Thursday, September 12

Heart O'Lakes Genealogical Society: The Heart O’Lakes Genealogical Society will hold their regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Becker County Museum, 714 Summit Ave. The postponed talk by member Bonnie Rehder about the website (Minnesota Official Marriage System) will take place at this meeting. The meeting is held at the museum by arrangement with the Becker County Historical Society. In case of inclement weather, there will be a radio announcement cancelling the meeting. You may also call Virginia Weston 218-847-6483 if you have any questions.

Tamarac Wildlife Excursion: Explore the refuge with a knowledgeable guide. Search for wildlife and learn about the cultural and natural history of the refuge. Meet at the Visitor Center at 10 a.m. For more information, contact the refuge at 218-847-2641.

Becker County Republicans: The Becker County Republicans will meet at the Detroit Lakes VFW, 500 Washington Ave., in the downstairs conference room. There will be a "strategy" get-together at 6 p.m., with menu options available for purchase, and the official meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Ecumen Charity Benefit: Ecumen Detroit Lakes will be hosting a charity benefit from 5 to 10 p.m. at Long Bridge Bar, Grill & Marina. Featuring dinner off the Long Bridge menu, music by the Front Fenders, and a raffle. To purchase tickets visit, call 218-847-4486 or email

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Friday, September 13

Fire & Ice: The Essentia HealthSt. Mary’s Foundation is hosting its annual Fire & Ice event at Lakeshirts, 750 Randolph Road, Detroit Lakes, starting at 6 p.m. A night filled with gourmet cuisine, spirit and cocktail sampling along with great conversation and fun awaits. A silent auction and raffles will provide something for everyone including the chance to win a trip for two to Charleston, S.C. with airfare and hotel. Proceeds of this event will benefit the breast health program at Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Detroit Lakes. Tickets are $60 and you can register by calling 218-844-0719 or visit

Square Dancing: The Park Rapids Friendly Squares will host a Square Dance at Century School in Park Rapids, starting at 7:30 p.m. The caller will be Tom Allen; Donna Stone will cue rounds. Schedule is 7:30 p.m. plus, 8-10 p.m. mainstream. Spectators are welcome. For more information contact Karen at 218-252-3853.

Sunday, September 15

Russ Stendal Presentation: Russ Stendal, lifelong missionary to Columbia, South America, will be presenting two programs on his work — including 153 days spent as a hostage of the Marnst guerillas in the jungle. His first presentation will take place at 10:30 a.m. in Christian Fellowship Church, 28048 Meadow Drive, Detroit Lakes, which will be aired live on the Channel 14 public access station and online at, where it will also be archived. He will also be presenting at 3 p.m. in the chapel at Ecumen Emmanuel Nursing Home, and at 7 p.m. in Community Alliance Church. For more information contact Barry Schoder, 972-757-0078.

Wildlife Movie: A free screening of the movie, “The Original Duckumentary,” will take place at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Ducks waddle, glide, dive, dabble and their feathers shimmer with dazzling hues. Take to the skies with a flock of green-winged teal, watch wood ducks raise a family and learn why goldeneyes head north in the winter in this 50 minute film. The Tamarac Visitor Center is 9 miles north of State Highway 34, at the junction of Becker County Highways 26 and 29. For more information, call 218-847-2641.

St. Francis Xavier Fall Dinner: St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Lake Park will host its annual fall chicken dinner from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A dinner of fried chicken, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, salads, desserts and beverages will be served, at a cost of $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12 (those age 5 and under can eat for free). Craft and bake sale items will also be available for purchase. The church is at 2066 2nd St., Lake Park. Call 218-238-6639 for more information.

Beautiful Savior Fall Supper: The congregation of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church will host its annual fall supper from 4 to 7 p.m., including pork loin, real mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, salads and condiments as well as homemade pies for dessert. Admission is a free will offering, taken at the door. The church is at the intersection of County Highway 14 and State Highway 59 just north of Callaway.

Monday, September 16

PEO Chapter DQ: Detroit Lakes Chapter DQ of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) will meet in the home of Marcia Potvin at 1 p.m. Co-hostesses are Melissa Conley and Cindy Legler. Donna Bursik will provide the program.

Tuesday, September 17

Old-Time Variety Dance: Maria & the Boys will provide the music for this month's Old-Time Variety Dance, set to take place from 1-4 p.m. at the White Pine Room in Frazee. A potluck supper will follow the dance. Admission is $5 per person.

