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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.

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 June 14, 2021 - Pfizer Vaccine Event on June 17

We're hosting a vaccination event at North Shore Health on June 17 from 9 a.m.-noon for ages 12 and older.

The event wioll use the Pfizer vaccine (two-shot vaccine spaced 21 days apart) and is open to community members ages 12 and older. Please note that those ages 12-17 will need

a parent or guardian present at the point of vaccination.

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Monday May 17, 2021 - North Shore Health, Grand Portage Health Service and Sawtooth Mountain Clinic Continue Safety Protocols per CDC Guidelines

North Shore Health, Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and Grand Portage Health Service  recently announced that their facilities will continue mask requirements and entrance point screening. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised the interim public health

recommendations to state that fully vaccinated individuals can forego masks and social distancing in many settings. However, healthcare facilities are an exception.

“We understand that the CDC updated its guidance stating that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in many settings and that Governor Walz followed suit with updates to the Minnesota mask mandate," said Kimber Wraalstad, CEO/Administrator of North Shore Health. "However, as a health care organization, and to meet our regulatory requirements, North Shore Health continues to require masks to be worn in our building.”

Community members should also expect to be screened for symptoms and exposure at facility entrances, regardless of vaccination status.

"Healthcare facilities serve the most vulnerable members of our communities, including those not eligible for vaccination," said Kate Surbaugh, Sawtooth Mountain Clinic CEO. “Continuing these required precautions protects us all. Anyone who doesn’t have a mask will be offered one at the door and our friendly staff make screening a breeze.”

Similar protocols remain in place in Grand Portage.

“Although masking is no longer required in the enterprise and program buildings the mandate will remain in place at the Grand Portage Health and Human Services facilities,” said Grand Portage Health Director Jennifer Sorenson.

Wraalstad added, “We all thank our community for their help in protecting our patients, residents, staff, and visitors and we appreciate their continued partnership and patience.”

Local healthcare facilities will continue to monitor CDC guidelines, local positivity rates, vaccination rates, state and federal guidelines in order to maintain safe facilities. The CDC update can be found at

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Monday May 17, 2021 - National Older Americans Month

Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads our nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. The theme for 2021 is "Communities of Strength." 

Older adults have built resilience and strength over their lives through successes, failures, joys and

difficulties. Their stories and contributions help to support and inspire others. This OAM, we will celebrate the strength of older adults, with special emphasis on the power of connection and engagement in building strong communities.

During May safely spend some time with the special elders in your lives.

Older Americans Month

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Monday May 10, 2021 - National Hospital Week and National Skilled Nursing Care Week

National Hospital Week and National Skilled Nursing Care Week, May 9-15. Join us for a week of sharing our appreciation and support for health care workers across the nation.

Monday May 3, 2021 - Happenings at North Shore Living

Don't be Fooled

On April fool’s day, we had us a bit of fun. All the residents were handed some brown E’s. They were asked if they would like a brown E thinking it was a brownie and then they were asked to hand them out to other people. We also played a round of Bingo

where they all had the same Bingo card. There were many laughs when everyone shouted out Bingo at the same time.

We decorated Easter eggs bright and colorful. It is so much fun to do things that bring back childhood memories. We sampled different flavors of pretzels and played pretzel hangman for our monthly birthday party. Trudy B, Shirley H, Nona S, and Ann W all celebrated their birthday. We also have our Red To Me program where volunteers video in and read to a resident.

In spite of not having volunteers or visitors running around, we have things going on to keep us busy. We can win Bingo bucks to spend at our General Store; we have dog visits by Maizy and Ginger, Arm Chair Travel, indoor visits from family and friends, exercises, games every Sunday, crafts, birds to watch, coffee and chit chat with fresh baked goods.


Antiques living and well just older

Cherish an Antique Day was April 9th.  According to the Perk, an item has to be over 100 years old to be considered an antique. As we were reminiscing over antiques staff brought from home or were loaned from Oddz n’ Endz we mentioned we just may have an antique living with us as Irene Peterson turned 100 this past January. We had a Prince Albert tobacco can who’s company was patented in 1907, we had a Victory glass clothes scrub board, a water pitcher, an old glass jar which we weren’t sure what it would have held. Some thought jelly or peanut butter. It looked a honey jar to me. In any case, this jar currently houses many marbles that Melissa inherited from her dad. She looked some of the marbles up and they potentially have value of $300.00 each. We also looked at a potato ricer and reminisced about making lefse, we looked at a rolling pin with memories of rolling out 100’s of pies in our lifetimes.


Lunch Lady Spotlight resident of the month

Joyce Hagen was born in Hovland, MN on November 24, 1926. She is the seventh of eight children. She said something fun she used to do as a child was to go to town for an ice cream cone. She saved money from babysitting and bought herself a pair of roller skates. She went rolling skating in the schoolyard. Joyce spent a lot of time helping her sister with all her babies. She graduated from CCHS along with about 20-30 others. She didn’t attend college, but went to work as a telephone operator in Duluth.

 One time while home Joyce and her brother-in-law Eddie Koski where in the Hovland General Store where they saw Ray Hagen. Ray had just gotten out of the service after serving 4 years in Japan. Eddie said to Ray, “This is Joyce and she isn’t married yet.” God I could have died Joyce exclaimed.” One day Joyce was surprised when Ray had a diamond ring. While Joyce’s wedding dress was being hemmed by her mother, Joyce remembers asking her who’s idea this was anyway? Her mother told her it was yours. They were married when Joyce was 21 in Hovland.  Joyce said she shook so badly she doesn’t even remember what was being said. Joyce and Ray were headed to Canada for their honeymoon, but someone had put gravel in their gas tank so Ray had to spend time taking care of that mess and didn’t go on their trip.

 Joyce and Ray have two children Beth and Warren.  Her husband Ray and one grandson passed away. Joyce has two grandchildren and a few great grandchildren. Joyce was a lunch lady for 30 years at CCHS. Joyce loved to bake rye bread and bars. She also loved to crochet, embroider and play cards. Joyce and Ray used to meet up with Lloyd and Rose Goble every Saturday to play cards. They all also took a trip around Lake Superior.  Every fall Joyce and Ray used to hike Oberg Mountain. They also had a garden, but Ray wouldn’t let Joyce tend it as she said she would end up pulling out the flowers instead of the weeds. Joyce said her and Ray tried not to argue and one thing she would like to say to young people is to get along with your spouse.


Things and stuff

Once again we would like to say thank you to all of our volunteers who send us goodies in the mail, make us homemade treats, send us cards, etc. You all are so wonderful and much appreciated.

There are many ways you can reach out and connect with your family and friends here at North Shore Living. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Monday May 3, 2021 - National Nurses Week

North Shore Health would like to recognize National Nurses Week, May 6-12. North Shore Health provides nursing services at the hospital, care center and in the community.

Monday April 26, 2021 - Ambulance Services Aavailable 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 April 19, 2021 - National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

Governor Tim Walz has proclaimed this as Medical Laboratory Professionals Week.
CLICK HERE to see his proclamation.
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Monday April 19, 2021 - EKG Services available 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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Monday April 12, 2021 - Home Health 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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