Local resources for the Coronavirus age

Richard Thomas 

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

Duluth Transit Authority

All bus service is free, in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Please limit your bus travel to essential trips during this time. Reducing the number of passengers on each trip can help reduce the spread of illness.
The last trips of the evening Monday through Saturday are just after 9 p.m., leaving downtown.  The last trips of the evening on Sunday are just after 7 p.m. also from downtown.
A shuttle runs 10:10 a.m. to 6:10 p.m. each day, including Sunday, departing Miller Hill Super One for Menards and Walmart at :10 and :30 past each hour.

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Resources for businesses, artists and the community in the Lincoln Park and larger area.

Finances
If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills or other essential services, dial the United Way Helpline at 211. (In Minnesota you may dial 800-543-7709 and in Wisconsin 877-947-2211.) A Certified Community Resource Specialist will help to locate available resources in your area.

Food

AEOA food shelves (St. Louis County)

Burrito Union, 1332 E. 4th St., offers free kids lunch Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations may be sent here or to Burrito Union, c/o #FeedTheKids, 1332 E.4th St., Duluth MN 55805. Duluth Sign is hosting a fundraiser to provide free meals to health care workers through Burrito Union.

Damiano Center, 206 W. Fourth St., provides free bagged meals in the parking lot 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)
Kids' Kitchen, Second Avenue West entrance, serves boxed meals Monday-Thursday 3-6 p.m.

Duluth Public SchoolsDistance LearningFree Breakfast/Lunch service and Emergency Childcare  available.

Emergency Food Support:
State of Minnesota
State of Wisconsin

Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank (NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin)

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

Union Gospel Mission, 219 E. First St., Duluth, serves curbside lunches Tuesday and Thursday 12-12:30 p.m. Dinners served Sunday through Friday 4:30-5:15 p.m.

Health care
Essentia Health
Lake Superior Community Health Center
MNSure
St. Luke’s
Wisconsin Health Connect

Housing
St. Louis County Southern Triage Team: 218-733-2717
Northern St. Louis County Triage Team: 218-471-7391
Illegal evictions during coronavirus crisis:
HOME Line Tenant hotline: 612-728-5767
Minnesota Attorney General at 800-657-3787
Legal Action of Wisconsin at 855-947-2529.

Jobs
CareerForce Duluth: 218-302-8400
Northwest Wisconsin Job Center: 715-392-7800

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.

Seniors
Age Well Arrowhead delivers groceries to seniors and needs volunteers to make the deliveries. Students home from school also wanted to make check-in phone calls to seniors and make cards that can be delivered with the groceries. 218-623-7800. 

The Douglas County Aging & Disability Resource Center may be reached at 715-395-1234.

Senior Linkage Line (800-333-2433) is a free service for Minnesotans that can help adults 60 and older find answers to all sorts of questions and locate services.

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.

Unemployment
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.

Veterans
Any veteran who has been financially hurt by COVID-19 can apply for a special needs grant through their local County Veteran Service Office.

Vikre Distillery
Vikre Distillery, 525 S. Lake Ave. in Canal Park, is giving away free organic hand sanitizer 12-5  p.m. weekdays. Bring your own 16 oz. container, one per person. For larger requests, email info@Vikre.com. Check their Facebook page for updates. A GoFundMe page has been set up to take donations.

Arts

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

Indigenous First Art and Gift Shop

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.

Open Mic Puppy Show
Share your live streaming music here, original songs, cover music and animal videos. Singing animals get extra credit.

Quarentunes
Facebook page for live music shows during the quarantine.

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

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