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4. History

12. Fall Festival

6. Calendar of events

13. United Way

Fall sports are beginning again. Support area teams and cheer on players.

Dennis Winskowski, publisher Pippi Mayfield, magazine editor Viola Anderson, circulation manager

Find out where and when all the area upcoming events are happening.

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Lace up your running shoes, it’s time for a half marathon run. Or try a 5K if you’re not quite ready.

Tamarac Wildlife Refuge asks the public to join them for a day of fun this fall.

Community Celebration

United Way says thank you for the support with lunch and entertainment.

14. Oktoberfest

It’s time to polka!

16. Hunting

Regulations are the same this year, but now hunters can register online as well as in person.

18. Tamarac Refuge

It’s fall at the refuge and time for mushroom picking.


The fall and winter line up is being released for the theater.

22. Tee time

Get your last rounds of golf in before the snow flies. There’s plenty of courses in the area.

24. Harvest Festival

Perham hosts its small town last hurrah of the season.

26. Farmer Market

Harvest time is in full swing. Get some goods and freeze them for winter eating.

28. Hunting dogs

Area hunter Earl Johnson talks about training his hounds for hunting.

31. Casino


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32. Recipes

Take the meat you hunt this fall and try some new recipes with it.


Histories History

The start of sports

Fall sports are starting again; support area teams as they go down in history


ootball was introduced to the Detroit Lakes High School in 1901. Record editor George Hamilton described the game as this: “Judges of the game say there was good playing done yesterday by both sides. But where it came in, we were unable to judge. Perhaps it was the ability of some of the players to knock the wind out of an opponent quicker than the other might have done.” That fall, the school played three games, all against Perham — Perham, 69 to Detroit, 5; Perham, 26 to Detroit, 6; Perham, 29 to Detroit, 0. The next year brought Moorhead, 11 to Detroit, 5; Moorhead, 5 to Detroit, 0; Detroit and Audubon tie at 0-0; Crookston, 10 to Detroit, 0; Detroit, 31 to Verndale, 0; Detroit, 18 to Moorhead, 12, establishing football in the Detroit Lakes school system. Since that time, Detroit Lakes has gone on to win four state titles and one runner-up title, with a total of 11 trips to state play. The program is to this day one of the more popular in the area. The Mahnomen Indians’ dominance on the gridiron spans over four decades, from the 1970s through the 2000s. The Indians made their debut in the state playoffs in 1974 and proceeded to be a common sight in state play from there on out, with 18 more trips to state. 4 | SUMMER SCENE | SEPTEMBER 2010

Mahnomen also hoisted six state championship trophies — including four consecutive Class C titles from 1990-93 — and were state runners-up four times. Frazee also built a dynasty starting in the 1980s, but this one on the mat. The Hornets established their state experience in 1987 and moved on to win a total of three state titles and numerous individual championships. Frazee claimed state team wrestling championships in 1992, 1999 and 2002. The Hornets have qualified for state a total of 17 times. The Lake Park-Audubon football team made some history in 2008, after earning a berth in the Class 1A state playoffs for the first time. The Raiders played all the way to the state semifinals at the Metrodome, before losing to eventual runner-up Royalton. Known for some of the state’s top golf courses, the Detroit Lakes boys’ and girls’ linksters have turned that into a pair of state titles. The Lakers girls burst out on the golf scene in 2006, after convincingly winning the Class 2A championship, while the DL boys’ squad became Class 2A co-champions in 2008. The Lakers also have had success on the hardcourt, with the DL girls’ team making trips to the Class 3A state playoffs in 2005, 2007 and 2008.


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Calendar August 31 Tuesdays in the Park, 7 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell Free concert with music by the Lakes Area Community Concert Band; bring your own lawn chair. Before the concert, Habitat for Humanity will be doing a picnic dinner under the shelter as a fund-raiser. Contact: Holmes Theatre, 844-7469 Septmeber 2 Ladies Night “Potluck & Pottery,” 7 p.m. Bring your favorite dish to share and paint something special for fall. Location: The Clayground, DL Contact: Becky Sletto, 218844-CLAY September 3 Labor Day Weekend Farewell to Summer Event in The Lodge On Lake Detroit Reservations Required (48 hours prior to the event) Cost: $35 per person + tax Contact: 218-847-8439 or 800-761-8439; www.The September 3-6 Western MN Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag September 4 Humane Society of the Lakes Harley Raffle, 6 p.m. Grand Prize a 2010 Harley Davidson Fat Boy Lo Location: Lakeside Tavern Price: $20/ticket Contact: Humane Society of the Lakes, 218-847-0511 September 4 Annual End of the Summer Luau, 5 p.m. Location: Holiday Inn Chef Wenzel has designed a great menu, serving from 5-8 p.m. Live entertainment from 6 p.m.-close. 6 | SUMMER SCENE | SEPTEMBER 2010

Kids games, drawings and prizes. Contact: Holiday Inn, 8472121 September 4-5 Discovery Dives on area lakes. Contact: Tri-State Diving, 847-4868 September 4-25 Farmer’s Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Farmer’s Market held every Tuesday & Saturday. Location: Detroit Lakes City Park September 5 Caribbean Deck Party, 2-6 p.m. Location: The Bridge Contact: 218-847-1949 September 5-26 Family Four Pack, noon-5 p.m., every Sunday The Clayground will have four pre-selected pieces for families to paint together. Location: The Clayground, 900 Hwy. 34 East Price: $40 Contact: Becky Sletto, 218844-CLA September 7-12 Dick Beardsley Marathon Running Camp, Rainbow Resort September 11 Dick Beardsley Run, Detroit Lakes Contact: Brent, 218-844-4221; www. September 16 United Way Community Day Celebration, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Visit booths from the organizations that United Way supports, free picnic lunch, games for kids. Location: DL Pavilion Price: free

Contact: Patty Kiebke, 8476079, 844-3000 September 17 “Paw for the Course” Golf Tournament, noon start Fundraiser for Humane Society of the Lakes. Location: Detroit Country Club Price: $50 per player Contact: Johanne 218-8499545, September 24 Firefighters Dance, 9 p.m.1 a.m. Entertainment by Billy D & The Crystals. Location: DL Pavilion Price: $5 per ticket Contact: DL Fire Dept. Members October 2 Damien Home Tour, 12:30-4 p.m. Contact: Gail Grabow, 218-847-3590 October 2 Tamarac Fall Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge Contact: 218-847-2641; www. October 2 Harvest Fest, Perham Contact: Perham Chamber, 800-634-6112; October 2-30 Farmer’s Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Farmer’s Market held every Tuesday & Saturday. Location: Detroit Lakes City Park October 3 Oktoberfest, Frazee Event Center Contact: Frazee Forum, 218-334-3566 October 7 “Margarita Mama!” Ladies

