COVID-19 Posts

Northeastern Minnesota COVID-19 Community Archive Project

Hello, PDD Community!

Imagine that 100 years from now you are researching the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic in Northeastern Minnesota. It’s easy to find dry statistics and numbers, but you want more. What were people thinking and feeling during this time? What informational materials and public art did they create? How were they helping each other? What did the day-to-day experience of this time look like in Duluth?

What if there were an archive of those experiences for you to explore?

Pak’s Green Corner closing March 29

Pak Williams - Photo by Lissa MakiPak’s Green Corner, a Thai-fusion restaurant in Superior, has announced it will close on March 29. The restaurant’s lease ends at the end of May, but COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders in Wisconsin and Minnesota pushed forward plans to shut down.

“What will we do next?” a letter to customers from the Pak’s team asked. “We will keep you posted by our Facebook page.”

The restaurant opened June 1, 2018 at 1901 Tower Ave. in Superior, the former location of Kenny Wong’s Oriental Express. Pak’s previously operated for two years in West Duluth, where it found instant acclaim. It was voted Perfect Duluth Day’s best new restaurant in 2013 and was featured on the national television show, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives in 2014.

Muddy Trails and COVID-19: Duluth Hiking in Spring 2020

Duluth’s Parks and Recreation division has released guidelines advising citizens how to use city parks and trails in a manner that will reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. March and April are also the months when snow is melting and natural-surface trails can be easily damaged.

So, where is it OK to hike and how is it done safely?

Thanks for the Tiramisu

Yesterday, I snagged five pieces of tiramisu from Wussow’s through the drive-through window, in a nearly touchless exchange. A few days before, Zhong Hua made some tasty Chinese in, again, a nearly touchless exchange.

Gaelynn Lea’s Virtual Tour, Show #1

Gaelynn Lea had to cancel her March tour due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Above is the first of two virtual concerts; the second will stream live on March 22 at 2 p.m. The shows are available for free, but you can support the artist by buying a ticket on eventbrite.com.

Duluth Community Partners COVID-19 Update #2

Duluth Mayor Emily Larson and community partners addressed the media on March 19 to provide updates on operations, opportunities and needs within the Duluth community.

Social Distancing

Social Distancing

Duluth Community Partners COVID-19 Update #1

A press conference was held on March 16 at City Hall in response to Governor Walz’s announcement regarding guidance from the state on school closures. The city invited community partners to provide an update on their operations.

Unnecessary Quotation Marks: COVID-19 Edition

Another one for the collection of unnecessary quotation marks in Duluth.

So, are we limited to 2 or “2”?

Please Stay Home

Creator unknown, found on social media

Beyondbliss – “WuHan!! Got You All in Check”

Duluth rapper Beyondbliss parodies Busta Rhymes’ 1996 hit “Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check” in this new video.