Minnesota

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

‘Associated Builders and Contractors’ Calls Out City of Duluth for Losing Costco Development

DULUTH, Minn. – Costco no longer plans to build a long-awaited store in Duluth. The company was planning to build near the intersection of Haines Road and West Arrowhead Road. The real estate agent working on the project said Costco had issues with the city’s Project Labor Agreement (PLA) as well as with rising costs associated with the project. The…

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…

Whole Foods Co-Op Implements “Safe Shopping” Protocols

DULUTH, Minn. – With many local businesses closing, Whole Foods Co-op has remained opened during the Covid-19 pandemic and staff are practicing safe ways to shop. Plexiglass shields have been installed to enforce social distancing. Signs, and red tape on the floor also indicate no standing zones which is essential for safety of all shoppers. There are a couple other…

Gov Walz: ‘Strong Possibility’ Students Won’t Return to the Classroom This Year

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says there is a “strong possibility” that in-person classes will be canceled for the rest of the school year. Under the current stay-at-home order schools will remain closed until May 4. However, during his daily COVID-19 briefing Thursday Walz seemed to suggest the closure may last longer. Walz says it is “heartbreaking” that so many…

The DTA Announces More Service Changes

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Transit Authority announced on Thursday that more changes are coming to service routes starting next week. Beginning April 5, weekday services will be moving to the same “limited” schedule currently offered on Saturdays which still includes the cancellation of routes 4 and 5, along with route 15 remaining “dial-a-ride-format.” Sunday’s limited schedule remains unchanged. The…

Gordy’s Hi-Hat Moves Opening Day to April 8

We can’t wait any longer… Opening on Wednesday, April 8th! We strongly encourage placing call-in orders and using our… Posted by Gordy’s Hi-Hat on Thursday, April 2, 2020   CLOQUET, Minn. – Gordy’s Hi-Hat will be opening for its 60th season on Wednesday, April 8. Gordy’s made the announcement on its Facebook page Thursday morning saying, “We can’t wait any longer……

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….

Eric Erkkila Announces Candidacy for St. Louis County Commissioner

1/2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. – Another candidate has joined the race for St. Louis County Commissioner in District 3. Duluth resident Eric Erkkila announced his candidacy Wednesday evening. “I’m running for this seat as I believe we need more focus on basic services, holding the line on property taxes, focusing on good-paying…

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…

Lake Superior Zoo Lays Off 12 Full-Time Staff Members Including CEO During Shutdown

Essential employees still working to care for animals

DULUTH, Minn. -The Lake Superior Zoo has been forced to lay off twelve full-time employees including its CEO. The coronavirus outbreak is to blame as the zoo has been closed to the public for the past two weeks with no signs of opening up anytime soon. Now, much of the staff is laid off and others have been reduced to…

Fundraising Effort Helps “Lift Up” Lincoln Park During The Pandemic

More than 250 cookbooks have already been sold.

DULUTH, Minn – During this tough time, business owners are looking to bring hope back to Lincoln Park. Just a few weeks ago, life was different for Tom Hanson, the owner of OMC Smokehouse, Duluth Grill and many other Lincoln Park businesses. Things have changed drastically due to Covid-19, which caused bars and restaurants to close to help prevent the…

Virtual Medical Appointments Spike Amid Pandemic

Both St. Luke's Hospital and Essentia Health offer this type of virtual service.s

DULUTH, Minn – Virtual medical appointments are now on the rise as more healthcare facilities are encouraging patients to use the new type of service. St. Luke’s telehealth offers patients a virtual exam room experience. Patients can have a video conference with their doctor to talk about their medical issues. Typical telehealth appointments can be used for annual wellness or…

148th Fighter Wing Airmen Return Home After 60 Day Mission

Coming home with a pandemic going on and being able to reunite with our families is very comforting," said 179th Fighter Squadron Commander Paul Thorton.

DULUTH, Minn. – Airmen from the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth recently returned home after completing a 60 day mission. A group of aviators from the fighter wing were deployed to an undisclosed location to help support a northern air defense mission. This required them to help enforce temporary flight restrictions for the purpose of national defense. The Squadron Commander…

Walz to Deliver Video State of the State Speech Sunday

(Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP) ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz has announced that he’ll deliver his postponed State of the State address on Sunday evening at 7 p.m., and he says he’s looking forward to speaking directly to Minnesotans during this uncertain time. The governor said Wednesday that he’ll deliver the speech alone with a remote camera…

City of Cloquet Closes Playgrounds, Athletic Facilities in Response to COVID-19

CLOQUET, Minn. – The City of Cloquet announced the closure of all outdoor play structures, including playgrounds and athletic facilities, effective immediately in continued response to the coronavirus pandemic. The city says sidewalks, trails, and other outdoor public areas will remain open, but the public should continue to practice safe social distancing. City-owned buildings remain closed at this time and…

Minnesota Department of Health Reports 5 More COVID-19 Deaths, 13 Cases now in St. Louis County

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday five more people have died of coronavirus complications, bringing the state’s death toll to 17. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continued to climb as expected with 70 additional cases announced Wednesday for a total of 689. The MDH reports that as of Wednesday morning St. Louis County…

Sara’s Table Chester Creek Cafe Fully Closes Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

DULUTH, Minn. – The owner of the popular At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Cafe in Duluth says she’s fully closing her restaurant until further notice. In a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page Tuesday, owner Carla Blumberg said take-out and delivery is no longer an option. She said cost and logistics “overwhelmed us.” Sara’s Table is just one of dozens…

Wal-Mart To Take Employees’ Temperatures Before Shifts

The company will also supply masks and gloves for employees.

DULUTH, Minn.- Businesses that have been deemed essential are trying to find the balance between protecting its workers while staying open for customers. Wal-Mart announced it’s going to start taking employees’ temperatures at stores and warehouses everyday before their shifts start. Any employee with a temperature over 100 degrees will be sent home. Wal-mart will supply face masks and gloves…

Cloquet Public Schools Launches Distance Learning Plan

School has plans to utilize both paper packets and online resources.

CLOQUET, Minn.- Cloquet Public Schools launched their Distance Learning Plan for the rest of the year. Elementary School-aged children will receive paper packets weekly to work on at home. Staff will be in charge of picking up finished packets, while dropping off packets for the following week. Middle and High Schoolers will complete work online. The District has plans for…