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Great Decisions

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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.

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* GERD and Obesity -- Tuesday, January 12, 1:30 – 3:30 P.M.

Dr. Paul A. Severson, co-director of MN Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery in Crosby, will focus on two of his surgical specialties—gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) and obesity. Learn about revention,
symptoms, causes, diagnosis and current minimally invasive treatment approaches.


* Northland Arboretum in Brainerd: Past, Present, Future - Tuesday, February 9, 1:30 – 3:30 P.M.

Mary Corrigan, Executive Director, will share the story of the Arb’s 540 acres of gardens, trails, wetlands and forests, with year around programs that attract over 26,000 adults and children annually. She
will highlight the new Accessible Wellness Fitness Trail for people of all ages and abilities.

* Great Decisions #1 -- Monday, February 15, 11:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.
               The Middle East


* Loons and Environmental Disasters - Tuesday, March 8, 1:30 – 3:00 P.M.

Carroll Henderson, MN Department of Natural Resources Non-game Wildlife Program supervisor, will present the latest information from a four-year comprehensive study of the health of Minnesota's loon population. This was undertaken in response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He will discuss findings on
population counts, migration studies using satellite telemetry, contamination studies of eggs and of blood and feathers from live
catches, and examinations of dead loons.

* Great Decisions #2 -- Monday, March 21, 11:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. 
               The Rise of ISIS


* Frederick Weyerhaeuser and the American West - Tuesday, April 12, 1:30 – 3:30 P.M.

Author Judith Koll Healey will tell the Weyerhaeuser story, describing how the 19th century lumber magnate became one of the foremost forces in our nation, meeting the need for building materials for an expanding population. Healey is also the author of two historical novels.

* Great Decisions #3 -- Monday, April 18, 11:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.
               The Future of Kurdistan

* Special Program: How is U.S. Foreign Policy Impacting the 2016 Presidential Election? - Tuesday, April 26, 1:30 – 3:30 P.M.

How does the rest of the world view our country’s upcoming presidential election? What are the perceptions of US foreign policy
which might be supported or of concern to world governments? Tom Hanson, Foreign Service Diplomat for 25 years, will offer his insights on varied attitudes, opinions and beliefs surrounding the dynamics of this important event. Great Decisions members and the general public are invited to this free event.


* Healthy You—Healthy Community - Tuesday, May 10, 1:30 – 3:30 P.M.

Mary Marana, Executive Director of the Crisis Line and Referral Service that serves Crow Wing and surrounding counties, will describe the mental health and outreach services her organization provides to individuals and the general public. Hear about her Suicide Prevention Program that is active in 16 school districts.

* Elder Quest Film Series - Fridays, May 6, 13, and 20, 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 led by Robert Yahnke PhD, Film Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota. This popular course fills up fast.
Registration/fee required. Bring or buy lunch.

* Great Decisions #4 - Monday, May 16, 11:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.


* Wild Rice: Culture and Conversations - Tuesday, June 14, 1:30 – 3:30 P.M.

“Think carefully about losing wild rice,” is the admonition of Dr. Annette Drewes, who has studied the relationship between this natural grain and the people who gather it. Hear about Ojibwe ricing history and culture and learn how to participate in the annual harvest of native seed.

* Great Decisions #5 -- Monday, June 20, 11:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.
               The Koreas

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