Night, 7 p.m. Create your very own margarita glass while enjoying some great hors d’oeuvres. Location: The Clayground Contact: Becky Sletto, 218844-CLAY October 9 St. Mary’s “Fire and Ice” Fund-raiser, 6-9 p.m., Fireside of Detroit Lakes Contact: 218-844-0709 October 9 Kids Day at the Mall, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fun FREE kids activities! Location: Washington Square Mall October 9 Fall Vendor Blitz, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Check out the many vendors in this home business event. Contact Dawn at the Mall to register and for more information Location: Washington Square Mall Contact: Dawn Olson, 8471679 October 11-17 National Wildlife Refuge Week Displays up throughout the week. Location: Washington Square Mall Price: free October 30 Sugar & Spice Craft Fair, Frazee Elementary School Contact: Ruth, 218-334-5081 October 30 Halloween Hoot & Parade of Costumes Games & activities for children from noon-2 p.m.; Parade of costumes at 2 p.m. Location: Washington Square Mall DETROIT LAKES NEWSPAPERS

Price: free October 31 Trick or Treat, 2-5 p.m. Trick or Treat at Mall merchants. Location: Washington Square Mall Price: free November 4 “Fall Bowl!” Ladies Night, 7 p.m. Paint a compote bowl with real leaves and a splatter technique. Location: The Clayground Contact: Becky Sletto, 218844-CLAY November 4 “Ferdinand the Bull”, 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Location: Historic Holmes Theatre Contact: Holmes Theatre, 844-7469 November 5 Comediennes Holly Henson & Darlene Westgor, 7:30 p.m. Location: Historic Holmes Theatre Contact: Holmes Theatre, 844-7469 Novmber 6 Focus Christmas Plus Bazaar Location: Perham Elementary/Middle Schools Contact: Perham Chamber, 800.634.6116 Website: November 7-28 Family Four Pack, noon-5 p.m., every Sunday The Clayground will have 4 pre-selected pieces for families to paint. Location: The Clayground Price: $40.00 Contact: Becky Sletto, 218844-CLAY November 8 “The Mushroom Picker,” 7 p.m. Location: Historic Holmes Theatre DETROIT LAKES NEWSPAPERS

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November 12 James Sewll Ballet presents “Dance ‘n America,” 7:30 p.m. Location: Historic Holmes Theatre Contact: Holmes Theatre, 844-7469

November 20 Lakes Area Community Concert Band, 4 p.m. Location: Historic Holmes Theatre Contact: Holmes Theatre, 844-7469

November 12-14 Holiday Tour of Shopping Delights Location: Participating merchants, Detroit Lakes November 13 Holiday Fashion Show, 1 p.m. Holiday fashion show featuring clothing from Mall merchants. Location: Washington Square Mall Price: free November 18 Local Singer Carrie Sorenson, 7 p.m. Location: Historic Holmes Theatre Contact: Holmes Theatre, 844-7469 November 18-20 Holmes Art Show Location: Historic Holmes Ballroom Contact: Holmes Theatre, 844-7469 November 19 Tuxes & Tails, 6 p.m. Location: Holiday Inn Contact: Marie Thompson 218-847-8326 November 19 Mixed Blood Theater presents “Daughters of Africa”, 7 p.m. Location: Historic Holmes Theatre Contact: Holmes Theatre, 844-7469 November 20 Bazaar Fest, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Booths by non-profit organizations featuring baked items and crafts.

November 29 Santa’s Grand Parade of Lights, 5:30 p.m. Parade starts at the pavilion and goes up Washington Avenue to Front Street. Location: Washington Avenue November 29 Santa Reception, 6-8 p.m. Photos and wishes with Santa. Location: Washington Square Mall December 2 “Cookie Exchange!” Ladies Night, 7 p.m. Your platter will be filled with homemade Christmas goodies when you pick it up! Location: The Clayground Contact: Becky Sletto, 218844-CLAY December 4 O’Neill Brothers with Katie McMahon, 7:30 p.m. Location: Historic Holmes Theatre Contact: Holmes Theatre, 844-7469 December 4-5 Photos & Wishes with Santa Location: Washington Square Mall December 5 Holiday Magic at the Mall, 5-7 p.m. Location: Washington Square Mall

lies to paint together. Location: The Clayground Price: $40 Contact: Becky Sletto, 218844-CLAY December 7 Library’s Greatest Generation Event Location: Historic Holmes Theatre Contact: Holmes Theatre, 844-7469 December 11 John Berry Concert, 7:30 p.m. Location: Historic Holmes Theatre Contact: Holmes Theatre, 844-7469 December 11-12 Photos & Wishes with Santa Location: Washington Square Mall December 16 Rock ‘n Roll Christmas Spectacular 7:30 p.m. Location: Historic Holmes Theatre Contact: Holmes Theatre, 844-7469 December 18-19 Photos & Wishes with Santa Location: Washington Square Mall February 12 Poles ‘n Holes Fishing Tournament Location: Little Detroit Lake Contact: Nate 218-846-0369, February 12-21 Polar Fest and Polar Plunge Location: Detroit Lakes Website:

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Steam Threshers Reunion

Rollag celebration takes visitors a step back in time for 57th year


o gain perspective on the unique farming culture of the Midwest, and have plenty of fun at the same time, come to the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion in Rollag on Sept. 3-6. Ellis Aakre, president of the Reunion, has high hopes for the event’s 57th year. “It’s a great family event,” Aakre said. “You’ll find 50-plus steam engines and hundreds of gas tractors at the reunion this year,” he added. “There’s hundreds of gas engines up there,” Aakre added. Also, there will be three full-scale sawmills running constantly, actively threshing. Besides the main attraction — farm equipment — there will be lots of other attractions at the Reunion. “Its not just a matter of walking up and down rows and looking at equipment.” Aakre added that there will be “great family entertainment,” and “lots for the young and the old to do ... There’s plenty of happenings.” Among the events at this year’s Steam Thresher’s Reunion, there will be a Thresherman’s Breakfast every morning, starting at 6 a.m; traditional fiddle music and the like playing to packed venues every night until early morning; and two parades every day: one in the morning and one in mid-afternoon. New this year, a swap meet will be going on throughout the Reunion, in which patrons can buy and trade tractor parts, manuals, and anything related in any way to the Reunion. Also, there will be a rather unique “Spark Show,” which features steam engines blowing sparks into the air. Aakre referred to it as “our version of the 4th of July.” “They put on quite a show,” he added. “People really 8 | SUMMER SCENE | SEPTEMBER 2010

enjoy watching that.” There’s even something for the kids — a steam powered merry-go-round, and a miniature steam train. Aakre mentioned, though, that many adults are attracted to these attractions as well. This year’s Reunion is an Expo year — which occurs every other year and means a specific equipment line will be featured above other lines. This year’s featured line is Allis Chalmer’s Large Equipment Line. “That will be our featured line of equipment this year,” Aakre said. The committee chairperson for the Expo Year is Eileen Todahl. The daily pass for the Rollag Steam Thresher’s Reunion is $12, and the “season pass,”good for all four days, is $20. Kids 14 and under are admitted free. Once admitted, any entertainment on the grounds throughout the event is free. As a bonus, all attendees get free transportation throughout the grounds, which is significant since the Reunion happens on a space of 120 acres. Volunteers have been preparing for the Reunion for weeks, so one should expect a clean, efficient, and impressive environment. “Our members have been very busy these past few weeks getting ready for the show,” Aakre said. “We have added a few new buildings and things like that.” Primitive camping is available for $35, and there will be improved facilities this year. Rollag is centrally located between Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, and Fargo. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Ellis Aakre at 218-790-1369, or visit online at www.rollag. com. (Photo courtsy of Tim Dachtera).


