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Welcome to our Northland world of "learning without limits": 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.

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FINE DINING RETURNS!! Friday,October 26, 6 P.M-9:00 P.M

Put on your best duds and join us for dinner on Friday, October 26 at Ruttger’s Resort.  We are still in the planning stages for a gathering with entertainment and good food.   Stay tuned.  Call Diane Landstad if you have ideas or want to help.  Call 218.927.4380 or                     


“Big Two–Hearted River” A Discussion with Jack Hickerson 
            Sept. 11, 1:30-3:30P.M.

In this short story “Big Two-Hearted River” Ernest Hemingway portrays his semi-autobiographical protagonist Nick Adams as a suffering soul who has undergone some unnamed trauma.  Whether we call Nick’s affliction “battle fatigue,” “shell shock,” or “PSTD,” the perennial question is how does one cope with such distress?  Perhaps the answer partially lies in the regenerative power of nature.  Hemingway’s modern style is intentionally sparse in plot and heavy in description, allowing the sensitive reader to become immersed in the subject matter.                                                                                                              

Jack Hickerson, Professor Emeritus in literature from Southwest MN State University will lead the discussion after viewing an hour of a longer film on Hemingway’s dynamic, complex, troubled, and rather short life.    

Great Decisions Session 6: U.S. Global Engagement and the Military
           Monday, Sept. 17, 11:00-3:30P.M


Education for Minnesota’s Native Americans
           Tuesday, October 9, 1:30-3:30P.M.

Charles Black Lance, of Lakota/Ojibwe heritage and Director of the TRIO Programs at Central Lakes College in Brainerd will provide an historical overview of American Indian Education in Minnesota and lead the discussion of current issues and opportunities facing students and educators today.  The federal program TRIO provides outreach to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds (first generation students, individuals with disabilities, low-income individuals,).  TRIO includes 8 programs targeted to serve and assist these students from middle school through post- baccalaureate programs. 

Mr. Black Lance grew up in northwestern Minnesota and attended University of North Dakota through graduate school.  He is currently working on his Ed. D. in educational Leadership at Bethel University.  He has also participated in Blandin Community Leadership Program, Minnesota State Colleges Luoma Leadership Academy and served in a state wide American Indian Educational Liason position for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Great Decisions Session 7: South Africa’s Fragile Democracy
Monday, Oct. 15, 11:00-3:30P.M.


Old Forests, Woodpeckers, and Wildlife that Depend on Them
           Tuesday, Nov. 13, 1:30-3:30P.M.

Mike North will discuss recent research emphasizing the interdependence between old growth forests and woodpeckers in Minnesota.  This research has also revealed dependence of other wildlife on both the forests and woodpeckers. 

Mike North is an employee of the Minnesota DNR, where he has written management plans for forest wildlife and their habitat; and has conducted environmental review of development projects for the last 20 years.  Prior to coming to the MN DNR, Mike worked for the U.S. Dept. Of Interior in Alaska for 11 years, and in North Dakota, where he conducted wildlife research on loons, waterfowl, seabirds, and shorebirds, as well as doing some prairie restoration work.  He is a Master Bird-bander, having banded nearly 20,000 birds and has also taught over 3000 children about birds. 

Great Decisions Session 8: Global Health: Progress and Challenges
Monday, Nov. 19, 11:30P.M.

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