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 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.

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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

Friday, February 12

CANCELED-Polar Fest Ice Tee Golf: This year's Ice Tee Golf event, which was scheduled to start at 1 p.m., has been canceled due to extremely cold weather conditions. Contact Kim Bettcher at or 844-4221, ext. 108 for more information.

Daddy-Daughter Date Night: The Historic Holmes Theatre is offering a virtual version of its annual Daddy's Little Sweetheart Dance at 6 p.m. For $15 per person, dad and daughter can enjoy a to-go meal from La Barista, a gift bag, and online access to a streaming video production of "The Snail & the Whale." Visit for more information.

Saturday, February 13

Polar Fest Virtual Freeze Your Buns Run: The Center at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center has canceled its in-person 5K run/walk due to extreme cold weather; a virtual event will take place instead, with participants having until Feb. 21 to submit photo/video proof that they have completed the run (either indoors or outdoors). For more information, contact Kim Better at 218-844-4221, extension 108 or or visit the website at

Radio Play on KDLM: Lakes Broadcasting and the Historic Holmes Theatre are teaming up to present an original play, "The Arrival of King Isbit" by local playwright Kendra Gilsdorf, at 10:30 a.m. on KDLM Radio (1340 FM/93.1 AM). The play will feature a cast of local actors. This event is part of Polar Fest 2021; visit for details.

Poles & Holes Fishing Derby: Fishing lines are expected to drop at noon for the 10th 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., after which prizes will be awarded. Raffle tickets will also be available on the ice from Rotary volunteers for $10 each. Tickets for the live derby are sold out, but folks can still 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.

Polar Fest Plunge: The signature event of Detroit Lakes’ annual Polar Fest celebration, the Plunge gets underway at 1 p.m. with a virtual link to "Proxy Plunger" Josh Duhamel's leap into the icy water. This is the Detroit Lakes Boys & Girls Club’s biggest fundraiser of the year; visit for details on how to register or get involved. Raffle tickets are also available for $10 each.

Comedian Tommy Ryman: The Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes will present a live standup performance by comedian Tommy Ryman at 7 p.m. Both in-person and virtual viewing options are available. Visit for ticket information.

Sunday, February 14

Legion Auxiliary Breakfast Fundraiser: American Legion Auxiliary Unit 15 will host a breakfast fundraiser featuring a choice of biscuits and gravy, pancakes or French toast; bacon or sausage; scrambled eggs and coffee, from 8 a.m. to noon at the American Legion Club in Detroit Lakes. Suggested donations of $7 per plate will be greatly appreciated.

Kool Kites on the Ice: Four professional show kite flyers will dazzle us with their kites of all shapes and sizes in a live demonstration; families are invited to bring their own kites and join in the fun, which starts at noon on the ice of Little Detroit Lake. Free kite kits are also available at the front desk of the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center while supplies last! Stop in and pick yours up anytime prior to Sunday's event, then bring it home and decorate it yourself to bring along to the event.

Sweetheart Snow Trek at Tamarac-POSTPONED: This event has been rescheduled for Sunday, Feb. 21.

Tuesday, February 16

Climate Change Virtual Presentation: Ann Mulholland, regional director for The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, will present "Protecting Nature and Tackling Climate Change," live at 7 p.m. Hosted by the Prairie Woods Chapter of the Izaak Walton League, this free event can be streamed via their Facebook page.

William Kent Krueger Virtual Presentation: Join Lake Agassiz Regional Library for a free virtual event at 7 p.m., featuring beloved Minnesota author William Kent Krueger. He will be discussing the importance of books in a world of chaos, highlighting the profound and positive influence of books in his life. This event is free-of-charge and will be streamed live on the Lake Agassiz Regional Library Facebook Page at

Saturday, February 20

ULTRA Snowmobile Club Vintage Rally: Detroit Lakes' ULTRA Snowmobile Club will host its annual Vintage Rally & Swap Meet from 8 a.m. to noon on the Detroit Lakes City Beach, followed by a group ride from 12 to 5 p.m. Visit the website at for details.

Sunday, February 21

Sweetheart Snow Trek at Tamarac: Bring your own snowshoes, or check out a loaner pair for this 1.5 mile trek through the woods of Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, which starts at 1 p.m. Hear stories of how wildlife adapt to Minnesota winters along the way. Meet at the Discovery Center. Bring water and snacks. Mask or neck gaiter and 6 foot social distancing encouraged. Hosted by the Friends of Tamarac NWR.


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.

Outdoor Skating & Warming House: The outdoor rinks and warming house at Peoples Park in Detroit Lakes are now closed until Monday, Feb. 15, due to extreme cold temperatures that are expected to continue through the remainder of the week.