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Going the distance

Dick Beardsley Half Marathon welcomes runner Kathrine Switzer


hether you think of it as a warm-up for the Twin Cities Marathon or as the ultimate test of your summer workout routine, this year’s annual Dick Beardsley Run is set to have participants sprinting, jogging and power walking through town on Saturday, September 11. “The big thing is we’re celebrating our 15th anniversary,” race organizer Brent Wolf said of this year’s half marathon. “Attendance-wise we’re hoping to break 2,000 runners.” With the widely recognized event boasting 13 age categories, wheelchair and relay divisions and a 1K for kids, the figure seems to fit. This year, guest legend Kathrine Switzer will join local legend Dick Beardsley to represent the run. “We have a list of individuals we’d like to see here,” Wolf said of choosing a guest runner, adding that Beardsley is acquainted with many notable runners from his years on the marathon circuit. “She was someone he knew well and wanted to come.” Switzer has served as an inspiration for female runners since making a statement in the 1967 Boston Marathon, then an all-male event, by refusing to allow an angry referee to oust her from participating solely for being female. After finishing the race, she set her sights to creating greater inclusion for women, successfully making Boston’s marathon a co-ed one five years later, championing a women’s marathon event into the ’84 Olympics and founding the Avon International Running Circuit, which provides running opportunities to over one million women in 27 countries. Having proved her own running prowess in countless marathons across the country, including her win in the ‘74 New York City Marathon, Switzer remains active in other aspects of the running world, working as a television broadcaster – and winning several Emmys for her commentating on running events – public 10 | SUMMER SCENE | SEPTEMBER 2010

speaker and author. Noting that her story is a remarkable one, Wolf said, “We’re excited to welcome her.” The welcoming will begin at Friday night’s spaghetti feed, which will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center. Dinner is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-12 and free for those 3 and under. “We’re looking forward to having both Kathrine and Dick speak at the spaghetti feed,” Wolf added of the evening. The half marathon, 2-person relay and 5K walk/run will begin at 8:30 a.m. the following morning, taking off from the Pavilion and ending nearby in the City Park after winding through downtown Detroit Lakes and looping around the lake. “We do a lot of fun things,” Wolf said. “It’s a fun event for the whole family.” Look for bathroom breaks, hydration and entertainment along the route, as well as showers at the DLCCC afterward. Times will be recorded using chip technology through 11:30 a.m. The Kids 1K is scheduled to start at 11, with an award ceremony to follow. Both Beardsley and Switzer will be present, not merely to preside over the run, but to participate in it themselves. “Both intend to run the event and run with the kids,” Wolf said. All finishers will be given medals and a “special running garment for the 15th anniversary,” with awards presented to the top three in each division. Registration can be completed online at com through Sept. 4; there is also a PDF form on, which can be printed, filled out and brought in to the DLCCC. The event’s website has further course and fee information. Day-of registration will be available at 7 a.m. at the Pavilion. Race packets can be picked up there from 4:306:30 p.m. on Friday evening or before the race Saturday morning. Be sure to stretch. DETROIT LAKES NEWSPAPERS

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Fall Festival

Wildlife Refuge invites the public to ‘Celebrate Tamarac’s Bounty’ Oct. 2


or fans of the great outdoors, animal enthusiasts and anyone bored with going to the grocery store, Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge’s annual Fall Festival is a must-attend event. On Saturday, October 2, refuge staff and volunteers will be offering visitors a chance to embrace this year’s theme, Celebrate Tamarac’s Bounty, by following its creed. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., guests will be given a multitude of avenues to learn about local natural resources, the original and ultimate source of sustenance for wildlife and people since long before microwaveable meals and artificial preservatives. Upon arriving, visitors will be given a “passport” and a map of this year’s activity trail, which will test their ability to prepare for winter the way Tamarac’s creatures do. Kids and parents alike can learn about wildlife in the winter at the stations along the trail, including Diving and Dabbling, Bulking Up, Food Cache and Scat Shack. Passports will be stamped at each stop on the way, leading up to a prize at the end. The day’s events will also include several special presentations. At 10 and 2, the Wild Edible Workshop will show visitors how to preserve the forest’s ripe red berries in jellies and jams, with free samples available for snacking. What Ojibwe Indians call the 12 | SUMMER SCENE | SEPTEMBER 2010

“good berry,” or wild rice, will also be in attendance, with demos across the course of the day dealing with harvesting and processing. Another natural food native to the area, visitors will learn about the process that the grain goes through to get to the dinner table. Refuge staff and volunteers will be giving guided tours at 9, 11 and 2 on Saturday, focusing on wild rice and migratory waterfowl. Guests will get to glimpse behind-the-scenes sights of Tamarac’s wildlife and habitats. Back at the refuge, there will be a silent auction going on throughout the day. Wildlife items can be bid on through 3:30, with proceeds going toward Tamarac’s bus fund, which helps provide transportation money for schools visiting the refuge. The winning photos for Tamarac’s annual photo contest will also be announced on Saturday, and the photos displayed all day. Of course, guests are strongly encouraged to bring their own cameras and snap shots of a gorgeous autumn day at Tamarac. In between the day’s festivities, be sure to grab some of Tamarac’s bounty for yourself. Lunches with chips, cookies, beverages and hot dogs or pork loin sandwiches will be available for $4-6 dollars, with the funds going toward refuge activities. A terrific time for the family to enjoy the outdoors together while learning about all they have to offer, this fall’s finest festival isn’t one to miss.



