February 2022 Annlines

Hello Everyone,

As we approach the month of February and every day we gain a few minutes of daylight and look forward to warmer weather. We thought you would like this posting that one of our residents shared on Facebook.

This is too insightful not to share. I asked a friend who has crossed 70 & is heading towards 80 what sort of changes he is feeling in himself? He sent me the following:

1. After loving my parents, my siblings, my spouse, my children, and my friends, I have now started loving myself.

2. I have realized that I am not “Atlas”. The world does not rest on my shoulders.

3. I have stopped bargaining with vegetable & fruit vendors. A few pennies more is not going to break me, but it might help the poor fellow save for his daughter’s school fees.

4. I leave my waitress a big tip. The extra money might bring a smile to her face. She is toiling much harder for a living than I am.

5. I stopped telling the elderly that they’ve already told that story many times. The story makes them walk down memory lane & relive their past.

6. I have learned not to correct people even when I know they are wrong. The onus of making everyone perfect is not on me. Peace is more precious than perfection.

7. I give compliments freely & generously. Compliments are a mood enhancer not only for the recipient, but also for me. And a small tip for the recipient of a compliment, never, NEVER turn it down, just say “Thank You.”

8. I have learned not to bother about a crease or a spot on my shirt. Personality speaks louder than appearances.

9. I walk away from people who don’t value me. They might not know my worth, but I do.

10. I remain cool when someone plays dirty to outrun me in the rat race. I am not a rat & neither am I in any race.

11. I am learning not to be embarrassed by my emotions. It’s my emotions that make me human.

12. I have learned that it’s better to drop the ego than to break a relationship. My ego will keep me aloof, whereas with relationships, I will never be alone.

13. I have learned to live each day as if it’s the last. After all, it might be the last.

14. I am doing what makes me happy. I am responsible for my happiness, and I owe it to myself. Happiness is a choice. You can be happy at any time, just choose to be!

I decided to share this for all my friends. Why do we have to wait to be 60 or 70 or 80, why can’t we practice this at any stage and age?

Shared from Steve Serie’s page


Scott and Jan

January 2022 Administrators Letter

Happy New Year Everyone!

It’s time to look forward to fresh start this New Year. Hopefully 2022 will bring good things to you and to St. Ann’s.

“The only constant in life is change” could not be a better quote for the last almost two years of the global pandemic. Sometimes it is like whiplash as changes occur in the world, United States, Minnesota, St. Louis County, and the City of Duluth!  The one thing we do know is that it has not been easy but THANK YOU for all you do each day to forge ahead.

The one thing that has not changed at St. Ann’s is that when you are leaving the building that you sign out at the Front Desk especially if planning to be gone through the mealtimes, an extended period or overnight. This system is not to invade your privacy but to make sure you are safe when we sign off on our resident safety checks it is recorded that you are out of the building and have checked back in when returning.

We are off to a good start with new residents coming in and we have several new employees starting this week. Please greet them and if they have questions help them out. You may have seen hiring signs all over and heard this is the most difficult time to retain staff so please thank the staff that come to work everyday and try to serve you the very best they can.


Jan and Scott

December Administrator’s Letter


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.
Some updated news regarding the Patio Room and the 6th floor dining room. With our maintenance staff doing the work on completing the Patio Room and needed re-pair of the interior wall, this project is taking longer than anticipated. We have decid-ed to designate another area that the residents can utilize while the Patio Room is being completed. We are going to move the items from the patio room up to 6th floor dining room temporarily. This means the piano, foyer TV, puzzles, tables for card play-ing, visiting and some comfortable furniture will be up there for you to utilize. We hope this will serve you well and you will enjoy another area of our building. Please be assured that our goal is to continue to have the 6th floor dining room remain a din-ing room when our occupancy increases and we gain employees to staff another din-ing room.
We want to thank everyone that donated to St. Ann’s through GiveMN. Whether you donated on line or off line we raised a total of $7,110.00 to support St. Ann’s. We al-so want to thank everyone that has supported St. Ann’s through this year! We have done many great things this year from repairing the patio, to getting a new sound sys-tem in the chapel and updating the Social Hall sound system, to having a Years of Ser-vice Employee Recognition and much more because of your generosity.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Scott and Jan

Administrator’s Letter November 2021

Hello Everyone,

It is difficult to believe we are talking about cold weather and Thanksgiving already! Our Food Service Department will be putting out more information and details regarding the Thanksgiving meals. We will be having a traditional meal and are planning for a limited number of guests.
We continue to try to plan and order supplies in advance, so we don’t have a disruption in our services. There have been times in the last months where a certain item or product does not come in and is labeled unavailable or back ordered so we need to improvise.
We want to thank everyone for your patience and understanding as we maneuver in this Covid pandemic world. We greatly appreciate your mask wearing in public areas and all the precautions you have been taking. One way to ensure that you are doing everything you can is to have your Covid booster shot on November 8th. There will be sign up No-vember 1st so that the paperwork is completed before the Covid clinic day so it will go smooth for everyone.
Residents and family have been asking for a new donor wish list. St. Ann’s has many, many needs. This year we have joined in the GiveMN program. Give to the Max Day takes place on Thursday, November 18,2021 with Early Giving beginning Monday, November 1st, 2021. Our goal is to raise $15,000. Please contact Jan Lappy or Sharon Lenzen for more details. We will be posting more information of how you can help and participate.
Wishing You a Wonderful Thanksgiving!


Scott and Jan