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Take the pledge to recycle MORE November 15!

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November 15 is America Recycles Day, and for those of us in the Grand Rapids Area it would be a great opportunity to bring your recycling to the DRHH drop-off at Cub Foods from 8:00 – 12:00.  A great way to help the environment and Hired Hands. MDI encourages you to be extra aware of what you are throwing away, both at work and at home.

As a nation, over 75% of waste is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30% of it.


Investing In Yourself

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Congratulations to Barb Majerus on earning her Masters of Leadership!  Over the past three years, Barb has completed 12 classes and put in over 3,200 hours of coursework to earn her degree through Capella University. Thanks to MDI, 50% of her tuition was paid through the tuition reimbursement program. Barb says although she really enjoyed the classes and experience, she is looking forward to enjoying more of the great outdoors, and much more free time with family and friends.


Grand Rapids and Hibbing 50th Year Celebrations!

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Please join us at our Grand Rapids and Hibbing Facilities as we continue to celebrate this milestone with a luncheon/open house.
Open to all community members. PodiumSign

When: Nov 12 | 11:30 – 1 pm
Where:  Grand Rapids Facility: 825 Lily Lane

When: Nov 14  | 11:30 – 1 pm
Where: Hibbing Facility: 1937 4th Ave E

To register for this FREE celebration, please contact:
Jennifer Anderson at 218.313.1723 or

Registration Deadline: November 5, 2014

Pictures from the MDI 50th Celebration!

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MDI’s 50th celebration was a huge success thanks to all of our supporters! A special thanks to our sponsors, keynote speakers, donors and friends and family in the community!!

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Tomorrow is MDI’s 50th Celebration Event



Tomorrow is MDI’s 50th Celebration Event!

We are excited to celebrate this milestone with all of you!

There are a few other events happening in St. Paul on Thursday.
Please anticipate heavy traffic and allow extra time for parking.
Valet parking is available for $10 at the Crowne Plaza
on Wabasha Street North.
Ramp parking is available but may cost more due to other events happening.

We look forward to seeing you at the celebration!

Only a Few More Days Until MDIs 50th Celebration!

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MDI’s 50th Celebration is just a few days away! ”Like” our Facebook post about the event to be entered to WIN 2 tickets that evening!! 

Winner will be selected October 17th!

Click Here!

Introducing our Keynote Speakers at our 50th Celebration

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Shamus P. O’Meara,
Managing Shareholder of O’Meara, Leer, Wagner & Kohl, P.A.


Shamus O’Meara is the Managing Shareholder of O’Meara, Leer, Wagner & Kohl in Minneapolis where he has represented school districts and public entities for over 20 years.  Shamus also advocates for equal access to justice for people with developmental disabilities and their families.  He currently represents 300 families in a federal class action settlement involving the abuse of people with developmental disabilities at a state operated facility.  Shamus has also served in several leadership positions on behalf of people with disabilities including past chair of the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities and United States Civil Rights Commission State Advisory Council, and past president of Disability Justice.  He is a recipient of The Arc Minnesota’s  2012 Public Policy Award, and  has been recognized as a Minnesota Attorney of the Year and Minnesota Super Lawyer.  Shamus also works with state and national departments of education, school boards associations, mental health and law enforcement agencies to promote safety and violence prevention in schools and on campuses. 

David Dorn,
President of Special Olympics Minnesota


David brought to SOMN 23 years of business development experience in the Twin Cities. After 12 years at ADC Telecommunication, he was the co-founder and CEO of KB Gear Interactive from 1994- 2002, and just prior to Special Olympics, Dave served as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Deluxe Corporation.

As the father of a child with an intellectual disability who was involved in adaptive sports, David saw how a program could impact a child’s life and potential. With its broad offerings and variety of programs David saw the powerful impact Special Olympics could have on the lives of anyone with an intellectual disability as well as their family and community. He saw the presidency of Special Olympics Minnesota as a way to merge his passion to serve those with intellectual disabilities, his love of sports, and his strategic leadership skills. Most of all, he saw how much he would learn from each and every athlete and how they all constantly amaze us with their accomplishments.

Since 2006 Special Olympics has seen it participation numbers roughly double to over 10,000 participants. There are now more programs and opportunities for those with and without disabilities. From its traditional sports competition and training, athlete leadership and health programs to the new inclusive youth, school and wellness programs Special Olympics is well positioned for the future! David serves on the United States leadership council for the Special Olympics and outside of the movement, serves on the boards of Youth Frontiers, a nonprofit agency dedicated to youth development and Children’s West Hospital.

David has a bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University and a Master’s in Business from the University of St. Thomas. David and his wife Katie, a High School guidance counselor at Orono High School have seven children and live in the Minnetonka area.

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