Happenings around the Detroit Lakes area
Events and things to do around Detroit Lakes, Becker County and surrounding areas from Feb. 6-16.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions must include: 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.
Saturday, February 5
Midnite Riders Old Timers Snowmobile Run: A 39-mile Old Timers Snowmobile Run, starting at 10:30 a.m. in front of the Lake Park Liquor Store. Tickets for the ride are $10 each. There will be vintage snowmobiles on display, with registration starting at 8 a.m.; trophies will be awarded at 10 a.m. Raffle tickets will be on sale throughout the day until 6 p.m., at the liquor store and other participating businesses along the run route. Drawings will take place Monday, Feb. 7.
Go Fish! Youth Fishing Day: The Friends of Tamarac are hosting an afternoon of ice fishing from 1 to 4 p.m. Learn the basics from a volunteer guide. Small group lessons on the half hour. Parents, reserve a spot for children ages 6-16, who will receive free fishing gear to participate. Other ages are welcome to take part, as well. Park at the North Tamarac Lake Access on County Highway 26. Dress for the weather. Event may be canceled due to extreme cold or storm conditions. Sign up online: check Tamarac's Facebook page or contact Kelly at 218-850-4886 or Janice at 218-849-9872 for more information.
Classic Snowmobile Ride: Join Detroit Lakes' ULTRA Snowmobile Club for a classic snowmobile ride starting at 9 a.m. Meet at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes. The ride will include a lunch stop and conclude back at the Holiday Inn around 3 p.m. For more information, contact Wayne Schlauderaff, 218-849-3069, or Mark Trottier, 715-889-6201.
White Earth Nation Ice Fishing Derby: The White Earth Nation Public Safety and Natural Resources departments will be hosting their second annual Ice Fishing Derby on Strawberry Lake, starting at 11 a.m. and continuing until 3 p.m. Entry fee is $10 for adults, free for all youth ages 16 and under. More than $4,000 in tournament prizes will be awarded, including $10 each to the first 250 youth entries.
Eagle Lake Ice Fishing Derby: The Frazee Sportsmans Club will host its annual Eagle Lake Ice Fishing Derby from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Eagle Lake public access. Entry fee is $10 each; cash prizes for pan and game fish in both the adult and kids categories as well as a variety of attendance prizes. For more information contact Ryan Pierce at 701-866-1181.
Live Music: Bellavida, 8 p.m., Mustang Lounge at the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen. Open to the public.
Sunday, February 6
Pancake Breakfast: The Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring a pancake/French toast and sausage breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Holy Rosary Parish Center, 1043 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes.
Guided Snowshoe Trek: A one hour, 1.5-mile walk on the Bear Paw Spur Trail at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, starting at 2 p.m. Discover how wildlife adapt to winter. Adult and children snowshoes will be available to borrow. Bring water and snacks. Meet at the Discovery Center, nine miles north of State Highway 34 at the junction of County Highways 29 and 26. Events may be canceled due to extreme cold or storm conditions. Check Tamarac's Facebook page or contact Kelly at 218-850-4886 or Janice at 218-849-9872 for more information.
Ladies Craft Day: Detroit Lakes' Zion Lutheran Church will host a Ladies Craft Day from 2 to 4 p.m. A free, fun afternoon of crafting and snacks. Register online or call the church's Family Life Coordinator, Katelyn Haarstick, at 218-847-7630. Project boards will be stained and ready for painters who want to add some color; a variety of paint will be available. Displays are hanging in the church hallway.
Monday, February 7
Naloxone for Overdoses Training: At the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 2 p.m. One-hour Naxolone training session to learn more about the opioid epidemic and how to administer Naloxone for overdoses. Receive a free overdose treatment kit. Led by a Certified Community Trainer of Trainers; kits and materials for the training are provided for and sponsored by the Rural AIDS Action Network and the Minnesota Department of Health. Pre-register by calling the library at 218-847-2168. Training is open to all community members who want to learn how to help.
Tuesday, February 8
American Red Cross Blood Drive: At Zion Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes from noon to 6 p.m. Sign up at redcrossblood.org or call the church at 218-847-7630 for more information.
Teen Writers Group: Teens interested in pursuing writing are invited to join this group from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Detroit Lakes Public Library for inspiration and support. Grab a snack, do a writing prompt, learn writing tips, and hear feedback from peers. Visit larl.org or call 218-847-2168 for more information.
