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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.
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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
Tuesday, February 14, 1:30-3:30 P.M.
The Future of Water Quality in
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
Great Decisions: #1
Monday, February 20, 11:00 A.M. -1:30 P.M. European Union
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.
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.
#3 - Monday, April 17, 11:00 A.M. -1:30 P.M.
Fridays, May 5, 12, 19, 11:00 A.M. -3:00 P.M.
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.
Cooperation Council/Saudi Arabia
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.
#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.
Climate Change Effects in Minnesota
Paul Douglas, meteorologist, will discuss
climate change as it effects Minnesota.
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