Modified masks

We're several months into face masks being the norm when in public spaces, and, if you're like me, you have experienced some troubles with communication.

For some people, especially those with hearing loss, masks may pose an even bigger problem as they can muffle sound and inhibit lip reading.

Duluth's Hearing Wellness Center has a solution: they commissioned masks with clear, plastic windows that allow the mouth to be seen. A local woman will be creating them.

The center is also using an app called "Ava" that provides real-time closed captioning, which can be displayed on an iPad during appointments.

The center fully reopened last week, and will be taking precautions to ensure the safety of staff and patients — while staying aware of how these measures impact people with hearing loss.


Duluth and Superior Domino's stores are looking to hire 100 people. That's right. One hundred people.

The delivery pizza chain is hiring delivery drivers, customer service representatives, assistant managers and managers — a little something for everyone.

The new hires are needed to help ensure service stays consistent, according to a news release.

The area's 11 stores have no-contact delivery options and are still offering carryout.

People interested in applying should head to

Blue Rock Cafe

Last week, Duluth's new Blue Rock Coffee and Wine Cafe officially opened.

Like all restaurants in the state, Blue Rock can offer only carry-out and drive-thru orders at this time.

It's located in the former Grizzly’s building at 1722 Miller Trunk Highway, and joins several other Twin Ports businesses owned by Rick Lampton, according to News Tribune reporting.

According to its website, it "caters to a wide range of guests. Whether you're seeking a good cup of coffee, a health conscious smoothie or a hand selected glass of wine."

Its menu, hours and more are available at

Google training

Google has launched a free training program to improve digital skills.

There's training for job seekers, small businesses, students, veterans, military families, educators, developers and startups through the Grow with Google OnAir program.

Hundreds of U.S. Google employees are volunteering their hours to virtually coach people one-on-one for the program.

The program comes during a time "when many Americans may be grappling with unemployment or trying to reach customers online."

There's more information at

Kelly Busche covers business and health for the News Tribune. She recently learned that it's important to turn off your Google Home during interviews if there's a chance someone will say the word "Google."