Lifelong Learning Classes

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.
If you are interested in teaching a Lifelong Learning class or if you have an idea for a new class offering, please contact Patty Ciernia at 664-3709

NORTHFIELD SHARES: Who we are, What we do!

Tuesday, February 20
10:30-11:30am

What is Northfield Shares? What is a community foundation? What do they do?
How does Northfield Shares partner with individuals, families, nonprofits, businesses in creating a vibrant, healthy community?
Curious? Join us to hear from Carrie Robarge Carroll, Executive Director of Northfield Shares to learn the answer to these questions and more.

Presenter:  Carrie Robarge Carroll, Executive Director of Northfield Shares
Capacity:  25
Cost: Free
Space:  Room 106

History of the Indigenous People of Rice County

Friday, February 23
10:30-11:30am

The history of the Indigenous people of Rice County is long, going back to 13,000 years ago. Today, it is more important than ever that we learn the history of these people. Dave Nichols, Executive Director of the Rice County Historical Society, will discuss the history of the Dakota, and specifically the Wahpekute who called modern day Rice County their home. The presentation will briefly cover the archaeology of the area before moving into what we know about the people who lived in Rice County. He will also address the history of Settler and Indigenous Relations from first contact until the War of 1862.”

Presenter: Dave Nichols, Executive Director Rice County Historical Society
Capacity:  50
Cost: Free
Space:  Room 103

Rockhounding In Nature’s Beauty

Wednesday, February 28
1:00-2:30pm

Colorado is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The views from the mountains are amazing. In 2022 I was able to go rockhounding in Colorado looking for the rocks and gems it hides. I stayed in Woodland park where the deer are living in your backyard. On my trip I found blue barite in the rolling hills near Hartsel at 10,000 feet above sea level. The Florissant Fossil Beds reveal fossils in volcanic mud from 34 million years ago. I found topaz, amazonite, and smokey quartz in the foothills of Pike’s Peak. We took a very rocky road up to the top of a mountain to find rare botryoidal fluorite. I will share the scenery, adventures and finds on this high-altitude trip.

Presenter: Sandy Dockstader
Capacity:  25
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Space:  Room 103

Two dates / times to choose from:

“When My Time Comes” with Diane Rehm Film and discussion on Medical Aid in Dying

Thursday, March 7
1:30-3:00pm
OR

 “When My Time Comes” with Diane Rehm Film and discussion on Medical Aid in Dying

Tuesday, March 12
6:00-7:30pm

Spurred on by the death of her husband, the Peabody-award-winning journalist crosses the country to take an in-depth look at medical aid in dying. She speaks to people on all sides of the issue, uncovering the pros and cons, the facts and the misinformation surrounding this controversial practice that is now legal in nine states and the District of Columbia. The result is both moving and informative – an eye-opening documentary that is sure to provoke strong reactions and thoughtful conversations among viewers of all ages and backgrounds (https://whenmytimecomesmovie.com/).

Join some members of the informal Northfield Medical Aid in Dying group (Mary Carlsen, Karen Mader, Brynda McCoy and Anne Meyer Ruppel) to watch this documentary and participate in discussion after the film. We will include current information on the status of Medical Aid in Dying legislation in Minnesota and answer questions about the topic. People of all backgrounds can be found in support of – and in opposition to – this option for end of life planning. We hope this presentation will help you to become better informed and motivated to have a conversation with loved ones and perhaps even with your legislators.

Presenters: Representatives of the Medical Aid in Dying group
Capacity:  25
Cost: Free
Space:  Room 103

Advance Care Planning Open House

Saturday, March 9
9:00-10:30am

Come and work in the presence of others to put your wishes and values into words. Start, complete, or revise your Advance Care Directive with the assistance of trained facilitators. Gain peace of mind and a thumbs up from family and healthcare.

Presenters: Northfield Advanced Care Planning Group
Capacity:  25
Cost: Free
Space:  Room 103

Escape Room Adventure!

Choose 1 of 4 Sessions

Test your mettle in this fun and challenging series of mysteries and puzzles! Can you uncover the secrets and find the lost treasure in this fantasy dungeon themed escape room? Planned and prepared by library staff and the Teen Advisory Board. We will run 4 sessions of our custom escape room.
Presenters: Library Staff and Teen Advisory Board
Capacity:  minimum 3, maximum 6
Cost: free
Space:  Room 106


Escape Room Adventure 8am!

