Saturday, Feb. 1

City-Wide Men's Breakfast: A free city-wide men's breakfast for dads, sons, and grandfathers will be served from 7 to 9 a.m. at Christian Fellowship Church, 28048 Meadow Drive, Detroit Lakes. Barry Schoder will be presenting on the topic, "Your Role in Impacting Future Generations." Advance reservations appreciated. Call or text 972-757-0078 to RSVP. Invite your friends.

Midnite Riders Classic Old Timers Snowmobile Run: Registration begins at 8 a.m. for the 53rd Annual Midnite Riders Classic Old Timers Snowmobile Run, which gets underway at 10:30 a.m. in front of the Lake Park Liquor Store. The public is invited to view these vintage sleds until the start of the ride; trophies for “best in show” will be given away at 10 a.m., with a drivers’ meeting set for 10:15. Over $5,000 in raffle prizes will be given away, including a WE Fest VIP package; tickets are on sale at the liquor store and other participating businesses. For more information please contact Bill at 701-866-1580 or Bud at 218-849-2885.

Detroit Lakes Superintendent Candidate Interviews: The six finalists for the superintendent's position at Detroit Lakes Public Schools will be interviewed by school board members starting at 8 a.m. in the Detroit Lakes Holiday Inn. Interviews are expected to last approximately one hour, with 15 minute breaks in between. The interviews are open to the public.

Free Movie Screening: Cinemagic 7 Theaters in Detroit Lakes' Washington Square Mall will host a free screening of the movie "Secret Life of Pets 2" at 10 a.m.

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Lantern Lit Ski & Snowshoe: Visit Itasca State Park and ski or snowshoe by the light of the moon and kerosene lanterns along the trail from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Go at your own pace along the lantern lit route during this drop-in program. A limited number of snowshoes will be available to check out from the Visitor Center for those who do not have their own. Call 218-699-7251 for more information.

Mike Hokanson Live at Long Bridge: Local musician Mike Hokanson will perform live at Long Bridge Bar, Grill & Marina from 6 to 9 p.m. Call 218-847-1949 or visit for more information.

Sunday, February 2

Groundhog Day Ski Tour: Join the Detroit Lakes Nordic Ski Club for an afternoon of skiing at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Meet at the Pine Lake Parking area at 1 p.m. for a 5-mile trek; location will be determined by snow conditions. Transportation will be provided if shuttle is necessary. For more information call the Refuge staff at 218-847-2641.

Wildlife Movie: Come to the Tamarac Refuge Visitor Center at 2 p.m. and enjoy the 50-minute wildlife movie, "Penguin Post Office." In the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula there's a unique British post office surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery that includes 3,000 Gentoo penguins. Every summer, this colony of penguins returns from an intensive spell of deep sea fishing to its breeding grounds alongside the post office, trekking nearly two miles across sea ice and snow to get there. They rush to find a partner, build a nest, lay eggs and protect those eggs from predators, and then finally get down to the task of raising their young. Watch their 4-month drama unfold against the backdrop of tourist excursions. Free and open to the public.

Monday, February 3

Laureate Kappa Meeting: The Laureate Kappa chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will meet at 10 a.m. in La Barista, 808 Washington Ave., Detroit Lakes (just inside the Washington Square Mall's south entrance). Jan Opsahl is the hostess and Kay Nulph will present the program.

PEO Chapter DQ: Detroit Lakes Chapter DQ of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) will meet at 1 p.m. in the home of hostess Debbie Johnson. Co-hostesses are Rachael Gabe and Nancy Christensen. The program, "Native Pollinators," will be provided by Becky Esser.

Tuesday, February 4

Self Publishing Class: So you want to learn how to self-publish your book? This 3:30 p.m. class at the Detroit Lakes Public Library will introduce two possibilities — the Minnesota Libraries Publishing Project and Amazon's self-publishing services. Please pre-register by calling the library at 218-847-2168.

Mindfulness 101-Meditation: Are you feeling constantly tired, busy, and anxious? Come unwind with certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Kelsey Juhnke in the latest installment of the library's Mindfulness 101 series, and learn how meditation can reduce anxiety and improve sleep quality, the natural way. There is no cost to attend. Call 218-847-2168 for more information.

