April 15, 2021


'Take a Veteran Fishing' is back


The very popular "Take a Veteran Fishing," hosted by the Lake Vermilion Guides League, is back after being cancelled last summer due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This special event honors the veterans of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps for their service in defense of this country. All veterans, no matter where or how they served, are welcome to this day on Lake Vermilion on Aug. 26. There is no cost to our veterans, men and women, or a family member accompanying them. Some of the older veterans from WWII or Korea need help, so they bring a family member with them. It is great to see wives and children helping them.
Registration can be done online at the Lake Vermilion Guides League website. Veterans can reach the site by just typing in the name. For those with no computer or are having problems, they can contact Lake Vermilion Guide Lonnie Johnson at 1-218-753-6415.
This very popular event that honors our veterans will have sign-in starting at 7:30 a.m. at Fortune Bay Marina. There will be coffee and rolls to start the day, plus a lot of storytelling. The Guides are looking for volunteers to come with their boats or pontoons to take the vets out. Around noon, the veterans and their volunteer boat drivers will come in for a fantastic shore lunch of walleyes. Their catches will be cleaned and packaged for them at that time. There will be a program that includes handing out prizes to the veterans and, due to the generosity of area businesses and residents, all veterans usually get something special.
Donations for this event can be sent to the Lake Vermilion Guides League with their address from their website. Donations have been fantastic over the years as people and businesses want to remember these veterans and their service to our country.
A raffle is being held at this time too, with $6,000 in prizes to be given out. There will be only 400 tickets sold at a cost of $20 each. Tickets printed for last year are being used with the dates changed. The funds raised by the raffle help fund this day for honoring our vets.
The Lake Vermilion Guides League is made up of the following members: Phil Bakken, Paul Klancher, Byron Greenwaldt, Denny Van de Linde, Matt Schnider, Dave Swenson, Steve Krasaway, Mike Estrin, Cliff Wagenbach, Steve Amundson and Lonnie Johnson; plus new members: Garrett Ashburn, Joe Lindmeier, Bill Nieters, Larry Burton and Darrel Brodeen.
They are to be thanked profusely for this event, as well as the volunteer boat drivers. This event is also co-sponsored by Fortune Bay Casino and Resort, the Cook News-Herald, The Tower News, and Dustin Miller of Tech Bytes who has the website for the Guides.
The attendance limit for this day is usually around 100, so veterans are urged to sign up early. This is a great day of storytelling, fishing, dining on some fantastic walleye provided by Fortune Bay, and winning a lot of gifts. A huge thanks goes out to our veterans. They deserve to be recognized.

Cook Ambulance Service welcomes new 2020 Ford F-550 Ambulance


The shiny new blue and white Ford F-550 ambulance sits proudly in the Cook ambulance garage. It is the newest addition to the Cook Ambulance Service fleet and has features that the Cook ambulance squad called for. The ambulance cost over $200,000 according to outgoing Cook Ambulance Director Tina Rothleutner. It has air suspension for more comfortable rides for patients, is a four-wheel-drive model, and comes fully equipped.
The 22 EMRs, EMTs and Medics who make up the Cook Ambulance Service are proud of their new addition. The members of the squad are as follows - Medical Director: Nicholas Vidor; Director: Christina Rothleutner. Medic: William Fischer. EMTs: Justin Bachman, Matthew Carlson, Roger Esterby, Jessica Graves, Marylin Hannan, Matthew Hedblom, Diana Klakoski, Jennifer Knuth, Tera Kultala, Jules Long, Amy Luecken, Danny Reing. EMRs: Marylou Ellison, Teresa Erickson, Dani Keister, Maija Maki, Emily Nelson, Cameron Nicholas, Lois Pajari, Hayden Picek, Karen Schultz.
For anyone interested in volunteering to join this squad, they can call Cook City Hall at 666-2200 or the Ambulance Service at 666-2860.
The Cook area can be proud of this group.

Essentia Health first hospital in Minnesota to perform innovative heart procedure

In March, Essentia Health inter-ventional cardiologist Nicole Worden became the first physician in Minnesota to perform a heart procedure that will provide more options in the treatment of severely calcified coronary artery blockages.
Dr. Worden performed the procedure, called Intravascular Lithotripsy (IVL), March 12 on 84-year-old patient Carolyne "Dolly" Strumbel.
"I was happy to be able to provide Dolly with the procedure that I thought was the best and safest course of action for her," said Dr. Worden. "I'm glad we had enough trust in each other to accomplish this and make her feel better."
IVL is less invasive than similar alternatives. IVL allows physicians to use sonic pressure waves to modify calcium safely and effectively. Once that calcium is modified, the artery can be expanded to allow for the insertion and placement of a stent. Plaque buildup in arteries restricts blood flow and can lead to a heart attack, heart failure or angina.
"It's a gamechanger. The results can be really amazing, and it will change how we treat calcified lesions," said Dr. Worden.
IVL is similar in practice to how physicians break up kidney stones. Dr. Worden said it's safer than other standard-practice procedures and lower risk than open-heart surgery. Recovery time is similar to other options for removing buildup in arteries. But, Dr. Worden said, the physiologic impact is less, so patients may feel better sooner than if they underwent a more invasive procedure.
Strumbel was admitted to Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center on March 8 after experiencing heart attack symptoms, including shortness of breath, weakness and atrial fibrillation. Dr. Worden and her team determined Strumbel had a heart attack and, a day later, an angiogram was conducted. Dr. Worden discovered Strumbel had a blockage in part of her coronary arteries called the "left main" artery - in the case of a blockage there, patients typically have heart-bypass surgery. However, due to Strumbel's age and other medical conditions, Dr. Worden concluded a stent would be the safest option.
Because Strumbel's artery had severe calcium, Dr. Worden chose to do IVL rather than a typical atherectomy procedure; she believed lithotripsy would be safer for Strumbel. On March 12, IVL was performed with no complications, and on March 17 Strumbel was discharged from the hospital.
"Dr. Worden was great," Strumbel said. "It was such an easy procedure. I didn't even know anything happened and, heart-wise, I was feeling fine in no time."
Shockwave Medical is the first company to offer IVL in the treatment of these troublesome arteries. The technology was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of coronary disease in February.
While Essentia was the first health system in Minnesota to carry out the procedure, it has since been performed by other systems around the state and country.


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