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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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Friday May 6, 2022 - May Newsletter for North Shore Living

Volunteer Appreciation

There’s so much to celebrate in spring – warmer weather, longer days, fishing opener, and best of all – our fabulous and wonderful volunteers! We celebrated our volunteers with a rousing game of Bingo on Thursday, April 28th.
We would like to thank publicly Chester Lindskog and Dick Bockovich for assisting with Bingo, Sharon Bloomquist, Barb Wright and Mary Harrelson for all the delicious treats and Doug Sanders for playing piano at our monthly birthday parties. Thank you to Patsy Smith, Lorri Peterson, Barb Heideman, and Duane Hasegawa for coming to our aide when we have needed extra people to assist with all of our shenanigans. Thank you to Sharon Brenner, Renae Smith, Linda Harsdorf, Tracy Scully, Diane Nowers, Penny Ortman and Anne Brataas for helping us whether it was with birthday parties, exercises, Bingo, reading, doing manicures, bringing fresh flowers, watering our houseplants, or simply by spending time with the residents. Thank you to Lavona Czaplicki for lending your crafting talents and piano skills, and thank you Mary, Mark, and Hank Glassnapp for chaperoning Dominoes, assisting with other games and for making our home smell so awesome baking fresh bread, etc. “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they have the heart.” – Elizabeth Andrew .

These Hands
As it is Mother’s day this month I asked several of our resident mothers what their hands have done during their lifetime. When Delores Saethre was young, her hands ironed clothes, helped her mother and tried to cook. One summer as a teenager, her hands had a job working in the gift shop at Split Rock. Her adult hands found themselves doing housework, cooking, crocheting and knitting. Currently her hands are still doin’ it. It keeps her hands limber.
Nona Smith’s hands when she was young picked many berries, pulled weeds, played and milked a few cows. She didn’t milk very long because she wasn’t good at it. Her teenage hands just sat there and went where she went. They also knit, sewed and crocheted. Her adult hands just did what she wanted them to and now they want to rest. Sometimes they twiddle and do puzzles.
Joyce Hagen’s hands as a little girl had to help take care of her bed-ridden mother. Her dad had her stand on a chair and she baked a lot. The first thing she made was a lemon meringue pie for her dad as that was his favorite. Her teenage hands helped hay in the summer and got cows to the lake for water in the winter. Her hands also did a lot of sliding. Joyce’s adult hands embroidered, worked as a Telephone Operator in Duluth and took care of her children. Now her hands aren’t as agile as they used to be, but they still hold a book so she can read and play Bingo.
Anna Speck’s hands as a little girl babysat, as they got older her hands worked and worked and worked and worked and worked. Her adult hands worked hard, raised children, and played the mandolin. Now her old hands just eat and drink coffee.
Nadine Abel’s hands as a little girl wrote and played baseball, football, and basketball. All the kids came to her house, as it was the home away from home. Nadine said, “My adult hands did a lot of cookin’ and bakin’ for men as they were farmers and there was always someone to feed. I’m a cooker and a baker. Now my hands write a few letters, but that gets hard, as my eyes aren’t that great. You think you are going to do something when you get older and forget it!”
Yvonne Smith’s hands as a little girl played with her cousins and occasionally went out to the barn to milk the cows. Yvonne’s teenager hands babysat for the governor of Minnesota. Yvonne’s adult hands helped her dad in the woods, took care of her brother and embroidered. Now her hands like to color and play games.
Char Anderson’s hands as a little girl took care of other people’s children. She was the town babysitter. Her teenaged hands continued to babysit only they were doing more nanny type work. When her hands were 13 they took care of three little Frogner children while their mom was away for 3 weeks tending to their father in a hospital just coming back from the war. Her adult hands cut and permed hair, sewed, scrubbed floors, did household chores, took care of her mother-in-law, worked for Public Health for twenty years and raised six children. Now her hands are folded as they have no more work to do.
Ethel Walsh’s….”My goodness, they got into mischief when they were little.” When her hands were in their teenage years they babysat children mostly playing outside. When Ethel’s hands were in their adult years they took care of the house, the husband and my kids. They also knit and crocheted. Ethel said, “Now the years went flying by and I think they deserve a little rest!

Birthday’s and Passings
Anna Speck, Nona Smith and Ann Williams celebrated another year on earth. Anna celebrated her birthday at the Hub with family.
Mary Liebsch, who was one of our last few residents who had been with us in the old care center, witnessed the construction of our new facility, and made the transition into her own private room with private bathroom. Mary was our resident council president for a number of years. She was always up for whatever was going on whether it was off to lunch at the Hub, out to view the fall leaves, or watching the Fisherman’s picnic parade. She attended every game, party, exercise group and special event including the Portage Band. She loved to read, watch baseball on TV, do cross word puzzles and hug dogs. She never missed Bingo and always wore her lucky pink hat to the games. You could hear her breaking out in song usually starting with ‘You are My Sunshine’ and before too long, she would have a sing-a-long going in the dining room. Mary was one of our sunshine’s and she will be deeply missed.

