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Come throw a rock during curling open house Monday

Ed Clem and Blake Murphy sweep the ice in front of a rock at the Lake Curling Club during Thursday night league competition. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham1 / 2
The Lakes Curling Club in Detroit Lakes is hosting an open house Monday, Feb. 17, to get Olympic spectators involved in the sport of curling. The open house is free to the public and club members will be on hand to answer questions, give demonstrations and help people give curling a try. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham2 / 2

The Winter Olympics come around every four years and that’s when Minnesotans get to watch some of their own compete on the Olympic ice.

The television coverage generates interest in lesser-known Olympic sports, like curling.

The Lakes Curling Club is offering an Olympic open house Monday, Feb. 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the club on Highway 59 North. Club members will be demonstrating, answering questions and giving guidance on the sport of curling.

“It’s a sport really anybody can do from age 5 until you’re in the ground,” said club board member Ron Sprafka. “It is a lot of fun. You can come out, hang out with a group of friends, play a game, have a little competition, have a beer or two. It’s just a good time.”

Many of the slots on the U.S. Olympic curling team are held by Minnesotans, which gets locals interested in the sport.

“We just want to get people out and give them a chance to see the sport in action and to actually play it a little bit just to get the feel for it,” Sprafka said.

The Lakes Curling Club has league play Monday through Thursday, with both mixed and men’s leagues starting in late November and continuing until March. Sprafka said he would love to see a women’s league started at the club or even just an all-women team.

“You go to Canada, and at least 40 percent of their clubs are women,” Sprafka said. “We’d love to see more women curling.

We just want to bring anybody that’s either never heard of (curling) or barely seen it to come out to give it a shot and try their hand at it.”

Lakes Curling Club is located north of Detroit Lakes across Highway 59 from the Oak Grove Cemetery behind Minnkota Recycling. The open house is free to the public, equipment will be provided and hot dogs and brats will be served.