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Sunday, September 16

Color Guard Breakfast: The Lake Region Veterans Color Guard will be hosting a breakfast fundraiser from 8 a.m. to noon at the American Legion Club. Suggested donation is $7 for a meal including scrambled eggs; pancakes or French toast; and sausage or bacon, plus beverage.

Free Movie Screening: A free screening of the movie, "American Experience, Ansel Adams" will take place at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Perhaps no one person has had a more profound impact on how Americans grasp the majesty of their continent, or done more to transform how people think and feel about the meaning of the natural world than photographer Ansel Adams. This 100-minute film is an intimate portrait of a great artist and ardent environmentalist. The Visitor Center is located 9 miles north of State Highway 34, at the junction of Becker County Highways 26 and 29. For more information, please contact the Refuge staff at 218-847-2641.

Fall Chicken 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. The church is located at 2066 Second St. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free to children of preschool age and younger. There will be a bake sale, craft items, and a fried chicken dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, salads, desserts and beverages. For more information call 218-238-6639 or send email to

September Turkey Dinner: St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Hawley will host a turkey dinner with all the trimmings from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $12 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free to all kids of preschool age and younger. The church will donate 15 percent of all proceeds to local charities.

Sauerkraut Dinner: St. John's Lutheran Church-Height of Land will host its annual sauerkraut dinner from 11 a.m. to 1;30 p.m., featuring homemade sauerkraut with pork, potatoes, vegetables, bread and dessert. Admission is a free will donation, with proceeds to go toward construction of the church's new fellowship hall.

Gordy Lindquist Piano Concert: Trinity Lutheran Church in New York Mills (not Detroit Lakes) will host a piano concert by retired NDSU music professor Gordy "Crazy Fingers" Lindquist at 7 p.m. The church is located at 424 E. Gilman St., New York Mills. Though there is no charge for the concert, attendees are asked to make a donation of diapers in any size to help support The Perry Center in Fargo, which helps women going through an unplanned pregnancy by providing for her physical, emotional and spiritual needs throughout the birthing process, in a residential setting. For more information call 218-385-2450.

Monday, September 17

PEO Chapter DQ: Detroit Lakes Chapter DQ of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) will meet at 1 p.m. in the home of Joann Knapp. Assisting hostesses are Nancy Swedberg and Kim Brouillet. Sue Sorenson will present a program about hospice.

Tuesday, September 18

Old-Time Variety Dance: Marie and the Boys will provide the music for an 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.

MCCL Fall Tour: Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) will host an update on what is being done to save this country's unborn children, and how you can become involved, starting at 7 p.m. in the main meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave. Questions? Call Corinne Frank, 218-847-6274.

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.

Lake Park Garden Club: The Lake Park Garden Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Cormorant Park Place Clubhouse, 14401 County Hwy. 5, south of Lake Park. Business to be discussed will include the final planning for club participation at Pumpkin Fest on Saturday, Sept. 29. The members will sell garden produce, plants and crafts, have a float in the parade, and other items of interest. Lunch will be provided by Brenda and Jeanette New members are always welcome. For more information, please call Marion Jacobson, 218-532-2883

Wednesday, September 19

Polar Fest Kickoff Celebration: Past, present and future Propel DL volunteers are invited to take part in a "cool" celebration to kick off Polar Fest 2019, to take place from 4-6 p.m. at the Detroit Mountain Recreation Area. This event is also intended for any organizations planning to host an event during Polar Fest, or anyone "cool" enough to love winter. Besides the planning meeting, there will also be an ice cream bar hosted by the DL Ice Cream Truck. There is no cost to take part, but please RSVP to if planning to attend.

Thursday, September 20

Mountain Biking for Beginners: Kids and teens, come learn about the basics of mountain biking from local mountain biking enthusiasts at this special 4 p.m. presentation in the Detroit Lakes Public Library (1000 Washington Ave.). Bikes and equipment will be on hand for kids and teens to look at and try out on the library's lawn. No admission charge. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions! For more information please call the library at 218-847-2168.

