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Duluth Superintendent Recommends In-Person Learning for Elementary, Hybrid for Secondary

Recommendation subject to change before school year begins September 8th

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth School District’s new superintendent, John Magas, has presented his education strategy for the fall. In his plan, elementary students would return in-person and middle and high school students would return in a hybrid manner, with each student walking through school doors for in-person classes one day per week. “Making this more safe quite often means…

Local Sports Stores Busy Restocking Following MSHSL’s Fall Sports Announcement

The MSHSL announced that soccer, cross country, girls tennis and girls swimming and diving will happen this fall, so local sports stores are now getting the gear in so those athletes can return to practice.

DULUTH, Minn. – The MSHSL announced on Tuesday afternoon that soccer, cross country, girls tennis and girls swimming and diving will happen this fall, while football and volleyball will be pushed to the spring. “It’s just nice to hear that the seasons are going to happen for everybody and they’re not just going to cancel one season and play it…

Northland Businesses Help Make People Look Good and Feel Good

In this day and age of online meetings and masks, makeup and fashion seemed to have taken a backseat. However, businesses in the Northland are providing ways for people to look their best even during these uncertain times.

NORTHLAND – In this day and age of online meetings and masks, makeup and fashion seemed to have taken a backseat. However, businesses in the Northland are providing ways for people to look their best even during these uncertain times. For instance, at Mix Cosmetiques on Woodland Avenue, owners make custom makeup that doesn’t smudge under your mask. Guests can…

Willow River Prison to Close at End of Year

WILLOW RIVER, Minn.– The Minnesota Department of Corrections announced yesterday that it’s going to close the prisons in Willow River and Togo as they try to stay afloat with huge budget shortfalls caused by the virus outbreak. The department is facing a $14 million budget deficit that could grow to as much as $25 million over the next two fiscal…

City of Duluth Prepares for Primary Election

Over in Duluth, residents can send in an absentee ballot or if they do go to the polls, voters need to wear masks unless they have a medical issue.

DULUTH, Minn. – Many cities across the Northland are preparing for the upcoming primary election next Tuesday. Over in Duluth, residents can send in an absentee ballot or if they do go to the polls, voters need to wear masks unless they have a medical issue. Staff will be wiping down surfaces after each person who steps into the ballot…

Stella Maris Plans to Reopen

Schools are getting ready for the fall semester in a variety of ways, including the private school Stella Maris Academy.

DULUTH, Minn. – Schools are getting ready for the fall semester in a variety of ways, including the private school Stella Maris Academy. The catholic school, which goes from pre-K to eighth grade, is giving parents and students the option of being onsite or online. Students will then be allowed to transition between the two depending on a variety of…

Evers: No Plan to Close Schools, Will let Locals Decide

(courtesy: WI Dept of Health Services via AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers says he has no secret plans to ban in-person instruction for Wisconsin’s K-12 students this fall. Republican lawmakers are worried that Evers is planning to order schools to close their doors and offer online instruction only, as the coronavirus pandemic rages on. But the governor…

MSHSL Votes to Push High School Football, Volleyball to Spring of 2021 Amid Pandemic

MINNEAPOLIS (Fox 9) – The Minnesota State High School League met Tuesday morning to determine what the options are for the high school fall sports season amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Thousands of high school athletes are awaiting word on their futures after hundreds of seniors across the state had their 2020 spring seasons canceled due to the global health pandemic….

Routine Bridge Inspections in Duluth Scheduled Next Week

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation says motorists in Duluth should plan for temporary closures and detours next week while crews conduct routine bridge inspections. Upcoming closures and detours include: Monday, August 10 through Tuesday, August 11 Right lane closures on northbound I-35 over Grand Avenue/Highway 23 Wednesday, August 12 The entrance ramp from Grand Avenue/Highway 23 to…

Midday Update 8-4-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Tuesday, August 4

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 57,162 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Tuesday morning and 4 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,620 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,078,695 tests have been completed to date. There are 50,426 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 5,346 patients have required hospitalization…

Keetac Mine to Remain Indefinitely Idled

KEEWATIN, Minn. – U.S. Steel’s Keetac mine remains indefinitely idled amid the coronavirus pandemic. In April, it was announced that layoffs would begin for employees who have been at the mine for three years or less. Of the roughly 380 workers that have been laid off since May, about 40 of them are still able to work on special projects…

