Minnesota

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Tuesday, December 29

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 988 new cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota Tuesday morning bringing the total confirmed COVID cases to 411,110 in the state. Health officials also reported 36 news deaths bringing the death total to 5,196 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 5,501,277 tests have been completed to date. There are…

Line 3 Pipeline Opponents Sue To Shut Down Minnesota Construction

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Opponents of a pipeline project that crosses three states have asked a federal court to halt construction in Minnesota on allegations that U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to address several environmental issues when it approved a water quality permit. Two Minnesota Ojibwe bands and two environmental groups filed a lawsuit Thursday that asks for a preliminary…

KYN: McQuade’s Pub And Grill

"Before the shutdown, we were slamming busy," said Frank McQuade, the owner of McQuades Pub and Grill.

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – McQuade’s Pub and Grill is continuing to adjust to new normals while settling into its new digs. This popular restaurant was once nestled in the heart of Two Harbors. In November it relocated taking over the building of the former Carmody 61. “We expanded our kitchen size a lot. That was a big thing for us,…

Benedictine Health Center Gets First Shipment of Vaccine

"It's the big first step towards the final end of this pandemic," said Brian Pattock, the administrator for Benedictine Health Center.

DULUTH, Minn. – COVID-19 vaccinations have started at long-term care facilities in Minnesota, including here in the Northland. Benedictine Health Center in Duluth received and distributed doses of the Moderna vaccine to its residents and staff. BHC, like many other long-term care facilities, has been greatly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. “We’ve had a couple of outbreaks within our community….

St. Louis County Public Health Get Doses Of Moderna Vaccine

As of Monday, 150 people have been vaccinated.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. – St. Louis Public Health has received its first shipment of the Moderna vaccine. The public health department held a vaccination clinic on Christmas Eve to distribute some of the 500 doses received. As of Monday, 150 people have been vaccinated. Priority is being given to public health nurses and local emergency medical response workers such…

Authorities Investigating Death of 16-Year-Old on Fond du Lac Reservation

  FOND DU LAC RESERVATION, Minn. – Authorities say they are investigating the shooting death of a 16-year-old male early Monday morning on the Fond du Lac Reservation. According to police, St. Louis County Sheriff’s Deputies and Fond du Lac Police Officers responded to Giiniw Road on reports of someone being shot around 1:19 a.m. Monday. When authorities arrived on…

Pipeline Opponents Sue to Shut Down Minnesota Construction

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Opponents of a pipeline project that crosses three states have asked a federal court to halt construction in Minnesota on allegations that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to address several environmental issues when it approved a water quality permit. Two Minnesota Ojibwe bands and two environmental groups filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for…

Minnesota Nursing Homes See Large-Scale Vaccination Effort

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Pharmacy chains CVS Health and Walgreens launched a large-scale effort on Monday to help vaccinate residents and staff of Minnesota long-term care facilities for coronavirus. CVS Health plans to vaccinate more than 63,000 residents and staff of nearly 600 skilled nursing and assisted living facilities across Minnesota during a 12-week effort that began in several states last…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Monday, December 28

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 1,087 new cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota Monday morning bringing the total confirmed COVID cases to 410,138 in the state. Health officials also reported 13 news deaths bringing the death total to 5,160 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 5,493,773 tests have been completed to date. There are…

Exhibition Drive Holiday Sound & Light Show Features Songs From Movies

DULUTH, Minn. – The Exhibition Drive Holiday Sound & Light Show is now featuring songs from movies. Between now and Dec. 31, people can drive through the neighborhood on Exhibition Drive to see lights synchronized to music from “Star Wars,” “Frozen,” “Polar Express” and “The Greatest Showman.” The show kicks off each night at 5 p.m. and runs through 10…

Trump Signs Measure Funding Government, COVID Relief

(AP) – The massive, year-end catchall bill that President Donald Trump has signed into law combines $900 billion in COVID-19 aid with a $1.4 trillion spending bill and reams of other unfinished legislation on taxes, energy, education and health care. In one highlight, the package revives supplemental federal pandemic unemployment benefits but at $300 per week – through March 14…

MN COVID-19 Cases As Of Sunday

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota health officials are reporting 2,534 positive COVID-19 cases and 40 deaths from data recorded over the past two days. The update that combined Friday and Saturday confirmations increased the total of number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 409,061. The cumulative amount of fatalities stands at 5,147, of which 3,332 were in long-term…

Local Churches Host Drive-By Nativity Scenes

DULUTH, Minn. – This holiday season, Northlanders can travel through nativity scenes set up at Duluth area churches. Families can drive to five different scenes of this Christmas story. There they can view an online video that provides a guided tour of the scenes, bible readings, and reflection from the artists, who helped create this nativity experience. Some of the…

More COVID-19 Deaths Reported in St. Louis County

Total deaths are now up to 189.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. – Three more people in St. Louis County have now died from COVID-19. On Saturday, 98 new cases have also been reported in the county, creating a total of more than twelve thousand for the northland. Total deaths are now up to 189. The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting there are 2,170 new cases…

Baby Yoda Snow Sculpture Makes Holiday Debut

The family snow sculpture tradition began back in 1987.

