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Happenings is free, and submissions are run on a first-come, first-serve basis and as space allows. Happenings entries that include date, time and place, as well as a contact person's name and telephone number, of an event can be e-mailed to Pippi Mayfield at or submitted online at

Thursday, Aug. 23

BC taxpayers meeting

The Becker County Taxpayers Association meets at 7 p.m. in the DL Library. On the agenda is commissioners and District 2 representatives to comment on property tax issues. Everyone is welcome.

Lakes Area Quilters

The monthly meeting of the Lakes Area Quilters is at 7 p.m. in Emmanuel Nursing Home in the Aspen room. The meeting is free and open to anyone who has an interest in quilting.

Wildlife excursion

Tamarac Wildlife Refuge hosts a Wildlife Excursion at 10 a.m. Explore the refuge with a knowledgeable guide. Search for wildlife and learn about the cultural and natural history of Tamarac. Meet at the Chippewa Picnic Area.

Saturday, Aug. 25

Pork roast

The St. Peter's Lutheran, Audubon, annual pork roast is 4-7 p.m. It is a free-will offering.

Ole's Ride

The third annual Ole's Ride, benefiting Hospice of the Red River Valley, begins at noon at Billy's Corner Bar in Vergas. Cost is $25 per bike, $15 for additional rider. Price includes shirt, meal and chances at door prizes at each stop. Tattooing by Noodle on site the entire day of the ride. Food and live music by David Lee following the ride. Registration is from 10 a.m.-noon and leaves at noon sharp.

Haiti fundraiser

The 3rd annual Helping Haiti Fundraiser Community Picnic from 5-7 p.m. in Peoples Park The picnic meal is $5. There will be a raffle and a motorcycle ride leaving Peoples Park at 1 p.m. Registration starts at noon. Ride ends at the park about 5 p.m. Proceeds go to benefit Grace Assemblies Fellowship School, orphanage and church. For more information, call Lonnie at 218-334-8484.

Thunder in DL

The Red River Valley Pullers Association hosts Thunder in Detroit Lakes, a modified truck and tractor pull. Gates at the Becker County Fairgrounds open at 3 p.m., with the event starting at 5.

Sunday, Aug. 26

Evening prayer service

An evening prayer service at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, DL, is every Wednesday through August. Come at 6 p.m. for a light supper, followed by a gospel study or topical presentation at 7.

Shoreham Chapel

The Shoreham Chapel, Lake Melissa, service is at 10:45 a.m., followed by coffee and fellowship. Special music is by Brent Nelson. Everyone is welcome. The annual meeting will follow at noon.

Steak fry fundraiser

The 1st Zinger Squadron host a steak fry fundraiser from 5 p.m. until it's gone in the American Legion Club, DL. Cost is $9.

Sunday service outdoors

Lund Lutheran Church, Richwood Road, takes their 9:45 a.m. service outdoors, with Dan and Marilee Ottoson providing music. For more info, call 847-9662.

Helping Hands Mission speaker

Rev. Timothy Mundiah, senior pastor and field director of Helping Hands Mission in Kenya, speaks at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. in Faith Lutheran Church, DL. There will also be a noon meal fundraiser for Faith Christian School. It is a free-will offering.

Gospel music concert

Standing on the Promises: An afternoon of Gospel Music is at 1 p.m. in the home of Gayle Laney, 19617 190th Ave Audubon. It is presented by Audubon Chapel. Coffee and refreshment provided. Everyone is welcomed. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at Audubon Chapel.

Beginning birding

Tamarac Wildlife Refuge hosts Beginning Birding from 2 to 4 p.m. Discover the world of birding. Learn the basics of bird identification, how to get the most out of your binoculars and experience some birding "apps." Learn 12 species and their calls. Meet at the Balsam Lake Overlook on County Hwy 26.

Monday, Aug. 27

Lakes Area Birding Club

The Lakes Area Birding Club meets at 7 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes public library. Blane Klemek, DNR area wildlife supervisor and columnist for The Record, will be the speaker. Guests are welcome.

Tuesday, Aug. 28

Overeaters Anonymous, Serenity Group

Overeaters Anonymous Detroit Lakes Serenity Group meets Tuesdays at noon in the second floor library of the First Lutheran Church.

Tuesdays in the Park

Habitat for Humanity provides a picnic in the DL City Park from 6 to 7 p.m. each Tuesday in July and August. Come and have hamburgers, brats and hotdogs along with beans, potato salad and beverage. Free will offering benefits Habitat for Humanity and the Holmes Community Theater. A concert follows at 7 p.m. featuring the Lakes Area Community Concert Band in the Bandshell. Bring your lawn chairs for the concert.

