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We foster a culture of individualized care and achieve a position of leadership in rural healthcare services through judicious use of available resources and collaboration with local and regional healthcare providers to meet changing healthcare needs.

Community Access to Compassionate Care

We foster a culture of individualized care and achieve a position of leadership in rural healthcare services through judicious use of available resources and collaboration with local and regional healthcare providers to meet changing healthcare needs.

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Tuesday December 1, 2020 - November Happenings at North Shore Living

Shining the light on good old-fashioned deeds

According to the Perk, World Kindness Day was November 13th.
World Kindness Day shines a light on good, old-fashioned good deeds. World kindness bridges the gap of race, religion, politics, gender, age and zip codes.

Kindness is part of the human condition. Negativity influences our lives, let’s be positive. Think about times when someone has been kind to you and how that affected your life.

I remember a time when I was poor and I really wanted to go to do mission work in Africa. I was at a grocery store and saw this huge stuffed zebra. I tucked him under my arm and if I had enough money after I was done buying groceries I was going to buy him as a reminder to pray for Africa. Well of course I didn’t have enough money so I was going to put him back. The customer in line behind me heard me say why I wanted him and this kind fellow paid for my zebra. I was so thrilled I brought him to bible school with me to show the other students how someone had been thoughtful to me. I still have that zebra and it fills me with love thinking of someone else’s kindness towards me.

I asked residents about a time they remember someone being kind to them.
Howard said his wife as a whole has always kind to him. She even put things aside she should have been doing.
Iris said people were always nice to her and she might have taken it for granted.

We asked some of our residents to share their thoughts on how the world could be a kinder place or what their thoughts of kindness are. Their responses were as follows:
“We should all be considerate, the young as well as the old” Rose H.
“First get rid of all the politicians, and just be kind to all people in your deeds, if someone needs something, help them out” Linda J. and Joyce H.
“Do what is best for the people, help each other. I’m afraid world kindness needs to come from the top down.” Nona S.
“Be a good person, if someone needs you to do something like run an errand, you would run an errand. When you come to a new place, away from your home, it is nice to have kindness.” Nadine A.
“We need more happiness and laughter in this world. It really helped me when my husband died to be around people who could lighten my spirit” Shirley H.
“I think there could be more kindness in this world and less crap, instead of finding fault and griping about everything try to be kind, look for good. I like people and I believe in talking nice to people not smothering them in kindness, just good, honest conversation.” Iris S.
“I think kindness originates in coming to an understanding of others and their needs. Kindness is not self-centered; the whole idea of kindness opposes the philosophy of self-concern. Kindness insists on being open to others, thinking of others, and really trying to understand others. For instance, how are my neighbors? What are they feeling? How are they getting along and getting along with others. Kindness is an understanding of another’s needs. We need to be more open and understanding. Bob H.
“Try to focus on the news that lifts the spirit. If world leaders came together seeking peace through kindness you would hope they would recognize what is needed for all people. There are so many different people and cultures. If we could understand how other people think, all people in general, it would aid us in achieving kindness to each other.” Howard M.

We learned according to “The Perk” Sunday, November 15th is America recycles day. Americans recycle only about 34%. Do you know that one recycled tin can saves enough energy to power a television for three hours? Let’s be kind and recycle.

Our resident spotlight this month shines on Nona Smith.

Nona was born April 2th, 1925 in Mineral Center. She grew up there as well. She is the 3rd of 9 children. Her youngest sister Florence (who happens to be one of my aunts) is 20 years younger than her. As a child Nona remembers climbing trees and riding bike. She said one of her brother’s saved money to buy her a bicycle. When asked what was going on in the world while she was growing up she stated that people were starving as it was the depression.
Nona attended school in Grand Marais. She didn’t attend college nor join the military. She was a waitress, cooked in the hospital for 14 years, cleaned the Legion for 8 years after retirement then worked at the Senior Center. She enjoys crocheting, knitting, baking, and sewing. She sewed clothes for her daughters.
She met her husband Melvin in Grand Marais after he returned from the war. She said she was hiding from another boy who was supposed to be a blind date as she didn’t want to go out with him when Melvin found her. They got married in 1945 at the Congregational church in town. They have 5 children-Patsy, Peggy, Sally, Duane, and Tom. Nona and Melvin spent time at ball games, visiting family, snowmobiling and cross country skiing. Nona loved to travel, Melvin did not so Nona took four of their children and did the circle tour around Lake Superior. Nona spent one month traveling with a sister and brother-in-law to the west coast and back. She wishes she had spent more time traveling. On her bucket list is to see the Statue of Liberty. That’s where her dad came into the world from Austria.
Nona’s advice to young people is to just live life. Don’t wait and don’t hold back. She also says,-“Keep the cookie jar full of homemade cookies!”