HAC Alcohol Inks Class: The Holmes Art Cellar (HAC), located on the basement level of the Historic Holmes Theatre, will host an alcohol inks art class from 6 to 9 p.m. Class is intended for those age 17 and up. Instructor Mary Jo Wentz will show both beginner and experienced artists how to use alcohol inks when painting on Yupo, a synthetic paper, as well as other non-porous surfaces. All supplies included; cost is $55 per person. For more information, or to register, call 218-844-7469, visit, or stop by the box office at 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes.

Health Talk: Naturopathic physician Dr. Joan Waters of Practical Health Solutions will be giving a presentation titled “‘Naturopathic Approach to Acid Reflux,’” at 6 p.m. in the Healing Hub, 115 Willow St. W., Detroit Lakes. Call 970-482-2010 or visit for more information.

Meatball Supper: The Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church will host a meatball supper with all the trimmings — meatballs, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, vegetables, coleslaw, pie and beverages — from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12; preschoolers will be admitted free of charge. The church is located at the corner of Corbett Road and Pembina Trail in Detroit Lakes.

Wednesday, September 18

Soul Shop Suicide Awareness Outreach: Lake Park Lutheran Church will be hosting a special suicide awareness outreach event titled "Soul Shop: Ministering to Suicidal Depression," from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This presentation from Pastor Kelly Ahola will offer information and basic conversational tools to help those suffering from the hopelessness and isolation that most often go hand in hand with suicidal depression.

Thursday, September 19

Detroit Lakes High School Class of 1951: The DLHS Class of ’51 will meet for their annual luncheon get-together at the Detroit Lakes Holiday Inn Lounge, starting at noon. Classmates, spouses, family, and friends are welcome. For more info please call Pru at 218-969-0369.

Friday, September 20

Square Dancing: The Country Twirlers will host a square dance, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the IOOF Hall, 118 W. Holmes St., Detroit Lakes. Caller is Phil Miller. For more information call Duane Olson, 218-532-7891.

Bethlehem Lutheran Fall Dinner: The congregation of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Frazee invites the public to enjoy a turkey steak dinner with all the trimmings, and homemade pie for dessert. Free will offering; baked goods and produce will also be for sale. Doors open at 10 a.m. and dinner is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Take out boxes available for the lunch. Meal orders delivered on Sept. 20 in Frazee only. To order call Lois Moe, 320-293-0155; or Bonnie Julius, 218-334-4878 before Sept. 20.

Saturday, September 21

Understanding the Times: First Baptist Church in Detroit Lakes will be hosting an all-day conference, "Understanding the Times," from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Scheduled speakers include author, commentator, radio and TV host Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas; author, Bible teacher and Israeli tour guide Amir Tsarfati, founder of Behold Israel; author, commentator and radio host the Rev. Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel in Chino Hills, Calif.; the Rev. J.D. Farag of Calvary Chapel in Kaneohe, Hawaii; author, commentator and radio host Jan Markell, founder of Olive Tree ministries; and Laurie Cardoza-Moore, founder of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations. Lunch will be provided. Visit for details.

HAC Mixed Media Art Class: The Holmes Art Cellar, located in the basement level of the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes, will host a mixed media art class from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will create a personal collage with paper, glue, paint and found objects. Cost is $55 per person; all supplies included. Register online at or call 218-844-7469.

National Museum Day: The Becker County Museum will welcome all visitors free of charge today, as part of the Smithsonian’s National Museum Day celebration – the only requirement is that you bring in a printed ticket from Museum exhibits will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; this year's National Museum Day theme is "Year In Sound, Year in Music." There will be special exhibits and activities throughout the day. For more information please call 218-847-2938 or visit

Leather & Leaves Motorcycle Rally: The 12th Annual Leather & Leaves Motorcycle Rally departs at 11 a.m. from in front of the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center; there will be a driver meeting at 10:45 a.m.

Tamarac Fall Photo Safari: Experience autumn on the refuge through the lens of your camera. Visit some unique areas to capture the changing color. Bring a snack, water and your creativity! Led by refuge volunteer guides and members of the Detroit Lakes Photography Club. Meet at the Discovery Center at 2 p.m.; event will last until approximately 4:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend, though participants must provide their own cameras. For more information, contact the refuge at 218-847-2641.

