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Detroit Lakes • Volume 1 • Issue 3 • July 2010

Water Carnival Turns






Becker County


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10. Garden Tour & Tea

6. Calendar of events

12. Water Carnival

A piece of history has been torn down to make way for a new one, the veterans memorial park.

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

7. Golf courses

There are numerous golf courses around the area ready to host your tee time.

8. Fourth of July

There will be several bands in the area for the Fourth of July, as well as the tradition of fireworks over the lakes.

The two PEO chapter in Detroit Lakes are hosting a garden tour of four gardens and tea with some music. In its 75th year, the Northwest Water Carnival is in full swing. There will be new events and of course the Parade of the Northwest.

14. Itasca State Park

Not too far down the road, Itasca State Park has many different activities for summer fun.

16. Turkey Days

Frazee’s annual event has teamed up with the Hornets to host the Bird and the Bees this year.

18. Becker County Fair

29. Flea markets

19. Tractor Pull

30. Discovery Dives

Cheese curds, bunnies and the Tilt-AWhirl. Who could ask for anything more? The Becker County Fairgrounds plays host to the rough and tumble of the tractor pull.

20. Art in the Park

There will be plenty of paintings, wood carvings and jewelry for sale in the City Park.

22. Tamarac Refuge There are plenty of birds to see at the wildlife refuge.


Check out everything from Sound of Simon’s performance to tennis and swimming lessons.

Whether you want to shop indoors or outdoors, one of two flea markets will suit you. Each weekend throughout the summer, Tri-State Diving offers Discovery Dives. Discover what they’re all about.

31. Farmers Market

As the growing season continues, so does the variety of homegrown goods at the outdoor market.

32. S’mores

Try a new spin on traditional S’mores with a S’more cake.

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Histories History

Bank building comes down

What was once First National Bank, has cleared the way for veterans park


uring the spring of 1904, E.G. Holmes began construction of the First National Bank building on the northeast corner of Washington Avenue and Front Street in Detroit Lakes. Except for a period of six months during the mid 1920s, this bank was an important fixture in downtown Detroit Lakes until it closed in late November of 1991, when its banking business was moved to 211 West Holmes Street. According to old newspapers researched by Roger Engstrom at the Becker County Historical Society, E.G. Holmes established the First National Bank in December of 1885. This was the first bank in Becker County. During the 1920s, banks began to fail. People that had deposited their money in some banks lost all of it. When too many people took too much of “their” money out of a bank, it would create a panic and other people would do the same thing. Soon there wasn’t enough money in deposits at the bank, the board of directors would meet, and, when the meeting was over, they would close the bank. “Bank Closes for Re-organization” was the headline in the Nov. 11, 1926, Detroit Lakes Tribune when it announced that First National Bank closed its doors on Monday, Nov. 8, 1926, because of depleted reserves. Beginning in late February of 1927, a National Bank Examiner was in town investigating an application for a new bank headed up by P.S. Peterson of Grand Forks, N.D. By late April, word was received from the Comptroller at Washington approving the sale of the First National Bank building to P.S. Peterson for $36,000 in cash. On Monday, May 16, 1927, at 9 a.m., the 4 | SUMMER SCENE | JULY 2010

Becker County National Bank opened for business in the building that formally housed the First National Bank, which had been closed for six months. Just before Christmas in 1947, Becker County National Bank completed an extensive remodeling and redecorating project to the entire building, which included Klein Pharmacy in the north half of the building as well as the offices on the second floor. In mid-January an announcement was made that the name of the bank would change to First National Bank on April 1, 1948. F.J. Rogstad was the president of First National Bank in March of 1961, when an extensive remodeling project was completed. New exterior facing on the building, brick on the first floor and porcelain on the second floor, gave the building an entirely new look. Floor space more than doubled to 5,400 square feet. In the spring of 1966, First National Bank purchased the buildings on the north side of the bank to make way for a drive-up teller window and expanded parking for the bank. This resulted in the relocation of the Detroit Lakes Police Department, Ray Hale’s Jewelry and Mattson’s Barber Shop. Bud’s Bar sold out. About 1994, First National Bank became Norwest Bank. About 2000, they became Wells Fargo Bank. Mac’s Hardware moved to the First National Bank building in the spring of 1992, and during the next 15 years, several businesses and organizations used the second floor of what was known as the Mac’s Building. In the fall of 2007, Mac’s moved to the Hedahls building. In mid-June this year, the old bank building was demolished and a Veterans Memorial Park will appear in its place along Highway 10, and at the corner of Washington Avenue and Front Street. DETROIT LAKES NEWSPAPERS