United Way Community Celebration: The United Way of Becker County will host its annual Community Celebration from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion (1361 Washington Ave.). There will be booths from the participating organizations, fun games for the kids, a display of local emergency services vehicles, food, music and door prizes, all free of charge. Call LuAnn Porter, 218-846-7400, for more information.

Friday, September 21

Fall Bazaar: Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Frazee will host its Fall Bazaar starting at 10 a.m., with a turkey steak dinner — including homemade pie for dessert! — to be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be baked goods, produce, baby quilts and lap robes available for purchase. Take-out boxes are also available for those unable to attend the lunch in person — to be delivered the day of the event, within Frazee city limits only. To order a takeout lunch, please call 218-395-0464 or 218-334-4878 before Sept. 21.

Square Dancing: The Country Twirlers will host a square dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes IOOF Hall at 118 W. Holmes St. Charley Huhtala will serve as caller.

Eagles Karaoke: Larry's Rock'n Country DJ service will provide the music for a night of karaoke at the Detroit Lakes Eagles Club, 112 W. Holmes St., starting at 8 p.m.

Saturday, September 22

Taste of Lund: The congregation of Lund Lutheran Church will host its 15th annual Taste of Lund festival, starting at 9 a.m. and continuing until the food is gone. Enjoy Scandinavian delicacies including lefse, lutefisk, rommegrot, sandbakkels, crepes, Swedish almond cakes, rosettes, krumkake and more. Tickets are $1 per sample. There will also be a bake sale. The church is located nine miles north of Detroit Lakes on Richwood Road.

Frazee Anniversary Dance: Frazee community dance participants will host a 10th anniversary celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. at the White Pine Room in Frazee. Music will be provided by Albert Mikesh, with a potluck supper to follow. There will be no admission charge for this special celebration dance.

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 Besides the museum's regular exhibits, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will also be a Family Day activity, "String Art Family Trees," from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a free talk on the "Tillie the Terrible Swede" exhibit, about world champion bicyclist Tillie Anderson, at 12:30 p.m. For more information please call 218-847-2938 or visit

Church Rummage Sale: St. John's Lutheran Church of Vergas will host a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free will offering event. The church is located at 410 Sharf Ave., Vergas.

Tamarac Fall Photo Safari: Experience autumn at Tamarac National Wildlife 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, this event runs from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Meet at the Discovery Center. For more information please call 218-847-2641.

North Country Trail Hike: Meet at 1 p.m. in front of the Greenwater NCT trailhead for a trail dedication in memory of Ruth Bergquist, a longtime dedicated Laurentian Lakes member. A three mile hike will follow the dedication. Greenwater trailhead is located on Becker County Road 35, 1.2 miles west of County Highway 37. For more information call 218-841-2857.

VFW Employee Reunion: The 3rd Annual Detroit Lakes VFW Post 1676 Employee Reunion will be held at the Post 1676 home on Washington Avenue, starting at 3 p.m.; or you can come early and play Bingo, which starts at noon. Dinner will be potluck, but if you don't feel up to bringing a dish to share, just bring yourself, come visit with some friends and have some fun.

Special Movie Screening: Odyssey Entertainment will host a one-time special screening of the movie "This Day Forward," including a meet and greet with the movie's director, Brian Ide and one of its stars, Jennifer Jensen, showing of the movie and a brief question-and-answer session, at the CineMagic Washington Square 7 Theatre in Detroit Lakes. The festivities start at 6:15 p.m., with the movie screening at 7 p.m. and Q & A at 8:40 p.m. Regular movie prices apply.

Hog Roast: Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Snellman will host a hog roast, featuring "all of your favorite fall foods," from 4 to 7 p.m. Admission is a free will offering. For more information, call Mary at 218-847-1833.

Harvest Moon Festival: The Detroit Lakes Lions will host this special beer tasting festival from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Shorewood Pub. Cost is $15 to sample 27 different beers; there will also be a silent auction, and a fish fry for those who would like to stay for supper (an additional charge applies). Tickets are available at the door, or from any Lions member in advance of the event.

