their Phrazer/Kitsune devices into service and started developing another 1500 units.

DULUTH, Minn. – One Duluth-based company has found a way to help with the screening process of the COVID-19 outbreak in the hopes of flattening the curve. “Can you imagine having 100 new patients arrive that you would not normally see and not having a way to communicate directly with those patients because you don’t have masks, you can’t stay…

Lines Forming Down the Sidewalk for Free Vikre Distillery Sanitizer

Those in line were carrying jars, Tupperware, spray bottles, and even old jugs that once held windshield wiper fluid, all to fill up on the sanitizer that Vikre is giving away.

DULUTH, Minn. – People are lining up in a socially distanced way for Vikre Distillery’s free sanitizer. Employees have been giving away their sprayable sanitize for a week now and it has been quite a hit. Those in line were carrying jars, Tupperware, spray bottles, and even old jugs that once held windshield wiper fluid, all to fill up on…

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northland Offering Dinner to Kids

Starting Monday evening and continuing every weekday until supplies run out, the Boys and Girls Club located in Lincoln Park will be giving out a "grab-and-go"dinner for children who need it.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northland is doing what it can for kids in the community who are hungry. Starting Monday evening and continuing every weekday until supplies run out, the Boys and Girls Club located in Lincoln Park will be giving out a “grab-and-go” dinner for children who need it. Normally the Boys and…

Coronavirus Cases Rise in the Northland

The cases of coronavirus continue to climb in the Northland.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The cases of coronavirus continue to climb in the Northland. At this hour, we are learning three more people have been reported positive in Douglas County for a total of four – with one case in Superior. There remains one confirmed case in Bayfield County and a second person has tested positive in St. Louis County. Right…

YMCA Provides Childcare for Tier 2 Emergency Workers

Two World Wars, the Great Depression and the Spanish Flu: the Duluth area YMCA has been serving the community since 1870.

DULUTH, Minn. – Two world wars, the Great Depression and the Spanish Flu: the Duluth area YMCA has been serving the community since 1870. “We owe a debt of gratitude to front-line healthcare workers and other types of essential workers every day, all year long, but especially in times like these, I think we realize how important those folks are,”…

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers is Imposing A “Safer At Home” Order Beginning Tuesday

"We need people to look for ways to alter their lives to protect the health of their neighbors and fellow citizens," said Superior Mayor Jim Paine.

SUPERIOR, Wis – Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers is taking the next steps to help slow down the spread of the coronavirus across the state. He is imposing a “Safer at Home” order, beginning on Tuesday. This will cease the operations of non- essential businesses and make people stay home during the pandemic. The “Safer at Home” order isn’t something Governor…

The Global Pandemic is Causing Growing Concerns For The Safety Of Domestic Violence Victims

"Isolation is a tactic an abuser uses," said Community Engagement Coordinator Jill Hinners.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Coronavirus is causing families to spend more time at home and now many domestic violence agencies in the nation are concerned about what this could mean for victims of abuse. Some organizations in the U.S. have seen a significant increase in the number of phone calls from victims looking to escape their situation. The Center Against…

Wisconsin: 416 Confirmed COVD-19 Cases, 5 Deaths

MADISON, Wis. (FOX 9) – There are now five deaths in Wisconsin linked to the novel coronavirus, according to an update Monday from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The state now has 416 confirmed cases of COVID-19, which is an increase of 135 cases from Sunday. On Monday, Governor Tony Evers ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses starting Tuesday in order…

MN Department of Health Confirms Second Case of COVID-19 in St. Louis County

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed a second presumptive case of COVID-19 in St. Louis County.  The individual is a woman in her early 60’s and is currently recovering at home.  According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the woman was tested on March 19 and her infection is linked to domestic travel  It is…

Douglas County Confirms Three More Cases of COVID-19

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wis – Public health officials in Douglas County have confirmed three more cases of COVID-19, all associated with the first person confirmed to have the virus last week.  Douglas County Public Health says the individuals are all self-isolating and are doing well. In a press release on Monday, the Public Health Office says the individuals are both men…

Gov. Walz to Self-Quarantine After Learning Bodyguard has Coronavirus

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz will self-quarantine and work from home for 14 days after a member of his security detail tested positive for the coronavirus on Sunday. “Though I’m feeling healthy and not showing any symptoms, I’m going to work from home and model the protocol we are asking all Minnesotans to follow,” Walz…

Klobuchar’s Husband Tests Positive for Virus

WASHINGTON — Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar says husband John Bessler has tested positive for the coronavirus. The former presidential candidate said Bessler began feeling sick when she was in Minnesota and he was in Washington. She said he immediately quarantined himself. She said he sought a test and chest X-ray after he began coughing up blood, and was checked into…

Evers Orders Non-Essential Wisconsin Businesses Closed

(AP Photo/Andy Manis, File) MADISON, Wis.-Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is ordering the closure of all non-essential businesses starting Tuesday, and urging people to stay at home to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus that has killed four people in the state and infected at least nearly 400. Evers tweeted Monday that he would be signing the order on Tuesday….

Bayfield Co. Health Dept.: Seasonal Homeowners Stay Away

(Press Release) — Pursuant to Wis. Stat. §252.03(1), the Bayfield County Public Health Official hereby declares that a Public Health Emergency exists in Bayfield County. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the national spread of the COVID-19 virus, Bayfield County Government must issue the following inter-county Travel Advisory. 1. Due to high community transmission in certain areas of the State…

Childhood Sweethearts Celebrate a Special 92nd Birthday Through a Window Due to COVID-19

Not 70 years, nor a window, was going to keep now, 93-year-old Ken and 92-year-old Delores apart.

