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Janette Strathy, M.D., Fellow of the American Congress of Gynecologists and Obstetricians, comes well-recommended. That is probably no surprise to her former Cook County High School classmates, who knew her as Jan Hansen.
Strathy is the recipient of Park Nicollet Foundation’s 2013 Earl G. Young Physician of Excellence award. The award is in memory of the late Dr. Earl Young, a surgeon at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park and professor of surgery and coordinator of surgical residency at the University of Minnesota.
According to a bulletin from the May 8 award presentation, the award is presented annually to a medical staff member selected by his or her colleagues for epitomizing Dr. Young’s standards of unwavering dedication, kindness and compassion, as well as professional excellence – a “doctor’s’ doctor.”
Dr. Strathy is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hamline University in St. Paul. She received her medical degree at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota, where she also completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology. She joined St. Louis Park Medical Center in 1985.
The bulletin states: “Dr. Strathy’s commitment and dedication to her profession is portrayed by her years of service on local, regional, and national levels.”
The Cook County North Shore Hospital board spent considerable time at its June 20, 2013 meeting discussing how to avoid discouraging local residents and current employees from applying for the open controller job. The meeting was the last one for long-time controller Yvonne Gennrich, who took a job with another hospital nearer to family.
The new controller will be an employee of St. Luke’s Hospital, North Shore Hospital’s administrative partner, as this will afford access to potentially useful information that would not be available if the controller were an employee of North Shore Hospital.
The job description presented at the meeting listed the minimum qualifications as a bachelor’s degree in accounting, business, or a related field and three years related work experience including years of supervisory experience in a hospital or healthcare-related organization or other equivalent experience. The preferred qualifications included an MBA.
Board member Justin Meuller said he received a note from a hospital employee who was concerned that the preferred qualifications would eliminate local residents from the running.
As of 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, firefighters from several North Shore departments were fighting a fire at Zion Lutheran Church at 6867 Highway 1 in Finland.
A page went out to the Finland and Silver Bay at approximately 9 p.m. with a request for mutual aid from Schroeder and Tofte at 9:05 p.m. The Lutsen Fire Department was eventually paged to assist as well.
The initial cause of the fire is believed to have been a lightning strike. No further details are available at this time.
School counselor Bryan Hackbarth submitted his resignation this summer and has taken a job as assistant principal at the Cass Lake-Bena Area Learning Center in Cass Lake.
This spring, the school board had considered eliminating the school counselor position, but after a huge showing of support for Hackbarth which included testimonies regarding how he had helped students and kept them engaged in school, his job was retained.
Hackbarth was qualified for the new 6-12 principal position but did not apply for it.
Whether he will be replaced by a full-time school counselor is unknown, the school board is looking at ways to work with Cook County Higher Education and the Human Development Center to provide services that had been offered by the school counselor.
Also leaving is sixth-grade math and science teacher and girls’ basketball coach Todd Toulouse, who resigned to take a job as dean of students at Little Falls Community Middle School. His position has not been filled yet.
Two vacancies left by the retirement of teachers Dena Schliep and Joan Ege will be filled by Lacey Smith, teaching kindergarten, and Karen Obinger teaching second grade.
A class designed to introduce side arms to women who would like to become familiar with pistols is being offered July 13 at the Community Center log cabin.
This is an opportunity to learn about and shoot various pistols. It is not a carry permit class. Ear and eye protection are required for the afternoon range session.
The class will be instructed by Mary Manning of the DNR and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (with a lunch break). A $10 fee, payable to Community Education, is required. Space is limited to 25 participants.
To register, call Community Education at (218) 387-2000, ext. 533.