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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, Aug. 13

Genealogical society

Heart O’Lakes Genealogical Society meets the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Becker County Museum, Detroit Lakes. The speaker this month will be Ruth Rondeau who will speak on how to clean gravestones and various techniques to read the stones. It is open to the public. Anyone who is interested in researching their family history is invited to attend.

First Baptist Church Corn Feed

Detroit Lakes First Baptist Church will be hosting a corn feed form 5-7 p.m. Dinner includes hot dogs, hamburgers, beans, salad and more. There will also be singing, games for kids and wagon rides. For more information, contact the church at 218-847-4571.

NARFE meeting

Detroit Lakes NARFE (National Active & Retired Federal Employees) Chapter 1842 meets at noon in the Ice Cutter Room at Holiday Inn, Detroit Lakes. Colin Peterson’s aide, Sharon Josephson, will speak on current events in Washington, D. C. The business meeting will follow at 1 p.m. All current and retired federal employees and spouses are encouraged to attend.

Christian Women’s Club

The Detroit Lakes Christian Women’s Club presents Blessings of the Harvest from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the American Legion. Lunch cost is $5. Make reservations by Monday to Norma at 846-1977 or Ruth at 847-5507.

Wild Wednesday

Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge hosts Wild Wednesday at 10 a.m. Explore the world of nature with your child or grandchild during this hour long adventure geared for 3-7 year olds. Meet at the Chippewa Picnic Area (located 2 miles east the visitor center on Cty Hwy 26).

Thursday, Aug. 14

Wildlife Excursion

Explore the Tamarac National Wildlife 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’s Center at 10 a.m.

Becker County


The August meeting for the Becker County Republicans will be held at 7 p.m. in Detroit Lakes City Hall.

P.E.O Meeting

The Chapter FG of the Philanthropic Education Organization will be meeting at 7 p.m. at the home of Gothe Jensvold with Nancy Kramer and Sue Boyle serving. The program will be presented by Joyce Armstrong. For more information email Sue Boyle at

Saturday, Aug. 16

Cormorant Daze

The 4th Annual Cormorant Daze hosts a variety of events beginning with a coffee and sweet roll breakfast at the Cormorant Store at 7 a.m. Other events to be held throughout the day include a 5k run/walk hosted by Cormorant Lutheran Church, a craft show and flea market, Little Miss Sunshine pageant and horse drawn wagon rides. The Roosters will be performing at 3 p.m. in the Cormorant Pub parking lot, and Redline will play at the Roadhouse beginning at 9 p.m. More information, including a full schedule of events can be found on the Cormorant Village Facebook page.

Square dance demo

A Square Dance Demo at Cormorant Days is from 1–3 p.m. in the Cormorant Community Center. Larry Johansen is caller and Donna Stone is cuer.

Peek at Prairie


Take a Peek at Prairie Wildflowers at Tamarac Wildlife Refuge at 10 a.m. This hike will take us through prairie plant communities that harbor many species more typical of the Dakotas. We will also see a young patch of jack pine that are successfully regenerating when many are floundering across Minnesota. Field guides, hand-outs and hand-lenses will be provided. Bring water, cameras and sun-screen for this two hour trek. Meet at the visitor center to carpool a short distance to hiking site.

Sunday, Aug. 17

Shoreham Chapel

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

Atlanta Church Reunion


“Come Home to Atlanta” worship service, rural Ulen, is at noon with Pr. Jill Steichen leading communion worship. A short business meeting is at 11:30 a.m. for those interested. A fellowship potluck dinner follows worship. Tableware and beverages will be provided. Please bring a dish to pass if you are able. This year, Atlanta Church is 136 years old.

Cal Miller Memorial

Bike Race

The 19th annual Cal Miller Memorial Bike Race begins at 9 a.m. The 36-mile USA Cycling-certified race will begin at the Zorbaz located 1.5 miles north of Perham on Hwy. 51. Proceeds from the race will go to Missy Erickson, Alexandria, who is currently training to ride in the 2016 Olympics. Registration forms can be found online at, and for more information contact Pat Puetz at 218-334-8441.

Bugs and Creepy Crawlers

Tamarac Wildlife Refuge hosts Bugs and Creepy Crawlers: Adventures in Insect Sweeping at 2 p.m. Insects are part of a healthy ecosystem on the refuge. We’ll explore their habitat as we work the meadows with sweep nets. After collecting, we’ll view these critters up close with magnifiers and identify a few species. Meet at the visitor center for this family fun adventure.

