Program spotlight: People First Aktion Club

Published 7:31 am Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Arc Mower County’s self-advocacy group is People First Aktion Club.  People First Aktion Club is an self-advocacy and self-help club for adults (ages 18 and older) with disabilities who want to make their own choices, speak up for themselves and be independent.

Members work on developing skills such as:

•Speaking for themselves

•Making decisions for themselves

•Supporting each other

•Finding answers to unmet needs

•Working for independence and self-sufficiency

•Helping people in the community understand and accept individuals with disabilities

•Volunteer opportunities

To learn more, please visit, call 507-433-8994 or email

The Arc of Minnesota and the Best Life Alliance seek stories  of benefits of DSPs

The Arc of Minnesota and the Best Life Alliance are seeking stories from residents of every legislative district in the state that demonstrate the importance of DSPs in order to work towards a DSP hourly wage increase in 2017.

More resources are available on their website at

Mark your calendars for the seventh annual Taste of Mower County

4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, April 2 at the Holiday Inn and Austin Conference Center, 1701 4th Street NW, Austin, MN 55912.

Enjoy unlimited tastings of signature items from the finest home and restaurant chefs in Mower County and the surrounding area. there will be food and wine tasting,  live and silent auction, door prizes, entertainment, cash bar. Tickets will be available to purchase on Feb. 15.

Jamey Helgeson is the Program Director at The Arc Mower County and can be reached at or by calling 507-433-8994, Extension 102.  You can also visit our website ( and follow us on Facebook (