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Gunflint Trail Based Sage Care Begins Home Care Management Business

Ash Kwasniewicz has started Sage Care to help people maintain health, happiness, and comfort while staying in the security of their own homes. Li­censed by the State of Minnesota and fully insured, Sage offers a menu of services ranging from meal prep and housekeeping to child and caregiver re­spite.

Currently, Ash is a part-time parapro­fessional at Great Expectations School in Grand Marais and works as a part time contractor with Cook County Pub­lic Health and Human Services offering child respite care. She is moving into her new business full time.

Ash incorporated Sage Care under an LLC last July. “I’d been thinking about this for several years,” she said. She began marketing Sage this spring.

“The word Sage defines me and my de­meanor,” Ash said. “Calm and safe.”

Ash grew up in Surprise, AZ, a small city northwest of Phoenix. Ash had no definite career plans, but she wanted to travel and explore after graduation. She traveled to Ha­waii and Alaska, working seasonal jobs and enjoying the outdoors. Her travels brought her back to Sedona, AZ for a time. Five years ago, she came to the Gunflint Trail to work a summer season at Cross River Lodge. She hasn’t left.

“I always knew I wanted a simple life and a family,” she said, “with a place to call my own.” Her roots are now planted in Cook County. She married Mike Kwasniewicz last fall.

Ash initially targeted seasonal property owners for her new business, but she now knows that much of her business will come from year round residents.

While Sage offers a full menu of care ser­vices, Ash will be focusing on respite child care. Respite care provides short-term child care services that offer temporary relief and improve family stability. “It’s where I thrive and do my best,” she said.

Ash will talk with the parent or other care­giver of the child to pinpoint areas where there is room for growth. She will then focus the care on those areas.

Child care is provided by the hour either in­side or outside of the family home. Knowing the children’s interests and capabilities helps Ash plan activities like picnics, walks, scenic drives, crafts, and more. She is fully qualified to support those with special needs.

Other respite care offered is intended to give primary caregivers some relief from their responsibilities by providing periodic companionship to the support­ed individual(s).

Another service offered by Sage is transportation. “We chauffeur individu­als on errands and handle the items if need be, or run errands solo if they don’t feel like going out,” from the Sage web­site. “We’ll take recipients to appoint­ments either locally or as far as Duluth. We can accompany clients wherever they desire.”

Sage offers meal prep, specializing in Pizzas, Casseroles, Soups/Stews, and Pot Roasts. Entire meals are planned, shopped for, prepared, then packed away for the future or cooked and served the same day.

It also offers home cleaning and manage­ment services tailored to the specific needs of homeowners.

“I consider myself a very nice, tender per­son,” Ash said. “I want to help people direct­ly.”

More information may be found at www.sagecaremn.com and Ash can be reached by email at sagecare.mn@gmail.com or by phone at (218) 264-9766

Steve Fernlund
Steve Fernlund
Typically these “about me” pages include a list of academic achievements (I have none) and positions held (I have had many, but who really cares about those?) So, in the words of the late Admiral James Stockwell, “Who am I? Why am I here?” I’m well into my seventh decade on this blue planet we call home. I’m a pretty successful husband, father, and grandfather, at least in my humble opinion. My progeny may disagree. We have four children and five grandchildren. I spent most of my professional life in the freight business. At the tender age of 40, early retirement beckoned and we moved to Grand Marais. A year after we got here, we bought and operated the Cook County News Herald, a weekly newspaper in Grand Marais. A sharp learning curve for a dumb freight broker to become a newspaper editor and publisher. By 1999 the News Herald was an acquisition target for a rapidly consolidating media market. We sold our businesses and “retired” again, buying a winter retreat in Nevada. In the fall of 2016, we returned to Grand Marais and bought a house from old friends of ours on the ridge overlooking Lake Superior. They were able to move closer to family and their Mexico winter home. And we came home to what we say is our last house. I’m a strong believer in the value of local newspapers--both online and those you can wrap a fish in. I write a weekly column and a couple of feature stories for the Northshore Journal. I’m most interested in writing about the everyday lives of local people and reporting on issues of importance to them.
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