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Dominica is topic of Cultural Thursday program May 2

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Central Lakes College’s Cultural Thursday event will highlight “Dominica: Hidden Jewel of the Caribbean,” presented by Gary Payne at noon and 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in Room E354 on the Brainerd Campus of CLC.

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The event is free and open to the public.

Dominica is an island in the Caribbean about the size of Crow Wing County. It features three national parks, including a Unesco World Heritage site and 300 pristine rivers that run through protected rain forests down the steep slopes of old volcanoes. One lake on Dominica is actually boiling from the molten rock beneath it.

Sociologist Gary Payne and radiologist Chuck Benson, both of Brainerd, hiked this remote and tiny island nation in early February and visited its Kalinago reservation and museums.

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