Appreciating Caregivers

Do you provide care for an older adult? Do you assist them with groceries, appointments, bills, meals, or  medications?  Thank you!  Whether a spouse, parent or friend, someone who lives with you or far away, caregiving can become a huge challenge.

Care Partners, with support from the Opp Hvidston Foundation, would like to invite adult caregivers to a

Caregiver Appreciation Luncheon

May 8, 11 am-1:30 pm

at Naniboujou LodgeNani dining

Please join us to enjoy a delicious luncheon, a short panel of care-givers, and leisurely time to visit with other caregivers, enjoy the lake shore, join a few activities, or just relax. 

We ask that you register by April 26 at 387-3788, and if you can, contribute $5 toward the cost of the meal.

Caregivers are welcome to bring the person in their care, if that makes it easier. An adjacent area will be staffed with volunteers if they need some activity. If a respite volunteer in your home is a better solution, please call Care Partners to see if that is possible.

Welcome Linda!

LindaCare Partners is pleased to welcome Linda Dobosenski as our new Program/Volunteer Coordinator. She brings a lot of enthusiasm and experience working with volunteers, seniors and memory care programs at Three Rivers Park District in the Twin Cities.

Kelly Holzman has gone on to new adventures. Many thanks for the work she did setting up the Chore Program and the caring presence she brought to our services.

Other Resources for Caregivers

Caregiver Coaching involves one on one sessions with our RN Care Coordinator to support you in meeting your goals as a caregiver, finding support and reducing stress. Clients report that the coaching helps them not only cope better, but to provide better care and for a longer period of time. Call Marnie Hovland for more information at 387-3787.

Education and Support Groups

 Care Partners provides events and education for caregivers. Through learning and receiving support from other caregivers, everyone feels less isolation and gains a renewed ability to cope.

Caregiver Coffee is held in Tofte the second Friday of the month for sharing resources and stories.

A Caregiver Volunteer

Once a month for over three years, volunteer Nancy Koloski, has led a gathering in Tofte called Caregiver Coffee. Nancy has singlehandedly made this support group possible since it’s beginning in the fall of 2015.  One of the group members told us, “Nancy is a great leader and knowledgeable.”Nancy Koloski

She also keeps an eye and ear out for anyone in the west end of Cook County who might benefit from Care Partners services and connects them with our Nurse Care Coordinator, Marnie Hovland.

Nancy has stepped in to help Care Partners clients through our Chore Service, helping with grocery shopping, dishes, and packing for a move. She also co-leads RSVP’s Bone Builders exercise class 2-3 days a week in Tofte, helping participants to improve bone health.

We are grateful for Nancy and our many other wonderful and dedicated volunteers.

Investing in Our Community

Thanks to excellent volunteers, staff, and support in 2018, Care Partners was able support 120 senior clients in our community to stay in their homes and navigate the challenges of aging and serious illness.

120 Clients Served in 2018:

  • 47 Senior Rides clients received over 500 rides and logged over 23,800 miles!
  • 25 caregivers received coaching & support.
  • 39 clients received Care Coordination (including end-of-life care)
  • 27 clients received over 190 hours of chore assistance.
  • 24 clients received over 400 volunteer visits.
  • 50 volunteers donated over 2500 hours to provide companionship, rides and chore help.

Aging America

HFA’s Living with Grief Program on Coping with Loss, Dying, & Death in Later Life


May 16,
2-4 pm

Lower Level,

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic

This Hospice Foundation webinar addresses how professionals and the community can support the growing number of aging Americans through their multiple losses and healthcare challenges in later life.  Free of charge.  CEU’s available for $21.

Spring Chore Days

June 2nd - 8thMike Carlson

Calling All volunteers: groups as well as individuals. Join us for a few hours to help our senior neighbors with a few projects around the house and yard. 

Calling All Seniors:  if you could use some help with some spring clean up in your yard and garden, please give us a call!

Call Linda at 387-3788 by May 20th to sign up.

Free LED Retrofit:  Tired of replacing light bulbs? Care Partners is taking part in a team effort to install free LED lightbulbs.

During Spring Chore Days, June 2-8, volunteers will upgrade 8 of your bulbs to LED for FREE without you needing to climb a ladder. The bulbs provide bright and warm light and will help reduce your utility bill. Learn more about LED bulbs at Contact Linda at 387-3788 or to get your home on our retrofit list.

