About UsMOHR in the News

More than ever, the MOHR organization, its members and their important issues are appearing in news media across Minnesota. 

Here are some examples:

Many disability groups are marking major anniversaries
Access Press

Kandi Works DAC sets luncheons to showcase services - West Central Tribune

ProAct recycles holiday lights - Sun Thisweek

Celebrating the holiday season (WCI) - West Central Tribune

Waite Park Police investigating fake bomb threat - WJON Radio

Disability rights to take center stage as Minnesota Legislature sets to convene (be sure to view comments) - Star Tribune

Amy Klobuchar rolls out plan aimed at bolstering rights for people with disabilities Washington Times

Helping people with disabilities find meaningful work is Kuntz's goal
Access Press

Parents of adult children with disabilities work to fill housing gap
Minnesota Public Radio

Alex Bartolic's career was guided by a vision for full inclusion - Access Press

Counterpoint: 'Chaotic Care' series doesn't tell whole story of services for the disabled
Star Tribune

Minnesota Wild special team practice . . . Brainerd Dispatch

Promoting policy for access, equity and independence for Minnesotans with disabilities - Grand Rapids Herald Review

MN Human Services reassigns former anti-fraud supervisor - Pioneer Press

Brown County Browser: Department of Human Services - The New Ulm Journal

Third-party group to study potential restructure of DHS - West Central Tribune

Making great strides, man with autism on KFAI Radio

Providing jobs for people with disabilities brings kudos
Access Press

Gov. Walz gets firsthand glimpse into mental, physical demands of home care workers- WCCO Radio

Disabled Minnesota residents often live in costly isolation
Star Tribune

Chaotic care report ignores broader challenges of integrating the disabled
Star Tribune - response from Sue Schettle

Geography matters for disabled workers
The Herald Republican - Indiana

Rep. Zerwas resigns
Star Tribune

Donors contribute $1.2 million for Stevens County DAC remodel
Stevens County Times

Rep. Schomacker spends day as Direct Support Professional
The Worthington Globe

Schomacker Spends Day With RCO Worker to Highlight Workforce Crisis
Rock County Star Herald

Shortage of home care workers affecting people with disabilities - MPR

MN DHS under scrutiny for treatment of employees with disabilities - Pioneer Press

Individuals with intellectual disabilities need a choice of services | Opinion
The Philadelphia Inquirer

A letter a week helps keep Aaron Lind from 'getting stuck' - Sun Thisweek


Minnesota Moment: St. Paul pub named outstanding employer - KSTP TV 5

Area Arby's recognized for employing people with disabilities - Sun Sailor

At work helping folks at work - Annandale Advocate

Business People: Honors, Medtronic - St. Paul Pioneer Press

Mille Lacs Wild Rice Corporation named outstanding disability employer by MOHR - Aitkin Age

Medtronic named outstanding disability employer - Quad Community Press

National Disability Employment Awareness Month- Crookston Times

Governor Walz appoints 11 to Blue Ribbon Commission- Office of Governor

ProAct celebrates 50 years of revoutionizing rehabilitation services -
Red Wing Republican Eagle

DSP Week news reports
KTTC 10 TV Rochester | KAAL 6 TV | Rochester Post Bulletin | News conference video

Cedar Valley, MSS recognize DSPs
Albert Lea Tribune | Austin Daily Herald | Sun Thisweek

Independence is a team effort at CHOICE- Eden Prairie News

Duluth employers turn to people with disabilities to curb labor shortages-
Duluth News Tribune

New roommate matchmaker Rumi connects caregivers, people with disabilities - Star Tribune

Udac new building grand opening in Duluth-

MOHR presents awards at summer conference-Access Press

Rise president receives state award for service - ABC Newspapers - Anoka

Lutheran Social Services chief to head DHS- Star Tribune

Rise coach honored by Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation -
ABC Newspapers

For Edina retail team, rare bond endures- Sun Current

Business People - MOHR Award winners- Pioneer Press

Local case manager honored-
Dassel-Cokato Enterprise Dispatch

CHOICE instructor earns award from MOHR - Sun Current

Minnesota State Capitol becomes more accessible to those with disabilities -
Star Tribune

Rosario: St. Paul disability rights advocate presses on despite physical setback -
Pioneer Press

Travelers Named a Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion - MarketWatch

'Game-changing app helps police interact with people with disabilities - St. Cloud Times

Miss Amazing: Goodhue teen participates in national pageant - Rochester Post-Bulletin

