Community Education


Beginning Blacksmithing

A class for those who want to explore the basic skills of traditional blacksmithing using coal forge and anvil. Basic techniques covered are: drawing out tapers, fullering, swaging, splitting, punching and forge welding. Each student should come with a small project in mind.

When: Saturday, September 6 from 9:00am - 4:00pm

Cost: $40

What to bring: Bag lunch, safety glasses, boots, ear protection, leather gloves and cotton or wool clothing.

Where: Sandy Lake Forge on Raspberry Island - meet at the dock landing at 50569 218th Place, McGregor, MN for a short pontoon ride to the island. (Please be prompt as there will only be one crossing by pontoon at 9:00am and a return trip at 4:00pm.)

Register early as this class is limited to 4 people.

Open Studio

For those with prior wheel experience or hand building experience. No class structure, instruction or requirements. This is open studio time to throw on a wheel or hand build. We will bisque fire and glaze fire your work after you have glazed your pieces.

When: Four sessions of three hours each; mornings or afternoons. Times are flexible and can be arranged to accommodate individuals.

Cost: $40; plus pay for your own clay at $15 for a 25 lb bag

What to bring: Your clay tools (if you have them), old cloths & old towel

Where: Raspberry Island Pottery - meet at the dock landing at 50569 218th Place, McGregor, MN for a short pontoon ride to the island.

Register early as this class is limited to 3 people.

Blacksmithing Techniques - Making Tableware (forks, spoons, knives)

When: All day Saturday, September 13 from 9:00am - 4:00pm

Cost: $40; includes all materials

What to bring: Bag lunch, safety glasses, boots, ear protection, leather gloves and cotton or wool clothing.

Where: Sandy Lake Forge on Raspberry Island - meet at the dock landing at 50569 218th Place, McGregor, MN for a short pontoon ride to the island. (Please be prompt as there will only be one crossing at 9:00am and a return trip at 4:00pm). This class will take place rain or shine.

Register early as this class is limited to 4 people.

Water Aerobics

Enjoy 75 minutes of refreshing and exhilerating water aerobics while you tone and improve your cardiovascular system. This class has so many social and health benefits includng a great rehab exercise. You do not need to know how to swim to attend this class. Swim noodles are provided. Water shoes recommended. Bring your own towel. Class starts promtly at 10:30am so arrive early and be prepared.

When: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Time: 10:30 - 11:45am

Where: Big Sandy Lodge & Resort

Cost: $40/month - October, November and December (starts Oct. 1)

Daily pool fee $2 payable to Big Sandy Lodge & Resort

Silver Sneakers qualifying members - class is free

Silver & Fit members - class is free (must pay annual $25 membership to fitness center)

(Bring your insurance card the first day of class)

Instructor: Paula Garrett


McGregor on the Move - Let's Go Kayaking

McGregor Community Education has recreational kayaks! Spend the evening on the water enjoying the tranquil setting as you experience an upper body workout! A great way to relax after a day of work!

Where: Army Corps of Engineers Libby Dam (meet at the beach)

When: Monday, September 8 & 22 from 4:30 - 5:30pm

1st Annual Big Sandy Triathlon: Kayak, Bike, Run

1st Annual Big Sandy Triathlon - Kayak, Bike, Run - August 23, 2014

This is a unique 3 person team event that combines 1/2 mile kayaking, biking 4 miles, and running 2 miles.  Each team member completes one leg of the race.

Location: Big Sandy Lodge in McGregor, MN

Start time is 8:00 am, check-in at 7:00 am (sign waiver, get numbers and race gift bag)

Cost: $50 Per team - this includes race shirt.  Register early as there is a limited number of teams.  Participants must be 12 years of age or older.  

To Register go to and search for Big Sandy Tri

Limited to 24 teams: participants MUST provide their own life jacket, bike and helmet.  

For questions call Andrea at 763-360-2058 or email or Lisa Kruse at 218-768-2111 x233 or 651-270-9203.

