Northeast Range Community Education


Northeast Range Community Education Winter/Spring 2020

Important forms and surveys


Northeast Range Community Education
Coordinator: Joseph Kaufenberg
Phone: 218-827-3101 ext. 4419
Mail: 30 South Drive, Babbitt, Minnesota 55706

Northeast Range Community Education

Coordinator Joseph Kaufenberg

phone: 218-827-3101 ext. 4419


mail:    30 South Drive

            Babbitt, Minnesota 55706


Call to register for a class well in advance of the dates listed, and then send the release form and fee to address listed above. Classes will be canceled if there have been no registrations (by the registration date listed) or the minimum registration requirements are not met. If cancellation occurs due to lack of registrations, any pre-paid fees will be returned. Call to register, or turn in registration forms and fees to the NE Range School Office in sealed envelope addressed to Comm. Ed. Contact Community Education Coordinator, Joseph Kaufenberg, for additional information or questions. Cold Weather Rule: It is assumed that all activities will be cancelled if the temp falls below –30 or if school is cancelled.


NER Community Education needs Donations

NER Community Education is always looking for donations for their annual rummage sale at the end of the school year. Any and all donations welcome. Please Contact NER Community Ed to arrange dates and times to drop off items. Items welcome throughout the rest of the school year. Please use common sense when donating items; food that has expired is not needed, as well as ripped or dirty clothes. This year’s Community Ed Rummage Sale is a “TBD” only if we have enough Donations for it to be held. Thank You


Letter from the Coordinator

 Remember that we have combined the winter and spring/summer catalog (January 2020 thru June 2020) so be sure to hold onto to this catalog. We have added new programs, activities and classes. I would like to invite everyone to come and enjoy what the community and school have to offer. As always, we encourage everyone to offer their talents and services by volunteering in Community Education, and volunteering at the school. Thank you to everyone who continues to support Community Education, helping us provide more opportunities to enhance Our Community.


Looking forward to a great second half of the year.

Thank you for supporting your Community,


Joseph P. Kaufenberg

Northeast Range Community Education Coordinator

NER Theatre Director




Please visit the NER Community Ed website for classes and up-to-date information on courses and activities. You will also find Com Ed forms such as the registration form you can print out yourself at home. Go to click Community education and go from there, thank you so much. Hope to see you all at NER Com ED



Please follow me on Twitter to keep up to date with news, activities and events happening through-out the school year.





REMIND: Stay up to Date with Community Education

Sign up for Instant Messages and Notifications from NER Community Education through REMIND. If you would like to receive General Community Education Information, pick a way to receive messages:

(Option A) Smartphone Push Notifications: On your iPhone or Android phone, open your web browser and go to the following link: ­– Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. You will be prompted to download the mobile app.

(Option B) Text Notifications: Text the message @nercomed to the number 81010.

If you are having trouble with 81010, try texting @nercomed to (708) 315-2152.

To receive notifications for specific on going Community Education Courses or Events, follow the instructions above using the codes listed below. Sign up for more than one event and be sure to sign up for General Information to ensure you receive all other exciting Com Ed News!

Community Theatre: Option A - or Option B – @cetheatre

Adult Swimming: Option A - or Option B @ceadltswim

Defensive Drive Class: Option A - or Option B @ceddclass

Swim Lessons and Classes: Option A - or Option B @ceswim


Community Education class evaluation:

After you have attended a Community Education class, we would like to know what you think. Your feedback will help us make improvements and will also reinforce the things we are doing well. To give feedback about a class you've attended, please go to the Class Evaluation Survey form on the Northeast Range Community Education website. If you would like a copy via email or in print contact the Community Ed Coordinator. Your opinions and ideas are important to help increase the quality of Community Education.

Northeast Range 'Sprouts' Enrichment Program (LR/K-4) Suspended!!!

The Northeast Range ‘Sprouts’ Enrichment program has been suspended indefinitely for the 2019/20 school year due to lack of participation. The program will remain a possibility if enough interest is shown through-out the year. It is a wonderful program for all kids who need a place to go before and after school. Please keep the ‘Sprouts’ program in your thoughts. Apologies for any inconvenience. For anyone who may be interested please email or call 827-3101  ext 4419 for more information.