Color Guard breakfast

The Lake Region Veterans Color Guard hosts a pancake/French toast fundraiser breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon in the DL Legion Club. Donation of $6.50 would be appreciated.

Monday, Aug. 18

Bikeable Community


A free “Bikeable Communities Workshop” is held at the Detroit Lakes City Hall and is designed for professionals who affect and impact planning and implementing facilities for bicycling in communities. Target audiences include engineers, law enforcement, planners, public health practitioners, school administrators, elected officials and advocates. The Workshop starts at City Hall at 9 a.m. and includes a free healthy lunch and a bicycle ride. Bring your own bicycle and helmet. Attendees must register in advance at

Tuesday, Aug. 19

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.

Pork roast

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Audubon, hosts its annual pork roast is from 4-7 p.m. It is a freewill offering.

Bridge Tournament

The Detroit Country Club Women’s Bridge Association will be hosting their annual tournament. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. To make a reservation to play, contact Jan Becklund at 218-532-2036.

Frazee Old-Time Dance

Come to the White Pine Room in Frazee for an old-time dance from 1-4 p.m. Cost is $5 per person, and music will be provided by Albert Mikesh. There will also be a potluck supper hosted after the dance.

‘Make the Lake’ Run

The Detroit Lakes cross country team hosts the annual “Make the Lake” running event, beginning at 9 a.m. near the Pavilion. Cross country runners will make a loop around Big and Little Detroit Lakes. All are invited to run, and the event is free of charge.

Women’s Bowling


The DL Women’s Bowling Association Fall annual meeting is in the American Legion. The secretary’s workshop begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the association meeting at 7. For questions or further information, please contact Deb Krogsgaard at 218-846-0982.

Wednesday, Aug. 20

Larry’s Plus dance

Larry’s Plus Square Dance is 7–9 p.m. in the IOOF Hall, 118 W Holmes St., Detroit Lakes. Larry Johansen is caller.


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

Wolf Lake Harvest Festival

This year’s Wolf Lake Harvest Festival will be held Aug. 15-17. Events for the festival include a Miss, Jr. Miss and Little Miss pageant on Friday, Aug. 15. Saturday includes a parade at 2 p.m., mud run, kids games and a street dance. Events continue Sunday with a horseshoe tournament and community barbeque. A full schedule of events can be found at

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 Purple Pan Steel Drum Band, Aug. 5; Ulen Centennial Band, Aug. 12; Doc & The Scrubs, Aug. 19; Lakes Area Community Concert Band, Aug. 26.

New Student Registration

Beginning August 18, families new to the Detroit Lakes School District may go to the school in their area to register new students. School for grades 1-12 begins on Sept. 2, kindergarten classes begin Sept. 4.

DLHS Class of 1994

The Detroit Lakes High School class of 1994 will be hosting their 20 year class reunion on Aug. 15-16. Friday, Aug. 15, there will be a social at the Detroit Lakes Zorbaz at 8 p.m. There will also be a gathering Saturday evening at the Shorewood Pub, with a cost of $15 per person. For more information, contact LeeAnn McDougall at 218-849-2829.

DLHS Class of 1949

The Detroit Lakes High School Class of 1949 hosts their 65th class reunion on Sept. 13 at 5 p.m. Organizers are still looking for contact information for Donald Larson, Marvin Johnson and Noel Gunderson. Contact Louanne Gerdes at 847-8986 for more info.

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.

Sports physicals

Essentia Health St. Mary’s Detroit Lakes Clinic hosts sports physicals. Essentia Health staff will be on hand specifically to see student athletes and fulfill the requirements for sports physicals on Aug. 6 from 1-4:30 p.m., Aug. 7 from 8-11:30 a.m. and Aug. 12 from 1-4:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary. For those unable to attend at these times, sports physicals can be scheduled with any pediatrician or Family Medicine provider at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Detroit Lakes Clinic by calling 847-5611.

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.

Plant, pest clinics

The Becker County Master Gardeners host plant and pest clinics Aug. 15, 18, 22, 25 and 29 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.

Detroit Lakes 50th Class Reunion

The Detroit Lakes Senior High class of 1964 will hold its 50th class reunion on Sept. 12-13. In the evening on Friday, Sept. 12, a 1960s car show will be held at Burnside’s Charhouse and Bar. There will also be a gathering Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Fireside Restaurant. For more information on the reunion, contact Rich Grabow at 847-3590 or Kathie Schaffler for a registration form at