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Hospital board members listened to a dizzy array of numbers and ever changing regulations pertaining to the services offered and operating costs needed to run the Cook County North Shore Hospital and Care Center (CCNSCC) at the January 17 board meeting. At the end of the meeting the board passed a resolution to move ahead to seek information on the best ways to re-design the hospital and care center to maximize efficiencies in staff and to potentially provide more services that could generate more revenue.
Part of the motion put forward by Hospital Board Member Howard Abrahamson guarantees that all of the current services will remain unchanged as they proceed with plans to seek an architectural firm and ways to fund the project.
Before voting, the board listened to a two-hour presentation by Kimber Wraalstad, hospital administrator, who gave them a financial review of the North Shore Care Center, the hospital, home health and the ambulance services that stretched back to 2006.
In 2011 the hospital generated revenue totaling $1,863,294. This was offset by losses of $127,827 from the ambulance service, a loss of $224,787 by home health care, and a loss of $1,405,106 from the care center resulting in net revenue of $105,574.
While a complete financial audit isn’t finished for 2012, Wraalstad noted that the care center’s losses were $937,000 for 2012, far better then the $1,405,106 loss the care center suffered in 2011.
Wraalstad asked the board if it wanted to continue running the 37-bed care center despite its losing money. All of the board members, Tom Spence, Kay Olson, Justin Mueller and Abrahamson said they strongly supported continuing operation of the care center.
“I’ve heard unbelievable support for the care center,” said Spence.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's deer harvest declined in 2012 but officials say it was a safe season for people who took to the woods.
Final numbers released Monday show that Minnesota hunters killed nearly 185,000 deer, down 4 percent from 2011.
The decline was expected because the DNR issued fewer permits to take antlerless deer in a move to build up the deer population.
The archery harvest was up 5 percent and the muzzleloader harvest increased 1 percent, but the firearms harvest was down 5 percent from last year.
The DNR says only one hunter fatality and 19 injuries were reported.
One World Endeavors reported Monday night that Grand Marais Arctic adventurer Lonnie Dupre was within two hours of his base camp on Denali and should reach the camp on Tuesday.
"We've just heard that Lonnie is a couple hours away from base camp," said OWE's Stevie Anna Plummer in an Email to WTIP. . "Weather will permit when we can fly in and get him. We're hoping sometime by Friday. Thursday looks promising, but you can never really tell with Alaska weather."
OWE's map of Denali shows that Dupre had gone across the Kahiltna Glacier and that he was near Heartbreak Hill on his descent. His base camp is at 7,200 feet.
He was descending from a camp at 14,200 feet. He retreated there from his camp at 17,200 where temperatures in his snow cave dropped to -35 degrees F and snow conditions did not allow for creation of a safe snow cave, He reported the life-threatening conditions and dwindling supplies forced him to cut short his ascent.
Dupre was in his third attempt to become the first person to reach the summit alone Alaska’s 20,320-foot Mount McKinley in the winter.
Dupre's expedition can be followed at www.oneworldendeavors.com.
Celebrate Minnesota’s most legendary season with Winter Tracks, a 10-day family-friendly festival from February 1 - 13, 2013 in Cook County featuring the Lutsen Mountains Family Fun Fest, Cook County Ridge Riders Snowmobile Fun Run and Easter Seals 10th annual Grand Portage Snowarama along with a Plein Air Painting Competition, snow sculptures, luminary lit ski trails, guided snowshoe tours, dog sled or horse-drawn sleigh rides, live music and more.
The various events will take place throughout the county including Lutsen/Tofte, Grand Marais, Grand Portage and the Gunflint Trail.
For more information contact the Cook County Visitor’s Bureau at (218) 387-2788 or see http://www.visitcookcounty.com/wintertracks
What is Ink Day? It is a family-friendly opportunity for the community to come into the Grand Marais Art Colony print studio and make a unique print.
The first event is Print Your Valentines. Drop in anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. on Feb. 2 and for $5 create your own Valentines.
The Art Colony invites all ages to this printmaking event – an afternoon of hands-on creative fun. Experience the Art Colony's professional print studio with coaching and assistance from experienced printmakers. All supplies are provided for you to make your own unique printed Valentines and art pieces. Stop by at any point throughout the afternoon. (Youth under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Nancy Larson, recently appointed Gunflint district ranger for the Superior National Forest, will speak at Cook County Higher Education's January Business Networking Luncheon.
Larson's talk will begin at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Harbor Light Supper Club, 1615 West Highway 61 in Grand Marais. The event will conclude by 1 p.m. Cost is $20.
Larson is a 23-year U.S. Forest Service veteran who comes to Grand Marais from the Chippewa National Forest in Cass Lake. She has served in a variety of roles at national forests from West Virginia to California—including five years in Cook, MN. as LaCroix District ranger on the Superior National Forest. Larson holds a degree in forestry from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI.
Larson's Jan. 30 talk will include a general overview of the national forest system and policies, an introduction to who she is and details of the 2013 work program for the Gunflint District.
To attend the Larson luncheon, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 218-387-3411. Please register by Monday, Jan. 28.