We are thankful for your kindness in the giving of plants, candy, cards, recipes, puzzle books, colored pencils and money for the Activity fund.
We are thankful for our Essential Caregivers who are currently still able to come in. We are thankful for the visitors who stopped by when we were able to host them and hope to see them soon. We are thankful for our volunteers who we hope will still have time in their lives for us when all this craziness blows over and we are thankful for you.
We are all healthy as healthy at the sweet age of 95 goes, but just the same we are busy playing Bingo and Hangman, reminiscing, having dog visits, doing FaceTime and Skyping. We are thankful for technology to keep us close with our loved ones.

Anna Bjork, Judy Norvell, Joyce Hagen and Mary Liebsch all celebrated their birthdays in November.

Lucy Lutz and Joyce Hagen were the Perk drawing winners. They both received a yummy bag of chocolate candy.

Each year for the longest time we have had a frozen turkey for our grand prize for Thanksgiving Bingo. This year we had an actual stuffed turkey and Mary Liebsch was the lucky winner and gets to host Tom the turkey in her room for a week.

We had deliciously fancy harvest themed cupcakes for the big event. Our weekly Happy Hour treats have been great fun.

We honored our vets Bob Haring, Bob Sherman, Harold Husby, Dale Hooper and Bill Butz with a poem of tribute, coffee and cupcakes, a boutonniere from Terra Bella, treats provided by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 413 from Gunflint Mercantile and hats from Napa. Thank you so much men for your service.

Tree and household decorating has begun. We plan on having our Christmas parties on Tuesday, December 22 for our Waves household and Wednesday, December 23rd for our Woods household. We are decorating our multi-purpose room with lots of trees thanks to Sawtooth Ridges. Care Center and hospital departments are adopting a tree to decorate and residents are going to judge them according to categories. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance and a few elves will be running around.

We hope you had a good and meaningful Thanksgiving and look forward to seeing you soon.

“No act of kindness however small is ever wasted” Aesop

Bob Haring, Dale Hooper and Harold Husby are three of our resident vets we celebrated.

Nona Smith is our spotlight resident

Mary Liebsch won the stuffed turkey for Thanksgiving Bingo.


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Monday November 30, 2020 - EKG Services at North Shore Health

North Shore Health has the capability of sending EKG's to specialists via the internet.  All EKG's are read by a cardiologist, patients 18 and under are read by a pediatric cardiologist.  This can be of help to the physician covering the Emergency Department because they have

the ability to call the cardiologist on call if there are any questions as to what is seen on the EKG, possibly speeding up the care of a patient with an abnormal EKG.  Call 387-3268 for more information or to schedule your routine test with a physicians order

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Wednesday November 25, 2020 - North Shore Health Employee Recognition


North Shore Health Employee Recognition:

On November 24th North Shore Health recognized 14 employees for achieving milestone anniversaries totaling 205 years of service.  


The following

employees achieved milestone anniversaries this year:  


40           Linda Peterson, Hospital Nursing        June 7, 1980      

25           Bryann Bockovich, Laboratory        February 15, 1995

20           Lee Bergstrom, Physical Therapy    January 7, 2000

20           Dorothy (Dottie) Roy, Cardiac Rehab       May 8, 2000                                             

20           Caroline Hanford, Imaging       November 13, 2000                        

15           Sierra Parsons, Care Center Nursing       June 24, 2005                                         

15           Jacqueline (Jackie) Kacures, Housekeeping   November 23, 2005                        

10           Annette (Kim) Dunsmoor, Ambulance       June 4, 2010                                           

10           Kristi Silence, Care Center Nursing        July 20, 2010                                           

10           Cathy Nevers, Home Care       September 13, 2010                            

5              Jennifer Sorenson, Care Center Nursing      May 17, 2015                                     

5              Erin Altemus, Hospital Nursing    May 22, 2015                                        

5              Kayla Bronikowski, Dietary        June 16, 2015                                    

5              Adrianna Brisson , Health Information Management   September 29, 2015                       


Together, these fourteen employees have dedicated 205 years to those needing our care and service! 