Your IDEAS Contest

This contest is designed to motivate community members to submit ideas for classes and activities to help enhance the current Com Ed Program. Submission Criteria: Name, address and phone number. Include a detailed description of class or activity; indicate age range or community group the activity is intended for. If your sub-mission becomes part of the Community Education Schedule, you will receive a “Gift Certificate” from a local store and a “Community Activity Pass” good for the quarter your submission is listed. Submit IDEAS and $5.00 registration fee in a sealed envelope marked “Your IDEAS Contest:” to the address listed above on or before March 27th, 2020. Questions or comments please contact NE Range Community Education.

NER Community Ed

NER School                                        Friday                                      March 27th 2020

Cost $5.00 submission fee



Family Swimming and Pool Parties

Have your next birthday party or family get together at the Northeast Range School Pool and Cafeteria. Gymnasium is available for an additional charge. For pricing, available dates and more information contact Joseph Kaufenberg Community Education Coordinator. Email is best

NER Community Ed

NER School                                        TBD                                      Jan-May

Cost $85.00 rental of pool                                                                 



Lifeguard Training Class


A Lifeguard Training Class will be offered to Local Community Members and Northeast Range Students in conjunction with Vermillion Community College. Course will run January through May 2020 on Wednesday Evening with classroom hours held at VCC in Ely and Pool hours held at NER in Babbitt. $100 course fee covers course materials, instructor and certification fee. Additional materials like first aid kit will be the responsibility of the student. For information on this course please contact Jennifer Kaufenberg at 827-3101 ext: 4212. Thank you


Sue Pasmik             

VCC Classroom/NER Pool                Wednesday Evenings January – May 2020   

Cost $100


Walking at the Northeast Range School

ALL Adult Community Members are welcome to come and enjoy the Northeast Range School. All visitors will be required to be registered while walking in the building. Anyone who does not register will not be allowed to use building (This will be enforced). Please stop by the NER office (office hours 8:30 am-4 pm M-F), register, pay the annual fee (group/family rates available) and receive a Nighthawk Walking Pass. For the safety and security of our school and students, all walkers will be required to wear a walking pass. We would love to see you visit OUR School. Only registered and paid walkers will be allowed to use the facility. Sign up with Community Ed Coordinator between 8:30 am-3 pm M-F (NER office). For your convenience you can also register online. Go to Northeast Range website click the Community Education Tab then click Com Ed Forms. Thank you for your understanding.

NER Community Ed

NER School M-F January 6th-May 29th 2020

Cost $5.00 full year 3:30-8:00 pm

Cost $10 for Family for year

Cost $15 for group for year







 Morning Swim (Adult)

 Men and Women are invited to come and enjoy the beautiful school pool every Monday thru Friday morning. M, W, F morning: aerobics, laps, walking and casually enjoy the pool (limited lanes available for lap swimming). T & Th morning: pool opens for lap swimming. Punch cards available for purchase see life guard. No class on days when school is closed or during poor winter weather.

NER Community Ed

NER School Pool        M-F                            Jan 6th-May 29th

Cost $5 per day, 12 for $30, 20 for $40       6:30-7:30 am


Evening Swim (Adult):

Starting this 2020 New Year Men and Women are invited to come and enjoy the beautiful school Pool Monday through Thursday starting January 6th. This is a trial run, new to the program. Days with a home sports contest there will not be any evening swim. 5 Committed swimmers, an adult supervisor are needed to run this program. Call community education for more information. Evening schedule will be posted outside the pool doors, please check at your convenience.

NER Community Ed

NER School Pool        M-Th                           January 6th-May 29th

Cost $5 per day, 12 for $35, 20 for $45                   6:30-8:00pm




Health and Fitness Training (call Dan for scheduling times and to register)

Dan Pellinen, ACSM certified personal trainer

Personal or group fitness training tailored to the needs and goals of beginners, athletes, or anyone interested in optimizing their health. Must be age 14 or older. Register one week in advance of first session. For a schedule, training times and days or just more information please call Dan @ 218-750-3127 or email

Training will be in the NER Gym, weight room. Call to schedule a time with Dan 218-750-3127.

