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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

Sunday, July 6

Legion Auxiliary breakfast

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 15 hosts a pancake/French toast breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 the DL Legion. A suggested donation of $6.50.

Frazee fire department pancake feed

The Frazee Volunteer Fire Department hosts a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the fire hall. It is a freewill donation.

Holy Rosary pancake feed

The Knights of Columbus sponsors a pancake/French toast and sausage breakfast from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Holy Rosary Parish Center.

Kids Day at the Range

Kids Day at the Range, sponsored by the Osage Sportsmens Club, is from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.  Try your hand at rifle, shotgun and archery against a variety of targets. There will be a black powder demonstration. Ages 12-16 must have firearms certificate and parent.  .243 or smaller.  $2 per shooter.  Lunch is available.  For more information, go to or or call Allen Belt at 218-732-0978.

Tamarac movie

Tamarac Wildlife Refuge presents the movie ‘North America; Episode 2: No Place to Hide’ at 2 p.m. A world of extreme storms and unpredictable blizzards, this land tests all those who set foot on it. From bunker building prairie dogs to the fastest land animals on the continent, the fight to survive shapes all who dare call this place home.

Tuesday, July 8

Overeaters Anonymous

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

Sons of Norway

Sons of Norway, Vikingland Lodge No. 495, DL, meets at 4:30 p.m. in the DL City Park for pontoon rides, followed by Habitat for Humanity meal at 6 p.m., potluck dessert at 6:30 (members are to bring a dessert to share) and a brief meeting after dessert. Enjoy the Tuesday’s in the Park concert at 7 p.m. in the bandshell. Bring a chair.

Women’s Bridge

The Detroit Country Club Women’s Bridge Association meets at 11:30 a.m. To make reservations, please call Peggy Jo O’Brien at 847-5552 or Georgia Valley at 714-357-7089 by noon on Monday.

Wednesday, July 9

NARFE potluck

Detroit Lakes NARFE (National Active & Retired Federal Employees) Chapter 1842 holds their annual potluck picnic at noon at Dunton Locks County Park in Detroit Lakes. There will be no business meeting. Brats, buns and sodas are provided by the Chapter. All current and retired Federal employees and spouses are encouraged to attend. Information on the State Convention is on the agenda. If you need directions or have any other questions, please contact Virginia Weston at 218-847-6483.

Christian Women’s Club

The Detroit Lakes Christian Women’s Club presents “Let Freedom Ring” from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Holiday Inn. Lunch cost is $9.25. Make reservations by July 7 to Norma at 846-1977 or Ruth at 847-5507.

Thursday, July 10

Learning about service dogs

The Detroit Lakes Library hosts Working Dogs: Service Dogs at 2 p.m. as part of the kids summer reading program. Linda Weidewitsch, who has trained a number of dogs for specialized work, will bring a dog in training, and speak about the dogs she trains, training techniques, and the future homes for these very special dogs.

Genealogical Society

The Heart O’Lakes Genealogical Society meets the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Becker County Museum. Anyone interested in researching their family history is invited to attend. There will be some time to do research following the meeting. Call the president, Virginia Weston, at 218-847-6483 if you have any questions.

BC Republicans

The Becker County Republicans meet at 7 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes City Hall Meeting room. The Becker County fair is coming up and any help at the BPOU fair booth would be truly welcome.  It isn’t difficult and can be a very eye-opening experience. There will be volunteers needed to help man the campaign headquarters.

Friday, July 11

Talk of the Town

Former Kuwait residents David and Nadine Brown will speak during “Talk of the Town” beginning at 9 a.m. in the Cormorant Community Center. Come and enjoy this free event. Coffee and cookies will be served.

Johnson retirement

The public is invited to a retirement reception from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes Public Library for retiring Library Associate Dotz Johnson. There will be a short presentation at 3:30. Johnson’s last day will be July 11 after 16 years of service to the Detroit Lakes community.

Saturday, July 12

Pre-Harvest 5k fun run

Registration for the Waubun Pre-Harvest 5k Fun Run and Walk begins at 7 a.m., with a start at 8. It is free. Refreshments furnished. Shirts will be available for sale, with proceeds going to a scholarship fund. Call Ray at (218) 734-2230 for more information.

Motorcycle ride

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Detroit Lakes and Perham hosts the annual Ride for the Future motorcycle ride to raise awareness for after school and summer programming. Ride for the Future will begin with registration and check-in at the Detroit Lakes City Park near the Pavilion at 9:30 a.m. Kickstands will go up at 10:30 a.m., and riders will tour a 100-mile scenic route that includes a lunch stop at Zorbaz on Ottertail Lake and a rest stop at the Cormorant Inn. The ride ends at BJ’s Barbecue Shack around 5. The cost of the ride is $20 per bike and $10 per 2-up passenger. For more information and to register online, visit or call Sue Trnka at 218-847-5700, Ext. 4.

Zion kids carwash

Zion Lutheran, Detroit Lakes, confirmation kids host a $5 carwash fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Zion Lutheran Church parking lot. Additional free will offerings accepted. All dollars/donations help support Zion’s Confirmation kids’ activity programs.

AIS volunteer training

Aquatic Invasive Species volunteer training at 10 a.m. in the Becker County Court House. Learn from the Watercraft Inspection Program staff. Sessions must have a minimum of 20 attendees. Please include contact information in your RSVP in case of cancellations. Contact Mike Bolinski at 218-739-7576 ext. 259 or by email at

Rotate the Lake

Water Carnival and Rotary Club pair up for the Rotate the Lake event from 1 to 6 p.m. beginning at the Pavilion. Come bar and grill hop by boat, bike, foot. Stop at various restaurants around Detroit Lake; prizes will be given out at each stop.


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

Church bake sale

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Frazee, hosts a holiday bake sale on July 5 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and on July 6 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. All proceeds are for the repair of the steeple and our beautiful stained glass windows. Everyone is welcome.

Garden Club bus trip

Join the Lake Region Garden Club on an all-day bus trip to Dakota Sun Gardens & Winery in Carrington, N.D., on July 12. Several interesting stops are planned for the day. Cost is $46 with lunch or $35 without. Please contact Janis Schram at 847-6837 by July 7 to sign up. Bring your friends.

Red Cross swimming lessons

Red Cross certified instructor Nancy Jacobson offers Red Cross swimming lessons July 7-11 and 14-18 at the Vergas City Beach on Long Lake. Registration is at 9 a.m. on July 7 at the Vergas Community Center. Lessons will follow registration that same day. Cost is $35 per child. Private lessons are available upon request. For more info, call Nancy at 218-234-0400.

Lake Eunice Evangelical Free Church VBS

Lake Eunice Evangelical Free Church host “Weird Animals” vacation bible school from July 20-24. Kids will learn about some of God’s most creative creations by participating in Bible-learning activities, singing catchy songs, playing teamwork-building games, digging into treats and more. Weird Animals VBS is for kids from ages 6 -13 and will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each day. A pre-school class will be available for ages 4-5. For more information and/or rides, call 218-439-3255.