March Administrator’s Letter

Hello Everyone,
Only in Duluth can there be a storm with 10 to 12 inches of snow one day and
the next day 38 degrees and melting. The first day of spring this year is on
March 20th and many are counting down the days but as we all know Mother
Nature can often fool us!
We are excited to announce that we have been busy running many miles of cable throughout the building to get internet service to your apartments and it is
close to being up and running. We will notify you as soon as it is done and ready
to go. At this time residents will receive this service free of charge.
There will be a Family Council meeting at 11:30am on Monday, March 6th in the
4th floor dining room. Please let your family know and all are welcome. We
would like to thank Zachary (Vaughn) Johnson for being the Family Council Interim Chair Person for many months and his dedication to St. Ann’s. He has decided to step down from this position. Thank you, Vaughn!
We would also like to thank Robin May -RN Case Manager for her years of service both as our Director of Nursing and RN Case manager. Robin moved back to
her hometown of Brainerd and stayed on with us remotely until the in-house
RN position could be filled. We recently welcomed Jason Hill, RN, to the Resident Care Department. Thank you, Robin for your dedication to St. Ann’s!
Hope you enjoy the Month of March and celebrate St. Urho and St. Patrick’s


Scott and Jan


February Annlines

Hello Everyone,
What a wild start to the New Year 2023!! From snowstorms to above aver-age temperatures to the frigid weather we are experiencing now. To live in the Northland, we need to be hardy folks! Although things are ever changing, St. Ann’s history in the community is stable and goes back 113 years. This month there is an article in the Senior Reporter magazine on pages 24-26 that gives a detailed history of St. Ann’s. This October we will be celebrating 60 years in our current building. On October 1, 1963, is when St. Ann’s was officially opened. St. Ann’s was a State-of-the-Art facility. We continue to make improvements and do upkeep projects on our building.
Our next projects are the entrance and the lobby flooring and to work on getting internet throughout our building. These are two major projects that will improve our facility. We are constantly striving to keep our building in great condition and do projects to make it more comfortable for our resi-dents. So, keep your eyes open to the changes that will be coming soon.
Some residents have been commenting on how fun the activities are. They are truly enjoying the variety of things to do. Let’s keep having fun and enjoy the things offered inside, as it is way to cold to be outside!

Scott and Jan

January Administrator’s Letter

Hello Everyone,
If 2022 is telling us anything…. It is telling us to enjoy the moments we have,
and don’t take any day, anything or anyone for granted.

Be proud of how you’ve been handling the last year and celebrate your
strength! A huge thank you goes out to the residents, families, employees
and volunteers for their support and hard work. From our rummage sales to
coney fundraisers to new curtains in the Social Hall everyone has worked
endlessly to improve and support St. Ann’s.

On behalf of the all the residents, we would like to thank the Family Council
and Auxiliary for giving each resident a Christmas gift this year. They also
supported our staff with such things like a pizza lunch and they are planning
some nice appreciation projects for 2023.

In the next month we will be reviewing and updating all resident’s records
and documents that we have on file. We will notify you and make an appointment to go over everything with you or your legal representative. With
the new Assisted Living regulation that took place in August of 2021 there
are certain requirements that need to be in your contracts and if you have a
service agreement. At this time, we will make sure that we have your family
and friend contact information updated also.
Wishing you a Happy New Year!

Scott and Jan

December Annlines

As the month of December rolls along you will see St. Ann’s transformed into a
place of Christmas and holiday beauty. St. Ann’s is a huge building to decorate
inside and out. We hope you start to feel the Holiday spirit in the air!
There are many beautiful programs planned for the month and we hope that
you join in some of them. We will continue with the tradition of the Employee
& Resident Appreciation Party on December 15th from 1:30-3:00 pm in the Social Hall and the New Year’s Party on Friday, December 30th from 7-9pm with
music by the Windjammers to name a few.
We want to thank everyone for all the support and generosity over this year.
The support from residents, family, employees, volunteers and the community
are amazing and inspiring. You are what makes St. Ann’s strong and to be an
important place in the community.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Scott and Jan

November Annlines

Hello everyone,

November is a special time of the year for all of us to celebrate the harvest and give thanks for all we have. This year, 2022,  has taught us the lesson that things we planned on or counted on can change quickly.  From supply shortages to high inflation, we continue to try to do the best for St. Ann’s and the residents we serve.

We have wonderful news that we have received funding to fix the east elevator. Work on it will start as soon as the parts come in and the elevator company is available.  Thank you to everyone for all your support.

Please join us at the next Open Forum on  November 9th to go over the emergency preparedness plan such as fire safety, evacuation, and severe weather. It is required that we offer this one time per year to residents and it is good for everyone to know. Open Forum is a time to meet with Administration and ask questions and get the latest information.

For many years Reverend Bob Stevens would quote this at our Thanksgiving Service:

If you have a roof over your head

If you have a place to sleep tonight

If you have access to clean drinking water

If you have food to eat and clothes to wear

You are more fortunate than many in this world

Wishing you a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving! 


Scott and Jan