Community Education


Holiday Music Program with Harpist Andrea Stern

Refreshments will be provided by the McGregor Friends of the Library. Join us for this festive celebration and get into the holiday spirit.

When: Saturday, December 3 @ 11am

Where: McGregor Public Library

Funded with money from the Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Make and Take Essential Oil Products

Essential oils are natural healing and preventive remedies. Make your own spa products “Pamper Me” bath salts, hand scrub, and foot lotion made with Lavender or Ylang Ylang essential oil with Community Education. Winter is around the corner as well as flue and cold season... add an essential oil roll on for extra protection.

When: Monday, December 12 from 5:30 - 7pm

Class Fee: $15 for class fee (includes one "make and take" spa product) $5 additional for more than one make and take essential oil spa product.

Instructor: Sue Radke, Young Living Essential Oil Consultant

Where: McGregor Home Ec Room

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

Instructor: Judy Hawley

Budgeting 101

Do you find yourself always running out of money before you get paid again?  Do you live check to check? Well you are not alone.  A lot of people struggle to make enough money to pay their bills let alone have money left over to buy things.  Budgeting 101 is a class that will help you gain control over your finances.  This class will help you to see where you can make simple changes to make your money work for you instead of against you.  It will offer you advice and show you how to set up a budget that will help you get your spending under control.  We will also show you ways to use the Internet to become a better consumer.  We will also talk about ways to reduce spending and eliminate costs from your day-to-day lives.  So if you want to have extra money to put onto your savings account at the end of the month come to budgeting 101.

When: Thursday, January 12 from 4:30 - 6:00pm

Where: High School Business Lab

Instructor: Joe Wisotzke, Business Teacher

Fee: $5

iPhone 101

Maybe you are new cell phone user or want to learn more of what your iPhone is capable of doing. This class is an in depth launch into the world of cell phones.

When: Thursday, January 19 from 4:30 - 5:30pm

Where: High School Business Lab

Instructor: Joe Wisotzke, Business Teacher

Fee: $5


Healthy Life, Healthy You Boot Camp

Class focuses on meal planning, saving money at the grocery store, food safety, and increasing fruit and vegetable consumption.  You will learn to cook stirfry by looking in your refrigerator and pantry for foods already on hand.

When: February 22 from 11:30am - 1:30pm

Where: McGregor Home Ec Room

Fee: $10

Instructor: Carolyn McQueen, U of M Extension

A Friendly Intro to Drawing

What can you do with pencils outside of school? Join artist/instructor Ann Rorem to learn basic drawing techniques and get introduced to materials to help increase confidence and build drawing skills.

When: January 11, 18, 25 & February 1 from 12:30 - 2:30pm

Where: McGregor Public Library

Instructor: Ann Rorem, Artist

Fee: $25; material fees the first day of class

Minimum: 5 students 14 and older

Intro To Drawing and Beyond

Build on your basic drawing skills.  This class is perfect for the artist who hasn’t picked up a pencil in awhile or a new student to drawing.  Develop your creativity in a supportive and fun atmosphere. 

When: Session 1:  February 15, 22, March 1, & 8 or Session 2: March 22, 29, April 5 & 19

Time: 12:30 - 2:30pm

Where: McGregor Public Library

Instructor: Ann Rorem, Artist

Fee: $25; material fees the first day of class

Minimum: 5 students

Watercolor Beginning and Beyond

Have you always wanted to paint with watercolors?  Do you need an excuse to pick your brush up again? Learn how to use watercolors with artist/instructor Ann Rorem as she shows you various examples and techniques.

When: January 14, 28; February 11 & 25 from 12:30 - 2:30pm

Where: McGregor Public Library

Instructor: Ann Rorem, Artist

Fee: $25; plus material fees the first day of class

Minimum: 5

Glensheen Mansion Tour and Lunch

With the holidays behind us, it is time to take in some Duluth scenic beauty, relax and socialize with others from the community. Let community education be your guide. Sign up and get to know your neighbors from the community.

Perched on the shores of Lake Superior, the Glensheen Mansion is the most visited historic home in Minnesota. This 39-room mansion built with remarkable 20th century craftsmanship tells the story of the Duluth region. Following the tour we will head to the Duluth Grill for an exceptional dining experience. You surely will have time to kick back and relax after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

When: Thursday, December 29

Time: Bus will leave at 9am and return around 3pm

Fee: $28/seniors (includes transportation and Glensheen tour); lunch is on your own

Timeless Treasures Quilt Retreat

Where: Long Lake Conservation Center

When: February 8 - 12, 2017

To register or for more information contact Diane Pelto at 218-768-2556

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

When: TBD on a weekly basis. "Like" McGregor Community Education Facebook for updates or check back to website.

Fee: $5/session

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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


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 we got a 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 3:40 - 4:40pm

Where: McGregor High School Auditorium stage

Instructor: Julie Jacobsma

Fee: $4/class

McGregor on the Move Wellness Club

Are you interested in joining a group of outdoor enthusiasts and like minded people that love adventure and the great outdoors? McGregor on the Move Fitness Club is a newly created group that meets to cross country ski, snowshoe, hike and enjoy socialization and the winter wonderland. Summer fun brings group kayaking, biking, hiking, paddle boarding, and bird watching adventures. For more information or to be a part of this group, please contact Lisa Kruse at 218-768-5133

Health Coaching by Glory

Start? Do you want to adopt a healthy lifestyle? What would you look and feel like at your ideal level of wellness? The time to act is now. Join Glory on her workshops toward helping you become a healthier you. Glory is a Physical Therapist, Sports Nutritionist Specialist and Health Coach who will help you identify issues that contribute to being overweight, assist in developing goals and strategies for successful weight loss and maintenance, provide support and guidance and lead discussions on nutrition and physical activity.

For personal health coaching appointment contact Glory at 218-428-4147



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.

Aitkin Workforce Center

371 Minnesota Avenue North

Aitkin, MN  56431


Instructor: Denise Rogers


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.