Community Education


Simply Good Cooking

Learn to Cook - Cook while Learning. Simple Good Cooking teaches nutrition concepts through hands-on cooking focused on nutrient rich foods. Extension's nutrition education classes bring real solutions for healthful living directly more than 60,000 Minnesotans each year. The interactive lessons build essential independent living skills and empower individuals to make healthy food and physical activity choices.

Thursday, Feb. 5 - Mar. 12 from 6-8pm

McGregor Home Ec Room

Instructor: Jodi Nordlund, SNAP-Ed Regional Educator


Responsible Beverage Server Training

Aitkin County Public Health , local law enforcement and Aitkin TZD are proud to partner with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Alcohol and Gambling Division to provide Free Responsible Beverage Server Training for alcohol license holders and their employees. This training is designed to promote the legal and responsible sale and service of alcoholic beverages. Attendees who complete this training are more successful in stopping underage drinking and in recognizing the signs of intoxication. Most insurance providers offer an insurance discount for attending this course; however, license holders shouldverify with their provider ahead of time. Special Event Training is available for those volunteering at a community or church festival.

Thursday, April 16 at 1pm

McGregor High School - Room 201

For more information or to sign up for the training contact Paul Bruggman at 218-429-1937 or

Second Saturday Programs at Long Lake Conservation Center

Second Saturday programs happen on the second Saturday of every month from 1-3 pm on the Long Lake campus and are open to everyone!  FREE for Friends of Long Lake and just $5 for the public.  Each Second Saturday has a brief educational program taught by a Long Lake Naturalist followed by fun outdoor event! A great way to get the kids out and excited about nature! 

Here’s a list of our upcoming programs:

March 14th  

Learn about the unique anatomy of snakes!  You may even get to touch one!  Followed by a traditional Native American game “Snow Snakes” played on the lake!

April 11th

Learn about MN trees followed by a maple-syruping demonstration!

May 9th

MinnAgua Lake and Fishing education followed by an interactive game on what pollution does to our lakes!

June 13th

Lean about Dragonflies and take a field trip to the lake to see if you can see them hatch!


July 11th

Learn to use a GPS followed by geocashing for treasure located somewhere on the Long Lake Campus!

Sketch Night

Are you looking for a creative outlet? Join us for “Sketch Night” at Long Lake Conservation Center on the first Sunday of every month from 6 – 8:30 pm.  Guest artist Duane Barnhart will provide instruction!  Coffee, cocoa, and cookies provided.  A suggested donation of $5 would be welcomed!

1st Sunday every month


Long Lake Conservation Center

Suggested $5 donation

Cooking for the Birds


Birds need to eat too!  Come and learn to make tasty treats for your avian friends! This course will be taught by Naturalist Pam Brand and LLCC Head Cook Chris Hagen. 

Saturday, March 28

10am to noon

Long Lake Conservation Center - Dining Hall

$25/discounts for Friends of Long Lake


Walk! Bike! Run! Training

Walk! Bike! Fun! McGregor 2


Walk! Bike! Fun! Training

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 McGregor High School 148 South 2nd St, McGregor, MN

Many communities and schools are joining in the movement for more walking and biking as a part of active transportation. To support this movement, the Bicycle Alliance announces the new Minnesota Walk! Bike! Fun! Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Curriculum.
Walk! Bike! Fun! is written to encourage more children to walk or bike to school and throughout the community by providing schools with tools to teach safe walking and biking. This curriculum is designed for physical education, health teachers and other educators to use to engage students in a thoughtful, fun and interactive program to learn safety tips and skills that will last them a lifetime.
April 29, 2015, BikeMN will hold a “by invitation only” training to prepare educators for implementing this exciting new curriculum. This free training is being held from 7:45 – 4:00 with lunch provided. Educators will receive 7 CEUs and the curriculum. In addition, there may be some scholarships for reimbursement for substitute teacher pay.


QUESTIONS, please contact:

Lisa Kruse, Community Education Coordinator, 218-768-2111 x233

Michelle Breidenbach, BikeMN SRTS Education Coordinator, 507-430-2280

Our Mission
To provide leadership and a unified voice for bicycle education, advocacy and efforts to make Minnesota more bicycle friendly so that more people will ride bicycles more often.
Our Vision
Minnesota is a state where bicycling is a safe, easy, fun and cool choice for everyone.

Community Garage Sale

Garage Sale Extravaganza! This is a one stop shop for bargains for all ages, gender, and sizes! Don’t miss out! SHOP SHOP SHOP on Saturday, May 2 from 9am - noon in the High School Auditorium!

Participate by purchasing tags through Community Education office. Tags are sold in increments of 100 for $20, 75 tags for $15, 50 tags for $10, or 25 tags for $5. For additional sale guidelines contact Community Education.

Beginning/Intermediate Blacksmithing

A class for those who want to learn the traditional skills of a blacksmith or further develop their previous skills at the forge and anvil. Class consists of lecture, demonstration and hands-on experience using a coal forge and anvil to forge functional pieces with traditional tools and techniques of blacksmithing. Bring drawings or ideas for your project.

Saturday, May 9; 9am - 4pm Rain or shine!

Where: Sandy Lake Forge on Raspberry Island. Meet at the landing 50569 218th Place, McGregor (Big Sandy Lake). Be on time for a short pontoon ride to the island.

