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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.

News & Events



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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Thursday April 8, 2021 - Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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

Sunday March 28, 2021 - Happenings at North Shore Living


Spring Almost Sprung

Well Spring almost sprung, mud came and stayed, and our secure patio opened so we can bolt out there like new spring lambs when the weather finally decides to cooperate. Oh, whom are we kidding? We may grunt and groan and finally get ourselves

up out of our chairs, achingly reach our way to our walkers and ever eventually make our way to the patio door. At least that is how it goes for some of us, including our residents. We are impatiently waiting to be able to sit in the sunshine, hear the birds sing, set out new lawn decorations and plant flowers and vegetables. Come on spring.

We are still playing Bingo twice a week, Bethlehem Lutheran and St. John’s Catholic churches come for communion and Bible study on Tuesday mornings. We play many games and throw a party or two in there. On St. Patrick’s Day we shot Nerf guns at a rainbow made of helium balloons. Some of us still can hit the target like nobody’s business. We had lots of laughs as the Nerf bullets went flying everywhere sometimes getting into people’s hair and punch. We enjoyed an Irish poem, mint Girl Scout cookies, green punch, green deviled eggs, corned beef spread on crackers and homemade Chex snack mix along with some good ol’ Irish music. We have been enjoying Arm Chair Travel. Have you heard of this? Go on YouTube and you can tour any country you would like whether you get to take your trip via drone, train or gondola. We get so enamored we end up siting for hours seeing and hearing about traditions and sights from other countries. We have been to Norway, Sweden, Venice, Ireland, and Greece to name a few.

According to the Perk
Each day in the Perk it is national ____day. In honor of National Puppy Day, we had a pet adoption. Anyone who wanted to choose a stuffed animal did and named it. Residents received an adoption certificate in case their pet ran off which things tend to do around here. We learned from the Perk that cold cereal started out in the 1800’s as an unappetizing health food made from nuggets of bran, California grows the most spinach produced in the USA and Spinach Florentine came about because Catherine de” Medici, the queen of France in 1522 insisted spinach be served at every meal. Did you know the Barbie doll came about when Barbie, the daughter of the co-founder of Matel was playing with baby dolls and giving them adult roles? Also in the Perk, we learned laughter is good medicine. Laughing strengthens abdominal, arm and leg muscles while using humor to cure the soul. Laughter burns up 40 calories for every 10 minutes so laugh away.