Walz Again Requests Federal Help to Rebuild After Unrest

(AP Photo/Jim Mone) ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is again asking for federal help to rebuild from the unrest that followed George Floyd’s death. Walz said Monday he has requested a U.S. Small Business Administration disaster declaration that would free up low-interest loans to help property owners rebuild. “We remain committed to working with the impacted…

Morning Update 8-4-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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Judge Extends Minnesota Vote-by-Mail Changes to November

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A judge on Monday extended changes in Minnesota’s absentee ballot rules to the November general election. Ramsey County Judge Sara Grewing approved the agreement allowing Minnesota voters to submit their mail-in or absentee ballots in the Nov. 3 general election without witness signatures, the Star Tribune reported. Election officials also will count ballots that arrive within seven…

Fabian Seafood Truck Visits Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.– Area residents were able to get their hands on some fresh seafood Monday. Fabian Seafood made the trip up from Texas to Duluth, continuing the 40-plus year old tradition of coming to the Northland. Fabian workers say their biggest seller in Duluth is jumbo shrimp. While this isn’t the first time they have made the trip to Duluth…

Missing Hermantown Elderly Man Found Safe

HERMANTOWN, Minn.– An elderly man who went missing from an assisted living facility in Hermantown has been found safe and in good health about 60 miles away on the Iron Range. The 80 year old man was discovered missing around 2 p.m. this morning after he left at about 7:30 that evening from his home at the Golden Oaks Facility…

Proctor Public Schools Discusses Fall Options

PROCTOR, Minn.– In Proctor, the school board met Monday night to discuss their plans moving forward after Governor Walz’s announcement last week allowing school districts to decide reopening strategies for themselves. The Proctor School District went through details of what each option could look like, whether they choose to go for distance learning, in-person, or a hybrid of both in…

Nurses Picket for New Contract at Essentia Health-Virginia

Nurses say they've been without a contract for more than a year, they're asking for safety language in contracts and 'safe staffing levels.'

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Nurses who work for Essentia Health’s hospital in Virginia aren’t on strike, but they picketed outside the healthcare facility Monday. Nurses say they want to get a deal done now after working there without a contract for more than a year. 103 Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) nurses work at Essentia Health-Virginia. The union is asking the healthcare…

Bong Center Continues Youth Programming

The Bong Center in Superior is holding multiple youth programs over the summer.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Bong Center in Superior is holding multiple youth programs over the summer. One is catered to middle school students while the other is geared towards high schoolers. During the Junior Curators program, middle schoolers get the chance to complete the oral history of a veteran and put together a mini-exhibit on them. For the Bong Squadron,…

Wild State Cider Adds Ice Cream to Menu

One local cidery is launching an ice cream line.

DULUTH, Minn. – One local cidery is launching an ice cream line. Wild State Cider is starting Camp Creemee, which is Minnesota’s only Vermont-style soft serve ice cream shop. One of the owners of Wild State Cider lived in Vermont before coming to Minnesota where he learned about cider and about rich soft-serve ice cream. “By adding ice cream to…

Northland Private Schools Prep for In-Person Classes

Both the Marshall School and the Montessori School of Duluth are preparing to send kids physically back into the classroom but in a socially-distanced manner.

DULUTH, Minn. – Both the Marshall School and the Montessori School of Duluth are preparing to send kids physically back into the classroom but in a socially-distanced manner. On the one hand, the Marshall School has taken time to analyze the physical spaces within the school to arrange them for social distancing while maximizing fresh air. Cleaning and disinfecting are…

Lake Superior Community Health Center to Open New Dental Center in Carlton

The Carlton Dental Center opens on Tuesday at 210 Third Street. 

CARLTON, Minn. – A new dental center is putting on the finishing touches as it prepares for its grand opening. The Lake Superior Community Health Center (LSCHC) is expanding to Carlton to open the Carlton Dental Center. LSCHC works to provide affordable dental appointments and proceducres for those who may not be able to afford care. “There’s a shortage of available…

New Thrift Store Opens in Cloquet

Highway 45 Thrift Store opened in Cloquet in June and is serving a need for the community after Goodwill and Salvation Army closed.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Thrifting is a popular way to shop for many and now a new local thrift store is serving Cloquet. Highway 45 Thrift Store opened in Cloquet in June. The opening has been in the works for years and with the recent closures of Goodwill and Salvation Army Thrift Store in the Cloquet area, their services were needed…

Semi Tanker Truck Catches Fire on Highway 53

1/2 (courtesy: Facebook/Northland FireWire) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 (courtesy: Facebook/Northland FireWire) Show Caption Hide Caption COTTON, Minn. – A semi tanker truck caught fire early Monday afternoon on Highway 53 near Cotton causing the northbound lane to remain closed for over an hour, according to the Northland FireWire. A Facebook post on the Northland FireWire page says multiple St….

