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October Administrator’s Letter

Hello Everyone,

Fall is upon us, as I have said before this is my favorite time of here. I love the weather and the colors and the sports. I just returned from a week stay at Glacier National Park. It is colder there and the fall colors were amazing.

Issue Discussion                          

I want to talk today about taking dishes, glasses and silverware from the dining rooms. Please stop. We simply can’t keep buying new dishes and glasses as residents remove them from the dining rooms and keep them in their rooms. Let me put it this way, you can’t go into a restaurant and leave with the dishes and glasses and you really can’t do that here either.  If you want to bring some of your meal back to your apartment with you, please ask your server for a “to-go box” and they will gladly take care of you.

Fun Stuff

Do you know someone that wants to live at Saint Ann’s? We are offering a $250 friend referral credit if your referral moves into Saint Ann’s.

There are many fun things to look forward too. On October 19th and 20th we will have a pancake fundraiser in the social hall and in November a craft and bake sale.

The social hall floor is finished, and will be open October 1st for our October Fest celebration.  Thank You for all of your help with raising the money to get that project finished.

We will see all of you at the open forum, and look forward to your questions


Scott and Jan

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September Administrator’s Letter

Hello Everyone,

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There is a Cowboy fan, a Packer fan and a Viking fan hiking to the top of the mountain together. The Cowboy fan hollers “This is for Texas!” as he jumps off of the mountain into the river below. The Packer fan yells “This is for Wisconsin” as he pushes the Viking fan off of the mountain. 

It is that time of year again, every Friday lets wear our favorite sports team jersey, sweatshirt, hat, or whatever you have. Let the games begin!

All right, back to business. We had the city of Duluth complete our rental housing license survey. There were basically two issues:

First, there has been changes to the city code regarding smoke detectors. The code requires that each detector have a manufacturer’s imprinted date on it. This will mean that our team will need to replace all of the smoke detectors in the building. This is a bigger project and will take some time to complete. This doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with our existing smoke detectors, just a change in rules and we will need to come into compliance.

Secondly, the use of extension cords in resident rooms and throughout the building was a violation of city code. How this affects you will be discussed in greater detail by Dawn and Jason.

Here comes the fall, can you believe it?


Scott and Jan

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August Administrator’s Letter


Hello Everyone,


Where has our summer escaped to? I find it hard to believe that August is upon us. It does mean there is still some warm weather left and I have to admit that I love fall the most. You just can’t beat that crisp air and orange leaves.


Our building projects are moving along, the first thing that you will notice will be the work in the Social Hall. The project will begin in early September and that room really won’t be available for our use until October. I know it will be beautiful in the end and this restoration will buy us many more years of use of that wooden floor. I just want to say “Thank You” to everyone that has donated and volunteered at fund-raisers to help make this project a real-ity.

The next topic isn’t much fun to talk about, but necessary. I received a letter from Saint Mary’s Star of the Sea church. They wanted me to remind you that their land, parking lot and building is smoke free. Please be good neighbors and abide by their wishes.

Thank You for choosing Saint Ann’s as your home and have a great August!



Scott and Jan

July Administrator’s Letter


On June 21st Summer finally arrived! Saint Ann’s celebrated with another one of our epic rummage and bake sales. I want to thank all of those who volunteered and all of you that came. I was very excited to buy a very nice love seat for the Sun Room in my cabin. I know it is a lot of work, but the funds raised at these sales are very important to our organization.

Speaking about funds, we have surpassed the amount needed for the simpler phase of the Social Hall floor. The root beer float fundraiser was very successful, thanks to all of you. I always enjoy the opportunity to play music and have fun. If I can do it and raise money for a Saint Ann’s project, even better. A special Thank You to Jason from Maintenance (drums) and my friend Kyle Mehlem (electric guitar) for volunteering their time and skills.

July, of course, brings our picnic for the 4th of July. We will be celebrating on Tuesday, July 3rd this year. Amazing picnic food and live music awaits you all on the patio. Residents eat and party for free, your guests will need to purchase a $3 ticket.

Have fun…enjoy the weather and the Holiday!


Scott and Jan







Scott and Jan


June Administrator’s Letter

Hello Everyone,

With summer comes warm sunny days (maybe lol), an opened patio at St Ann’s, the return of our bus for outings and construction. We have three projects that will start at some point this season:

More Bricks: Last fall we just didn’t have enough time to finish our brick project on the west wall of our patio area. As with all projects, we found more damage than was initially expected. Please respect the caution tape stay clear of the west wall, however enjoy the rest of the patio.

Parking Lot and Sidewalks: Our parking lot is in major need of being sealed and having cracks repaired. Our sidewalks and curbs in the front of the building need repair as well. There is some coordinating to do regarding parking once the project begins. No date is set, there will be more information as we get closer to the project date. Projected finish date of November 1st.

Social Hall Flooring: The finish on our floor has peeled and the floor itself has some warping in places. I think there was some mis-information about this project. There are two possible outcomes depending on how much money we raise.

Option #1: Strip off the old finish, apply a new finish and buff it out. This will give us a beautiful new floor, but will not level the floor. Estimated cost approximately $4,000.00

Option #2: Same as above and the wooden floor is sanded level. Estimated cost: $8,000.00

We have a projected start date for the first week of September.

If you would like to make a donation towards any of the construction projects, it would be greatly appreciated. No donation is too small.


Thank You


Scott and Jan