Sponsored by McGregor Community Education, Riverwood Healthcare Center and Big Sandy Lodge & Resort

To view the flyer click on the link below:

Big Sandy Tri 2

Community Health & Wellness Day

Join us for a family wellness day! This will be a great time for the entire family as you learn about health and wellness opportunities county wide! Something for all! There will be vendors and breakout sessions! A chance to sample a fitness class, get energized, tour the fitness center, speak with a health coach, learn about nutrition, hear about bike and helmet safety, and so much more! Don't miss out! The Wellness Fair is in conjunction with the Back to School Open House! KIDS: RIDE YOUR BIKE TO THE WELLNESS FAIR AND YOU WILL RECEIVE A NEW HELMET!

When: Thursday, August 28 from 4:00 - 7:00pm

Where: McGregor High School

Sponsored by McGregor Community Education, Riverwood Healthcare Center, SHIP and Health Partners

Wild Rice Days 5k

For more information please click on flyer below:

2014 Just Move Poster-WRD


Heartsaver First Aid and CPR AED Class

Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Class is a classroom, video-based, instructor led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage first aid, choking or sudden cardiac arrest emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services (EMS) arrives. This course is for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in first aid, CPR and AED use to meet job regulatory or other requirements. Key changes reflecting the new science from the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Course Features:

* First Aid basics

* Medical emergencies

* Injury emergencies

* Environmental emergencies

* Adult CPR and AED use

* Child CPR and AED use and infant CPR

* Written test

* Skills practice and testing

* Student manual comes with a new Heartsaver First Aid Quick Reference Guide that summarizes first aid actions for many injuries and illnesses.

Upon completion of this course, strudents receive an American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Course Completion Card that is valid for two years.

When: Monday, September 22 & 26 from 5:30 - 8:30pm

Where: McGregor HS Health Room

Fee: $75/includes book and card

Instructor: Dake Olson

34th Annual Arts and Craft Fair

Applications are being accepted for vendor and artisan booths for the 33rd annual arts and craft fair.

* 10 x 12 space $25

* 12 x 15 space $30

Breakfast and lunch will be available.

When: Saturday, November 8 from 9:00am - 3:0opm

Where: McGregor High School

Community Garage Sale

Garage Sale Extravaganza! This will be a one-stop shop for really great bargains for all ages, gender and sizes!

Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to shop for clothes, household goods, furniture, dishes, toys, games and more all at garage sale prices.

When: Saturday, November 8 from 9:00am - 3:00pm

Where: McGregor High School

(to view flyer click on link below)

Community Sale Flyer


(click on link below)

Sale Guidelines


Community Book Club

The Community Book Club meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Tell us about a book you really liked and come join this interesting group of women with many ideas and thoughts about books we read.

When: Every 4th Wednesday of the month

Where: McGregor Public Library



Join us for this energizing Zumba-thon as you Groove to the music and raise funds for a cause. (tbd) Mark your calendars for a great event!

When: October 11, 2014
Where: McGregor High School Cafeteria Gymnasium
Fee: $10/donation

Zumba Instructors: Julie Jacobsma


ZUMBA Fitness Class - Ditch the workout, join the party!


             Are you in a bit of a workout rut?  Are you dreading another half hour on the treadmill?  Looking to shed a few pounds, or maybe get an energy boost?  Well, then have I got the “workout” for you!  Zumba is a latin-dance inspired cardio workout, that makes you feel like you’re at a party, while burning 500-1000 calories per hour!  And you’re in luck, because come Fall, 3 Zumba classes will be available each week!  I know many of you may have questions about Zumba.

First, can anyone do it?

The answer is a resounding “YES!”  Zumba is for anyone 12 and over, of any fitness level.  You can make it as high or low impact as you like, and adjust any of the moves to make it the right intensity for you!  As always, consult a doctor before starting any workout plan.

Do I have to be a good dancer?

              Zumba workouts are designed to be easy to follow, so that anyone can do it, regardless of previous dance or aerobics experience.  You may feel a bit overwhelmed by your first class, but the routines stay the same for a few weeks, so you have the chance to catch on.  Also, once you learn the basic rhythms (Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, and Cumbia) you will find that the basic steps come back again and again, even in new routines.

