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      Coast Guard Auxiliary hosting boating skills class

      It may not be boating weather, but the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary held the first of their boating skills classes this year. The class is for those who want more than just a boaters safety course. Volunteers from the auxiliary teach some of the finer points of seamanship. The 13-week course covers everything from vessel operation, tying lines and navigation.

      "I think the most important thing that we like to provide for folks is for them to feel comfortable out on the water to be able to take their guests with them and not be concerned about whether they'll get into trouble or not," said Perry Laing of the U.S. Coast Guard. "And if they do start to get into trouble, they'll have the tools to keep themselves safe and get home safer."

      Classes meet each Thursday at 7 p.m. in room 101 at the Superior Dome in Marquette. You can still sign up for classes through next week. The cost is $30 (the cost of the textbook).