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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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Monday January 18, 2021 - North Shore Health Home Care

North Shore Health Home Care is a Medicare certified intermittent Home Care Agency offering Skilled Nursing, Home Health Aide, Occupational and Physical Therapy services in the home. We bill Medicare, Medical Assistance, VA, Private Insurance, and accept Private Pay on our Sliding Fee Scale.

Please call Traci at 387-3279 for more information

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Monday January 11, 2021 - Ambulance Services available 24/7.

North Shore Health has ambulance services available 24/7.  Providing pre-hospital medical services with both basic and advanced life support services.  Please call 218-387-3040 for more information.

Monday January 4, 2021 - Out Patient Physical Therapy Department

North Shore Health is proud to offer a full service Out Patient Physical Therapy Department with special interests in postural therapy, sports injury prevention and treatment, balance disorders, incontinence and manual therapy with exercise for the spine and extremities.  We are open M-F

and can be reached at 218-387-3284. Our In Patient Physical Therapy services include treatment for hospital patients, swing bed patients and care center residents.

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Tuesday December 29, 2020 - Happenings at North Shore Living


Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus.

Christmas was different this year. It wasn’t all of us together with lots of commotion as you could imagine in a house filled with 37 residents plus family and staff. We had individual household parties in our

multi-purpose room where the Activity staff and many different departments decorated trees. We got to judge the 14 or so Christmas trees all light up to our delight with the EMT’s tree being our favorite. We all received a present from Santa with Mrs. Claus’s help. We played a trivia game, got our pictures taken with Santa and then went back home for some eggnog, punch, and delicious Christmas cookies baked by our favorite Christmas baker Barb Wright.

Santa showed up in a magical way. Santa wasn’t just a Santa with a red coat and a jolly big belly. Santa was our wonderful community loving on us by making sure we had enough gifts, cookies, candy, and cards. Santa was Irene Peterson’s family, who gave us Happy Hour snack supplies for a good long time. Irene’s granddaughter Andrea, who has been fixing a few ladies hair in her not so spare time also gave us Nerf guns to play a few rounds of taking out Rudolf which we will do in January and other months of the year. Santa was the wonderful staff at North Shore Health, who helped us have a great Christmas by decorating the 14 or more trees for our Christmas party. Santa was Hilja Iverson and her family for putting up lights and other decorations out on our lawns. Santa was Gine Meissner by purchasing gifts for us that were passed out Christmas day. Santa was Sandy Skrien, calling in and reading Christmas stories via FaceTime with residents. Santa was Linda Harsdorf, who faithfully sends us candy, cross word puzzles, etc. for our Perk prizes. Santa was Marsha Hansen who sends us cards we so much love to receive. We had a lot of other Santa’s and we are very thankful for you too. These people aren’t just Santa’s, they are more like angels to us.

According to the Perk, December 27th was National Fruitcake Day. How many of you still pass around Grandma Betty’s fruitcake from 1910? Supposedly fruitcake has been found in ancient Egyptian tombs which had pomegranate seeds, raisins and pine nuts. We enjoyed a game of Holiday Hangman on the 27th with our last phrase being “You can have your fruitcake and eat it too.” We did enjoy fruitcake made by Sharon Bloomquist, who seems to keep losing her favorite recipe. Please send your favorite fruitcake recipe to me, Sharon can bake the cakes and we will test them out.

Our spotlight this month shines on Nadine Abel. Nadine was born in Dunnell , MN in May of 1926. She was born at home weighing 3 pounds. She said, “You didn’t go to the doctor for those types of things.” Nadine was so tiny her dad’s wedding ring fit on her wrist and she fit in his shoe box. She had a brother and a sister and said they either walked or got a ride the 10 miles, but they spent a lot of time in the summer at her relative’s farm where they had a lake and they swam a lot. “We were at the lake all day long and only ate apples. We didn’t have a sandwich or anything like that.” Her father worked for a mining company.
Nadine got married right out of high school and married the boy next door. He was a farmer so she became a farmer’s wife. Nadine said their farm was really big maybe 400 acres or something like that. They raised soy beans, corn and cattle. I asked her if they had chickens and of course they did.

