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Sunday, February 11

Pancake Breakfast: The Callaway Lions Club is hosting a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Callaway Community Center. A freewill offering will be taken, with proceeds to be used for upkeep of the community center.

Great Minne-'Soda' Hotdish Challenge: The Great Minne-'soda' Hotdish Challenge will feature the best-of-the-best hotdish recipes from area churches, businesses and residents. Bring your entry to Grace Lutheran Church (213 Roosevelt Ave., Detroit Lakes) before the contest gets underway at 4 p.m. and become the community's first Hotdish Challenge Champion! Or if you don't want to enter yourself, just come early and taste some of these tasty dishes before they're gone. A free will offering will be taken for the dinner, which will include your choice of hotdish, dinner roll and soda (while supplies last). For more information, please call Jim Brogren at 218-841-2968.

Monday, February 12

Polar Explorer Ann Bancroft: The community is invited to spend an evening with Minnesota-native Ann Bancroft, a world-renowned polar explorer and internationally recognized leader and educator, starting at 7 p.m. inside Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theater, which is located at 826 Summit Ave. There is no charge to attend this event, which is being funded through the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Tuesday, February 13

Alzheimer's Support Group: The local Alzheimer's Support Group will meet at 2 p.m. in the Yoga Studio at Ecumen Detroit Lakes (1415 Madison Ave). All are welcome.

Wednesday, February 14

Singing Valentines: The Heart O'Lakes Harmony Men's Barbershop Chorus is offering area residents an opportunity to send their sweetheart a singing valentine for Valentine's Day. A quartet of singers from Heart O'Lakes Harmony will present the special gift of a romantic tune to that special someone, at a location of your choice. Cost is $35, and includes a ticket to an upcoming show by the chorus, a Valentine mug with candy, a small balloon and a digital picture to commemorate the event. Call 218-770-3461 for scheduling.

Polar Putt: Come to the Washington Square Mall in downtown Detroit Lakes between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to putt for prizes including mall gift cards and more. Free to participate and open to all ages! Call 218-847-8870 for more information.

Brown Bag Lunch: The Becker County Museum (714 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes) will host a luncheon presentation by local artist and Detroit Lakes Ice Palace lead designer Hans Gilsdorf, "Building of an Ice Palace," starting at noon. Guests are welcome to bring their own lunch, or reserve a catered meal from La Barista by calling the museum at 218-847-2938 before 10 a.m.

Chili for Charity: Consolidated Title Services, located at 828 Minnesota Ave. in Detroit Lakes, will be hosting a special Chili for Charity event from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Vote for the best chili and as a bonus, take home your favorite recipe. Free will donation; all proceeds to benefit the American Heart Association.

Christian Women's Club: The Detroit Lakes Christian Women's Club will host a special Valentine's Day luncheon program, "Love: The Strongest Power On Earth," starting at noon inside the Holiday Inn Lakeside, Highway 10 East, Detroit Lakes. Cost is $12.50 for the luncheon and program. Free nursery is available by contacting Diane Enslin, 849-2165, by Monday, Feb. 12; reservations (or cancellations, if necessary) must also be made by this date. Please call Norma, 846-1977, Esther, 847-5443, or Ruth, 847-5507, to RSVP.

Thursday, February 15

Rotary Spaghetti Dinner: The Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary Club will host its annual 'Polar-riffic' Spaghetti Dinner from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at M State's Detroit Lakes campus, 900 Highway 34 East. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for children ages 5-12, and free for all children age 4 and under, and may be purchased in advance from any Noon Rotarian, or at the door. Proceeds to benefit the Becker County Food Pantry.

Defensive Driving Class: A 4-hour Senior Driver Safety Class will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Perham Public Library. Please call Denise Lillis at 218-346-3336 to register.

Friday, February 16

Ice Tee Golf: Grab your friends and co-workers and join other teams from local businesses and community organizations for nine holes of frozen fun on Big Detroit Lake in front of the Holiday Inn. Cost to participate is $100 for a four-person team; contact to get your team registered today!

