A borderline pandemic changes life for residents of Blaine

The stores are closed. Gas stations running on empty, without a customer in sight. 

a person standing in a room

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“Oh, it’s quiet around here,” local business owner Brant Baron said.

This once-booming border town now sits along a dead-end road.

Blaine City Manager Michael Jones said, “The pandemic has changed the city in a lot of ways.”

When Covid almost completely closed the crossing between the US and Canada,

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Wine Experts Are Getting Creative, From Zoom Wine Tours to Curated Can Packs

a bottle of beer on a table: Canned wines at Aviary

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Canned wines at Aviary

In the Before Times, a restaurant’s wine expert already juggled many responsibilities: curating a wine list that is both appealing and evocative, doing mental gymnastics through hundreds of factors to divine what a guest would like to drink, and executing pour after pour without dripping. But after restaurant dining rooms closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March, wine experts had to find

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White House herd immunity; Monmouth super-spreader party


R-0 may be the most important scientific term you’ve never heard of when it comes to stopping the coronavirus pandemic.


Nearly 10,000 people are gearing up to attend President Donald Trump’s rally at the Des Moines International Airport on Wednesday, defying advice from White House experts on limiting social gatherings there to 25 people.

Meanwhile, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning

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Pandemic Travel, With Another Family or Maybe 3

Seven months into the pandemic, the recommended rules for families are clear: Safety first means safety in low numbers. Learning pods are small. Social bubbles are guarded. The “quaranteam” lines have been drawn — at home and on the road.

“By this point, we’ve all gotten to know the tribe in our pandemic ‘lane,’” said Stacie Krajchir-Tom, 52, a Los Angeles brand consultant who is heading to Ojai, California, next

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Allegiant weathering COVID travel disruptions, CFO says

Though the airline industry has taken a massive hit during the COVID-19 pandemic, Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air believes it is poised to weather the storm as well as any airline.

Allegiant Chief Financial Officer Greg Anderson said the industry won’t see a return to full passenger loads until there is a widely distributed coronavirus vaccine. But he said Allegiant’s business model sets it up to see less impact than the

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Delta executives say air travel recovery could take ‘two years or more’

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Delta Air Lines on Tuesday reported a net loss of almost $5.4 billion in the third quarter. The carrier warned that its recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic could extend into 2022 or even beyond. 

The pandemic had a drastic impact on its peak summer travel period, but Delta President Glen Hauenstein said demand is slowly beginning to climb. Delta

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Traverse City Beer Week includes ‘ale trail’ tour, brew-themed prizes

TRAVERSE CITY, MICH. — One of Michigan’s best beer towns will be celebrating its craft beverage scene for an entire week this fall, albeit with a few twists for 2020.

The much-loved annual Traverse City Beer Week returns this year from November 13-20, and in lieu of big public gatherings for the event, its new main feature is a self-guided tour along the Beer Week “Ale Trail.”

Attendees will use

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Holey Moley: Former Texas State golfer Sarah White’s leap from mini-tour unknown to Symetra Tour winner better than Hollywood – Sports – Austin American-Statesman

Sarah White has known since age 5 that she wanted to be a professional golfer.

When a producer from ABC’s “Holey Moley” discovered her on Instagram and asked if she would be interested in trying out for the extreme mini-golf show, it wasn’t exactly the role she’d pictured growing up. But she’s competitive, and well, why not? It could be fun.

“I don’t know how to train for this,” White

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It’ll take at least two years for air travel to recover

Yet again, Delta Air Lines posted massive quarterly losses — and the company is warning investors “it may be two years or more” for air travel demand to return to normal.

a fighter jet sitting on top of a runway: MARANA, ARIZONA - MAY 16: Decommissioned and suspended Delta and jetBlue commercial aircrafts are seen stored in Pinal Airpark on May 16, 2020 in Marana, Arizona. Pinal Airpark is the largest commercial aircraft storage facility in the world, currently holding increased numbers of aircraft in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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MARANA, ARIZONA – MAY 16: Decommissioned and suspended Delta and jetBlue commercial aircrafts are seen stored in Pinal Airpark on May 16, 2020 in Marana, Arizona. Pinal Airpark is the largest commercial aircraft storage facility

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Travel agency wants to expand COVID-19 Atlantic bubble to include Cuban resort

a small boat in a large body of water: Beautiful beach of Varadero in Cuba on a sunny summer day. Photo via GETTYIMAGES.