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Calendar June 28-July 9 Summer Art & Craft Show in the Historic Holmes Ballroom Contact: Vicky at 218-844-4221 June 29 BMX “Race for Life,” 5:456:45 p.m. registration at the Becker County Fairgrounds, south side. Contact: Alison, 218-841-7629 July 1-3 Shakespeare in the Park, 7 p.m. at the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell; “The Merry Wives of Winsor” Bring your own lawn chair. Contact: Vicky at 844-7469 July 2-3 10th Annual 4th of July Beach Bash with GB Leighton at Lakeside Tavern, Detroit Lakes Contact: 218-847-1891; www. July 4 10th Annual 4th of July Beach Bash with Martin Zellar at Lakeside Tavern, Detroit Lakes Contact: 218-847-1891; www. July 6 Tuesdays in the Park, 7 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell Free concert with music by Mark Fogelson — acoustic guitar, vocals and storytelling. Before the concert, Habitat for Humanity will be doing a picnic dinner under the shelter as a fund-raiser. Contact: Holmes Theatre, 844-7469 July 9-18 75th Annual Northwest Water Carnival Contact: DL Jaycees, 218844-5527 6 | SUMMER SCENE | JULY 2010

July 11-13 Phelps Mill Art Festival July 17-18 Bearclaw Muzzleloaders of Northern MN Rendevous Height of Land Sportsmans Club, 15 miles east of DL on Hwy 34 Cost: public free; competitor fee Contact: Allan Witthoeft 218-846-1063 July 20 Tuesdays in the Park, 7 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell Free concert with music by Doc and the Scrubs; 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 July 22 PEO Garden Tour & Tea Tour. Reserve your tea time: 11-noon, 12:30-1:30 p.m., or 2-3 p.m. Location: First Lutheran Church Cost: $25, reservations needed Contact: Maxine 218-847-7539 or Judy 218-334-2648 July 23-25 56th Frazee Turkey Days Contact: Frazee Forum, 218-334-3566 July 25 Arts & Crafts in the Park, DL City Park Contact: DL Chamber at 218-847-9202; dlchamber@ July 28-31 Becker County Fair, Becker County Fair Grounds

August 3 Crazy Daze, downtown Detroit Lakes August 5 Kids Day at the Museum, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Becker County Museum. Program will be “Walk, Ride, Drive and Boat Travel.” Cost is free. Contact: Becker County Historical Society, 218-847-2938 August 5-7 WE Fest, Soo Pass Ranch Contact: August 9-15 Pine to Palm Golf Tournament, Detroit County Club Contact: 218-847-5790; www. August 10 Tuesdays in the Park, 7 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell with music by the Ulen Centennial Band; bring your own lawn chair. Before each concert, Habitat for Humanity will be doing a picnic dinner under the shelter as a fundraiser. Contact: Holmes Theatre, 844-7469 August 12 Kids Day at the Museum, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Becker County Museum. Program will be “Games of Past and Present.” Cost is free. Contact: Becker County Historical Society, 218-847-2938 August 12-15 Vergas Looney Daze Contact: Marlette Anderson Otto, 218-342-2700;

August 13-15 Great Minnesota Wings Get Together, State Goldwing Motorcycle meeting in Detroit Lakes Contact: Sue, 320-732-6005 August 14 Farmer’s Market Customer Appreciatin Day. Area chefs will demonstrate cooking with fresh produce and have samples in the Detroit Lakes City Park. Contact: Linda Leitheiser, 218-847-4218 August 14-15 Pine Point Pow Wow Contact: Mike Swan, 218573-3007 August 17 Tuesdays in the Park, 7 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell Free concert with music by Doc and the Scrubs; 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 August 19 Kids Day at the Museum, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Becker County Museum. Program will be “Building Becker County.” Cost is free. Contact: Becker County Historical Society 218-847-2938 August 20 Night at the Museum, 5-8 p.m., in the Becker County Museum. Living history guided tours, local history re-told and interactive displays. Cost is $10 adults, $5 students