Sunday, September 23

Honor Flight Breakfast Fundraiser: Detroit Lakes American Legion Post 15 is hosting a breakfast fundraiser for an upcoming Veterans Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to noon at the Legion post home, 810 West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes. VFW Auxiliary Post 1676 will also be hosting a bake sale, and there will be 50/50 raffle tickets for sale. Proceeds will go to help send local veterans on an upcoming Honor Flight; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1676 and Disabled American Veterans Lakeland Chapter 31 will match all funds raised up to $1,000.

Free Movie Screening: A free screening of the movie, "Wild Ways" will take place at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge.Four lane highways are a necessity to our society, but they can be a death trap for millions of animals that try to cross them. From Yellowstone to the Yukon, to Southern Africa's elephant highways, explore how newly established wildlife corridors may offer a glimmer of hope to endangered species in this 55-minute film. The Visitor Center is located 9 miles north of State Highway 34, at the junction of Becker County Highways 26 and 29. For more information, please contact the Refuge staff at 218-847-2641.


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

ABE Orientation: Detroit Lakes Adult Basic Education is offering a two-day orientation for those wanting to enroll in GED or Adult Diploma classes. Orientation dates are Sept. 18-19. Call 218-844-5760 to register or stop by the ABE office at M State-Detroit Lakes.

DLHS Class of 1966 Reunion: The Detroit Lakes High School Class of 1966 will host its 52nd Class Reunion on Sept. 21-22 in Detroit Lakes. Events include a Friday, Sept. 21 gathering at Shorewood Pub, and a second get-together on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Detroit Country Club. Both events start at 5 p.m., and will cost $10 per person, which includes buffet-style appetizers (drinks must be purchased separately). Those who plan to attend either or both events are asked to pre-pay by mailing checks, made out to "Class of 1966," care of Jeff Johnson, 511 North Shore Drive, Detroit Lakes MN, 56501. If only planning to attend one night, please indicate which one on the check.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers: Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota is starting a new class, "Powerful Tools for Caregivers," on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Lakes Area Vineyard Church in Detroit Lakes. Classes will run every Tuesday at 6 p.m., and will last approximately 90 minutes. For more information, contact Ashlee Grussing at 701-330-1681.

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.

Women's Bible Study: Lakes Area Vineyard Church in Detroit Lakes will host an International Monday Morning Women's Bible Study every Monday from Oct. 1-Nov. 26, starting at 9 a.m. The focus of the study will be "Steadfast Love: A Study of Psalm 107" by Laura Chandler. Pre-registration is requested; please call LAVC at 218-846-1199 by Sunday, Sept. 16 to sign up. The church is located at 16701 Longview Drive, Detroit Lakes. Contact Marsha Watland at 701-367-9819 or with any questions.

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. and 24. For more information, please contact the Extension office at 218-846-7328, ext. 7105.

Eagles Pinochle: The Detroit Lakes Eagles Club, located at 112 W. Holmes St., hosts a pinochle game every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Call 218-847-5267 for more information.

Detroit Lakes Area Pickleball: The outdoor pickleball courts at Peoples Park in Detroit Lakes

are open. Everyone is welcome to use one of the five outdoor courts, which are located just behind Zorbaz, while weather permits. They will be open to the public 24 hours a day, but scheduled play takes place from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Monday through Saturday, as well as on Monday and Thursday evenings starting at 7 p.m. All skill levels welcome. For more information, call 218-847-4236 or email

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 Ashlee Grussing at 701-330-1681 with questions.

Shepherd of the Lakes Sunday Worship: Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church (LCMC) is now hosting Sunday worship services in Suite 15 of the Washington Square Mall, 808 Washington Ave., Detroit Lakes, starting at 10 a.m. each Sunday. Fellowship with coffee and rolls will follow the service.

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 please 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 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 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 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

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.

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.