My name is Dan Pellinen and I am an ACSM Certified Personal trainer who graduated from North Woods High School. I attended Friends University in Wichita, where I studied Health Management and played baseball. Come work out with me and learn what you can do to most efficiently achieve your health and fitness goals!

NER Com Ed                                     Dates (call Dan for days and times)

Cost $25 per one hour session, group rates available please contact Dan 218-750-3127.

Cost also includes onetime $5.00 NER Community Ed fee.





Local Artists needed:

Northeast Range Community education is looking for qualified individuals to teach the following classes: Art (any kind) Piano lessons, Guitar lessons, Community Choir (leader) and Dance Lessons. If you are interested we are looking for you. For more information please call/email Community Education at


Northeast Range After School Groups and Clubs (K-12)

The After School Groups and Clubs for 7-12 grade students are designed to enhance the current school curriculum by empowering students with the chance to create their own learning environments. Community Education will use this opportunity to provide students with diverse cultural and educational experiences. Under the guidance of the NER Community Ed Coordinator, students will establish club officers, and develop club goals and activities. Club members will also decide on meeting times and dates that fit with the groups’ schedules and other commitments. Members do not have to attend all meetings but are encouraged to be an active participant. Clubs are open to ALL students throughout the Northeast Range Communities and we welcome adult experts to come and share their knowledge and skills. Helpful Future Forward Hint: club officer positions and active club memberships are a great addition to a college application or resume.


The After School Clubs for K-6 grade students are designed to enhance the current school curriculum by introducing students to diverse cultural and educational experiences. The NER Community Education Coordinator will establish activities for each club based on membership. A quarterly calendar will be passed out to club members with meeting dates, times and activities.


CLUB Sign-up (M-F) during regular school hours with the Community education Coordinator.

Art Club (K-6 & 7-12), Photography and Film Club (7-12), Drama Club (7-12), Chess and Stacking Club (K-6 & 7-12), other clubs to be added if students show interest or make request.


Club fees

7-12 grade: $5.00 for the school year

K-6 grade: $3.00 for the school year

 Scholarships available, for more information ask NER Community education Coordinator.




Northeast Range Media Center (7-12)

The Media Center will be available for students to use for educational and entertainment purposes. Students are encouraged to get together with their classmates and study. Study groups and students in grades 7-12 are welcome to use the media center M, T, Th 3-6p and W 2-6p. The Youth Activities Coordinator will be available to help if needed. A Media Center Pass is required to use this facility, see Youth Activity Coordinator for more information. The Media Center is FREE to students. Registration paperwork must be signed prior to receiving a media pass and students must log in and out of the Center. Students riding the late bus must remain at the Media Center until dismissed, and students using other transportation must leave school grounds after checking out.


NER Table Top Game Club

8th through 12th grade students interested in getting together with a group of friends and playing board games/tabletop RPGs join us on Wednesdays from 2:00p to 4:45p in the school library. A late bus will be available to those who sign up in advance. There is an annual membership fee of $5 and a registration form needs to be completed.

NER Community Ed

NER Library               Wednesdays                2-4:45

$5 annual membership fee






Adult Online Beginning Ojibwe Language and Traditions

Community Education Offerings for MIB ISD 712 and County Schools

The Ojibwe courses promote diversity and understanding of woodland culture and language use of the unique indigenous Ojibwe in the Lake Superior region. Ojibwe is an endangered language and taught within families, community language tables, public and reservation schools, and universities. In addition to Native people and communities it could be of special interest to those in education, healthcare, and public service. No previous experience needed.

These three (3) sequential online courses offer  Convenient 24/7 secure digital access  12 interactive lessons in six (6) weeks  •Voiced audio, digital language and cultural resources, •Printable lessons  •Discussion forums  •Voiced language practice with instructor. •Certificate (24 hrs) of Completion.  Topics: Oral traditions, historical land base, circle of life and family, economics, treaties and contemporary topics. Basic computer/online experience suggested.