Courage Kenny Gives Gift Of Golf Back to Those With Disabilities - WCCO 4 News


U.S. House Votes to End Subminimum Wage - Disability Scoop

New reports on Direct Support Professionals highly low pay, poor benefits - KSTP 5 TV

Opinion: So, Gov. Walz, what about that promise of One Minn.? - Access Press

Momentum Growing To End Subminimum Wage - Disability Scoop

At long last, advocates see big wins on staff wages - Access Press

Art program for people with disabilities receives statewide award - KARE 11 TV News
St. Cloud group serving disabled honored - KNSI Radio
Productive Alternatives, Alexandria Opportunities Center to merge - Fergus Falls Daily | Alexandria Echo Press
MSS Caregiver named Direct Support Professional of the Year -
Sun Thisweek News
Life, My
Rosario: Images from the past still shock but hopefully times have changes -
St. Paul Pioneer Press
Letter to Legislators asking for increased wages for DSPs - KIMT Television - Rochester
We can do better for people with disabilities - Grand Rapids Herald | Brainerd Dispatch | Sun Thisweek |

Buffalo nonprofit receives Life Enrichment Award - Patch
WACOSA receives Life Enrichment Award - St. Cloud Times
ProAct Playhouse receives Life Enrichment Award - Sun This Week

Caregiver raises looking unlikely this session- Mankato Free Press - (please read comments from ARRM in story)
A workforce crisis: Hundreds rally at state capitol in support of higher pay for disability support professionals - Sun Current
We must pass legislation to restore funding cuts for those who care for our most vulnerable - Sen. Hoffman column - ECM Press & News
Disability services rally in St. Paul calls for higher wages for DSPs - KSTP 5 TV
Local artist represents caregiver cause-
Mankato Free Press
Disability advocates rally for more pay
Echo Press - Alexandria
Eight local agencies take part in Disability Services Day- 
KTTC 10 TV Rochester
Hiawatha resident speaks out for DSPs at Day at the Capitol - Rochester Post Bulletin
Two longtime disability nonprofits announce merger

Walmart is getting rid of greeters; disabled workers worried | Disabled workers accept new roles - Rochester Post Bulletin | KTTC TV 10
The Job Most Americans Don't Know About, But is Crucial To The Success of People with Disabilities - Forbes
DFL state House majority hopes to start new session where old one ended - MPR
Melissa Hortman: 'Neither one of us see it as a win-lose thing.' - WCCO Radio
Commentary: People with disabilities can live 'awesome' lives with some help - MinnPost
MOHR President: DWRS eyed for reform at Capitol in 2019- Access Press
Governor-elect Tim Walz begins 'One Minnesota' listening tour -

Polk County DAC hosts regional training session, consults with lobbyists-
Crookston Times

Outstanding disability employer - Shoreview Press

Kowalski's award - Merrick

MOHR Employer Awards, Senators support disability employment-
Access Press

AmericInn hotel in Roseau named Outstanding Disability Employer - Roseau Times-Region

Sammy's Pizza owner earns award
Pine Journal

Udac Honors Sir Ben's for Employing People with Disabilities - WDIO TV 10/13

Sir Ben's Honored for Helping Disabled - FOX 21 News - Duluth

3M Fall Protection named outstanding disability employer-
Red Wing Republican Eagle (pdf) | Farmington Independent

Minnesota Manager Recognized for Hiring Workers with Disabilities - WCCO 4 News

Taco John's celebrates Outstanding Disability Employer Award - Isanti County News

Taco John's awarded - Isanti-Chisago County Star

Legislator feted for advocacy - Access Press

Original play 'Get Me to the Polls' highlights voting challenges for people with disabilities - FOX 9 News

Taco John's is MOHR Outstanding Disability Employer. Radio interview with Industries, Inc. - KBEK

Taco John's, Sammy's Pizza earn Oustanding Disability Employer Awards- QSR Magazine

Ditschler re-elected as MOHR treasurer
Sun Thisweek newspapers


Letter: Recognizing direct support professionals
Woodbury Bulletin


MOHR announces new leaders
Access Press


Crookston ODC to celebrate direct support professionals week - Crookston Times


ProAct recognizes national DSP Week
Sun Thisweek newspapers

MDI adds 160 jobs at locations across Minnesota
Grand Rapids Herald Review

ODC recognizes National Direct Support Professional Week September 9-15
Northern Light Region - Baudette


Rep. Matt Dean recognized by MOHR
White Bear/Vadnais Heights Press


State representative honored as champion for people with disabilities - Voice of Alexandria


Seehusen named DSP Award winner -
Midway Como Monitor (see p.12)