Wednesday, February 5

Writers Group: Writers and prospective writers seeking encouragement, feedback and collaboration are welcome to join the Detroit Lakes Public Library's Writers Group, starting at 3:30 p.m. The group meets regularly to tell their stories, share ideas and discuss writing tips. This event is offered free of charge and will be held in the library's main meeting room.

Thursday, February 6

Minnesota Sn'Ice Grand Lighting Ceremony: Join King Isbit and Polar Pete for the Grand Lighting of Isbit's Royal Courtyard & Palatial Playground at 7 p.m. on the Detroit Lakes City Beach — plus a few surprises in the City Park as well.

Friday, February 7

Polar Fest Business Snow Sculpting Contest: Local businesses will vie for the title of Polar Fest Snow Sculpting Champion from 8:30 a.m to 2 p.m.

Daddy’s Little Sweetheart Dance: Dads, grandfathers, uncles, godfathers… treat that special little girl in your life like a princess for a day and bring her to the Historic Holmes Theatre for a Valentine’s Day-themed evening of music, food and fun, starting at 6 p.m. with the Grand March. Tickets are $15 for “dads” and $10 for their sweethearts if reservations are made by Feb. 3; “princess packages” are also available for $35. Call the Historic Holmes Theatre at 218-844-7469, visit the website at or stop by the box office at 806 Summit Ave. in Detroit Lakes for more information.

Welcome to Polaritaville: Get on your grass skirts, coconut bras and flip flops and come to the Shorewood Pub between 5:30-8:30 p.m. to dance to the tropical tunes of ShowTyme DJ Service while raising funds for the Lakes Area Imagination Library. This event is hosted by the Lakes Area Parrot Heads as part of Polar Fest 2020. Each $30 ticket sold will pay to provide one child with books for a full year, and admission includes a Caribbean-style dinner. Call Jim at 218-841-2968 for more information.

Saturday, February 8

Winter Crafting Day at the Museum: Rescheduled from Jan. 18, this month's Family Day activity at the Becker County Museum is winter-themed craft projects. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., come in and choose from a variety of projects, starting at just $1 each — then explore the nice, warm museum together as a family. Contact the museum at 218-847-2938 for more information, or send an email to The museum is located at 714 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes.

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 and County 6 Tesoro, all in Detroit Lakes and at the Lake Place in Lake Park. More event information is available online at

Fandazzi Fire Circus: Come watch the Fandazzi Fire Circus bring a little fire to this year's MN Sn'Ice Showcase at the Detroit Lakes City Beach and Park, with shows at 7 and 9 p.m.

Sunday, February 9

Wildlife Movie: Come to the Tamarac Refuge Visitor Center at 2 p.m. and enjoy the 55-minute wildlife movie, "Snow Bears." Set against the harsh backdrop of the Arctic, Snow Bears is a story based on the extraordinary adventures and life-changing journey of newborn polar bear cubs as they leave the safety of their den for the first time. Bravely led by their mother, the cubs must make the perilous 400-mile trek to the sea to feed. Encountering many dangers and adventures along the way — marauding male bears ready to kill, extreme weather, Arctic foxes, Walruses, Narwhal whales, snowdrifts, and ice cracks — they undertake an epic survival challenge. Free and open to the public.

Minne-"Soda" Hot Dish & Dessert Challenge: Come to Detroit Lakes' Grace Lutheran Church at 4 p.m. and sample the hot dish and dessert bar recipes of some of the region's best cooks — including the reigning Miss Minnesota, who has thrown her crock pot into the ring for this year's hot dish competition. Celebrity judges will choose the winners in each category, but the public will also have the chance to vote on the People's Choice overall winner. Admission is a free will offering, with proceeds to support the Becker County Food Pantry.

St. Peters Lutheran Hotdish Luncheon: St. Peters Lutheran Church, 19747 County Highway 6, Audubon, will host a hotdish luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A variety of hot dishes will be served, along with coleslaw and dessert. Admission is a free will offering.

Monday, February 10

Area Schools Polar Fest Snow Sculpture Competition: Thirteen area schools will vie for the title of Polar Fest Snow Sculpting Champion from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes City Park. The public is invited to come watch and cheer on their favorite competitors. King Isbit's Royal Courtyard and Palatial Playground, including the sledding hill, will be open until 8 p.m. Limited sleds available, first come first serve.

