AccessNorth - Center for Independent Living of Northeastern Minnesota
Volume 2 Issue 2
August, 2010
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In This Issue
Take our Survey...
AccessNorth is on Facebook!
Meet Kathy Krueger
New Assistive Technology Website
Recipe of the Month
ADA Anniversary Update
The Power of the Disability Vote!
Summer Youth Group visits Forget-Me-Not Foundation
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Consumer Satisfaction

If you are one of our consumers, and you haven't received our 2010 Survey in the mail, just click this link to participate.  We have had a fantastic response so far, so thank you to everyone who took the time to share your thoughts and experiences to help us serve you better.
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In an effort reach our consumers better, we are on Facebook!  We have increased our "Fans" to over 100 in the past month, and we would like to increase it even more!  There are informative links posted as well as updates to our programs and events. 

So if you haven't checked us out yet, please do and hit the "Like" button to receive our updates on your News Feed. 

Lets see how close to 500 "Fans" we can get!!
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Meet Kathy Krueger, our new Independent Living Skills Specialist in Brainerd

I grew up in Minneapolis, Blaine and Garrison, but I've also lived in Brainerd (18 years ago) and Sauk Rapids.

I attended Central Lakes College and graduated from their Accounting/Computer Program.  I received my Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from St Cloud State University.

Outside of working at CILNM, I have worked at Headstart and Catholic Charities.

I enjoy playing bingo, board and card games and watching the Twins and the Vikings.

If you are in the Brainerd area and in need of any assistance to keep you living independently - or know someone who is - you can contact Kathy at 218-829-9567 or email her at
New Assistive Technology Website
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now online

We have been working on updating our Assistive Technology (AT) pages of the AccessNorth website. We've tried to make it more informative and easier to navigate through. 

Assistive Technology is any device or service that improves the ability of people to maintain or improve their independence in performing daily living activities. It is also one of our four core services.  We offer many types of AT at the Center.  It can be as complicated as a communication device, or as simple as a pencil grip.

If you are interested in our AT program, you can contact Pam Parson at 1-800-390-3681 or email

or visit our website at
of the Month
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Chocolate Nut
Zucchini Cake

If you are like many of us, there is an abundance of zucchini from the garden to use up at this time of the year!  This is the tastiest way to do just that - and it also sneaks a little vegetable into dessert! This recipe has been a family favorite for years!

3 sq. unsweetened chocolate
3 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
4 eggs
3 cups sugar
1/2 cup oil
3 cups finely grated zucchini, drained well
1 cup finely chopped walnuts (opt.)

Melt chocolate over hot water, let cool.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease well and flour a 10" bundt pan. Sift flour, baking powder, soda and salt, set aside.  In large bowl, beat eggs at high speed until thick and light.  Gradually add sugar, 1/4 cup at a time.  Add oil and cooled chocolate, beat until well blended.  At low speed, add sifted dry ingredients, mixing until smooth.  Add grated zucchini and nuts, stir with spoon until well blended.  Turn batter into prepared pan and bake 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Cool in pan on wire rack for 15 minutes.  Remove from pan and cool thoroughly on wire rack.  Before serving, if desired, sprinkle with powdered sugar. 

Photo Kim TylerGreetings!

Summer is winding down, and the Fall season is starting to rev up!  School is starting soon and high school sports have already been hard at work practicing.  It has been a very busy summer here at CILNM!  We have been changing and adapting to meet the needs of people with disabilities in our area.  We have added personnel to our staff and are getting our new (all on one-level) building ready to move into. 

We are also getting ready with our Fall Support Groups.  If there is a group that you would like to see us offer, or would like to start, please let us know!  If there is a need, we will try our best to fulfill it.  Our Fall Schedules will be out soon, so we will keep you posted.

The best way to find out the latest news and events going on at the Center is through our Facebook page.  Please read the article below for more information.