Nadine said her husband would always tell her she could have new furniture next year, next year because he always had to have big farm equipment. Well next year never really came.Nadine has 3 children Charlie, Peg and Mary. Mary lives in Grand Marais right near Nadine. They chat on the phone or FaceTime almost daily. Nadine has 6 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 3 great- great grandchildren. Nadine said, “I think my kids believed in Santa Claus until they got married or they probably thought they wouldn’t get a Christmas present.”

Nadine worked at Minnesota Mining and Weigh-Tronix and probably never missed a day of work according to her daughter Mary. Nadine had a big vegetable garden, loved to bake and cook. She always had extra people over especially on Sunday’s for a meal. Cooking and baking always gave Nadine lots of joy. One year Nadine and her mother in law made over 100 apple pies in 2 days to put in the freezer.
Nadine always tells me “I have a sweet tooth you know” as she’s gobbling up another chocolate. Nadine helps us whip up brownies or cake batter when we get the chance to do that. She doesn’t mind licking the spatula when we are done either. Nadine is helpful around our facility by assisting in whatever activities we can coerce her to do. She helped us wrap the ghost suckers we gave out at Halloween and drew the little eyes and mouths on them. Of course she had to taste one while she was doing it.
Her passion in life first and foremost is her family then gardening, baking, and cooking. On Nadine’s bucket list: I don’t have anything. I have always been content. She would like young people to know: Work hard and don’t be a quitter!

Other going-on’s.

Our December birthday celebrants are Gloria Martineau and Erland Shold.

We will miss Dale Hooper, Howard McKenzie and Robert Sherman who passed away this last month. They were all special fellows and hold a place in our hearts.

December 2020 sure flew by. We played lots of Bingo, started a new game called Hi-Low, had weekly Happy Hour, shopped at our General Store, enjoyed holiday music and had chocolate coming out of our ears. It sure is different not having all our wonderful volunteers, carolers, and families milling about at Christmas, but we still had fun.

We enjoy getting letters and fun things your kids have made. We will put them on display.

We also started a program where you can Skype or FaceTime and read to our residents for about 10 minutes.
If you are interested in reading or talking with a resident via FT or Skype you can call us at 218-387-3518.

Our address to send us fun stuff is 515 5th Ave W Grand Marais, MN 55604

Thank you so much for all you do for us. Yes, Virginia we did have Santa Claus and angels.

The winning Christmas tree

Nadine Abel-is our spotlight resident of the month

Delores Saethre

Janet Ryden

Happy New Year from all of us at North Shore Living.

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Monday December 28, 2020 - Health Care Directives

Health Care Directives, sometimes called advanced directives, are legal documents that describe you healthcare wishes should you become unable to communicate you decisions.  It provides peace of mind for you and your loved ones when confronted with end-of-life health care decisions as well

as appoints a health care agent (substitute decision maker) to make treatment decisions on your behalf if necessary.  North Shore Health can assist you with the creation of a directive or help update your existing directive.  Contact Hilja at 387-3261.


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Monday December 21, 2020 - Short Term Rehabilitation Available Locally

Recuperating from a hospital stay due to illness?  Need restorative treatments following a surgery?  Allow North Shore Health to assist you in meeting your goal, a safe return home through a short-term rehab stay right here in your own community.  Physical and occupational therapy

is offered in a skilled nursing setting to meet your needs as you recover.  Social Services are also available to assist with planning for your discharge and coordination of community resources.  For more information contact Hilja at 387-3261.

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Monday December 14, 2020 - North Shore Health Laboratory does Outpatient Testing

North Shore Health Laboratory routinely performs Outpatient lab testing from both local physicians and out-of-town physicians.  To have your testing performed at your local hospital Laboratory, just request a copy of your Outpatient lab services order from your physician.  It is up to

the patient to choose where their lab testing is performed.  Outpatient hours are M-F 8-5pm and Saturday 8-Noon.  Bring your physician-signed lab referral to the Hospital reception desk.  Call the lab at 218-387-3267 for more information or questions.

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Monday December 7, 2020 - North Shore Health Provides Emergency Care 24/7

North Shore Health provides emergency care 24/7 with access to CT scans, lab services, x-rays, EKG and heart monitoring capabilities.  Please call 218-387-3040 for more information. 

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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