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Public invited to Barnum 'AGE to Age' launch

Barnum will soon become the 18th northeastern Minnesota site to launch AGE to Age: Bringing Generations Together.

The Northland Foundation invites residents to a free community session and light dinner to learn more Thursday, Oct. 11, at Barnum High School Media Center, 3675 County Road 140. Dinner 5-5:30 p.m.; meeting 5:30-7:30 p.m. The event also features giveaways and prizes. All ages are welcome to attend.

With support from the Northland Foundation, young people, older adults ages 55 and older and all ages in between can be part of a series of meetings, including a fun "Speak Out" scheduled for Nov. 8 at the high school, where people from all different generations will share stories about the community and what it was like as they were growing up.

People of all ages in Barnum who want to get involved in AGE to age will form a local team with a local coordinator, create a vision statement and plan some short- and long-term projects and activities, like starting a community garden; walking or exercise groups; game nights or ice cream socials; and technology learning sessions where young people help older people.

"The community can look forward to great things from local young people and older adults as they work together to make a positive difference in Barnum," said Tony Sertich, president of the Northland Foundation.

AGE to Age began in 2008 as part of the Northland Foundation's KIDS PLUS Program. Each of the AGE to Age sites is by and for local residents to help them connect young people with older adults to build friendships across the generations, share their talents and skills and work together on community activities and projects.

Among other local AGE to Age sites are Cloquet, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Moose Lake, Floodwood and Proctor.

For more information about the Barnum meeting, call the Northland Foundation at 218-723-4040 or email