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Maple Hills Golf Club is located four miles east of Detroit Lakes on Highway 10. For more information, contact (218) 847-9532 or (218) 847-1310; Forest Hills Golf & RV Resort is located on Highway 10 between Detroit Lakes and Audubon. For more information, contact (218) 439-6400 or (800) 482-3441; www.


August 28-29 Tour of Homes

Contact: Becker County Historical Society, 218-847-2938

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

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August 21 Young Life Triathlon, Detroit Lakes City Park Registration and information online at www. younglifetri Contact: LuAnn Milner, 218-532-2662 August 24 Tuesdays in the Park, 7 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell Free concert with music by Tim Eggebraaten; 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 DETROIT LAKES NEWSPAPERS

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October 2 Harvest Fest, Perham Contact: Perham Chamber, 800-634-6112; October 3 Oktoberfest, Frazee Event Center Contact: Frazee Forum, 218-334-3566 October 9 St. Mary’s “Fire and Ice” Fund-raiser, 6-9 p.m., Fireside of Detroit Lakes Contact: 218-844-0709 October 30 Sugar & Spice Craft Fair, Frazee Elementary School Contact: Ruth, 218-334-5081

October 2 Tamarac Fall Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge Contact: 218-847-2641; www.

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Fourth of July time

There will be music, fireworks and more for the patriotic event


t’s common knowledge that the Detroit Lakes area knows how to have a good time on the Fourth of July. This year promises to usher in another holiday worth celebrating. Boat parades on local lakes offer an opportunity to enjoy what will hopefully be clement weather and bright sunny rays while kicking back to enjoy the company of friends and family along with a healthy dose American pride. Several local restaurants will play host to their own Independence Day parties. As part of its Sunday series all summer long, The Bridge will hold a Caribbean Deck Pary from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday afternoon. The Johnson — or maybe Johnzon? — Family Band will play at Zorbaz later that evening. Lakeside Tavern is also bringing back its Beach Bash for the tenth year running. The Beach Bash will go on all Fourth of July weekend and will include performances by GB Leighton and Martin Zellar. The Fourth will wrap up with another much-anticipated fireworks display at dusk on the city beach. You’ll want to be there when the sparks start to fly! Whether you’re barbequing in the backyard, tackling the town hot spots, or drifting lazily along the currents, enjoy a safe and celebratory Fourth of July in America’s lake lands.



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Garden & Tea

PEO hosts four gardens to tour and music to accompany


ake a walk through the garden and sample some tarts and lemonade. That, and more, can be expected at the P.E.O. Garden Tour and Tea on July 22. Tickets are on sale to tour four gardens in the Detroit Lakes area, and to have tea and treats in the First Lutheran Church. The four area gardens on this year’s tour include those of Cindy and Mark Fritz on East Shore Drive; Mary and Marty Solmon on Lake Melissa; Gail and Mike Gunderson, also on East Shore Drive; and Velva and Bill Strand on Wilderness Trail. “A lot of thought has gone into this,” co-chair Mary Schutz said. With a theme of “Music in the Garden” this year, expect live music at some of the gardens, and also at the church during tea. “We always pick a theme and then try to decorate around it,” Schutz said. Last time the theme was Art in the Garden, and the organization had artists at the gardens, working on their art. “We thought it would be fun,” Schutz said about having live music in the gardens and at the church. “We always


bring the garden into the church, too.” There will be three seatings for the tea — 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. The gardens will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those who have tickets to the first seating of the tea will have the opportunity to tour the gardens afterwards, while those at the late seating should do the tour first. There is the availability of 96 spots at each sitting, for a total of 288 tickets for purchase, which sell out quickly. Tickets are $25 each, and they serve as a fundraiser for the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.). The garden tour takes place every other year and is a joint effort of Detroit Lakes P.E.O. chapters DQ and FG. “It’s not just a fundraiser, it’s good camaraderie, too,” she said. There are about 90 members in the two clubs combined. Maps for the four locations will be available at the tea. All seating for the tea is reserved, and can be reserved by calling Maxine Nelson at 218-847-7539 or Judy Enslin at 218-334-2648. Proceeds from the garden and tea event are used to provide scholarships for area women to further their education. “Our emphasis is on education,” Schutz said. DETROIT LAKES NEWSPAPERS