DULUTH, Minn. –  If you’ve traveled up 21st Avenue in Duluth, chances are you’ve spotted a different snow sculpture every year. This year, The Child or Baby Yoda is the subject of the sculpture. The character originated from the popular Disney Plus show “The Mandalorian” which is part of the Star Wars universe. The family snow sculpture tradition began back…

Firefighters Respond to West Duluth Duplex Fire

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth firefighters responded to a duplex fire in West Duluth around 5:30 p.m. Thursday on the 600 block of North 59th Avenue West. Two renters inside the duplex got out just fine after one of them hosed down the fire to keep it at bay until firefighters arrived within minutes. Asst. Fire Chief Dennis Edwards said the…

Eastridge Community Church Takes Christmas Eve Services Outside

DULUTH, Minn. – Members of the Eastridge Community Church bundled up and came together outside for Christmas Eve worship services. Bonfires were set up, along with candle light and a message of hope and renewal. Senior Pastor Thomas Asbury said Christmas services are some of the biggest events of the year for the church, so they decided COVID and the…

Duluth Library Foundation Receives Big Donation

The anonymous donor gave a generous gift of $30,000 in support of the library.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Library Foundation received a big donation today just in time for the holidays. The anonymous donor gave a generous gift of $30,000 in support of the library. The funds will be put into the foundation’s endowment, ensuring a bright future for the library’s events and programs. “It will guarantee that next year and all the…

Spirit Mountain to Remain Closed Until Saturday

The slopes will be back open on December 26th at 9 a.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Spirit mountain will remain closed through the holidays after shutting down Wednesday night due to the blizzard-like conditions. According to their website, because of the strong winds safely maintaining the lifts and the hill will be difficult. The slopes will be back open on December 26th at 9 a.m. Categories: Community, Minnesota, News Tags: Closure, duluth, Spirit…

Local Restaurant Donates Gift Card Proceeds To Employees

Gift cards can be purchased for any dollar amount.

DULUTH, Minn. – Gift cards can be great last-minute gifts this holiday season, and a local restaurant is taking some of the proceeds from gift card sales to give back to its employees. Maya Family Mexican Restaurant in Hermantown will give 20% of the money raised from gift cards to more than 15 employees. Governor Tim Walz recently extended his…

B&B Market Food Train Success Chugging Into Holiday Season

So far, the Market has received over $150,000 for their food train since March when the pandemic hit.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The B&B Market in Cloquet is continuing their food train for the holidays. On Wednesday, members of the Fond Du Lac Reservation wanted to thank the market for helping out people in there community. So far, the Market has received over $150,000 for their food train, which started in March when the pandemic set in. “There’s a…

Twin Ports Trailer Trash Offering Free Christmas Tree Pickup

Anyone who wants a free pickup will have to place a call to Twin Ports Trailer Trash before December 31st.

DULUTH, Minn. –  If you’re already thinking ahead to 2021 you may also be thinking about how to dispose of your Christmas Tree. After a successful program last year, Twin Ports Trailer will once again be offering free curbside pick up of Christmas trees on January 6th and 7th as people start to take down their decorations. “A lot of…

Blizzard Causes ‘Extensive Damage’ At Bentleyville; Clean-Up Volunteers Needed

Volunteers can start showing up at Bentleyville at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

DULUTH — The drive-thru version of Bentleyville Tour of Lights suffered “extensive damage” during Wednesday’s blizzard in Duluth, according to a post on the Bentleyville Facebook page late Wednesday. “We are asking any and all people that are able to assist Bentleyville, starting at 9:30 am on Thursday. We are in GREAT NEED of help to be able to try…

DTA to Activate Emergency Mainline Service Tonight

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Transit Authority is activating their Emergency Mainline Service at 6:00 p.m. due to unsafe travel conditions. The DTA says limited routes will continue to run where possible. Christmas Eve service is anticipated to return tomorrow and can be found by clicking here. For more information on the Emergency Mainline Service click here. Categories: Minnesota, News,…

Fond du Lac Reservation Receives 700 Doses of Moderna COVID Vaccine

CLOQUET, Minn. – On Wednesday, the Fond du Lac Reservation received 700 doses of the Moderna COVID vaccine. According to a recent press release, FDL Medical Director Dr. Charity Reynolds was the first healthcare worker to get the vaccination. “I am humbled to the first person from the medical team to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. It has been a tough…

