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Gov. Tony Evers Suspends In-Person Voting for Wisconsin Spring Election

(Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File) Madison, Wis. – Gov. Tony Evers signed an Executive Order Monday suspending all in-person voting for the April 7 Wisconsin Spring Election. The Executive Order will move in-person voting to June 9, 2020, if legislation is not enacted to change the new election date. Evers says he is calling for the Legislature to…

Midday Update 4-6-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, April 6, 2020

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UW-Superior Moves All Summer Courses Online

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin Superior announced on Monday that it has decided to offer all its summer 2020 courses in an online format. “In analyzing this decision, the dean’s office examined the summer 2020 course offerings,” said Maria Cuzzo, interim provost at UW-Superior. “The great majority of offerings were already planned online, so there is no disruption…

Wisconsin Moves Ahead With Election, Awaits Supreme Court

(Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File) MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin moved forward Monday with plans to hold in-person voting for its presidential primary on Tuesday amid the coronavirus pandemic with help from National Guard members staffing the polls, even as the U.S. Supreme Court weighs whether to intervene. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who had originally pushed for the election to…

Morning Update 4-6-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, April 6, 2020

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Inmate Collapses, Dies at Moose Lake Prison

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. (AP) — An inmate has collapsed and died while showering at the Moose Lake prison, Minnesota corrections officials said Sunday. Officials responded immediately after the 48-year-old man collapsed around 9:45 a.m. Sunday and found him in full arrest. Despite life-saving efforts, the man was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities said the man had complained of heartburn…

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…

Phase 3 of Superior Street Reconstruction Starts Monday; Section of Phase 2 Delayed Longer

DULUTH, Minn. – The final phase of the Superior Street reconstruction project begins on Monday, April 6, and it includes the busy intersection of Lake Avenue to 3rd Avenue West. Signs will be posted through the project area, and barricades will be in place beginning Monday morning. 3rd Ave. East to 4th Ave. East delayed until Spring of 2021 because…

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…

Barnes Volunteers Delivering Groceries and Medications to Those in Need

Staff at the emergency services building will take requests via phone and have community volunteers pick up the items and deliver them at a safe distance.

BARNES, Wis. – Emergency services has implemented a new program to help at-risk residents maintain access to groceries and medications without leaving their home in the town of Barnes. Staff at the emergency services building will take requests via phone and have community volunteers pick up the items and deliver them at a safe distance. According to the emergency services…

Superior Introducing Curbside Voting Along with Other Changes For Tuesday’s Election

As of Sunday evening, the deadline for absentee ballots in Wisconsin has been moved until next Monday for people who have already requested the ballots. Superior sent out an unprecedented 4,200 absentee ballots for Tuesday's election.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – While much of the Northland is shut down in some way because of the coronavirus outbreak, it is not stopping Tuesday’s spring election in Superior. As of Sunday evening, the deadline for absentee ballots in Wisconsin has been moved until next Monday for people who have already requested the ballots. This comes along with several other measures…

Duluth Police Investigate ‘Shots Fired’

DULUTH, Minn. –  Duluth police are investigating after a report of “shots fired” overnight in an alley in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. The report came in just before midnight Saturday between West 1st Street and West 2nd Street near 26th Avenue West. When police arrived, they found spent shell casings, according to a spokeswoman. Nobody was injured and no arrests…

U.S. ‘Wasted’ Months before Preparing for Virus Pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the first alarms sounded in early January that an outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China might ignite a global pandemic, the Trump administration squandered nearly two months that could have been used to bolster the federal stockpile of critically needed medical supplies and equipment. A review of federal purchasing contracts by The Associated Press shows federal agencies largely waited…

All Natural Surface Trails in Duluth Closed due to Wet Conditions

Temporarily closure done regularly.

DULUTH, Minn.- All surface trails in Duluth have been closed for a few weeks by the city due to trail conditions. Trails like Superior Hiking Trail are routinely closed this time of year when conditions are too wet for foot or bike traffic. According to city staff, this ensures good quality for the trails once things dry out. “What we’re…

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…

Wisconsin Republicans Ask Supreme Court to Block Extended Absentee Voting

State moving ahead with in-person voting despite health risks of coronavirus crisis

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Republicans say they’re asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block extended absentee voting in Tuesday’s primary. Wisconsin is moving ahead with in-person voting despite concerns about the public health risks of the coronavirus crisis. A federal judge rejected lawsuits seeking to postpone the election but extended absentee voting by six days. The GOP says that…

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…

Proctor High School Program 3-D Printing Ways to Quadruple Capacity of Ventilators

They are creating things called manifolds which act as a splitter of sorts so one ventilator can help more than just one person.

PROCTOR, Minn. – The availability of ventilators is an important topic in the era of COVID-19 and a program at Proctor High School is using their 3-D printer to help. The industrial arts program is 3-D printing ways to double and even quadruple the capacity of ventilators. They are creating things called manifolds which act as a splitter of sorts…

One Roof Community Housing Helping Tenants and Landlords

Residential evictions, lease terminations, and foreclosures have been suspended.

