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August 1, 2019

A Toast to Healthy Eating

Salmon with Avocado & Tomato. Diced Chicken with Penne & Vegetables.  Arugula & Kale Salad. No. These aren’t menu listings from a trendy health food restaurant. These are a few items from the new meal plan at Laura Baker Services Association (LBSA). In the summer of 2017 LBSA assembled a… Read More


May 30, 2019

Performance Dedicated to the Clients and Caregivers at Laura Baker Services

The song “What I Might Be” was written by Paul Krause for the Laura Baker Services Association choir in 2010 around the time of our capital campaign. Recently the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northfield Choir and some of the children joined together to sing this song which was video recorded… Read More


May 3, 2019

Let’s Talk About the Value of Long-Term Care

Let's Talk About the Value of Long-Term Care Did you see the recent Facebook post from the guy who has decided that he’s not going into a nursing home, he’s going to live at Holiday Inns in the twilight of his years? He’s done the math and determined that he can… Read More


February 1, 2019


Heroes Who are your heroes? How do you decide who gets on the list? Defining my heroes was not something I thought much about. Then someone asked me who my heroes are. My first instinct was to consider celebrities – they must be a celebrity for a reason,… Read More


January 1, 2019

The “Art” of Community Building

The "Art" of Community Building Laura Baker believed that an important part of her students’ wellbeing was community acceptance. Acceptance comes with education and familiarity. At a time when many individuals with developmental disabilities were separated from society in large institutions, Laura Baker’s vision was revolutionary. In the early days,… Read More


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