Coronavirus

Liquor Stores Busy Amidst Coronavirus

While bars are closing in the Northland, liquor stores are experiencing an uptick in business to accommodate those who want a drink or two.

DULUTH, Minn. – While bars are closing in the Northland, liquor stores are experiencing an uptick in business to accommodate those who want a drink or two. Lake Aire Bottle Shoppe in Duluth is currently open. It says it’s having a steady stream of people coming into the business. The store says all kinds of hard liquor are currently being…

First Case of Coronavirus Confirmed in Minnesota House of Representatives

(AP Photo/Steve Karnowski) ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – The first case of the COVID-19 coronavirus has been confirmed at the Minnesota House of Representatives, officials say. Right now, it’s not clear if the case is among a lawmaker or a staffer and officials say, due to privacy laws, they won’t release further information about the individual. “It is possible that…

Duluth Diocese Suspends Mass to Help Stem the Spread of COVID-19

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Diocese announced on Wednesday that they will be suspending masses through April 20 to help stem the spread of COVID-19.  The suspension takes effect Friday, March 20.  According to the press release, All gatherings of more than 10 people will also be canceled.  Father Bissonette says confessions and office hours should continue to be made available…

Animal Allies Taking Precautionary Measures Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth Postpones Humane Education Activities, Volunteer Trainings Until End of April

DULUTH, Minn. – The COVID-19 pandemic is now impacting the animals up for adoption in the Northland. Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth announced Wednesday morning on FOX 21 Local News that all humane education activities and volunteer trainings will be postponed until the end of April. Michelle Carter, Development Officer at Animal Allies, said the shelter is experiencing shifts…

Emergency Steps Eyed to Help Wisconsin Deal With Outbreak

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers was expected to issue an executive order Wednesday to speed up unemployment benefits for workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as he meets with legislative leaders to discuss a more far-reaching emergency plan to help all of those struggling due to the outbreak. The coronavirus pandemic has shuttered schools, colleges, universities, bars, restaurants…

US, Canada to Close Borders to Nonessential Travel

TORONTO (AP) — The U.S. and Canada have agreed to temporarily close their shared border to nonessential travel, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday as the two nations work to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Trump made the announcement on Twitter, saying the decision would not affect the flow of trade between the countries. “We will be, by mutual…

Grandma’s Marathon Still on for June, Officials Discussing Further Action

Officials recommend participants should look into cancellation plans for lodging in case race is postponed or cancelled.

DULUTH, Minn.- Grandma’s Marathon has not decided yet if the race of more than 9,000 runners will be cancelled because of the Coronavirus. Race officials told us they are right now discussing whether they need to cancel or postpone the race in June 19th. As for now, the race is still on. But officials are urging runners and spectators to…

Gov. Evers Shocks Bar, Restaurant Owners with Sudden Statewide Closure

Owners given just three hours notice, after being told they could close Wednesday.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Wisconsin business owners had just three hours to get ready for a 5 p.m. hard shutdown of bars and restaurants ordered from the very top in Madison. “We all thought it was kind of a short notice, we all probably should’ve got a 24 hours notice,” said Superior Flame Nightclub owner Alvin Berg. “We’re gonna comply and we…

Instructors Get Creative as Colleges Move to All-Online Classes

CARLTON COUNTY, Minn. – Colleges and universities are switching to all-online classes as the coronavirus spreads. That can be a big challenge for teachers who have to change their curriculum to fit the current situation. Annie Dugan is teaching in a unique space for the rest of the semester. “Right now we have this big open greenhouse that I can…

Salvation Army Provides Box Lunches to Area Residents

Instead of shutting down its lunch program, the Salvation Army is now providing box lunches for area residents.

DULUTH, Minn. – Instead of hosting lunch in a room with several dozen other people, the Salvation Army is now providing box lunches for area residents that they can now take on the go. The Salvation Army’s lunch box program provided meals at its Duluth location. For some people, it might be the only meal they can get all day….

Duluth Loves Local Group Helps Local Businesses Amidst Coronavirus

Duluth Loves Local is helping business combat the changes.

DULUTH, Minn. – The group Duluth Loves Local is helping city businesses stay afloat during coronavirus-related closures combat by letting them advertise on their Instagram page for free. Leaders from the group say it’s a good way to give back during a dire situation. “It is, it is because small businesses don’t have a lot to lean back on in…

A Duluth Bar Is Doing “St. Patrick’s Day To-Go”

The bar is hoping to begin selling growlers and offer delivery during the mandated closure.