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Northwest Water Carnival

The Detroit Lakes Jaycees celebrate 75 years of carnival fun this year


n the days before texting, tanning booths, sunblock, and fat-free ice cream, back before the Trolley was red or today’s classic cars were classic, the Jaycees were throwing an annual summer celebration that hasn’t stopped making waves since. 75 years later after its inception, the Northwest Water Carnival is still a yearly highlight in the lakes area, making it one of Minnesota’s longest running festivals and an excellent opportunity for tourists and residents alike to jump into ten days of all Detroit Lakes has to offer. And, as it turns out, Detroit Lakes has quite a bit to offer. This year’s Water Carnival, scheduled for Friday, July 9 through Sunday, July 18, boasts 60 exciting events – up 12 from last year – over ten jam-packed days, a feat accomplished by 50-plus membership in the Jaycees. “We have the people power to make it all happen,” Johnna Thorson said. Thorson, who served as the club’s president last year, is sharing this year’s Water Carnival admiralship with husband Chris and their fellow Jaycees Nathan and Jackie Weber. “We have 35 years of Water Carnival experience between the four of us,” Thorson said. “We knew we could work together to make it a good year.” Thorson noted that good communication between the 12 | SUMMER SCENE | JULY 2010

quadmirals has kept everyone involved in the planning process and helped them find that four heads are better than one when troubleshooting and trying to make the 75th anniversary the best Water Carnival yet. “When you get to the 75th year, you want it to be special,” Thorson said. “We’ve added lots of little things. We have 16 new or resurrected events.” After questions from community members about why certain events have been absent in recent years, the admirals realized many current Jaycees hadn’t been involved long enough to realize what Water Carnival week was missing. This year, veteran attendees will see old favorites return, like the watermelon feed, boat parade, toddler trot, and water ski show. The Winnipeg Police pipe and drum band will also be back to march in the finale Parade of the Northwest, a continual favorite that Thorson promises will be “as fun as always.” This summer will also see the return of bed racing, which will ask teams of five to form, raise funds, decorate beds, and race them through the City Park parking lot while onlookers enjoy ice cream compliments of their Water Carnival buttons. All pledges will go to the Lakes Crisis and Resource Center to purchase news beds and bedding. “We’re bringing (old events) back to breathe some new life into them and shake things up a bit,” Thorson said. Like every year since 1935, fresh events have also DETROIT LAKES NEWSPAPERS

been added to the lineup. These include a reception for past queens following the Miss Northwest Pageant, a kickoff dance, the incorporation of Water Carnivalthemed library programs, a tennis tournament, and a youth basketball competition. Admirals are also looking to make a tribute to Water Carnival’s history. “We are hoping to get classic cars to represent each year for the classic car cruise,” Thorson said. “We’d love to see it happen.” Anyone with a classic car dating from the past 75 years is asked to contact the admirals if they are interested in lending it to the cause. “We’ve made some significant changes to the schedule,” Thorson added. This year, the traditional Wednesday night water fights will move to Friday the 16th, “to make it more of an all-night atmosphere.” The admirals felt this would allow out-of-towners a better chance to get involved, as well as eliminating the need to get up early for work the following morning. Of course, everybody’s favorites will be back for the 75th. Events like the demo derby, the Great Admiral’s Hat Hunt, kids games in the park, and music in the beer garden will all return for another year’s worth of friends, fun, laughs, liquor, games and giggles. Water Carnival’s history couldn’t have been created without the collaboration of the entire town, which dates back as far as the festival does. “We are so grateful for the overwhelming support of area businesses,” Thorson said, adding that many new businesses are contributing this year despite the economy’s desperate state. “We don’t have to skimp. We can make it what it needs to be.” This year’s Water Carnival promises to be a thrilling culmination of 75 years’ worth of summertime splashing. Water Carnival buttons and event brochures are available at the Chamber of Commerce and local businesses participating in Button Daze, which span Sunday to Sunday. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit “As always, we’re praying for nice weather, but we have no control over that,” Thorson said. “Water Carnival’s going to happen rain or shine. We’ll get wet either way.” Just like we’ve been doing for the past 75 years.

