Spread the News…and you could win a free lunch!

The St. Anne’s Annual
Craft / Bake / Variety Sale
(with Christmas Rummage items)
is coming up
Saturday, October 22
10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
with our
Soup & Sandwich Luncheon
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
offering three soups to choose from,
a ham or turkey sandwich, dessert and a beverage
for $8.00.

We hope to see you there!

clean_spread_the_wordIf you help us get the word out (via Facebook or email), we’ll enter you in a drawing for a free ticket to our luncheon.  Just let us know that you’ve done it (e.g.,  a bcc. on email;’Share’ our Facebook event) and you’ll be entered.


mc770This past week, the company we contract with supplied us with an updated machine, for which we are grateful.  The new machine reminded us of a humorous occurrence from a few years past.

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A certain Monday morning, maybe four years ago or so, if you happened to be walking past the main office here at St. Anne’s Guest Home, you might have heard the above exclamation from a insistent nurse.

This morning ‘happened’ to be April Fools Day.  The night before, Sr. Elaine had been working at the reception desk until 10 p.m.  At the request of Sr. Christina, who wished to be able to claim innocence, had asked her to tape a little notice to the copy machine in the back of our main office.

The notice read: “Liberty Business Solutions has recently provided us with a new update: This machine is now voice-activated.  To have the machine perform a function, simply speak the command for the task you wish it to carry out.  Chuck [an office employee here] has been trained in the proper use of this update.  If you have any questions, please ask him.”

Let it be known that there was no such technologically advanced update given us.  Sr. Christina had just found this idea when doing some research on harmless April Fools jokes.

Nonetheless, neither the nurse mentioned above nor any other staff were informed of the happenings.

Sr. Rebecca, on passing through the office early Monday morning, saw the note ant thought it strange, since Chuck had not been here all weekend and she (the administrator) knew nothing of it.  She let it go, however, and proceeded on to chapel.

A little while later, when she had returned to the office, our nurse on duty came in.  She stopped, read the notice, and said “Copy…”  When the machine proved unresponsive, she re-read the notice and tried again: “Copy…copy.”

When the nurse’s repeated efforts proved fruitless, the other staff witnessing the events started laughing.  So much for a voice-activated machine!

Are You Achin’ to do Some Bakin’?


In a post last October, we offered information about the benefits of baking.  In the last few months, we’ve realized this firsthand with a few of our residents, who enjoy the chance to “get domestic.”  We’ve given them a chance to help mixing up cookies or other treats to serve. They remember doing such work in years past and enjoy being a part of a project like this; they don’t mind a compliment on their tasty results, either.

We’d like to offer you a similar opportunity!

Do you enjoy baking, but not have much of an outlet?  (Maybe you’re not too eager for the extra pounds that come from indulging in a lot of baked goods.)

Our annual bake sale is coming up on October 22nd.  If you’d like to bake something(s) to contribute to our sale, we would appreciate it.

You can even fill out the form below to let us know what you’re planning.

PS: We won’t tell on you if you sample it first🙂

A Visit to the Heritage Center

By Shelly Mack, Activity Director

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A group of residents made a trip to the East Grand Forks Heritage Center.  We were met by Teri Gust Hammerbak, Mr. Vanderpan and Marilyn Egeland and a people-mover so we could ride and see the center grounds.

Teri had keys for all the buildings, so we got to tour the general store, Granvillle Church, Sherlock Home and school house and a room cabin where nine children were raised.

We all had a great time and enjoyed coffee and pie from McDonald’s as our last stop.

Our next outing will be a visit to Marie Paulson’s daughter’s farm in October.

A Resident’s Reflection on St. Anne’s

p7200004By Tom McLean, Resident

St. Anne’s is a very nice place to live.  Recently, a new bathtub and shower system was installed here.  The tubs are designed to be opened from the side.  The showers there have a pulsating massage type of shower head.  One can adjust them to utilize this option or simply use the regular shower option.

The lighting here at St. Anne’s includes newly installed LED lights and the heating system is up to date, meeting safety standards. St. Anne’s is handicapped accessible.

My impression of St. Anne’s is that is a very nice place to live; I am very privileged to live here.  I have lived here at St. Anne’s for close to eight years now.  Like everyone else here, my personal shopping needs and medical care is all provided for by the exceptionally good and friendly staff.

There is a comfortable chapel here.  Like the rest of St. Anne’s, it is handicapped accessible and is open all the time.  Pastoral care is very good and helpful here.  Mass is every day at 9 a.m.  Every Saturday morning, at 8 o’clock, there are ecumenical services here.

In conclusion, I consider it a great privilege to be living here.  I rate St. Anne’s very highly and would recommend it for anyone who needs a medical care facility to live in.

Lend a Hand?

social 047.JPGWould you like to help make a difference in our community?

Have you ever thought of volunteering at St. Anne’s?

People have come in to help with regular activities, to visit residents, or do any number of things.  One special group we have here is our St. Anne’s Auxiliary, which especially supports our activity department by helping with fundraisers, such as our upcoming fall sale and luncheon.  The auxiliary could do even more good for the people living at St. Anne’s if we had more members.

If you are interested in joining, that would be great!  The group is actually having its fall meeting on Thursday, October 6th. If you’d be interested in finding out more or would like to attend the meeting, please call Shelly at 701-746-9401, email us or fill out the form below.

Eyes Are Windows to the Soul


P7170002.JPGPost by Micah Kaiser, Staff Member at St. Anne’s Guest Home

Hello St. Anne’s Scoop Readers…It’s great to be alive, and here’s my approach to this life.

I was once told as a child that “your eyes are windows to your soul.” To take advantage of this window, I had to look deep into this thinking and put my own thoughts aside and wait for the moment, His moment.  I still try to continue to do this daily. I do it on a one-on-one level.  Also, a fact I’ve experienced in life is that God is in the detail not just the fine print.

Here, at St. Anne’s Guest Home, my job title is “universal worker.”  I love my title because I feel it in my heart and I earned it with putting forth the effort. This is who He wants me to be, a caregiver. For most people, this job doesn’t come easy or natural, but for me, it’s second nature. Just like mothering four little boys: I get down to their level because they can’t come up to mine.

All I have to do is just simply go upstairs and knock on a resident’s door and get to their personal level, and that opens up windows. God takes over; it’s in those tiny moments that the soul is vulnerable.  We help give, and also receive grace all day; I especially see this in working with those who are vulnerable, like my children and the residents here.

It’s so easy to just pause and say hello, to ask how they are and mean it. These are “God-shot” moments you will miss if you are “too busy.”

Life is, in fact, so busy that we don’t ever have time to slow down and get a break…So busy we don’t ever have inner peace and stillness and feel real humility. We just go on and think we need to gain more, earn more, love more. More, more, more! More is not enough and when is it too much?

I think daily about Philippines 4:13 ” I can do all thing’s through Christ whom strengthens me”.

Now, with an open mind as an adult, it is easier to look for my windows of opportunity to see the soul. Do you often find yourself in a judgemental state of mind or just bitter to others because of your own problems? Do you often judge people due to their race, sexuality, religion and or LACK of religion? Or by their house, car, bank account or even how they dress? If so, try to picture only souls and not bodies or their past just as Christ see’s them!  I enjoy seeing Christ here on all the walls (pictures, crucifixes, etc.) and in the words of our residents and minds of the staff.

P7170001.JPGFor me, this is all part of one spiritual journey and how I see through the windows to the soul.