DAC director retires after 37 years

Longtime Mille Lacs County Developmental Achievement Center program director Fred Hoffman is with DAC client Kyle Beak at the DAC in Milaca on Dec. 22. Hoffman retired on Dec. 31.

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Fred Hoffman is retiring Dec. 31 after 37 1/2 years of directing and leading the buildup of the Mille Lacs County Developmental Achievement Center program for adults with developmental disabilities.

The DAC program helps clients learn, improve and maintain life and some work skills.

Rod Peltoma, the new Mille Lacs DAC director, has been working into the role since Oct. 31 with help from Hoffman.

Hoffman, of rural Bock, wasn’t yet in charge of the Mille Lacs DAC program when it began in 1970, operating first in the Glendorado Lutheran Church basement for two years. Nor was Hoffman supervising it when the DAc moved to the upstairs of the then Princeton Armory for the next two years.

But Hoffman, with a degree in psychology and German, and three years experience a activities supervisor in a program similar to a DAC in Richfield, became the Mille Lacs DAC director in 1974. That was when the operation moved into an old potato warehouse in Milaca’s central business district.

For the full story, see the Thursday, Jan. 5 print edition of the Times.