Around Cook County
From Grand Portage to mid-trail to Grand Marais and back to Portage. Sound like a sled dog race? WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Beth Drost about the Gichigami Express.
It’s sports galore at CCMS! This week on Cook County Middle School News, teacher Pam Taylor gives the lowdown on all the great things happening with Cook County Athletics. We hear from John Muus on CCHS Varsity Tennis, April Wahlstrom on CCMS/CCHS Cross Country, Jen Sutton on 7th Grade Girls Volleyball and others!
There’s so much going on at Sawtooth Elementary! Kara Ramey of the Youth Radio Project brings us this edition of Sawtooth Elementary School News. This week, she fills us in on the first edition of Viking Voice Monthly which will be going home with students soon, International Peace Day events, the 100th year anniversary of the Cook County Courthouse, and much more.
Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. The pending wolf season runs into a possible snag, mineral leases are being let by the DNR, a sexual predator hearing was held in district court, and there’s city and county accord on the new community center…all in this week’s news.
Hospital building codes have changed since North Shore
Hospital was remodeled in 1994. Architect Rebecca Lewis of DSGW
Architects, who was involved in that project, talked to the hospital
board on August 23 about changes they might want to consider.
North Shore Hospital has a lot of corridors—just ask anyone who’s
wandered around feeling lost in the maze. Collapsing some of those
corridors might make better use of space, Lewis said, and “right-
sizing” should be part of the equation.
Lewis, hired to help the hospital examine its use of space, has
inventoried spaces, interviewed staff, and investigated projected
future uses. Her recommendation includes decreasing the size of the
care center, increasing other areas such as the radiology, emergency
room, and lab departments, and keeping support staff space the same.
Health care keeps changing, said Hospital Administrator Kimber
Wraalstad, and whatever remodeling they do should allow flexibility so
that spaces can be reconfigured as needed. Lewis concurred, saying
that things such as countertops that used to be built in are now being
designed so they can be moved around.
Hospitals also need to have the infrastructure to make use of
potential Internet applications, Lewis said.
A very big hospital concept today is making some rooms big enough for
family members to stay and help provide care, Lewis said. Another
trend is mobile units for services that were once housed in buildings,
such as dentistry, counseling, and wellness promotion.
Lewis presented the board with some design ideas, including a unified
Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen is offering “artist afternoons” in September. Visit the gallery at 17 Railroad Drive in Lutsen on Sunday, September 23 to see a demonstration on baskets by Judie Johnson from 1 – 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided during artist demos. Learn more about the artists and Last Chance Gallery at www.LastChanceFab.com.