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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Mankato Area Lifelong Learners welcomes everyone  who wishes to share the joys of learning and friendship in an informal setting. There are no prerequisites. Quarterly programs, special events and social activities provide opportunities to make new social connections.


We began, in 1996, by a steering committee of community leaders. It is a member-directed organization responsible for its own financial, clerical and programming functions. The University, as our sponsoring institution, has generously provided gathering and office space. Sessions are planned for fall, winter, spring and summer. Programs are taught by members or outside speakers who share their knowledge and experience in such areas of interest as history, literature, arts, theater, music, science, philosophy and personal finance.

Council Members

President - Harriet Plotz
Vice President - Barbara Keating
Treasurer - Nancy Zwickey
Secretary - Karen Frydendall
Past President - Georgia Holmes
Member-At-Large - Diane Norland
Member-At-Large - Linda Wenkel
Member-At-Large - Merrill Frydendall
Administration & Finance Co-Chair - David Janovy
Administration & Finance Co-Chair - Rallah Madison
Great Decisions Co-Chair - Bruce Birkemeyer
Great Decisions Co-Chair – Elizabeth Peters
Membership Chair - Sharon Schindle  
Presentations Chair - Sue Howard
Special Events Chair - Mary Bliesmer

Upcoming Council Meeting

  • September 20, 2021 9 a.m.  Bethlehem Lutheran Church

    Annual Membership

    Join anytime!  pay membership dues here


    •   $35 annual membership*
    • $140 bundled membership with 4 quarters of unlimited presentations included*

    *Individual Program Fees may apply.  Special Events individually priced.