Community Education



Driver Improvement Course

Refresher Course
May 19 from 12 - 4pm; McGregor Public Library
June 23 from 9am - 1pm; McGregor Public Library
Sept. 28 from 12 - 4pm; McGregor Public Library

8 Hour Course

May 4 from 9:30am - 6pm; Aitkin Public Library
September 21 from 9am - 5:30pm; McGregor Public Library

The Driver Improvement course is open to the public; pre-registration is required. A MN Highway Safety & Research Center certified instructor teaches this class. By utilizing the most up-to-date research in the field, participants will be provided the latest information in regards to driver safety, new laws, and vehicle technology. This class has something for everyone! The fee for the four hour refresher course is $22.00 and the eight hour course is $26.00. For more information or to register, visit our website at or call TOLL FREE 1-(888)-234-1294

Persons age 55 and older who complete the course qualify for a 10% discount on their auto insurance premiums for three years, according to Minnesota law. First time participants must complete the initial eight hours of training and a four hour refresher class every three years to maintain the 10% discount.

Cooking for the Birds

Naturalist Pam and chef Chris teach a workshop on creating homemade bird feeders with household items to attract your favorite Minnesota species. In addition, we will be cooking up some of the birds favorite dishes like homemade suet. You will go home with feeders and food for the birds, and recipes! Register with Long Lake Conservation Center: email or call 218-768-4653. Bring a bag lunch, and stay for our BirdSavers Class!

When: Saturday, March 25 from 10am - 12pm

Where: Long Lake Conservation Center

Fee: $8 for the first family member, $5 for each additional member

Window Guard Class

Are you tired of birds hitting your windows? This is one of the leading causes of bird deaths in the United States. Come learn why this happens, and how you can prevent it without blocking the view from your windows! Minnesota Master Naturalist Irene Berg will provide all the tools and materials needed to complete a bird guard for one window in your home (without requiring the use of screws/nails in the window frame). Contact Naturalist Irene to register- Email: or call 507-358-3266. You will need to provide dimensions (length x width) of your window if you want to make your window guard in class. $10 material fee will be collected on the day of class. (Or come for free if you want to just listen and learn!)

When: Saturday, March 25 from 1:00 - 3:00pm

Where: Long Lake Conservation Center

Fee: Free for everyone! Optional: purchase a kit tomake your own BirdSaver in class for $10!

Plant Natives...Attract Pollinators

Human activity has left an irrevocable mark on the landscape we occupy. In Minnesota, about 98% of the prairie once occupying much of the western part of the state is now

gone, lost to agriculture and development. Wetlands, big woods, and other ecosystems are being affected as well by continued human activity and encroachment as well as pesticide use,

diseases, the spread of invasive species, and changing precipitation patterns brought on by climate change. Habitat loss has had a devastating effect on native pollinators that rely on these

wild and semi-wild areas for forage. In Minnesota’s increasingly altered landscape, we are seeing troubling declines in the diversity of both our native flowering plants and our native

pollinators. This growing imbalance has negative, far-reaching impact on agricultural productivity and other aspects of our lives.

When: Wednesday, April 19 from 5:00 - 6:00pm

Where: McGregor Business Classroom

Instructor: Micki Berg, University of MN Extension Master Gardener/Master Naturalist for Aitkin County

Fee: $5/donation to the Aitkin County Master Gardeners

Zentangle (R) Pattern Drawing with Esther Piszczek, CZT

Anyone can create beautiful, intricate line patterns “one stroke at a time” using the z e n t a n g l e (R) method of pattern drawing. We will create beautiful art on a 3.5" x 3.5" paper tile using pen and ink with pencil shading. No previous drawing experience necessary. Relaxation is a common side effect. See for more information about the Zentangle method. Pre-registration is required and will start April 11.

When: Wednesday, May 10 from 6:00 - 7:30pm

Where: McGregor Public Library

"This program is sponsored by East Central Regional Library and is funded using Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund."

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 at 10am

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

Container Garden Class

Planter Class will feature valuable guidelines for planters. Mixed Containers, plant selection, fertilizing and many other points are covered. We will have containers to purchase or bring your own.