The Skit Guys: Christian Fellowship Church and the Historic Holmes Theatre are teaming up to bring Tommy Edwards and Eddie James, also known as the Christian comedy duo The Skit Guys, to the Holmes for a special evening of faith-based comedy, music and fun, to include an appearance by Kent Dudley and his Bended Knee Band. Tickets for the 7 p.m. performance are $15 and may be purchased at


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

Blood Screening: The Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary Club, Essentia Health St. Mary's and Sanford Health will hostthe 30th Annual Blood Screening Clinic at the EMS building on the Essentia Health St. Mary’s campus, 225 Park St., from 7 to 9:30 a.m. each day, Sept. 9-13. Cost is $25 per person (cash or check only); doors open at 6:45, and registration starts promptly at 7 a.m. each day. Remember not to eat or drink anything other than water for at least 10-12 hours prior to taking the test.

Feed My Starving Children: Detroit Lakes' 2nd Annual Feed My Starving Children MobilePack event is set for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13-14 at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center. Set-up is 6-8 p.m. Friday; the event is 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The goal is to pack 100,000 meals to be used to feed children all over the world. For more information contact Volunteer Coordinator Mackenzie Hamm at 218-847-5656, or

Advance Care Planning Sessions: Do you have questions about advance care planning? Then come to Mahube-Otwa Community Action at 1125 West River Road, Room 215, Detroit Lakes, for one (or both) of two free sessions on the topic scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 10 or Tuesday, Sept. 24. Both sessions will be held from 6-8 p.m.; agenda includes an overview of advance care planning, information on the necessary elements of a healthcare directive and assistance in starting one; and answers to any questions you may have. Content will be suitable for adults of all ages; no pre-registration necessary. For more information call Amy, 218-234-3906.

Tamarac Photo Contest: The deadline for submitting entries to the annual Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge photo contest is Sunday, Sept. 15. Categories include Plant Life, Wildlife, Recreation, Nature's Abstracts, Scenic. For more information, visit the Friends of Tamarac website at

Defensive Driving Classes: An eight-hour senior driver defensive driving safety course will take place on two afternoons, Sept. 10-11, at the Dent Senior Center (203 Main St., Dent), from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. each day. Cost is $25 (no workbooks and no tests). To register please call Denise Lillis at 218-346-3336.

Plant, Pest & Gardening Clinics: The Becker County Master Gardeners will be hosting their Plant, Pest & Gardening Clinics through the end of September at the local University of Minnesota Extension office, 1120 Eighth St. SE, Detroit Lakes. Clinics will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 16, 23 and 30. For more information, contact the Extension office at 218-846-7328, ext. 7105.

Local Al-Anon and Alateen Meetings: Several weekly meetings of Al-Anon Family Groups (AFGs) and Alateen support groups take place in the lakes area. The Lakes Fellowship AFG meets at 5 p.m. every Monday at First Lutheran Church, 912 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes; the Perham Al-Anon group meets at 7 p.m. on Mondays in the Perham Alano Club, 43452 County Highway 34; The Detroit Lakes AFG meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in the Detroit Lakes Alano Club, 827 Summit Ave.; the Keep It Simple AFG meets every Thursday at noon in Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 1025 Lake Ave. (enter south door), Detroit Lakes; and the Detroit Lakes Alateen group meets every Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Alano Club at 827 Summit Ave. For more information visit

Lakes Area Farmers Market: The Lakes Area Farmers Market is open for the season at Detroit Lakes’ Peoples Park (behind Zorbaz). Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Saturday. For more information visit or call 661-345-7450.

Memory Cafe of the Lakes: Memory Cafe of the Lakes is a free place to gather, open to those with mild to moderate memory problems and their care partner. It is a place to come together to share social experiences in a supportive environment. You will have a chance to develop new friendships over coffee, treats, music, art, fellowship and guest speakers. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Detroit Lakes' Community Alliance Church. For more information call Kathy Kallis, 218-849-0631; Jenna Miller, 218-844-8376; Sue Sorensen, 218-841-0371; or Brenda Labine, 218-844-7157.

Volunteer Respite Care: Become a respite care volunteer! For those 17 years and older interested in providing basic companion and supervision to older adults to relieve their primary caregivers. AmeriCorps volunteers receive a $200 per month stipend and after completing 450 hours in a year, receive a $1,600 educational grant. Community volunteers, individuals willing to help on a minimal basis, also welcome! Please contact Laura Rasmussen at 218-220-7517 or if you are interested in learning more.

