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There’s plenty to do this weekend

Ice or no ice, Minnesota’s traditional opener for walleye and northern pike fishing will go on as scheduled this Saturday, May 11.

But many anglers, deprived of their favorite fishing haunts by a much-later-than-average ice out, may be looking for alternative forms of entertainment this weekend — and there’s no shortage of things to do for non-fishing fans either.

  • On Saturday morning, the third annual Simply Pink Truly Teal 5K Run/Walk for breast and ovarian cancer awareness gets underway at 9 a.m. in the Detroit Lakes City Park.
    • Event co-founders Jessica Peterson and Jenny Lessman are expecting up to 400 participants in this year’s event.
    • Those interested in participating in the event can show up to register either Friday, May 10, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. or the morning of the race from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
    • The cost is $25; all participants will receive a Simply Pink Truly Teal fleece blanket and refreshments after the race.
    • The event is being timed by Pickle Events for awards that will be handed out in different categories, as well as overall awards.
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  • Also on Saturday morning, Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Frazee is hosting a special “Hats Off to Moms” salad luncheon for mothers and daughters, starting at noon. Tickets are $8, and can be purchased by calling Pat at 218-334-2866. Attendees are encouraged to wear a favorite hat, old or new.
  • From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, the Lakes Country Woodcarvers will be meeting for a carving session at the Washington Square Mall, in the storefront next to White Drug. Anyone with an interest in wood carving is welcome to stop in and visit.
  • Saturday afternoon, the Sucker Creek Outlaws will host their monthly “Cowboy Action Shoot” at 1 p.m. at the Becker County Sportsman’s Club. Call 218-847-3644 o4 849-8803 for more information.
  • The Becker County Museum in Detroit Lakes is hosting not just one, but two traveling exhibits this month.
    • “Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites,” will be in the museum’s main exhibit gallery through May 26, courtesy of the Minnesota Children’s Museum.
    • This exhibit offers children the opportunity to explore interactive displays based on such favorite kids’ stories as “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” “Where’s Spot?” and “The Snowy Day.”
    • Meanwhile, in the museum’s lower level, “Minnesota Disasters” will be open through June 9, courtesy of the Minnesota History Center’s Traveling Exhibits Program.
    • This exhibit explores the experiences of Minnesotans who lived through some of the state’s greatest natural and man-made disasters.
    • The Becker County Museum, located at 714 Summit Ave., is open daily, Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 218-847-2938 for more information.
  • Over at the Best Western Premier Lodge on Lake Detroit, there will be a special Mother’s Day Weekend Wine-Tasting Dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by a Live at the Lodge concert from Kathie Brekke and the 42nd Street Jazz Band from 7 to 10 p.m.  Advance reservations for the dinner are required; call 218-847-8439 for more information. The concert is free and open to the public as well as Lodge guests. The Lodge is located at 1200 East Shore Drive.
  • Also on Saturday night, the Holiday Inn Beach Bar & Grill is hosting live music by Skyline starting at 9:30 p.m. Call 218-847-2121 for more information.
  • On Mother’s Day (which is Sunday just in case you didn’t know), most area restaurants and cafés will be serving up special brunches and dinners in honor of good ol’ Mom — but if you’re looking to work up a little bit of an appetite first, head on over to Toad Mountain Ranch in rural Osage for a special Mother’s Day Trail Ride.  From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., guests will ride to the top of Toad Mountain, explore trails and play games on horseback. The ride is open to anyone age 8 and up. Call 701-261-1305 for more information; space is limited, so make reservations as early as possible.
  • Also on Sunday afternoon, the David-Donehower Funeral Home will be hosting a special Mother’s Day dove release at 1:30 p.m., as a tribute to the special women in our lives who are no longer with us.  The event is free and open to the public, but those who would like to participate in the release are asked to call 218-847-4147 to reserve a dove. The funeral home is located at 609 U.S. Highway 10 East in Detroit Lakes.

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Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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