Tuxes & Tails: The annual benefit for the Humane Society of the Lakes gets underway at 6 p.m. with a social hour and silent auction, catered dinner at 7 p.m. and the 'Tuxes & Tails' runway show and live auction at 8 p.m. All festivities take place inside the Holiday Inn Lakeside, 1155 Highway 10 East, Detroit Lakes. Tickets are $50, and may be purchased at Affairs By Brittany, Hub 41, Humane Society of the Lakes, Bleachers Bar & Grill or online at Black tie optional

Square Dancing: The Country Twirlers will host a square dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the IOOF Hall, 118 W. Holmes St., Detroit Lakes. Caller is Larry Johansen.

Saturday, February 17

Polar Fest Kids' Fishing Derby: The Minnesota Darkhouse & Angling Association will host its annual Polar Fest Kids' Fishing Derby from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Little Detroit Lake, at the Rossman Avenue Public Access.This derby is free for all kids age 12 and under; prizes will be awarded (pan fish only). Call Mike Zick at 218-841-9282 for more information.

Amateur Radio Club: The February meeting of the Detroit Lakes Amateur Radio Clubwill be held at 9 a.m. inside the Ice House Restaurant at the Holiday Inn, Detroit Lakes. The meeting is open to anyone with an interest in ham radio or short-wave listening. A presentation on "Maidenhead Grid System" will follow the meeting. More info on the club is available at

Eagles District Meeting: The district meeting of the Fraternal Order of Eagles will be held at 1 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes Eagles Club, 112 W. Holmes St. Members and guests welcome.

Sunday, February 18

French Toast Breakfast: St. Ann's Catholic Church of Waubun is hosting a French Toast Breakfast, Bake Sale and Quilt Raffle at the Waubun Community Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Serving French toast, sausage, scrambled eggs and a beverage of choice; quilt to be raffled was created by the St. Ann's Arise Group.

Tuesday, February 20

Community Health & Wellness Summit: Detroit Lakes' third annual Community Health & Wellness Summit, "Planning from the Future," is set to take place from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 912 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes. This free, all-day event will feature a presentation by Bemidji State University President Emeritus, Jim Bensen, a renowned expert on visionary and innovative thinking. No RSVP required or cost to attend; a free lunch will be served at 11 a.m. Contact Karen Crabtree, 218-844-8379, for more information.

Wednesday, February 21

Health & Wellness Expo: Essentia Health will host its inaugural Health & Wellness Expo from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Lakeside, 1155 Highway 10 East, Detroit Lakes. Vendors, fitness class demos, health screenings, healthy treats, door prizes and more! No cost to attend; potential vendors are asked to contact Aimee Issendorf at 218-847-5624 or


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Polar Fest 2018: Detroit Lakes' biggest winter celebration continues through Monday, Feb. 19, with festivities including 'Polar-palooza' tubing at Detroit Mountain, Ice Tee Golf, a youth fishing derby, helicopter rides, Freeze Your Buns Run, Frozen Fireworks and of course, the Polar Fest Plunge into Little Detroit Lake. A full schedule can be found at

Valentine Bake Sale: Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frazee will host a St. Valentine's Day Bake Sale from 5 to 7 p.m. is hosting a St. Valentine's Day Bake Sale on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 11 from 8 to 10 a.m. Available will be homemade breads, rolls, cookies, cakes, and many sweet treats for your valentines. Proceeds to benefit local youth. Everyone welcome.

Lenten Fish Fry: The local Knights of Columbus will be hosting three Friday Lenten Fish Fry events on Feb. 16, March 2 and March 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Holy Rosary Parish Center. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for all kids under age 12. All proceeds will be used to benefit the community.

