Positively Northland: Supplying masks, Bayfield Co. Fair begins virtually

Updated: August 07, 2020 09:59 AM

The pandemic doesn't seem to be slowing down in the U.S., so it's important to make sure everyone is properly protected.

Local business HH IMPEX aims to do just that by making sure personal protective equipment is available in abundance.

"Because of our connections that we have, multiple connections in China and over the world, we thought 'why don't we utilize some of those connections, and look at the idea of bringing the masks in directly to this area.' Not just to feed the towns, but also to feed the rural areas as well," said said HH IMPEX Owner Bob Banks.  

The company formed to supply N95 masks, face shields, and gloves to other businesses and schools to help curb the spread of COVID-19, and keep us all safe.

Hermantown businesses are making sure their customers are covered as well.

This week, the Chamber of Commerce gave away 24,000 free masks, some of the 4,000,000 that were distributed in Governor Walz's statewide effort.

"These masks are intended to go to business owners and managers who want to get them into the store. The concept is so that no customer, no paying customer, is turned away because they don't have a mask," said Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kimberly Parmeter.

And while many county fairs have been canceled this summer, that's not the case for the Bayfield County Fair, which has gone virtual and already begun.

There is a lot to do there such as a "Best Fair Food in Bayfield County" contest among area restaurants, and other interactive, online activities.

There's no fee for entering items to be judged. Exhibits will be available for public viewing online.

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