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* Great Decisions #5 -- Monday, June 20, 11:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.
Tuesday, July 12, 11:45 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
The Widening Economic Inequality in
(by County Lunch&Learn:
Co-sponsored with the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber
What effect will a widening economic inequality have
on businesses and local economies? What kind of
future customers and retail changes are coming? What
major changes have occurred in demographics since
the last census that define these coming changes?
Thomas Legg is a retired Applied Finance professor
from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of
Registration required if ordering lunch.
Pay for order @11:30 A.M. or bring your lunch. Make
food selections by reservations with Ellie Slette by
July 11th, 651.270.0708, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, July 12, 1:30 - 3:30 P.M.
Civil Conservation Corps in Minnesota: Hard
Work and a Good Deal!
Barbara Sommer, oral historian, will present the
history, locations, and purpose of CCC camps in
Minnesota. Over 300,000 men between the ages of
18-25 participated nationwide from 1933-1942.
Notable alumni were H.G. Rickover, Raymond Burr,
Robert Mitchum, Stan Musial and Aldo Leopold.
Sommer is the founder of the Oral History Association
of Minnesota and received the 2009 Minnesota Book
Award and Northeastern Minnesota Book Award in
non-fiction for Hard Work and a Good Deal: The Civil
Conservation Corps Minnesota.
A day trip to a “living” C.C.C. Camp in northern
Minnesota will be arranged for interested persons.
Contact Karen Wilson, 651.270.1778, or
Tuesday, August 9, 1:30 – 3:30 P.M.
What’s in Your Water? Preserving Water
Safe drinking water is essential to our health and
well being, yet it is something that we often take for
granted. Sarah Fogderud, part owner of A.W. Research
Laboratories, will present information on the most
common drinking water contaminants, how water is
tested and what you can do to help protect Minnesota’s
Other sources of contaminants come
from agricultural or industrial runoff. The Nature
Conservancy recently established a “freshwater"
protection program” which Todd Holman directs that
includes 400 miles of the Mississippi Headwaters and
adjacent counties. He will speak about “The Forest for
Water’s Sake,” science, strategies and efforts.
Tuesday, September 13, 1:30 - 3:30 P.M.
“The Dead” by James Joyce
This last story of Joyce’s The Dubliners occurs at an
annual winter gathering of friends and family. The late
arrival of Gabriel Conroy, the protagonist, who appears
self assured and successful, reveals a man who is
considering life’s disappointments, the inevitability of
death and an emotional life which is in shambles.
This short story is considered to be one of the best short
stories written. After initial discussion, Jack Hickerson
will show the film, “The Dead,” John Huston’s last film.
Hickerson is a retired literature professor from
Southwestern Minnesota State University.
* Great Decisions: # 6 -- Monday, September 19, 11:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.
The United Nations
Tuesday, October 11, 1:30 - 3:30 P.M.
Election 2016: Putting It in Perspective
The Presidential Election in November 2016 has been
described as being the most important in a generation.
This event will provide an opportunity for gaining a
better historical perspective on significant presidential
elections over the years, as well as provide an
opportunity for discussion of the various factors that
will determine the outcome in 2016. The presentation
and discussion will focus on the differences between
each political party and its nominee, as well as the
issues that define the basic governing philosophy of
the parties and candidates.
Merritt Marquardt is a
frequent contributor to the LAUL programs over the
past decade with his annual seminar on history and
political philosophy (Western Political Philosophy).
Monday, Tuesday, October 17, 18
Western Political Philosophy - Churchill: The
Life of Leadership
Ruttger’s Bay Lake Resort
As the country selects a new president, the
participants will take a look at the life of Winston
Churchill as a model for leadership. Attendees are
encouraged to read a recently published work,
Churchill's Trial: Winston Churchill and the
Salvation of Free Government by Dr. Larry P. Arnn.
Merritt Marquardt is a frequent contributor to the
LAUL programs in the past decade. He is a retired
attorney, having practiced for 35 years in the Office of
General Counsel at the 3M Company, and has served
as President of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
at the University of Minnesota. Contact Margaret
Great Decisions: # 7 -- Monday, October 17, 11:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. Climate Geopolitics
Friday, October 28, 6:00 P.M.
Night of Fine Dining: Ruttger’s Bay Lake Resort
Join the social event of the year at Ruttgers Bay Lake
Lodge. Watch Ruttger’s Executive Chef, Terry Dox,
demonstrate the preparation of the meal, and
receive a copy of the evening’s recipes for each diner.
Happy hour begins at 6:00 P.M, Ruby’s Dining Room.
Members pay $40, non-members $45. Send your check
to reserve to: Lakes Area Unlimited Learning, P.O.
Box 455, Deerwood, MN 56444. Deadline is Oct. 25th.
To reserve a table for 8, put all checks in one envelope
and indicate special dietary needs when sending
checks or call Kristy before the event. Questions? Call
Paul or Kristy Tesdahl, 218.546.5036.
Tuesday, November 8, 1:30 - 3:30 P.M.
On Guard: Scams and Fraud
An AARP representative will talk about the latest
trends in telephone and online scams, unsuitable investments
and even theft by family members. Scammers
are finding ever more sophisticated means of
separating you from your money. You will learn tricks
of the trade that con artists use and how to protect
Great Decisions: #8 -- Monday, November 21, 11:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.
Cuba and the United
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