We hope you enjoy reading about some of our changes and activities over the summer.  If you have any questions or comments, you may send them to
Kim Tyler
Executive Director

ADA 20th Anniversary Celebration a Success!
Beautiful weather for a beautiful celebration.
AccessNorth staff members attending the event. Anita Beckman, Connie Moorehouse, Erin Fontaine, Amanda Gigliotti and Pam Parson.
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Pam Parson inspires the crowd to keep advocating!
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Barkers Island in Superior was the site for the local 20th Anniversary ADA celebration held on Monday, July 26th. There was food, speakers and entertainment.  The crowd was addressed by Mayor Don Ness, as well as local disability advocates with very inspiring words to keep up the fight for improving the lives and opportunities for people with disabilities! 

It was a history-making day to celebrate how far we have come, and also how far we still need to go to make improvements in the lives of those with disabilities.

Amazing shot of an eagle soaring over the festivities.
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The Power of the Disability Vote!
Does your voice matter? Can you make a difference? Why is one vote important?
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One in five American's has a disability.  This makes us the largest minority population in the Country.  This also gives us incredible power when it comes to having our voices heard on issues that affect our lives.  However, it is our job to educate ourselves, to know the issues, and to see where candidates stand on those issues that are important to us.

The Duluth office is offering two opportunities to become more engaged and get excited about the upcoming election. 

1.   Access North Duluth Branch office is offering a workshop titled Paving the Way to Change.  This will be an opportunity to learn how you can have a hand in creating positive change.  We will be providing tips on how to advocate on the community, state and national level.  Paving the Way to Change will be offered on Wednesday October 13, 2010 from 1:30-4:30 in the Duluth Office.  Please RSVP at 218-625-1400.


2.   Access North is co-sponsoring a couple of Voting Workshops with the Minnesota Disability Law Center and the Office of the Secretary of State.


Join the Minnesota Disability Law Center, Access North and the Office of the Secretary of State for an engaging and hands-on presentation about Voting! 

      Simulate a day at the polls, from registration to placing your ballot in the ballot counter

      Discuss the importance of civic engagement and other ways to get involved in the elections process

      Get prepared and excited to vote in the 2010 state-wide election 

      See a demonstration of Automark accessible ballot machine

 When:  Sept. 14, 11am- 12pm or Sept. 17th ~ 2-3pm

Where: Duluth Public Library, 520 W. Superior St., Duluth

 ~ This event is Free and Open to the Public ~

*Refreshments will be served*

*If you need accommodations please contact Roberta at 218-625-1400.

Summer Youth Group takes field trip to the Forget-Me-Not Foundation
Enjoys a Day of Learning and Riding
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Rider on horse

Members of our Summer Youth group traveled north of Nashwauk to the Forget-Me-Not Foundation to take part in their program of learning to care for and ride horses.  After being briefed in the basic care and handling of horses, they got to meet and touch them - all the while being given lots of interesting and fun information.  Those that wanted to got the chance to take a few laps around the indoor riding arena on their favorite horse.

The Forget-Me-Not Foundation provides recreational horseback riding with therapeutic benefits and other opportunities for people with disabilities.  Their goal is to have fun in a positive atmosphere - and the therapy just happens. 

We would like to thank those from our Summer Youth Group participating in this fun event and also to the Foundation for all of their kindness and assistance in planning this for the kids!  Their website is available at
AccessNorth is a community based non-profit organization serving NE Minnesota, assisting individuals with disabilities to live independently, pursue meaningful goals, and have equal opportunities and choices.
Advocacy - Independent Living Skills - Information & Referral - Peer/Group Support

Programs are consumer controlled with an emphasis on improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.

 Serving the counties of Aitkin, Carlton, Cass, Cook, Crow Wing, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis Counties.

Our offices are located...
2104 E. 6th Ave. ~ Hibbing, Minnesota 55746 ~ (800) 390-3681
118 E. Superior St. ~ Duluth, MN  55802 ~ 888.625.1401

Aitkin ~ 218.927.3748                      Brainerd ~ 218.829.9567
Coleraine ~ 218.245.0211               Cass Lake ~ 218.339.3135
International Falls ~ 218.283.5752