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November 2018 News and Updates
Members enjoyed viewing the Mississippi River at Great River Bluffs State Park followed by lunch and mini golf at Lark Toys on Saturday, October 6, 2018
Fun was had by all at Farmer Johns Pumpkin Patch on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.  We went on a wagon ride throughout the pumpkin patch, enjoyed s'mores over the bonfire and shopped inside the barn where members bought pumpkins, jam, honey, etc.
Halloween Spooktacular Dance Costume Contest Winners (Left To Right):
Katie S (Most Colorful), Josh D (Most Colorful), Randy G (Funniest) Tianna W (Prettiest), Lydia B (Best Cartoon Character), Damion K (Most Original) Cheryl C (Scariest), Kelly M (Most Creative), Rylee H (Best Superhero), Ron S (Best Animal) and Brian L (Best Dressed Staff)

Fall Activity Update

  • November Activities:  Registration Began October 18
  • December Activities:  Registration Begins November 16 at 9:00am
What Can I Register For Now?
  • You can register for any activity in November including Karaoke, Kitchen Creations, Friendsgiving, Turkey Twist Dance, Open Center, Bingo, Movie and Munchies: Black Panther, Creative Arts:  Austin Artworks Center and Scrapbooking if those activities have openings.  If some activities are full, you can register and you will automatically be added to the waiting list.
  • You can register for any Community Connections trips in November.  When registering for any Community Connections trip, you will be automatically added to STANDBY until the registration deadline. Payment is not needed until you are notified.  Registration closes 2 weeks before the activity date.
Upcoming Activities In The Winter 2018-2019 Activity Guide:  
  • Community Connections:  Kiwanis Holiday Lights, US Bank Stadium Tour, Tonic Sol-fa Holiday Concert, Lunch and a Movie, Science Museum of Minnesota/Omnitheater, Weekend Ventures, Date Night, Monster Energy Supercross at US Bank Stadium
 Upcoming Activities In The Spring 2019 Activity Guide:  
  • Community Connections:  Harlem Globetrotters
Listen to KAUS 1480 AM on November 5
at 10:30 AM for The Arc Mower County Radio Show!
The 8th Annual Taste of Mower County was a success
The Arc Mower County hosted the 8th Annual Taste of Mower County on Sunday, October 2018 at the Holiday Inn and Austin Conference Center.  There were 6 home chefs and 6 restaurant/professional chefs in attendance.  We received 62 silent auction items and 16 live auction items that were donated by very generous individuals and businesses.
Sponsors:  Holiday Inn Austin Conference Center, Reichel Foods, Worlein Funeral Home, Cardinal of Minnesota, Bremer Bank, Cedars Senior Living Community, Heartman Insurance, Kwik Trip, Medicap Pharmacy, Medgaarden’s Southwest Sales, First Farmers & Merchants Bank and Accentra Credit Union
Home Chefs:  Kelley Sandvik - 3rd Place Appetizer, Raycy Edwin, Alison Witiak, Beth Jensen, Kathi Finley - 1st Place Desserts, Lou Hanson - 3rd Place Desserts
Restaurant/Professional Chefs:  Holiday Inn - 2nd Place Desserts, Cedar Valley Services - 2nd Place Appetizer, Lansing Corners Supper Club - 1st Place Appetizer and 3rd Place Entrée, Sweet's Restaurant, Cedars Senior Living Community​ - 2nd Place Entrée and Wolf's Den -
Auction Items Donors:  1910 Fresh Mexican Kitchen, Applebee's, Andrea Enfield, Angry Hog Brewery and Taproom, Annette Huffman, Austin Daily Herald, Austin Eagles Club - Aerie 703, Auto Value, Buck Hill, Cedars Senior Living Community, Cinemagic Theatres, Courtesy Corporation - McDonald's, Dawn Helgeson, Drs. Elrod Green & Heimer, DDS, Francis Heer, Games People Play, Great Clips, Great Lakes Aquarium, H & R Block, Heath Studio's and Tattoo, Highly Defined Beauty Emporium, Holiday Inn Austin Conference Center, Holiday Inn Maple Grove, Hoversten, Johnson, Beckman and Hovey, LLP Law Office, Hoot and Ole's Tavern, Ivy's Ink, Jason and Laura Maschka, Jane Brown Farms - Sayles Families, Joelle Long, Justin and