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By 1970, the state Department of Public Welfare reported that state institutions might no longer be necessary within another decade or two. Despite this prediction, construction of new buildings moved forward.

Molly Woehrlin, President of Minnesota Arc, and the state mental health association responded quickly, urging that no new buildings be constructed on state hospital grounds and calling for all state institutions to be phased out.

Nevertheless, expansion continued. In 1970, a new unit for people with developmental disabilities opened in Hastings.

Molly Woehrlin
Molly Woehrlin was a formidable force in the debate surrounding construction of new hospital buildings.