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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 24

Paws or Claws?

The Detroit Lakes Library hosts Paws or Claws? ‘A La Carte’ at 2 p.m. The Z Puppets Rosenschnoz will be in Detroit Lakes with ‘A La Carte: In a Fool’s Kitchen,’ featuring a comic battle between a French Chef and a Wiley Lobster set to live accordion music. Don’t miss this special SRP event.

Wayne Nelson Hidden Talent Show

The 11th Annual Wayne Nelson Hidden Talent Show begins at 7 p.m. in the Cormorant Community Center. Talent from around the greater Pelican and Cormorant lakes area will be performing to give the audience “heaps of entertainment, great fun and good laughs.” This is home-grown talent — young and old. Following the program, ice cream will be served.  Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Cormorant Pub or Cormorant Bottle Shop.  They can also be reserved by calling Carolyn Nelson at 701-388-4877.

Callaway School staff reunion

The Callaway School all staff reunion begins at 4 p.m. at Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes. Spread the word. Call Yvonne at 218-234-1757 for more info.

Wildlife Excursion

Tamarac Wildlife Refuge hosts a Wildlife Excursion (offered every Thursday through August) 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 25

Steak fry

The 1st Zinger Squadron hosts a steak fry fundraiser beginning at 5 p.m. until gone in the DL American Legion. Cost is $11.

Washington School breakfast

The annual Washington School Breakfast is at 9 a.m. in the Detroit Lakes Holiday Inn. All former employees of Washington  School are invited to attend.

Saturday, July 26

Pine Point Music Fest

Pine Point Music Fest, encouraging violence protection throughout the community, features music by Sonny Johnson, The Torn Roses, Raymond Darkcloud, Stewartville Band, Red Cedar Lake Band and Hanks Family Band, beginning at 11 a.m. at the powwow grounds in Pine Point. Admission is freewill donation. Bring a chair.

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.

History hike through Frazee

Join the Laurentian Lakes Chapter for a history hike in Frazee on the North Country Trail through town.  Participants meet at 8 a.m. in the Lions Club Park to explore the past of this thriving community and hear about its selection as a “Trail Town.” The North Country Trail has now been signed through town and we’ll be walking a few blocks from Lions Club Park to the city rescue building.

Wind & Fire motorcycle run

The Agassiz Chapter of Wind & Fire MC hosts a bike run. The run begins with registration at 11:30 a.m. and kickstands up at 1 p.m. from the DL American Legion. Riders pay $20, and passengers are $10. Ride through lakes country, with a couple of stops, and return to the Legion for a meal and some fun and door prizes. Proceeds will be used to help sponsor the Minnesota Family Children’s Burn Camp, a summer camp for children who have been burned in a fire.

Nature Photo Adventure

Tamarac Wildlife Refuge hosts a Nature Photo Adventure at 10 a.m. Capture the beauty of nature as we explore the refuge. You’ll become inspired as we take you to some scenic and perhaps lesser known areas of the refuge. You never know what may be around the bend.  Bring a snack and water for this 2 hour photo shoot. Meet at the visitor center.

Sunday, July 27

Outdoor service

Lund Lutheran Church hosts an outdoor service at 9 a.m. The church is 9 miles north on Richwood Road. Special music is by Dan and Marilee Ottoson.

Beavers movie

Tamarac Wildlife Refuge presents the movie “Beavers: The Biggest Dam Movie You Ever Saw” at 2 p.m. Take an intimate swim with beavers and experience the rich aquatic habitat of one of nature’s greatest engineers. Our most popular movie!  38 min. Following the movie, join us for a fun Beaver Adaptations activity, view video from our beaver cam and visit a beaver lodge.

Monday, July 28

Social Security pre-retirement session

The Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce and Mahube–Otwa Community Action Partnership, Inc. host a free, public Social Security pre-retirement session at 3 p.m. in the DL Library. Space is limited so those wanting to attend should contact the Chamber at (218) 847-9202. Topics will include Social Security programs, creating your own SS account, your FRA and why you should care, how is your SSA retirement amount determined and much more. Audience participation is encouraged.

Tuesday, July 29

Candidate forum

The League of Women Voters, in partnership with the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce, host a candidate forum at 7 p.m. in the DL Library for the Becker County auditor-treasurer and recorder positions. Sharon Sinclair will moderate. Some questions will be answered by all, other questions will be specific to the office sought. This forum is being held because both offices are contested for the primary election on Aug. 12.


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

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 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.

DLHS Class of 1974

The Detroit Lakes High School Class of 1974 hosts their 40th reunion on Aug. 30. Organizers are still looking for several classmates: Linda Carlson, Susan Freeman, David Hayes, Cheryl Hendrickson, Sandy Joy, Terry Kusserow, Mark Lundeen, Judy Matzke, Harlan Miller, John Mitchell, Thomas Murphy, Jeannie Murray, Karen Nelson-Herman, James S. Olson, Barb Oien, Jackie Peterson, Mary (Teri) Schafer, Laura St. Claire, Debbie Stanhope, Kent Whitcomb, Sheryl White, Sue Zirbel and Cheryl Zurn. Contact Barb at 218-234-7658 or with address information or to get more details.

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.  

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 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 or call Doug Geise at 218-573-3090.

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.

L.A. Moms group

L.A. (Lakes Area) Moms is designed to nurture every mother. At our L.A. Moms group, you will have a chance to socialize with other moms, hear some great teaching, have discussion time and participate in creative activities. L.A. Moms is held the first and third Wednesday of each month throughout the school year from 9-11 a.m. at the Lakes Area Vineyard Church in Detroit Lakes. For more info, call 218-846-1199.

TOPS Chapter 1251

TOPS Chapter 1251, Lake Park, meets Tuesdays starting with the weigh-in at 4 p.m. in the Lake Park Lutheran Church basement room. Please use the West entrance and take the basement stairs. New members are always welcome. Call 218-532-2883 for more information.

TOPS Chapter 30

Minnesota TOPS Chapter 30 meets Mondays from 4 to 5 p.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church choir room.

TOPS Chapter 910

Take Off Pounds Sensibly members help each other stay on track to their weight loss goal. No diets, no food to buy and no workouts to follow. Visitors and new members are always welcome. TOPS chapter 910 meets every Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church, DL. For more information, contact Marlys at 847-6331 or Pam at 847-5760 or Yearly fee is $28.