Lifelong Learning

Register for these programs: by phone (507-664-3700), in person at FiftyNorth, or by clicking on the title of the class

Please pre-register and check-in for all classes no matter your membership levels. It is also important to check-in at the front desk when you arrive for your class.  We use attendance data for grant applications, insurance reimbursement, space planning and determining whether or not to cancel a class.
Scholarships are available to help defray the cost of classes for those who find the cost a financial hardship.


Fraud Watch: Scam Proof Your Life

Monday, November 4
10:00am to 11:30am

Scams, identity theft and consumer fraud are the most frequently attempted crimes every day in the United States. Millions of Americans are losing billions of dollars to scams. Technology has made it easier for criminals to access personal information and financial accounts from anywhere in the world. These criminals know how to “cover their tracks” and most investigations lead to dead ends, meaning the only way to fight these crimes is for people to recognize and avoid them in the first place.

This presentation is based on analysis of undercover FBI recordings of con-artists in action, consumer protection laws and reports from crime victims. The discussion can include a variety of topics depending on the audience’s interest: scams, identity theft, credit card fraud, cyber security and online safety, investment fraud, consumer protections, abuse within families and more.
Jay Haapala is Associate State Director of Community Engagement with AARP Minnesota and leads the state’s Fraud Watch Network which serves to educate consumers about fraud, scams and identity theft.

Instructor:  Jay Haapala
Capacity:  24
Cost:  $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 plat-equiv



Genealogy Workshop

Tuesdays, November 5, 12, 19, 26

Has the “Genealogy Bug” bitten you?  Do you want to climb your family tree? The folks from the Rice County Genealogical Society are sponsoring a series of 4 classes to start you off.  They will introduce you to on-line resources, DNA, databases local and across the world.   Bring as much of your family information as possible to the first session and jump right in!  If possible, bring your laptop, tablet or iPad. Some computers will be available.

Nov. 5:  Introduction to Family Search online genealogy program
Nov. 12: Exploring Relative Finder,, and GenWeb.  Deciding which program is best for you
Nov. 13: Introduction to the Dalby Data base for Rice Co. and beyond and other search resources.
Nov. 26: Problem solving and roadblocks. Ways to share your family’s unique story

Instructors: Kathy Ness, Sue Garwood, John and Jan Dalby
Capacity:  20
Cost:  $42 nonmbr, $34 mbr, $0 plat-equiv


If you are interested in teaching a Lifelong Learning class or if you have an idea for a new class offering, please contact Chris Ellison at 664-3707

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