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Monday November 23, 2020 - North Shore Health has CT scan services available 24/7

North Shore Health has CT scan services available 24/7, using a digital machine to provide your diagnostic care.  Available by referral from your local or out of town physicians as well as through the local ER.  Please call 387-3268 for more information

Friday November 13, 2020 - North Shore Health has Magnetic Resonance Imaging

North Shore Health has magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).  A mobile MRI service available every other Saturday.  Please call 387-3268 for more information.

Monday November 9, 2020 - North Shore Health has radiologists available 24/7.

North Shore Health has radiologists available 24/7 via tele-radiology.  Emergency exams can be read within 30 minutes, all to provide you with quick comprehensive care.  Please call 218-387-3268 for more information.

Friday November 6, 2020 - North Shore Health Limits Visitation.

 Due to the sharp increase in community spread of COVID-19 in Cook County, effective immediately, visitation to North Shore Health is temporarily suspended until further notice.


Current Essential Caregivers with North Shore Living will continue to have access

to their residents. Compassionate visits in both the Hospital and North Shore Living will be allowed in specific circumstances by prior arrangements. If a compassionate visit is being requested, the Nursing staff at the Hospital or North Shore Living, as appropriate, should be contacted. Emergency Department patients will be allowed to have one individual with them during their visit if clinically appropriate.


We deeply appreciate the sacrifices made to limit the impact of COVID-19 in our community and keep our residents, patients and employees safe. Each of us looks forward to the day when we can welcome families and friends back into North Shore Health and enjoy each other’s smiles. 


Thank you for being partners with us in fighting the COVID-19 virus.


Contact: Kimber Wraalstad, 218-387-3260 or

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Monday November 2, 2020 - North Shore Health provides Dexascans

North Shore Health provides dexascans to measure bone density.  This test helps to diagnose osteoporosis.  Call 387-3260 to set up an appointment after getting an order from your physician. 

Monday October 26, 2020 - Happenings at North Shore Living

You can say that again

AEOA Bus Ride

Well we don’t have to wonder any longer when we can do something simple like go for a bus ride. Thanks to AEOA in Virginia, MN, who donated their time and bus we were able to partake in the fall splendor.

According to the Perk

According to the Perk it was National Fluffernutter Day was Friday, Oct 9. We made Fluffernutters for Happy Hour. I gave one lucky resident the marshmallow crème spatula to lick and she said, “This is sticky” as she proceeded to touch everything around her. You can say that again as I wipe off the iPad, her ear buds, her table, her hands, and her chair.
Do you know that the recipe used today to make Fluff is the same one developed 99 years ago?
Fluffernutter cookie recipe
1- 7 oz jar marshmallow crème
1 cup peanut butter
1 egg
Whip the egg and the peanut butter together. Add the marshmallow crème and mix. Do not mix all of the marshmallow crème in. You want to leave some white crème showing.
Place on parchment paper or a silpat. Bake 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees.
This recipe it says makes 18 cookies. I say, “Sure if you are the size of a bumble bee”
We also made Hummingbird cake for National Hummingbird Day. Marce Wood, one of our fabulous Activity Assistants was a real trooper adlibbing the recipe to make the texture right. When she finally got done she told me. “I have an idea. Let’s never make this cake again.” I told her, “Why? Now we know what needs to be better.” I think it was good as did the residents and staff. That’s what counts.
Hummingbird Cake recipe
2 cups mashed ripe bananas 1
1 ½ cups oil
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 8 oz can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
3 cups all- purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt, baking soda and ground cinnamon
1 cup chopped nuts
In a large bowl, beat the bananas, oil, eggs, pineapple and vanilla until well blended. In another bowl combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and cinnamon; gradually beat into banana mixture until blended. Stir in walnuts if desired.
Pour into 3 9” greased and floured round baking pans. Bake at 350 degrees until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 25-30 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
Pineapple Frosting
½ cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon lemon zest
½ teaspoon salt
6 cups powdered sugar
½ cup pineapple juice
2 teaspoons cream
For frosting, in a large bowl beat the butter, lemon zest and salt until fluffy. Add powdered sugar alternately with pineapple juice. Beat in cream. Spread between layers and over top and sides of cake. If desired sprinkle with chopped nuts.

We learned on National Grouch Day which was Sunday, October 4th. It’s the perfect day for all grouches to come together. A grouch’s mission in life is to make everyone’s life miserable including their own. Only then will he be happy, yet he isn’t. Don’t be a grouch.

National do something nice day was Monday, October 5th. Sweet Marce handed all the resident little hearts that said kindness on them. The residents were asked to give them to people who did something nice for them that day. It was so touching to see who we received the hearts.