Minnesota Department of Corrections: Two State Prisons to Close Due to ‘Budget Crisis’

TOGO, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Corrections announced on Monday that it plans to close prison facilities in Togo and Willow River due to a “substantial budget crisis.” The Minnesota DOC says it is closing the state’s two smallest prisons as it is facing a $14 million budget deficit for the current fiscal year. The combined budget for the…

Wisconsin’s Democratic Governor Endorses Biden for President

(courtesy: WI Dept of Health Services via AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers is endorsing Joe Biden for president. The move announced Monday comes after Evers declined to endorse anyone in the primary and just two weeks before the start of the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee. Biden has promised to make the trip to Milwaukee…

Midday Update 8-3-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, August 3, 2020

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Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Monday, August 3

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 56,560 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Monday morning and 2 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,616 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,070,925 tests have been completed to date. There are 49,565 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 5,298 patients have required hospitalization…

Duluth Superior Pride Festival Going Virtual Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Duluth Superior Pride Virtual Festival Begins Thursday, September 3, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – The 34th annual Duluth Superior Pride Festival will go on virtually this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Event organizers say after months of discussion, it simply wasn’t responsible to move forward with an in-person celebration as in year’s past. “I think it’s extremely important to host a virtual celebration. Pride is based on community and taking a…

Morning Update 8-3-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, August 3, 2020

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Wheel Fun Bike Rentals Busy Despite Pandemic

The company rents out single and double surrey bikes complete with four wheels, a roof, and even steering wheel for riders to cruise around Canal Park.

DULUTH, Minn. – Down in Canal Park, Sunday was a busy day for the Wheel Fun bike rentals. The company rents out single and double surrey bikes complete with four wheels, a roof, and even steering wheel for riders to cruise around Canal Park. This year, the manager says they are seeing a lot more out-of-state customers, but they continue…

Church Hosts First Outdoor Worship Session

One Northland church had its first in-person worship session today since the pandemic began.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – One Northland church had its first in-person worship session today since the pandemic began. Bethel Lutheran Church held its Sunday service outdoors as it welcomed worshippers back. The church usually meets on John Avenue in Superior, but today, dozens of congregants met with their lawn chairs and masks at Webster Park. Unlike previous meetings, there was no…

Childcare Center Opens Second Location

The owners of the Mesabi Preschool Academy say they're excited to open up a second location in the middle of downtown Duluth to serve families in the area.

DULUTH, Minn. – The owners of the Mesabi Preschool Academy say they’re excited to open up a second location in the middle of downtown Duluth to serve families in the area. Before the start of COVID, there was a shortage of spaces in childcare facilities. However, at the beginning of the pandemic, there was a drop in enrollment, most likely…

250 Riders Speed Around Annual Dirt Bike Hare scramble

Riders spent around two hours doing laps around the nearly 9-mile course at Echo Valley Motocross Park in Brookston.

BROOKSTON, Minn. – Despite cancelations of events all over the Northland due to COVID-19 the annual hare scramble forged ahead for dirt bikers. 250 riders of all ages came out to participate in the Echo Valley Range Riders Harescramble, a dirt bike race that speeds through wood off-road terrain. Riders spent around two hours doing laps around the nearly 9-mile…

Blacksmiths Forge Interest in Metalworking at Glensheen Mansion

DULUTH, Minn.- Visitors at Glensheen Mansion Saturday got to learn about an old-fashioned trade — being a blacksmith. Forging Community’s blacksmiths were on the mansion grounds demonstrating metal working and smithing. Glensheen staff say they appreciate having them every year and they are an even more valuable attraction during the pandemic. “For the public it’s always kind of fun to…

Pro-Police, ‘Reconstruct Police’ Groups Both Protest Outside Superior Government Center

The two protests converged to speak out on what they see as two very different sides of a police badge. 

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Signs and flags, conversations and tensions filled the grounds of the Government Center as a group in support of Superior Police, and a group pushing to restructure their local law enforcement protested in the same space. “We believe that there’s a lot within SPD that needs to be changed,” said Waylon J of the Expose the Gap group….

Wisconsin Mask Mandate Now in Effect

Wisconsinites are mandated to wear the masks indoors or face a potential $200 penalty.

