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Climate change talk kicks off Senior College

A pair of climatologists will talk about Minnesota's weather extremes, including history, trends and projections, at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, during the kickoff to Senior College at Alexandria Technical and Community College.

The event is the only free event in the college's fall series of twice-weekly lectures aimed at older adults. This year, the college is teaming up with the University of Minnesota as part of its Minnesota Sparks presentations in Greater Minnesota.

The climatologists include Mark Seeley, a retired professor and radio and TV contributor, as well as Kenneth Blumenfeld, the senior climatologist for the Minnesota State Climatology Office.

Hosted by Regent Tom Anderson, the doors will open at 2:45 p.m., with presentations and discussions held from 3:15-5 p.m., followed by social hour.

Registration is encouraged by visiting or calling 612-624-2323.

Preventing falls for seniors

Alternative Senior Care will host a clinic from 2-5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, aimed at reducing falls for older people. Falls can be fatal and are a leading cause of injury for older Americans, the company said.

The event is aimed at helping older adults stay active, independent and safe, the company said in a news release. Activities will include fall risk assessments, causes and risk factors, prevention, screenings information and free refreshments. It will take place at the company's office, 315 Nokomis St. No. 3, in Alexandria.

"Falls prevention is a team effort," said Mike Karasch, community relations coordinator for Alternative Senior Care. "This clinic is an opportunity to look at the world around us, be aware of falls hazards, and take action to stay safe from falls."

Alternative Senior Care is a home care provider in five central Minnesota counties, with offices in Alexandria and Sauk Centre.

A chance to meet professional anglers

Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center will be home to the Champions Tour Free Community Event from 2-6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31. Hosted by Classic Bass, the event will provide fishing seminars and a chance to meet professional anglers and watch weigh-ins.

Thirty professional anglers will be competing for prizes including $10,000 in cash, a boat and a winter fishing trip to Florida.

William Kent Krueger to sign latest book

One of Minnesota's best-known authors, William Kent Krueger, will sign copies of his latest mystery at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at Cherry Street Books in Alexandria. "Desolation Mountain" continues the saga of detective Cork O'Connor, the character that Krueger is best known for.