Sons of Norway: The Sons of Norway, Vikingland Lodge 1-495, will meet at 7 p.m. in Detroit Lakes' First Lutheran Church. Membership not required to attend. Everyone welcome. Coffee and goodies served after the meeting.
Wednesday, February 9
Naloxone for Overdoses Training: At the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 5:30 p.m. One-hour Naxolone training session to learn more about the opioid epidemic and how to administer Naloxone for overdoses. Receive a free overdose treatment kit. Led by a Certified Community Trainer of Trainers; kits and materials for the training are provided for and sponsored by the Rural AIDS Action Network and the Minnesota Department of Health. Pre-register by calling the library at 218-847-2168. Training is open to all community members who want to learn how to help.
Thursday, February 10
Defensive Driving Class: A 4-hour, in-person class held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the ITOW (In Their Own Words) Veterans Museum, 805 W. Main, in Perham. Cost is $20. To register call Denise Lillis at 218-346-3336.
Becker County Republicans: The February meeting of the Becker County Republicans will be held in the banquet room at the Sandbar, 1150 Randolph Road, Detroit Lakes. There will be a “Constitution Alive” lesson from 5:30 to 7 p.m., followed by the official meeting from 7 to 8 p.m.
Friday, February 11
Ice Tee Golf: Teams from local businesses and community organizations will play 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; register online at polarfestdl.com or contact Kim Bettcher by phone at 218-844-4221, ext. 108 or email, email@example.com.
Polar Fest Tubing After Dark: Detroit Mountain Recreation Area will host a session of Tubing After Dark in conjunction with the 2022 Polar Fest celebration from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Colorful laser lights will be illuminating the tubing hill. Must register online at detroitmountain.com.
Ice Palace Grand Lighting: King Isbit’s Polar Fest Ice Palace will be lit up for the first time at 7 p.m. on the Detroit Lakes City Beach near the Pavilion, launching the community’s annual Polar Fest celebration. The public is invited to take part in the celebration, as well as watch the preparations on a live web camera at iceharvestdl.org.
Sawyer Brown Concert: At the Event Center at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $23; purchase online at starcasino.com or call 800-453-7827.
Saturday, February 12
Eagles Blood Drive: At the Detroit Lakes Eagles Club, 112 W. Holmes St., from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For an appointment, contact Terri Anderson, 218-846-7589, or visit vitalant.org and search for Detroit Lakes locations.
Fat Bike Racing: The "Snoway But Round" Polar Fest Fat Bike Races get underway at Detroit Mountain Recreation Area at 9 a.m. One or three-lap options available. Must register online at detroitmountain.com.
Fandazzi Fire Circus: The MN Sn'Ice Harvest, Snow and Ice Showcase will be hosting two shows by the Twin Cities-based Fandazzi Fire Circus at 6 and 9 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell. Free and open to the public.
Frozen Fireworks: The first of two free Frozen Fireworks shows in conjunction with Polar Fest 2022 (the other is on Feb. 26) will take place at 7 p.m. on the ice of Little Detroit Lake. Free and open to the public.
Sunday, February 13
Callaway Lions Pancake Breakfast: From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Callaway Community Center. Admission is by free will offering.
Cool Kites on the Ice: An afternoon of kite-flying on Little Detroit Lake from noon to 3 p.m. Professional show kite flyers will entertain Polar Fest visitors with "Cool Kites" of all shapes and sizes. Bring a kite to fly or make a kite with Detroit Lakes' Early Childhood Family Education. Event is free and open to everyone.
Try Fat Tire Biking: This free event, set from 1 to 2 p.m., is designed to allow folks to try fat tire biking on the groomed trails at Detroit Mountain Recreation Area. Basic instruction and bikes will be provided and participants will go on a short group ride together.
Minne-Soda Hot Dish and Dessert Bar Challenge: Detroit Lakes' Grace Lutheran Church will host the challenge, with the public invited to come taste some of the best local cooks' recipes from 4 to 5:30 p.m. (along with dinner rolls and soda), while supplies last. Trophies will be presented by Amber Estenson Schwarzrock, otherwise known as “That Midwestern Mom” on TikTok. Celebrity judges, including Tracy Briggs of WDAY, will determine the champion. For more information, contact Jim Brogren at firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-841-2968.