When: Saturday April 29th from 10:am - 12:00pm

Where: The Green House, McGregor

Instructor: The Green House Staff

Fee: $10.00 to be paid day of class

Please call The Green House (After April 1st) to register


Fairy Garden Class

Whether you call them Miniature Gardens or Fairy Gardens, this class will provide all the information 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 to a larger exterior garden. Bring your own container or purchase one from us.

When: Saturday May 6th from 9:00 am - 11:00am or 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Where: The Green House, McGregor

Instructor: The Green House Staff

Fee: $10:00 to be paid the day of class

Please call The Green House (After April 1st) to register


Indoor Vegetable Garden

"Do you want to start a vegetable garden but don’t have the space? Or do you just want to get yourself started? Look no further! Growing your own vegetables is a great idea for everyone, as veggies make up a huge part of a healthy diet. Though they take time and effort to grow, having vegetables growing at home can actually save you a lot of time (less trips to the grocery store!) and money, helping to make healthy living practical. It also allows you to try a greater variety of veggies and have more control over what you’re eating. There are plenty of ways to have a garden if you’re limited on outdoor space. Learn how to grow wherever you live: apartment, condominium or small houses and give yourself great food to eat and plants that awaken your five senses."

When: Tuesday, March 21 & April 4 from 4:00 - 5:30pm

Where: Business Lab

Fee: $15 either session to include materials

Instructor: Sharla Fossen

Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act

Join Anna Burch, Agency on Aging for an indepth presentation on Medicare benefits and Healthcare Savings Plans and Services. Spend 1 hour learning and time for question and answer.

When: Tuesday, April 11 from 10:00 - 11:00am

Where: McGregor High School Auditorium

Instructor: Anna Burch, Agency on Aging

Watercolor Beginning and Beyond

Have you always wanted to paint with watercolors or do you need an excuse to pick your brush up again? Join artist/instructor Ann Rorem as she leads you through various examples and techniques to create colorful watercolor paintings of your own.

When: Saturdays, March 25, April 8, 22 & May 13

Where: McGregor Public Library

Instructor: Ann Rorem, Artist

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

Minimum: 5

Beginning Oil Painting

Beginning Oil Painting is presented in 6 classes. In class 1, you will learn about the wet (alla prima) method. You will become familiar with the palette, palette knife, paints and brushes. We will then begin painting, learning the various techniquest for each type of brush. Subsequent classes will each cover skires, trees, water and mountains. By the time we reach the final class, we will compete a painting. After the final class, the kit with paints, brushes and knife are yours to keep and you will have the skill to do many more paintings.

When: Saturdays, April 1, 8, 22, 29 & May 6 & 13

Where: McGregor High Home Ec Room

Instructor: Bill Watson, Artisit

Fee: $125; includes materials

Minimum: 5


Resume Writing

Are you looking to change careers or look for a new job? If so, this is the class for you. Writing a resume can be a daunting task. And if you’re looking to change careers or industries, it’s even more challenging. When you’re attempting to change careers or jobs, you’re often going up against many other individuals who possess a more traditional (and regularly accepted) work history for the industry you’re looking to work. A standout resume will help you get noticed when you may otherwise be passed over. Writing a good resume will allow you to move up in the company, apply for new job, switch jobs or whatever your circumstances may be. Learn what and what not to put in your resume. You may discover you have more skills to put on a resume than you may think!

When: Tuesday, April 18 from 4:00 - 5:30pm

Where: McGregor Business Classroom

Instructor: Sharla Fossen

Fee: $15

The Health Benefits of Food

Learn about food in a way you’ve never realized or known was possible! Did you know that certain foods you eat can treat and/or prevent different diseases and even cancer? The nutrients, anti-oxidants and vitamins in various foods play a vital role in how your body works; moreso than you may realize. This is not a dieting class or a gimmick class to get you to buy something. Come out & learn how how foods make you function.