DULUTH, Minn. – Bars and restaurants are now closed to dine-in customers after being ordered to do so by Governor Walz on Monday. That’s not stopping a Duluth bar from taking a new approach to St. Patrick’s Day. Dubh Linn’s Irish Pub is improvising by offering “St. Patrick’s Day To-Go,” where customers can still order all their Irish favorites. St….

Coronavirus Impacts on Local Real Estate

Despite the spread of coronavirus, there are still lots of listings and lots of real estate traffic in the Northland.

TWIN PORTS – The mass closures due to the coronavirus have not dampened the housing market in the Northland, according to real estate agents. Experts are calling it a seller’s market in this area, meaning demand is exceeding supply, whether it be in Duluth, Cloquet, Hermantown or Proctor. Even in this market, the virus is unpredictable by the day, even…

Black Bear Casino, Fond-du-Luth to Temporarily Close in Response to COVID-19

FOND DU LAC RESERVATION, Minn. – The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa announced on Tuesday that they will be temporarily closing the Black Bear Casino and Resort in Carlton as well as the Fond-du-Luth Casino in downtown Duluth in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The closures will take effect March 18 at 5:00 p.m. The closures will…

Vikre Distillery Gives Out Homemade Sanitizer

The sanitizer is free, you just need to bring a spray container up to 16 ounces to fill it up.

DULUTH, Minn. – Vikre Distillery in Canal Park has created their own sanitizer and is giving it out to the public. It’s a sprayable sanitizer with 70 percent denatured alcohol. The sanitizer is free but you need to bring a spray container up to 16 ounces to fill it up. Vikre says because it’s a spray, to not use it…

Yarn Harbor Implements Curbside Pickup

As the coronavirus continues to spread, businesses like Yarn Harbor in Duluth are implementing new ways to deliver products to customers.

DULUTH, Minn. – As the coronavirus continues to spread, businesses like Yarn Harbor in Duluth are implementing new ways to deliver products to customers. The business has introduced a new curbside pickup. Customers can order and pay ahead of time before picking up their supplies in front of Yarn Harbor. Leadership from the business say this new business model will…

Duluth International Increases Santization for Passengers Coming Through

Officials say depending on numbers, a processing/screening center could be a possibility.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth International Airport is also taking measures to keep its facilities safe, as Coronavirus spreads nationwide. Airport officials said that traffic through the airport has dropped a bit recently, though a steady flow of passengers are still coming through. While there are no plans to quarantine or screen passengers or even airline staff as they come from…

Duluth Restaurant Owners Brace Themselves as Gov. Walz Announces Statewide Closure

Closure affects only dine-in customers, takeout and delivery services continue.

DULUTH, Minn.- Governor Tim Walz has ordered bars and restaurants across Minnesota to temporarily close to customers who dine in, as the number of Coronavirus cases in the state reaches 54–a dramatic jump in just a few days. This follows an increasing number of states across the country closing their bars and restaurants. The San Francisco Bay Area has gone…

Daycares Serve Communities During Coronavirus

Governor Walz has ordered that schools provide childcare for elementary-age children of health care professionals, first responders, and other emergency workers...

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – With schools and other institutions being shut down, daycare for young children is in high demand in the Northland. Laugh and Learn Childcare Center opened its Hermantown location in October, well before anything like the coronavirus was a concern. So far, the center is not experiencing much change from normal business. While the infant room is currently…

US Governors Expand Shutdowns Amid Coronavirus Concerns

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A growing number of governors across the U.S. are ordering the temporary closure of certain businesses such as dine-in restaurants, fitness centers, and movie theaters because of concerns over the coronavirus. Other governors on Monday were still leaving those decisions to local officials or the businesses themselves. That’s created a patchwork of precautions nationwide in…

Minneapolis Closes Bars as Minnesota’s COVID-19 Cases Spike

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minneapolis ordered bars and restaurants to close as the number of coronavirus cases in Minnesota spiked to 54 on Monday and the Legislature sharply scaled back its operations. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey declared a local public health emergency, ordering the closure of or limiting access to bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and coffee shops effective at noon…