Jan – March 2020     Register by Jan. 13, 2020 for Session 1: Level A or B

Each session is 6 (six) weeks fully online and $75.00 payable to Northeast Range Community Education with registration. Include phone and email address. You will be emailed secure login information to access weekly schedule of lessons/activities. Limited to 10 per section. Instructor is LED Online Certified, a MN Certified Bilingual/Bicultural Educator, and member of the White Earth MN Band of Ojibwe.

2020 Dates:

Session 1:   Jan 13 - Feb 23, 2020

Winter Ojibwe Level A: Beginner

Winter Ojibwe Level B: if you’ve had Level A

(week off)

Session 2:   March 2nd - Apr 15, 2020. ••Register by 2/28/2020

Choose Ojibwe Level A (Beginner), Level B, or Level C



Adult Ojibwe language students needed

for Community Education Online

Beginning Ojibwe Language and Traditions

Level A, B & C • Each with 12 lessons in 6 weeks


Enroll now for Jan 13th, 2020 start date. Courses are

 available 24/7, taken online with

interactive lessons & weekly instructor contact.

See your

You earn a certificate of completion-24 hours/$75 

White Earth Ojibwe Certified Bilingual Instructor





The Art of Stained Glass (Mondays)

This class will cover the very basic skills and tools needed to work with stained glass. Choosing an appropriate pattern, cutting, grinding and fitting glass, as well as copper, flux, and soldering basics will be covered in detail. All tools are provided. Glass and copper foil can be purchased on site, or you may bring your own supplies. Just show up ready to create a one of kind piece with your own two hands! This class is specially geared to beginning glass artists, so if you have always wanted to do it and were afraid to try--this is for you!

If you already have intermediate or advanced skills you are welcome to come and in and work at you own pace using the provided grinders, tools, and irons.

**Students are encouraged to bring in their own designs as a starting point, however, we have plenty of patterns available to choose from

**Students must be adults.


Session 1    January 6th-February 3rd

Session 2    February 10th-March 9th

Session 3    March 16th-April 20th


All sessions subject to change at art instructors discretion, thank you

Mondays Only 4:00-6:00
Cost: $30.00 per Session or $15.00 for 2 days a month
uctor: Susan Anderson



Family Fun Time: (Sundays) Starting January 12th

The Media Center, Gymnasium and Swimming Pool will be open for all to enjoy: Family fun time will run Sunday starting Jan 12th. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Stop by the Media Center and register.

NER Community Ed  

NER School                                        Sundays                                   January 12th

Cost $5.00 fee                                                                                   2:00-4:00 pm



Northeast Range Community Theatre Auditions: (January 27th) 5th-12th grade

If you love acting, want to have fun, learn and just plain want to be silly come to the NER Community Theatre auditions for the show "We Open Tomorrow Night". This production has a cast of various roles and there will be a part for everyone. Anyone interested in helping with show production is encouraged to see the Director.

Joseph Kaufenberg 

NER Auditorium                                Monday           January 27th

Cost $12 fee                                                               3:20-5:00 pm


Fee must be paid on day of Audition along with the registration form.  


After school swim Tuesday’s (ages 7-13): (February 11th)

Starting in February school/community kids are invited to come and enjoy the beautiful school Pool after school has ended. Tuesdays starting February 11th. This is a trial run, new to the program. Days with a home basketball game there will be no swimming. 5 swimmers, an adult supervisor are needed to run this program. Call community education for more information. A flyer will be sent home with your children’s folders. Schedule will be posted outside the pool doors, please check at your convenience. All scheduling is subject to change.

NER Community Ed

NER School Pool                                Tuesdays                     February 11th-May 5th

Cost $1 per child                                                                       3:15-4:15 pm





February is Dr. Seuss Month: Short Story Contest (K-12)

NER Community Education will be having a Dr. Seuss short story contest. In your best Dr. Seuss style, create a short story that is filled with creativity and imagination. All stories entered into the contest will be bound in a booklet and each writer will receive a

Copy. A panel of judges will then rate the stories first through third all winners will receive a gift card from a local business. Stories must be original work written by the students in grades (7-12). Please email your short story to thank you

NER Community Ed

NER Media Center                                         Deadline Wednesday  February 26th

