Registration for Winter courses has ended.

Information on Spring courses will be posted by February 14.

Please note: All students and instructors must be fully vaccinated,

including a booster dose.

Those involved in in-person classes will also be masked.

At the January Board meeting, the Board voted to cancel planning for a late 2021 Annual Meeting. The 2022 meeting, likely in the fall of 2022, will address the milestones for both 2021 and 2022.

Among the changes for CVEC during the 2020-2021 year were the departures and hiring of two-thirds of our staff: our Registration and Finance Director and our Curriculum Director. Both the retirees (Bill Rizzo and Perry Mason) and the new recruits (Nicole Barnette and Daniel Sullivan) will be feted when we can safely convene for an Annual Meeting.

The program will also include recognition of milestones, results of the election of Board members and officers, a talk by one of our new instructors, David Sauer, fascinating reports, and, with luck, pie and coffee.

CVEC co-founder Ron Ronning dies

Ronald Henry Ronning died in his sleep December 9, 2021, while at the home he shared with wife Bettye for over 20 years in Northfield, MN. A Minnesota boy, born October 24,1929, to Henry & Almeda Ronning, Ronald and his siblings, Richard, Jack, and Jean, grew up with an appreciation and joy of the wilderness, fishing, and reading from their parents.  

Ron was a teacher of music, and later of the humanities, at Burnsville HS. After retirement, he taught courses promoting a love of music at the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium, of which he and Bettye were co-founders. How he loved teaching, relishing those “aha” moments when students grasped difficult concepts. Many of his students still remember learning Beethoven’s 5th in his class. 

He was a father – to Paul, Pamela, Joel and Rebecca. With his children, he shared his appreciation and joy of the wilderness, fishing and reading. And he was a teacher to his children – there were so many wonderful moments learning from Dad. 

He was a fisherman – he mastered the art of fishing in many locations in Minnesota. Ruth Lake ceded many of her great walleye and northern pike to Ron over the years. 

He was a husband – to Bettye Ruth, his wife and life partner for 70+ years. His best friend and sweetheart who, as he said, “Made me kinder.” 

He was a good man. He lived life with dignity and kindness. He will be greatly missed. 

A memorial service was held Saturday,  January 8 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville. Donations in his memory may be made to The Cannon Valley Elder Collegium ( 

Upcoming Dates

February 25, 2022 – Winter Term courses end

TBA – Annual Meeting for 2022 and 2021 milestones