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Adventures in Lifelong Learning announces its spring program schedule

Mar. 5—BEMIDJI — Adventures in Lifelong Learning begins its spring 2024 season on March 12 and will continue every Tuesday through April 30 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Bemidji Eagles Club, 1270 Neilson Ave. S.E.

The season kicks off with the presentation “Adventures in Local Documentary Film Making – Insights into Humanity” with Lakeland PBS filmmaker Scott Knudson.

Knudson will share insights into the craft of filmmaking and inform participants about talented Northern Minnesota artists, historians and cultural leaders he met while creating the local TV show “Common Ground,” according to a news release.

The program will be followed by a question and answer session.

The remaining spring sessions will cover these topics:

March 19: Ben Stowe, owner of NFLX Professional, presents “Sound and Light from Bemidji.” Stowe will discuss how he got started, what the company does, the challenges along the way, and the company’s success today. He will also describe what is involved in setting up and running a show.

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March 26: Participants can learn about land surveying from Kevin Trappe and Beltrami County GIS Department staff on “Preserving the Public Land Survey System – The Original Fabric of Land Ownership.” The Public Land Survey System is the survey method developed and used in most of the United States for platting or subdividing real estate for sale and settlement. Nearly 11,000 original survey monuments were placed between 1871 and 1899 to mark the corners of townships and sections in what form the current boundaries of Beltrami County.

April 2: Dr. Michael Herbert, retired BSU Criminal Justice professor, will discuss his book,

“Leave campus.”

This book tells the story of twenty students from Bemidji State Teachers College who volunteered for military service during World War II and later died. This tragic event is commemorated by a banner currently displayed in the Bemidji State University Commons area, the release said.

April 9: Rikki Schela presents “Shoeshine Boys of Vietnam.” Riki Scheela was in Vietnam in 1998. She saw a boy shivering in the cold winter and took him to buy a winter coat. As if by magic, five more boys showed up. She became close to these “shoe shine boys.” Twenty years later, she discovered that these boys-turned-men wanted Scheela to meet their families. “This was one of the most meaningful and profound experiences of her life,” the release said.

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April 16: Participants can learn about sustainability at “Sanford Medical Going Green” with Dr. Mark Claussen. Claussen teaches professional medical students and advanced practice students at Sanford Health in Northern Minnesota. He provides comprehensive care, from evaluation and diagnosis to treatment of conditions requiring surgical intervention, and is chairman of the Sanford Bemidji Green Committee.

April 23: Brian Olson, Beltrami County solid waste manager and public works safety coordinator, will present “Solid Waste 101.” Participants will learn what the Solid Waste Department does and what recycling and future goals it has for Beltrami County.

April 30: “Save the Dates: Unicycle Convention July 15-18” with Kirsten Goldstein will discuss Unicon, which will be held in Bemidji in the US for the first time in 18 years. Goldstein will tell attendees how to watch the unicycling convention and what to look for about our community.

All are welcome. Participants must park in the rear parking lot of the Eagles Club. Refreshments will be served from 9:30 am

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For more information or weather cancellations, view the

Bemidji Adventures in Lifelong Learning Facebook page.

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