USBC Bowling

The annual meeting for the USBC Bowling Association is at 8 p.m. in Voyageur Lanes, DL. All association bowlers are invited to attend the meeting.

AIS public meeting

A public information meeting on aquatic invasive species is at 5:30 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes City Hall. There will be updates from Moriya Rufer, Becker County AIS Task Force coordinator; Nathan Olson, DNR regional AIS specialist; Tera Guetter, Pelican River Watershed Department; Lake Detroiters Association Inc.

A healthy Minnesota

"What does Minnesota need to be healthy?" Dr. Ed Ehlinger, MN commissioner of health, will speak from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in M State. A light lunch provided. To register, visit

Men's bowling league

There is a league meeting for the Tuesday night men's bowling league at 7 p.m. in Voyageur Lanes. Plan to attend and bring a friend.


These Happenings section items or events do not have a specific date, or take place on more than one day.

Rotary annual peach sale

The Breakfast Rotary annual peach sale has pick up locations in the Boys & Girls Club Thrift Store or K-Mart parking lots on Friday, Aug. 24, and Saturday, Aug. 25. First come first serve. Sale begins at 10 a.m. Need more information? Call Kathy at 847-7459 or 847-4951.

DL school registration

All families new to Detroit Lakes School District may go to the school in your area to register your children for school. Grades 1-12 begin Sept. 4, and kindergarten begins Sept. 6.

Snellman Days

Snellman Days is Sept. 1-3 and includes flea market, bakery stand, karaoke, hot dog eating contest, Bingo, watermelon eating contest, classic vehicle show and much more.

Tamarac photo contest

Sept. 14 is the deadline for the Tamarac Wildlife Refuge photo contest. Entries may be submitted by mailing to Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge at 35704 County Hwy 26, Rochert, MN or by dropping them off at the headquarters office. Entries may also be dropped off at the Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit or contact the refuge at 218-847-2641 ext 16.

Beth Moore Bible study

Author and teacher Beth Moore will be viewed live via simulcast joined by worship leader Travis Cottrell on Sept. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Community Alliance Church. Admission: Before Aug. 27, tickets are $15; buy one, get one free. Aug. 27-Sept. 14, tickets $20; buy one, get one free. At the door, tickets are $20 each.

Defensive driving course

Defensive driving 4-hr classes are being offered Aug. 30 from 5-9 and Sept. 6 from 1-5. An 8-hr full class will be offered Sept. 5 & 6 from 1-5 p.m. in the United Community Insurance Agency, Perham. They are open to anyone wanting to maintain their 10 percent insurance discount. Call Denise Lillis at 218-346-3336 or e-mail for costs, registration or more information on additional dates.


The Fair Hills Resort's Hootenanny is every Tuesday. A smorgasbord dinner is from 5:30 to 7 p.m., followed by the show at 8:15. For more information, visit

Ladies Tuesday golf league

Every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., a ladies 9-hole golf league meets at the DL Lakeview Golf Course. Call the golf course at 847-8942 Tuesday afternoons to be included in a foursome. Email for more information.

Plant, Pest Clinics

Horticulture question? Ask one of the Becker County Master Gardeners during their Plant and Pest Clinics from 9 a.m. to noon on Aug. 20, 24, 27 and 31 in the Becker County Extension Office, 1120 8th SE, Detroit Lakes, or call (218) 846-7328 (Extension 7105).

Lakes Area Farmers


The Lakes Area Farmer's Market is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., located in Peoples Park behind Zorbaz. There are many items including artisan breads, baked goods, fresh produce, meats, jams, honey, maple syrup and handcrafted items.

DL Farmers Market

The Detroit Lakes Farmers Market, located in the Boys & Girls Club Thrift Store parking lot, is open Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Tuesdays from 2-6:30 p.m. Contact info: 218-334-5307.

Lake Park swimming pool

Lake Park Pool swimming lessons are July 30-Aug. 10. Visit for more info.

Richwood Farmers Market

The Richwood Farmers Market is open from 3 to 7 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information or to be a vendor (local farmers, artisans, crafters or food vendors), call 847-7188 or 849-7459.

TOPS meeting

Minnesota TOPS Chapter 1251 meets every Tuesday in the Lake Park Lutheran Church, using the West church entrance to the basement. Effective April 3, weigh-ins start at 4 p.m., the meeting starts at 4:15 p.m. For more information, call Marion at 218-532-2883.

Foster homes needed

Foster homes are needed. If you or someone you know can help, please call Becker County Children and Family Services 218-847-5628 and ask for Intake. You can make a difference in a child's life.