Some of the last remaining mask mandates in the Twin Ports continue to be lifted as COVID-19 numbers bottom out.  The latest:  the requirement for all employees and visitors of City of Duluth buildings and facilities.

In a statement released on March 9, the city offered that "[w]ith the recent decline in COVID-19 infections locally and throughout the country, paired with new Centers for Disease Control guidance, the City of Duluth has changed its mask requirement policy within city facilities".  The change is effective immediately.

While the City of Duluth isn't mandating or requiring masks to be work in order to enter a city building or facility, that doesn't mean that they've necessarily changed their stance on masking.  The statement goes on to say that "[t]he City will immediately encourage masks to be work but not require it".

Michele Ursi
Michele Ursi

Meanwhile - last month - the City of Duluth allowed a 30-day mask mandate for all buildings to expire.  The mechanics behind how that particular mandate came to be are involved members of the City Council publicly stating that they would not be issuing a mandate - that it was up to the Mayor; almost immediately following that public display, Duluth Mayor Emily Larson issued a mandate for masks to be work inside all buildings within the city limits for the 30-day term.  The mandate was allowed to expire on February 12.

Additionally, the masking mandates were lifted for Duluth Public Schools in the last week or so.

At this point - other than hospitals and medical facilities - there are no widespread mask mandates for indoor use in the Twin Ports.

Where Is The Best Fish Fry In The Twin Ports?

The fish fry is one of those meals that has become synonymous with Upper Midwest cuisine. While New England claims its seafood, Texas has its barbecue, and California is the land of 10,000 salads - it seems like the fish fry is omnipresent on a lot of restaurant and grill menus in the part of the country we live in.

And while some could argue what constitutes a proper fish fry (i.e. is the fish battered and deep dried, grilled, or broiled?). And - some might debate whether or not the side dish matters (i.e. is it served with "chips" (French fries) or some other side like mashed potatoes or rice?). No one debates what day of the week is traditional for a fish fry meal: That honor goes to Friday. The Friday connection has it's origins because a variety of religious denominations couldn't eat meat on that day of the week - especially during the Lenten season. However, even outside of Lent, the fish fry special is something most people expect to see on the menu at a restaurant on a Friday.

Even with the special being so prolific to Friday restaurant menus, it seems like the common question - especially here in the Northland - is "who has a fish fry?" or "who has the best fish fry?".

To answer those questions, we've compiled the following list of businesses - listed in alphabetic order - who specifically make mention of their Friday fish fry special on their menus, websites, and social media sites.

Try one, try some, or try them all. You can't go wrong!

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