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Saturday, September 4

Snellman Days: The tiny community of Snellman will hold its annual Labor Day weekend festival from 7:30 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m. Events include breakfast at Gethsemane Lutheran Church from 7:30 to 11 a.m.; yard games throughout the day, including a bean bag toss, lawn bowling, Jenga and yard Yahtzee; Bingo (100% payback) at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; DJ music and karaoke, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; hot dog eating contest, 12:30 p.m.; and the Mayoral "Election" Drawing, 2 p.m., followed by raffle prize drawings. There will also be a flea market, rummage sale and bake sale throughout the day, the St. John's Lutheran Church Lunch Wagon (turkey, brats, mashed potatoes and gravy, baked beans) as well as root beer floats and popcorn for sale. Door prize drawings will also be held throughout the day; must be present to win. Snellman is located 20 miles east of Detroit Lakes on Highway 34.

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Sunday, September 5

Pancake breakfast: The Holy Rosary Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring a pancake, French toast and sausage breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Holy Rosary Parish Center, 1043 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes.

Wednesday, September 8

Expert Application Class: Your first step to an interview and job offer is successfully completing a job application. Learn how to fill out paper or online applications and answer tough questions and get an overview of what can be asked or not asked on an application in this 11 a.m. class at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. Call 218-847-2168 for more information.

Cruise DL Night: Come down to West Lake Drive along the Detroit Lakes City Beach between 4 and 8:30 p.m. to see a wide array of vintage vehicles, which will be parked along both sides of the street for viewing. No registration fee; all classic cars are welcome. Visit for more information. This is the last Cruise DL Night of the summer. ]

Library Knitting Group: Knitters of all experience levels are invited to join this group at the Detroit Lakes Public Library from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Bring new and ongoing projects and share experience and inspiration with fellow knitters. We will be meeting in the main meeting room of the library. Call 218-847-2168 for more information.

Friday, September 10

Square Dancing: The Park Rapids Friendly Squares will host a dance at the Century School in Park Rapids from 7:30 pm to 9:30 p.m. The caller will be Phil Miller. Spectators are welcome. For more information contact Karen at 218-732-3853.

Dick Beardsley Race Pasta Feed: Brygge Taps & Tastes of Detroit Lakes will host a pasta feed for participants, families and community members in honor of the 25th Annual Dick Beardsley Races starting at 6 p.m. in Kent Freeman Arena. Dick Beardsley will be giving a special presentation during the event as well. Saturday's race participants can register (if the event isn't sold out) and pick up their packets at the arena between 4-8 p.m. Visit for more information.

Toast to Tamarac: The Friends of Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge will be hosting their 10th annual Toast to Tamarac benefit from 4 to 8 p.m. at Richwood Winery. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door; for each ticket you will receive a commemorative glass, complimentary beverage of wine, beer or mixed drink and enjoy food, live music, games, and an amazing silent auction. Proceeds will be used by the Friends of Tamarac NWR to provide environmental education programs to over 750 local school children each year. This includes backpacks, journals, and many different types of outdoor tools needed to teach children about nature and the value of taking care of our environment. Tickets can be purchased online at, in person at Central Market, Lakeside Tavern or Richwood Winery, or by calling 218-846-9815 or 847-7192.

Vixen in Concert: Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino will host an 8 p.m. concert by Vixen, America's only all-female hard rock band. Tickets start at $14; visit or call 800-453-7827 for more information.

Saturday, September 11

Dick Beardsley Races: The 25th Annual Dick Beardsley Races will take place from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m., with the half marathon and 2.5K races to start at 7:30 a.m., the 5K at 8 a.m., the 10K at 8:30 a.m. and the youth run at 11 a.m. All races begin and end at Kent Freeman Arena in Detroit Lakes. Visit for registration information, course maps and more.

Grape Stomp Festival: Richwood Winery will be hosting its annual Grape Stomp Festival from 1 to 7 p.m., with live music from Rick Adams, 1-3 p.m., and Zach Thomas, 4:30-7 p.m. The stomp will take place at 3:30 p.m., and there will be a costume contest at 4:15 p.m. (after the final heat of the stomp). Tickets are $10 per person for all those age 21 and up (free to all younger attendees), and will be sold at the gate (no advance sales this year). Each ticket will get you a complimentary wine glass and admission to all festival activities including the stomp, vendor shopping, games, live music and more; drink tickets and bottles of wine will be sold separately, along with food and souvenirs. Cost to participate in the stomp is $10 per person, with registration from 1 to 3 p.m. Visit or call 218-844-5990 for more information.

Pork Roast Supper: Richwood Lutheran Church, located nine miles north of Detroit Lakes at 24284 250th St., will host its annual fall supper of pork roast, potatoes and gravy, lefse, glazed carrots, coleslaw and dessert, plus beverages, from 4 to 7 p.m. Cost is $13 for all age 13 and up, $5 for children ages 6-12, and free for ages 5 and under. Take-out meals available.

Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome Outdoor Concert: Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre will be hosting an outdoor concert by Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome at the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell, starting at 6 p.m. There will be food trucks on site starting at 5 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for students; reserve your seat at

Monday, September 13

Ogema VFW Auxiliary: The Ogema VFW Auxiliary will meet at 4 p.m. in the VFW Hall. All members encouraged to attend. If you are interested in joining or have questions on eligibility please contact Carol Fabre, Auxiliary president at 218-983-3443 or 218-401-1219. Please note time change for fall and winter.

Tuesday, September 14

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.

