Churches and restaurants are finding creative ways to help families celebrate Easter this year, while still following the social distancing guidelines for the coronavirus pandemic.

Replacing their video service, three local churches are hosting drive-in Easter Sunday services April 12:

The drive-in services are exempt from Gov. Tim Walz's stay-at-home order, Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander said in a phone interview Tuesday, April 7. Glander said he's received multiple calls with questions about the services.

"Maintain social distancing," Glander said. "Follow what the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health are recommending for safety precautions or safety measures."

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To go with the special services, some restaurants are offering special Easter meals that families can pick up April 12. The meals must be pre-ordered:

  • 59er Diner and Motel has a $35.95 plus tax family meal deal or individual meals for $9.95 plus tax.
  • Holiday Beach Bar and Grill has a $12/person meal deal.
  • Spitfire has three family meal deals at $61.99, $66.99 and $68.99. They are also selling a full or half ham for $59.99 or $32.99.
  • Spanky's has six family meal deals from $20 to $36.
  • Pit 611 has two family meal deals but pricing is still being determined.

For more information on the meals, contact each restaurant individually.

Free Easter lilies from Bergen's

With the disruption and closing of many retail stores and churches around the region this holiday season, Bergen’s Greenhouses of Detroit Lakes was left with thousands and thousands of Easter lilies needing a home — so they decided to give them away to their customers.

"We have been in business for almost 100 years. Growing Easter lilies is a specialty of ours," said proprietor Mara Bergen in a press release. "This year we grew 160,000 gorgeous Easter lilies. We support the world’s largest retailers, garden centers, and florists throughout the Midwest."

To help bring a little color to a world under threat of COVID-19, Bergen invited local residents to come pick up some free lilies this Friday and Saturday, April 10-11.

"Help us share the bloom, not the gloom," she said. "Pick up a free Easter lily for yourself and a free one for someone else."

Bergen stated that the lilies would be placed in carts outside the garden center beginning at 10 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday, adding that while the garden center would be open, patrons should practice social distancing while on site.