Community Celebration

United Way says thank you for the support throughout the year


he United Way community organization will host its 6th Annual Community Celebration on September 16, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The event will take place in the Detroit Lakes Pavilion, next to the beach, and will feature piñatas, face painting, clowns, live entertainment, a free blood pressure check and more. “There will be blow up games for kids,” Patty Kiebke, who is directing the celebration, said, and added that a free meal will be provided as well. “It looks like its gonna be sloppy Joes,” Kiebke said, resignedly. In addition to everything you are guaranteed by going to the celebration, there are chances of scoring additional perks from the event. Two bicycles will be given away, one to a boy and one to a girl. “We are also gonna be giving away about 75 bike helmets,” Kiebke said. “We just try to make it a fun day for everybody to come out and enjoy.” All the organizations that United Way doles its donations out to will be at the celebration, so the public can see where their hard-earned money is going. DETROIT LAKES NEWSPAPERS

“The agencies will be represented at the event, giving out information about the services they offer,” Kiebke said. “It shows where their (the public’s) money goes, and also, what the agency does for them,” she added. “It’s to showcase the United Way partner agencies.” Most of all, though the Community Celebration is a chance for the community to get to know itself better over free food, great, fun, and the beautiful autumn sky. “We want this to be fun,” Kiebke said. Contact Patty Kiebke at 218-847-6079 for more information.



Get ready to get your polka on

Frazee hosts annual Oktoberfest event, complete with German food, bands


ome get your groove on at the 14th annual Frazee Oktoberfest on October 3. The event will be held at the Frazee Event Center. “It’s a German festival,” said Betty Boardman, who organizes the festival. “We have polka bands, German food, people coming from all over the state,” she added. It’s no wonder people travel from far and wide to polka in Frazee: it’s quite the big deal. “It grows larger every year,” Boardman said. “We have two bands that come in,” she added. “Both of our bands we haven’t had before.” One of the featured bands will be Dain’s Dutchmen, who reign from Sleepy Eye, Minn. “It’s a young band,” Boardman said. “They’re really coming up, they’re really good.” Also playing will be Larry Olsen from Lake Denton, Minn. “They’re both excellent polka bands,” Boardman said, “but they also play waltzes and two steps.” Notwithstanding their high level of musical ability, the sheer stamina of the polka bands at Oktoberfest is impressive. “We dance for eight hours,” Boardman said. The dance lasts from noon to 8 p.m. Besides music, there will be other attractions at Oktoberfest as well, all of which celebrates the strong German culture in this area. 14 | SUMMER SCENE | SEPTEMBER 2010

“There’s food all day,” Boardman said. “Many different German-type foods.” In addition, there will be a Veteran Service at 2 p.m., right in the Event Center. The VFW will put on this commemorative service, and, considering this is Oktoberfest, music will definitely be involved. “All of the servicemen are recognized, and of course the type of music for what kind of service (Army, Navy, etc.) they were in is played,” said Boardman. More than a music fest or a food fest or a memorial service, though, Oktoberfest is a prime opportunity for community bonding, and an excellent excuse for long lost friends to reconnect. “It’s just a fun day,” Boardman explained. “They’re so glad to see each other. Everyone looks forward to coming and enjoying themselves. “They come for fellowship, dancing,” Boardman added. “There’s so much laughter going on.” Though Oktoberfest is very much a celebration of German culture, people of all cultures and backgrounds are encouraged to come enjoy the music and everything else that happens there. “It’s open to everybody that likes good music,” Boardman said. “Anybody that likes this type of music, fellowship, good German food, is certainly encouraged to come.” Tickets for this year’s Oktoberfest are $10 each. For more information call 1-800-407-2488 toll free.



Events throughout the winter

The fun doesn’t end with the summer weather in Detroit Lakes area


s the changing leaves, crisp air and increasingly chilly weather usher us into autumn, there’s plenty still to do in the lakes area, leaving little time to mourn summer’s passing and giving reason to rejoice in fall’s arrival. Many upcoming activities don’t just provide a good time, but go toward a good cause, too. The Fireside will once again host the Fire & Ice fundraiser for the St. Mary’s Foundation on Saturday, October 9 from 6-9 p.m. On Saturday the 30th, the annual Sugar and Spice Craft Fair will offer up its finest wares at the Frazee Elementary School, with proceeds benefiting community projects. Tuxes and Tails will take place on Friday, November 19 at the Holiday Inn. Starting at 6 p.m., the dinner and auction profits will again go toward the Becker County Humane Society. Tuesday, November 30, nonprofit organizations will line Washington Square Mall with crafts and baked goods from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The mall is also hosting several other events this fall, including October 9’s Kids Day and a Fall Expo on the DETROIT LAKES NEWSPAPERS

17th. On Saturday the 30th, Halloween Hoot will provide activities for children at noon, followed by a Parade of Costumes at 2 p.m., which will gear the kids up for trick-or-treating in the mall on the 31st. There will also be a Holiday Fashion Show in the mall at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 13, which is just one of many holiday-themed events in throughout area. On Saturday, November 6, Perham’s Elementary and Middle schools will host this year’s Focus Christmas Plus Bazaar. The 13th Annual Frazee Festival of Trees will take place November 26-28, providing an array of themed Christmas trees to ignite the holiday spirit. Santa himself will ride down Washington Avenue in Detroit Lakes’ yearly Grand Parade of Lights on Monday, November 29. Starting off from the Pavilion at 5:30, the parade will march to the mall, where Santa will hold a reception for photos and Christmas wishes from 6-8 p.m. If you can’t catch him that night, don’t fret. Santa will return to the mall December 4-5 and 18-19 to take every kid’s – and kid-at-heart’s – present requests and spread his holiday cheer. For a full calendar of area events and contact information, pay a visit to, and make the most of all the activity this season has to offer. SUMMER SCENE | SEPTEMBER 2010 | 15


Hunting season coming soon

Regulations remains same as in previous years, registration additions


unting season is about to sneak up on us, so be sure to check out this year’s new regulations before hitting the stand. Seasons This fall, turkey season will be held October 2-31. In the southeast and northwest regions of the state, there will be an either-sex youth deer season running October 21-24. Permits Individuals may apply for one muzzleloader hunt and one firearm hunt. In lottery deer areas, adult firearm and muzzleloader hunters are now required to apply for an either-sex permit if they intent to shoot an antler-less deer. This change is the result of efforts to curb the harvest of antler-less deer in such areas by those who don’t require an either-sex permit, which has often surpassed the number of permits authorized. Hunters under 18 as of November 16 will not be required to apply for an either-sex permit in lottery areas, though they are required to apply for special hunts or either-sex permits in youth-only antler-less deer areas. Youth 15 and under are now required to get a free license before hunting any small game. Boundaries Several boundaries in central and northern Minnesota have been changed this year. For specific information regarding these modifications, visit the DNR’s website. Zone 3 There are several changes involving antler point restrictions in 300-series deer areas beginning this year. Only bucks with at least one four-point antler can be legally harvested from such areas. This regulation is