Crystal Steinbach, KAUS Radio, Kirk and Wendy Rolfson, Kuehn Motor Company, Lansing Corners Supper Club, Larry Jensen, Laura Tjomsland, LeRoy City Lines, Lou's Forever Framing, Mall of America, Marilyn Huffman & Kim Osmundson, Maschka's Raised Gardens, Med City Mobility, Metropolis Resort Chaos Waterpark, Michelle Jensen, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Twins​​, Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Zoo Foundation, Mona Lukes, Nicol's Complete Auto, Nelson Dental, North Shore Scenic Railroad, Paul and Joanne Worlein, Peggy Young, People First Aktion Club, Piggy Blue's BBQ, Pizza Hut, Potach and Mitchel Dental, Prairie's Edge Casino Resort, Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, Roger Mallan, Runnings, Rydjor Bike Shop, Sarah Wermager, Science Museum of Minnesota, Senegence - Kallie White, SPAM® Museum, Stadheim Jewelers, Sterling Main Street, Steve and Kathy Earl, Steve and Kelley Sandvik, Steve's Pizza, Style Lounge Salon, Sweet Reads, Sweet's Hotel, Restaurant and Lounge, The Bakery, Tom and Doreen Gillard, Tom and Tricia Weichmann, Twice Is Nice, Utz Vineyards/Runde Graphics and Whitnei Photography​
Special Thanks to:  Jessica Hovde and Staff at the Austin Holiday Inn and Conference Center, Axel Gumbel who was the Master of Ceremonies, Al Smith who was the Auctioneer for the Live Auction, Terry Schmidt for the wonderful music, Apollo Liquors & Superette who provided the wine and craft beer tasting and Photographer Mark Lingl for the awesome photos, Taste of Mower County Planning Committee:  Dawn Helgeson, Michelle Jensen, Crystal Steinbach, Alicia Westendorf, Geri Tollefson, John Gray, Axel Gumbel and Laura Tjomsland and Volunteers:  Aubrey Birk, Jennifer Douty, Andrew Douty, Susan Huffman, Sarah Jensen, Barb Keist, Roger Mallan, Steve Mallan, Lola Olson, Roy Rolfson, Michele Tate and Stephanie Wagner.
All of the proceeds from this even support our advocacy and recreational and educational activities for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in the Mower County area.  “Sometimes the greatest gift you can give another person is to simply include them”, said by Dawn Helgeson, Executive Director of The Arc Mower County.
  1. If you are under a guardianship you still have the right to vote unless your guardianship court order says that the court has taken away your right to vote.
  2. If you can’t get into your polling place, you can register and vote from your vehicle. Ask the head election judge to find two election judges to come outside to help you.
  3. If you cannot sign your name, you have the right to tell the election judge who you are and tell another person to sign your name for you on the roster.
  4. You have the right to ask for help voting. For example, you can ask an election judge, a friend, family, guardian, or a staff person who works with you, for help.
  5. Any person you choose can go with you into the voting booth except an agent of your employer or union, or a candidate.
  6. You can ask someone to mark your ballot for you. It is against the law for them to mark the ballot for you if you cannot communicate to them who you want to vote for.
  7. You have the right to take a sample ballot into the voting booth with you.
  8. It is against the law for anyone in the polling place to try to influence your vote. It is your vote, and your choice!
Pamela Hoopes
Minnesota Disability Law Center/Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid 612-746-3711
2018 Election Dates:
  • November 6, 2018 - Election Day
 Learn more at:
Applebee's Dining To Donate
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 | 4:00-9:00

Applebee's will donate 15% of your check to The Arc Mower County when you dine at Applebee's in Austin at 1404 18th Ave NW or Carside To Go on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 from 4:00pm-9:00pm.  The flyer will be available online at, at The Arc Mower County office or in the Winter 2018-2019 Visions Newsletter/Activity Guide.

