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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

Wednesday, May 14

M State graduation

Commencement ceremonies for students at Minnesota State Community and Technical College Detroit Lakes is at 7 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes High School. The student speaker is Riana Kaul, who is graduating with an AAS degree in Civil Engineering Technology. The commencement address will be given by Dr. Eric Wilkins, an instructor in the Computer Network Security program and Phi Theta Kappa honor society advisor.

Thursday, May 15

Alpha Theta Chapter

The Alpha Theta Chapter meeting of Alpha Delta Kappa begins with a social at 5 p.m. in the Holiday Inn. Dinner will be at 5:30 p.m., followed by the chapter meeting and Installation of Officers for 2014-2016.

Friday, May 16

Spring salad luncheon

The DL Congregational United Church of Christ hosts a spring salad luncheon fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, Holmes Street entrance.

Country Twirlers

A Country Twirlers square dance is from 7:30-10 p.m. in the IOOF Hall, 118 W Holmes St, Detroit Lakes. Royce Nelson is the caller.

Saturday, May 17

Get ready for safe summer

Bring your bike and join Chief Jay Nelson from the Lake Park Police Department for a morning of bike safety information. It is from 10 a.m. to noon in the Lake Park Audubon High School parking lot. Cost is $5 per child. Weather permitting. Contact Lake Park Audubon Community Ed at 218-238-5914 ext. 2091 or email at to register.

Smelt fry

Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Snellman, hosts an all you can eat smelt fry from 4 to 8 p.m. Adults are $10, ages 6-11 are $5 and 5 and under are free.

Laurentian hike

Join the Laurentian Lakes Chapter of the North Country Trail for a guided 5-mile nature hike in Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge from Blackbird Wildlife Drive to the 400th Ave. trailhead looking for wildflowers and other signs of spring. Bring your water and a snack. Long pants and sturdy foot gear are recommended. Meet at the 400th Ave. trailhead at 9 a.m. Shuttles will be provided to the start of the hike. For more information, call 218-847-1929 or email

Hit, Pitch and Run

The DL Jaycees hosts a Hit, Pitch and Run event beginning with registration at 9:30 a.m., followed by the event at 10 at Snappy Field, Detroit Lakes. This is from boys and girls ages 7-14. Participants must bring a birth certificate. Contact Mike Evans at 320-267-3222 or Jenni Seelye at 218-779-9910 for more information or visit for more info.

Cowboy Action Shooting

The Sucker Creek Outlaws hosts a new shooters seminar at the Becker County Sportsman’s Club, beginning at noon. Come give it a try. For more information, call Les at 218-396-0532 or Lee at 218-849-8803.

Sunday, May 18

Color Guard breakfast

The Lake Region Veterans Color Guard fundraiser pancake/French toast breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon in the DL Legion Club. Suggested donation is $6.50.

Syttende Mai Smorgasbord

The Syttende Mai Smorgasbord is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Solem Lutheran Church, Hawley. Adults are $11, ages 6-12 are $4 and preschool are free. Everyone is welcome.

Tamarac movie

Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge hosts the movie “Extraordinary Birds” at 2 p.m. in the visitor center. Stunning nature photography takes flight to capture the wondrous behavior of birds. Follow a falcon in a hunt for prey, a tiny hummingbird who commutes 5000 miles and an owl who makes its living in a barnyard. 50 minutes. Celebrate birds during this Festival of Birds weekend.


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

Youth ATV safety training class

Woods-n-Wheels ATV Club hosts a youth ATV safety training class May 17 in Detroit Lakes. Sign up is May 8 at 6 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes VFW or by calling 218-847-4868.

Miss Northwest candidates

The Miss Northwest Pageant Committee is looking for Miss Northwest Outstanding Teen contestants ages 13-16 and Miss contestants ages 17-23. The pageant will be July 11, and application closing date is June 20. The Miss Northwest pageant is affiliated with the Miss America franchise. For more information, contact Cindy Moore at 218-334-2321.

Church rummage sale

St. John’s Lutheran Church, Vergas, hosts a rummage sale Friday, May 16, from 4-7 p.m. and Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Senior driver safety class

A 4-hr refresher Senior Driver Safety Class is May 22 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. in United Community Bank 301 West Main, Perham. Cost is $13. To register, call Denise Lillis at 218-346-3336.

Twine rug class

Do you like the look of homemade rugs? Don’t like to let anything go to waste? Try the twine rug class through Lake Park-Audubon Community Ed. Turn old jeans, t-shirts, bed sheets, towels or virtually any material into beautiful rugs. Prep work is required prior to each class, which is held in the LPA elementary lunchroom. Please bring scissors, needle and thread to class, Thursday, May 15 and 22, from 6-8 p.m. Class fee is $25. To register, call LPA Community Ed at 218-238-5914 ext. 2091 or email