Cook County North Shore Hospital and Care Center - Laboratory Technical Specialist

Cook County North Shore Hospital has a full time Lab Tech position available

(72 - 80 hours per pay period).  This position is available immediately.

Generalist duties:  testing in all areas of the laboratory, including Hematology, Coagulation, Urinalysis, Serology, Chemistry, Microbiology and Transfusion Medicine.  You will be performing Phlebotomist/Lab Aide duties as well.

Technical Specialist duties:  assisting in oversight of the General, Microbiology and Transfusion Medicine departments, assisting with duties related to Laboratory Informatics, serving as a technical leader in the laboratory, and performing other specialist duties as identified.

Applicants must be available to work a flexible, non-routine schedule, including a rotating schedule of being on-call 24/7, weekends, holidays, and overtime.

Applicants must be professional, responsible, reliable, self-motivated, able to work independently, have excellent communication skills, and are prepared to demonstrate excellence, integrity, communication, and quality throughout all aspects of their job functions.

To qualify for an interview:  applicants must possess a current ASCP certification as an MLS, have a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science, and have the minimum required clinical laboratory experience for the position.

Preferred Clinical Laboratory experience:  four years experience as a Laboratory Generalist, four years experience in both Microbiology and Transfusion Medicine, one year experience in Laboratory Informatics/LIS, and verifiable experience in advanced computer skills and procedure development.

CONTACT: Michele Starkey
PHONE: 218-387-3040
DATE: 06/30/2015 02:32pm

Creative Mapmaking at the Art Colony

Creative Mapmaking with Karina Cutler-Lake
Tuition: $150
Supply Fee: $22

Experience the ways creative mapmaking techniques, rooted in studio art and design practice, can help to represent and document our life experiences. Often inherent in this exploration is the idea of Place, a way of understanding the unique properties of our surroundings and our location within them. Karina will guide students in examining these topics through art making, reading, and discussion fortified with local exploration. Students will leave with several new creative techniques, as well as a collection of handmade maps that illustrate how they interact with place and time.

Other July Classes:

Shoot the Twilight with Bryan Hansel

July 11 | 6pm - 10pm
Tuition: $95

Golden Acrylics Technical Lecture with Bonnie Cutts

July 14 | FREE/registration required

Acrylic Marathon with Bonnie Cutts

July 15 - 17 | 9am - 4pm
Tuition: $285
Supply Fee: $44

Altered Books: Youth Class (for ages 10 - 16) with Kim Knutson

Wednesday, July 15 | Noon - 4pm (for ages 10 - 16)
Tuition: $35

Block Printing: Start to Finish with Kelly Dupre

July 18 - 19 & 20 | 9am - 4pm
Tuition: $150 | Supply Fee: $38

Crazy About Collages with Bonnie Cutts

July 18 - 19 | 9am - 4pm
Tuition: $190 | Supply Fee: $32

Fused Glass Jewelry with Gretchen Lisdahl

July 18 - 19 | 9am - 4pm
Tuition: $150 | Supply Fee: $77

Watercolor: Youth Class (for ages 6 - 12) with John Franz and David Hahn

CONTACT: Grand Marais Art Colony
PHONE: 218-387-2737
DATE: 06/30/2015 02:02pm

City Council reaffirms that vacation rentals are not allowed in residential areas

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 1:48pm

At the June 10 Grand Marais City Council meeting, Councilor Tim Kennedy said the Grand Marais Planning Commission had revisited the issue of permitting vacation rentals in residential zones, a use which is now prohibited, and decided to take no action, meaning they re-affirmed the zoning standards. Kennedy cited three factors that went into the decision: that vacation rental is incompatible with residential neighborhoods; zones already exist in the city that allow vacation rentals; and there has been no formal request from the public requesting the change.

Due to the planning commission’s decision, City Administrator Mike Roth said he would notify those people who are known to be unlawfully operating vacation rentals.


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Cook County Vikings preparing for nine-man football

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 1:46pm

It seems early in the year, but Cook County High School football players are already thinking of fall. With fewer students in school, and fewer student-athletes to draw from, the Cook County High School football team hasn’t had a lot of success the last couple of years.

But a change from 11-man to 9-man football should help, although there is bound to be a fairly steep learning curve in a game tends to have quite a bit more high-octane offense than 11-man football.

To help offset that change, the Vikings sent 17 players to the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) annual football team camp during the week of June 15.

Head Coach Mitch Dorr said, “We used the time to learn and practice new offensive and defensive schemes that they will be running as a 9-man football team.”

The majority of the time was spent scrimmaging against other 9-man teams said Dorr.

At the end of the camp the Viking coaching staff left feeling very optimistic about the team and the transition to 9-man, said Dorr.


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County approves improvements for Hovland Town Hall

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 1:45pm

Commissioner Frank Moe presented his colleagues with a list of renovations his constituents would like to see at the Hovland Town Hall, along with estimates for the work totaling $55,077.80. Moe noted that that figure included some items that had already been approved, such as the purchase and installation of playground equipment and the painting of the building. 

Moe said in particular there are concerns about the town hall foundation, which is deteriorating because of water damage. He said the building needs rain gutters and landscaping to drain the water away from the foundation.

Other items requested included painting, scraping and general maintenance of building, a picnic pavilion, picnic tables, benches and garbage cans.

Commissioner Ginny Storlie said the town hall and the Trinity Lutheran Church make a nice little community center. She said preserving the town hall building is important.

Commissioner Heidi Doo-Kirk noted that the county owns a lot of buildings and expressed concern that this would be adding to the county’s budget for building maintenance.

Moe agreed that there is a backlog of capital improvements. He said, “It’s hard not to be parochial, but there are other places in the county that have meeting places. There is nothing like that in the east end.”

Doo-Kirk spoke passionately about needs at the Cook County Airport, noting that the airport board worked hard to find funding for its needs.

Commissioner Jan Sivertson said she felt the Hovland community did get “left out” of the 1 percent recreation and infrastructure discussion. “I do think this is a fairness issue,” she said.

Noting that some money had already been earmarked for improvements at the Hovland Town Hall, the board voted to approve spending an additional $42,000 from its building fund. Commissioner Doo-Kirk cast a nay vote. 

Chiapas, Mexico: Trip Presentation 7/2, 6:30

All are invited to attend a presentation on the recent missions trip to the Zapatista community in Chiapas, Mexico.

July 2


St. John's Catholic Church
Lower Level Fellowship Hall

CONTACT: First Congregational UCC
PHONE: 218 387 2113
DATE: 06/30/2015 01:33pm