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Welcome to our northland world of "learning without limit": no age limit, no depth limit, no topic limit.

People join Unlimited Learning for the learning opportunities and stay for the friendships and relationships they make. UL hopes to provide provocative learning opportunities, create feeling of vitality and great social connections.  We seek to provide for social opportunities to learn while having fun.

If you have an interest in a topic you would like to see presented, contact us.

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Great Decisions


Tuesday, July 12, 11:45 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
The Widening Economic Inequality in Minnesota
(by County Lunch&Learn: Co-sponsored with the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce)

What effect will a widening economic inequality have on businesses and local economies? What kind of future customers and retail changes are coming? What major changes have occurred in demographics since the last census that define these coming changes?

Dr. Thomas Legg is a retired Applied Finance professor from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.

Registration required if ordering lunch. Pay for order @11:30 A.M. or bring your lunch. Make food selections by reservations with Ellie Slette by July 11th, 651.270.0708,

Tuesday, July 12, 1:30 - 3:30 P.M.
Civil Conservation Corps in Minnesota: Hard Work and a Good Deal!

Barbara Sommer, oral historian, will present the history, locations, and purpose of CCC camps in Minnesota. Over 300,000 men between the ages of 18-25 participated nationwide from 1933-1942. Notable alumni were H.G. Rickover, Raymond Burr, Robert Mitchum, Stan Musial and Aldo Leopold.

Sommer is the founder of the Oral History Association of Minnesota and received the 2009 Minnesota Book Award and Northeastern Minnesota Book Award in non-fiction for Hard Work and a Good Deal: The Civil Conservation Corps Minnesota.

A day trip to a “living” C.C.C. Camp in northern Minnesota will be arranged for interested persons. Contact Karen Wilson, 651.270.1778, or


Tuesday, August 9, 1:30 – 3:30 P.M.
What’s in Your Water? Preserving Water Resources

Safe drinking water is essential to our health and well being, yet it is something that we often take for granted. Sarah Fogderud, part owner of A.W. Research Laboratories, will present information on the most
common drinking water contaminants, how water is tested and what you can do to help protect Minnesota’s water resources.

Other sources of contaminants come from agricultural or industrial runoff. The Nature Conservancy recently established a “freshwater" protection program” which Todd Holman directs that includes 400 miles of the Mississippi Headwaters and adjacent counties. He will speak about “The Forest for Water’s Sake,” science, strategies and efforts.


Tuesday, September 13, 1:30 - 3:30 P.M.
“The Dead” by James Joyce

This last story of Joyce’s The Dubliners occurs at an annual winter gathering of friends and family. The late arrival of Gabriel Conroy, the protagonist, who appears self assured and successful, reveals a man who is considering life’s disappointments, the inevitability of death and an emotional life which is in shambles. This short story is considered to be one of the best short stories written. After initial discussion, Jack Hickerson will show the film, “The Dead,” John Huston’s last film.

Hickerson is a retired literature professor from Southwestern Minnesota State University.

* Great Decisions: # 6 -- Monday, September 19, 11:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.
               The United Nations Post-2015


Tuesday, October 11, 1:30 - 3:30 P.M.
Election 2016: Putting It in Perspective

The Presidential Election in November 2016 has been described as being the most important in a generation. This event will provide an opportunity for gaining a better historical perspective on significant presidential elections over the years, as well as provide an opportunity for discussion of the various factors that will determine the outcome in 2016. The presentation and discussion will focus on the differences between each political party and its nominee, as well as the issues that define the basic governing philosophy of the parties and candidates.

Merritt Marquardt is a frequent contributor to the LAUL programs over the past decade with his annual seminar on history and political philosophy (Western Political Philosophy).

Monday, Tuesday, October 17, 18
Western Political Philosophy - Churchill: The Life of Leadership
Ruttger’s Bay Lake Resort

As the country selects a new president, the participants will take a look at the life of Winston Churchill as a model for leadership. Attendees are encouraged to read a recently published work, Churchill's Trial: Winston Churchill and the Salvation of Free Government by Dr. Larry P. Arnn.

Merritt Marquardt is a frequent contributor to the LAUL programs in the past decade. He is a retired attorney, having practiced for 35 years in the Office of General Counsel at the 3M Company, and has served
as President of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Minnesota. Contact Margaret Lunacek, 218.678.2926

Great Decisions: # 7 -- Monday, October 17, 11:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.                Climate Geopolitics

Friday, October 28, 6:00 P.M.
Night of Fine Dining: Ruttger’s Bay Lake Resort

Join the social event of the year at Ruttgers Bay Lake Lodge. Watch Ruttger’s Executive Chef, Terry Dox, demonstrate the preparation of the meal, and receive a copy of the evening’s recipes for each diner.
Happy hour begins at 6:00 P.M, Ruby’s Dining Room.

Members pay $40, non-members $45. Send your check to reserve to: Lakes Area Unlimited Learning, P.O. Box 455, Deerwood, MN 56444. Deadline is Oct. 25th.

To reserve a table for 8, put all checks in one envelope and indicate special dietary needs when sending checks or call Kristy before the event. Questions? Call Paul or Kristy Tesdahl, 218.546.5036.


Tuesday, November 8, 1:30 - 3:30 P.M.
On Guard: Scams and Fraud

An AARP representative will talk about the latest trends in telephone and online scams, unsuitable investments and even theft by family members. Scammers are finding ever more sophisticated means of
separating you from your money. You will learn tricks of the trade that con artists use and how to protect yourself.

Great Decisions: #8 -- Monday, November 21, 11:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.
               Cuba and the United States

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Mission: To provide quality and broad-based learning opportunities for the Lakes Area residents with emphasis on mature adults.