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

Transportation Talk

Wednesday, January 26

Transportation Needs Assessment: Seeking Input
Have ideas, concerns, or opinions about transportation in Northfield? The City of Northfield wants to hear from you! A Transportation Needs Assessment is being conducted to inform the priorities of the Sustainability Program Coordinator and other city staff.

You can share your transportation experiences in Northfield by speaking with Stephanie Bramwell, the City of Northfield’s AmeriCorps VISTA Sustainability Associate.


Participant names will not be collected, only your experiences and stories.  Feel free to join us for five minutes or for an hour.

We want to know your thoughts about driving, riding the bus, walking, and biking in Northfield. How do you move within and beyond Northfield? What do you wish was different?

If you have any questions, or would like to share your transportation experiences outside of these group discussions, you can contact Stephanie at or 507-645-3042 between 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (please leave a message and she will get back to you within 24 hours).

Author Talk: Paul Kluge “WEEDS of WAR: Those Who Bled at Dien Bien Phu”

Saturday, February 12

Paul Kluge speaks on his historical novel WEEDS of WAR: Those Who Bled at Dien Bien Phu. A veteran of the Vietnam War with a jaundiced eye toward the American view of our troops in that time, Kluge brings a truth and genuineness not seen in the typical shoot-‘em-up variety of war stories.

The telling of Weeds of War is from the French-Indochina War, the very thing that dragged America into the costly 8-year Vietnam War odyssey, apparently for naught.  Kluge’s characters wind their story through the French debacle’s final battles, and on toward America’s generation gap of Hawks versus Doves.  We seniors remember.

Presenter: Paul Kluge
Capacity:  25
Cost:  FREE
Room:  103