Community Education




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

Genealogy Class

Have you ever thought about your ancestors? No geneaology experience is necessary, though enthusiasm is desired as you discover your family history and start your family tree. This class is free to all that attend.

When: First Tuesday of the month from 3:00-5:00pm

Where: McGregor Public Library

Leader: Judy Hawley

Planter Fairy Garden Class

Whether you call them Miniature Gardens or Fairy Gardens, this class will provide all the information you need to build your own Fairy Garden. Plant selection, arrangement and design will be covered to enable attendees to build a Fairy Garden ranging from a small dish garden to a larger exterior garden.

When: Saturday, May 7 from 9 - 11am and 2 - 4pm

Where: The Green House

Instructor: Green House Staff

Class Fee: $10/class to be paid on day of the class

Register: Please call Shelly at 218-768-4463 (after April 1) to register

Container Garden Class

Planter Class will feature valuable guidelines for planting mixed containers. Plant selection, soil, container size, fertilizing and many others points are covered. We will have containers to purchase or bring your own.

When: Saturday, April 30 from 10am - 12:00pm

Where: The Green House

Instructor: The Green House Staff

Class Fee: $10/class to be paid the day of class

Register: Please call Shelly at 218-768-4463 (after April 1) to register

Cedar Vegetable Garden Box

The health benefits of your own garden vegetables are abundant. Community Education and Josh Sampson will guide you through the process of building an elevated garden box just in time for planting season. You will reap the benefits of your labor for years to come.

When: Monday, May 23 from 4:00 - 7:00pm

Where: Shop Classroom

Instructor: Josh Sampson, Shop Class Teacher

Class Fee: $150 for all materials and instruction

Beginning/Intermediate Blacksmithing

A four session course for those interested in exploring or advancing their skills in forging iron using a coal forge, hammer and anvil. Those with forging experience should come with a project in mind.

When: Wednesday Evenings: Four sessions -May 11, 25 and June 8, 22 at 6:30-9:00pm

Where: Sandy Lake Forge, Big Sandy Lake 50569 218th Place, McGregor, MN. Meet at the dock for a short pontoon ride to the island at 6:30, return to the mainland at 9:00 PM. (Rain or shine unless lightning, and then we postpone and reschedule).

Cost: $80 Total includes, metal, coal, gases and all equipment.

Instructor: Gary Hill

What to bring: Gloves, boots, eye protection, ear protection and cotton or natural fiber clothing (no polyester).

Question? Contact: Gary Hill at: or 218-851-6085

Hammer Making Class

Forging a wrought iron hammer and forge-welding the face and peen with carbon steel, in the traditional manner. Ornamentation includes basic chasing and inlay techniques on the hammer to make them unique to their owner.

When: Three day class, June 13,14,15 from 8:30am-5:00pm

Instructor: Master Blacksmith, Thomas Latane. Tom is an extraordinary metalsmith who uses primarily traditional techniques to create beautiful functional pieces. His skills are of the highest level and second to none. It is a rare opportunity to learn from a true master metalsmith.

Cost: $200/person for the three day workshop which includes breakfast, lunch, coal, metal and gases.

Where: Sandy Lake Forge on Raspberry Island, Big Sandy Lake. Meet at landing 50569 218th place for short pontoon ride to the island at 8:00. Free tent space or accommodations in guest house are possible on a first come first served basis for those coming from beyond commuting distance. Breakfast and lunch are provided to all participants on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

This class is limited to those who have some forging experience and preferably some forge-welding experience. Space is limited.

Question? Contact: Gary Hill at: or 218-851-6085

Facebook 101

Facebook has over 1 billion users and the chances are pretty high that most of the people you know use Facebook. From chatting with friends and sharing your opinion, to creating events and making new friends, Facebook is one of the most important aspects to many people’s social life. In this class you will learn how to use Facebook and learn all about the features that will help you become a Facebook master. From creating a profile, adding photos and adding links you will learn how to do it in this class.

When: Thursday, April 7 from 4:00 - 5:30pm
Where: McGregor High School Business Classroom
Instructor: Joe Wisotzke

Fee: $10/person

Advanced iPhone Class

This class is designed to show advanced features on your iPhone. How to use your camera, iPhone cloud, and other advanced features you never knew your iPhone was capable of. You will also be able to answer any questions that you might have operating your iPhone. This class is designed for the iPhone not for android phones.

When: Thursday, April 14 from 4:00 - 5:30pm

Where: McGregor High School Business Classroom

Instructor: Joe Wisotzke

Fee: $10/person


Community Education


Cross Training Workouts

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. Workouts will be circuit in tabata form and others will be weights only, some will be speed and agility, all of these workouts are good for your body and keep it guessing. In order to burn calories you need cardio, yep that's correct. This is a fun and rewarding class geared for all ability levels.

Where: McGregor High School Auditorium

Instructor: Heather Nistler

Fee: $5/session

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McGregor on the Move - Running Group

Want to stay in touch with Running Group? Check us out on Facebook Community Education for updates.

Indoor Hall Walking

Put on your walking shoes and stay warm, safe and dry while getting in a quick workout. The school halls are open for walking from 6-8:00am and 3:30-7:30pm while school is in session. You must register with Community Education prior to walking and check in at the fitness center before walking each session.

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

ZUMBA Fitness Class

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!

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 can catch on.

When: Monday's at 3:40pm and Wednesday's at 4:30pm

Where: High School Auditorium

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

Certified Zumba Instructor: Julie Jacobsma

Fit Seniors - Moving Matters

There is strong evidence that movement improves seniors' health. 55 and over are the fastest growing group to join fitness centers. Regular and moderate physical activity can reduce the risk of physical disabilities by 18%. Not only physical benefits, but social benefits as well. Meet people and expand your social connections. McGregor Community Fitness Center is starting a Moving Matters- Fit Seniors program to help you gain confidence and strength to live active, healthier lives. This class is for all ability levels.

Be Active. Be Social. Be Strong.

When: Tuesday and Thursday at 9am
Where: McGregor Auditorium
Instructor: Darlene Saba

Fee: $3/or fitness center insurance plan

AARP Defensive Driving Refresher Course

When: January 28, 2016 from 1:00 - 5:00pm

Where: Waukenabo Community Center

Instructor: Gary Clepper

For more information contact Gary at 218-845-2494



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.