Outdoor Pickleball: Detroit Lakes Area Pickleball hosts organized play from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Monday through Friday at the Peoples Park outdoor courts (Saturday mornings are also busy). All players are welcome. Courts are marked by skill level. park north of the courts during Tuesday and Saturday Farmers Market. The new courts are open to the public at all times. On rain days, 2-4 courts are available at the DLCCC, depending on program scheduling. Check the gym door for details. To get more information about lessons, events and socials email or like the DL Pickleball page on Facebook.

Lakes Area Adoption Support: Lakes Area Adoption Support is an adoption support group for anyone who has adopted or who is in the process of adoption. Meetings are the last Tuesday of each month at Audubon Elementary School from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Child care available.

Overeaters Anonymous: Two local chapters of Overeaters Anonymous, a 12-step food addiction recovery program, meet weekly in Detroit Lakes: One group meets on Sundays at 6 p.m. in Community Alliance Church, while the other meets on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at First Lutheran Church. No diets, weigh-ins, or fees. All are welcome! For more information on the Community Alliance group, call 701-388-7585. For more information on the First Lutheran group, contact Donna at 218-329-5335.

Eagles Bingo: Bingo is back at the Detroit Lakes Eagles Club, 112 W. Holmes St., every Tuesday at 6 p.m. Call 218-847-5267 for more information.

Mom’s Morning Out: A Mom’s Morning Out meeting is held every Thursday morning, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at La Barista in the Washington Square Mall. You and your little one are invited to come visit with other breastfeeding moms and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee or tea. A breastfeeding and infant care expert will be present to answer questions. For more information or to sign up call 218-314-7051.

Birthing class: Essentia Health St. Mary’s hosts childbirth preparation classes for expectant mothers in their sixth to seventh month of pregnancy. Topics include Labor & Delivery, Cesarean Birth, Role of the Labor Companion, Newborn Care, Unexpected Outcomes, Breast & Bottle Feeding, Postpartum Period, Breathing Patterns & Relaxation Techniques. Suggested donation is $40 for all five classes. Classes are Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 218-314-7051.

Eagles Pinochle: Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. there will be pinochle at the Eagles Club at 112 W. Holmes St. in Detroit Lakes. Members, guests and friends welcome. For questions call Gordy Martinson at 218-841-2940.

Caregiver discussion group: A caregiver discussion group is held the first Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes. Are you caring for a friend or family member age 60 or older? Join other caregivers for education, sharing, problem-solving and refreshments. Facilitated by Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota. All are welcome. Contact Laura Rasmussen at 218-220-7517 with questions.

Adult Children of Alcoholics: The Alano Club of Detroit Lakes (827 Summit Ave.) will host a weekly meeting of Adult Children of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families (ACoA) every Sunday at 8 p.m. For more information contact Gina B at 218-849-3649.

Library Storytime: Children ages 3 through kindergarten are invited to the Detroit Lakes Library on Thursday and Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. for exciting stories and activities that are more fun than a barrel of monkeys. For more information, call 847-2168 or visit your library at 1000 Washington Ave. Information is also available online at

TOPS meetings: 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. Minnesota TOPS Chapter 30 meets Mondays in Trinity Lutheran Church choir room in Detroit Lakes. Weigh in is at 4:15 p.m., followed by meeting at 4:30. TOPS Chapter 940 meets on Thursdays at 9 a.m., also at Trinity Lutheran. TOPS 1251 of Lake Park meets every Tuesday at the Lake Park Lutheran Church, with weigh-in starting at 12 noon, followed by the meeting at 12:30. Come and join us as we help each other reach our weight goals as we improve our health. New members welcome. For more information call 218-532-2883, or 218-532-5882.

Celebrate Recovery: Celebrate Recovery, for hurts, habits and hang-ups, is held every Monday at Christian Fellowship Church, 28048 Meadow Drive, Detroit Lakes. It begins with supper at 5:30 p.m., followed by large group and small group at 6:30. Contact Cleo Smith at 701-367-3313 for more information.

L.A. Moms group: Lakes Area (L.A.) 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.