Minnesota State Patrol Responds to 251 Crashes, 129 Vehicles off Road

(courtesy: MN State Patrol via Fox 9) MONTICELLO, Minn. (FOX 9) – The Minnesota State Patrol says it has responded to 251 crashes, 129 vehicles that ran off the road, and 19 jackknifed semis Wednesday during blizzard conditions. 41 of those crashes involved injuries, none of which were life-threatening. These statistics were the totals as of 4 p.m. The State Patrol says…

City of Duluth Issues ‘No Travel Advisory’ During Blizzard Warning

DULUTH, Minn. (Press Release) – Starting immediately, the City of Duluth in coordination with the National Weather Service in Duluth are issuing a no travel advisory until further notice. The National Weather Service of Duluth recently issued a blizzard warning for Duluth, and thus the City is asking residents not to travel unless it is an emergency. The City will…

Bentleyville Temporarily Closes Due to Weather Conditions

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth announced Wednesday afternoon that Bentleyville will be closed tonight due to deteriorating weather conditions and extremely cold temperatures. “In an effort to keep our staff, volunteers, and our visitors safe, we have made the decision to close tonight,” said Bentleyville Executive Director Nathan Bentley. Bentleyville says they hope to reopen tomorrow, December 24,…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Wednesday, December 23

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 1,513 new cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota Wednesday morning bringing the total confirmed COVID cases to 402,519 in the state. Health officials also reported 75 news deaths bringing the death total to 4,971 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 5,287,998 tests have been completed to date. There are…

First Minnesota Nursing Home Residents Receive Vaccine

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota nursing home residents began receiving doses of the newly approved Moderna vaccine this week as the state prioritizes the high-risk population in its vaccination rollout plan. Residents and staff at the St. Cloud VA Community Living Center and an assisted living facility in the Prairie Island Indian Community were among the first to receive doses of…

U of M Researchers Create Tool to Calculate COVID-19 Risk for Holiday Gatherings

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – Minnesota health experts warn of the risks of having get-togethers over the holidays, but it can be hard to make sense of all the numbers sometimes. A researcher at the University of Minnesota developed a calculator that can help explain how even small gatherings can accelerate the number of COVID-19 cases in a matter of days. Check out…

Silver Bay Woman Takes Daily Plunge Into Lake Superior

Silver Bay Resident Lauri Olson-Hohman is Going on 63 Days of Practicing the Wim Hof Method

SILVER BAY, Minn. – While many of us are dreading the cold winter months ahead, one Northland woman is embracing the season with a daily morning dip into Lake Superior. Silver Bay resident Lauri Olson-Hohman is practicing the Wim Hof Method. She’s been doing this for the past 63 days. The method is simple, yet complex. It’s a combination of…

City of Duluth Needs More Snow Removal Volunteers

The city is looking for at least 10 people to fill those final slots.

DULUTH, Minn.- As we get ready for a winter blast, the city of Duluth is in need of volunteers for its newly launched snow removal assistance program. The volunteers help shovel snow on sidewalks, walkways and steps for the elderly, disabled people who don’t have the financial means to hire someone. Nearly 100 people in need have signed up for…

Firefighters Urge Caution Over Busy Holiday Season

Smoke detectors have a shelf life of ten years while carbon monoxide detectors last about seven years.

DULUTH, Minn. – Firefighters are urging families celebrating the holidays to take the extra steps to keep their home safe from fires. Duluth Fire Marshal John Otis says there’s usually bigger opportunities for fires this time of year with people cooking more and lighting more candles. And while smoke detectors are always important, Otis says adding a home fire sprinkler…

Habitat for Humanity 2020 Home Near Completion

DULUTH, Minn. –  The Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity is putting the finishing touches on a new energy efficient home built throughout 2020. The organization hit a few roadblocks from increased construction costs to lack of volunteers, and organizers are currently looking for partners to help cover the costs of their leftover projects. With the house being built from…

Trump Threatens To Torpedo COVID Relief With New Demands

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is threatening to torpedo Congress’ massive pandemic relief package in the midst of a raging pandemic and deep economic uncertainty. He’s suddenly demanding changes fellow Republicans have opposed, like a huge jump in the $600 payments planned for most Americans. “I’m asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to…

WLSSD Kicks Off Treecycling Program This Week

DULUTH, Minn. – WLSSD and area partners announced Tuesday that they have kicked off their annual Treecycling program this week. The free holiday tree cycling program offers multiple locations available 24-hours a day throughout the region. “Holiday trees, like yard and garden waste, are banned from the trash in Minnesota,” said Karen Anderson, WLSSD’s director of community relations. “Trees contain…