Community Education


Community Wellness Day

Participate in the Community Wellness Day in conjunction with the Back to School Open House. There will be many interactive and informative booths to help you find balance and motivation while on your wellness journey. There will be goodies, incentives and games for all ages.

Stop by McGregor Community Education and TAKE THE PLEDGE to help keep our roads safe and distraction free! We will make a difference together! By signing the pledge you will receive a window cling for your vehicle. Be a part of the school and community campaign and keep our roads safe!

Community Wellness Day


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

Jewelry Making 101

Casting gold or silver jewelry using the lost wax technique.Make your own wedding bands or perhaps a unique pendant.

Sandy Lake Forge is offering a class for couples or individuals who would like to make their own wedding bands or perhaps a pendant. The rings or pendants will be created in wax, invested, the wax will be burned out in a furnace and cast in either gold or silver and polished. The lost wax technique has been used for centuries to make one of a kind jewelry or sculpture. Gold or silver can either be purchased new, or old gold/silver jewelry can be melted down to recast into new jewelry.

When: Three sessions, 2 hours each session- Flexible, after September 10 to be arranged at mutually agreed upon days/times for each class. Limited to two at a time. Contact Gary at: or 218-851-6085 after registration to arrange times

Where: Raspberry Island, Sandy Lake Forge, - meet at our dock landing 50569 218th Place, Mcgregor, MN for a short pontoon ride to the island.

Instructor: Gary Hill

Class Fee: $60/ person, includes all three sessions, all materials and equipment are included except metals (gold or silver). Old gold or silver jewelry can be recycled or new metals purchased.


Beginning Blacksmithing

A beginning course in the principles of blacksmithing using a coal fired forge. Includes, starting and maintaining a coal fire in the forge, tapering, upsetting, hot cutting, fullering, swaging and forge welding techniques. For beginners or those who have some basic skills and want further practice.

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

When: All day Saturday Sept 10, 9:00 AM-5:00PM

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

Cost: $40 for adults, Students free (minimum age 14)

Limited to 4 people.

Please be on time for 9:00 departure by pontoon for the island rain or shine, return trip at 5:00PM

Trip to the MN State Fair

Join Community Education for a trip to the State Fair! Did you know that the MN State Fair is one of the largest and most well attended agricultural and educational entertainment events in the nation? Spend the day on your own taking in all the vendors enterainment at the fair. This is a non-guided trip for families.

When: Read and Ride Day; Wednesday, August 31

Where: MN State Fairgrounds

Bus: The bus will leave the north entrance of the school at 7:30am and return at 8:30pm

Fee: $10/bus fee; Admission and other costs on your own.

Adults (13-64) $11

Seniors (65+) $8

Kids (5-12) $8

Children (under 5) Free

These discounts apply to public library cardholders who purchase a ticket at the gate and present a valid library card (one discount per card)

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 requirments. Key changes reflecting the new science from the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Course Features:

*First Aid

*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, students receive an American Heart Assocation Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Course Completion Card that is valid for 2 years.

When: Thursday, September 29 from 5:00 - 10:00pm

Where: McGregor Health Classroom

Fee: $75/includes book and card

Instructor: Trudy Bunge

Estate Planning Class

What is the difference between a Will and a Trust? In this class Shari Larson, Attorney at Law will also talk about how to avoid Probate and steps to take to plan your future.

When: Monday, October 10 from 4:30 - 6:00pm

Where McGregor Home Ec Classroom

Fee: $10

Instructor: Shari Larson, Attorney at Law

Wild Rice Days Family Fun Run or Walk

Kick off your day by attending the Wild Rice Days Family Fun Run/Walk. Bring the whole family and engage in some fun family fitness! This is a low key race (no chip timers) and a great way to begin your day! You may walk or run (1 mile or 5k)

When: Saturday, September 3

Time: 8:30am Race Begins; Registration opens at 8am

Where: McGregor Dairy Queen Parking Lot

Facebook/Instagram 101 Class

Have you most recently jumped on the social media bandwagon, but still want to learn how to navigate these sites more fluently. Join Joe Wisoztke as he takes you step by step through Facebook and Instagram.

When: Monday, October 17 from 4:30 - 6:00pm

Where McGregor Business Lab

Fee: $10

Instructor: Joe Wisoztke, Business Teacher

FALL In Love With Fall Comfort Food

Fall is the perfect time of year to grab your Dutch oven & roasting dish and get busy in the kitchen! We’re kicking up traditional, classic comfort foods with new flavor profiles, new ingredients and keeping it healthy along the way. Join us for an evening of comfort food, discussion, new ideas and a belly full of comfort food!

When: Monday, October 12 from 6:00 - 8:00pm

Where Jenny & Co, Grand Rapids, MN

Fee: $25 if providing own transportation or $35/to include class and transportation

Power House Fermented Foods Class

Back to the basics! Learn one way to increase vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and good bacteria in foods and beverages for a healthier immune system and more! From fermented veggies like cabbage (aka sauerkraut), to fruit like apples, yogurt, kombucha, kefir, and sourdough, you will get well rounded overview of the basic principles found in fermenting. All participants will leave with an abundance of local cooking consultants favorite fermenting resources. Sampling of fermented foods will be offered during class.

When: Wednesday, October 5 from 4:30 - 6pm

Where Home Ec Room

Fee: $10

Instructor: Sandra Aldrich

36th Annual Arts and Craft Fair

Applications are being accepted for the 36th Annual Arts and Craft Fair at McGregor school. Artisan and vendors wanted.

10 x 12 space $25

12 x 15 space $30

Tables $10

When: Saturday, November 7 from 9:00am - 2:00pm

Where: McGregor High School

Community Garage Sale

It's a garage sale extravaganza! This will be a one-stop shop for really great bargains for all ages, gender and sizes! Don't miss this opportunity to shop for clothes, household goods, furniture, dishes, toys, games and more at garage sale prices.

Do you want to be a part of the garage sale? Tags must be purchased through Community Education office. Tags are sold in increments of 100 tags for $20, 75 tags for $15, 50 tags for $10 and 25 tags for $5. For sale guidelines click on link: Sale Guidelines

When: Saturday, November 7 from 9:00am - 2:00pm

Where: McGregor High School


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

"Like" McGregor Community Education for an update on class schedule (changes weekly)

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

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 9:30am
Where: McGregor Auditorium
Instructor: Darlene Saba

Fee: $3/or fitness center insurance plan


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, starting in October at 4:00pm

Where: McGregor High School Auditorium stage

Instructor: Julie Jacobsma

Fee: $4/class


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.

When: Wednesday, September 14 & 28; October 12 & 26; and November 9 & 23 from 4:30 - 5:30pm

Where McGregor Home Ec Classroom

Fee: $60 for Sept/Oct/Nov

Instructor: Glory Swedberg



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.