Speaking of laughing Ms. Anna Speck is our resident spotlight of the month.
Nothing but work and maybe a little dancing
Anna was born Anna Everson to Cecelia and Adolf Everson on April 18th, 1926 weighing in at only 2 pounds in our house up there on Maple Hill she said. Gladys Rindahl, who delivered lots of babies, was there to help mom take care of me. I was the 2nd of 10 children. I had to take care of all of them so I didn’t have any time to have any fun. It was nothing, but work. Dad did make us some of those sticks, walking sticks. I went through 8th grade and I wasn’t the smartest one. I had to stay home a lot to help with the kids. We had to walk 3 miles one way to school each day and we had to cross the Devil’s Track River. There wasn’t a bridge and it was dangerous to cross.
One time Uncle Chris bought us a bike. I said, “One bike?” Yep, one bike. We all had to take turns on it. There was a lot of crying my turn, my turn. You can imagine. I ran a trap line and I used to catch weasels and beaver. I saved my money from the pelts to go to the dentist. One time I caught a skunk in the trap so I smelled really bad. I said to my mom, “I caught a skunk in the trap.” She said, “I can tell, go change your clothes.” I said I did and she said to go change them again and wash them. I went down to the creek and washed them. We had a farm that included horses, heifers, bulls, chickens, ducks and geese. My favorite was my horse named Blackie. I had to carry water a mile for all the animals every day. One time the cows got out and I had to chase those dam things back up the hill swearing at them the whole way.
World War I was going on while I was growing up. I started working at Cherry’s Bakery as a waitress right across from Vi Wonser’s there. One time my sister Gladys and I went to Duluth to sing on a radio show called Corn’s- A-Poppin’. On the bus on our way home where a whole bunch of WWII Vets coming home on leave. Some of the guys included Paul Johnson, Harvey Mork, and Clyde Boostrom. We sang and played the whole way home for them. All but two of my brothers and sisters played a musical instrument and we played in a band at town halls and things. Those two couldn’t play for nothin’ Anna said with a laugh. I played the mandolin.
I worked at Mable’s Cafe’, Clarence Speck kept coming in, and coming in and finally asked me out. We got married well you figure it out. They were married August 7th, 1946 in Duluth, MN. Why there I asked and she said that’s where Clifford wanted to go. What did Clifford have to do with where they got married I asked? She laughed. She said Gladys and Clifford stood up for them. She doesn’t remember anything about their wedding. I tried coaxing her about whether they had a dance, etc. Well we went out to eat I guess. No music I exclaimed. I can’t imagine you not having music.
They had a farm and raised cattle, pigs, chickens and even foxes. The fox we sold to people for their pelts. Anna and Clarence enjoyed picking all kinds of berries and Anna would make jam for the winter. Clarence didn’t dance and Clarence didn’t play an instrument Anna said with a belly shaking laugh. Anna and Clarence did have three boys close together. Those boys sure knew how to monkey around Anna said with a huge grin on her face.
Clarence and Anna were married 13 years when Clarence passed away leaving Anna to raise the boys. She worked hard at home and at her jobs. Everything was a job. She said her and the boys raised turkeys, but mostly it was Anna working, working, working.
She said she can’t believe she made it to be 94 with all the work she had to do. Anna had her 90th birthday bash at the Legion and moved into the Care Center the next day. Anna loved to bake and according to family was an excellent caramel roll, pie and cake baker. Lloyd chimed in on an interview and said the boys never went hungry no matter where they were working. Anna always brought them something to eat. She enjoys visits from her family and friends either by phone calls, indoor visits, as Essential Caregivers, on FaceTime and with window and patio visits. She’s seen and done it all.
I asked her what advice she has for young people today and she said, “Work hard and get out there and dance!” I asked her what was on her bucket list and she said she likes to bake! I bake!

Thank you’s and stuff
Friend Carol T celebrated her birthday and our friend David Groth passed away. Dave was a man all about the MN Twins and sweets. He usually had a big smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. He is the grandfather to Sarah and father-in-law to Kay Groth, who both work at North Shore Health. Hugs to you and your families from all of us at North Shore Health.
Once again thank you so much to all of you who do so much for us. I had put out on FaceBook for Girl Scout cookies whether we could purchase them or have them donated and we received a visit from a cute little Girl Scout and close to four cases donated. They should keep is in a good supply for a little while. Of course, we have already been in them as we celebrated National Girl Scout week. Thank you for all the homemade treats that have been coming in from the green deviled eggs to our not local anymore beautician so we can look gorgeous. Thank you to the WISE ladies and others who have been calling in to assist with our Read To Me program. Thank you for the donations of stuffed animals and there is oh so much more.

I told one of our residents the other day that she was awesome and she asked me what that meant. Awesome=tremendous, amazing, grand and remarkable, to which you all are.

To our awesome volunteers-we miss you and hope to see you soon!
The Activity Department can be reached at 218-387-3518 or things mailed to:
Activity Dept 515 5th Ave W. Grand Marais, MN 55604

Happy Easter and Happy Spring from all of us at North Shore Living

St Patrick’s Day Nerf gun fun

Iris Shepard and her adopted pets

Anna Speck- Spotlight of the  month/get out there and dance

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Sunday March 28, 2021 - North Shore Health Chemotherapy Services

North Shore Health Chemotherapy Services-North Shore Health is pleased to be to offering a local option for chemotherapy services, which will be coordinated in partnership with a patient’s own oncologist.  ***For more information, please call North Shore Health at 218-387-3040 and ask

to speak with the Hospital Director of Nursing.

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