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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.

News & Events



Monday March 1, 2021 - Colon Cancer Awareness Month

March is colon cancer awareness month. Colonoscopy services offered locally at North Shore Health.  Recommended for people age 50 and older for cancer screening.  Call Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, 218-387-2330

Friday February 26, 2021 - Happenings at North Shore Living


In February Phillip saw his shadow.
We saw sunshine and Yvonne S. and Doris B. turn a year older. Doris shared some colorful cupcakes with us for her birthday. They were a fun treat.

Chocolate covered ants

Since we are unable to go to the Hub

for lunch we had take-out brought to us by our faithful AEOA bus driver Mark. Some residents from the Wave’s household had a delicious meal of barbeque chicken, baked beans, corn bread and strawberry short cake. It reminded us of a picnic so we started talking about things we would bring on such an adventure. Of course the conversation turned to potato salad and the ingredients we put in it. Somehow we got to talking about chocolate covered ants. I looked them up on Amazon and yes they are available. Do you think anyone up here would dare eat them? We played our High Low game. Some of the ladies were really good at guessing and got through all 9 cards without missing. As our picnic was on a Monday, we headed right from lunch to Bingo because you simply can’t miss that.

Be mine valentine

Marce spent some time asking residents if they could give anyone a Valentine who would it be to and what would it say. Some of the heart felt comments were “My mother-in-law Bernadine. I miss you.” “Ruby Anderson, I miss you so much. You can never know.” ”Love to all of my children.” “Sandy, I love you.” “To my sister, I love you.” ”To my sister Christine, Love ya.” “To Carroll, Love you much.” “To my wife Audrey. Keep looking up. I will soon be there.” “To my dad. Thank you.” “I love you Ray.” “I love milk.” “To my husband Jim. Thank you for a long and happy marriage and 3 wonderful children.” “To my husband, oh how I miss you.” “Fred, come on back.” “To Amanda, I hope your chickens are doing fine.”
We received homemade Valentine’s and cookies from some wonderful ladies in our community. We had a Valentine’s and a Mardi Gras party. Some of the resident’s said they couldn’t guess some of the Mardi Gras words from our Hangman game very easily as we haven’t been to Mardi Gras. Can you guess this one? _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ .

According to the Perk we learned anyone considering a brain transplant might want to change his mind. We also learned men didn’t like giving chocolates with another man’s name on them to their girlfriends so Andrew Kanelos changed the name of his chocolates to Andes.

Resident Spotlight of the Month-Sorry I didn’t get on the ball. There was a lot to juggle this past month. Stay tuned until next month.

In other news, Emily Jacobsen is a new activities employee and she is doing a fabulous job. Welcome Emily.

Ways you can visit
We continue to have indoor visits. You can visit with a resident by calling the front desk at 218-387-3040 extension 0. You can schedule a Skype, FaceTime, family room door visit by calling the Activity department at 218-387-3518.

Thank you

Thank you so much for all the you continue to pour into us whether it is through encouragement of letters, boxes of chocolates, cupcakes, Skyping and reading to residents, sending valentine’s, donations of gifts and money, flowers. You name it. We appreciate it.


You can view the activities calendar for the Woods household on our facility calendar located on this website.  Call the Activity department for exact time for Activities in Waves household 387-3518

Welcome Emily


Barb Heideman reading to Trudy Boyd via Skype


Mardi Gras 2020-we can’t wait to get back to the good ol’ days


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Tuesday February 23, 2021 - Scrubs Online Northeast

Monday February 22, 2021 - North Shore Health Chemotherapy Services

North Shore Health Chemotherapy Services-North Shore Health is pleased to be to offering a local option for chemotherapy services, which will be coordinated in partnership with a patient’s own oncologist.  ***For more information, please call North Shore Health at 218-387-3040 and ask

to speak with the Hospital Director of Nursing.

