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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

Tuesday, July 19, 2022
Meet Kelly Swearingen, Accountant. Hear Kelly's insights about how her career has grown at North Shore Health in Grand Marais, MN. Located on the beautiful North Shore of Lake Superior, this a great place to live, work and raise a family. To learn more about career opportunities at North Shore Health, call Human Resources at 218-387-3794, or visit our website:


Monday June 13, 2022 - North Shore Health: A Great Place To Work

Are you looking to grow a career where you can make a difference and serve people? Consider working for North Shore Health. We are located in Grand Marais, MN, a wonderful community in one of the most beautiful places on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Join our awesome staff and work in a fun

and rewarding culture. We have positions available across a variety of disciplines, and offer growth potential and educational opportunities. For more information, please call HR at 218-387-3794 or visit Thank you! Watch our video at:

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Friday June 10, 2022 - SCRUBS CAMP Indigenous Health Care Exploration

SCRUBS CAMP Indigenous Health Care Exploration

June 22 - 25, 2022

Hosted by Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (Cloquet, MN)

Applications are NOW open for Minnesota students entering grades 9-12*.

Transportation is available for participants, if


There is no cost to participants due to the generous support of our partners.

*Preference will be given to American Indian/Alaska Native Students

Apply at:

For more information, please contact:

Brenda Shafer-Pellinen:

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Wednesday June 8, 2022 - June Newsletter for North Shore Living


Ladies at North Shore Living gathered on Tuesday, May 3rd to fancify hats for our big Cook County horse derby. Friday, May 6th horses, owners and visitors gathered in anticipation to see who would win the Purse. At the sound of the bell eight pool noodle
horses bolted, well sort of bolted out of the gate for fun filled races complete with betting using Monopoly money all while enjoying refreshing Mint Julep’s. Our pool noodle horses Flicka, Fred, Betsy, Beauty, Tony, Gallop, Secretariat, and Mae jogged according to what their owners rolled on a die. They had to be careful not to roll a two or their horse had to step backwards two spaces. In the winner’s circle were Delores’ Flicka-race one, Nona’s Beauty race two and race three was Joyce’s Mae. The crowd placed their bets before each race using Monopoly money. Rose Hasegawa came out with purse winnings of $100.00, Ethel Walsh and Nona Smith came in second winning $50.00 each and Delores Saethre brought in the rear winning twenty bucks.

All Abuzz

According to the Perk it was World Bee Day on the 20th. We learned that a honey bee colony has about 50,000 bees and 99% are infertile female worker bees. There are a few hundred male worker bees called drones whose only job is to mate with the queen. Drones don’t work nor forage and can’t sting. There is only one queen bee. The queen is able to lay twice its body weight in eggs a day which comes out to be about 2,500 daily.

Bees have five eyes including three simple eyes and two compound eyes made up of around 7000 facets or lenses each. A bee flaps its wings up to 200 times per second, producing the familiar bee buzz. A honey bee only produces about 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. We played “Something sticky Hangman”. The residents were stuck on the word fly strip. We also enjoyed homemade fresh oatmeal raisin bread with butter and wild honey.

On Mother’s Day, we enjoyed homemade strawberry shortcake, piano music by Lavona Czaplicki, and orange tea in china cups. Tim Young came and read some lively stories to us on May 9th. Kelsey Saladin has been busy doing morning exercise a couple times a week which really gets us moving. Barb Youngquist, Nadine Abel and another resident were celebrated at our monthly birthday party complete wonderful old time piano music by Doug Sanders. Most residents enjoy animals so much. Miss Molly, my toy Schnauzer stopped by for some snuggles and even took a few naps. Being loved is really hard work.

We are so thankful to Zoar Lutheran Church for holding a church service on May 15th. May 17th we had a little creativity going on as Lavona Czaplicki shared her crafting talents helping us make colorful springy umbrella door decorations. We held a Bean Bidding Auction on Friday, May 25th. Residents went wild over chocolate from Germany. A stuffed bear, silk scarves, jewelry and giant bags of Lindt truffles were also coveted treasures donated by North Shore Health staff and community members.

One of our longest residing residents Donna Willett passed away Sunday, May 15. Donna was a hometown girl who loved to ride horses and downhill ski. She was quiet and sweet, loved to bake and always had a smile. Donna is missed by staff and residents alike.

A wild bunch gathers every Tuesday evening to enjoy Pokeno. It has been a hit. Someone donated a bag of quarters for us to use for this game which has now dwindled to the last quarter. Sometimes residents go home with quite the loot and request a security guard.

We watched the Shirley Temple movie The Little Colonel on Sunday, May 29th. I got a kick out of the movie when it mentioned eating out of an old tin plate as we were munching on popcorn from pie plates.

Tom Novotsky came and played music for us before Bingo on Memorial Day. It was quite the treat to hear a one man band.

Diane Nowers stopped by with poppies for all the residents to help us remember Memorial Day.

We still are in the process of fund raising to get a bicycle built for two so we can pedal residents around for a change of scenery and some fresh air. We are also still looking for volunteers. Do you have an hour to come play music or to take a resident for a walk or assist with a game? Give me a call to learn how you can get involved. 218-387-3518. If you would like to donate towards our bicycle built for two please send money to: North Shore Health 515 5th Ave W Grand Marais, MN 55604 attention: Activities with bicycle in the memo.

Thank you to all of you who share gifts and volunteer your talents with us whether you play the piano, bake cookies, read, do manicures, water the flowers, play games and so much more.

As always Old Age Ain’t For Sissies
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Wednesday May 18, 2022 - Honoring EMS Week

As we honor EMS Week, we wanted to share perspectives on what it is like to work as an EMT for North Shore Hospital / Cook County Ambulance. Thank you Julia and Sarah for relating your unique stories. We deeply appreciate the pride, passion and dedication that you and all of your coworkers

share in your work. North Shore Hospital is actively seeking more like-minded people who would enjoy living and working on the pristine North Shore of Lake Superior, where wildlife, nature and outdoor activities are unparalleled. If you are interested in becoming a part of our EMS team, please visit or call 218-387-3040. Thank you.

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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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