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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


* Northland Arboretum in Brainerd: Past, Present, Future - Tuesday, February 9, 1:30 – 3:30 P.M.

Unlimited Learning welcomes recently retired Arboretum director Mary Corrigan and new director Matthew Hill; Tuesday February 9th to acquaint attendees with this 500-acre jewel located right in the cities of Brainerd/Baxter north of the movie complex.

In the early 70’s, a non-profit arboretum was formed.  Land previously used as a landfill was amended and today there are gardens, preserved Jack Pine Savanna, native plants and trails to ski, bike, snowshoe and hike.  The arboretum provides year round activities and space for meetings and weddings as well. 

This year, Phase I of a two mile fitness trail called the Savanna Loop has been completed which includes 4 (of eventually 12) fitness stations with interactive equipment and a downloadable app to assist, monitor and record activities.  This outdoor gym is available year round to everyone.

* Great Decisions #1 -- Monday, February 15, 11:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.
               The Middle East


* Loons and Environmental Disasters - Tuesday, March 8, 1:30 – 3:00 P.M.

Carroll Henderson, MN Department of Natural Resources Non-game Wildlife Program supervisor, will present the latest information from a four-year comprehensive study of the health of Minnesota's loon population. This was undertaken in response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He will discuss findings on
population counts, migration studies using satellite telemetry, contamination studies of eggs and of blood and feathers from live
catches, and examinations of dead loons.

* Great Decisions #2 -- Monday, March 21, 11:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. 
               The Rise of ISIS


* Frederick Weyerhaeuser and the American West - Tuesday, April 12, 1:30 – 3:30 P.M.

Judith Koll Healey will speak about this book Tuesday, April12, 1:30 at Lakes Area Unlimited Learning.  The Weyerhaeuser name looms large locally in Minnesota, and Wisconsin, attached to paper mills, cabinet factories, and vast tracts of land, both forested and cut over. A complex and private man, Weyerhaeuser emigrated from Germany in 1852 at the tender age of eighteen. In just a few years, he would be a prominent lumberman, organizing partnerships among competing companies, and then making the largest timberland purchase in the history of the United States.

Frederick Weyerhaeuser and the American West narrates the life of this extraordinary man through newly available resources: his extensive correspondence and journal entries as well as the letters and diaries of family members, friends, and business associates from around the country. She frames Weyerhaeuser’s many commercial opportunities and business decisions within his family’s internal dynamics and world events: war and unrest, economic upswings and downturns, and western expansion and eastern urbanization. Healey offers a thoughtful perspective on his achievements as well as the limitations of his vision for the expansion of the American West.

Judith Koll Healey has been a philanthropic professional for thirty years and has lectured internationally on the topic of art and the unconscious. She  is the Author of Frederick Weyerhaeuser and the American West, with Char Miller co-author and has also written two historical novels.

* Great Decisions #3 -- Monday, April 18, 11:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.
               The Future of Kurdistan

* Special Program: How is U.S. Foreign Policy Impacting the 2016 Presidential Election? - Tuesday, April 26, 1:30 – 3:30 P.M.

How does the rest of the world view our country’s upcoming presidential election? What are the perceptions of US foreign policy
which might be supported or of concern to world governments? Tom Hanson, Foreign Service Diplomat for 25 years, will offer his insights on varied attitudes, opinions and beliefs surrounding the dynamics of this important event. Great Decisions members and the general public are invited to this free event.


* Healthy You—Healthy Community - Tuesday, May 10, 1:30 – 3:30 P.M.

Mary Marana, Executive Director of the Crisis Line and Referral Service that serves Crow Wing and surrounding counties, will describe the mental health and outreach services her organization provides to individuals and the general public. Hear about her Suicide Prevention Program that is active in 16 school districts.

* Elder Quest Film Series - Fridays, May 6, 13, and 20, 11:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Enjoy films featuring mature adults with their challenges and successes. Come view and discuss thought provoking themes and
techniques led by Robert Yahnke PhD, Film Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota. This popular course fills up fast.
Registration/fee required. Bring or buy lunch.

* Great Decisions #4 - Monday, May 16, 11:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.


* Wild Rice: Culture and Conversations - Tuesday, June 14, 1:30 – 3:30 P.M.

“Think carefully about losing wild rice,” is the admonition of Dr. Annette Drewes, who has studied the relationship between this natural grain and the people who gather it. Hear about Ojibwe ricing history and culture and learn how to participate in the annual harvest of native seed.

* Great Decisions #5 -- Monday, June 20, 11:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.
               The Koreas

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