Teen Writers Group: Teens interested in pursuing writing are invited to join this group at 4 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes Public Library for inspiration and support. Grab a snack, do a writing prompt, learn writing tips, and hear feedback from your peers. Call 218-847-2168 for more information.

Wednesday, September 15

Resume and Cover Letters Class: Your resume can be a ticket or a roadblock to job interviews. Attend an assisted workshop at the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 11 a.m. to learn the secrets to composing a standout resume and put yourself ahead of the competition. Identify your skills, write and leave with a polished resume. Call 218-847-2168 for more information.

Library Crocheting Group: Calling all crocheters! People of all experience levels are welcome to bring new and ongoing projects to this craft group, which meets at the Detroit Lakes Public Library from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Share experience, inspiration and the love of crocheting. Call 218-847-2168 for more information.

United Methodist Meatball Supper: The Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church will host a meatball supper from 4:30 to 7 p.m., with to-go meals only. Cost is $10 per person, for a meal including two meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy as well as green beans , coleslaw, a roll and dessert. The church is located at the corner of Corbett Road and Pembina Trail in Detroit Lakes.


Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion: The 2021 Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion will take place on Sept. 3-6 at the WMSTR grounds in Rollag, Minn. Once you pay the admission fee, you can enjoy a full day of steam engines, parades, live music, crafts, blacksmithing and threshing demonstrations and hundreds of other exhibits at no additional cost. Food, beverages and festival memorabilia can be purchased on site; primitive camping (no water, electric or sewer hookups) is also available. Go to for more information.

Bakke Lutheran Fall Rummage and Bake Sale: Bakke Lutheran Church, 27495 County Highway 32, Detroit Lakes, will hold its annual Fall Rummage and Bake Sale om Friday and Saturday, Sept. 3-4. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. for both days. Wide selection of books, garden produce, jewelry and baked goods available; stop in for coffee and a dessert bar, $1.25 per person.

Laddies Loppet Mountain Bike Races: Maplelag Resort in rural Callaway will be hosting the 10th race in the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series, known as Laddies Loppet, on Sept. 4-5. Competitions will be held in both the cross country (kids comp, citizen, sport, comp and elite) and short track (open men's and women's, kids comp, citizen, sport, comp and expert/elite) categories. Racing action begins on Saturday with the traditional cross country races, concluding on Sunday with the short track races. This is the 20th annual event (it was canceled in 2020). No day-of race registration; you must sign up in advance, both for the races and for camping on site. For more information visit

Library Storytime: The Detroit Lakes Public Library will offer weekly storytime sessions this fall, every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join library staff for stories, flannel boards, finger plays, songs and more. This early literacy experience explores a different theme each week and is a great way to encourage young children to enjoy reading. The library is located at 1000 Washington Ave., Detroit Lakes. Call 218-847-2168 for more information.

Baby Bounce: Songs, stories, and action poems for infants, toddlers and their caregivers are offered every Monday at the Detroit Lakes Public Library, starting at 10:30 a.m. Program runs about a half hour including playtime and chatting with other caregivers. For ages 0-18 months. Call 218-847-2168 for more information.

Take-and-Make Craft Kits: Children are invited to pick up a make-and-take craft kit at the Detroit Lakes Public Library front desk throughout September. Get the instructions and materials to make a spinner toy from scratch out of paper, cardboard, and string. Great for families to make together or kids to make on their own. Kits are offered free-of-charge while supplies last. Call 218-847-2168 for more information.

Peoples Park Pickleball: The pickleball courts at Peoples Park are owned by the City of Detroit Lakes, and are open to the public 24/7. Detroit Lakes Area Pickleball (DLAP) offers organized play every Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to noon. Other popular times to play are Tuesday and Thursday evenings after 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday mornings. For more information, visit the DL Pickleball page on Facebook.

Lakes Area Farmers Market: The Lakes Area Farmers Market is now open for the season at Detroit Lakes’ Peoples Park (behind Zorbaz). Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Saturday. For more information visit or call 661-345-7450.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Here is the meeting schedule for the Detroit Lakes Alano Club at 827 Summit Ave. — Sundays at 1 p.m., 12x12 open meeting; Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Big Book open meeting; Wednesdays at 12 noon, Grapevine open meeting; Wednesdays at 6 p.m., women's open meeting; Thursdays at 7 p.m., Intro to AA open meeting; Saturdays at 7 a.m., men's open meeting; Saturdays at 9 a.m., Women's Big Book closed meeting; Saturdays at 8 p.m., open topic meeting. There are no dues or fees for meetings. For more information, call the Detroit Lakes Alano Club at 218-844-9970, or the District 3 AA Helpline at 877-833-2327.

Overeaters Anonymous: Do you find yourself turning to food for comfort? Is your eating affecting your health or the way you live your life? Do you find your mind preoccupied with thoughts of food? If any of these describes you, then Overeaters Anonymous may be for you. No diets to follow, no weigh-ins, no fees — just a 12-step program for those who struggle in their relationship with food. The OA Serenity Group meets Tuesdays at noon in Detroit Lakes' Holy Rosary Catholic Church (1043 Lake Ave.); please use the south parking lot entrance. The Freedom From Bondage OA Group meets on Sundays at 6 p.m. in the Community Alliance Church, 408 West Elm St., Detroit Lakes. Please use the east door.

Lake Country Woodcarvers: Anyone interested in wood carving or woodworking is welcome to bring their latest projects to the Holmes Art Cellar every Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m. and enjoy a free woodworking session. Pattern books and other resources are available in the Woodcarvers' library for checkout. There is no cost to participate. Call Dale Wavra at 701-371-5204 for more information.