With An Eye to the Past - 1960s - Building the Momentum
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At the urging of Governor Elmer L. Andersen, the Legislature authorized $36,000 to develop a pilot project to create day activity centers designed expressly to help individuals reach their optimum capabilities.

The first pilot programs opened in February 1961 at Willmar and Litchfield.


Pilot programs in Willmar and
Litchfield taught life skills to
people with developmental disabilities.


Pilot Program
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