Sen. Tina Smith visits Duluth non-profit to discuss COVID-19 response

Senator Tina Smith and Mayor Emily Larson speaking with Christian Benson, the owner of Frost River Saturday. Senator Tina Smith and Mayor Emily Larson speaking with Christian Benson, the owner of Frost River Saturday. | 

Emily Ness
Updated: July 20, 2020 09:59 AM

Minnesota Senator Tina Smith visited Duluth non-profit organization Ecolibrium3 Saturday to discuss what they are doing to help out with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senator Smith was 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 Ecolibrium3 has been amazing.”

Smith said she hopes to help local businesses like Ecolibrium3 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.


Emily Ness

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