North Shore Health Care Foundation
Our mission is to benefit health care for those who live, work and visit in Cook County
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The North Shore Health Care Foundation has events that take place all year around that help raise money to support health care for the people who live, work and visit in Cook County.

Open Community Forum on Alzheimer's and other Dementias

April 28, 2015

Last spring the North Shore Health Care Foundation and Care Partners presented a conference on Dementia featuring Dr. Terry Barclay. His clear explanations and up-to-date research engaged a crowd of over 100! Watch the video at under “Events”.
A few notes from the program:  
There are currently 5.2 million Americans with Alzheimer’s with the growing epidemic expected to impact 13 million Americans by 2050. It affects 1 in 9 people 65 and over.
Because the brain changes of Alzheimer’s begin 10-20 years before symptoms appear, it makes sense for all of us to work towards brain health. Look for topics on “Living Well with Alzheimer’s” at
Proven strategies to help maintain brain health: 
Exercise Physical aerobic activity 3-4 times per week include brisk walking, recumbent exercise bike, water aerobics, dancing, or gardening activities.
Nutrition Helpful foods include:  Omega 3 fatty acids      
(2 servings fish weekly), whole grains & phytonutrients. Colorful natural foods with a high nutrient content (blueberries, grapes, dark leafy greens, broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, & cherries, & turmeric). 
The Mediterranean Diet includes lots of fruits and vegetables, fish, legumes (lentils, beans), olive oil, nuts, and is low in red meat. 

Cognitive stimulation challenging & varied activities such as reading, writing, drawing, cards & games, dancing, playing musical instruments, group discussions, and cultural events (plays, concerts). 

Reducing stress (including 7 to 9 hours sleep per night)
Reduce alcohol intake 
    2 drinks/day for men, 1 for women
Other strategies 
    Finding meaning and purpose, 
    Focusing on strengths, 
    Keeping relationships strong, 
    Establishing a routine, and  
    Managing health.

Want to help make Cook County more “Dementia Capable”?  Check out the Act on Alzheimer’s website. Call Care Partners if you are interested in being on a local action team.


Alzheimer's and Other Dementia

Bill Ratner

March 08, 2016

Join Us

March 8, 2016 at 6:30 pm
Arrowhead Center for the Arts
Media Madness: 
a comedic, fun and critical look at 21st century electronic media 
Featuring Bill Ratner

Free and open to the public

Bill Ratner is the author of the book, Parenting for the Digital Age

As Bill put it, this is for people “8 - 80, kids to grandparents”. 

Bill is also going to be at the Grand Marais Public Library on 
Wednesday morning, March 9th 9:00 to 10:30 am .  
This will be a coffee hour aimed at parents of young children.  

Below are the full video and various excerpts from Bill's presentation.
Bill Ratner - Parenting for the Digital Age

Screen Time

Is the Genie Out of the Bottle?

We Still Need Old Technology

Interviews with Kids and Parents

Why I Wrote the Book

Give to the Max Day

November 17, 2016

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2017 Gunflint Lodge BBQ

June 25, 2017
Register to join us for the 2017 Gunflint Lodge BBQ

North Shore Health Care Foundation Annual BBQ is happening on June 25, 2017.

Don't miss this fun event --- a great way to help support
health care in Cook County.

Have you ever been to the NSHCF annual BBQ? If you haven’t, you have missed a great meal and a grand evening “up the trail”.  Sunday, June 25th is the day for this year's BBQ at the Gunflint Lodge. The Red Paddle cash bar opens at 4 pm and the BBQ buffet begins at 5 pm. Chefs at the Lodge prepare BBQ ribs, chicken, salmon, cheesy potatoes, salad, vegetables and dessert. Gerald Thilmany will again serenade us with his accordion. All are invited to sing-a-long or make a request.

Why do we host this BBQ? This event raises funds to help our ENDOWMENT grow. This endowment insures our permanent ability to support health care in Cook County. Check out our web site and learn about our many activities and the projects we support.

To make reservations or get more information please call the Foundation office 
at 218-387-9076 or email

Support health care in Cook County and join us for a fun evening.
Bring a friend or two and watch the sun set on Gunflint Lake.