'Reforming Worship': On Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 17-18, First Lutheran Church of Detroit Lakes will be hosting a very special guest speaker, Dr Dirk Lange. The current professor of worship at Luther Seminary, Dr. Lange was also a brother in the Taize´ monastery in southern France for 20 years, and he was asked by the Lutheran World Federation to put together the Worship service for the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the reformation in Lund, Sweden with the Vatican, alongside with Pope Francis. He will be discussing Martin Luther in worship as well as his experience in Lund. Sessions are 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday (two sessions), and 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. presentations on Sunday as part of the worship service, as well as a 9:35 a.m. forum for adults. All sessions are free, and the public is welcome.

ABE Orientation: Detroit Lakes Adult Basic Education is offering a two0day orientation for those wanting to enroll in GED or Adult Diploma classes. Orientation dates are Feb. 20-21. Call 218-844-5760 to register or stop by the ABE office at M State-Detroit Lakes.

Artist Exhibit: Artist Carmen I. Bruhn is displaying her acrylic paintings at the Detroit Lakes Public Library (1000 Washington Ave.) through the month of February.

Free English as a Second Language Classes: Adult Basic Education in Detroit Lakes offers free English language instruction for adults every Monday-Thursday. The schedule is flexible and individualized. Call 218-844-5760 or stop by the ABE offices at M State to register or for more information.

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 always welcome. For more information call 218-532-2883, or 218-532-5882.

Celebrate Recovery: Celebrate Recovery at The Refuge, for hurts, habits and hang-ups is Mondays begins with supper at 5:45 p.m., with large group and small group at 6:45. Call 701-367-3313 or 218-847-1982 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, please call Becker County Children and Family Services 218-847-5628 and ask for Intake. You can make a difference in a child's life.

Bone Builders: An exercise class for seniors called "Bone Builders" is being held at 405 W. Maple Ave. in Detroit Lakes, 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 2nd 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 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Dunn Township Hall.

Free hot meal: Stop into the Refuge every Thursday and Friday evening for a hot meal served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. The Refuge is located at 921 8th Street SE in Detroit Lakes.

Be a foster grandparent: For those 55 and older interested in being a foster grandparent through the Tri-Valley Opportunity Council program, call 1-800-584-7020 or visit

Adoption grants available: Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church LCMC has grant funds available for families wishing to adopt children. For more information, call 847-1831 or 844-7919.

Cancer support group: Essentia Health St. Mary's Cancer Support Group meets the 4th Wednesday of the month at 5 p.m. Please meet at the fireplace in the Clinic Lobby. The cancer support group is open to anyone who is affected by cancer — patients, survivors, family, friends or caregivers. For additional information, contact Jennifer Frank at 218-847-0880.

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. Childcare 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.

Caregiver discussion group: A caregiver discussion group is held the first Tuesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Rosary Catholic 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 Jaime at (218) 850-8616 with questions.

Lakes Area Quilt Guild: The Lakes Area Quilt Guild meets every 4th Thursday at 7 pm at Ecumen in Detroit Lakes, Emmanuel Nursing Home in the Forest Conference Center. Check us out on Facebook! All levels of quilters, new and experienced are welcome to attend.

Refuge weekly outreach: The Refuge Christian Outreach & Resource Center weekly gatherings include Monday-Friday from 7-8:30 a.m. Breakfast & Bible; Monday — Celebrate Recovery Meal at 5:45 p.m. and Meeting at 6:45 p.m. (no childcare), Wednesday — Women Ministry and Crafting at 4 p.m./Bible study on Bible Doctrine at 6 p.m., Thursday — Bible study on Battle Field of the Mind by Joyce Meyers, Friday — Christian Movie at 7 p.m.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday — free meal and fellowship at 5-6:30 p.m. Call 847-1982 or check website calendar for updates at

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.

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

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.

Overeaters Anonymous: All Red River Valley compulsive eaters are welcome to a 12-step program on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church in DL. This is the Serenity Group DL of Overeaters Anonymous. Contact Dorene at 846-0019 for more information.

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.

Breastfeeding support group: A Breastfeeding Support Group is Tuesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. in St. Mary's Essentia Health conference rooms A & B. Women and children only. Please call the OB floor for more information or to sign up at 847-0804.

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 $30 for all five classes. Classes are Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call (218) 847-0804.