Monday, March 11
8:00-8:45am

Escape Room Adventure 9am!

Monday, March 11
9:00-9:45am

Escape Room Adventure 10am!

Monday, March 11
10:00-10:45am

Escape Room Adventure 11am!

Monday, March 11
11:00-11:45am

Intro to Birding Presentation

Tuesday, March 12
1:30-2:30pm

Ever wish you could identify those unusual birds that show up at your feeder occasionally? Or the ones you see along the rural roads in winter? Interested in birding as a hobby but not sure how to get started? Which binoculars? Where to go? How to identify birds? Gerry will give you some insights on how to get started and, using his own photographs, will talk about birds and birding in Minnesota.

Presenter: Gerry Hoekstra
Capacity: 30
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Space: Room 103

FOOD WASTE IN RICE COUNTY: Why It Matters

Thursday, March 14
1:30-2:30pm

Delia Denis Minnesota GreenCorps Member who is working for Rice County, will share ways to save money, get more food on plates, and help understand why reducing how much food we throw away can improve the environment!
There are about 100 billion meals being thrown away in the united states every year. It’s estimated that anywhere from 30-40% of edible food is wasted. People are beginning to notice that the US is the third highest contributor in to food waste in the world.
Delia’s work this year involves educating others on food waste, getting companies to compost, and donate food to food shelves to assist others in need.

Presenter: Delia Denis
Capacity: 25
Cost: Free
Space: Room 103

CPR and First Aid

Wednesday, March 20
2:00-5:00pm

Students will receive expert training in First Aid and Basic Life Support CPR (adult) including Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). This 3-hour class includes instruction, demonstrations and hands-on activities and culminates in the students earning an American Heart Card. It is appropriate training for Certified Nurse Assistants, healthcare workers, childcare workers, teachers, instructors, and volunteers. Many health care facilities require this training of their employees.

Instructor:  Jon Bolster
Capacity:  10
Cost:  $72 nonmbr, $65 mbr, $0 platinum
Space: room 105

Spanish – Beyond The Basics

Mondays & Thursdays
April 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
10:00-11:00am

This is a continuation of Intro to Spanish offered in January and February or a refresher class for people that have had some Spanish in the past. The grammar that will be covered includes command formation and the simple past. Vocabulary covered will have to do with jobs/offices, bedrooms, restaurants, hotels and airports. Students will also learn how to describe where an object is located Participants will be provided with all needed materials. You will want to bring a writing utensil. Classes will meet every Monday and Thursday.
(9 sessions)

Instructor:  Chris Kauffeld
Capacity: 15
Cost:  $81 nonmbr, $63 mbr, $0 platinum
Space: Room 106
Registration deadline: March 28

The Current State of US Policing

Wednesdays, April 3, 10, 17, 24
9:00-11:00am
This is a 4-part series; not individual signups.

We will examine the current state of policing in America: the laws, amendments and court cases that guide policing; the authority and role of the police; police operations and philosophies; police discretion; police terminology such as reasonable articulable suspicion, totality of circumstances, and probable cause; searches; surveillance and technology; police and the media; crimes and contemporary cases; and the importance of the role of policing, and community trust in policing. The goal is to broaden understanding and provide needed context for the serious and important public policy discussions regarding policing that are underway at the local, state, and federal levels of government.
Course Materials and Class Schedule: Each class will involve lectures guided by PowerPoint/Google Slides, short videos, music, and occasional partner work to set up our class discussions. This is primarily a discussion course. Preparation for class will include optional reading of contemporary police cases and crime news articles, and listening to podcasts. Joe will provide the readings for all classes at the first meeting of the class.

Class #1: In our first class, you’ll learn about Joe’s career, the traditional role of police in our society, and the major changes and challenges to police service, focusing on the past 25 years, including The North Hollywood Shootout, Columbine, September 11, 2001, Technology and Surveillance, and the George Floyd in-custody death.
To prepare for class, listen to the KYMN podcast Public Policy This Week, originally broadcast Sept. 30th, 2022. Joe and St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell (Ret.) discuss their police careers and the current state of U.S. policing: https://kymnradio.net/2022/09/30/public-policy-this-week-chief-todd-axtell-retof-the-st-paul-police-dept/.

