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October 4, 2018

Election Season is Here

The crisp autumn air can only mean one thing – election season is upon us. With election season come many opportunities to speak with both current and potential lawmakers about the issues that deeply affect those with special needs, as well as those who work with people with special needs. Read More


September 6, 2018

LBSA Welcomes Senator Tina Smith’s Staff to Discuss Health Care Costs

Laura Baker Services Associations will welcome U.S. Senator Tina Smith’s staff to discuss Minnesota’s priorities to make health care more affordable and accessible. The discussion will take place in the Assembly Room at Laura Baker Center on the Laura Baker Services campus (211 Oak Street, Northfield), on Friday, September 7,… Read More


August 23, 2018

Looking Beyond the Surface

Looking Beyond the Surface What’s below the surface? What exists beyond the first glance? In our hurry-up world, it’s easy to believe that a snapshot gives a three-dimensional picture. We can easily accept that rhetoric is reality. We want to have simple explanations to complex issues. In a world filled… Read More


August 21, 2018

The Power of Community

The Power of Community In America, we receive constant messages that each person can do it all, be it all, do it all on their own. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities challenge that notion. Sometimes, they challenge it based on their need for our support. Sometimes, they challenge the… Read More


April 6, 2018

A Family of Ten

Three times a day. Every day. 365 days a year. You could say the kitchen staff at Laura Baker Services Association is always “on.” When 30 people are relying on you for their sustenance, you can’t exactly skip a meal or close down the kitchen for the day. Every day,… Read More


March 15, 2018

Inspire. Unite. Build.

Inspire. Unite. Build. Loneliness – it’s the newest public health crisis. Organizations as disparate as The Wall Street Journal, NPR, The New York Times, Fortune, and the British government are raising awareness of this issue and taking action to combat loneliness and the threat it poses to our ongoing health. Some studies indicate that… Read More


February 1, 2018

St. Olaf Roommates Discover Special Bond

As freshman-year roommates at St. Olaf College, Becca Person and Avisya Mishra quickly discovered they had a special connection. They both have a sibling with special needs. Now juniors, Becca and Avisya have turned that connection into service in action and are currently co-presidents of the Supporting Special… Read More


January 29, 2018

New Director of Oak Street Services: Nicole Laudont

LBSA is pleased to announce that Nicole Laudont has been selected as the next Director of Oak Street Services. Nicole currently serves as one of three QDDP/Behavior Analysts for Oak Street Services. She has Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, in Human Behavior/Applied Behavioral Science. She worked with… Read More


January 16, 2018

2017 Gala: Celebrating Our Community

We were honored to share an incredible evening with more than 300 friends at the 2017 Laura Baker Services Association Gala on December 2. The theme, Celebrating Our Community, emphasized the different ways various members of the community partner with LBSA, allowing us to bring the power of possibility to… Read More


November 20, 2017

Finding Supportive Partners

Finding Supportive Partners Telling It Like He Sees It Thanks to two valued partners Charlie Sewich and Frank Grazzini we had the opportunity to host Senator Rich Draheim for a tour and visit of LBSA. Senator Draheim is our state senator, newly elected last fall. Generally, working with legislators, especially… Read More