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Video: Senator Tina Smith visits Duluth to discuss COVID-19 response

Jul 19, 2020 05:46AM ● By Editor

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Senator Tina Smith and Mayor Emily Larson speaking with Christian Benson, the owner of Frost River Saturday.  Photo: WDIO-TV

By Emily Ness of WDIO-TV - July 18, 2020

Minnesota Senator Tina Smith visited local businesses in Duluth Saturday to discuss what they are doing to help out with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stop one for Senator Smith was Equilibrium3, where she learned about personal protective equipment being produced in partnership with Frost River.

“We wanted to fill the tanks of the hospitals here locally—St. Lukes and Essentia,” Christian Benson, owner of Frost River said. “And the relationship with Equilibirum3 has been amazing.”

Smith said she hopes to help local businesses like Equilibrium3 and Frost River keep their efforts going and extend them.

“What's happening here in Lincoln Park and Duluth is a community based solution to a nation problem,” Senator Smith said. “We desperately need a federal comprehensive strategy around personal protective equipment but Frost River and Cirrus and this neighborhood is showing the way.”

Mayor Emily Larson expressed her gratitude for Senator Smith's efforts in aiding Duluth during the ongoing pandemic.

“Senator Smith has really truly been a champion for us. She and her team reach out very regularly to find out what is happening on the ground, how is COVID affecting our neighborhoods, how is it affecting our businesses,” Mayor Larson said. “I appreciate that you are going to go back to Washington with this on the ground experience.”

Other on the ground experience in the Northland Saturday included a trip to the University of Minnesota Medical School - Duluth Campus. Here, Senator Smith learned about the impact of COVID-19 on tribal communities.

Finally, Senator Smith visited Vikre Distillery, where hand sanitizing spray is being produced for the community.

Senator Smith is running for re-election in the Democratic Primary on August 11th.

To see the original story and watch related reporting, follow this link to the WDIO-TV website.

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