The Detroit Lakes Tribune accepts community calendar items, for publication online and in our Wednesday and Sunday print editions, space permitting.

Submissions must be made at least a week in advance of the event date, in writing, to either or

Each submission must include the following: Date, time and location of event, whether it is recurring or a one-time happening, and where to go for more information (phone, email and/or website). Also include whether the event is free or paid admission, and how much it costs when applicable.

Thursday, February 4

Defensive Driving Course: A 4-hour, in person defensive driving course will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Pizza Ranch, 106 Jefferson St. S., Wadena. Cost is $20. To register please call Denise Lillis at 218-346-3336.

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Winter Shanty Beer Tap: Detroit Lakes' annual celebration of all things winter, Polar Fest 2021, kicks off with the tapping of the first "Polar Fest Winter Shanty" beer keg at Lakeside Tavern at 4 p.m. Pints of this special brew, made specifically for Polar Fest, will be $3 each. Visit for more info.

Polar Fest 2021 Kickoff: Polar Fest 2021 begins with the official opening of the "MN Sn'Ice Snow & Ice Showcase" in the Detroit Lakes City Park, and other ongoing activities including outdoor skating at Peoples Park, the Detroit Lakes Early Childhood Family Education Little Polar Bear Game, the "Wishing Tie" tree at the Historic Holmes Theatre, and the Polar Fest Photo Contest. The festival concludes on Monday, Feb. 15 (aka Presidents' Day). Visit for all the details.

Friday, February 5

Give Kids a Smile: Dental Associates, located at 1136 Washington Ave. in Detroit Lakes, is offering free dental care for children in the lakes area between 8 a.m. and noon, as part of the Minnesota Dental Association's Give Kids a Smile program. Participating patients can be no older than 18 years of age, and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. For more information, or to make an appointment, call the Dental Associates office at 218-847-2624.

Great Polar Hunt Kickoff: The DL Chamber will be hosting a Great Polar Hunt game as a part of Polar Fest this year. Solve the puzzle by finding signs around Detroit Lakes for a chance to win prizes! You must register to be eligible for prizes. Cost is $10. To sign up, call the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce at 218-847-9202 or send an email to More information is available at

Noon Rotary Virtual Wine Tasting: The Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary Club is hosting a virtual wine tasting event as part of Polar Fest 2021. This 7 p.m. virtual wine tasting with sommelier Jean Taylor will help you choose the best wines for Valentine’s Day, and enjoy a fun evening of Zooming, laughing, and sharing with old friends and new. Cost is $75, and includes 4 bottles of wine, an invitation to the Zoom event, and recipe suggestions for food pairings with the wines. Once you sign up, you'll receive an email with directions on picking up your wine and how to Zoom in. Register at

Saturday, February 6

Kiwanis' Polar Fest Pancake Breakfast: The Detroit Lakes Kiwanis will be serving up pancakes and sausage, with a choice of coffee, juice or milk, from 8 a.m. to noon at the American Legion Club, 810 West Lake Drive. Tickets will be sold at the door. Visit for more information.

Poles 'N Holes Fishing Derby Raffle: Though on-ice tickets for the Poles 'N Holes Ice Fishing Derby (capped at 250 due to COVID-19) are sold out for this year, there will be raffle tickets for sale on the ice near the site of the derby, which runs from 12-3 p.m. Cost is $10 per ticket for a chance to win more than $11,000 in prizes. Visit or for more information.

Minne-Soda Hotdish Drive-Through Dinner: Grace Lutheran Church will be serving up "Minne-Soda Hotdish," drive -through style, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per person/meal. Call 218-847-4568 or visit for more information.

Tuesday, February 9

Noon Rotary Spaghetti Dinner: Don’t miss a plate of Noon Rotary’s famous spaghetti dinner! Come to the Holiday Inn Lakefront between 4:30-7:30 p.m. and pick up a plate to enjoy with family and friends; take out and delivery options are also available. Tickets can be purchased from any Noon Rotarian, or at the door. Call 218-847-2121 or visit for more information.

Wednesday, February 10

Polar Putt: Come to the Washington Square Mall for some free fun; a putting "green" will be set up in the mall hallway for participants to putt for prizes, in the form of gift cards from mall businesses. Call 218-847-1679 or visit for more information.

Thursday, February 11

Giving Hearts Day: Ten local organizations are participating in this 24-hour online charitable giving event; go to to find your favorite charity, or stop by the Washington Square Mall in Detroit Lakes between 10 a.m.-1 p.m. to drop off your donation (cash or checks accepted) in person. Most gifts of $10 or more will be matched by donations from area businesses and organizations.

Defensive Driving Class: A 4-hour, in-person defensive driving course will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the ITOW (In Their Own Words) Veterans Museum, 805 W. Main, Perham. Cost is $20. To register please call Denise Lillis at 218-346-3336.

Arctic Photography Presentation: As part of Polar Fest, the Detroit Lakes Public Library presents a free virtual event live on Facebook at 7 p.m., featuring Arctic photographer and outdoor writer John Stember. He will share the story of a family which lived off the land in the wilderness of Alaska. In this presentation, Stember will share about their lifestyle in the wilderness, how his life came to intersect with their path, and his photographic journey in the Arctic. To see some of John Stember's works, check out his website at


Chocolate Fantasy: Order a chocolate tray for your sweetheart, co-workers, and/or employees for pickup or delivery on Feb. 11-12 and support the Becker County Museum. Trays are available for purchase online at or by calling 218-847-2938. Delivery is offered to Becker County homes and businesses for an additional charge. Plus, there’s a new option to paint a ceramic tray, have it glazed and fired, and then loaded with treats for Valentine’s Day. Check out the museum's online store for details.

Poles 'N Holes Virtual Ice Fishing Derby: Though the Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary Club's on-ice Poles 'N Holes Fishing Derby on Saturday, Feb. 6 is sold out, anyone in Minnesota can sign up for the virtual derby between Feb. 12-14 by downloading the free Fish Donkey phone app and registering for Poles 'N Holes (tickets are $30 each). Once you're signed up, you can fish from anywhere in Minnesota, post a photo of your fish and be eligible to win a variety of prizes. Visit or for more information.

Outdoor Skating & Warming House: The outdoor rinks and warming house at Peoples Park in Detroit Lakes will be open throughout Polar Fest, Feb. 4-15. Hours are 3 to 8:30 p.m. on weekdays, and noon to 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays (as well as Monday, Feb. 15, which is President's Day). Visit for more information.