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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

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.

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 the refuge on this two hour adventure. Meet at the visitor center.

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 Lakes

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.

Early Birding Tour

Tamarac Wildlife Refuge hosts an Early Birding Tour at 8:30 a.m. Here’s another chance to experience the refuge with seasoned birder, Judy Bell. Learn to identify 20 species while visiting various habitats on the refuge. Binoculars and guide books will be provided. Meet at the visitor center.

Sucker Creek Outlaws

Sucker Creek Outlaws hold their monthly shoot beginning at noon with registration, and the match begins at 1 p.m. at the Becker Sportmans Club. All spectators and anyone are welcome. Any questions, call Les at 218-346-0532.

Sunday, July 13

Shoreham Chapel

The Historic Shoreham Chapel, located across from the Hotel Shoreham, starts at 10:45 a.m. each Sunday. Music is by the Praise Singers from Cormorant. The Rev. Tim Cook will be officiating.

Ham dinner

Immanuel Lutheran Church of Shell Lake hosts a ham dinner at noon. Services are at 11 a.m. It is a freewill offering. There will be a quilt raffle, silent pie auction and ice cream bar.

Bears movie

Tamarac Wildlife Refuge presents the movie Bears at 2 p.m. Discover the world of bears and experience a fascinating encounter with one of nature’s most inspiring and misunderstood creatures. Stay for the Bear Essentials program. Learn how a black bear’s lifestyle changes through the seasons.

Kohler birthday party

A birthday party for Mildred Kohler, 102, is from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Winchester Apartments’ dining room. A short program is at 4.

Monday, July 14

PEO Chapter DQ

Chapter DQ, P.E.O. meets at 1 p.m. in The Madison. Betsy Norby, Gail Grabow, Gerry Langemo and Mary Schutz are hostesses. Margaret Gunderson will present the program, “Back to Nature.”

Tuesday, July 15

Lions Club

The Detroit Lakes Lions Club meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in Holiday Inn. For more information, contact Gerald Johnson at 847-3923.

Overeaters Anonymous

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

Midwest Minn. Harness Club

The Midwest Minnesota Harness Club meets the third Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes American Legion.

Old Time Variety Dance

An old time variety dance is from 1-4 p.m. in the Frazee White Pine Room. There will be a potluck after the dance. Music is by Cathy Erickson.

Tuesday, July 15

Larry’s Plus dance

Larry’s Plus square dance is from 7–9 p.m. in the IOOF Hall, Detroit Lakes. Caller is Larry Johansen.

Women’s Bridge

The Detroit Country Club Women’s Bridge Association meets at 11:30 a.m. Please make reservations by noon on Monday by calling either Lorraine Welle at 847-5090 or Gretchen Marquart at 532-2151.


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

Red Cross swimming


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.

Crafters welcome

Crafters, cardmakers and scrapbookers are invited to meet every Tuesday throughout the summer from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Senior Citizens Center, located in the DLCCC. Bring a project you’re working on or start a new one there. This gathering is for adults. For more information, call 844-7723 or 847-5823.

Tuesdays in the Park

Habitat for Humanity serves burger, hot dogs and brats each Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. before the concerts. Funds will assist in providing affordable housing for needy families. Tuesdays in the Park concerts begin at 7 p.m. Bring a lawn chair. Performers include Doc & The Scrubs, July 15; Sheri Breznay, July 22; Mark Fogelson, July 29; Purple Pan Steel Drum Band, Aug. 5; Ulen Centennial Band, Aug. 12; Doc & The Scrubs, Aug. 19; Lakes Area Community Concert Band, Aug. 26.

Jasper’s Theater

celebrates 10 seasons

Jasper’s Theater, Park Rapids, is celebrating its’ 10th season of bringing its’ own unique brand of family entertainment to this region. The theater provides a 2-hour music, magic, comedy and dance variety show featuring four generations of one family, as well as some of the finest entertainers in the region. Jack Sand, Auntie Kreamsaugen, Harley Sommerfeld, Kent Karch, Kathie, Shawn and Dan Brekke bring over 50 years of combined experience to the stage. Visit for more information, and call 218-255-1333 for reservations.

Plant, pest clinics

The Becker County Master Gardeners host plant and pest clinics July 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Becker County Extension Office, 1120 8th SE, Detroit Lakes. For more information, call (218) 846-7328 (extension 7105).

Ladies golf league

Ladies Tuesday Lakeview Golf League meets every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Lakeview Course May-August. Call Lakeview Course at 847-8942 on Tuesdays to be included in a foursome. For more information, email, or call Ginny Imholte at 847-4236 or Mary Frigstad at 846-3166.

Trap shooting

Trap shooting at Osage Sportsmans Club is available Tuesday and Thursday evenings, starting at 5 p.m. To get to the range, from Hwy 34 in Osage, turn north on County 48, 1.3 miles on the left side. For more information, go to or find them on Facebook at Club or call Doug Geise at 218-573-3090.

Faith Christian


Faith Christian School in Detroit Lakes is now enrolling for grades K-5th for the 2014/2015 school year. Call Anita Thorson at 847-7375 for more information.

Kidsfirst Preschool

Kidsfirst Preschool at First Lutheran Church is taking registrations for their summer preschool session. Please call Beth at 847-5656 for more information.

Prairie Fire Children’s

Theatre Play

Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre is back this year to help put on “Peter Pan.” Youth ages 7-18 are invited to join Lake Park-Audubon Community Ed this summer for a trip to Neverland with a twist. Practice is Aug. 18-23, and auditions take place on the first day and everyone gets a part. Participants should bring a water bottle and snack each day to practice. There will be two public performances. Fee is $58. Contact LPA Community Ed. at 218-238-5914 ext. 2091 to register.

Cancer support group

Essentia Health St. Mary’s Cancer Support Group meets the 4th Wednesday of the month at 5 pm. Please meet at the fireplace in the Clinic Lobby. The cancer support group is open to anyone who is affected by cancer — patients, survivors, family, friends or caregivers. For additional information, contact Jennifer Frank at 218-847-0880.


support group

A Breastfeeding Support Group is Tuesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. in St. Mary’s Essentia Health conference rooms A & B. Women and children only. Please call the OB floor for more information or to sign up at 847-0804.