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Pavilion Saturday, July 10: 7-9 a.m. – Midsummer Bike Tour, Pavilion; 9 a.m. – Geocache, Pavilion; 9 a.m. –Fly-In & Pancake Breakfast, DL Airport; 5 p.m. gates open, 6 p.m. start – Demolition Derby, Fairgrounds Sunday, July 11: 1 p.m. – Boat Parade, City Beach; 1:30 p.m. – Frog Jump & Turtle Race, City Park; 2 p.m. – Water Balloon Toss, City Park; 3-5 p.m. – Concert featuring Doc-n-the-Scrubs, City Park Bandshell Monday, July 12: 6 p.m. – Junior Pageant, Pavilion; 7 p.m. – Kids Music Show featuring Tim Eggebraaten, City Park Bandstand Tuesday, July 13: 9:30 p.m. – Movie in the Park, City Park Bandshell; 9 p.m. – Night Golf, Lakeview Course at DL Country Club Wednesday, July 14: 6 p.m. – Bed Races, City Park; 6 p.m. – Ice

Cream Social, City Park; 7:30 p.m. – Baseball: DL Angels vs. NY Mills, Washington Park Thursday, July 15: 5 p.m. – Bingo, Pavilion; 7-10 p.m. – Home Brew Contest & Beer Tasting, Zorbaz Friday, July 16: 6:30 p.m. – Water Fights, City Park; 8 p.m.-midnight – Polka at the Pavilion, Pavilion Saturday, July 17: 7 a.m. – Fun Run/Walk, Pavilion; 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Chili & Salsa Cook-off, Pavilion; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. – Live Music: Island Time, Pavilion Beer Garden; 10:30 a.m. – Pet & Doll Parade, Holy Rosary; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. – Classic Car Show, City Park; 11:15 a.m. – Family Picnic, City Park; 1:30-3:30 p.m. – Live Music: Emma Wood with Keith Thornby, Pavilion Beer Garden; 2 p.m. – Ship Building Contest, Pavilion; 3 p.m. – Sandcastle Contest, Beach by Pavilion; 4-6 p.m. – Live Music: Vincent and the Van-goes, Pavilion Beer Garden; 8 p.m.-midnight – Bash on the Beach featuring Troubadour, Pavilion Sunday, July 18: 8-11:30 a.m. – Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast, Pavilion; 12:45 p.m. – Classic Car Cruise, Washington Avenue; 1 p.m. – Parade of the Northwest, Washington Avenue; 3:30 p.m. – Water Ski Show featuring Shockwaves, City Beach

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Itasca State Park activities

From story time for kids to butterfly hunts for the family, there’s plenty to do


mere hour drive from Detroit Lakes is Itasca State Park, where there are plenty of things to do and see. July 3: Itasca’s Music Under the Pines: Dancing Light, 7-9 p.m. in Forest Inn. Dancing Light’s talent for music and songwriting make Kiki Carter Webb and Greg Webb a dynamic musical duo. July 6: Pack-a-Snack Story Hike: “My Little Pine River” by Alice Palace, 10:30-11 a.m. at the front doors of the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. Families with children ages 2-6 years old, pack a snack in your backpack and join a naturalist on a short hike in the woods to our destination, which includes sitting on a blanket, reading this week’s story “My Little Pine River,” and enjoying a snack (if you choose to bring one). July 7: Drawn to the Outdoors: “Nature Cartooning for Kids” with Characters creator Gary Harbo, 11 a.m.noon in the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center Classroom. Minnesota-raised artist and author Gary Harbo will teach kids the art of nature cartooning. July 10: Itasca’s Music Under the Pines: Jim and Molly Bauer, Acoustic Guitar, 7-9 p.m. Relax inside the historic Forest Inn and enjoy familiar folk and folk rock songs. July 13: Pack-a-Snack Story Hike: “Rocks, Rocks, Rocks.” See July 6 entry for details. Itasca’s Presenters Under the Pines: Raptors Rule! with Chris Tolman, 7-8 p.m. in the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center classroom. July 14: Circle Time Under the Pines: O is for Owls, 14 | SUMMER SCENE | JULY 2010

