Local resources for the Coronavirus age

by Richard Thomas

Wussow's Concert Cafe in West Duluth responds to the new economy by opening a drive-up.

Thanks, Coronavirus, now everything’s shut down and we’re all stuck at home. But there are ways to stay connected and fed.

Duluth Transit Authority

The DTA offers free bus service on all routes beginning March 18. Fares will not be charged on any of routes (including STRIDE Paratransit) until otherwise indicated. 
Due to decreasing ridership, the following routes are cancelled weekdays and Saturdays until further notice:
Route 4
Route 5 (No service Saturday or Sunday)
Route 15 (On demand trips)
Route 24 (Saturdays only)
Route 25 (DuLooper)
Late evening service will also be curtailed. The last bus leaving the downtown area on weekdays and Saturdays is 9:20 p.m. On Sunday, the last buses leaving the downtown area will be 7 p.m.

Damiano Center offers free meals Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for:
Continental breakfast 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dinner 5-6 p.m. (Fri., Sat., and Sun. only)
​As of March 18, boxed meals will be handed out during serving times in the west parking lot.

Duluth Public Schools offers free breakfast and lunches to Duluth students 18 and younger weekdays March 18-27. Click the link for times and locations.

Fitger's Brewhouse, 600 E. Superior St., and Burrito Union, 1332 E. 4th St., offers free kids lunch Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 18-30. Eat on site or to-go boxes available.

Superior Public Schools provide breakfast and lunch via drive-through and drop-off at certain locations weekdays. Click the link for times and locations.

Health care
Essentia Health
St. Luke’s

Local governments’ response to Coronavirus
City of Duluth
Douglas County
St. Louis County

Minnesota Responds

Partnership that engages local, regional and statewide volunteer programs to strengthen public health, preparedness, response and recovery. Become a qualified volunteer by completing the online orientation.

Northlanders in need of help during Corona Crisis
Facebook group to lend a hand to others in need from the Duluth/Superior area.

Simply Superior
News and public affairs program focused on issues in the Twin Ports and Northwestern Wisconsin, hosted by Robin Washington. It airs on Fridays at 10 a.m. on WPR stations 91.3-FM KUWS in Superior and 90.9-FM WUWS in Ashland.

Twin Port Mask Brigade
Collecting unused masks for doctors and nurses.

Twin Ports Virtual Tip Jar
For local service industry staff (employees at bars, restaurants, salons, musicians, etc.) to post their Venmo or Paypal information so that customers, neighbors and community members can continue to support them.

Minnesotans looking for more information on Unemployment Insurance can find it at the Department of Employment and Economic Development website here, and sign up here.
Information about Wisconsin Unemployment may be found here.

United Way 2-1-1 Resources

Vikre Distillery
Normally a maker of vodka, the distillery in Canal Park is now making organic sanitizer and distributing it for free weekdays 12-5 p.m. Bring your own container. A GoFundMe page has been set up to take donations for their efforts.


Arrowhead Regional Arts Council: Resources for Artists to respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Indy Music Livestream Concert Clearinghouse
Joe Hart and Nikki Grossman of the Wisconsin-based band The Sapsuckers (Joe is a native of Grand Portage, Minn.) launched this Facebook page to connect independent musicians with audiences in search of livestream concerts.

Livestream Cover Challenge
Facebook page in which musicians challenge fellow musicians to learn and stream cover songs.

Facebook page for live music shows during the quarantine.

Virtual Duluth
Local and regional musicians and artists offer virtual performances.

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