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Friday February 12, 2021 - North Shore Health Ambulance Services

North Shore Health Ambulance services have the LIFENET system from Physio-Control, which is the first web-based system of its kind. This system has the goal of reducing time to treatment for patients in Cook County who experience a dangerous type of heart attack know as STEMI (ST-segment elevation
myocardial infarction.) STEMI poses a serious threat to the heart muscle and can result in death or serious disability for the patient. The more quickly patients receive treatment the more likely they are to have a positive outcome. The nearest catheterization labs for treatment are located in Duluth. For more information call 387-3040.
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Monday February 8, 2021 - February is Heart Health Month

February is heart health month.  Have your Cholesterol, Lipid Profile and other heart health tests performed at the North Shore Health Laboratory.  Outpatient hours are M-F 8-5pm and Saturday 8-noon.  Remember to bring your physician-signed lab referral.  Call the lab at

218-387-3267 for more information or questions.

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Monday February 1, 2021 - North Shore Health offers Cardiac Rehab

Referrals are accepted for cardiac rehab at North Shore Health.  Cardiac rehab is staffed by a registered nurse.  Hours are Mon, Wed, Thu 8-noon or by appointment.  Call 387-3040

Thursday January 28, 2021 - Happenings at North Shore Living


Sue Spies, who is a nurse at our Care Center, commented on the picture of Janet Ryden in last month’s article where Janet Ryden had a huge grin on her face and said, “That’s why we do this.” I am on a lot of Activity Director

sights on Facebook and one of the questions a member asked was why do you do your job? I replied, I was made for this job, but the smiles are the best.
Smiles and joy are part of why we do this. Our residents who are like family to us bring us joy. A lot of times we are all they see in a day so it is important for us to bring them joy and enrich their lives which brings me to…

Our resident spotlight of the month.

Harold Husby. Harold is always so sweet, kind, caring and gentle at the Care Center. Whenever I come around with the camera Harold always says with a grin, “Oh oh here she comes again.” When I asked him if I could interview him for this article he said, “no.” I said,” yes.” He said,” no”, I said,” yes.” He was saying no because he is such a dear humble man that he doesn’t want attention drawn to him. I wouldn’t do the article on him if he didn’t really want me to. He was born on July 12th, 1922 in McIntosh, MN. He and his two sisters grew up in McIntosh on a farm that used horses. One of his favorite things to do was play in a sand pile. He asked me if I knew what that was. When asked what was going on in the world when he was growing up he said politics and the depression. He said nobody had money in those days. He went on to say that one time when his wife was young kids at school were being given a nickel by their parents. When his wife Jean asked her father for a nickel he pulled out his empty pants pockets and told her he didn’t even have a nickel to give her.
Harold attended high school in McIntosh and went to a trade school to learn drafting. He went on to become the chief estimator for a large electrical construction company in Kansas City, a job he held for some 25 years. He met his wife Jean in their junior year of high school. They got married in a Lutheran church in McIntosh in 1944 and were married over 70 years. They liked going to the movies, make wine and maple syrup. Harold also enjoyed raising earthworms and chinchillas and was a master gardener. They have 4 children Scott, Tim, Carolyn and Peter. Harold also has many grand and great grandchildren. Harold said he and his wife traveled to 46 of the 48 states. They have also been to Norway, England, France, Germany, Austria and a few more places. One of his favorite places was Norway he supposes.
Harold is one of our last remaining WWII vets in Cook County. Harold served in an intelligence unit in the US Army at the end of WWII, stationed in Texas and Alabama.
Harold enjoys watching sports of all kinds, and he continues to follow the fortunes of the teams in Kansas City, the Royals and the Chiefs. He has watched “Jeopardy” religiously for decades. He is a long time committed liberal Democrat and an uncomplaining Norwegian. He considers Republican politicians a bunch of real stinkers and Donald Trump the biggest stinker of all. At almost 99 he has a lot to show for himself. Harold has a good friend in town, BJ Muus. They have spent many hours conversing and did up until we had to stop indoor visiting. Hopefully they can start up visiting again. Harold does visit with his family via FaceTIme and Skype and enjoys every minute of it.
On Harold’s bucket list is to be able to still play Bingo which he does twice a week and always gives half his winnings to someone else. His words of advice for young people are “get the school you can afford to do and get as much out of it as you can”. Thank you for your service Harold and for being who you are.

