Community Education


A Trip to the State Fair

Spend the day at the Minnesota State Fair! Join Community Education for a fun filled day at the 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 as this is a non-guided field trip for families taking advantage of the discounted ticket at the door for Read and Ride Day!

When: Wednesday, September 2

Who: Adults/Families

Transportation: The bus will leave the north entrance at 7:30am and return at 8:30pm.

Bus Fee: $10/person; you will be resonsible for all other costs incurred such as food, admission, etc.

Registration deadline is August 29th

Minimum: 25 people

READ & RIDE DAY (Wednesday, Sept. 2)

  • Adults (13-64): $11**
  • Seniors (65+): $8**
  • Kids (5-12): $8**
  • Children (Under 5): Free

** Discount applies to public library cardholders who purchase a ticket at the gate and present a valid library card. (One discount per card).

Community Health & Wellness Day


Community Education Presents



Thursday, September 3 from 3:00 - 7:00pm

 McGregor School Cafeteria


Bring the family to a fun, energy packed afternoon/evening filled with health & wellness information and activities for the whole family!

Visit the interactive display by Aitkin County TZD in the north parking lot! Stop by the Riverwood booth and step on a scale for a full body comp analysis and/or meet the Mindfulness Coach and learn more about living a mindful life. Interested in sampling essential oils for sleep, mood lifter, anti itch or pain reliever? Visit Morpho Oils for more information. Check out the Grand Timber Bank booth and demo the Financial Literacy Program. Looking for McGregor MERCS logo attire? McGregor Printing & Graphics will have clothing for sale on display. Families on the go can check out Aitkin County Public Health for healthy snacks options. The Aitkin County Sheriff's Office will be on site with information on community safety! Stop by for great information! Would you like more information on Wills and Trusts? Shari Larson, Attorney at Law from Larson Law Office will be on hand to answer any question you may have. Visit the Advocare and McGregor Community Fitness Center booth to discover upcoming classes and options for healthier living and fitness opportunities. Healthy meal options will be located at the Pampered Chef booth.


* Advocare

*  Aitkin County Public Health, "Healthy Snacks for Back to School"

* Aitkin County Public Health, WIC (Women, Infant, Children Program)

* Aitkin County Sheriff Office, Community Safety

* Aitkin County Towards Zero Deaths Coalition

* American Lung Association

* Army Corps of Engineers

* East Central Regional Library, McGregor Branch

* Grand Timer Bank, Financial Literacy Program for Elementary & High School Students

* Health Partners, On-line Health Risk Assessments & Tools

* Larson Law Office

* McGregor Community Fitness Center & Community Education Fitness

* McGregor Fire & Ambulance

* McGregor Eyecare Clinic

* McGregor Printing & Graphics

* Morpho Oils, Gloriana Swedberg

* Pampered Chef, Sandra Aldrich

* Riverwood Healthcare Center, Body Comp Analyzer Screen, Dan Schletty

* Riverwood Healthcare Center, Mindfulness with Julie Anne Larkin

* Savanna Portage State Park

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

Estate Planning

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 5 from 4:30 - 5:30pm

Where: McGregor Home Ec Room

Fee: $10

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 Herat 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, students receive an American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Course Completion Card that is valid for two years.

When: Monday, September 21 & 28 from 5:30 - 8:30pm

Where: McGregor HS Health Classroom

Fee: $75/includes book and card

Instructor: Dake Olson


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 otehrs will be weights only, some will be speed and agility, all of these workouts are good for you 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.


Tuesday, Sept. 1; 4:30pm

Wednesday, Sept 2; 4:30pm

Thursday, Sept 3; 9am

Friday, Sept 4; 4:30pm (Instructor, Becky Hagen; Location, Big Sandy Lodge)

Tuesday, Sept 8; 4:30pm

Wednesday, Sept 7; 4:00pm

Thursday, Sept 10; 4:00pm

Where: McGregor High School Auditorium

Instructor: Heather Nistler

Fee: $5/session

McGregor on the Move - Running Group

Want to join a group of runners or begin a running routine? Then this is the group for you. The group will meet every Wednesday at 3:40pm by the high school auditorium. Duration 30 - 60 minutes. Great for socialization as well as building up your cardio!

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

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

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

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 starting September 14

Where: High School Auditorium

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

Certified Zumba Instructor: Julie Jacobsma

Wild Rice Days Family Fun Run/Walk

When: Saturday, September 5, 2015

Registration Opens 8:00am

8:30am Family Fun Run/Walk

Where: McGregor Dairy Queen

Door prizes and healthy snacks

This is not a timed race, but a fun event for families!

To view the pdf click on the link below.

Wild Rice Days

35th Annual Arts and Craft Fair

Applications are being accepted for the 35th Arts and Craft Fair at McGregor High School. Artisan and vendors wanted.

10 x  12 space $25

12 x 15 space $30

Tables $10

Breakfast and lunch will be available.

When: Saturday, November 7, 2015

Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm

Where: McGregor High School

To download the application please click on link below:


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 the 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 see link below:

Sale Guidelines

When: Saturday, November 7, 2015

Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm

Where: McGregor High School Auditorium Stage

Community Sale Flyer



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.