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Welcome to our northland world of "learning without limit": no age limit, no depth limit, no topic limit.

People join Unlimited Learning for the learning opportunities and stay for the friendships and relationships they make. UL hopes to provide provocative learning opportunities, create feeling of vitality and great social connections.  We seek to provide for social opportunities to learn while having fun.

If you have an interest in a topic you would like to see presented, contact us.

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Great Decisions

January

Tuesday, January 10, 1:30-3:30
The Evolution of Breezy Point: Myths and Facts

From the Roaring Twenties to the present, local experts George Rasmusson (captain of the Breezy Belle) and Dave Gravdahl(current
manager) will tell stories of the high and low times of Breezy Point. Vintage photos will highlight life in the 1920’s such as the flamboyant founder Captain Bill Fawcett and other luminaries who played a role in
developing one of the most vibrant resorts in the Midwest.

February

Tuesday, February 14, 1:30-3:30 P.M.
The Future of Water Quality in Minnesota

Have you ever wondered what the condition of our lakes will be in the future, and if there are any plans underway to protect their water quality? Retaining forested watersheds is a leading strategy that is
emerging in Minnesota and elsewhere. Private forests and what we do with them in particular will go a long way to define future water quality. Private landowners will be the key! Dan Steward, Minnesota DNR-Soil and Water.

Great Decisions: #1 Monday, February 20, 11:00 A.M. -1:30 P.M.                  European Union

March

Tuesday, March 14, 1:30-3:30 P.M.
Crafting Stories with Truth and Fiction

Writing historical fiction while forming accurate and informative images, developing characters and telling stories of the Scandinavian immigrants who came to America in the turbulent 1860’s is Candace
Samar’s passion. This Pequot Lakes resident skillfully crafts facts and imagination into unforgettable stories. Her latest of six books “Shelterbelt” was a finalist for the 2016 Willa Award for Historical Fiction. She will speak about the techniques and challenges of
writing historical fiction.

Friday, March 17, 1:30-3:30 P.M.
Camp RipleyTour of the Minnesota Military Museum at Camp Ripley

Dr. Jon van der Hagen M.D. will conduct a tour of the museum on site at Camp Ripley in anticipation of his presentation on European
and U.S. battlefields for the April 11 Lakes Area Unlimited Learning event. Call Joanna Pierce 218.534.4946 to reserve by March 15.

Transportation can be provided; carpooling encouraged. A list of those visiting Camp Ripley must be presented before March 15.

Great Decisions: #2 - Monday, March 20, 11:00 A.M. -1:30 P.M.
          Trade

April

Tuesday, April 11, 1:30-3:30 P.M.
Stories The Battlefields Tell

Passionate about military history, Dr. Jon van der Hagen M.D. will share stories and slides of lessons learned while traveling to European
and U.S battlefields. Dr. Van der Hagen is an M.D. in the Brainerd area and is a docent at the Camp Ripley museum. This event was presented in 2015 to a small, dedicated group who braved a snowstorm. The overwhelming positive evaluation justifies another opportunity to experience his program.

Great Decisions: #3 - Monday, April 17, 11:00 A.M. -1:30 P.M.
            China

May

Fridays, May 5, 12, 19, 11:00 A.M. -3:00 P.M.
Elderquest

Enjoy films featuring mature adults with their challenges and successes. Come view and discuss thought provoking themes and
techniques. This popular course fills up fast. Registration/fee required. Bring or buy lunch.

Robert Yahnke PhD., Film Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota

Tuesday, May 9, 1:30-3:30 P.M.
Crow Wing Energize Movement: Creating a Healthier Community

Attend an energized group of change agents for a panel discussion by leaders who are creating health and wellness in our community through partnering for more healthy choices, mental fitness, workplace
wellness and community connections. The panel will identify how this collaborative and goal oriented approach can build individual resilience in those facing health issues such as the harmful effects of Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE), trauma, addictions, emotional neglect, abuse and mental illness.

Great Decisions: #4 - May 15, 11:00 A.M. -1:30 P.M.
         Gulf Cooperation Council/Saudi Arabia

June

Tuesday, June 13, 1:30-3:30 P.M
Norway’s Untold Stories: Life During World War II

Dr. Jan Hansen grew up in Alesund, near Bergen, Norway during the Nazi occupation. With video and slides he will explore survival and resistance during this difficult period in Norwegian history. Dr. Hansen and his family immigrated to NYC, then Chicago in 1950 when he was 14 years old. He graduated from St. Olaf College and University of Missouri-Columbia, and is currently retired from teaching Economics at
the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.

Great Decisions: #5 Monday, June 19, 11:00 A.M. -1:30 P.M.
              Geopolitics of Energy

Monday, June 19, 11:00 A.M. -1:30 P.M.
Special Event: Climate Change Effects in Minnesota

Paul Douglas, meteorologist, will discuss climate change as it effects Minnesota.

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Mission: To provide quality and broad-based learning opportunities for the Lakes Area residents with emphasis on mature adults.