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Information Literacy and Independent Research

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Information literacy is more important than ever in the era of fake news and a glut of online information. Do you want to know how to conduct good research for writing, genealogy, local history, medical, political issues, or other interests? A basic understanding of information literacy can help you find and use information on all kinds of topics. This course will give you the tools you need to conduct research using online and library resources, and more importantly, evaluate the information you find. You’ll learn how to find credible resources, organize information, and use your research in ways that are legal and ethical.

Dates: Tuesdays, March 7, 21, and 28 and April 4, 2017
Time:  10:00 am – Noon
Location:  Mercer Public Library, 2648W Margaret St., Mercer, Wisconsin
Cost: $30 or $25 if registered before February 21, 2017
Course # 17W4

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Iron County Citizens Forum

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The purpose of the Iron County Citizen’s Forum (ICCF) is to “Provide Iron County citizens with a venue for learning, discussion and participation relating to activities and events that affect Iron County residents in a significant way, with a special emphasis on natural and cultural resources and sustainable development”. The Forum began in 2013 and hosts 4 to 6 programs per year. Programs are free and open to the public.

Past ICCF programs have included speakers and panel discussions on Wisconsin’s Open Meetings law, health care, forest management, climate change, water quality, candidate forums for town and county board races, and many other topics.

For more information or a schedule of upcoming events, contact Terry Daulton, 715-476-3530 or tdaulton@unac.com.

Intro to Human Behavior

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Course Title: Intro to Human Behavior

Course #206
Wednesdays, January 27 – March 9, 2016 at 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Iron County Board Room, Hurley, Wisconsin

Objectives: Students will learn about the science of Psychology, what it involves and what it tells us today about human behavior.  We will talk about Nature/Nurture, what constitutes learning, what dreams are made of, the difference between correlation and causality, what comprises personality and intelligence and what exactly is “abnormal”?  Expect to be respected for what you already know,  intellectually stimulated by things you don’t already know, and have some laughs.   Continue reading

International Order and the Impact of Foreign Assistance

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Title:  International Order and the Impact of Foreign Assistance
Instructor: Gary Theisen

Course #204
Tuesday, January 5 and January 12; Tuesday, February 2 and 9 at 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Haines Civic Building, Railroad Street, Mercer, Wisconsin

Objectives:  This course is designed to provide participants with a better understanding of the issues underlying global change and development. Emphasis will be placed on the so-called “developing world” by examining political and systemic causes of poverty, disease and corruption and why they are of concern to more advanced countries such as the United States. Sessions will identify misconceptions of and progress made through international assistance programs and US tax dollars. Specific examples of successes and failures in development efforts will be examined in light of the instructor’s professional experiences in over 60 countries. Continue reading

Investing 101

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Title:  Investing 101
Instructor: Joseph Lemke, AAMS

Course #205
Thursdays, January 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2016; time to be determined
Mercer Public Library, 2648W Margaret Street, Mercer, WI 54547

Course structure:  The course will be given in 4 sessions, each 2 hours long, covering the following topics:

Week 1: Intro/Foundations of Investing

Week 2: Stocks

Week 3: Bonds/CDs/Fixed Income

Week 4: Mutual Funds/Investing Fees and conclusion of class activity

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The History of Iron County and its role in the Gogebic Range

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Title:  The History of Iron County and its role in the Gogebic Range, Part I
Instructor: Larry Peterson

Course #203
Tuesdays, December 1 – December 22, 2015 at 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Iron County Courthouse, Hurley, Wisconsin

Course structure:  Instructor Larry Peterson will use both lecture and discussion to explore Iron County’s history as seen through the stories of its residents, past and present, and investigate what distinguishes Iron County’s Penokee Range from the Gogebic Range and what the two ranges have in common. Study how natural resources have shaped the county’s history, from mining to forestry, to attempts at farming, to the eventual transition to tourism. Finally the class will investigate how this understanding can be used to develop a partnership for various historical projects across the entire Gogebic/Penokee Range. The course will be given in 4 sessions, each 2 hours long.  Continue reading

Botany 101

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This course will explore aspects of general Botany including plant anatomy, plant physiology, naming and classifying, plant ecology and biomes, and will conclude with basics of gardening. Knowledge of basic biology and/or chemistry concepts are not necessary to participate in the course as relevant information will be included and discussed throughout the course. Practical skills such as using a plant identification key, how to control invasive plants, seed starting and other basic gardening skills are a focus of the course. Continue reading

Understanding the Geology of Northern Wisconsin

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March 3 – April 7, 2015

Identify and understand Earth materials, understand how we use geologic materials, how tectonic forces change rocks, and how the Earth’s surface is sculpted by water and surface processes. Students will also learn to compile stories from Earth’s past by deciphering rock records, to discern geologic features in maps and to know the major geologic events recorded in the rocks of Northern Wisconsin. All materials for the weekly readings and discussions will be provided. Students will be required to have or purchase a magnifying lens, available from the instructor for $16. Continue reading

Foundations of Investing

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March 4-25, 2015

General rules of investing, preparing for the unexpected, stocks, fixed income, mutual funds, designing your retirement, and tax free investing will be among the topics covered with time allotted for discussion on any phase the class wants to explore. Handouts will be distributed and some homework assigned. The session will wrap up with a final project determined at the end of the class. Continue reading