Governor Evers Orders Ban on Gatherings of More Than 50 People, Confirmed Cases Hits 47

(courtesy: WI DHS) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is ordering an indefinite ban on all gatherings of more than 50 people to slow the spread of COVID-19. State health officials said Monday for the first time there was likely community spread of the virus among people who had not traveled to high-risk areas. The number of cases…

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases Climb to 54

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Health has updated the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the state to 54. The MN DOH website reported the new cases Monday morning. The number of cases rose by 19 since Sunday, March 15. Current counties with cases include Anoka, Blue Earth, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Olmsted, Ramsey, Renville, Sherburne, Stearns, Waseca, Washington,…

CDC Recommends Canceling Or Postponing Gatherings Of 50 Or More People For 8 Weeks

DULUTH, Minn. – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say Americans should cancel or postpone all gatherings of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks. That’s as experts say social distancing is imperative to curb the spread of coronavirus. The CDC says the new guidance applies to conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and any other…

Duluth Restaurants Take Precautions Against COVID-19

As restaurants close across the country, restaurants here try their best to stay open.

DULUTH, Minn.- The President of the Duluth Local Restaurant Association is commenting on how some restaurants in the city are coping with the impacts of people taking precautions and staying home because of the Coronavirus. Currently, all bars and restaurants in Illinois, Ohio, California and Massachusetts have been ordered by their Governors to close to slow the community spread of…

Gov. Walz Closes Minnesota Schools for Two Weeks to Plan for Coronavirus

The two-week period is for school officials and teachers to plan for long-term closures, distance learning.

DULUTH, Minn.- In the most intense step the State of Minnesota has taken in response to the Coronavirus, Governor Tim Walz signed an executive order closing all schools in the state starting Wednesday, until March 27th. This comes just two days after Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers announced all schools statewide would close through April 6th. While parents prepare to cope…

Duluth Bethel Alchoholics Anonymous Meetings Suspended

AA websites and other recovery websites have phone numbers of people those struggling can call.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Bethel is temporarily suspending public meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous and other recovery group meetings at its facility downtown. Fox 21 is told that the Duluth Bethel will reopen the meetings when coronavirus concerns pass. The executive director, Dennis Cummings, says people can still call for help. There is also a list of sponsors and helplines…

Essentia Health and St. Mary’s Hospital Limiting Visitors Amid Coronavirus Concerns

DULUTH, Minn. — Essentia Health is changing its policy for visitors amid the coronavirus outbreak reaching Minnesota. Essentia will be restricting visitors to its facilities, including St. Mary’s Hospital, to keep patients and staff safe. There are limited exceptions, and those who want to visit need to call Essentia and confirm if they are allowed in. The healthcare provider is…

St. Luke’s Hospital Says Coronavirus Testing is Limited

DULUTH, Minn.  — St. Luke’s Hospital is warning the community that testing for the coronavirus is limited right now. The healthcare provider said it will not test for coronavirus in people who aren’t showing any symptoms. It will give coronavirus tests to those who think they’ve been exposed to the virus and have the symptoms, such as a fever, cough,…

Customers at Grocery Stores Taking Extra Precautions

Customers at Super One on Arrowhead Road are also taking extra precautions including one college student who says she is wearing a mask to protect others.

DULUTH, Minn. – Grocery stores are staying more than busy restocking shelves as fast as they can as people pile their shopping carts with food and cleaning supplies. Customers at Super One on Arrowhead Road are also taking extra precautions including one college student who says she is wearing a mask to protect others. She just returned from Jamaica and…

Trump Calls on Americans to Cease Hoarding Food, Supplies

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday called on Americans to cease hoarding groceries and other supplies, while one of the nation’s most senior public health officials called on the nation to act with more urgency to safeguard their health as the coronavirus outbreak continued to spread across the United States. Dr. Anthony Fauci says he would like to…

5 New COVID-19 Cases in Fond du Lac County Raise Wisconsin Total to 33

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Wisconsin has reached 33, after five new cases were reported in Fond du Lac County. Wisconsin health officials on Sunday reported a total of six new cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. Fond du Lac County now has the most confirmed cases of any county…

MSHSL Prohibits All Athletic Activities for Spring Sports

This comes just two days after the league proposed limited participation.

