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Business group helps seniors

A speaker from the Better Business Bureau will tell seniors how they can stay safe from scams during a free session open to the public at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Gary Johnson, the bureau's Senior Program outreach manager, will speak at Winona Shores on the Bethany On The Lake Campus. His presentation is titled "Be Wise, Be Informed, Be Empowered." Besides scam alerts, he will talk about Better Business reviews, how to empower one's self to take action and how to protect one's self and others in today's marketplace.

This session is part of Bethany's Senior Lifestyles Academy. It is at 1020 Lark St. in Alexandria. For more information, call 320-763-7200.

A boost up the family tree

The Douglas County Library is offering a new online tool to research genealogy, and a class to learn how to use it.

Called MyHeritage — Library Edition, the database is available via the Douglas County Library website at Users will need a library card before they begin.

Participants should bring a laptop computer or tablet to the class, which is offered on three separate dates:

• Tuesday, Sept. 18, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

• Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2-4 p.m.

• Monday, Oct. 1, 6-8 p.m.

To register for the class, call 320-762-3014 and ask for Kristin, email, or sign up in person at the library, 720 Fillmore St. in Alexandria.

Oletoberfest to feature Drew Peterson

You've heard of Oktoberfest. Well, Copper Trail Brewing Company is offering a free, more Viking-oriented version of the beer festival.

Dubbed Oletoberfest, the festival will feature a performance at 7-10 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21, by independent singer-songwriter Drew Peterson, a Midwesterner whose musical influences include John Prine, Tom Waits, Cat Stevens and Van Morrison. He will be accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Mindy Fassett.

Oletoberfest will feature food trucks and Copper Trail Oktoberfest beer, as well as a Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 22, with kids activities and a rib contest. Partial proceeds from Saturday's event will go toward the United Way of Douglas & Pope Counties and the Alexandria Area Youth Baseball Association.