3rd Quarter Grant Applications due

August 15, 2017

Golf Scramble

October 07, 2017 to October 08,2017
Register Online
Sponsor Online
Superior National at Lutsen

New!!!! Golf Scramble 2017

The 22nd annual golf event will be quite different than past years. Plans have been made to expand golf play from one to two days (Oct. 7 and 8). Times of play will be more convenient. On course games will be enhanced with prizes to be even more attractive. More importantly, this event has always been “MORE THAN GOLF.” Just as the need for the services that the NSHCF provides are increasing we will be able to maximize the value of the sponsorship dollars. Nearly 100% of sponsor’s contributions will be available as direct grant funds to benefit our Cook County residents. This is really what it is all about. The North Shore Health Care Foundation is very pleased to announce receipt of an important contribution. Paul and Carol Schaap have graciously donated $10,000 with the purpose to substantially underwrite the operational expenses of the expanded 2017 NSHCF golf outing. Traditionally held during peak leaf looking season, our golf event has been the primary fund raising event for the Foundation since its inception over twenty years ago, generating hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant dollars for our community. The effects of the Schaap’s generous donation are immediate and far reaching. So, better golf, more fun, greatly improved service to our community; and as if that were not enough we were also able to work more closely with Superior National Golf Course to both our benefits. Thank you to Superior National for helping to underwrite our event over the years through reduced pricing for use of the course. This year Superior National will be made financially whole for the event and we will have needed flexibility for scheduling use of the course. If this were carried forward, our vision of this golf outing becoming a destination golf event with far reaching positive effects on our citizens could be realized.

Major Sponsor $2000 and up

Deluxe Sponsor $1000 and up

Contest Hole Sponsor $500 and up

Hole Sponsor $300 and up

Named Sponsor $100 and up

Click here to see the sponsorship brochure

Golf Scramble October 2016
It was another picture perfect day for the 21st annual North Shore Health Care Foundation Golf Scramble. Twenty-five teams came out to compete in 18 holes on the newly renovated River and Mountain courses. This year we had 3 different contests. Lowest score, Skins, and a county wide fire department tournament within the scramble. We had a tie for first place between Team Gresczyk (Peter and Carline Gresczyk, Gina Gervais, and Dinky Pederson) and Team Fenwick #3 (Casey Van Krevelin, Todd Tosel, Joey Boyce), with team Fenwick #3 coming out on top at the tie breaker.

For the first time in our scramble history we had a hole-in-one winner! Barry Pederson made the once in a lifetime shot to take home the $10,000 winning prize! Our top prizes are insured and paid through Hole in One International. With the hole-in-one shot Barry’s team also had the lowest score on a hole and won the Skins game. Something new this year was a tournament within the scramble between the fire departments in Cook County. This was put on by Michael Valentini and sponsored by Emergency Apparatus Maintenance. This year’s winners were the Gunflint Fire Department and they won $500 towards their annual equipment inspection.

We changed things up this year and finished off our scramble with the 19th Hole Reception at Superior National. Golfers enjoyed catered appetizers by Alyce’s while watching the end of the Ryder Cup on two giant TV’s under the big tent. It was a wonderful day and the scramble was able to bring in over $19,000 in sponsorships that will go into the North Shore Health Care Foundations Grant Fund.

Thank you to all our fabulous volunteers, NSCHF board, golf scramble planning committee, golfers, and our major sponsors, Lakewalk Surgery Center, BOLDT, Agstar Financial, Superior National Golf Course, and all our sponsors.

We wouldn’t be able to have a successful event without all of you! Thanks to all who helped with the 2016 Golf Scramble.

Lee Anderson, Debby Rebischke, John & Barb Bottger, Mary Brislance, Don Davison, 
Heidi Doo-Kirk, Bob Fenwick, Karl Hansen, Nancy Hansen, Sue Hansen, Duane Hasegawa, Barb Heideman, Jayne Johnson, Jack & Sandra McHugh, Inger Andress, Colleen Brennan, Dan & Karen Fehr, Britta Muus, Lee Stewart, Michael & Sally Valentini, Mark & Brooke Youngdahl, Jim & Jane Shinners, Gail Englund, and Bob and Jennifer Fenwick.

Major Sponsors - $1,000 and up
Lakewalk Surgery Center, AgStar Financial Services, BOLDT, Superior National at Lutsen, and the Economic Development Authority.

Contest Hole Sponsors - $500 to $999
Jim and Jane Shinners, Gregg and Jan Strathy, Cascade Lodge, Inc., Central Minnesota Diagnostic Inc., Holiday Station Stores, Ljungkull Family, North Shore Federal Credit Union, St. Luke’s Hospital, Sven and Ole’s, Hedstrom Lumber Co., Bluefin Bay Resort, Isak Hansen’s, Emergency Medical Apparatus, and the IRRRB.

Hole Sponsors - $300 and up
Gail Englund-Red Pine Realty, Arrowhead Cooperative, Blue Water Café, DSGW Architects, George Humphrey Contracting, LLC Gunflint Lodge, Gunflint Trail Excavating, LLC Lutsen Resort, North Shore Waste, Red Pine Realty, Ryden’s Border Store, Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, Thomsonite Beach Inn & Suites, Timberwolff Realty, McClure Insurance, Clifton, Larson, & Allen, Grand Marais State Bank, Grand Portage Lodge and Casino, Cross River Lodge, and Voyaguer Brewing.