Cost $5 entry fee                                                                                     5:00 pm




Swimming lesson Registration Date for Levels 1-6 (February 24th)

Sign up and registration for Swim lessons will be held on Monday February 24th from 4:00-6:00pm in the Northeast Range School (Babbitt) media center. This is the only time to sign up and to register, there will be no acceptance of early registration, and it is first come first serve. Levels fill up fast so plan on being there on February 24th. If you cannot make it, you may have someone else sign up your child and pay only if all paperwork is signed by a guardian or parent. Forms can be picked up at the Northeast Range school office. If you have any questions please email Jennifer at Make every effort to be there at 4:00 pm on February 24th again levels fill up fast. Registration forms also available online at Click Community Education, then click Com Ed Forms, thank you.


Swimming Lessons Levels 1-6 (March 9th-March 20th)

Levels 1 through 6 Swimming Lessons will be held starting March 9th and run through March 20th at the Northeast Range School pool. This will be a 10 day course.

Sue Pasmik                                                                          

NER School pool                                            M-F                       March 9th-March 20th

Cost $50.00 fee           Times will be determined at registration and by level.


Swimming Lessons for Pre-K (Infant/Toddler)

Level Pre-K, Swimming Lessons will hopefully be held starting sometime this Winter/Spring 2020. Please watch the local paper or visit the NER Community Education website found on the Northeast Range Webpage for Registration Dates and Times when or if they happen. Thanks for your patience in this. If anyone is interested and is qualified to teach these lessons please contact Mr Joe  at or call 827-3101-ext 4419.


NER School pool                                To be determined                    TBD

Cost $45.00 per person                                                                   

Hats Off to Dr. Seuss's Birthday!

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’s birthday—what better way to celebrate than to read? Did you know Dr. Seuss would be 114 this year? While he is no longer with us, his legacy lives on in the pages of his books. He forever changed the way children’s books were written and continues to inspire generations. So this month, why not host a fun, whimsical party? Read Dr. Seuss books, use your imagination, and be silly!

In Katroo, every year, on the day you were born
They start the day right in the bright early morn
When the Birthday Honk-Honker hikes high up Mt. Zorn
and lets loose a big blast on the big Birthday Horn.
And the voice of the horn calls out loud as it plays:
"Wake up! For today is your Day of all Days!"

Have your students, family members, friends, and neighbors all participate by having a bit of fun and remembering this Man with excitement joy and Reading reading reading.




Northeast Range Community Theatre Presents: "We Open Tomorrow Night”

I can’t believe we open tomorrow night! It’s the dress rehearsal for the Belvedere student-run talent show and things aren’t running smoothly. The PTA mom is being very pushy. The British act can’t get a grip on the accent. Ian wants to air guitar on pogo sticks, and what happened to the lights? As they say, the show must go on!

We Open Tomorrow Night?! is a scripted talent show where you are the stars. Each production can insert their own acts (dance, comedy, singing - the choice is yours) for an hilarious and entertaining evening for all.

NER Community Theatre                               Friday   March 27th               6:00pm

NER School Auditorium                                  Saturday March 28th             1:00pm

Cost $6


Elementary Easter egg hunt (April 2nd 2020) information will be handed out about the event, look for fliers in your children’s backpacks.




Family movie day: “Toy Story 4”

April 6th 2020

Stay close to home and “GO TO THE MOVIES.” The movie will be shown in the NER School auditorium on the big screen. The cost is $3 and will include popcorn, a beverage and a treat. Everyone must register for the movie by April 3rd to see the show. (10) Registrations are needed for the show to go on. Students will NOT be permitted to attend showing without parental signed release form or permission slip. Any child under the age of 8 must be accompanied by a responsible adult or teenager. This show is PG. Movie will be given away in a drawing at the end of the show, what more can you ask for. Look for flyers in your child’s folder.

Northeast Range Com Ed                         Day                   Date/Time

Northeast Range Auditorium             Monday                    April 6th

Cost $3.00 fee                                                              3:20-5:30 pm

Spring Dance Festival (April TBD)

Something fun for everyone. Come ready to dance the night away. There will be open gym space for shooting hoops.  Slushy machine and Concession stand will be open for purchase. Northeast Range Students 5-12 grade. Cost is $4.00 per person in advance or $5.00 per person at the door. Advanced tickets will be on sale April (TBD) during lunch.