in place for the 3A, 3B, muzzleloader and archery seasons. The regulation does not apply to hunters ages 10-17. Additionally, an adult cannot tag a buck for a youth hunter. This will remain in place for the next three years, after which it will be reassessed and considered for another three-year period. It is the result of DNR surveys in southeastern Minnesota. Registration This year, there are new options for completing mandatory deer registration. In addition to registering by walk-in at big game registration stations, hunters can register over the phone by following the directions printed on their deer license or on the internet at Off Highway Vehicles Off highway vehicles cannot be operated anywhere but on designated forest roads during the firearms deer season and muzzleloader season in order to diminish disturbances during hunting times. Individuals with valid deer licenses will only be allowed to operate snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles before legal shooting time (half an hour before sunrise), between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and after legal shooting time (half an our after sunset). This applies to all lands – public and private – except private landowners and those they authorize on their land. On public lands, permits to operate snowmobiles or ATVs during emergency situations can be issued by conservation officers if need be. Snowmobiles and ATVS are not permitted in State Parks, Scientific and Natural Areas, National Wildlife Refuges or most Wildlife Management Areas. Use is regulated in state and national forests. Further information on hunting regulations can be found at or by picking up a copy of this year’s Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook.


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s summer quietly slips away, autumn starts its slow but steady progression. Eventually deciduous trees show their brilliant hues of red, yellow and orange and Tamarac’s tamaracks will be illuminated in golden needles throughout the valleys and wetlands. The skies come alive with swans, geese and migratory birds starting their journey south. Spend some time in nature to rejuvenate your spirit before the frigid temperatures arrive and enjoy the beautiful transition of sea-

sons. See you at the refuge where the blacktop ends and the backwoods begins! Sanctuary area is now open After a busy summer of waterfowl and wildlife raising their young, the sanctuary area is now open for visitor use. Adventure into the many trails of Tamarac to experience pure Minnesota wilderness. Beginning Sept. 1 and continuing through February, the northern half of the refuge will be open for hiking, hunting and foraging for wild edibles. During the fall, the refuge permits hunting for small game, waterfowl and white-tailed deer. However, there are still a few areas closed. Be sure to pick up a brochure at the information kiosks located at the entrances of the refuge or the visitor center. 18 | SUMMER SCENE | SEPTEMBER 2010

Photo contest You are invited to participate in Tamarac’s 8th annual Amateur Photo Contest. There are five categories this year: Wildlife, Plant Life, Scenic, Nature’s Abstracts and Recreation. All photos must be taken on the refuge and entries must be received by Sept. 10. For more information stop in at the visitors center, call 218-847-2641 or visit Special events and activities Forest Fungi Talk and Walk. Sunday September noon-2 p.m. Join USDA plant biologist Tom Gulya for a walk in the woods. Be in the know! Learn how to identify mushrooms and other fascinating fungi as you enjoy the colors of the season. Meet at the visitor center for presentation and carpool to hiking location. Evening Paddle. Thursday, Sept. 16 — 6:30-8:30 p.m. Join a Tamarac Ranger for a kayak cruise on Blackbird Lake. Learn about the aquatic wildlife ecosystem while watching wildlife during this special time of year. Meet at the Blackbird Lake boat landing. Bring your own kayak or canoe. Life jackets are required. Nature Photography Workshop. Saturday, Sept. 18 — 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Digital Photography Bridge to Nature is a Minnesota DNR initiative funded through the LCCMR (Legislative Citizens’ Commission for MN Resources). The workDETROIT LAKES NEWSPAPERS

shop is standards based, and designed for 12-20 participants. It is targeted for grades 3-9. If you are a teacher or know of one who may be interested in attending, contact Kelly Blackledge — 218-847-2641 ext. 17. Workshop is free, please register. Fall Color Nature Photo Safari. Sunday, Sept. 26 — 3-5 p.m. Experience autumn on the refuge through the lens of a camera! With the fall colors nearing their peak, we will travel by car caravan to some very scenic and perhaps less known areas on the refuge. Discover how Tamarac’s wildlife and plants prepare for winter. Meet at the visitor center for a brief photo composition refresher. Bringing your own camera isn’t required but encouraged. Tamarac’s Annual Fall Festival — Celebrate Tamarac’s Bounty. Saturday Oct. 2 — 10 a.m.4 p.m. Learn how the bounty of Tamarac’s resources have sustained wildlife and people throughout time. There will be an Ojibwe ricing demonstration, a jelly and jam making workshop, children’s activity trail and refuge tours. Lunch will be available for purchase. Bring family and friends to celebrate and spend a beautiful autumn day on the refuge! Sunday movies, 2 p.m. Sept. 5 — The Civilian Conservation Corps — Roosevelt’s civilian conservation corps — put more than three million young men in the nation’s parks, forests, and farms. This film interweaves rich archival imagery with the personal accounts of CCC veterans to tell the story of the boldest New Deal experiments. 60 min. New! Sept. 19 — Timber, Dead and Down — At the turn of the century, the timber industry helped grow the region of Becker County. Explore the rich history of logging through a story-telling style combining historical footage, letters from loggers, plus modern day perspectives from area experts. 55 min. New! Sept. 26 — Seasons — Take a trip through the eruption of spring, the growth of summer, the harvest and festivity of autumn and the dormancy of winter. Filmed in Minnesota and accompanied by Vivaldi’s, The Four Seasons. 25 min. Mushroom Quest The madness overtakes you. It creeps into your mind. DETROIT LAKES NEWSPAPERS

It’s an all-consuming feeling. A quest that happens all the time. Search under last year’s foliage, right after the lifegiving rains. Search high in the apple orchards, search low on the river banks For the elusive mushroom, And then give Thanks! Thanks to our loving earth. — Katherine A. Tekiela The hunt for the mushroom is both a rewarding and addicting pastime. I was introduced to mushrooming as a child following my father around the woods, in which he would occasionally stop, stoop over to pick up some-

thing tan that smelled like dirt off of the forest floor and simply say, “Here. Eat this.” After I got over my initial skepticism, I started to appreciate all that mushrooming offered — the unique delicious wild edible, as well as the foraging experience. Mushrooms are the fruit of fungi. Fungi are not plants, but are classified in a kingdom all by themselves. But like plants, they produce fruit that harbors the reproductive structures called spores. The cap of the mushroom comes in many different shapes, colors and stages of edibility. Most mushrooms have gills underneath the cap, which hold the spores. The gills radiate from the center of the mushroom and look like pages in a book. The

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Holmes Theatre fall season

Announcements will be made this month regarding upcoming acts this winter


he Historic Holmes Theatre Season Book is available now and we have shows for everyone! We’ve got shows coming from Africa, New York, Minneapolis and even our own Detroit Lakes. We’ve been working hard on the Holmes Theatre’s 2010-11 Season, so stay tuned for announcements this month and watch for new shows and events! This season is going to be great! Our after school program starts Tuesday, September 7, and runs according to the DL school calendar. Kids in grades K-6 will experience a variety of fitness and artsrelated activities. Gym, pool and theatre activities are offered weekly, as well as elective activities. Contact Becky at 844-4221 ext. 117 or for more info. Targeted services also available.

