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Justin Mueller earns hospital certification

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:07am

Five hospital trustees from across the state were recognized for earning certification through the Minnesota Hospital Association’s trustee certification program. The comprehensive certification process prepares hospital trustees to effectively meet the growing demands of serving on a hospital board and to be strong health care and community leaders.   

Participating from Cook County North Shore Hospital in Grand Marais was Justin Mueller.

Hospital trustees received training on current health care trends, governance best practices, ethics, government regulations, patient safety, and quality. Participants underwent 35 hours of coursework, making Minnesota’s initiative the most comprehensive in the nation.

“In Minnesota, more and more hospital trustees are formally preparing themselves to address the often-complicated issues facing hospitals and health systems today,” said Lawrence Massa, MHA president and CEO.

“With so many changes in health care policy and practice — especially under federal and state health care reform — hospital trustees want this kind of support to be strong leaders in their organizations,” he added. “And earning this certification demonstrates a trustee’s commitment to the patients and communities the hospital serves.”



This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald


Volunteers Needed at Devil Track Wildflower Sanctuary

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 11:31am

The Wildflower Sanctuary along the Devil Track River is in the process of being restored and maintained. Anne and Chris Hegg spoke with WTIP volunteer Joey Detrick on North Shore Morning. 

Volunteers are needed to keep it maintained, with regular workdays on the 3rd Sunday of each month from April to October, at 10:00 am.  All are welcome and appreciated. Work will focus on identifying, signing, weeding and maintaining the flowers. Some tools will be available, but bring your own if you have them.  A mosquito jacket and gloves are recommended. 
The sanctuary is located 5 1/2 miles from town, just off the Gunflint trail on County Road 60.  Parking is at the new entrance just before the Devil's Track River Bridge. 

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Carl Gawboy exhibit opens at Cross River Heritage Center August 5

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 11:17am

On Aug. 5 the opportunity to see a constellation of Carl Gawboy’s migration to a seasoned world of artistic expression begins at Cross River Heritage Center in Schroeder. The exhibition at Cross River Heritage Center includes watercolor pieces from Bois Forte Heritage Center in Tower, Minnesota as well as other private collections.

Gallery pieces for sale include the Voyageurs Bench Gawboy created with fabricator Jay Newcomb.  The Voyageurs Bench is painted on plywood and acrylic and attached to the Jay Newcomb bench. The bench has been on permanent display at the Duluth Pack Store in Canal Park and returned to Newcomb for restorative touches.  It now sits prominently in the main gallery at Cross River Heritage Center.

Ink Drawings from Morton and Gawboy’s Talking Sky will be exhibited at Cross River Heritage Center. On Sunday, Aug. 17 at 1 p.m. Gawboy and Morton will be at Cross River Heritage Center for a Talking Sky book signing.

2 clinics get $250K grants for mental health

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 10:15am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two Minnesota clinics have each received federal grants of $250,000 to improve and increase their mental-health services.

The clinics are the Open Door Health Center of Mankato and the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in Grand Marais.

Rita Plourde, executive director of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, says family physicians at her clinic are treating an increasing number of patients with mental-health needs.

She hopes to use the money to hire in-house behavioral health specialists. That could include clinical psychologists and mental-health counselors.

The grant money is from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It was awarded through the Affordable Care Act.

Great news for Cook County High School baseball

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 10:34am

Some great news for the Cook County High School baseball team was announced this week. CCHS Baseball Coach Arleigh Jorgenson announced last week that the Minnesota Twins Community Fund had awarded ISD 166 a Twins Field for Kids grant of $10,000 for the purpose of upgrading the field.

Jorgenson said the project has been on the back burner since 2007 when a large number of community backers contributed a little over $7,000 specifically for this task.

He said, “With in kind donations of time and labor equaling $3,000, the complete match is in place for completion of a $20,000 project.”

Local contractor Rick Crawford and his crew have already begun work on the field.

Congressman Rick Nolan to visit Cook County August 4-5

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 10:31am

U.S. Congressman Rick Nolan will be making several stops during a visit to the county on August 4 – 5. Nolan will hold a veterans round table Aug. 4 at the Cook County Senior Center in Grand Marais from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

“With so many urgent issues concerning the VA and veterans across our nation, I urge veterans and their families to join me to share your views and opinions,” said Nolan. “Whether it be about wait times at the VA, unsubstantial benefits, or issues with access to care in rural areas – I want to hear your experience,” Nolan said.

Among the items for discussion will be the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, the bipartisan bill to reform the VA and improve veterans’ access to and quality of care. This round table is in addition to forums the congressman has held in Duluth, Little Falls, Brainerd, and Hibbing.

Following the forum, Nolan will hold a lunch meeting with local city, county, and economic development officials at the Landing at Devil Track Resort to discuss local initiatives and projects. Representatives from a local airport expansion group have also been invited.

On Tuesday, August 5, the Cook County DFL is hosting a luncheon at Cook County Higher Education from noon to 1 p.m. The public is invited and light refreshments will be served.