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. – The Minnesota State High School League announced Sunday afternoon that there will be no activities or athletics at any member schools from Wednesday, March 18th to Friday, March 27th. This comes after Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced that all schools in the state will be closed from March 18th to March 27th. The MSHSL’s decision includes…

Fitger’s Brewhouse Launching Curbside Pickup Amid Coronavirus Fears

Customers are encouraged to call ahead, pull right up, and Brewhouse staff will bring food and even a growler of beer to their car.

DULUTH, Minn. – Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth is launching a new curbside service on Superior Street as the coronavirus spreads. Customers are encouraged to call ahead, pull right up, and Brewhouse staff will bring food and even a growler of beer to their car. Fitger’s Brewhouse is also part of Food Dudes and Grub Hub for people who do not…

Duluth Responds to Coronavirus Concerns

City leaders have addressed topics like emergency response and how to continue providing reliable utilities in the Duluth area.

DULUTH, Minn. – With coronavirus case numbers on the rise, city leaders say they are preparing for when, and not if, the pandemic strikes Duluth. City leaders have addressed topics like emergency response and how to continue providing reliable utilities in the Duluth area. Fire Chief Shawn Krizaj, who is also the city’s emergency manager, addressed the fire department’s role…

Wisconsin Parents Coming to Terms with No School

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers announced Wisconsin K-12 schools will be closed from March 18 through April 6. 

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers announced Wisconsin K-12 schools will be closed from March 18 through April 6. Parents are now coming to terms with that decision and are busy figuring out how to occupy their children during the time off. One parent in Superior tells he is trying to look at the bright side of a negative…

Wisconsin Reports 27 Confirmed Coronavirus Cases

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Wisconsin has jumped to 27. Wisconsin health officials on Saturday reported eight new cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that includes four new cases in Milwaukee County. Winnebago County also reported its first case. Two more cases were reported in Waukesha County…

A U of M Student Tests Positive For Coronavirus; UMD Prepares Amid Threats

Leadership at the school is now planning on using online classes after extending spring break.

DULUTH, Minn. – A University of Minnesota Twin Cities student has tested positive for coronavirus. So far there are no reports of UMD students having the virus but that’s not stopping the campus from preparing. Leadership at the school is now planning on using online classes after extending spring break. Some faculty have been using various electronic delivery methods and…

Local Restaurants Add More Cleaning Protocols

Because of this, management has installed more protocols to ensure the health of both staff and customers.

DULUTH, Minn. – Even though it’s Eat Downtown Duluth week, restaurants like Zeitgeist have seen a decline as the week has gone on with growing concerns over the coronavirus. Because of this, management has installed more protocols to ensure the health of both staff and customers. “We have some additional hand sanitizer and Lysol wipes around so that people can…

Lots for Tots Keeping Clean

Local used goods stores have already been taking precautions when it comes to cleanliness...

DULUTH, Minn. – Local used goods stores have already been taking precautions when it comes to cleanliness. Lots for Tots is a local shop where items like hats, shoes, and clothes are sold for resale. Store leadership says they personally wash every single item before the item is sold to prevent the spread of disease. “We take all the equipment…

Local Theatre Performances Canceled, Postponed Amid Coronavirus Fears

UWS musical 'Company,' Duluth Playhouse musical 'Spamalot' among canceled productions

SUPERIOR, Wis. – All Broadway shows have been canceled for the next month because of the coronavirus pandemic. Now, local theatre performances are being canceled and postponed at universities and other venues in the Twin Ports. Theatre performances require months of work from dozens of cast and crew members. Because of COVID-19, current productions are shutting down, some before they’ll…

Essentia Health and St. Luke’s Respond to COVID-19

Health experts say many of those with COVID-19 will have either no or mild symptoms, making testing important to identify cases.

DULUTH, Minn. – Health experts say many of those with COVID-19 will have either no or mild symptoms, making testing important to identify cases. But testing itself is extremely limited in the state of Minnesota right now. It is done through the Minnesota Department of Health, and is reserved for those who are at high risk. Specifically those who have…

Update: Minnesota Now Has 14 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

(courtesy: MN Department of Health) (FOX 9) – Minnesota now has 14 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in the state. Five new cases were confirmed as of Friday. The World Health Organization has now declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic. Minnesota health officials announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 on March 6. MDH reports 555 people have been tested for…