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Volleyball season is here again, and we’ve got men’s, women’s and co-ed leagues. Something to fit every style of play and every level of competition. Kids’ Day Out is here again, starting on September 27. When school’s not in session, the DLCCC provides a safe place for kids to have some fun! The Nickelodeon Worlwide Day of Play is also back on Saturday, September 25. The DLCCC has teamed up with the Boys & Girls Club and ECFE to help spread the word on the importance of play! There will be games, prizes, pool time, climbing on “The Rock” inflatable 20 | SUMMER SCENE | SEPTEMBER 2010

and gym activities including our 22-foot slide! Are you ready for some football? Youth will learn the basics of football and get an exciting opporunity to engage in non-contact action and learn about teamwork. Grades 1-2 start September 29, with Grades 2-4 follwing on October 4. Sign-up today for Fall swim lessons. Saturday lessons start September 25, with afternoon weekly lessons starting September 21. For adults, our Masters swimming starts September 15 and is perfect for recreational swimmers as well as competitive athletes. We’re excited to bring a new class to the DLCCC- T’ai Chi Chih! Join Mary Wichmann, T’ai Chi Chih accredited teacher as you learn a set of movements completely focused on the development of an intrinsic energy called Chi. It’s easy to learn and does not require a particular level of physical fitness or coordination. The very old and very young alike can learn it. Mondays (Starting Aug 23), 5;30-6:45 p.m. Free for Premier Plus Members or with a Day Pass. $3 for Premier members.

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Continued from page 31 more! We’ve got a class time to fit your busy schedule. Just getting started? Give our Monday, Wednesday, Friday morning beginner class a spin! Tuesday/ Thursday, 6-6:45 a.m. Wednesday, 5;30-6:15 p.m. Thursday, 12-12:45 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 7:30-8:15 a.m. Zumba Along with our regular Saturday session of Zumba from 10:15-11:15 a.m., we’re adding a fall evening class on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Ditch the workout-Join the party! Dance your way to a fitter you with exciting and unique Latin moves and rhythms. Free for Premier Plus Members or with a Day Pass. $3 for Premier members.

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15th Annual Dick Beardsley Run, Saturday, September 11 Slip on your running shoes and come to Detroit Lakes for the Dick Beardsley ½ Marathon, 5K, 2-Person Half Relay and Kid’s Fun Run. The runs are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. and the kids’ run starts at 11 a.m. Join the fun Friday evening for a Spaghettir Feed from 6-7:30 p.m. on September 10 at the DLCCC. Dick Beardsley and running guest Kathrine Switzer will speak at 7:30 p.m. 2010 marks the 15th Anniversary for the Dick Beardsley Half Marathon. Look for plenty of extras such 22 | SUMMER SCENE | SEPTEMBER 2010

as chip timing, performance fabric garments, plenty of entertainment along the way as well as water stops. Sign-up online at or . Call Brent Wolf at 218-844-4221 ext. 118 with questions or for more information. Check out our Fall Program Guide for complete listings of times, events and prices. Last months’s DLCCC pictures were taken by Mike Stenhjem (Zumba picture) and Harry Trask for AP Images (the Boston Marathon). DETROIT LAKES NEWSPAPERS

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or some good old-fashioned small-town fun, stop by Harvest Fest in Perham. The event is on Saturday, October 2, and runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tom Gould — who, along with his wife Kathy, is in charge of Harvest Fest — describes it as “a small-town end of the summer celebration.” “For the most part, its just a thank you to the area and the community for being there,” he added. Harvest Fest, which is mostly free, includes a variety of activities and events for young and old. There will be an apple—bobbing competition going on, a professional artist teaching pumpkin carving, a bluegrass band and, hopefully, a place to get old-time photos taken. But that’s not all.

“There is a petting zoo out at the (Blossoms, Birds, and Beyond) nursery,” Kathy noted. “We’ll have mini donuts, concessions, funnel cakes, roasted nuts.” Kathy also mentioned hay rides, a flea market, and well as “a guy that’s gonna be wandering around doing magic tricks.” “It’s just a lot of activities to bring people into town and have fun before the snow flies,” Kathy said. “We’ve got a lot of things lined up.” Tom added that, though nothing at Harvest Fest will be “breathtaking,” there will be a flurry of “fun, clean, wholesome activities.” Last but not least, merchants will offer special rates on their merchandise throughout the day, making it an ideal time to come and check out eclectic downtown Perham, while your carve pumpkins or bob for apples. “There’s a little bit of fun for everybody,” Tom said.


Continued from page 31 stem of the mushroom serves the singular purpose of exposing the cap into the air allowing the spores to be released. Picking a mushroom is like picking an apple from a tree. The mysterious part about mushrooms is that we don’t see the “tree.” That vegetative part or mycelium, which carries on all the processes necessary for life is hiding within the soil and leaf litter. Even though mushrooms seem to pop up overnight, the unseen portion has actually been growing there for many years. Mushrooms are 90 percent water so moisture is very important to their existence. This is why most mushrooms appear in the spring and fall during the wet time periods. Search during or after an extended warm and rainy phase for the best luck. Good places to start your hunt include old apple orchards, rich wooded areas and floodplains near rivers. The soil near dead elms may also provide fertile ground for mushrooms. There are many ways in which to savor the flavor of your successful treasure hunt. Some folks like to sauté mushrooms in butter and spices, stuffing and baking them, or drying to save for later. However, it is important to learn basic mushrooming safety before tasting these natural delicies. Never eat a mushroom unless you are positive of its identification. Mushrooms range from those that can serve as an appetizing side dish to those that are extremely poisonous. If you are new to mushrooming, educate yourself. Get a good field guide, or attend a workshop. Tamarac is holding a ‘Forest Fungi Talk and Walk’ on Sept. 12, where you can join USDA plant biologist, Tom Gulya, to learn how to identify mushrooms and other fascinating fungi while enjoying the colors of the season. 24 | SUMMER SCENE | SEPTEMBER 2010