In Other News
We filled over 2,500 Easter eggs with candy for the Easter Egg Hunt which took place over at the Community Center. It was so fun filling the eggs, but we can say for certain not all the candy ended up in the eggs as we had to make sure it was edible for the children.
We dyed Easter eggs before Easter then enjoyed open faced egg salad sandwiches on fresh baked bread a few days later. We started playing Scrabble. It’s amazing to see a 101 year old lady whip out the words. We are so looking forward to nice weather when we can get out and enjoy some fresh air.

We still need more volunteers. Do you play the piano and have an hour to spare? Do you like taking care of birds or baking? This summer we will need someone to do outdoor flower care. You can always stop by to read, play a game or visit with a resident or two. If you are fully vaccinated and would like to volunteer give me a call at 218-387-3518. There is a bit of training you need to do before you can become a volunteer.

Thank you again volunteers As always “Old Age Ain’t For Sissies”
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Friday April 22, 2022 - Local Healthcare Voices Video

Let's all take a moment to thank all of our local healthcare workers in Cook County and Grand Portage for all the dedication and skill they've brought with them to work each day during the


We are all safer because of the work our healthcare heroes do each day. There are so many ways to say thank you: in person, on social media, or with a note.

You can also continue to support our healthcare workers by remaining mindful of public health advice as the pandemic continues. Stay home when you are sick. Take a COVID-19 test if you have any symptoms. Talk with your healthcare provider about vaccination and booster recommendations. Remember, we're still in this together!

For information on COVID-19 response in Cook County, MN or to sign up for your vaccine or booster, please visit

@SawtoothMountainClinic @cookcountynorthshorehospital #grandportagehealthservices #inthistogether

#cookcountymn #localvoices #community #healthcareheroes

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Wednesday April 20, 2022 - MRI Services at NSH

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

Monday April 11, 2022 - National Volunteer Week

April 10-16 is National Volunteer Week. The residents and staff at the North Shore Living want to take this opportunity to thank all of the dedicated volunteers who share their time and talents with us. You brighten our days and touch our hearts. You are greatly appreciated.

Monday April 4, 2022 - EKG Testing

Do you need routine EKG testing?

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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Sunday April 3, 2022 - April Newsletter from North Shore Living

We Know How to Roll


We had a wild time during our Irish week long activities. Sunday, March 16, we started off with Armchair travel to Ireland. On Tuesday we potato bowled. Potato bowled? Yes, potato bowled. A solitary agreeable firm green cabbage sat

in the middle of the floor. Each participant chose a red potato and named it. Sure enough Nona Smith named her potato Spud which made me laugh as Spud is what I would have named mine. Residents sort of took turns rolling their potato towards the solitary agreeable firm green cabbage. Whoever rolled their potato closest to the cabbage received grand applause. We watched as ten potatoes tumbled nilly willy in every direction across the floor. Some spuds hit their target; the solitary agreeable firm green cabbage but bounced off. Others came close stopping short. Yet others thought they were supposed to return to Ireland and made their way exiting our potato patch completely.


Nadine Abel showed off her mad farm girl skills by rolling her potato the closest to the solitary agreeable firm green cabbage two different times. Nadine, however, had nothing on Ruth Lovaas who tilled a path with her potato near the solitary agreeable firm green cabbage. Spud Smith knew how to roll and turn up a winner as he showed everyone he was serious despite the clumps of clustered potatoes. As Spud plowed a tangled path to the solitary agreeable firm green cabbage he exclaimed, “Those other potatoes need to get out of the way!”

After our Irish Potato Bowling, we enjoyed a nice baked russet potato with butter, sour cream and shredded cheese. No, they weren’t our bowling potatoes and yes they were delicious.


As you do not ever mess with Bingo, we had Pot O’ Gold Bingo on Thursday, March 17. We had our St. Patrick’s Day party on Friday, March 18 with delicious green deviled eggs made by Mary Harrelson, Cheetos and a Screw Driver. We played an Irish themed hangman, where every word had the letters IRE in them.

We had Happy Hour complete with delicious green deviled eggs made by our Mary Harrelson and told a few jokes. Never iron a four-leaf clover. You don’t want to press your luck! The older you get, the better you get. Unless you’re a banana! I just burned 2,000 calories. That’s the last time I leave the brownies in the oven while I take a nap.

Residents are excited to play Pokeno every Tuesday night at 6 PM. We play for quarters and have a grand time. Last week I heard one resident ask another one if they needed a security guard to see them home as they had won so much loot. Another resident said, “This is work. This is the hardest I’ve worked all day.”

