Vegetables and Friendships Grow together in the St. Anne’s Garden


garden at St. Anne's, Grand Forks

At the end of May, several residents helped Sr. Christina plant a small garden on our west patio.

Now, beets, peas, onions, peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes are growing!  Soon, it will be time to harvest.

The main intention of having this garden is to give our residents a fun project to take part in and a chance to get their hands dirty with tangible results.

Another fruit of the endeavor is the camaraderie which accompanies working together on a project.

We’re Ordering!

If you haven’t ordered your new St. Anne’s shirt (in the color of your choice of 40 colors), you’d better get on it. 🙂

We’re hoping to put the order in Friday afternoon.  There are some great colors to pick from.

The text will say “Life is great @ St. Anne’s” … “A caring Home since 1945”

We’ll be wearing our shirts as we celebrate the feast of St. Anne next month, on July 26.

Stay tuned for more on the fun that’s coming up!Image may contain: text

It’s Almost Time for our Ice Cream Social!

Our annual Pie & Cake Ice Cream Social will be held this coming Sunday!  We’re still looking for people to help by bringing a cake/pie, working the kitchen, serving, and cleaning up.

Please let us know if you’re interested: 701-746-9401.

You can also volunteer or donate online at

Thank you!

Ice Cream Social

A Time to Plant…

Several residents joined Sr. Christina this morning as we put in our garden.

Hopefully, within the next week or two, we’ll start seeing cucumbers, beets, peas, and onions popping their little heads out of the ground.

Some of the cucumbers and the cabbages were started inside earlier this month.

Planting the Garden at St. Anne’s

Pleasurable Plum Planting Procedures

Last September, we received a good amount of little plums from Sr. Rebecca’s niece.  

Sr. Christina and a few of our residents pitted them to be used in some tasty plum jam.  Several of the plums were saved for an experiment and buried in our raised garden over the winter.

Plums, like other pitted produce, are supposed to go through a cold period, called stratification, prior to sprouting.

This past Wednesday, when the garden was tilled, several little seedlings were found and carefully removed.

After being stored temporarily in some water (to give them a good drink and provide a place until soil and containers could be found), they finally found a new home in some pots in our atrium.

Once they get bigger and the weather gets nicer, we will have to think about a place in the yard where we would like to have plum trees.

If anyone would like a little plum tree, we may be able to part with a seedling.

Congratulations, Sr. Rebecca!!!!

Below is a press release from the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency, honoring Sr. Rebecca who manages our HUD apartments.

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BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota Housing Finance Agency recognized its outstanding partners as Champions of Affordable Housing at the Statewide Housing Conference.

“The Champions Awards recognize and celebrate the work of individuals, non‐profit organizations, public agencies, and private sector businesses who go above and beyond to provide affordable housing for North Dakotans.” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director.

Through NDHFA’s homeownership programs individuals and families, which are typically first‐time buyers, receive low‐cost financing, and down payment and closing cost assistance.

Four financial institutions and a loan officer from each business were recognized for originating loans on behalf of NDHFA. Blackridge Bank and Doug Wentz of Bismarck; Bremer Bank and Renae Meisch of Wahpeton; Choice Financial and Lindsey Matter of Bismarck; and First Community Credit Union and Tanya Nenow of Jamestown received awards.

NDHFA recognized four real estate agents, Aruna Hagen of Fargo, Kristy Sagaser of Jamestown, and Paige Danner and ‘Stasia Mitzel of Bismarck, for the assistance they provided to NDHFA’s borrowers.

The agency also administers rental programs and supports the development of multifamily housing for low‐income families, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. Sister Rebecca Metzger of Grand Forks received NDHFA’s Property Management Award for her compassionate management of St. Anne’s Guest Home, a subsidized housing project that is home to 30 elderly households of limited means.

The agency’s Housing Production Award was presented to the Grand Forks Community Land Trust, which creates and maintains a permanent supply of affordably priced, owner‐occupied and rental housing, and assists households that purchase homes to become successful owners.

Leadership Award winners were Gerald Eid and Lynn Fundingsland. Gerald, a Fargo‐area builder who served as the chair of NDHFA’s advisory board for 15 years, was instrumental in the development of the agency’s down payment and closing cost assistance programs. Lynn is the outgoing executive director of the Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority who employed innovative approaches to provide for and to improve the housing conditions of the lowest‐income households in the community and throughout the region.

A self‐supporting state agency, NDHFA is dedicated to making housing affordable for all North Dakotans.

The Industrial Commission of North Dakota, consisting of Governor Doug Burgum as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, oversees the agency. For more information on the awards or the agency’s programs, contact (800) 292‐8621 or

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