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STORY #35 – TOM QUINN

STORY #35 – TOM QUINN

Posted on Oct 10, 2016
 
“I just wanted to have some fun, but the evening ended very badly,” Tom remembered.
As a member of a speakers’ panel made up of people in Rise’s Connections program for people who have brain injuries, Tom has talked to area high school students

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STORY #34 – STACIE DZIEDZIC

STORY #34 – STACIE DZIEDZIC

Posted on Oct 03, 2016
 
With a smile that lights up her face, Stacie Dziedzic’s enthusiastic and cheerful personality make her a great team member among those who work at Cummins Power Generation in Fridley.
“I’m really grateful for this job,” said Stacie. “Cummins is an awesome place to

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STORY #33 – DON LIND

STORY #33 – DON LIND

Posted on Sep 26, 2016
 
Rise workers and team members were saddened by the recent death of Don Lind, who passed away September 2 at the age of 84.
Working at Rise was Don’s “retirement job.” He was a custodian at the University of Minnesota from 1967 to 1993.

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STORY #32 – RACHEL E.

STORY #32 – RACHEL E.

Posted on Sep 19, 2016
 
Rachel Elmstrand was proud to be one of the thousands of direct support professionals (DSP) that Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton recognized last week with a special proclamation for the essential work they do to assist people with disabilities lead meaningful lives.
She has worked

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STORY #31 – LISA NOWLIN

STORY #31 – LISA NOWLIN

Posted on Sep 12, 2016
 
Having raised thousands of dollars over the past several years for the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance’s annual Walk for Thought, Lisa Nowlin is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to collecting pledges. Always polite and appreciative, she nonetheless is determined to

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STORY# 30 – MEE THAO

STORY# 30 – MEE THAO

Posted on Sep 06, 2016
 
Mee Thao was only eleven years old when her parents and three sisters made the long trek from Laos to live in Minnesota in 1978. Despite the tremendous changes in culture and climate, Mee’s family happily embraced their new home here and did well.

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STORY #29 – WYMAN GROENKE

STORY #29 – WYMAN GROENKE

Posted on Aug 29, 2016
 
“It can sometimes be hard, but change also brings new opportunities,” Wyman Groenke wisely reminded the other members of Rise’s Self-Advocacy Council when they voted to change its name from the Consumer Advisory Council to better reflect their mission.
Wyman has been an active member

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STORY #28 – NICK CARLSON

STORY #28 – NICK CARLSON

Posted on Aug 22, 2016
 
It takes good organizational skills, a solid work ethic, and motivation to be able to juggle two part-time jobs – and that’s just what Nick Carlson has to make him successful.
Fortunately for Nick, the two companies are located only blocks apart in Coon

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STORY #27 – DUSTIN TRUDEAU

STORY #27 – DUSTIN TRUDEAU

Posted on Aug 15, 2016
 
When Dustin Trudeau was diagnosed with a brain tumor at only 19 months old, doctors gave his mother Karen little hope for his recovery. In fact, few children had survived such an aggressive cancer and his oncologist had suggested giving up on treatment.
But Dustin

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STORY #26 – PATTY WELSCH

STORY #26 – PATTY WELSCH

Posted on Aug 08, 2016
 
At age 65, Patty Welsch is like millions of Americans transitioning to retirement.
After having worked on recycling and light janitorial tasks for about 15 years through Rise’s Community Integration Program (CIP) in Anoka, Patty was one of the first people to move to

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