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 16, 2016

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2017 Gunflint Lodge BBQ

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

19th Annual Gunflint Lodge BBQ

Sunday afternoon June 25th was not ideal weather for a patio meal, but the new owners of Gunflint Lodge, John and Mindy Fredrikson were able to accommodate our party of 87 very nicely in Justine’s dining room and the Red Paddle Bistro. Bruce and Sue Kerfoot were happy guests, sitting down this year and reminiscing about founding mothers Justine Kerfoot and Adel Tiffany and so many other Gunflint Trail community leaders that were instrumental in starting the foundation. Although there is now competition from many other activities on the trail, most agree that this is the social event of the year. Of course Jerry Thilmany’s accordion set the mood, and our Oral Health Task Force staff provided a display of information about their work. Several summer residents were amazed at the scope and success of the task force work with the children of Cook County. The fundraiser for the endowment fund netted $3534, 33% more than the previous best year in 2014. Mark your calendar for June 24, 2018! 
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 2018 - September dates!

September 22, 2018 to September 23,2018
Register Online
Sponsor Online
Superior National at Lutsen

Thank you to everyone who participated this weekend. It would not be possible without your generous support!‚Äč
The North Shore Health Care Foundation would like to thank everyone who made the 22nd Annual Golf Scramble the most successful ever through the generosity of their money, service and time. It is because of your support and involvement that we are able to continue improving health care for those who live, work and visit in CookCounty.
The North Shore Health Care Foundation would especially like to thank our

Primary Sponsor: Paul and Carol Schaap
Select Sponsors: Roger and Phyllis Sherman and Lakewalk Surgery Center

Bluefin Bay Resorts
Boldt Company
Compeer Financial
Jim and Jane Shinners
Killebrew Root Beer

Bearskin Lodge
Cascade Lodge
Central Minnesota Diagnostic Inc.
DSGW Architechts
Grand Marais State Bank
Gregg and Jan Strathy
Hedstrom Lumber Company
Isak Hansen’s True Value
Ljungkull Family
North Shore Federal Credit Union
S&C Masonry-Concrete, Inc.
Sven and Ole’s
Crawford Excavating
North Shore Health

Arrowhead Cooperative
Beth’s Fudge and Gifts
Birchbark Books and Gifts
Blue Water Café
Fenwick Family and Friends
Buck’s Hardware Hank
Caribou Highlands
Cascade Vacation Rentals
Lutsen Real Estate
Chris Steele
Clifton Larson
Cross River Lodge
Emergency Apparatus Maintenance, Inc.
Fryberger Law Firm
Gail Englund, Red Pine Realty
Grand Marais Family Dentistry
Grand Marais Wellness Center
Grand Portage Lodge and Casino
Gunflint Lodge & Outfitters
Gunflint Trail Excavating
Java Moose
John and Barb Bottger
Johnson’s Foods
Licari, Larsen and Co. CPA’s
Lutsen Resort
McClure Insurance Agency
My Brother’s Place Auto
North Shore Mining
North Shore Title
North Shore Waste
North Shore Winery
Picnic & Pine
Red Pine Realty, Mike
Ryden’s Border Store
Sawtooth Mountan Clinic Physicians
Security Bank & Trust Co.
Thomsonite Beach Inn
Timberwolff Realty

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
Grand Marais Liquor Store

1010 Interiors, Inc.
Ann Possis
Barbara and Bill Gabler
Barb Heideman & Duane Hasegawa
Best Western Plus Superior Inn
Betsy Bowen Gallery & Studios
Betty and Ron Hemstad
Coldwell Banker North Shore
Crooked Spoon Café
Dockside Fish Market
Don and Joyce Elvestrom
Edwin E. Thoreson, Inc.
Fred and Fran Smith
Hughie’s Taco House
Hungry Jack Lodge and Campground
Jack and Sandra McHugh
Judy and Terry Meath
Lake Superior Trading Post
Lamb’s Resort
Lockport Marketplace
Lutsen Ski & Summer Resort
Marilyn and Rob Ilstrup
Mathison & Vos, PLLC
Moguls Grille and Taproom
Nace Hagemann Construction
Norshor Insurance Agency
Northern Wilds
North Shore Oil & Propane
Sawbill Canoe Outfitters
Sivertson Studio, Gallery and
Frame Shop
The Mountain Shop at Lutsen

Valentini’s Vicino Lago
Voyageur Brewing Co.
World’s Best Donuts

Lee Anderson
Inger Andress
John and Barb Bottger
Mary Brislance
Sandy Dahl
Heidi Doo-Kirk
Gail Englund
Dan and Karen Fehr
Bob Fenwick
Karl Hansen
Sue Hansen
Nancy Hanson
Kelly Holtzman
Annette Honer
Jayne Johnson
Jerry Lilija
Jack and Sandra McHugh
Cherlyn Morrison
Debby Rebischke
Lee Stewart
Michael and Sally Valentini
Kimber Wraalstad

AmericInn Tofte
Angry Trout Café
Caribou Highlands Lodge
Emergency Apparatus Maintenance, Inc.
Killebrew Root Beer
Grand Portage Lodge and Casino
Great Gifts
Hot Deals Minnesota
Napa Grand Marais Auto Parts
Monte Carlo Restaurant
Renaissance Hotels


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

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.

The North Shore Travel Fund for Cancer Treatment is a long name for a small program that was started by 1010 Interiors in 2007. Since that time 80 people have received $200 stipends.
The horror of a cancer diagnosis is certainly not reduced by these checks, but the only thing that all the patients have in common is that they are told to go to Duluth or further for tests and
treatments, and no insurance covers the travel. Over the years we have received many gifts for this fund, including the Girls Volleyball Dig for the Cure event, and no foundation funds have been used for it. At this time, the fund is empty. The board voted at a recent meeting to continue to give the stipends as we get requests from providers, but additional gifts will be needed. One method of “supporting health care” that we are do not intend to pursue is grants to individuals for their own care, but we are pleased to pass through these funds. We are in a
position to help anyone in the community, while an individual gift to a friend or acquaintance would often be awkward or impossible. We have many heartfelt thank you notes from recipients or their families.

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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