Printable Flyer
Chicken Dumpling Soup and Chili Supper
Fundraiser for People First Aktion Club
Tuesday, January 29, 2019| 4:00-7:00
Mower County Senior Center, 400 3rd Ave NE, Austin

Advance:  Tickets are $7.00 for Adults and $5.00 for Children (Ages 4-10)
At The Door:  Tickets are $9.00 for Adults and $7.00 for Children (Ages 4-10)
Children ages 3 and under are FREE. 
Tickets go on sale on November 19, 2018. 
Tickets are available at The Arc office or at the door. 
Includes your choice of Chicken Dumpling Soup and/or
Chili, Beverage and Dessert!
Every donation, large or small, will help cut expenses and increase profits:
We need Boneless Chicken, Hamburger, Carrots, Celery and financial
donations to purchase other items. Call The Arc at 507-433-8994 today
and let us know how you can help. 
All funds raised will be used for members to attend workshops and
conferences and to donate money to local organizations and
community service projects.  In 2019, People First Aktion Club will
also be making a donation to the Paint The Town Pink fundraiser for The Hormel Institute.  
Create your legacy with an endowment – Your 
​endowment gift will grow to become a permanent legacy

Why make an endowment gift?  An endowment gift is a gift to an established fund that is invested.  When you make an endowment gift, you create a steady stream of annual income to support our good work.  Your gift will be maintained in perpetuity and make a lasting, meaningful difference.  There are several ways in which you can make an endowment gift either today or as part of your estate plan. 
Ways to make endowment gifts: 
Charitable Gift Annuity:  When you transfer your cash or appreciated property (stock, CD’s or real estate) to our endowment fund, we will agree to pay you fixed payments for life at a rate based on your age.  You will receive a tax savings charitable deduction and a portion of your payments may be tax free.
Charitable Remainder Trust:  When you transfer your cash or appreciated property to a charitable remainder trust, the trust will you income for your life or a number of years.  You will receive a tax savings charitable deduction for your gift of the remainder to our endowment.
Bequest:  A gift to our endowment made through your will or trust, may provide your estate with valuable tax savings.  Your endowment bequest can be a gift of a specific asset, percentage of your estate or the residue (what’s left after specific bequests are made to your family).  Your endowment gift will create a permanent legacy of lasting support for our work. 
Your support makes our work possible:  Did you know that by making a gift to our endowment, you can create a permanent source of income that will ensure the continuation of our programs far into the future?  This type of meaningful gift can create a legacy for you while providing lasting support for our mission.
For more information, please contact The Arc Mower County at 507-433-8994.
Amy Maroo - November 3
Elizabeth Hagen - November 5
Scott Haack - November 6
Bonnie Dalager - November 9
Joshua Mund - November 9
Teresa Arnold - November 11
Tyler Baker - November 11
Daniel Stephoni - November 12
Tiffany Farrell - November 14
Jason Lein - November 14
Todd Pagenkopf - November 19
Katie Schroeder - November 19
Julia Bye - November 21
Destinie Klapperick - November 22
Patricia Deutchman - November 29

Public Policy

Here you'll find the information you’ll need to advocate on all issues that are critical to the intellectual and developmental disability community:
Activity Guide & Newsletter
Wish List

Volunteers Matter 
at The Arc

If you are interested in volunteering, please email,  
call 507-433-8994 or visit 
for more information.

November 2018:  
  • 11/07/18, 01:00 PM-03:30 PM, Newsletter Folding And Assembly
  • 11/07/18, 04:00 PM-05:30 PM, MCSO Bowling: Session A
  • 11/09/18, 05:30 PM-07:30 PM, Friendsgiving
  • 11/13/18, 04:00 PM-05:00 PM, Turkey Twist Dance, SET-UP AND DECORATE IF NEEDED
  • 11/13/18, 06:00 PM-08:00 PM, Turkey Twist Dance, ACTIVITY ASSISTANT
  • 11/14/18, 04:00 PM-05:30 PM, MCSO Bowling: Session A
  • 11/14/18, 06:30 PM-08:00 PM, Open Center
  • 11/15/18, 06:00 PM-07:30 PM, Bingo
  • 11/20/18, 06:00 PM-07:30 PM, Creative Arts: Austin Artworks Center
  • 11/28/18, 04:00 PM-05:30 PM, MCSO Bowling: Session A
  • 11/28/18, 06:30 PM-08:00 PM, Open Center
  • 11/29/18, 06:00 PM-07:30 PM, Scrapbooking
The Arc Mower County is  a United Way funded agency and
affiliated with The Arc of the United States.

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