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Gangsters in Minnesota topic of Jan. 8 event in Crosby

Unlimited Learning will present the dark history of gangsters in central Minnesota from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the Hallett Community Center in Crosby.

Hear about the booze connection between Breezy Point and Chicago and stories of visiting criminals like Alvin Karpis, Dillinger, the Barkers, Homer Vanmeter and others. Learn about the Great Brainerd Bank Robbery of the 1930.

Presenter Alan Bohme lived in Chicago and taught chemistry and physics in the Chicago Public Schools for 34 years. He moved to Minnesota in 1997 where he is a substitute teacher. He loves to study the history of people’s motives and their actions rather than dates and places.

As a child, he came to Breezy Point where his father was the band leader in 1952 and 1953.

There is no fee for Unlimited Learning members; others must pay $5. The public is welcome.

Upcoming Unlimited Learning programs include:

Jan. 15: Dakota Homelands, 1-3 p.m., Heartwood Senior Living, Crosby.

Jan. 21: U.S. Foreign Policy Perspective by Tom Hansen, Great Decisions Kickoff, no charge to public, 1-3 p.m., Heartwood Senior Living in Crosby.

Feb. 12: Kensington Runestone: A Hoax of Evidence of Early European Explorers?, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Heartwood Senior Living.

Feb. 18: Great Decisions: Future of the Euro, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Heartwood Senior Living.

Feb. 19: How Alcohol Came to American Indian People: Dr. Cecil White Hat, 1-3 p.m., Heartwood Senior Living.

For more information, call Karen Wilson at 218-546-6781 or go to

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