10:30-11:30 a.m. by the Museum Amphitheater. Children 2-5 years old, come explore and have fun as we learn about owls through stories, songs and crafts. July 17: 16th Annual Butterfly Hike, 1-3 p.m. at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. Discover the wonders of butterflies on this guided walk with guest presenter John Weber, local butterfly monitor. July 18: Music Under the Pines: Eric Bervig, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. July 20: Pack-a-Snack Story Hike: “The True Story of Smokey Bear.” See July 6 entry for details. July 21: Circle Time Under the Pines: B is for Bears. See July 14 entry for details. July 22: Itasca’s 7th Annual Smokey Bear Day, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. Make a variety of forest crafts, wear “fire” art face paintings, have your picture taken with Smokey and more. July 24: Itasca’s Presenters Under the Pines: Wolves, 8-9 p.m. at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. Join Tom Stursa with the Park Rapids Area MN DNR Wildlife Office, as he shares interesting facts about the life history of gray wolves. July 25: Itasca’s Music Under the Pines: Alabaster Falls, 7-9 p.m. inside Forest Inn. July 27: Pack-a-Snack Story Hike: “Are you a Dragonfly?” by Judy Allen and Tudor Humphries. See July 6 entry for more details. July 28: Circle Time Under the Pines: The Moon and Stars, 10:30-11:30 a.m. by the Museum Amphitheater. For more information on any of these events, call (218) 266-2100 or send an e-mail to itasca.park@dnr. DETROIT LAKES NEWSPAPERS


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It’s a turkey of a good time

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f the town of Frazee has a common thread running through itself, it is turkeys. The town was built on them, after all, with the now-closed Swift Turkey plant being its biggest employment draw for a long time. What better name, then, to christen the town’s biggest annual celebration than Turkey Days? Frazee is preparing to host its 56th annual Turkey

Days celebration this year from Thursday, July 22 to Sunday, the 25. There will be food, there will be fun, and there will be turkeys.

The theme of this year’s Turkey Days is “The Bird and the Bees.” The Bird represents Frazee’s strong connection with the turkey, while the Bees signifies the Frazee High School mascot, the hornet. The events begin on Thursday, with a memorial service commemorating former students which Karen Gray — the co-chair of this year’s Turkey Days — described as a “remembrance for alumni that have passed.” There will be an all-school reunion on Thursday. 16 | SUMMER SCENE | JULY 2010

In the context of the reunion, Gray philosophically noted, “the Hornet represents the bees, essentially coming back to the hive for the reunion.” Friday night will be a street dance. Also on Friday, there will be a car show for Tyler Shipman, who died last year after a battle with cancer. “It is going to be open to anyone, but there will be quite a few Fieros on display,” Gray said. “Fiero was Tyler’s car.” Registration for the show is $10 per entry. All proceeds will go to benefit the Roger Maris Cancer Center. There will be a demo derby on Saturday, at 4 p.m. Also on Saturday, young ladies will vie for the titles of Miss Frazee and Miss Teen at 7 p.m. In addition, there will be a road rally, which Gray noted is “kind of a big deal.” The theme of this year’s road rally is: “The Bees Mean Business.” Sunday morning there will be a church service. “It will be non-denominational or multi-denominational” Gray said. Turkey Days will reach a thrilling climax on Sunday, with the famous turkey lunch. Here, visitors will free their inhibitions and eat turkey until their bellies are expanded and their gorges full. Then, they’ll eat some more turkey. In spite of a new theme and a few changes here and there, repeat visitors to Turkey Days will notice many similarities from previous years. “The events from years past will pretty much remain the same,” Gray said. So don’t anticipate — or fear, whatever your case may be — a radically different festival from the one you have always known. It will just be more of the good times and camaraderie that you have always known, with some extras thrown in. Gray would like to thank her “extremely talented” Co-Chair David Jopp — known to his listeners on KRCQ radio as David Lee — for assisting her in organizing this year’s Turkey Days. DETROIT LAKES NEWSPAPERS