Banner Sponsors - $200 to $299
White Pine North, Lutsen Ski and Summer Resort, Grand Marais Family Dentistry, Fryberger Buchanan Smith & Fredrick, Edwin E. Thoreson, Inc., Barb Heideman & Duane Hasegawa, John & Barb Bottger, North Shore Winery, Sawbill Outfitters, and Grand Marais Liquor Store.

Named Sponsors - $100 and $199
Don and Joyce Elvestrom, Barbara and Bill Gabler, Ron and Betty Hemstad, Bernie and Mary Kukar, Judy and Terry Meath, Ann Possis, Fred and Fran Smith, Best Western Plus Superior Inn & Suites, Beth’s Fudge and Gifts, Birchbark Gifts, Coldwell Banker North Shore, Grand Marais Super America, Hungry Jack Lodge & Campground, Lamb’s Resort, Mathison & Vos, PLLC, North Shore Oil & Propane, Picnic & Pine, and Joynes Drury Lane Books.

Other Donations and Team Sponsorships
Bernick’s Reinhart Food Services, Dockside Fish Market, Coho Cafe, World’s Best Donuts, North Shore Health, Angry Trout Café, North House Folk School, Hedstrom Lumber Co., Bob and Jennifer Fenwick, Emergency Medical, Apparatus, MN State Lottery, Michael Valentini, Sundew Technical Services, Grand Marais State Bank, and Alyce’s Catering.SAVE THE DATE!!!

See you next year!





           Lakewalk Surgery Center                       Lutsen Resort
           Arrowhead Pharmacy

           North Shore Federal Credit Union         St. Luke's Hospital
           The Ljungkull Family                               Jan & Greg Strathy
           Jo & Margie Grinnell
                               Central Minnesota Diagnostic, Inc.
           Montan Family Cousins                          Cascade Lodge & Restaurant
           Rob & Anne Wight                                   Minnesota Power
           Kraus-Anderson Construction               Bluefin Bay Resort
           Sven & Ole's Pizza

John & Barb Bottger                               Grand Portage Lodge & Casino
           Memorial Blood Centers                         Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery
           Thomsonite Beach Inn & Suites            DSGW Architects
           McClure Insurance Agency                    Arrowhead Cooperative

           E.R. Perry Signs & Engraving                Lutsen Mountains
           Sawtooth Mountain Clinic Providers

           Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith & Frederick, P.A.                White Pine North
           Edwin E. Thoreson, Inc.                                                  Johnson's Foods
           Beth's Fudge & Gifts                                                       Chateau LeVeaux
           George F. Maruska, Ltd.                                                  Leatrice & Tom Benson
           Disability Specialist, Inc.

This event is about so much more than golf. It is about health care in Cook County. The golf event is our primary funding source for all the grants we give. Click here for a complete list of over $620,000 given since 1995 - all benefiting health care for everyone who lives, works and visits in Cook County.

You can register online, or print a registration form and return it to the Foundation Office. Either way, you will be assigned a team number and confirmed by return mail.

Not a Golfer? You can still participate in this important event. Sponsors are always welcome...and needed! You may also choose to be a volunteer during the event. Thank you for your early registration.

For more information, please contact Brooke Youngdahl at 218-387-4433, or by e-mail at
  at Superior National at Lutsen
September 27, 2015 

Click here for printable Golf Registration Form

Cancer fund

North Shore Travel Fund for Cancer Patients

$200 Travel support is  available for any cancer patient in Cook County. If you have a cancer diagnosis, print out a voucher by clicking below, or pick one up at Sawtooth Mountain Clinic. Fill out the simple form, and get it signed by a doctor or nurse to verify. Drop off the voucher at the North Shore Health Care Foundation office in the lower level of the clinic, or mail it to PO Box 454, GM, MN 55604.  We will mail a check in a few days.

In 2007 the staff at 1010 Interiors decided they wanted to do something to help the alarming number of local women being diagnosed with various cancers. A special fund was set up specifically to reimburse a small part of the expenses incurred by people with cancer who have to travel for treatment. The second annual Tour of Homes was September 27, 2008 in and around Grand Marais. 1010 Interiors invited the public to see three homes that showed off the work of local contractors and designers.  In 2009, seven local people benefited from this program. They were all very gratified to feel the support of the community at such a difficult time.

Studio 61 Salon held their first annual “Cut for the Cure” on October 9th, 2008.  Everyone was invited to come in for a haircut, enjoy special treats, and receive a gift bag with lots of prizes and gift certificates from many local businesses.  All the donations are going to the foundation to provide more and larger vouchers for cancer patients in Cook County. Andrea did thirty-one haircuts in one day, and many more clients could not get in!

Many other donations have supported this fund, including the Grand Marais Garden Club, the West End Garden Club and Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.

Thank You So Much!
Form for Cancer Travel Fund

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Honoring Choices - Completing Your Health Care Directive

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Honoring Choices

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