NER Community Ed.

NER School Friday, TBD 6:30-10:00 pm

Cost $4.00 per person in advance or $5.00 per person at the door


                              Tree Identification (April 30th)

Get to know your neighbors! In northern Minnesota trees are all around us, but how well do you know the names of the trees you see every day? Can you tell a spruce from a fir? or a red maple from a silver? Once you start recognizing the unique individuals around you it can change the way you see the forest, or even your front yard. Attendees will receive a copy of “A Beginner’s Guide to Minnesota Trees” produced by the University of Minnesota Extension. Bring your smartphone if you have one. We will download and learn how to use vTree, a free tree identification app from Virginia Tech. Weather permitting, we will venture outside to practice.

Time: 5:30-7pm

Minimum: 5 participants

Registration deadline: 1 week before

Dates: April  30th. (Wednesday)

Registration deadline: 1 week before

Instructor: Beth Kleinke, North St. Louis SWCD

Where: Northeast Range Media Center (Babbitt, MN)

Cost: $5 Com ed fee


Motor Coach Trip to Chanhassen Dinner Theatre Matinee Performance of “The Music Man”


Chanhassen Dinner Theatre logo website The Music Man


A fun and transformative story, The Music Man is family entertainment at its best! This musical theatre classic features songs like “(Ya Got) Trouble,” “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “The Wells Fargo Wagon,” “Till There Was You,” “Gary, Indiana” and more! Meredith Willson’s six-time, Tony Award-winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation.

The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band that he vows to organize – this, despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall.

Join us on this escorted day trip on Saturday, April 25, 2020 with Community Education.  The cost of this day trip includes deluxe motor-coach (restroom on the bus), roundtrip, bus fare, lunch at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, and the show ticket. We will make a short stop at Tobies in Hinckley on the way down and on the way back.   

Registrations for the trip are limited to 30 people. There are no refunds for cancellation unless seat(s) can be sold to another party. All patrons will be refunded if the trip is cancelled due to lack of registrations. Please contact your local Community Education Coordinator for an itinerary, more information, or to register. Students 17 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult; no one under age 5 is allowed in the theatre.  All seats must be reserved and paid in full by Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 5:00 P.M.

This escorted trip is Saturday, April 25, 2020.  Bus leaves the Cherry School parking lot at 6:15 A.M., Virginia Village Inn Restaurant at 6:45 A.M., and South Ridge School parking lot at 7:30 A.M.  Return to South Ridge School at 7:30 P.M., Virginia Village Inn at 8:15 P.M., and Cherry School at 8:45 P.M.  Additional pick-up/drop-off locations available upon request. Cost is $140 per person.





The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, a top visitor attraction, is more than 1,200 acres of gardens and tree collections, prairie and woods and miles of trails located in Chaska, Minnesota. As a premier northern garden, the Arboretum was born out of the University of Minnesota Horticultural Research Center and established in 1958, with the Men's Garden Club of Minneapolis, Lake Minnetonka Garden Club, Minnesota State Horticultural Society and other community supporters creating the Arboretum as a gift to the University of Minnesota. Make the Arboretum your place to experience nature and what's happening outdoors this season with family and friends.

Come and explore the Arboretum with us on this escorted day trip on Saturday, May 16, 2020 with Community Education.  The cost of this day trip includes the following:

  • Deluxe motor-coach (restroom on the bus) transportation to Chaska
  • Admission to the Arboretum
  • Flower Pot Box Lunch (described below)
  • Self- Guided Tour

 1 Hour Guided Tram Tour, which takes you on a 3-Mile, Open-Air Tram Ride through the Gardens

  • 10% Discount in Gift Store

Flower Pot Lunches are a box lunch in a flower pot with seeds that can be taken home as a gift from the Arboretum.

It Includes:  Sandwich (choice of: Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef, and Veggie - can be Gluten Free as well), Chips, Apples, Cookies, and a Beverage (Soda or Water).