Cost: $40/ person. Limited to 6

Bring: Bag lunch, safety glasses, leather gloves, natural fiber clothing (no polyester or nylon).


Wellness Biometric Screenings

Learn your vital health numbers (blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, body mass index) and how to live healthier.

Limited screening appointments available. There is no cost to participants.

To register, call Riverwood at 218-927-2157 or toll free at 888-270-1882

February 25; 7-11, Riverwood Clinic, McGregor

Forging 18th Century Tomahawk or Belt Axe

Class involves forging, forge welding, heat treating, tempering, filing and grinding. Each participant will go home with an axe they have made. (Handles will need to be made at home). Prior experience is desirable but not required.

When: Saturday, May 16; 9am- 4pm (or until every axe is completed). Rain or shine!

Where: Sandy Lake Forge on Raspberry Island. Meet at the landing, 50569 218th Place, McGregor, MN (Big Sandy Lake). Be on time for a short pontoon ride to the island.

Cost: $60 Limited to 4 participants

Bring: Bag lunch, safety glasses, leather gloves and natural fiber clothing such as wool or cotton. No polyester or nylon clothing.


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 miniature garden. Plant selection, arrangement and design will be covered to enable attendees to build a miniature garden ranging from a small dish garden to a larger exterior garden.

When: Saturday, May 2; 10am - 12pm

Where: Green House

Instructor: Green House Staff

Fee: $10/class and will be applied towards purchase for your Fairy Garden

Please call Shelly at 218-768-4463 or
Shirley at 218-384-4732 to register.

Container Garden Class

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

When: Saturday, April 25; 10am - 12pm

Where: Green House

Instructor: Green House Staff

Fee: $10/class and will be applied towards purchase for your Container Garden

Please call Shelly at 218-768-4463 or
Shirley at 218-384-4732 to register.


Bent Willow Rustic Furniture Class

The rustic furniture class is back by popular demand. Whether you have taken this class before or if you are new to should not miss out! Previous attendees have constructed patio furniture, trelllis, bed frames, end tables and more from willow found in our local woods. You do not have to be an expert with hand tools. Find yourself a partner and join us for a great project building class.

You will design and build your project with your partner and the assistance of John Bajda, local craftsman.

Apprehensive? After you leave the informational session you will be well informed. The instructor will inform you of gathering of materials, talk about a material list, and a short demonstration on collecting and bending willow, project construction as well as helping you decide what you would like to build for your project. You will return with your willow a week following the intructional class ready to begin construction of your project.

Thursday, March 26; 6 - 8pm Instructional Class

Tuesday, April 7 and Thursday, April 9; 6 - 10pm Work Sessions


John Bajda, Instructor

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

Cross Training

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.

When: Tuesday and Thursday from 4 - 5pm

Fee: $5/session

Heather Nistler, Instructor

Where: High School Auditorium Stage

ZUMBA Fitness Class - Ditch the workout, join the party!


             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!  And you’re in luck, because come Fall, 3 Zumba classes will be available each week!  I know many of you may have questions about Zumba.

First, can anyone do it?

The answer is a resounding “YES!”  Zumba is for anyone 12 and over, of any fitness level.  You can make it as high or low impact as you like, and adjust any of the moves to make it the right intensity for you!  As always, consult a doctor before starting any workout plan.

Do I have to be a good dancer?

              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 have the chance to catch on.  Also, once you learn the basic rhythms (Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, and Cumbia) you will find that the basic steps come back again and again, even in new routines.

Do I need to have special shoes or apparel?

              Absolutely not.  You need a pair of tennis shoes (preferably with not too much traction), comfortable clothing, and always, I repeat ALWAYS bring a water bottle.

I’m Convinced!  How do I join?

              Just show up.  If you’re nervous about your first Zumba class, think about bringing a friend!

When: Mondays at 3:40pm and Wednesdays at 4:30pm

Where: High School Auditorium

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

Certified Zumba Instructor: Julie Jacobsma

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 (classes to resume April 1)

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

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


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

Yoga Sculpt

Yoga Sculpt class uses weights througout to help sculpt and tone your body as you stretch and move through yoga poses.

Yogo Sculpt = Yoga Fun

When: Monday, March 15, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20 from 4:45 - 5:45pm

Where: High School Auditorium

Fee: $36/6 week session or $8 drop in fee

Instructor: Katie Cummings

Vinyasa Yoga by Cindi D

This class is based on moving from one pose toanother using sun salutations and postures that connect to one another. Vinyasa means following your breath, so with each inhale or exhale, you go deeper or back off or move to another pose. The pace can be a bit faster, but you can always go at your own speed and depth that work for you. Each class includes flow, balance, strength, compression, twists, hip/heart openers, core work and a built-in peaceful rest at the end.

Bring a mat, towel and water.

When: Every Tuesday at 4:45pm

Where: East Lake AAU


Instructor: Cindi Douglas, Certified Yoga Instructor

Adult Cross Country Ski Club

If you are interested in being a part of the adult cross country ski club that is starting up, please contact Community Educaion. We will be skiing at Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge and Savanna Portage State Park this winter. For more information contac Lisa Kruse at 768-2111 x233.

Intested in joining Friends of Rice Lake Refuge? Contact Walk Ford at 218-768-2402.


To register please call Leon Hixon at 218-251-5899 to register for the class you want to attend.


Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 8am - 5pm


Tuesday, February 10, 2015 from 12pm - 4pm

Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 6 - 10pm


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.