Resident Spotlight

Our spotlight this month is Robert “Bob” Haring.
was born in Marquette, Michigan in 1922. He grew up near Escanaba, MI on a farm. He had 4 brothers and said,” Sisters weren’t allowed”. They raised Jersey cows, had their own garden and had an apple orchard. He talked about eating apples and sometimes throwing them at each other. My interest peeked when he said they also had 100 Leghorn chickens. He said something fun he used to do as a child was play in the creek between farm chores. Robert was knowns as or Big Bob, because he happened to be a little bit bigger than another Bob. He reminisced about walking 3 miles one way on a gravel road to school each day. In the summer they didn’t have money for shoes so they went barefoot. Even though they had a farm he said they had almost nothing to eat. They were able to make their own flour and sugar, but it was tough. Food was hard to come by.
At first they didn’t have electricity, but eventually they got it. He remembers them trying to bring the electricity in the house around all the rocks and boards in the walls, getting a radio when he was about 12 and getting to listen to it a little bit in between chores. They did school work by kerosene lamps and used lanterns in the barn to do chores. He said, “It’s amazing the barn didn’t burn down.”
Bob went off to war and to Bethel Bible College. Bob said at first the girls at Bethel outranked the guys. There were 3-4 girls to every guy. Then the war was over and there were 5 guys to every girl. Bob figured he had better make something of himself to attract a girl or he was never going to get one. Bob met his wife Audrey, who came from Sweden with her parents at Bethel University. They got married in Escanaba, MI on June 12, 1947. They were married almost 67 years when his beloved Audrey passed away. They have 5 children- Linda, Juanita, Carson, Melodee, and Dawn. I guess girls were allowed. He has 20 grandchildren, 20 greatgrandchildren and maybe 3 great great grandchildren.
Bob and Audrey served in the ministry around 40 years. They enjoyed traveling and have traveled all over central and western USA. Bob’s bike was a Kawasaki, the same style as the guys from the TV show CHiPs rode. One of Bob’s favorite places he went via motorcycle was to Yellowstone National Park. Bob also enjoyed painting and preaching. Still on Bob’s bucket list is to travel to Florida on a motorcycle. When asked what words of advice Bob has for young people he simply said, “Study the Bible as though your life depended on it because it does!”

What’s happening

There’s a new guy in town. Oscar Piedmont 2.0. Oscar is a 5 month old short hair ginger polydactyl kitten. He has visited once and will start visiting more frequently.

Molly and Maizy my two Schnauzers have been back visiting a bit.

Every resident who wanted to vote got the chance to do so.

We won’t be having Trick or Treaters at the Care Center this year, but we are making ghosts out of Tootsie Roll Lollipop’s and sending them over to the Grand Marais schools in time for Halloween.

Joyce Hagen and Iris Shepard were our Daily Perk Puzzle drawing winners. They both received a stash of chocolate for their endeavors.

Residents who celebrated October birthdays are David Groth, Rose Hasegawa, James Tveekrem, Deb R, and Janet Ryden.

Indoor visits are still happening. You can make arrangements to visit a North Shore Living resident by calling 218-387-3040 ex: 0 Up to 5 people may visit at a time.
FaceTime and Skype visits are happening. You can make arrangements for them by calling the Activity Department at 218-387-3518.

Life is still happening.

At this time, we continue to limit visitors inside North Shore Living to all but essential healthcare personnel, compassionate care visitors, and designated essential caregivers. This policy is based on the current guidance from the CDC, CMS and MDH. We will refine and update our policy as more information becomes available and as guidelines change. If you have questions regarding our visitation policy, please contact Amy James at 218-387-3282; Robert McGregor at 218-387-3799 or Kimber Wraalstad at 218-387-3260, or you may call the Ombudsman for Long-Term Care at 651-431-2555 or 1-800-657-3591.

We would like to send a huge thank you to AEOA for the use of the bus and to Pat Scully for his excellent service so we could once again experience the great outdoors.
To our families, friends, and volunteers we miss you and hope you are doing well.

Be the reason someone smiles today

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Monday October 26, 2020 - Ultrasounds available at North Shore Health

On Tuesday and Thursday mornings Ultrasound is available at North Shore Health. The exams that can be done here are abdomens, cartoids, thyroids, scrotum, pelvic, pregnancies and exams for blood clots. All exams need to be ordered by a physician, but do not need to be ordered locally. To

schedule an exam or if you have any questions call the Radiology department at 218-387-3268.

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