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Even if you're not a born-and-bred Minnesotan, chances are you've heard of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA), a 1.1 million-acre expanse of protected wilderness located within the Superior National Forest in northeast Minnesota. It's a haven for nature lovers and outdoor recreation enthusiasts to enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, backpacking, dog sledding, boating and of course, canoeing — not to mention simply basking in its beauty.
Since the 2016 inaugural event was a solid success, Detroit Lakes' ULTRA Snowmobile Club will be bringing its vintage sleds out of storage this week for the 2nd Annual Summer Snowmobile Campout, Show & Swap Meet. Set to take place Friday through Sunday, June 16-18, at the Shorewood Pub & Campground (1743 Long Bridge Road, Detroit Lakes), the event is intended to be a summer get-together for snowmobiling enthusiasts as well as a fundraiser for the club, says ULTRA member Wayne Schlauderaff. "People can come camp out on Friday, starting at noon, and stay until Sunday morning if they'd like,"
Hunters and trap shooting enthusiasts, take note: The Becker County Sportsman's Club will be hosting a Fun Shoot this Saturday, June 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Not only will you be able to enjoy shooting opportunities limited only by the number and variety of guns and ammunition you bring, but you can help raise funds for the local Patriot Assistance Dogs (PAD) program, which helps pair military veterans suffering from a variety of combat-related mental disorders with service dogs trained to assist them.
TeacHaiti, the Detroit Lakes-based philanthropic education organization that was started 10 years ago by native Haitian Miquette Denie McMahon, is thriving. Since its inception in 2007, TeacHaiti has grown from providing annual tuition and supplies for a handful of Haiti's children to go to school, to supporting more than 400 students from preschool through college age, and operating two schools of its own.
Every year, the Becker County Relay for Life raises thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society, while celebrating those who have successfully battled cancer, remembering loved ones lost to the disease, and supporting ACS's ongoing efforts to finish the fight against cancer once and for all. This past Thursday, 16 registered teams came together at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion for the Relay, and by night's end, had raised over $40,000 for cancer research, education and support of those living with the disease (final totals were not available when this story went to press).
Using yogurt instead of sour cream. Serve chicken that's been roasted or grilled instead of frying it, and use cornflakes to give it that crispy, satisfying crunch. These are just a few of the healthy cooking alternatives that University of Minnesota Extension nutritionist Donna Anderson gave to parents as part of a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Education class hosted by Detroit Lakes' Zion Lutheran Church last Thursday evening.
It's official: The lazy, hazy days of summer have arrived in the lakes area — and there's no shortage of ways to celebrate that fact this weekend. From the White Earth Pow Wow to Waubun's Earth Rhythms Music & Arts Festival, Hawley's Rodeo Fest, Holy Rosary Church's Spring Salad Luncheon, Humane Society of the Lakes' Sisters & Whiskers fundraiser, and introductory classes on fishing and mountain bike riding, not to mention live music at the Holiday Inn, Zorbaz and Richwood Winery, there's absolutely no excuse for being bored. White Earth Pow Wow
Saying goodbye wasn't the way that any of Chloe Conn's friends, family and classmates expected to start out their summer. As First Lutheran Church Pastor Rachel Simonson pointed out during Tuesday afternoon's balloon launch in Chloe's memory, 14-year-olds should be spending their days dancing and laughing together, enjoying family time at the lake. "Something like this should not be part of your summer plans," she said.
From the late 1800s until the early 1970s, ice harvesting was an inescapable part of life in Detroit Lakes — and now, the Becker County Museum is aiming to create a commemorative book on the subject, just in time for Christmas. "It will make a great holiday gift," says museum director Becky Mitchell. To create the book, the museum's board of directors has commissioned former Detroit Lakes Newspapers editor Pippi Mayfield, who is excited by the project.
Now that the month of May is in the rear view mirror, the sounds of music will once again be heard drifting up through the trees of Detroit Lakes' City Park every Tuesday evening through the end of August. The Holmes Theatre is proud to announce the lineup for its popular summer concert series, which returns to the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell this Tuesday, June 6 for its 14th straight season. "Once again, the Lakes Area Community Concert Band will be kicking things off at 7 p.m. this Tuesday," says Holmes Theatre Executive Director Amy Stoller Stearns.