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Learn about game during Bingo Month

"Bingo Barge Murder" is one of several books about the game available at the Detroit Lakes Library. Submitted Photo

Do you know the history of bingo?

According to Mary Bellis' article "The History of Bingo," the game was invented in Italy in the 16th century, originally called "beano" because beans were used to cover the squares on the cards.

"Beano" found its way to America in 1929, where entrepreneur, Edwin Lowe saw it being played at a carnival.

He heard a player mistakenly shout "bingo!" upon winning, and decided that was the perfect name for the game.

Obviously, "beano/bingo" caught on and became very popular in this country.

Come to your library to see just how entrenched "bingo" has become in our society!

"Bingo Barge Murder," (A Shay O'Hanlon Caper) by Jessie Chandler.

As co-owner of The Rabbit Hole, a quirky-cool Minneapolis coffee shop, Shay O'Hanlon finds life highly caffeinated but far from dangerous.

That is, until her lifelong friend Coop becomes a murder suspect.

The victim was Kinky, Coop's former boss and the unsavory owner of The Bingo Barge, a sleazy gambling boat on the Mississippi. The weapon? Kinky's lucky bronzed bingo marker.

While unearthing clues to absolve Coop, Shay encounters Mafia goons hunting for some extremely valuable nuts.

Looking for the murderer without help from the cops proves risky -- especially with distracting sparks flying between Shay and the beautiful yet fierce Detective Bordeaux.

When Shay's elderly friend and landlady is held for ransom by the mob, all bets are off.

Can Shay find the killer before the stakes get any higher?

"Bingo," by Steve Miller Band.

The Gangster is back. The man some people call Maurice will release his first new recordings in 17 years, BINGO!, in June on his own Space Cowboy Records, in partnership with Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records.

Following his annual summer U.S. tour, in a new show designed by famed Broadway director Rob Roth ("Beauty and the Beast"), Steve Miller will make his first European appearances in more than 25 years this fall, including a triumphant concert at London's Royal Albert Hall.

DL Library Happenings

• Tuesday, Dec. 11: The Beat Goes On -- Minnesota historian Dr. Verlyn Anderson, 10:30 a.m.

Do you say "Uff da?" Do you eat lutefisk? If so, this program is for you!

Dr. Verlyn Anderson, a retired college professor and library director, is an authority on Scandinavians in America.

He'll share a fascinating presentation on Scandinavian immigration to our area.

• Thursday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 15: Storytime at 10:30 a.m.

Library Hours

Regular hours for the Detroit Lakes Library are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It is closed on Sundays.

For more information, please call 218-847-2168 or visit your library at 1000 Washington Ave. Information is also available online at

The Detroit Lakes Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library.