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(Becker County) Fair days ahead For the 119th year, fairgrounds open up to animals, rides and fried food


he fair days of summer are long upon us. Boys and girls of every age are preparing to gather for three days of fun, amusement and community bonding that can only be the 119th Annual Becker County Fair. This year’s fair is July 28-31. The fair has a strange, very special, atmosphere to it. Something about the smells of sweat and deep-fried food, the sound of people screaming their hearts out on the creaky rides, and the silhouette of the Ferris wheel as the sun falls behind it makes for an atmosphere that only the fair can provide. To change the fair up too much, from year to year, would tamper with the uniqueness that makes the county fair what it is. However, there will be a few new features this year that will definitely add to the Becker County Fair experience, without changing anything you love about it. For the first time ever, there will be a live band performing on Thursday night under the Big Tent. “We’ve never tried it before,” Fair Manager Bob Sonnenberg said. “They’re a pretty popular band out of Fargo.” Also, crowd favorites The Callen Family will return. “They’re always fabulous,” Sonnenberg said. So will T. Texas Terry on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m., bringing with him his Wild West Show. All Big Tent events are free of charge. Notwithstanding the altogether new features, expect expansion to nearly all of the returning attractions at the Becker County Fair. This means more rides, more entertainment options and yes, even more types of food 18 | SUMMER SCENE | JULY 2010

to drown in a deep fryer. “Our food booths are going to be much bigger,” Sonnenberg said. The open-class exhibits — such as 4H livestock showings — will also return in full force. “Last year we had a record year on that and that’s the way it looks again this year,” Sonnenberg said. Animal demonstration activities include the 4-H and FFA Poultry Show at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, the 4-H and FFA Swine Show at 1 p.m. on Thursday, and the 4-H Horse show at 8 a.m. on Friday. There will be judging of live animal exhibits every day. The Demolition Derby, too, will be returning in all its bare glory, here to feed the primal human instinct to watch machinery being destroyed. In fact, it will headline the Grandstand on Friday and Saturday; with the stock car and compact pickup/minivan Derby; and the pickup/4-cylinder derby, respectively. Finally, the Miss and Junior Miss Becker County Fair Pageant will be back, taking over the Grandstand at 6:30 on opening night, Wednesday. The pageant is a longstanding tradition in the Becker County Fair, and expect the same grace, beauty and majesty from it that you always have, albeit with a fresh new crop of contestants. So as you amble down Midway, remember that you are not only having yourself a great time, but honoring an age old tradition of fun and camaraderie that, in a sense, defines our community and holds it together. Times change, things pass, but every year around the end of July the Becker County Fair returns to remind us of childhood summers and life’s simple pleasures and bygone days of innocence. And the Fair never has let us down, has it? Not in 119 years. DETROIT LAKES NEWSPAPERS


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or one day in late June, the familiar smells and sounds of summer will be overshadowed by the stench of spewing exhaust and the revving of large vehicles. But it will be well worth it. On Saturday, June 26, the Becker County Fairgrounds will host the Thunder in DL Truck and Tractor Pull at the Becker County Fairgrounds. The gates open at 3 p.m., and the pull is at 4. Entering this year’s tractor pull will be Joe Morris, with his custom-made tractor, “Full Throttle.” This beast, which boasts four 450 cubic inch engines, a 60 mile-per-hour wheel speed and a fresh paint job, will be entering the 7,500-pound open class competition. An especially unique feature of “Full Throttle” is the way its four engines are positioned — two facing forward, two sideways. “That technology came from the military”, said Jeff Janke, Morris’ friend and fellow coordinator — as well as co-participant — in the pull. Tractor pulling may seem to be more show than sport, but it has regulations and objectives, just like football or soccer. We’re going for distance,” Janke said. “It’s kind of like drag racing — 300 feet at a time.” Scoring is simple. “We pull for points,” Janke explained. First place winners get 30 points, 2nd place get 29, and so on down the line. Yet, the sheer force of the machinery involved, sets tractor pulling apart from other sports. “It’s the most powerful motor sport,” Janke noted. But as masculine and competitive as tractor pulling may be, it’s all done for a good cause. The proceeds will be shared with the Detroit Lakes Fire Department. The Red River Valley Puller’s Association — which the local pull runs through — has been around since the 1970s, but tractor pulling didn’t DETROIT LAKES NEWSPAPERS

