Administrator’s Letter April 2022

Hello Everyone,

April showers bring May flowers! Hopefully we will start to see signs of spring soon. Usually in Duluth we normally have several April Fool’s snow and bad weather days before we get in to our beautiful Duluth days.

We would like to thank everyone for all your patience, cooperation and support as we navigate through two years of the global COVID pandemic, required inspections and regulations along with the construction with the Essentia expansion. St. Ann’s will certainly be in the hub of the medical community which will be one of the largest and modern medical complexes.

We look forward to our upcoming building improvements and getting back to our fundraisers this spring.  One of them is our famous Rummage and Bake Sale which is scheduled for Friday, April 29th and Saturday April 30th.

Our latest improvement project is the purchasing of much needed new window coverings for the Social Hall huge windows. We have over half of the funds for this project raised by generous donors so the order of materials could be placed. If interested in helping please see Jan or Sharon.  We also want to thank all our very generous donors and volunteers that help provide and support our programs, activities, Little Shoppe, employee recognitions, building projects and the chapel every day. Thank you for keeping the spirit and mission alive as we forge ahead!

Wishing you a happy spring and a great Easter season!


Scott and Jan

Administrator’s Letter March 2022

Hello Everyone,

Only in Duluth can there be a storm with 10 to 12 inches of snow, ice, and winds one day and the next week 35 degrees and melting. The first day of Spring is March 20th and daylight savings begins on March 13th with the promise of brighter and hopefully warmer days ahead!

We want to thank all the dedicated hardworking staff that make it through the bad weather to come serve you every day. There are many restaurants and business that have posted billboards that say, “The whole world is short staffed so please be kind to the employees that show up” We continue to work everyday to make sure we have correct staffing and some staff work extra shifts to make sure we do. Thank you!  

We have received many calls and inquiries about our usual March Rummage Sale that we have every spring. With COVID numbers still in the Northland we are planning to do it in the end of April instead. This will hopefully give us a little more time to get the warm weather and time to get things organized after a long cold snowy winter.

As many of you are aware we are run by a nonprofit Board of Directors. We recently had two new members join our board. They are Dr. Dan Laughlin and Zachery Thayer. We hope that you will be able to meet them soon. 


Scott and Jan

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