Milaca's Rita Cassens' attitude, enthusiasm spark award - Union Times

Grant County DAC greenhouse wins MOHR Life Enrichment Award - stories in nine area newspapers (pdf)

Access Press commentary: From our community: Time to raise the volume on inclusion and opportunity for all - by Julie Johnson and Sue Schettle


ProAct emphasizes the 'intangibles' - Lost revenue challenges those who help people with challenges
Red Wing Republican Eagle (pdf)

Rise Art Speaks program takes home award
ABC Newspapers (pdf)

St. Louis Park-based Partnership Resources Inc. wins Life Enrichment Award - Sun Sailor

Community garden thriving in Duluth- WDIO-TV
Udac and MOHR Life Enrichment Award

7% cuts for disability services hit July 1- Eden Prairie organizations parties in lawsuit seeking injunction to head off cuts- Sun Current Eden Prairie (pdf)

Cuts to provider rates for disabled being evaluated at Cedar Valley - Albert Lea Tribune

State cuts to rates for disability services allowed to proceed, judge rules - MSN

MSS leader wins statewide disability 'Tip of the Spear' Award - Patch news

Maple Grove nonprofit receives life enrichment award
Press & News

State cuts to rates for disability services allowed to proceed, judge rules - Star Tribune

Rise awarded for ‘Art Speaks’ program
Woodbury Bulletin

Willmar: Two area programs honored for work with people with disabilities

West Central Tribune

Business People- Sunday - St. Paul Pioneer Press - MOHR Life Enrichment Award winners

MSS receives Life Enrichment Award-
Sun Thisweek newspapers

Disability and Progress Radio - KFAI MSP 6-14-18

Providers Fight Minnesota's Cut to Disability Services
Courthouse News Service

Lawsuit seeks to stem rate cuts for disability services
Rochester Post Bulletin

Groups sue to halt 7% cuts to disability services in Minnesota - Mankato Times

Minnesota disability service providers seek halt to government cuts - Star Tribune

Medicaid fight - MinnPost

Groups sue over cut to disability jobs program - Minnesota Public Radio - MPR

CHOICE receives Life Enrichment Award for SHAPE program - Eden Prairie Patch news

Access Press's future looks brighter, thanks to generous supporters

Editor's column (see photo)

Full issue

Nonprofit receives award for anti-bullying ambassadors program

Vadnais Heights Press

Impending 7 percent cut impacts Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center
Park Rapids Enterprise

Federal cuts and state veto hurting day service organizations - KTTC TV 10 - Rochester

Disability and Progress: MOHR Life Enrichment Award winners. Featuring Grant County DAC, MSS, PRI and Rise. Listen here

"Looking forward to moving Minnesota Forward"
Grand Rapids Herald Review

Sen. Jeremy Miller receives award for work on disability issues Caledonia Argus

Budget Bill, other vetoes draw local legislators' ire
KXRA's Voice of Alexandria

Gov. Mark Dayton vetoes tax, spending bills
Star Tribune

Senator Jeremy Miller receives award for work on disability issues


Jeremy Miller receives award for work on disability issues

Tri-County News- Cottonwood: Jackson County DAC day program serving people with disabilities faces 7 percent cut, putting services at risk, further strain in challenging financial times (pdf)

Variety of programs win first MOHR awards (pdf)

Stillwater Gazette: ESR Inc. to face funding cut (pdf)

Chippewa Enterprises receives Life Enrichment Award

KDMA Radio: Chippewa Enterprises Award

Mankato Free Press - story begins bottom of page 1 (pdf)


Falls DAC faces 7% cut (pdf)

Unique Theater Program Wins Award


Rock County Opportunities at risk of funding cuts (pdf)

Funding for disabled services is threatened

Wadena County DAC program faces 7 percent cut

Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation facing seven percent funding cut (pdf)

Polk County Developmental Achievement Center honored by state organization

Polk County DAC stressing potential 7% budget reduction

Question of funds;Funding cut could have direct effect on Cedar Valley Services


Celebrating 65 years and seeking stability for another 65 years | column appeared in eight additional Sun newspapers and Maple Grove/Osseo and Champlin/Dayton Press

DACs facing critical funding shortage (pdf)

Letter: Say no to cuts to disability funding

Cuts threaten local centers for disabled workers | (pdf)

ESR Inc. to face funding cut

SEI Facing possible cut in funding

Access Press

Agenda for people with disabilities should respect their choices - by Heidi Smith, John Wayne Barker and Michael Kraines (pdf)

Day training and habilitation programs are invaluable resources for Millie, her family - by Sue Cell


 St. Cloud Times

Recognize those offering opportunities to individuals with disabilitiesby Mike Burke, MOHR President

This letter appeared in at least 31 additional newspapers around Minnesota

 Brainerd Dispatch

Local Cub Foods recognized for employment practices

Lakeshore Weekly News

General Mills recognized (by MOHR)

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LISTEN: KROX interviews Megan Wark,MOHR DSP Award winner

wright county journal press mast

Darcy Meagher of FunctionalIndustries honored (pdf)

hometown focus

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ERDAC provides valuable jobs, services

Local service provides job training opportunities to disabled adults

What do you see? The disability, or the person?