Lucy Lutz celebrated her birthday by getting a perm, having steak for lunch and pizza for dinner which is two of her favorites. Lucy had cupcakes for all the residents. Irene Peterson celebrated her 100th birthday with her children in our indoor meeting area. When asked what she thought about turning 100 Irene replied, “Oh it’s just another day.” We had a cake provided from our kitchen and live music from Kenna, one of our own. Irene received a jump rope for a present and she laughed and laughed. I asked her if she was going to use it she said maybe she would for her 101rst birthday?
Bernie Gestel passed away in January.

According to the Perk

On January 3rd it was National Toss Your Fruitcake Day. My cat Oscar is glad we still had some as he was devouring it as my brother left it unattended. Did you know that a pineapple fruitcake was brought along on the Apollo 11 space mission? I wonder who thought that was a good idea. I guess it wasn’t eaten. Maybe they were going to whack a space alien if they came across one? It was National Hugging Day on January 21rst. According to the Perk hugs lower your blood pressure and relieve stress. Covid get out of here so we can hug to our hearts delights.

On the back of the Daily Perk is a word search puzzle. The residents who complete the puzzles turn them in to be entered into a drawing for the chance to win a fabulous prize. This month’s winners are Delores Saethre, Bobbie Bockovich and Mary Liebsch.

Run Run Rudolf

Many of you may have seen the Nerf guns vs. Rudolf videos on Facebook. We had an episode where we encountered Rudolf and had another target to shoot at. The residents who participated in this adventure really enjoyed it. They lined up their guns and got a bead on Rudolf and didn’t miss. Anna Speck still has what it takes and she was banging away at the bullseye on her target.

Hair Raising and Lunch

19 residents had their hair professionally beautified by Sue Cadwell. We are so thankful for her coming up here. Everyone is shiningly lovely and feeling great.
We had our first Evergreen Café lunch on January 19th. Since we can’t go out for lunch we had it delivered via the Hub and it was delicious. We had table cloths and fancy tea cups, ate, laughed and played a game. One of our phrases for Hangman was bunch of _____________. We had a lot of answers and a lot of laughs.

Ways to get connected

Community members have been asking what they can do to help us out. One thing I thought of was for you to Skype or FaceTime with a resident and read to them. Thank you so much to those who have been reaching out and doing this. It is such a joy to see the smiles on the resident’s faces. There has been a lot of interest in joining in to do these visits. Now to get everyone connected.
You can be in contact with residents by possibly becoming a Essential Caregiver. You can also visit thru FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, family room window visits and by indoor visits. Yes, you have read right. Indoor visits have been reestablished. Please call 387-3040 ex 0 to make arrangements to visit indoors.

Please call the Activity department to arrange a Skype, FaceTime, or family room window visit at 218-387-3518.

Once again thank you so much for all the treats, love and support you have been sending our way.

It is National Activity Professionals week this week and I would like to give a huge thank you to my staff and to all who assist the Activity department. It takes a village and you are all so much appreciated.

Harold Husby –spotlight of the month

Nona Smith with a bead on Rudolf

Anna Speck can still pick one off from 30 feet

Irene Peterson’s 100th with her new jumprope

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Monday January 25, 2021 - North Shore Health Chemotherapy Services

North Shore Health is pleased to be to offering a local option for chemotherapy services, which will be coordinated in partnership with a patient’s own oncologist.  ***For more information, please call North Shore Health at 218-387-3040 and ask to speak with the Hospital Director of




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Monday January 25, 2021 - North Shore Health Indoor Visits

North Shore Health is resuming the opportunity for Indoor Visits, effective January 21, 2021.
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