Made possible by a partnership with Care Partners, CERTs, CCLEP, Nordic Nature Group, The City of Grand Marais, Grand Marais PUC, Arrowhead Electric, SMMP

Senior Rides & Chore Volunteer Training

Tuesday, April 16th, 4:30-7:30 pm

Senior Rides Volunteers give rides locally or to Duluth and are paid for mileage.   Chore Volunteers help with occasional chores to keep seniors safe at home.

Call 387-3788 to register.

Anita’s Story

After years of vacationing in the area, Anita and her husband moved to Cook County. When they were just shy of being married 50 years and only a few years after they were settled into their Gunflint Trail home, Anita’s husband passed away. For several years she managed well, but after a car accident left her unable to drive, she called Care Partners for assistance.

“I depend on Care Partners. I wouldn’t get anywhere without Senior Rides.” She happily reports that she likes all the volunteers she’s met. They help her get to medical appointments, and gets errands done. She enjoys the companionship and laughs they share.

During Spring Chore Days, volunteers helped clean up her lawn and garden. This past winter, she was grateful a Chore volunteer was able to remove some of the snow load from her roof. “Care Partners is a wonderful organization,” she shared.

Completing Your Health Care Directive  

Tuesday May 14,  5-7 pm

Grand Portage ENP Center

Care Partners, with Grand Portage Elder Nutrition, is offering a program on Health Care Directives and Long Term Planning.  A current Health Care Directive is a huge gift to your loved ones and helps you get the care you would chose, if you were unable to communicate your wishes.

Marnie Hovland, Care Partners RN Care   Coordinator, and Hilja Iverson, Social Worker at North Shore Health will walk you through the forms and answer questions. A light supper is included at no cost.

If you want to get started, or can’t make the program, you can find a link to Health Care Directive forms on our home page. You can also schedule an appointment with Marnie at 387-3787 to complete your forms and discuss long term plans for health care.

Save the Date

Care Partners 4th Annual Ice Cream Social and Quilt Raffle

Sunday, August 25,  2-5 pm 

quiltCare Partners is again holding a quilt raffle with a beautiful quilt made by Carol Harris. Look for it on display at Drury Lane Books. Tickets are $5.

Thank You to all who Funded Care Partners in 2018!


Federal Older Americans Act grant from the Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging, Live Well at Home Grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Scott Hawkins Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, Cook County Community Foundation, Head of the Lakes United Way, Opp Hvidston Foundation, Northland Foundation, North Shore Health Care Foundation, Victory Fund

Celebration Gifts in Honor of

Marnie Hovland

Dr. Sandy Stover


Carl Anderson

Scott Anderson

Darrellyn Barrett

Robert Brooks, Sr.

Nedetta Buchheit

Donald Dittus

Dr. Dan Gleason

Barbara Heimer

Pat Johnson

Paul Johnson

Anita Kalinoff

Albina Lucyszyn

Dorothy Mattson

Mary McElevey

Lu Pettijohn

Steven Sjoberg

Stanley Suck

Business Sponsors

Bethlehem Lutheran Church Women

Birchbark Books and Gifts

Blue Water Cafe

Bluefin Bay Resorts

Buck's Hardware Hank

Cedar Grove Veterinary Clinic

Cobblestone Cabins

Cook County Whole Foods Co-op

First and Second Thrift Store

Grand Marais Lioness Club

Grand Marais State Bank

Holiday Station Store, Grand Marais

Joynes Department Store

Lamb's Resort

Mike Lande Construction

North Shore Federal Credit Union

Northern Wilds Media

Oddz & Endz

Pincushion Trails Inn

Red Pine Realty

Ryden's Border Store

Sawbill Canoe Outfitters

Security State Bank

Sivertson Gallery

Sydney’s Frozen Custard


Tuscarora Lodge

World's Best Donuts


Chel Anderson

Ric Anderson

Shelby Anderson

Paulette Anholm

Leif Arntsen

Gary & Mary Atwood

Beth Benson & Lynn Wright

Tracy Benson &

       Pete Kavanaugh

Lee Bergstrom

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Nora Bockovich

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Emma Bradley

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Matthew Brown

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Myron Bursheim

Audrey Cain

Pat Campanaro & Stan Tull

Margaret Carlson

Mike Carlson

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     Julie Fredlund

Nancy Dalbec

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Sue Dittus

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Thelma Hedstrom

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William & Mary Lou Huron

Jay Hutchinson

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Sharon & Mike Jerabek

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Beth & Art Kidd

Karen Kobey & Ellen Stubbs

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