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By Lois E Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Age to Age starts up in Barnum


October 25, 2018

Age to Age is coming to Barnum.

Lynn Haglin, vice president, and Jan Amys, program associate, met with members of the Barnum community on Thursday, Oct. 11, to explain about the Northland Foundation’s history with Age to Age and other similar programs that it sponsors.

Haglin explained that the Barnum Age to Age program would receive a $15,000 grant a year for each of two years to operate the program. The funding is provided by the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies and Mardag Foundation.

“We initially started with Age to Age in 10 communities, and then we added four,” she said. “Now we are up to 16. Barnum will be one of three communities that will be going through this at the same time. I hope that you invite your friends and relatives to take part in this.”

This is the second meeting, Haglin explained. During the first meeting, it was decided to set up Age to Age in Barnum.

“We take children and youth and aging people and bring them together,” she said. “Research showed that the most important topic was civic engagement, that more opportunities are needed. We care about the young people in the community but there are no avenues for them to participate unless they volunteer. We decided to marry the two to create Age to Age. And then we were able to raise the resources in funding.”

Age to Age was set up in Moose Lake in 2008, she went on to explain. A project that was needed was a pavilion for the Farmer’s Market. It took several years to secure the funding for the pavilion but it was built and is now used each Saturday by the local vendors for the Farmer’s Market.

“They kept that vision while they did other things,” she said. “They had genealogy classes and after-school classes, such as teaching the kids how to make cribbage boards.”

The 25 people in attendance were asked to find someone that they did not know in the group and interview them. After a few minutes of conversation, the people were asked what they found out about the other person during the interview.

In one case, the woman who had interviewed a young man in a naval uniform said she learned that he and his unit had been on the William A. Irvin ship as it was moved from the slip where it had been moored for many years to the Frazer Shipyard, where it will be refurbished.

A man discovered that the lady he had interviewed attended the same church as he did. He said he recognized her face but hadn’t known her before.

Another man said he learned that the woman he interviewed had used shorthand in the early years of her career.

The group, ranging from children to senior citizens, were given other exercises. One was to list what they liked about living in the community. And then there was a large group discussion.

A Speak Out is planned for Thursday, Nov. 8, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. A person representing each of six generations will speak about the time periods and events in their lives. All events are held in the Barnum High School Media Center. The meetings begin after a light meal.

Future meetings are Visioning and Action Planning on Monday, Dec. 10, and Action Planning on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. All meetings are from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Roxy Olsen-Hurst is the local coordinator for Age to Age. She can be contacted at (218) 389-0108 or


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