Kelsey Saladin from the Physical Therapy department has been doing fun chair exercises to music with residents on Monday and Thursday mornings called “Kickin’ in It with Kelsey.” Residents play Lotto 649 and have a snort once a month. They really seem to enjoy this new game.


National Puppy Day was March 23rd so Maizy, my six year old Schnauzer came in for a visit with residents. Animals are a big part of some resident’s lives and bring so much love and joy. It’s fun to see residents eyes light up and get big smiles on their faces when they have 4 legged visitors.


We had no resident passings nor birthday’s this month. It was my birthday on the 27th so residents sang to me. Some residents wanted to know how old I am. Well 39 of course.


Spotlight of the month


I will soon be running out of residents who would like to be featured in our Spotlight of the Month. I think it would be great to introduce staff and volunteers as well. I have started with our staff member Miranda Deschampe. Miranda is a very sweet “local” girl. I babysit her mother Sherri back some forty years. That just can’t be right. Miranda has a twin sister Mariah and it seems like if you see one the other isn’t far behind. At North Shore Living they are commonly known as “The twins”. Miranda was born in Duluth, MN. She grew up in Grand Marais and Grand Portage. She has four siblings. She graduated from Cook County High School in 2017 and graduated as a RN from Lake Superior College in 2021. Miranda likes to play soft ball, 4 wheel and hang with her family. She has traveled to Florida, Arizona and Canada. She would like to travel to Texas, California, New York and Vegas. Something fun about working at North Shore Living is “You never expect what you hear coming out of the residents mouths. They have a great sense of humor. It’s also fun hearing their stories”. Miranda’s words of advice to those younger than her are “enjoy being a kid. You don’t have as many responsibilities.


Volunteer Appreciation Week is coming up in April. We are planning on inviting our volunteers to come play Bingo with us on Thursday, April 21. Our volunteers are so much appreciated. I remember what a relief it was when we were able to open our doors to volunteers being able to come back ito our facility.


Thank you to the middle/high school choir for thinking of us and making us spring time cards. Thank you to our volunteers who bring in homemade snacks, assist with games and exercise, do manicures, read, play piano, bring communion and just spend time with us. You are all so appreciated. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss


We know how to roll and are having some wild times. As always “Old Age Ain’t for Sissies”


If you would like to volunteer please call Lisa at 218-387-3518.

Maranda Deschampe

Nona and Spud

Nadine and Spud

Ruth and Spud

Yvonne Smith

National Puppy Day

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Sunday March 20, 2022 - Ultrasound 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 March 14, 2022 - Colonoscopy Services

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.

Wednesday March 9, 2022 - March Newsletter from North Shore Living

It sure seems like February was in a hurry flying by in a flurry. Punxsutawney Phil, the ground hog threw his two cents in and predicted we needed 6 more weeks of winter. Thanks Phil. Fun fact; the first ground hog involved in winter weather predictions back in 1887 was eaten. It’s said

they taste like chicken. Imagine that.

Beijing Winter Olympics has nothing on us. Yvonne Smith was busy coloring Olympic rings representing the five continents for us to hang during our events. Sharon Brenner was the goal tender for our Wednesday basket tournament. Athletes really got fired up tossing their beanies into the basket making serious points. On Friday, February 11th, we held a floor hockey and tabletop hockey tournament. Thank you to Rayce Gibson for the loan of his hockey equipment. Residents shot from five, ten, and fifteen feet lines to score goals which some did with precision. Wayne Gretzky has nothing on talented Tom Hedstrom who scored 27 points for the gold. Nona Smith gave it her best shot scoring 19 points taking home the silver and Anna Speck brought home the bronze scoring 8 points by showing off her mad skills.

Once a month we used to go to the Senior Center now called the Hub for lunch. Since Covid came into our midst we have been enjoying Hub take out. We dine in our multi-purpose room and enjoy a game while conversing with our housemates. This past month we had some good humor playing the game called Name Something ______. I pick a subject and we take turns thinking of things. One subject was name something “worn out” to which a resident piped in with “your welcome”. Another one was name something “small” to which they said, “a paycheck”. We all had a good laugh over these.


Other fun shenanigans include our monthly birthday party celebrating Doris Blank, and Ethel Walsh and Yvonne Smith. Yvonne’s daughter-in-law Renae made the most delicious vanilla cupcakes with raspberry filling for us to share. We’ve been enjoying fresh baked bread made by our very own Nadine Abel and her daughter Mary Glasnapp. Fresh bread sure makes our home smell great. We had a big party during the Super bowl with lots of delicious snacks. We held a booze and tattoo's party on 2 22 22. Everyone attending sported a tattoo and enjoyed a punch drink complete with an orange slice and maraschino cherry. We started playing new games. One is called Lotto 649. Residents went home with money and had a real exciting time. Bingo coverall winners for this month were Nona Smith, Joyce Hagen, Harold Husby, Anna Speck, Nadine Abel, Yvonne Smith, Linda Johnson and Delores Saethre. They all receive a Bingo coverall winner certificate good for one item at our General Store held the second Saturday of each month.

