Saturday, February 9

PEO Chapter FG: Detroit Lakes Chapter FG of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church, 885 Pembina Trail. Hostesses are Cheryl Mollberg, Sue Malone and Judy Fankhanel. The program "Unconscious Bias" will be presented by Nancy Boyle.

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Community Blood Drive: The Detroit Lakes Eagles Aerie 2342 and its Auxiliary are joining forces with Vitalant (formerly United Blood Services) to host a Community Blood Drive at the Eagles Club, 112 W. Holmes St., from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. To schedule a time to donate, call Terri Anderson at 218-849-7589.

Poles & Holes Fishing Derby: Fishing lines will drop at noon for the 9th annual Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary Club "Poles and Holes" Fishing Derby on Little Detroit Lake. Gates open at 9 a.m., with the derby running from 12 to 3 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 on the ice (a second line can be purchased for $20), and may be purchased at Gene's in Perham; Lakes Sport Shop, Quality Bait & Tackle and County 6 Tesoro, all in Detroit Lakes and at the Lake Place in Lake Park, or online at (where more information on contest rules, etc., can also be found).

Guided Wildlife Trek: A free, family-friendly winter hike designed for participants to learn more about winter wildlife on the nation's longest hiking trail will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., starting at the North Country Trail Access to the Hubbell Pond Wildlife Management Area. Look for the North Country Trail Access highway signs off Highway 34 between Detroit Lakes and Park Rapids.

The Great Polar Race: From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., teams of 2-4 people will drive around Detroit Lakes to solve riddles, complete assigned tasks and compete for prizes. The first 40 people to register receive a free commemorative tote bag. To register, call 218-847-9202 for registration form or print it out at the website, All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society of Becker County.

Learn to Ski and Snowshoe: Come to Detroit Mountain Recreation Area from 9 a.m. to noon and learn how to snowshoe and ski shoe with guides from the North Country Trail Association. We'll start out inside with some basic information and then head outside to hit the trails. Free equipment provided by Detroit Mountain (snowshoes) and Altai and Tracker (skishoes). Kid-size equipment will be available. This event is being offered free of charge, but supplies are limited, and are available on a first come, first served basis. Bring warm clothes. For more information, contact Matthew Davis at 701-388-1883 or

Taunya Todd 'Choosing Love" Presentation: Come to Detroit Lakes' First Baptist Church and enjoy supper and a presentation by guest speaker Taunya Todd on "Choosing Love: The Five Love Languages," starting with a 5:30 p.m. social and dinner at 6 p.m. Todd's presentation starts at 6:30 p.m. Childcare and a meal for the kids will also be provided. This is a free will offering event, but those attending are asked to sign up at First Baptist Church, 300 Centra. St. East, Detroit Lakes. Call 218-847-4571 or visit for more information.

Valentine's Banquet: Lake Eunice Evangelical Free Church in rural Detroit Lakes is hosting a Valentine's banquet, starting at 5:30 p.m. Cowboy singer Greg Hagar, Jamestown, will provide the entertainment. A free wil offering will be taken. To reserve a spot for the dinner, or for more information, please call 218-439-3255 and leave a message if no one answers.

Sunday, February 10

Great MinneSoda Hotdish Challenge: The 2nd Annual Great MinneSoda Hotdish Challenge will feature the best-of-the-best hotdish recipes from area churches, businesses and residents - and new this year, a dessert bar competition as well! Bring your entries to Grace Lutheran Church (213 Roosevelt Ave., Detroit Lakes) before the contest judging gets underway at 4 p.m. and become the community's second Hotdish Challenge Champion! Or if you don't want to enter yourself, just come early and taste some of these mouth-watering 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.

Legion Auxiliary Breakfast Fundraiser: The American Legion Post 15 Auxiliary will host a breakfast fundraiser from 8 a.m. to noon at the Legion Club in Detroit Lakes. Choice of biscuits and gravy, pancakes or French toast, sausage or bacon, scrambled eggs and coffee, all for a suggested donation of $7.

Monday, February 11

Laureate Kappa Meeting RESCHEDULED: The Laureate Kappa Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will meet at 10 a.m. in La Barista, Detroit Lakes. Ethel Duenow is the hostess and Beve Melgaard will present the program.

Polar Explorer Paul Schurke: The community is invited to spend an evening with Minnesota native Paul Schurke, 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.

ACE Awareness Session: An Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Awareness Session with instructor Chandler Esslinger will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Education Center, Room 115. This free session is open to anyone wanting to gain a common language and shared understanding of ACEs. Please pre-register for class #2177B at 218-847-4418 or the website.

Tuesday, February 12

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. Take out is also available at the door. All proceeds benefit service projects of the Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary Club.

Wednesday, February 13

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 on "The History of and Future Trends in Quilting," featuring local quilters Deb Ormseth and Nancy Murphy. 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 local chapter of the ALS Association. Call 218-847-2144 for more information.

Polar-Palooza Snow Tubing Races: Detroit Mountain Recreation Area will host its annual "Polar-Palooza" snow tubing races from 5 to 10 p.m. Visit the website at or for details.

Thursday, February 14

Chocolate Fantasy: Fill a plate or box with chocolate treats to surprise your sweetheart, friends, employees and more. A variety of plates, platters and boxes are available, at a cost of $20 for a small plate or $40 for a large platter. Delivery is available from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at business offices in Becker County, for an additional fee. Or you can come to the museum from 4 to 6 p.m. and pick out your own plate, enjoy a chocolate-flavored beverage of your choice and view the museum's romance-themed exhibits in honor of Valentine's Day. For more information, call 218-847-2938 or visit (click on the "Store" link at the top of the page) to place your order.