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Farmers Market harvest

Stop by Tuesdays, Saturdays for some fresh picked veggies and products


ankering for some hand-picked veggies, real maple syrup or even fresh doughnuts? Then mosey on over to the Lakes Area Farmers Market, where you can find all sorts of homemade and locally grown foodstuffs. You can feel the lake breeze, enjoy the shade trees and shop barefoot with your toes sunk deep in the green grass of City Park, right next to the Pavilion near the Detroit Lakes City Beach. The market opened for the season May 15, and is open for business from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the summer months. There are 28 full-time venders this year, enough so that organizers are looking at three rows of booths instead of two this year, said farmers market president Linda Leitheiser. There are also part-time venders and those who show up occasionally, she said. Not all full-timers are there at the same time, it depends on what they’re selling — sweet corn venders obviously aren’t there until the corn ripens in late July or August. Already available are venders selling fresh rhubarb, asparagus, spinach, lettuce and other vegetables, real maple syrup and homemade doughnuts. (The doughnuts are from Leitheiser, who made more than 1,700 dozen last year). New venders at the farmers market this year will sell homemade chips and salsa, locally-raised meat and homemade barbecue. Venders come from a 60-mile radius around Detroit Lakes and their goods are required to be grown or produced at home. “You cannot bring anything in from out of state and you cannot bring anything in you have not made yourself,” Leitheiser said. “It must be your own product.” Some venders accept WIC (Women, Infants and Children) coupons, so that “mothers with small children can come out and get good, fresh produce,” she 26 | SUMMER SCENE | SEPTEMBER 2010

added. The market opens at 10 a.m. sharp — no early sales — in order to give all venders a chance to set up and get ready before the selling begins. “If a vender comes in and is running late, we all help them get set up — we have a good group of people here,” she said. Then a cowbell is rung and the selling starts. The farmers market is a popular place with the lo-

cals, and others. “In the summertime we have a lot of tourists who come,” she said. Organizers are planning some special events this summer, including several customer appreciation days in which all the venders chip in to create a big gift basket to be given away in a drawing. “We may also have a kids’ day this summer, with face painting and fun things for kids to do,” Leitheiser said. The City of Detroit Lakes has been “very cooperative” with the farmers market, helping reserve parking spots in the morning so venders can set up, Leitheiser said. DETROIT LAKES NEWSPAPERS





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cowbell clangs wildly as the dog frantically scours the woods for game. Then suddenly, the woods fall silent. His sensitive snout is onto something. The English setter, named Lars, stands perfectly still, nose pointed at the bird a few feet in front of him on the ground. In a flurry of beating wings, Earl Johnson flushes the woodcock and takes the shot. A miss. “That’s why they call it hunting and not shooting,” he says. Lars, unfazed, is back to work, nose to the ground again, searching for another quarry. Johnson, an area wildlife manager for the Department of Natural Resources, has been using dogs to hunt since the early 1970s. He’s owned and hunted with English setters since 1974. Of all the dogs he’s hunted with, Johnson said the English setter suits his style of hunting the best. “I have yet to see anything that would make me want to consider switching to another breed of dog,” he said. “I know a lot of different bloodlines I want no part of, and I think I’m getting what are the best of the best.” Johnson trains his five English setters to find the bird, point and hold the bird, but not to flush it. “My job is to flush the bird and shoot it,” he said. “Sometimes we’ll ask the dog to stand steady and not move until after the shot has been fired.” Retrieving the bird is one more step some hunters add to their dog’s training, but Johnson’s setters are not 28 | SUMMER SCENE | SEPTEMBER 2010

trained to retrieve. “Pointing dogs are not usually strong retrievers, but they’ll do it if you ask them to,” he said. Johnson will also show discipline in not shooting a bird if the dog doesn’t point correctly. “If a puppy flushes a bird, and you shoot it, what have you trained him? You’re training him to go knock ‘em out,” he said. “That one lesson could set you back a whole year (of training).” One of the hardest parts of training a pointing puppy when hunting with other people, Johnson said, is to convince the entire group to hold their shot if the dog flushes a bird instead of points. Another instinctive quality English setters have is to check back and make sure he can still see his hunter while sniffing around the woods. Johnson’s dogs are line bred from horseback hunting dogs, which will sometimes search for quarry a mile or more ahead of their hunter. “It’s that inane quality of the dog that says, ‘I refuse to lose my man,’ that makes them great for the woods.” Training his dogs to the specific bird he hunts is important to Johnson. A woodcock will tend to stay on the ground and not move when a dog comes close. A grouse or pheasant will tend to fly off to escape a hunting dog. Often times, a dog will pick up a scent, point and relocate just a few feet to better scent. With a woodcock, that may be fine, but not with a grouse or pheasant.


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Continued from page 28 Even though a pointing dog can be used to hunt pheasant, Johnson would prefer his dogs learn to hunt ruffed and sharptail grouse. “If a guy wants to hunt upland birds — ruffed grouse, woodcock, pheasants, sharptail grouse — but they also want to hunt waterfowl, then a flushing dog is the best way for them to go,” he said. Johnson said he made the decision back in the early ’70s that he didn’t want to hunt ducks anymore, and therefore had no use for a flushing or retrieving dog. A successful hunt with a pointing dog doesn’t always mean the hunter leaves the woods with a full game pouch. “If you get a point and the dog handles the bird well, and even though you miss it, it’s been a successful day,” Johnson said. “Hunting with a dog is like having a partner with you all the time. And of course, you get the privilege of taking care of him the remaining nine or ten months of the year. I hope I never have to hunt without a dog and hopefully no less than two dogs.”




Play the slots, sing along

Casinos throughout northern Minnesota host big entertainment


hooting Star Casino, Hotel and Event Center is owned and operated by the White Earth Nation. Located in Mahnomen, Shooting Star is the northlands home to casino gaming action, including slots, Poker, Blackjack, Bingo and more. The casino includes four restaurants that range from casual to elegant. The attached hotel includes suite accommodations and a large atrium with pool and hot tub. Enjoy a soothing treatment at Sereniitee, the full-service spa at Shooting Star. Upcoming events: Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers

Friday, Sept. 17, 8 p.m. Tickets are $10-$25. The Original Stars at American Bandstand Friday, Sept. 24, 8 p.m. Tickets are $10-$25.

Neal McCoy Friday, Oct. 8, 8 p.m. Tickets are $10-$25. Maroon 5 Friday, Oct. 29, 8 p.m. For tickets to any Shooting Star event, call 800-313-7469. Northern Lights Casino & Hotel Northern Lights Casino is owned and operated by the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. The facility, which opened in May of 2001, is located four miles south of Walker. The casino, with its non-stop gaming action, adds round-the-clock fun for every grownup visiting the area. Besides gaming action, Northern Lights Casino is home to some of the best and biggest promotions and giveaways anywhere. Upcoming events: Hinder with guest Saving Abel Saturday, Sept. 11, 4 and 8 p.m. Glenn Miller Dinner Dance Sept 25-26, 6 p.m. Wynonna Judd Oct. 8-9, 7 p.m. Sylvania Browne Nov. 6-7, 7 p.m., 4 p.m. Tracy Morgan Nov. 13, 7 p.m. Call 877-LIGHTS-9 for tickets. Dakota Magic Casino & Hotel Besides the gaming and hotel, which includes eight tworoom suites and some luxury rooms with king-size beds