Our spotlight resident of the month is our “local” Delores Saethre.

I was born in Duluth, MN in 1931. I was the youngest of five girls. The next closest to me was ten years older so it was like I was an only child. I grew up in Grand Marais until second grade then dad transferred to Michigan 2nd-7th grade, dad retired and moved back to Grand Marais when I was in seventh grade.

Something hard when I was a child was WWII was going on and dad had to transfer to wherever he was told. Something fun I did as a child was coming back to Grand Marais when dad had leave. I also enjoyed picking blueberries every day and making pies or just eating them for breakfast, lunch, coffee time and dinner.

I quit high school after 11th grade to get married. I met Lyle when he stopped by Joyne’s Department store where I worked and asked me out to the movies. We got married in 1948. Delores laughs and starts her honeymoon story. Well we were headed to Alaska and there was a storm that stopped us in Buffalo, SD. We turned south to get away from the storm and ended up staying a week in Salt Lake City. It was the worst storm of the year. We got to Helena, MT and decided to just go home so we did.

I was busy being a housewife and taking care of six children so I didn’t have time for a career. After the kids left I worked at the Cook County Historical Society and Johnson’s Heritage Post. We have twelve grandchildren and many great grandchildren.

My hobbies include crocheting, knitting, playing cards, dominoes, chatting with people and stuff. Something I have always wanted to do is travel and we did. We traveled to the Canary Islands, Acapulco, Rome, and Columbia, South America to name a few. We also snow birded in Texas and Arizona.

A fun story I would like to share is the time I shot a moose. Lyle, two friends and I went hunting. The moose crossed Lyle and my path. Lyle told me to take the shot. We both shot. Lyle thought we missed. When we brought the moose to town the butcher said it was my shot that killed it.

Another fun story is when we didn’t have much money so I used crepe paper to make a dress with a matching hat for Lavona to wear in a 4th of July parade.

A fun fact I would like to share is living at Split Rock Light House. I had a choice of attending school in Two Harbors or in Grand Marais. I ended up staying in Grand Marais with my sister Grace and Stanley during the school week and catch a ride back to Split Rock with the mail truck on Friday afternoons. My sister would come get me on Sunday’s. We’d have a picnic then drive back to Grand Marais.

Something I enjoy about living at North Shore Living is it is easier to be here than any place else. You can do whatever you want. I like to play most of the games.

Other happenings

Sad news is our friends Carol and Jim Tveekrem both passed away. They spent most of their time enjoying each other’s company from the time they entered North Shore Living whether they were eating meals together, listening to music, sitting close by in each other’s rooms or out on the patio until they departed weeks apart. They will be missed.

The Activity department is in need of a casual or part time employee. If you enjoy having fun with the elderly helping them have a more enjoyable life give me a call, stop by or go to our website at North Shore Health and fill out an application.

We are still looking for fully vaccinated volunteers to assist with certain activities including watering plants, aviary care, playing music, reading, 1:1 time, games, etc. Some of these activities can be on your schedule. Please call Lisa if you have a couple hours a week or month to volunteer. 218-387-3518. Recipes, cards and bike donations can be mailed to me at: North Shore Health c/o Lisa Bloomquist 515 5th Ave W. Grand Marais, MN 55604.

Thank you’s

Thank you to those who have donated money towards our bicycle built for two. We are excited to get out and feel the wind blowing on our faces. We are still looking for recipes for our North Shore Living Cookbook we are creating for a bicycle fund raiser. Do you have any you would like to share? Thank you to David Saethre for sharing your vacation adventures with us. We really enjoy live armchair travel. Thank you to Ruby’s Pantry for all the beautiful flowers, Bethlehem Lutheran church ladies for the valentine cookies, to Kaleb and Tonya Klegstad for the valentine gift bags. Marsha Hansen and CCHS middle/high school choir for the valentine cards. The residents really enjoyed them. At one of our coffee gatherings one of the residents brought her homemade valentine and stopped our chit chat with a very sincere, “I want to thank whoever gave me this beautiful valentine. I know it takes time and effort and it means the world to me. Thank you thank you.” Thank you to all our fantastic volunteers. We wouldn’t have as much fun as we do without you.

What are you thankful for? Go enjoy some shenanigans, maybe eat some chicken, and remember “Old Age Ain’t for Sissies!”


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Monday March 7, 2022 - March is 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


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