DULUTH, Minn. – Assisted living facilities are closed to visitors right now, but some families are not letting that stop them from seeing their loved ones in some way, even if it is through a window. Sunday, a very special 92nd birthday celebration was held from the outside looking in. It all started before World War II, Ken Sheehus and…

Pizza Man Renovates While Only Allowed Open for Takeout, Delivery

Restaurant owner trying to keep as many employees as he can while closed by the Governor with other bars and restaurants.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A popular Pizza place in Superior is making the most of having to close their business to dine-in customers. Pizza Man on Tower Avenue is using their time closed to remodel their dining area, allowing for more seating. The owner said some of his employees are helping out with the renovations, and he’s trying his best to keep…

Superior Family Restaurant Receives Donations to Continue Giving Free Meals

Enbridge and an anonymous donor both gave to their cause.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Superior Family Restaurant, who started offering free meals to those in need last week, just received some help form other community organizations. Enbridge has paid for 300 meals to be given out. The Restaurant also received a $100 donation from an anonymous donor. In a Facebook post the Restaurant said the donations will help ensure they are able…

Superior Liquor, Grocery Stores Busy as Other Businesses Remain Closed

Belknap Liquor and Lounge and Super One seeing a steady influx of customers.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Wisconsin has just gone through their first weekend with bars, restaurants and other public gathering places closed indefinitely by Governor Tony Evers. This pushes more customers to businesses considered essential, such as grocery and liquor stores. “We can’t complain here, yeah,” said Belknap Liquor and Lounge owner Alan Jaques. “There’s a lot of other people that have it…

St. Louis County Officials Confirm First Coronavirus Case in the County

Officials said it is a woman in her late 60s, who contracted the virus via domestic travel.

DULUTH, Minn.- Officials have announced the first confirmed COVID-19 case in St. Louis County. Along with one in Bayfield County and one in Douglas County, the total cases in the Northland are now three. According to County officials, the patient in St. Louis County has not had contact with anyone outside her close relatives and is recovering at home. “While…

First COVID-19 Death Confirmed in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed the state’s first death due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Officials say a Ramsey County resident in their 80s died on Thursday. Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm said the death underscores the importance of protecting the most vulnerable residents in the state, especially those over 65…

Duluth Police Make Changes to Limit Coronavirus Spread

Police department encouraging residents to file reports online or on the phone

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is making some changes to help limit the spread of coronavirus. The new guidelines are changing how people file reports with the police. Duluth PD is encouraging residents to do it online or over the phone if they are filing an after-the-fact report or if there is no suspect. Police officials tell us…

Northern Lakes Food Bank Gearing Up to Help More People During Pandemic

Food bank working on distribution methods that lower person-to-person contact

DULUTH, Minn. – Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank is gearing up during a time when food suppliers are needed most. The food bank is working on distribution methods that lower person-to-person contact and increase hygiene. A third of the food bank’s workforce is volunteer and many are elderly. They were asked to stay home leaving a shortage help. The…

OMC, Duluth Grill, and Corktown Deli to Close Temporarily

Owner Tom Hanson says he hopes to reopen OMC on a limited basis in a couple of weeks for take-out.

DULUTH, Minn. – As restaurants all across the region are offering take-out, Tom Hanson, the owner of Duluth’s OMC Smokehouse is taking a different approach. In light of the governor’s mandated shutdown, OMC, Duluth Grill, and Corktown Deli are closing their doors for the time being. Hanson says he hopes to reopen OMC on a limited basis in a couple…

Gov. Walz Signs Executive Order Facilitating Delivery of Personal Protective Equipment

Executive order authorizes the Minnesota National Guard to provide assistance during COVID-19 pandemic

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has signed an executive order authorizing the Minnesota National Guard to provide assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Governor’s office, the Minnesota National Guard’s initial mission is to transport personal protective equipment (PPE) in storage at Camp Ripley to the Minnesota Department of Health warehouse in St. Paul. The National…

Minnesota Small Businesses Eligible for Disaster Assistance

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced Saturday that small businesses in the state are now eligible for disaster assistance through the Small Business Administration (SBA) for economic injury during the COVID-19 pandemic. “COVID-19 is placing significant economic strains and unforeseen hardships on our business community,” said Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Steve Grove. “The Governor’s…

Health Officials Confirm First Case of Coronavirus in St. Louis County

Woman in her late 60s contracted the virus, linked to domestic travel. She hasn't had contact with anyone outside her family.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn.- The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed the first case of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in St. Louis County. The individual is a woman in her late 60s who is currently recovering at home. Her infection is linked to domestic travel, and not the result of community transmission. “At this point, there has been no request for the…

First Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Douglas County

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wis. – Douglas County has its first confirmed case of COVID-19.  The Douglas County Public Health office announced on Friday that the individual is isolated at home and is doing well. Officials say they are identifying and contacting anyone that has been in close contact with the individual.  “It is important that Douglas County residents do not panic…

Duluth City Councilors Propose Delay of Plastic Bag Fee

The bag fee was all set to go into effects on April 1, but now it could be delayed until July 1, or even later.

DULUTH, Minn. – Some Duluth City Councilors want to delay the city’s upcoming five-cent fee on plastic bags. The bag fee was all set to go into effects on April 1, but now it could be delayed until July 1, or even later. Some councilors want to push it back because of how busy grocery stores are during the COVID-19…

Lake Superior Railroad Museum Creates New Experience for Train Lovers During Covid-19 Pandemic

DULUTH, Minn. – You may not be able to visit the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth right now since it is closed during the Coronavirus pandemic. But now the museum can come to you. The organization will be offering daily video tours of the museum and the St.Louis County Depot. Viewers will get a behind-the-scenes look into spaces and…