Monday, February 14
Chocolate Fantasy: The Becker County Museum will be hosting this event, in conjunction with Polar Fest 2022, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Area restaurants and grocery stores share all of their best chocolate-y sweets to create the perfect Valentines for participating sweethearts, friends, co-workers, and more. Reserve a chocolate tray — $45 for a large or $25 for a small — by contacting the museum at 218-847-2938, or order online at beckercountyhistory.org . Museum staff will deliver trays to businesses and homes within the Detroit Lakes city limits, for a small fee.
Tuesday, February 15
Library Book Club: At 3 p.m. at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. One-hour discussion of "The Kitchen Front" by Jennifer Ryan, a book about a cooking contest during WWII. All are welcome, even those who haven't read the book. Email email@example.com with questions.
Kiwanis Membership Open House: All area businesses and individuals interested in learning more about the Kiwanis organization are invited to a new membership open house at the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes from noon to 1 p.m. Members will share information and Jodee Bock will deliver a motivational message. RSVP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Ice Climbing Presentation: As part of Polar Fest 2022, the Detroit Lakes Public Library is offering a free 7 p.m. presentation by competitive ice climber and Minnesota native Kendra Stritch, who will share her experiences from her eight years of competing in Ice Climbing World Cup competitions, including winning a gold medal in speed ice climbing at the World Cup in Bozeman, Montana. Free and open to the public.
Wednesday, February 16
High School Snow Sculpture Competition: Local area high schools are invited to participate in the 2022 Snow Sculpture competition taking place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes City Park. Teams must be pre-registered. Contact email@example.com for more information. The public is welcome to watch the competition and/or view the finished sculptures afterward.
Polar Paw Hunt: Mainstream Boutique in downtown Detroit Lakes hosts this event in conjunction with Polar Fest 2022. Three Polar Paws will be hidden; the finder of each will receive a basket of local gifts and gift cards, each valued at $100.
Polar Palooza Tubing Races: At Detroit Mountain Recreation Area's tubing hill. Races will begin at 6 p.m. and continue until approximately 9 p.m. Partner with coworkers, family or friends to round up a four person team for a tubing race down the Mountain's 1,100-foot tubing hill. Prizes will be given for the top three finishes and best costumes. Funds to benefit Detroit Mountain's Ski Angel program. For more information, or to register, go to detroitmountain.com .
Multi-day and Recurring Events
Blind Date With a Book: Now through Feb. 15. Choose a wrapped book at the Detroit Lakes Public Library, read it, rate it and enter a drawing for a prize. Call 218-847-2168 for more information.
Snowshoe Sundays: Every Sunday through Feb. 20 at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, from 1 to 4 p.m. Borrow snowshoes at the Discovery Center; adult and youth sizes available. Volunteers can recommend a trail for you. The Discovery Center is located 9 miles north of State Highway 34 on County Highway 26. Events may be canceled due to extreme cold or storm conditions. Check Tamarac's Facebook page or contact Kelly Blackledge at 218-850-4886 or Janice Bengtson at 218-849-9872 for more information.
Cornerstone for Kids: Kids from preschool age up through high school students can go to the Detroit Lakes First Baptist Church, 300 Central St. East, every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for a chance to learn about faith and understand God. There's an adult Bible study at the same time. For more information call 218-847-4571 or email DLFirstBaptistChurch@gmail.com.
Library Storytime: The Detroit Lakes Public Library offers weekly storytime sessions 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 way to encourage young children to enjoy reading. 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 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.
GED/Adult Diploma Class: Lakes Area Adult Education holds orientation sessions for GED or Adult Diploma classes twice a month. Call 218-844-5760 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
English Language Instruction: Lakes Area Adult Education offers free English language instruction for adults every Monday through Thursday. The schedule is flexible and individualized. Call 218-844-5760 or email email@example.com for more information.
Alcoholics Anonymous: Detroit Lakes Alano Club meets at 827 Summit Ave. on the following days and times: 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 218-844-9970 or the District 3 AA Helpline at 877-833-2327.
Overeaters Anonymous: A 12-step program for those who struggle in their relationship with food. The OA Serenity Group meets Tuesdays at noon at Detroit Lakes' Holy Rosary Catholic Church (1043 Lake Ave.); use the south parking lot entrance. The Freedom From Bondage OA Group meets Sundays at 6 p.m. at the Community Alliance Church, 408 West Elm St., Detroit Lakes. Use the east door.
Lake Country Woodcarvers: At the Holmes Art Cellar every Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m. Bring woodcarvings to show and/or take part in a free woodworking session. Pattern books and other resources available for checkout. No cost to participate. Call Dale Wavra at 701-371-5204 for more information.