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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 October 26, 2020 - Happenings at North Shore Living

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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.

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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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Monday October 19, 2020 - Dr. Rust-St. Luke's Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Dr. David A Rust, MD is now seeing patients once a month in the Outpatient Services area at North Shore Health in Grand Marais. Dr. Rust is a physician at St. Luke’s Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Duluth, MN. He is a fellowship trained sub-specialist in knee and shoulder surgery, and

has expertise in arthroscopic (minimally invasive) surgery, joint replacement surgery and fracture surgery. Talk to your primary care provider about a referral or make an appointment by calling St. Luke’s Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at (218) 249-6360.


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Monday October 12, 2020 - Digital Mammography at North Shore Health

North Shore Health has a digital mammography machine.  For those of you that have had to travel for the digital mammography can have it done locally. Referral not needed by a physician.  For more information please call 218-387-3268.

Thursday October 8, 2020 - Coronvirus Response Hub: Cook County Minnesota

 This Hub seeks to provide current and accurate information and resources about the community wide response to the coronavirus. CLICK HERE

Monday October 5, 2020 - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer awareness month.  North Shore Health is reminding the public that screening digital mammography services can be set up through a self referral. Please call 387-3040 for more information.

Monday October 5, 2020 - Fire Prevention Week


• Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Thanksgiving is the leading day for fires involving cooking equipment.

• The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.

• Stay in the kitchen when you are

frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food.

• If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly and stay in the home.

• Always keep a lid nearby when cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it’s cool.

• Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop.

• Loose clothing can hang down onto stove burners and catch fire. Wear short, close-fitting, or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.

• Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet (1 metre) around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
Smoke Alarms

• Smoke alarms detect and alert people to a fire in the early stages. Smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire.

• Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half.

• Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.

• Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.

• Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.

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Tuesday September 29, 2020 - October Happenings at North Shore Living


October Happenings at North Shore Living

The Mail Must Go Through


Yes, we can gather for group activities, but stay socially distanced. Yes, we are having more and more Essential Caregivers

coming through our doors. We are currently up to 20 Essential Caregiver members to help with their loved ones. Yes, we are still plowing through our day. And yes, we are still waiting on your favorite recipes and some more snail mail.


Iris Shepard is our resident of the month. Iris was born Iris Linnell on July 8th, 1929 in Mineral Center, right out by Mt. Maud. She attended Cloverdale School, between Hovland and Mineral Center and grew up in Cloverdale.

Playing dolls and helping with all the livestock on the homestead were things she loved to do. They had cows, hogs, and always chickens.
Iris’s family moved to Grand Marais when she was in the 8th grade, she thinks. The school in Cloverdale closed so everyone moved out. Her dad got work in Grand Marais. Iris felt sad about it because she missed all my many friends, and cousins that she grew up with. It was also difficult fitting in with all the new kids.
She actually had eleven brothers and sisters, but was adopted by her aunt and uncle, so Iris was raised as an only child.
Iris met her husband Lawernce at the dance hall in Hovland. There were dances there and at the Covill town hall at least once a month. They got married on April 19, 1947 in Duluth, MN. They had a pastor friend in Duluth so they went down there and got married. To celebrate they had a big dance at the Colvill town hall. Dolly, Bud, and Bernie Linnell all played music.
Iris and Lawerence had 5 children-Larry, Gary, Kelly, Kathy and Gail. They always had a big garden and canned a lot of vegetables. Iris liked to knit and crochet. She also sewed a lot of her children’s clothing. Traveling and going out to eat were two of Iris’s favorite things to do. Iris and Lawerence traveled all around the United States and enjoyed every minute of it. Iris said they had a very good marriage and she misses him terribly.
Iris drove the East End mail route for a while. While doing this she made many friends. I asked Iris if there ever was a day that there was too much snow or it was too cold, etc. to deliver mail and she said, “Never!” The mail must go through! Iris’ advice for young people are to have patience and don’t jump up and get mad because something isn’t right. Persevere.
Iris has a buddy, Margot who has been a special friend. Margot is a sweet young lady who thinks of others all the time. She is the granddaughter of Printha and Norman Moe. She asked who she could share herself with and I suggested Iris. Margot has had her Girl Scout troop and family make things for the Care Center such as sun catchers, bracelets, wooden birds, and ornaments. Margot has also helped out with Bingo and the Pass the Pickle game. Margot even crafted our fancy pickle hat. Margot has become a pen pal with Iris. It’s so great to see young people reach out to our elderly.

According to “The Perk” September 7th which was National Neither Snow Nor Rain Day there is nothing like getting good old fashioned “snail mail”. The very first post office in colonial America was established in 1639 in a Boston home. It is said that as many days as there are in the whole journey, so many are the men and horses that stand along the road, each horse and man at the interval of a day’s journey: and these stayed neither by snow nor rain nor heat nor darkness from accomplishing their appointed course with all speed. We have come a long way since horse men carried our mail. Speaking of receiving snail mail we could sure use some more letters or pictures for our residents. We do so much enjoy getting mail.

We are still looking for family favorite recipes. Do any of you have a recipe you would like to share with us? Now that it’s getting cooler out and people are harvesting their bounty just maybe some tried and true recipes are being whipped up and you would be willing to share those delicious recipes with us.

We have been busy playing Hall Way Bingo twice a week, Lucky 7, Hangman, soaking up the last of the warm sun on the patio, enjoying our Happy Hour snacks, and learning Perk facts. We had delicious cream filled donuts on National Donut Day from World’s Best. And yes they were. We have also been enjoying patio and indoor visits with our friends and family, dog visits, Essential Caregiver visits, FaceTime and Skyping.

Fern Lovaas and Howard McKenzie were birthday celebrants this month. We all enjoyed cupcakes with homemade buttercream frosting for the big event. Things just aren’t the same without all the fanfare for parties, but we are making the best out of it.

Ray Sjoberg, a sweet friend, passed away this month. He was well loved in our community. He was a frequent visitor at North Shore Living assisting his wife Eleanor with Bingo and daily card games. He always had a smile and a twinkle in his eye. He will be greatly missed.


As of September 21rst indoor visits with family and friends have begun. You can make an appointment by calling 218-387-3040 ex. 0. Visits start at 10 am and go through 6 pm with no visits over meal times. Up to 5 people can visit at a time. The same rules as our previous outdoor visits apply. Indoor visits are in our Multi-purpose room close to the reception area. You can also visit a resident by Skype, FaceTime or Zoom. Contact the Activity Department to set up a time to visit face to face with your loved one at 218-387-3518

At this time, we continue to limit visitors inside the Care Center doors (North Shore Living) to all but essential healthcare personnel, 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.

Thank you to all of you who have given your time and energy to making North Shore Living a loving place to call home. We’ve received a lot of beautiful flowers, Perk prizes and Bingo candy. Thank you to staff who help our residents get to much needed family visits and to staff who make the residents feel loved and well cared for. We truly have a great place for our residents to shine.
To our volunteers we miss you and hope you are doing well.

Until next month be kind and unwind.


Mary Liebsch all excited to play Bingo out in the common area. Her mask must match her outfit.



Iris and her special friend Margot
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North Shore Health and Serenity Garden Friends are in the process of creating Serenity Garden, a peaceful space in nature for reflection and healing, to benefit hospital patients, Care Center residents, families and friends of both patients and residents, employees, and all community


You can help us "Pave the Way" for the future of Serenity Garden with a tax deductible donation by purchasing a paver etched with a meaningful inscription, a dedication in memory of a loved one or a tribute in honor of a special person. 
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Monday September 28, 2020 - Full Service 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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