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Burgers and brats served up every Tuesday in DL park for Fuller Center

Evening grill out, live music continues through Labor Day in Detroit Lakes

Reva Husby and Judy Meyer, both of Detroit Lakes, are longtime friends who enjoy the opportunity to get outdoors, enjoy a meal, chat and take in life music all in one evening.
Barbie Porter / Detroit Lakes Tribune
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DETROIT LAKES — Burgers and brats sizzled on a grill at the Detroit Lakes City Park on Tuesday, Aug. 2 as laughter and chatter filled the picnic shelter.

The weekly cook-out is held every Tuesday through Labor Day, with the first meal served at 5:30 p.m. The gathering is a community outreach opportunity for the Fuller Center for Housing of the Detroit Lakes Area, said President Jim Velde.

The Fuller Center for Housing came from the former Habitat for Humanity chapter, with the different organizations having the same goal to provide affordable housing for families in need.

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Jim Velde flipped the hamburgers and brats during the Tuesday night cook-out in the city park.
Barbie Porter / Detroit Lakes Tribune

The grill-out event has averaged about 120 attendees, with half enjoying a burger and the other half a brat. While Velde is the grillmaster of the event, area churches provide volunteers to hand out buns, chips and collect any donations. Proceeds from the event go toward house-building projects.

Currently, Fuller Center is working on a house on Dean Street. Velde said they are currently focusing on shingling the roof, seeding the yard and completing interior work. Families receiving the house must put in 150 hours of volunteer time on the build project.


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Dorothy Langager or Lake Melissa stopped in Detroit Lakes to enjoy the Tuesday night cook-out in the Detroit Lakes city park. The meal of a burger or a brat, with sides and a drink, is offered for a free will donation.
Barbie Porter / Detroit Lakes Tribune

Pastor Ann Newgard-Larson of Grace Lutheran Church said she was glad her church parish was given the opportunity to get involved in the community cook-out.

“I enjoy seeing people and getting to shmooze,” she said.

Reva Husby and her friend Judy Meyer, both of Detroit Lakes, try to attend the cook-out each week.

“We come for the great food and stay for the great music,” Husby said.

The music Husby referred to is offered in the city bandshell and begins at 7 p.m., after the cook-out.

Meyer added that she appreciates all opportunities to enjoy being outside before the cold wind blows winter back in.

“This park is quiet and serene,” she said.

Terri Monroe, Detroit Lakes, and Elton Hilliard of Rochert, visited the picnic with their personal care clients. The two enjoyed the joking banter, good food and for dessert — great music.


“This event is about community, camaraderie, friends and family gathering,” Hilliard said.

“We’re happy to support it,” Monroe added.

Area residents gathered in the Detroit Lakes City Park on Tuesday, Aug. 2 to enjoy a meal before the music in the park began later that night. The cook-out and concerts will continue every Tuesday eveing through Labor Day.
Barbie Porter / Detroit Lakes Tribune

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