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Once again, the media proved an ally to those seeking to change the system. Sam Newlund covered the Welsch case for the Minneapolis Tribune, while Ann Baker covered the issue for the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The state Arc was a primary supporter of the lawsuit. Arc activists Lon Miller and Darlene Olson traveled throughout the state to organize local support.

Welsch Trial Slide Show  Photographs from the 1973 trial

Welsch trial photo exhibits
Arc activist Darlene Olson organized local support to change the way Minnesota cared for people.