Polar Fest Presentation by Jared Munch: The Detroit Lakes Public Library is hosting a special Polar Fest presentation by Arctic explorer Jared Munch, "Paddleboarding from Duluth to the Arctic Ocean," starting at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, February 11

Izaak Walton League Polar Fest Presentation: The Prairie Woods Chapter of the Izaak Walton League will host a special presentation on "Trees & Climate Change in Minnesota" by University of Minnesota Soil Scientist Lee Frelich at 7 p.m. in the main meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library. The public is welcome to attend.

Noon Rotary Polarific Spaghetti Dinner: The Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary Club will hold their annual Polarific Spathetti Dinner from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the M State Cafeteria. Proceeds will go towards high school scholarships and youth related activities in Detroit Lakes, Frazee, Lake Park and Audubon.

Wednesday, February 12

Museum Brown Bag Lunch: This month's Brown Bag Lunch presentation at the Becker County Museum will feature the museum's own Kevin Mitchell, who will present on the topic of "The Power Struggle of 1900-Holmes vs. McCarthy." This will be the final presentation in conjunction with the museum's "Electrifying Minnesota" exhibit, which closes on Saturday, Feb. 22. Bring your own lunch, or reserve one for $8 by contacting the museum in advance at 218-847-2168.

Polarpalooza Tubing Races: Detroit Mountain Recreation Area will be hosting the annual Polarpalooza Tubing Races from 5 to 8 p.m. at the DMRA Tubing Hill. Prizes will be given for the top three finishes and best costumes. Proceeds to benefit Detroit Mountain's Ski Angel program. For more information or to register, go to

Thursday, February 13

Becker County Republicans: The February meeting of the Becker County Republicans will take place in the upper level of HUB 41 Restaurant, 104 West Lake Drive. There will be a strategy get-together from 6 to 7 p.m., with menu options available for purchase, followed by the official meeting at 7 p.m.


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

STEAM Club at the Becker County Museum: The Becker County Museum will be hosting a weekly Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) Club every Tuesday at 3:30 p.m., now through March 31. Students have the option to choose between the Art track or the STEM track, or can or move back and forth between projects. Each two-hour session includes a daily snack and supplies. Cost is $130 for the 13-week program ($10 per session); appropriate for kids ages 8-14. Call the museum at 218-847-2938 to reserve your spot.

Peoples Park Skating Rink & Warming House: The outdoor skating rink and warming house at Peoples Park are now open. Warming house regular hours through Feb. 29 will be 3-5:30 p.m. and 6-8:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; as well as 12-5 p.m. and 6-8:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays. Schedule is weather dependent; changes and/or cancellations will be announced on both KDLM and KRCQ Radio as well as the City of Detroit Lakes Facebook page.

Toddler & Family Storytime: Children ages 3 through kindergarten, and their families, 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 218-847-2168 or visit your library at 1000 Washington Ave. Information is also available online at

Becker County Food Pantry: The Becker County Food Pantry at 1308 Rossman Ave, Detroit Lakes, is open from 4 to 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, by appointment. Call 218-846-0142 on that day to schedule your slot. No appointment is necessary during the Pantry's regular operating hours, which are every Tuesday and Thursday (national holidays excepted) from noon to 3 p.m.

ServSafe Food Manager Classes: Detroit Lakes Adult Basic Education is offering ServSafe Food Manager classes on Wednesdays and Fridays, Feb. 19-March 6. Participants will learn best practices and regulations for safe food management, and those successfully completing the course and exam will be able to register with the Minnesota Department of Health as a certified ServSafe Food Manager. Classes will be held from8 a.m. to noon. There will also be a re-certification course for previously certified food managers held on March 13. Call 218-844-5760 or email for more information.

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.

Driver's License Exam Prep Classes: Detroit Lakes Adult Basic Education is now offering classes designed to help unlicensed adult drivers become familiar with vocabulary, signs, and rules of the road so they can successfully pass the written portion of the Minnesota Driver's License Exam. Call 218-844-5760 or email for more information.

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 DL Alano Club. For more information visit

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.

Detroit Lakes Area Pickleball: Detroit Lakes Area Pickleball hosts organized play from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Monday through Friday at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center. Two to four courts are available depending on program scheduling; check the gym door for details. All skill levels are welcome; all equipment provided. Wear good quality court shoes. 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.

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.

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.

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.