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Christmas tree benefit for Care Partners

Vicki Biggs-Anderson with her African geese Sophie and Olivia.
Vicki Biggs-Anderson with her African geese Sophie and Olivia.

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Magnetic North Farm in Colvill is hosting a “Cut Your Own Christmas Tree” fundraiser for Care Partners of Cook County.

 Everyone is invited to come by the farm from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on three upcoming Sundays; November 18, November 25or December 2 to select and cut a Christmas tree in exchange for a donation to Care Partners.  There will be hot cider, cookies and critters from the farm for the kids to pet. Volunteers will be on hand to help with the trees.  Magnetic North Farm is located east of Grand Marais at 122 Caspers Hill Road, off East County Road 14. There will be signs to the farm from Highway 61, east of Grand Marais.  

(Click on audio mp3 above to hear a feature recorded at Magnetic North Farm.)

About Care Partners
After years of community work to build an end-of-life care program for Cook County, Care Partners was established in 2010 as a collaborative of the Cook County North Shore Hospital, North Shore Health Care Foundation and the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic. Care Partners provides comfort care (palliative care) for those with advanced illness as well as those at end of life.

Care Partner’s RN, Jeannette Lindgren meets with clients with advanced illness and their caregivers. She coordinates support for a whole range of concerns they might face. Examples include medical concerns, managing uncomfortable symptoms, health care planning, the practical issues of staying in the home—even emotional, social or spiritual issues. Care Partners’ goal is to support clients in living the best quality of life possible according to their goals.

To provide this range of support in our rural setting, Care Partners uses a community approach. The Care Partners Nurse works closely with the client’s physician and helps coordinate with other community resources such as those provided by the Cook County Health & Human Services. Local clergy work with the Care Partners team to provide spiritual support and understanding. Care Partners volunteers can provide excellent support just by visiting the client. The client may want to talk or get help writing letters or be read to, or they may just want someone to be there so they are not alone.

Care Partners services are provided free of charge. This program is funded by generous donations from the community, the North Shore Health Care Foundation, the Cook County Community Fund, Operation Round-up, Minnesota Power, the Stratis Health Rural Palliative Care Initiative and the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation and through a Community Service/Community Services Development Grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

To learn more about Care Partners, visit or call 387-3788.