and jacuzzis in the rooms as well, Dakota Magic’s Dakota Wind Golf Course in open for business as well. This 27-hole course will surely test your golf game. Dakota Winds is a versatile course for all levels. It covers 165 acres, covering over 6950 yards from the back tees and 5200 yards for the front tees. Dakota Winds was designed and constructed by Joel Goldstrand, a skilled and recognized golf course architect who has designed numerous courses in the states of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, South Dakota, and North Dakota. Dakota Magic is situated on the North Dakota/ South Dakota Border (Exit 1 off Interstate 29). Upcoming events: Roosters Sept. 3 & 4 Hillbilly Mafia Sept. 9, 10 & 11 Silverado Sept. 17 & 18 Smokehouse Sept. 24 & 25 For tickets & information call 1-800-325-6825, ext. 488. Grand Casino, Mille Lacs The Mille Lacs Band opened Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley in 1991 and 1992, creating thousands of jobs and generating revenues that benefit the Band, its nearly 3,600 members, and its non-Indian neighbors. Today, Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley are nationally recognized as leading gaming and entertainment destination resorts, with comfortable hotels, first-class restaurants and headline entertainment acts. Upcoming events: Randy Owen Sept. 10-11 Bret Michaels Nov. 5-6 Grand Casino, Hinckley Upcoming events: Alan Jackson Sept. 25 Boys in Concert Oct. 16 Darius Rucker Nov. 6 Tickets for both Grand Casino locations can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or



Wild game recipes

Try something new: Venison tips, roast duck with apple dressing Venison tips and rice Prep Time: 15 Minutes Cook Time: 25 Minutes Ready In: 40 Minutes Servings: 4 Ingredients: 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 pound venison stew meat 1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips 1 small onion, chopped 1 (6.8 ounce) package beef flavored rice mix Directions: 1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the venison chunks, and cook until nicely browned on the outside and almost cooked through. 2. Prepare the beef flavored rice mix according to package directions. While the rice is cooking, add the venison, green pepper, red pepper and onion. Simmer until rice is done and peppers are tender. Roast duck with apple dressing Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cook Time: 1 Hour 20 Minutes Ready In: 1 Hour 30 Minutes 32 | SUMMER SCENE | SEPTEMBER 2010

Servings: 4 Ingredients: 1 (4 pound) whole duck salt and pepper to taste 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning 1/2 tablespoon butter 3 tablespoons chopped onion 5 stalks celery, chopped 3 cups peeled, cored and chopped apple 3 cups cornbread crumbs 1 tablespoon olive oil Directions: 1. Rinse duck and pat dry; rub with salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning. 2. Melt butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Saute onion and celery in butter until tender. In a medium bowl, combine with apple and cornbread crumbs. Mix together to make dressing (if necessary, add a little water to moisten). 3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 4. Fill the duck’s cavity with dressing, and sew shut with kitchen twine. Rub outside of bird lightly with olive oil, and place in a shallow roasting pan or 9x13 inch baking dish. 5. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 80 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 180 degrees F.


Eat down the street! Dining in Detroit Lakes Here’s a list of the best Detroit Lakes has to offer:

When you’re on vacation often the best part is going out to eat and trying the local restaurants. Well, we’ve made it easy for you with the following Restaurant Guide. You’ll find a great mix of casual and fine dining, along with some outdoor options as well. DETROIT LAKES NEWSPAPERS



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Dino Mart

218-844-DINO (3466) • 526 N. Washington Ave. • Detroit Lakes

Sail on in to the Holiday Inn... Exquisite Food,

Invigorating Cocktails and


Summer Fun! Photos by Wagoner Portrait Studio

Holiday Inn on the Lake 1155 Hwy. 10 East, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

218-847-2121 | 1-877-251-9348 | 34 | SUMMER SCENE | SEPTEMBER 2010


— Quality Cenex Fuels — Propane — Drive Thru — Indoor Seating

Tastee Freez Ice Cream Shop & Great A&W Foods


Hwy. 34 East DEtroit LakEs, MN


Daily Lunch Specials

• Burgers • Pizza • Philly Sandwich • Chicken Sandwich • Shrimp Skewers

Karaoke Saturday Nights 9PM to Close Bleacher Apparel

“Voted Best

Deck Overlooking Dead Shot Bay Lake Access to Deadshot Bay

218-844-6820 25807 Cty Hwy 22 • Detroit Lakes




• Open Daily for lunch at 11:00 am • Happy Hour ~ Monday-Friday 2 pm to 5 pm • Karoake every Thursday Night! • Pasta • Steak • Seafood • Fish • Ribs • Pizza • Full Bar



1/2 mile West of Detroit Country Club • 847-9913 36 | SUMMER SCENE | SEPTEMBER 2010



2010 TAKE IT TO THE LAKE CHEESEBURGER SPECIAL! 4 Cheeseburgers 4 Fries • 4 Pops



Take-out only! 11am-4pm

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Full Breakfast and Lunch Menu Monday-Friday 7-11am $

Daily Breakfast Special ... Includes Coffee


— MONDAY — 2 French Toast & Polish Sausage & Coffee — TUESDAY — 1 Egg Hashbrowns, Toast & Coffee — WEDNESDAY — 2 Egg, Ham & Cheese Omelette, Toast & Coffee — THURSDAY — 1 French Toast, 1 Egg, 2 Links, Coffee — FRIDAY — 1 Pancake, 2 Sausage Patties, Coffee

Monday-Friday 2pm-4pm $

Pie & Coffee ................


Monday - Friday Lunch Specials .. Starting at $ $

Sunday Dinner Special .... Includes Coffee & Dessert 11am-1:45pm

4.59 6.99

Senior Special Available Monday - Friday Homemade Soups

Main Street Restaurant 900 Washington Ave. • Detroit Lakes, MN • 847-3344



Taste More!

Fireside announces new menu items at very affordable prices! Now you can enjoy our warm personal service and delicious entreés more often!

Lounge Sandwiches

Marion’s Lasagne

Classic Spaghetti & Meatballs

Includes fries, soup or garden salad.

Includes soup, garden salad or Caesar salad.

Includes soup, garden salad or Caesar salad.

Starting at $11.00



Dine with a view! Enjoy a winning combination of culinary adventures.

• Sunday Brunch ~ 9:30 am to 1 pm • Monday Night ~ 15 Wines at $15.00 • Shaken Wednesdays ~ Martinis for $6.00 OPEN NIGHTLY FOR DINNER AT 5PM FOLLOW US ON

Stop in and experience our award winning wine list.

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Whether you are traveling or are a full-time resident in this area, Sanford Health makes getting medical care easy. We have a location near you for all your healthcare needs. To schedule an appointment call Sanford Clinic Detroit Lakes at (218) 846-2000. This is Sanford Health.

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Detroit Lakes • Issue 1

Fall Scene  

Detroit Lakes • Issue 1