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Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning releases spring schedule

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning (HCLL) announced its spring 2018 program schedule, set to begin 1 p.m. Feb. 20 at Park Theater with local authors Jill and Deane Johnson giving a look into their newest book.

Programs typically run from 1 to 2:30 p.m. They are free of charge, open to the public and handicap accessible. Water and refreshments are provided.

HCLL is a nonprofit organization funded by donations and dedicated to providing quality educational programming on a variety of historical and cultural topics.

Chairperson Marty Leistikow said, "The coming series promises to be exciting, interesting and fun."

• Feb. 20: "Little Minnesota in World War II: The Stories Behind 140 Fallen Heroes from Minnesota's Littlest Towns." Authors Jill and Deane Johnson relay special narratives of wartime courage.

• Feb. 27: "Papa's Cookies." Mark Bridge, baker for the National Park Service, will take the audience on a fascinating culinary journey through history and its Victorian-era desserts. Samples provided.

• March 6: "The story of Ah-Gwa-Ching." Cecelia McKeig fills in details of Minnesota's first tuberculosis sanatorium, which opened in Walker in 1907 and served as a model for all county sanatoriums.

• March 13: "Protecting Election Integrity." Steve Simon, Minnesota's Secretary of State, describes the safeguards in place to ensure our elections are fair and secure. This program is cosponsored by League of Women Voters Park Rapids.

• March 20: "Scandinavian Crime Thrillers." Jim Kaplan, professor emeritus at Minnesota State University Moorhead, will use video clips and novel excerpts to examine the worldwide popularity of such characters as Lisbeth Salander, Kurt Wallander and Harry Hole.

• March 27: "JFK Assassination— Mystery and Legend." The ever-popular David Jones returns to explore what's known and still not known about this pivotal event in American history.

• April 3: "Stories of Influential Women." Author and professional storyteller Jan Smith of Ottertail County will come in costume to share lively stories, such as that of Amelia Jenks Bloomer, for whom the clothing item "bloomers" are named.

• April 10: "The Halifax Explosion of 1917." Leistikow tells what happened when two ships collided in the Halifax Harbor to create the most powerful and destructive pre-nuclear age explosion.