ASHLAND, Wis. – Wisconsin Governor Tony Ever’s statewide mandatory mask order began on Saturday. The order requires people over five years old to wear masks in indoor spaces. Wisconsinites are mandated to wear the masks indoors or face a potential $200 penalty. Ashland’s city council voted not to rule on a mask mandate this week, but per Gov. Evers’ order,…

Minnesota Faces Potential $4.7 Billion Budget Deficit

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota faces a potential $4.7 billion deficit in its next two-year budget due to economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. The Minnesota Management and Budget office said Friday that the pandemic has made economic conditions “extremely volatile” as a new planning estimate shows a continued deterioration of state finances. Minnesota has received more than $2…

Spirit Room Hosts Boozy Ice Cream Social

Patrons were encouraged to bring some lawn chairs and sit out and listen to music from the band Similar Dogs.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Spirit Room cocktail bar in Superior hosted a boozy ice cream social in their parking lot accompanied by live music. Patrons were encouraged to bring some lawn chairs and sit out and listen to music from the band Similar Dogs. Some of the creations include boozy cocktails, beer floats, and champagne with sherbert. The Spirit Room’s…

More than 100,000 Masks Being Handed out to St. Louis County Businesses

On Friday 50,000 masks alone were being distributed in Duluth, only a small porting of the 138,000 disposable masks sent by the state to be given out across Minnesota.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce distributed thousands of masks on Friday outside the DECC. The masks were sent from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to make sure everyone can follow the new statewide mask requirement in Minnesota. On Friday 50,000 masks alone were being distributed in Duluth, only a small porting of the…

Fond du Luth Casino Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

DULUTH, Minn. – A Fond du Luth Casino employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The casino sent the following statement about the positive test: “A Fond du Luth employee has tested positive for COVID-19. Immediate action was taken by the Fond du Luth’s management including an internal process to determine who was in contact with the employee. Fond du Luth is…

Black Beach Campground Busy in First Month

Black Beach Campground opened on June 25 and campground staff say it's been at about 95 percent capacity since.

SILVER BAY, Minn. – If you’re looking for a new spot to camp out at on the North Shore, head to Silver Bay to check out the new campground there. Black Beach Campground opened on June 25 and campground staff say it’s been at 95 percent capacity since then. Tourists have been enjoying the new space along the shores of…

Produce Stand on Central Entrance in Duluth Busy During Pandemic

DC's Best Produce Farms has been selling their fresh-picked tomatoes, cucumbers, and watermelon there for years. 

DULUTH, Minn.- Fresh produce is in full bloom throughout the Northland, including at a stand on Central Entrance Road. DC’s Best Produce Farms in Esko has been selling their fresh-picked tomatoes, cucumbers, and watermelon there for years. They say during the pandemic, they’ve seen more people stopping by for some locally-grown goodies. “It’s coming straight from the farm to here…

Duluth City Crews Clear Heavy Chunks of Metal Culvert from Lester River

Crews said they were pieces of culverts washed out from the 2012 flood. 

DULUTH, Minn.- Among the swimmers in the river and hikers on the trail, some may have spotted city crews at Lester Park clearing metal debris out of the river. Public works responded to a citizen report of chunks of metal floating downstream. Crews said they were pieces of culverts washed out from the 2012 flood. Some of those pieces weiged…

WITC Unveils New Fire Truck for More Accurate Real-World Training

The new fire truck is being used for training and driver operations in the fire services program and for drivers in the CDL program to get the feel of driving a different type of rig. 

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Student firefighters at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Superior have just started training on a new fire truck to practice for more complex and challenging emergencies that life as a firefighter could throw their way. Costing about $250,000, the new truck sports a modern pressure control system, which instructors say helps in transporting water over longer distances in…

Northland Schools Begin Work on Fall Learning Plans After Gov. Walz’s Reopening Announcement

CARLTON, Minn.– Governor Walz’s plan to for schools this fall will let districts choose one of the three options, in person, hybrid, and distance learning. All options can be shifted depending on if Coronavirus cases spike. Now, schools around the Northland are working hard find the best solution for their districts. “The whole thing is fluid. And we just need…

Effie Rodeo Attendee Tests Positive for COVID-19, Others Urged to Watch for Symptoms

EFFIE, Minn. – State health officials are urging people that attended the North Star Stampede in Effie to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 after it was determined that an attendee from a neighboring county was infectious at the event. The Minnesota Department of Health says the person developed symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19 on July 27. Health officials confirm…