Senior Social: A Senior Social is held the first and third Thursday of the month at the Neighbor to Neighbor office in Frazee. The address is 501 W. Juniper Suite B. (the “blue building” on old Hwy. 10). Call 218-334-3559 for more information.

Community Alliance Church programs: Community Alliance Church, Detroit Lakes, hosts Quilting for Missions Mondays at 9:30 a.m.; The first Tuesday of every month is High Mileage (suggested ages 55 and up), which meets for “pot-blessing” meal at noon, followed by special music and a Bible nugget.

Foster homes needed: Foster homes are needed. If you or someone you know can help, call Becker County Children and Family Services 218-847-5628 and ask for Intake.

Bone Builders: An exercise class for seniors called “Bone Builders” is being held at 405 W. Maple Ave. in Frazee, Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m.; the Lake Park City Center every Tuesday and Friday at 10:15 a.m.; and also at the Vergas Event Center, Thursdays at 9:30.a.m. The group focuses on low-impact and balance exercises.

Alzheimer’s Support Group: Meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 2 p.m. in the Yoga Studio at Ecumen Detroit Lakes.

Dunvilla Lions Club: The Dunvilla Lions Club will meet the third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Dunn Township Hall.

Be a foster grandparent: For those 55 and older interested in being a foster grandparent through the Tri-Valley Opportunity Council program, call 800-584-7020 or visit

The Caring Cup: Every second and last Wednesday of the month from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., community members who are dealing with the loss of a loved one meet at the David-Donehower Funeral Home for friendship, support and encouragement. The free program is open to the public, no registration necessary.

Women’s Domestic Violence Education Support Group: Lakes Crisis & Resource Center hosts a Women’s Domestic Violence Education Support Group every Wednesday from 5:30–6:30 p.m. in the crisis center. Call to pre-register at 218-847-8572 or 218-847-7446. child care is available upon request.

Rummikub, more games: Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., come to Holy Rosary fireplace room for coffee, desserts and a game of cards, board games or Rummikub. Everyone is welcome.

Parkinson’s Support Group: Emmanuel Nursing Home’s Forest Conference Center, 2 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month.

Celebrate Recovery: Every Monday evening the Refuge in Detroit Lakes hosts a supper at 5:45 p.m. and meeting at 6:45 p.m. Call Cleo at 701-367-3313 for more information.

BC Senior Meals: Meals for persons 60 and older are served several times each week at nutrition sites in Detroit Lakes, Lake Park, Osage and Wolf Lake or can be delivered directly to homes in these communities, Frazee and Callaway, via the Meals on Wheels program. One-day advance notice of attendance is required at many sites. For more information, call Lake Park at 238-5336, Detroit Lakes at 847-5823, Osage/Wolf Lake at 573-3663, Frazee at 847-5823, Ogema at 877-498-2865, and Callaway (Meals on Wheels only) at 847-5823.

Lakes Area Quilt Guild: The Lakes Area Quilt Guild meets every fourth Thursday at 7 p.m. at Ecumen in Detroit Lakes, Emmanuel Nursing Home in the Forest Conference Center. All levels of quilters, new and experienced are welcome to attend.

Preschool screening: Preschool screening for 3-5 year olds for the Frazee-Vergas district is provided through Becker County Community Health Services. Call Annie at 218-847-5628 ext. 5419 to make an appointment. This one screening will provide your child the requirements for Early Childhood Screening. Minnesota law requires each child attend a health and developmental screening before kindergarten.

Senior Center Activities: The DL Senior Citizens Center has activities all month long. Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. is Pinochle; at 1 p.m. there will be 500 and other games. Whist is played on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. The third Wednesday of each month will be a celebration of birthdays for the month. The second Monday of each month there will be a Site Council meeting at 11 a.m. For more information, call 847-5823.

Bingo for DL Hockey: The DL Youth Hockey organization holds bingo every Sunday at Zorbaz in support of youth hockey in Detroit Lakes. All are welcome; bingo starts at 6 p.m.

Men’s lunch, bridge club: Men's lunch and bridge club meets every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Holiday Inn. Call 701-388-4329 if you are interested in playing.

eReader help: Schedule a one-on-one appointment to address your eReader questions every Tuesday (10:30-11:30 a.m.) and Wednesday (4:30-5:30 p.m.) at Detroit Lakes Public Library, or call for an appointment that better fits your schedule. For more information, call Detroit Lakes Public Library at 218-847-2168.