Friday, February 15

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 LaCarra Larson at 218-844-4221, extension 116 or to get your team registered today!

Welcome to Polaritaville: The Lakes Area Parrot Heads will be hosting their annual Welcome to Polaritaville fundraiser from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Shorewood Pub, 1743 Long Bridge Road, Detroit Lakes. The proceeds from this year's fundraiser will benefit the Lakes Area Imagination Library. Event will include dancing and a Caribbean style dinner. Tickets are $30 each, and may be purchased from any LAPH member. Contact Jim at 218-841-2986 for more information.

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. Charley Huhtala is the 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, February 16

Polar Fest Freeze Your Buns Run: The Center at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center will host its annual 5K "Freeze Your Buns" Run/Walk starting at 9 a.m.; registration gets underway at 8 a.m. For more information, contact Kim Better at 218-844-4221, extension 108 or or visit the website at

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.

Polar Fest Plunge: The signature event of Detroit Lakes' annual Polar Fest celebration, the Plunge gets underway at 1 p.m. on Little Detroit Lake. This is the Detroit Lakes Boys & Girls Club's biggest fundraiser of the year; visit for details on how to register or get involved.

Polar Fest Beer Quaffing Competition: Hub 41 on West Lake Drive will host this new Polar Fest 2019 event starting at 2 p.m. Visit for details or call

Polar Pile-Up Winter Demolition Derby: A winter version of the popular summer sport gets underway at the Becker County Fairgrounds starting at 3 p.m. Derby entry fee is $40 per vehicle. Categories include Compact Truck, SUV & Minivan Class;Truck Class; Compact Car; Full Size Car. For any inquires contact Brian Anderson at 763-438-9745 or

Eagles Charity Auction: Detroit Lakes Eagles Aerie 2342 invites members and guests to its annual "Live" Charity Auction, starting at 6 p.m. in the Eagles Club, 112 W. Holmes St., Detroit Lakes. A wide variety of products, services, gift items, and more. Proceeds go to local charities.

Polar Fest Frozen Fireworks: Detroit Lakes' 2019 Polar Fest celebration goes out with a bang at the Frozen Fireworks display, set for 7 p.m. on Little Detroit Lake at the City Beach. The Angel of Remembrance Committee will be selling hot chocolate starting at 6 p.m.

Sunday, February 17

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, 810 West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes. Suggested donation is $7 for a meal including scrambled eggs; pancakes or French toast; and sausage or bacon, plus beverage.

Tuesday, February 19

Classical Music Night: Rescheduled from Jan. 29, it's the Historic Holmes Theatre's second Classical Music Night of the season! Join us for a relaxing evening of music by The Exquisite Trio, which includes Dr. Jeremy Brekke on trumpet, Tyler Wottrich on piano, and Marianne Lemieux-Wottrich on vocals. Cost is $15 for adults, $7.50 for students; buy one adult ticket at full price and get a student ticket for free. For more information, call the theater at 218-844-7469, or visit the website at

County Jail Open House: The Becker County Commissioners cordially invite you to attend an Open House for the new Becker County Jail from 4 to 7 p.m. The newly completed facility is located at 1428 Stony Road, Detroit Lakes (just off Highway 59 North). Please join us for refreshments and tours of the new jail facility.

Wednesday, February 20

Defensive Driving Refresher Course: A 4-hour defensive driving refresher course will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Vergas State Bank (lower level). Cost is $20 (no workbooks and no tests). To register please call Denise Lillis at 218-346-3336.


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

Vern Turner Memorial Curling Bonspiel: The Lakes Curling Club, located at 506 North Hwy. 59, Detroit Lakes, will host the Vern Turner Memorial Bonspiel, Feb. 8-10. Call the club at 218-847-8186 or Roger Lee at 847-7324 for more information.

Blind Date with a Book: The Detroit Lakes Public Library is pleased to invite community members to try a new book or genre during "Blind Date with a Book." To participate, simply visit the library, select a wrapped book from the display, read it and then 'rate your date' to be entered into a prize drawing in February. "Blind Date with a Book" will be available at the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave., from now through Feb. 15 and is offered free of charge. For more information please call 218-847-2168.

Peoples Park Skating Rink & Warming House: From now through Feb. 28, the outdoor skating rink and warming house at Peoples Park will be open every Monday through Friday, 3-5:30 p.m. and 6-8:30 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays, 12-5 p.m. and 6-8:30 p.m. (the rink will be lit up from dusk until closing). On days when there is no school, the rink and warming house will be open 12-5 p.m. and 6-8:30 p.m. Schedule is weather dependent; changes and/or cancellations will be announced on KRCQ Radio and the City of Detroit Lakes Facebook page.

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 Feb. 20-21; March 6-7; March 20-21; April 3-4; and April 17-18. Call 218-844-5760 to register or stop by the ABE office at M State-Detroit Lakes.

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.

Detroit Lakes Area Pickleball: Open pickleball play will take place every Monday through Friday, 8:30-11 a.m., at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center. Two to four courts are available depending on gym and school schedules. All skill levels are welcome; all equipment provided. Wear good quality court shoes. For more information email and join the Facebook group DL Pickleball. Rules are available at

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. We meet the last Tuesday of each month at the Audubon Elementary School from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Childcare 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, please call 701-388-7585. For more information on the First Lutheran group, please contact Donna at 218-329-5335.

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.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers: Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota is hosting this new caregivers' class on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at Lakes Area Vineyard Church in Detroit Lakes. Classes 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.

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.

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.

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, 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, 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.

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.

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.