Do I need to have special shoes or apparel?

              Absolutely not.  You need a pair of tennis shoes (preferably with not too much traction), comfortable clothing, and always, I repeat ALWAYS bring a water bottle.

I’m Convinced!  How do I join?

              Just show up.  If you’re nervous about your first Zumba class, think about bringing a friend!

When: Mondays at 3:40pm and Wednesdays at 4:30pm starting September 3

Where: High School Auditorium

Fee: $4/session or $24/6 sessions

Certified Zumba Instructor: Julie Jacobsma

SilverSneakers® Classic

Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement, and activity for daily living skills. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a ball are offered for resistance, and a chair is used for seated and/or standing support.

When: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 - 10:15am

Instructor: Darlene Saba

Fee: $3/class or no charge to SilverSneakers eligible members

Where: Classes held in the high school auditorium stage (check in - fitness center)


Exercise and Movement Class for Older Adults

Do you have a fear of falling? Have aches and pains? Use a cane or walker? Walk slower than normal? Walk bent over? Have a chronic disease?

Why Join? Come work with Judy Hawley, PT who has been a Physical Therapist for over 20 years. She practices in McGregor area, focusing on movement issues of the older adult. You will focus on walking better, learn how to walk with confidence, have less fear of falling, have less joint pain, stand up straighter. You will gain control of movements, balance and control; and excerice sitting down or standing with support.

When: Every Tuesday from 9:00 - 10:00am

Where: McGregor Community Fitness Center

Fee: $10/month; payable to Community Education

Need a Ride? Call Angels at 218.768.2762

To register call Judy at 651.247.1331 or at class

Yoga Sculpt

Yoga Sculpt class uses weights througout to help sculpt and tone your body as you stretch and move through yoga poses.

Yogo Sculpt = Yoga Fun

When: Every Thursday starting September 4 from 4:30 - 5:30pm

Where: High School Auditorium

Fee: $36/6 week session or $8 drop in fee

Instructor: Katie Cummings


AARP Minnesota Drivers Safety Program is sponsored by AARP and Clear Lake Grange #692 and by the instructors listed below.  Taking an AARP class is an easy way to reduce your motor vehicle insurance premiums.  State law requires all auto insurance providers to reduce premiums by 10% for policyholders who are 55 or older, when a certificate of class completion is provided to them.  If you have never taken the class before, you need to take the initial 8-hour class first, and then every three years the 4-hour refresher is taken.  No tests are given.  All participants will be issued a certificate at the end of the class.  You must have a valid driver’s license with you at the beginning of the class so that a certificate can be issued.

Register early – classes fill quickly.  No phone calls please – mail your registration request with payment (payable to AARP) :  mail to R. Wigton,  33514 Dove St., Aitkin, MN 56431. Cost is $12 AARP members (provide your AARP # with check), $14 nonmembers

PRE-REGISTRATION IS A MUST.  A reminder call will be given a week before the class, if the class is full you will be called to re-schedule.  Please include date of class and a phone number on your check; indicate your second choice in case class is full.  In case of cancellation  call 218-927-4558 and leave a message.  Make checks payable to AARP.  Your check will not be cashed until after the class is held.

NOTE:  You can take on-line the initial (8 hours) or the refresher (4 hours) class – check out  Cost is $15.95 for AARP members & $19.95 for non-members.  The website has more details and information on payments (credit card, check, money order, or cashier checks)



Watch for upcoming classes TBD




AEOA ABE is excited to offer our new distance learning initiative, GED-i. Study GED online, anywhere, anytime. The FREE program is available to ABE eligible learners - 16 years or older and not enrolled in public school - who meet the criteria for online learning. A trained, licensed online teacher will guide students through the curriculum, score their assignments and give feedback to help them strengthen the skills they need to pass the GED test.
Interested students must register at a local ABE classroom and take a test to determine their eligibility. Student must be able to read at a 9th grade level, since this is a prep class, not a basic skills program.


McGregor Fall Program

September 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 & 30

October 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 & 16

For more information contact Community Education.


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