 Gonnella wins 'Tip of the Spear' Award

access press

MOHR Prez: Disability cause grows, so we must keep on going

MOHR honors outstanding direct support professionals


MOHR 'Tip of the Spear' Award winner featured in south metro newspapers

crookston times

Polk County DAC stressing potential 7% budget reduction

Polk County DAC employee winner of EmploymentService Job Coach award



Partnership Resources Employee wins statewide award

Productive Alternatives advocating for staff wages

State rep visits Hope DAC in Tyler (pdf)

Staff shortage of service providersworking for people with disabilities

DACs ask Minnesota lawmakers for wage increase

 Rock County Star Herald

Putting a value on human care (pdf)

Schear thanks Schomacker for RCO Help (pdf)

RCO director joins rally for disability service funds (pdf)

Readers' view: Direct support professionals deserve better pay

Area disability service companies struggling to find workers

Appeared in Apple Valley, Burnsville/Eagan and Lakeville

kaal tv

Staffing Shortage of Providers for People with Disabilities Causes Issues for Families in Southeast Minnesota KAAL TV - Rochester/Austin/Albert Lea

post bulletin

'In a fight for our lives' Rochester Post Bulletin

Editorial: Direct care workers should get a raise

Rochester news conference

abc newspapers

Staff who work with disabled seeking pay increase

Appeared in Blaine/Spring Park Life, Sun Focus- Mounds View/New Brighton, Anoka

ff daily journal

Productive Alternatives raises starting wages, counts on an increase in legislative funding - Fergus Falls

detroit lakes online

DACs ask MN lawmakers for wage increase

waseca county news

Direct care industry facing hiring crunch locally, statewide

ep news

CHOICE, Inc. leader letter in Eden Prairie News

Staff turnover increases at job site for disabled (pdf)

Also in Vadnais Heights Press

Potential cuts worry disability organizations

Rep. Considine pushes for 10 percent caregiver pay increase


SEI seeking funding increase from state legislature

Echo Journal

Group homes depend on cost-of-living increase

Letter: Raise pay rates for direct support staff (pdf)



Letter: Support direct care staff in area


Letter: DSP workforce shortage ‘public health crisis’

Low wages hampering caregiving, officials say

Hibbing Daily Tribune



The Full story: County DAC seeks vital support

Two Harbors: Lake County DAC faces hiring shortage

Ortonville: Direct care hiring crisis for people with disabilities


Direct Support Professionals hiring crisis, radio interviewwith Jo Bittner, Polk County DAC

Discussions underway to raise pay rates for direct care workers

Ending Commensurate Wage Policy Would be a Mistake


She asks, how long can the cycle continue?

Rotunda rings with calls for change, but is it enough?

Excessive regulations compound the state's care crisis, op-ed by Michael Kraines

Choices, integration are working for many, but are threatened,letter by parent S. Kenney

Direct support providers work with honor, need a raise,column by Norm Munk

Alexandria Echo Press

Plan to mainstream disabled workers causes worry

Advocates for the disabled voice frustrations

Most jobs for those with disabilities come through nonprofit providers

Legislators Hear Concerns Over Developmental Disabilities Workforce

MOHR President hopeful 5 Percent campaign moves through House

Human Services Commission pays visit to Alexandria

CBS Minnesota

Rally Held For Attendants Who Help People With Disabilities

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Addressing the 7 percent cut and the impact on disability services in Minnesota - Steve Skauge, Productive Alternatives


Hiring crisis: While economy grows, wages for social service professionals aren't keeping up

New Ulm Journal

Stop the 7 percent cut, writes Karen Omori, Executive Director of Enterprise North, Inc.

Worthington Daily Globe

Cuts could threaten developmental disabilities providers

Chaska Herald

Letter: Impact of cut will be severe

Sun Current

Legislature needs to act for HCBS workfoce shortage

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Bruce Remme with ABC in Rochester on FM 97.5 radio