Class #2: In our second class, we’re going to be joined in class by the Chief of, or a patrol officer from, the Northfield P.D. to discuss and examine directly a modern patrol car and the equipment of a police officer. Additionally, we will discuss police operations, and policing theory—from the broken windows theory to predictive policing. Further, some of the court cases that guide police service: Terry v. Ohio, Minnesota v. Dickerson, Chimel v. California, Miranda v. Arizona, New York v. Belton, and Arizona v. Gant.
To prepare for class, listen to the KYMN podcast Public Policy This Week, July 15 2022 edition. Joe interviews Dr. James Densley, an expert on the topic of mass shootings: https://kymnradio.net/2022/07/15/public-policy-this-week-gun-violence-and-mass-shootings-with-dr-james-densley/

Class #3: In our third class, we will discuss the media’s role in breaking down police/public trust, referencing the national cases of Louis Gates Jr., Freddie Gray, and Michael Brown. In addition, we will discuss a profession in crisis as we examine the cases of former Minnesota police officers that have received worldwide attention—Jeronimo Yanez, Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Kim Potter, and Ryan Londregan.
To prepare for class, listen to the KYMN podcast Public Policy This Week August 18th, 2023 edition. Joe interviews Dr. Andrew Baker of the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office on the topic of the role of the medical examiner: https://kymnradio.net/2023/08/18/public-policy-this-week-the-role-of-medical-examiners-with-hennepin-county-chief-medical-examiner-dr-andrew-baker-8-18-23/

Class #4: In our fourth class, we will discuss the modern role of police in our society. Class discussion will focus on the topics of recruiting/hiring, training, and trust; the relationship between the District Attorney’s Office and the police; the homeless, drug addicted and mentally ill; repeat offenders, incarceration and recidivism, interventions, and the undercurrent of violence in society. Joe will also discuss cases in his career pertaining to the topics discussed this date.
To prepare for class, listen to the KYMN podcast Public Policy This Week, June 23, 2023 edition. Joe interviews Dr. James Densley on the topic of gangs: https://kymnradio.net/2023/06/23/public-policy-this-week-gangs-and-gang-violence-withdr-james-densley-6-23-23/.
A second podcast is also offered. Listen to the KYMN podcast Public Policy This Week, December 2, 2022 edition. Joe interviews Northfield Police Chief Mark Elliott, and Rice County Behavioral Health Supervisor Dante Hummel-Langerfeld on the topic of 1st Responder Mental Health Care: https://kymnradio.net/2022/12/02/public-policy-this-week-mental-health-and-law-enforcement/
(4 sessions)

Instructor: Joe Moravchik
Capacity: 20
Cost: $72 nonmbr, $56 mbr, $0 platinum
Space: Room 103
Registration deadline: April 1

Note: Joe Moravchik has a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a J. D. from the William Mitchell College of Law. Holder of a State of Wisconsin DOJ Board of Standards Police Officer’s License, he did his training at the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s & Police Academy. Rising through the ranks of the Racine, WI Police Department he
was a multi-time winner of the Wisconsin Attorney General’s prestigious Exemplary Officer Award for high quality performance and professional dedication. Contact: [email protected]


CPR and First Aid

Tuesday, May 14
9:00-12:00pm

Students will receive expert training in First Aid and Basic Life Support CPR (adult) including Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). This 3-hour class includes instruction, demonstrations and hands-on activities and culminates in the students earning an American Heart Card. It is appropriate training for Certified Nurse Assistants, healthcare workers, childcare workers, teachers, instructors, and volunteers. Many health care facilities require this training of their employees.

Instructor:  Jon Bolster
Capacity:  10
Cost:  $72 nonmbr, $65 mbr, $0 platinum
Space: room 106

CPR and First Aid

Tuesday, September 10
9:00-12:00pm

Students will receive expert training in First Aid and Basic Life Support CPR (adult) including Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). This 3-hour class includes instruction, demonstrations and hands-on activities and culminates in the students earning an American Heart Card. It is appropriate training for Certified Nurse Assistants, healthcare workers, childcare workers, teachers, instructors, and volunteers. Many health care facilities require this training of their employees.

Instructor:  Jon Bolster
Capacity:  10
Cost:  $72 nonmbr, $65 mbr, $0 platinum
Space: room 106