Community Education


Freezer Meals Workshop

Join the fun in preparing seven meals for your freezer. It will save you money and time during the busy holiday season. Imagine having seven meals in your freezer and ready when you get home from your busy workday. Each participant will need to purchase a Pampered Chef pantry pack by December 8 by calling Sandra Aldrich at 218.232.0989. Don't just take our word for are quotes from past participants.

"The chicken tortilla soup was entire family loved it"!

"I made the chicken cheesy soup was awesome!"

"What a time saver!"

It was so nice not to stress about "what's for dinner."

Each meal is approximately six servings. ($3/plate)

Thursday, December 18 from 5:30-8:00pm

McGregor Home Ec Room

Instructor: Sandra Aldrich

Cost: Pantry Pack/$65

Groceries (to be purchased on your own run around $70)

Belly Fat: Hormonal, Balance & Calorie Expenditure

Learn about the importance of hormonal (insulin, cortisol, sex hormones) balance for fat metablolism and how your body burns calories in a 24-hour period. Find out how carbohydrates and stress impact your hormones and different types of belly fat and risk factors.

Speaker: Dan Schletty, Riverwood Health & Wellness Coach

December 9; 12 - 1 pm, Butler Building, Aitkin

February 3; 12 - 1pm, McGregor

Free light lunch included. Registration required. Call Riverwood at 218-927-5188 or email

Wellness Biometric Screenings

Learn your vital health numbers (blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, body mass index) and how to live healthier.

Limited screening appointments available. There is no cost to participants.

To register, call Riverwood at 218-927-2157 or toll free at 888-270-1882

January 15; 7-11am, Riverwood Healthcare Center, Aitkin

February 25; 7-11, Riverwood Clinic, McGregor

New Traditions Dinner at Long Lake

The Friends of LLCC invite you and your family to join them in an eventful evening by the lake. Come to be reaquainted with Long Lake, participate in family fun activities, learn about upcoming community programs, listen to live music, enjoy a family dinner, and start a new Long Lake tradition.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Long Lake Conservation Center

28952 438th Lane

Palisade, MN

Social hour and children's activities begin at 6pm

Dinner at 7pm

Event concludes at 9pm

RSVP by November 26th at 218-768-4652

Bust Trip to hear Dr. Leonard Sax: Instagram Is Eating My Daughter...and my Son Won't Stop Playing Grand Theft Auto

What do partents need to know about Twitter, Instagram and other social media tools their kids are using? What are kids really doing online and on their smartphones? How can parents effectively monitor this technology? Which video games are ok and which are not? How much time playing video games is too much? Dr. Sax will answer these questions and more, and empower parents with effective strategies for addressing these topics at home.

Parents of elementary, middle and high school students are encouraged to attend this parent-focused discussion.

When: Sunday, January 18, 2015

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Where: Esko High School Theatre

2 E. Highway 61

To register to travel by bus from McGregor school please contact Lisa Kruse. The bus will leave the north parking lot at 5:00pm.


Essential Oils 101

What are essential oils and how do I use them? Do you want to start a better life using essentials oils? In this class you will learn how to use therapeutic essential oils for health and well-being. Also, learn how to use them to clean your house and make your own personal care products.

When: Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Time: 5:30 - 6:30pm

Where: Home Ec Room

Gloriana Swedberg, Instructor

One time FREE class offering! Thanks to Gloriana!

iPhone 101 Class

You know your iPhone does so much more than what you are using it for, but you do not know where to begin. This class will take you through iPhone features, apps, settings and more. Why pay the bucks for the iPhone if you don't know how to use it? Let us show you how to get the most out of your device.

When: Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Time: 5:00 - 6:00pm

Where: High School Business Lab

Instructor: Joe Wisotzke, MHS Business Teacher

Fee: $10/class

McGregor Fitness Center Open House

Ready to get back into a fitness routine or regimen or for beginners...get started? Join us at the open house for a free body comp analysis (Riverwood Healthcare Center), meet health and wellness coach, Dan Schletty, learn about therapeutic essential oils for health and well-being, how to use them for cleaning and personal care products, learn about local fitness classes for all ages and fitness levels, fitness center tours and information pertaining to insurance incentive plans, memberships plans that are available. This is a great time to talk with the experts and get back in the routine whether it be a simple walking program or an individual or group workout plan that best suits you.

When: Friday, February 13, 2015

Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Where: 148 South Second Street (auditorium entrance to school)

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

Co-ed Volleyball

Join us for an hour of adult co-ed volleyball for fitness and fun! This is not a league, but designed for you to show up and refresh your volleyball skills while having fun with friends.

When: Every Wednesday from 5:30 - 6:30pm starting in January

Wayrynen Gymnasium


Cross Training

Cross training is a great way to condition different muscle groups, develop a new set of skills and reduce the boredom that can creep in after months of the same routine. Cross training consists of cardio and strength using different forms of exercise for a terrific full body workout.

When: January 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 & 29; February 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 & 26

(no class when Yoga Sculpt is in session)

Fee: $5/session

Heather Nistler, Instructor

Where: High School Auditorium Stage

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

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 (no classes in December)

Instructor: Lisa Kruse

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: Northland Village (new location)

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: Thursday Nov. 6, Dec. 4, 11, 18 from 4:00 - 5:00pm

Where: High School Auditorium

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

Instructor: Katie Cummings

Vinyasa Yoga by Cindi D

This class is based on moving from one pose toanother using sun salutations and postures that connect to one another. Vinyasa means following your breath, so with each inhale or exhale, you go deeper or back off or move to another pose. The pace can be a bit faster, but you can always go at your own speed and depth that work for you. Each class includes flow, balance, strength, compression, twists, hip/heart openers, core work and a built-in peaceful rest at the end.

Bring a mat, towel and water.

When: January 5, 12, 19 & 26

Time: 4:30 - 5:30pm

Fee: $20/four sessions

Instructor: Cindi Douglas, Certified Yoga Instructor

Where: Room 201

Adult Cross Country Ski Club

If you are interested in being a part of the adult cross country ski club that is starting up, please contact Community Educaion. We will be skiing at Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge and Savanna Portage State Park this winter. For more information contac Lisa Kruse at 768-2111 x233.

Intested in joining Friends of Rice Lake Refuge? Contact Walk Ford at 218-768-2402.


To register please call Leon Hixon at 218-251-5899 to register for the class you want to attend.


Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 8am - 5pm


Tuesday, December 9 from 12pm - 4pm

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 from 12pm - 4pm

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 from 12pm - 4pm

Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 6 - 10pm


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.


GED and College Preparation

GED Preparation

Basic skills brush-up

Career assessment

College prep

English as a Second Language

Basic computer skills

Mission: Helping adults meet their responsibilities as workers, family members, and citizens.

Vision: Helping adults to open doors to better paying jobs, new careers, college classrooms, and brighter futures.

All classes are offered at no cost to students.

CALL KELLY: 218-879-0835


Aitkin Workforce Center

371 Minnesota Avenue North

Aitkin, MN  56431


Instructor: David Lenarz


WEB BASED COURSES...taught on the internet through Central Lakes College. Makes it easy and convenient for those wishing to go back to college. It is easy to get started. Contact an admission counselor at CLC at 1-800-933-0346. For more information visit the college web site at for the latest on applications, schedules, registration and possible financial aid.