When: Tuesday, March 28 from 4:00 - 5:30pm

Where: McGregor Business Classroom

Instructor: Sharla Fossen

Fee: $15

Tapered Socket Hewing Hatchet (or Battle Axe Option)

Tom Latane will be teaching a three day class on Making a Norse hatchet with tapered socket eye. Students will work in pairs striking for each other to produce an axe with a tapered socket eye for each participant . The design is a modification of a pattern developed by Håvard-Bergland to reproduce a 17th century battle axe belonging to his family. The battle axe would be an alternative option to the hewing hatchet.
The socket will be forged from 3/8" x 4" stock and the forge welded socket will be welded to the blade (1/2" thick) with a high carbon bit welded in place. (some experience forge-welding would be helpful). Axes will be pickled in vinegar, filed, and punch decorated (if desired) before hardening and tempering.

When: June 12, 13, 14 from 8:30am-5:00pm

Where: Raspberry Island, Big Sandy Lake; students will meet at landing 50569 218th Place, McGregor, MN at 8:30 for pontoon ride to island. Return trip as needed.

Course Fee: $225/plus materials fee.

Limited to 12 students


Tin Smithing

Artist, Kitty Latane will be teaching tin smithing on Raspberry Island. Projects will include such things as cookie cutters, cups, ornaments etc.  Raspberry Island is a great spot to sit back and relax while tapping into your creative self and enjoying the beautiful scenery and tranquility all at the same time.

When: June 12, 13, 14 from 8:30am-5:00pm

Where: Raspberry Island, Big Sandy Lake; students will meet at landing 50569 218th Place, McGregor, MN at 8:30 for pontoon ride to island. Return trip as needed.

Course Fee: $75; includes materials and tools

Limited to 6 students



Traditional Norwegian Knife and Sheath Making

In this 3 day class, we will forge traditional Norwegian 3-layer knife blades. The blades will be heat treated and ground. Next the blade will be set in a wood handle shaped and stained. If time allows, a traditional leather sheath will be made, but if not, all the steps to making the sheath will be demonstrated so that students can finish the sheath on their own, if needed.

When: August 11, 12 13 from 8:30am-5:00pm

Where: Raspberry Island, Big Sandy Lake; students will meet at landing 50569 218th Place, McGregor, MN at 8:30 for pontoon ride to island. Return trip as needed.

Course Fee: $225/plus materials fee.

Limited to 12 students

Instructor: Kjetil Groven, Norwegian Knife Maker


Scott Novotny - "Sit Down With a Stand-Up" Comedy Writing Workshop

When: Saturday, April 29 at 3:00pm

Where: McGregor Public Library

 Sit Down with a Stand-Up is a program that incorporates the history and culture of stand-up comedy in Minnesota and its development since the 1970’s. Scott Novotny guides the participants through stand-up comedy, improvisation, and comedy writing as well live demonstrations of a comedy routine. Participants will stay engaged by using Scott’s comedy writing formula for beginning writers. Audience: Teens & Adults. Pre-registration is required and will start April 4. This program is sponsored by East Central Regional Library and is funded using Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

Scott Novotny Comedy Show

When: Saturday, April 29 at 6:30pm

Where: McGregor High School Auditorium

Scott Novotny recently celebrated his 30th anniversary of being a full-time professional stand-up comedian. Over that time, Scott has had people laughing from coast to coast with his clean, non-offensive, very funny observations and humor. Armed with only great comedy material, a wonderful sense of timing, and some physical comedy that is sure to make you laugh, Scott gets the job done. This program is sponsored by East Central Regional Library and is funded using Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

Creating Music with Computers

When: Tuesday, June 20 at 6:30pm

Where: McGregor Public Library

Having toured the country presenting this program to schools and children of all ages, George Maurer presents "Creating Music with Computers." This program reaches beyond barriers to illustrate the impact on music in today's culture while utilizing today's technology to enhance appreciation for the arts.  George creates an exciting and entertaining performance, while showing students the important relationship between computers and composing in today's recorded music.   Using his keyboard, microphone, and visual display, George will teach students how music is composed using computers and digital technology for albums, movie soundtracks, television shows, video games, and more.   Audience: K-12 Students and Adults. This program is sponsored by East Central Regional Library and is funded using Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 



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.