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Beautiful beach of Varadero in Cuba on a sunny summer day. Photo via GETTYIMAGES.

A Nova Scotia travel agency says it has a way of bringing the Atlantic “bubble” to the Caribbean.

Absolute Travel, located in Halifax, wants to extend the bubble to a resort in Cuba this winter. The plan would provide a potentially COVID-free vacation for Atlantic Canadians looking to escape the winter

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ATP Tour Rights Deal Makes Tennis Channel The American Home Of ATP Tour Tennis

Tennis Channel and ATP Media, the broadcast arm of the ATP as the governing body of men’s professional tennis, have concluded a multiyear television and digital rights deal that will

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Spirit of Daytona race team has transitioned to a sports car builder

Godwin Kelly
| The Daytona Beach News-Journal

DAYTONA BEACH —  A little local team has transitioned from racing cars to building them.

After making a big impact in one of America’s top motorsports series, the Spirit of Daytona team now builds cars for teams in the Global MX-5 Cup tour, which has been a companion series to IndyCar this year.

The Spirit of Daytona, which darn near won the 2015

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison hits out at border “double standards” in Queensland

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has hit out at the Queensland Premier for “double standards” on border restrictions while on the campaign trail for the state’s election.

He joined Liberal National Party leader Deb Frecklington to visit Neumann Steel at Currumbin on the Gold Coast on Saturday afternoon ahead of the Queensland election at the end of the month.

Mr Morrison took aim at Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk when asked to

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EU calls on Western Balkans to create a single economic area

PRISTINA, Kosovo – The European Union’s enlargement commissioner on Thursday urged the countries of the Western Balkans to create a single economic area to better feel the benefits of the bloc’s investment plans.

Oliver Varhelyi was in Kosovo as part of a tour of the Balkans. He urged Kosovo to “speed up the reforms because these investments go hand in hand with the reform efforts.”

The EU this week approved

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Full Funding Is Available for Students in Art & Design Graduate Programs at the University of Illinois

Beyond Alternatives was a two-day symposium at the University of Illinois that focused on artist-led organizing taking place outside of large metropolitan areas. Paddy Johnson, the editor of “Art F City,” presented the keynote lecture.

The School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois is a thriving community of artists, designers, educators, and historians, committed to excellence and innovation in the practice, study, and teaching of the visual

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City launches ‘Sioux Falls Alive’ to attract tourists in fall, winter months


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The City of Sioux Falls is launching an initiative to create safe fall and winter programming with the goal of engaging residents as well as attracting tourists, Mayor Paul TenHaken announced in a press release.

“Sioux Falls Alive” is a collaboration between the city and Experience Sioux Falls, alongside the Washington Pavilion and ASM Global, managers of the Denny Sanford

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Aviation contractors axed jobs as U.S. delayed aid, House panel finds

CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. aviation contractors laid off thousands of workers due to delays in payroll aid from the U.S. Treasury that was meant to protect jobs, an investigation by a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee found.

Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), companies in the aviation sector were granted funds to cover six months of their payroll as the COVID-19 pandemic prompted a precipitous

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How pandemic bento boxes became their own care package and a new business model

Growing up outside of Tokyo, Chef Kenji Miyaishi’s mother used to send him off with bento boxes of onigiri rice balls, karaage fried chicken, tamago-yaki egg omelets and vegetables from her garden.

Now, as he’s pivoted his upscale restaurant in Napa, California, to prepare and deliver bento boxes amid the pandemic, he says he aims to serve with the same values of precision, culture and care his mother did.

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China Golden Week holiday sees millions of tourists, boon to economy

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Published 7:02 a.m. ET Oct. 9, 2020 | Updated 8:49 a.m. ET Oct. 9, 2020


The Southwest Airlines gates of National Airport are almost completely without flying customers, showing the impact COVID-19 is having on air travel.


HONG KONG (AP) — Some 637 million Chinese traveled inside their country during the recent eight-day Golden Week holiday, spending tens of billions of dollars at a time

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LCY Airport CEO stresses importance of business air travel recovery

Robert Sinclair has emphasised the importance of business air travel to the economic recovery prospects of the UK after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The importance of domestic and international travel to the economic prospects of individual businesses and the wider economy has been highlighted in a new report by WPI Strategy. The report reveals that the majority of UK business leaders see air travel as key to their future economic prospects

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