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Conference Brings Over a Hundred Interpreters for the Deaf in Rochester, MN



By: Meghan Reistad

(ABC 6 News) -- The Minnesota Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf meets once a year, and this year, they are meeting Rochester.

"Sometimes our work is really isolating and we're out in our little world doing our thing and MRID gives us an opportunity to get together reconnect and energize," said Paula Gajewski Mickelson.

The conference brings interpreters from all over Minnesota and surrounding states.

"Basically this is a conference for interpreters from across the state of Minnesota as well as Iowa, Wisconsin, South Dakota," said Conference Chair Michael Provancha.

About 130 interpreters are learning together, some new to the field and others coming with years of experience.

"I have to say I'm terribly proud of all of the students that we have here at the conference... It's really exciting to see a new generation coming forward in this field," said Gajewski Mickelson.

Together, they’ll spend the weekend taking classes to improve their skills at their jobs.

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