DULUTH, Minn. – Millions of people are now unemployed around the country due to the pandemic and many are struggling to make monthly rent payments. Because of this, legislators have enacted protections for tenants and landlords. Residential evictions, lease terminations, and foreclosures have been suspended. However, these protections do not reduce or waive rent for tenants. One Roof Community Housing…

Gov. Walz Launches New COVID-19 Website

Gov. Walz says many places are not releasing this data for fear it will cause panic, but he believes it is important to make sure Minnesotans are well informed.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Governor Tim Walz addressed the state on Friday to announce a new website dedicated to COVID-19. Gov. Walz says the goal is to be a one-stop portal for the complete data the state has regarding the virus. The website covers things like available ICU beds, testing, how social distancing is working, and the capacity for…

St. Luke’s Opens Respiratory Clinic

HERMANTOWN, Minn.– Coronavirus is taking the time and attention of healthcare facilities everywhere but what about people who are dealing with other respiratory illnesses? Now, St. Luke’s has opened a new respiratory clinic in Duluth. With everyone caught up in the Coronavirus pandemic, other health issues can feel like they are pushed to the side. Now St. Luke’s is offering…

Screen Graphics Makes Masks for Businesses in Twin Ports

SUPERIOR, Wis.– The demand for masks across the country is growing and one Superior business is pitching in to help. Screen Graphics is having groups of their staff making cloth masks. They are sending the masks to healthcare facilities, nursing homes, and grocery stores in the Twin Ports. Screen Graphics tells us they are glad to keep everybody working and…

Medical Supplies Donated to Salvation Army

DULUTH, Minn.– There’s a growing need for all kinds of medical supplies and one Duluth business is making it a little easier for people to get their hands on them. Lake Superior Medical Equipment donated medical supplies to the Salvation Army in Duluth. They donated thousands of dollars worth of supplies like pull-ups and adult diapers which will be given…

Independent Contractors Worried About Future As Pandemic Continues

DULUTH, Minn – The impacts of Covid-19 are beginning to trickle down to businesses, which are still open for essential services. Many local contractors are seeing declines in business and they are fearing what may happen in the future. Independent contractors rely on business from home owners. As the pandemic is creating hardship for their customers, contractors are becoming concerned….

More Layoffs For St. Luke’s Hospital

DULUTH, Minn – More layoffs are happening at St. Luke’s Hospital. As of now the hospital has let go of over a dozen employees, but some volunteered to leave due to a lack of work. St. Luke’s reps cite the decrease in patient volumes is creating the need to layoff staff. Earlier this week, Essentia announced they were laying off more than…

Covid-19 Testing Site Moves From Original Location In West Duluth

Testing site is now stationed on 59th Avenue West.

Essentia Health’s Covid-19 testing site has been open in West Duluth for the last two weeks, but officials have confirmed the testing location has now been moved. The tents were previously posted up in the parking lot of Essentia’s Business Services Center on 46th Avenue West. The testing site is now stationed in the residential area of 59th Avenue West….

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,”…

Wisconsin GOP Says Election Should go on as Scheduled

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -Wisconsin Republicans Say Election Should be Held as Planned Tuesday Despite Governor’s Request to Delay Gov. Tony Evers is calling on the Legislature to meet in special session to approve moving Wisconsin’s presidential primary to an all-mail footing. Voting advocacy groups and Evers’ fellow Democrats have been pushing him and Republican legislative leaders to postpone Tuesday’s election…

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…

3M Fires Back at Trump Over Order to Produce More Face Masks

Manufacturing giant 3M pushed back Friday against criticism from President Donald Trump overproduction of face masks that are badly needed by American health care workers. 3M said the administration asked it to stop exporting medical-grade masks to Canada and Latin America, which the company said raises “significant humanitarian implications” and will backfire by causing other countries to retaliate against the…

LIVE: Gov. Walz Updates Minnesota on Fight Against COVID-19

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz delivers a video address to update Minnesotans on the state’s fight against COVID-19. The governor’s spokesman said Walz plans to talk about the latest numbers and the challenges ahead. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the state’s death toll from the pandemic is 22 as of Friday. The state’s confirmed case count rose…

Ashland: Heavy Rain, Snow Melt Cause 7.1 Million Gallons of Sewage to Overflow Into Lake Superior

ASHLAND, Wis. – According to Ashland City officials, an estimated 7,177,000 gallons of sewage waste overflowed into Lake Superior last week. The sanitary overflow started on March 29 at the City of Ashland’s Waste Water Treatment Plant and ended on March 31. The city says the overflow was due to heavy rain and snowmelt. “All necessary steps are being taken…

Midday Update 4-3-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, April 3, 2020

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Update: Body Found in Ashland Ravine Identified

Update: ASHLAND, Wis. – Authorities in Ashland say the body of a man discovered in a ravine near Industrial Park Road on Thursday morning has been identified. The Ashland Police Department says the individual has been identified as 43-year-old Bradley J. Mattson who had lived in Ashland for the past several years. The Ashland County Coroner has ordered an autopsy…

Local Mothers, Organizations Hosting Virtual Birthing Summit

The Virtual Summit is Taking Place April 4 - 10

DULUTH, Minn. – Giving birth or even the thought of starting a family can be a difficult topic to deal with during the stress of the coronavirus pandemic. Thankfully, local professionals and area mothers are teaming up to help expecting parents. Stacy Holden is the creator of the Birth and Baby Fair Duluth. “We have an amazing birth community here…

Walz to Update Minnesota on COVID-19 Fight via Video Address

(Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, Pool) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz will deliver a video address Friday to update Minnesotans on the state’s fight against COVID-19. The governor’s spokesman said Walz plans to talk about the latest numbers and the challenges ahead. The address will be livestreamed via the governor’s YouTube channel at 1 p.m. Walz has been self-quarantining at the…

Morning Update 4-3-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, April 3, 2020

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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…