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North Shore Hospital board discusses Ebola

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:44am

Although the Ebola crisis may seem far away, the local hospital and clinic have been taking measures to mitigate the danger to Cook County residents should the illness reach our doorsteps.

At the October 23 hospital board meeting, Cook County North Shore Hospital/Care Center administrator Kimber Wraalstad said, “We are receiving many updates and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), American Hospital Association, Minnesota Hospital Association, Minnesota Department of Health and St. Luke’s Hospital.”

Staff members that register patients are receiving training on the Ebola screening process, said Wraalstad, adding, “The Cook County Emergency Preparedness Committee has come together for a situational awareness meeting. This includes the Emergency Manager, Cook County Public Health, Grand Portage Public Health, Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and Cook County North Shore Hospital and Care Center. Together with our county partners, we are preparing to safely manage a patient with Ebola or other infectious disease.”

Wraalstad said other measures include, “updating Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits, equipment as well as polices and procedures in case of an exposure.”

Wraalstad said, “It is very, very unlikely that we will ever see an Ebola patient,” but she added, “this is a good opportunity to review the various precautions that are used and to have employees practice using PPE.”


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Benefit in Finland for Ahlbeck family cancelled

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:53am

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the benefit for the family of Richie Ahlbeck has been cancelled. A number of Cook and Lake county community members have participated in the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course, working together on a 20-hour FEMA curriculum, learning how citizens can be prepared for hazards and how to deal with disasters. One CERT member, Deb Ahlbeck, lost her husband, Richie Ahlbeck, to cancer recently, and her emergency services colleagues in Lake County were sponsoring a fundraiser to help the family with multiple medical bills and expenses on November 2.  

Although the benefit has been cancelled, anyone who would like to make a financial donation to help the family may do so in at the North Shore Federal Credit Union.

Grand Marais Art Colony's Annual Member Show begins October 30

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:30pm

The Grand Marais Art Colony is having its Annual Members Show starting October 30 and running through November 23. WTIP volunteer Mary Manning spoke  with Carolyn Fritz, the Art Colony’s events director, on North Shore Morning.  

OCTOBER 30 - NOVEMBER 23, 2014
Thursday, October 30
Annual Member Meeting - 4pm
Opening Reception - 5-7pm
Exhibit runs through Sunday, November 23

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Curling Club offers session for beginners starting October 29

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 2:56pm

The Cook County Curling Club is preparing for a new season, and opportunities for beginners start Wednesday, October 29.  WTIP volunteer Randy Eastlund spoke with club secretary Joanne Smith on North Shore Morning. 

The beginners’ session runs seven weeks starting Wednesday, October 29, and running through December 10, from 5:30 to 7 pm.  More information from Joanne at 387-2052.

The Cook County Curling Club will start its season Monday, November 3, and teams are now forming for leagues.  Whether you are on a team or looking to get on a team or just curious about curling, the Club is asking that all interested curlers contact one of the following three people as soon as possible.  If you would like to play in the Wednesday Mixed League or are a beginner looking for information contact Joanne Smith at 387-2052 or  For the Monday/Tuesday Open League or Wednesday Afternoon League contact Bill Parish at 387-2382 or or Chuck Futterer at 387-9393 or

(Photo by Peter Miller on Flickr)

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Wednesday is a busy day for active agers at Birch Grove Community Center

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:14am

West End Lifelong Learners (W.E.L.L.) and Seniors Connect West are having a fantastic fall. Their first outing was a bus tour of the Lake Superior South Shore which happened the last week of September.  Everyone took amazing photos and the adventure will be shared in large digital slide shows over the next few weeks during the 55 & better lunches at Birch Grove Community Center.

Wednesday continues to be the primary day for active agers programming which includes 10:30 a.m. fitness, 11:30 a.m. lunch, 12:30 p.m. social or classes.  General admission is $5 suggested donation. If anyone would like more information on WELL or Seniors Connect West may call Caroline at (218) 663-7977.


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Bluegrass Masters Weekend returns to Lutsen Resort

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:09am

Each year the North Shore Music Association sponsors a dynamic weekend for bluegrass musicians and fans at Lutsen Resort. Friday is check-in, registration, and jamming. Saturday is workshops, more jamming, and an evening concert by our featured group. And Sunday is... more jamming before check-out. It's a pickin' weekend in a relaxed setting—a wonderful opportunity to connect with your bluegrass friends.

This year's event is scheduled for Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 and features the mandolin. Featured instructor is Emory Lester, who will be joined by guitarist Marc Roy and bassist Kene Hyatt in concert.

Lester is one of the day’s foremost exponents of the acoustic mandolin. The power and attack of his playing are unmatched, and his sound is infectious. He has inspired and influenced many of today’s current wave of mandolinists, pointing the way with his clean, clear, fast, and efficient mandolin techniques.

He is currently touring with Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa, performing shows across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the U.K. His 14-year friendship and musical collaboration with clawgrass banjoist Mark Johnson has yielded four creative recording projects.

For more about Bluegrass Masters Weekend and Emory Lester, call the North Shore Music Association at (218) 387-2916.


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