Open gym, gangster history and U.S. intelligence information classes offered in Pequot Lakes

Classes begin Oct. 2

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PEQUOT LAKES — Pequot Lakes Community Education offers the following upcoming classes. Register online at under Community Education or call 218-568-9200.

  • Open Gym: 6-8:30 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 2-April 30, in the Pequot Lakes High School Athletic Center. Fees: $30 per person per season, $85 for a family of three or more in the same household, or $3 for drop-ins.

Families and individuals of all ages are welcome to join open gym at the school. Participants 13 and under must have a registered parent or guardian present. Equipment includes floor hockey gear, basketballs and dodgeballs.

No open gym will be held Dec. 25, Jan. 1 and 15, March 12 or April 2.

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  • U.S. Intelligence Agencies and Their Missions: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at Pequot Lakes High School. Fee: $10.

Former CIA analyst Russ Strachan will provide an in-depth look at various U.S. intelligence agencies, their purpose, process for gathering intelligence, security and data on who is watching who.


This informational presentation will share information regarding the country's intelligence community. There will be time for questions and answers at the end of the presentation.

  • Gangsters of Minnesota: 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Pequot Lakes High School. Fee: $10.

Historian and master storyteller Alan Bohme's exciting and entertaining workshop will teach about the gangsters who spent time at Breezy Point. Some criminals known to the area were Alvin Karpis, John Dillinger, The Barkers and Homer VanMeter.

This class will also address the Great Brainerd Bank Robbery of the 1930s.

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