Registrations for the trip are limited to 30 people. There are no refunds for cancellation unless seat(s) can be sold to another party. All patrons will be refunded if the trip is cancelled due to lack of registrations. Please contact your local Community Education Coordinator for an itinerary, more information, or to register. Students 17 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  All seats must be reserved and paid in full by Friday, May 1, 2020 at 5:00 P.M.

This escorted trip is Saturday, May 16, 2020.  Bus leaves the Cherry School parking lot at 6:15 A.M., Virginia Village Inn Restaurant at 6:45 A.M., and South Ridge School parking lot at 7:30 A.M.  Return to South Ridge School at 7:30 P.M., Virginia Village Inn at 8:15 P.M., and Cherry School at 8:45 P.M.  (We will make a short stop at Tobies in Hinckley on the way down and on the way back.)  Additional pick-up/drop-off locations available upon request.  Please bring/wear clothing for inclement weather as the tram ride is open-air.  You may also want to bring a snack or bag dinner for the bus ride home.  Snacks can also be purchased at the Arboretum or at Tobies in Hinckley.  Cost is $98 per person 

Defensive driving (4 hour - refresher course)

This is a four-hour refresher course with instructor Sergeant Pete Goman (MN State Highway Patrol). You must be 55 and already have taken the eight-hour course and need a renewal to take this course. You will receive a certificate required by your insurance company for the auto insurance discount.

Sergeant Pete Goman

Babbitt Municipal Center                   May 12th                    

Cost $18.00 fee                                 9:00-1:00 pm


Defensive driving (8 hour – initial course)

This eight-hour course is the initial course needed to receive a discount on your auto insurance. This course is for those at least 55 years of age. You will receive a certificate required by your insurance company for the auto insurance discount.

Sergeant Pete Goman

Babbitt Municipal Center                   May 13th                    

Cost $20.00 fee                                 9:00-5:00 pm



Basic woodworking (May 6th) subject to change.

Want to learn how to use basic woodworking tools and machines? This class is for you.

Learn how to use a table saw, miter saw, planers and jointers plus sanders, jig saws,

Drills and other tools. Students will make a small tool box along with other projects. Learn how to use these tools and machines safely and correctly. This course will be taught by Mike Summers, teacher at the NER school.

Mike Summers

Wednesday                       May 6th                             4-7 pm

NER shop                             

Cost-$5 Com ed fee


Beginning Acting Workshop (All ages welcome)

Joseph Kaufenberg will be instructing this course, he has a master’s degree in theatre and has been involved with the fine arts professionally for over 25 years. In this introductory

Class students will learn how to utilize the basic tools of an actor. Bring a water bottle, snack provided

Joseph Kaufenberg

NER School Auditorium                                Monday                                   May 12th

Cost $5.00 fee                                                                                     3:20-5:00 pm


Morning Swim (Adult) Summer Session (TBD)

Depending on what is done with the pool in the summer, we may or may not have Swimming. It has worked in the past, again will not know until middle of May. NER Community ED will keep anyone interested posted as to dates/times if necessary. Thank You. Let Community Ed know of your interest in Summer swim, thanks again.



Family Fun Time: Summer session (TBD)

See above info on Morning Swim same applies here. Also a big factor is life guard availability. As above please let NER Community know if you would be interested in family fun time in the summer, thank you.


NER Community Ed Float Ideas Contest (June 4th)

 All Community Members are encouraged to come up with Float ideas for the NER Community Education Float. This float will be used during the Peter Mitchell Fun days in June. Please email your ideas to The winner will be chosen from a panel of judges. The winner will have their idea used for the parade and also receive a local business gift card. Please have your idea to Joseph No later than June 4th 2020. Again email Joseph at

Thank you so much, now go make some magic.




Letter from the Coordinator

Community Education is continually trying to add more classes and other opportunities that enhance our community. In addition, we need community members to share their talents and skills by instructing adult and student classes. Please consider giving something back to OUR community and instruct a course. Contact NER Community Education if you are interested.


Thank you for supporting OUR Community,


Joseph P. Kaufenberg

Northeast Range Community Education Coordinator









Contact: Joseph Kaufenberg