begin with farm-boys racing their daddy’s tractors on an Iowa farm in the 70’s, as easy as that may be to believe. “It started in Europe,” Janke said. The sport has seen its share of wild entries through the years. “Aircraft engines, turbine engines out of helicopters,” Janke said, listing the outlandish engines people have bolted to their tractors. The tractor pull in DL won’t be quite as crazy as some — it’s “mostly its truck and tractors” — but it will have its share of oddities. “I think we’re having the National Guard down with the tank again,” Janke said. He added: There’s going to be a John Deere “R” with an Alison aircraft (bomber) engine bolted in sideways.” Those who think tractor pulling is only for those with enormous sums of money to throw at a hobby shouldn’t be dissuaded from trying it out. “We do an entry level class,” Janke said, meaning that people with less expensive tractors can compete with others on the same boat. All in all, there are four classes of tractors. As for any hopes for this year, Janke said “I just hope we have a good day for it, and I hope people enjoy ourselves. We want to continue on doing this. People get pretty excited about it. We try to attract new blood for our shows.” Janke would like to thank all the sponsors of the Thunder in DL Truck and Tractor pull, as well as Gene Brend, the pull’s tireless promoter. For more information on tractor pulling, visit

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Something for every artistic taste

Art in the Park has everything from jewelry to baskets, paintings to furniture


hat better way to celebrate the beauty of art than in the midst of the greatest artistic master-piece of all time — nature? That’s exactly the reasoning behind the Detroit Lakes Art in the Park, hosted on July 25 by the Detroit Lakes City Park. This event will be in its 32nd year. Art in the Park began as a Friends of the Library Fundraiser, until the City Park took it over in 1997. Like the farmer’s mar-ket or the Street Fair, Art in the Park has a very re-laxed, communal atmos-phere


about it — different from what one typically expects at an art showing. Artists, art fans, and curious passerby mingle cheerfully and freely, shaded by about 100 white tents and majestic trees, which are characteristic of the City Park. The artists will be exhibiting — and selling — art which ranges from eclectic jewelry to hand-woven baskets and wooden furniture. There’s something for every taste — to cover every doorstep and sit on every shelf. Maybe the only common thread run-ning through wide variety of featured art is that it all must be hand crafted. Several thousand at-tend Art in the Park every year, and though many return, there are always new artists bringing fresh goods and ideas to the fes-tival. There will be both mu-sic and food at the event as well — both art forms in their own right. In any event, expect the City Park to be as cov-ered in white tents as it always has been, or even more so. “We’ve had a lot of ap-plications coming in,” said Kris Tovson, president of the Chamber of Commerce. “We expect it to be full of vendors, so we expect it to be full of arts, crafts and fun.” You can contact the Chamber of Commerce at (218)-847-9202, or





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ummer is a wonderful time to celebrate being with family and friends by observing the wild families found in nature. Look for deer fawns hiding behind their mothers, bear cubs exploring their new world and eaglets demanding to be fed. Experience the vibrant colors and fragrances of the summer woodland flowers including the Canada anemone, Joe Pye weed, wild geraniums, and Black-eyed Susan. Listen for songbirds as they settle in for the summer season. See you at the refuge where the blacktop ends and the backwoods begins!

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Here at Tamarac, wildlife is left undisturbed as they care for their young. Portions of the refuge are closed to the public during this crucial time, but many viewing opportunities still exist. The most optimum times for viewing wildlife occur around sunrise and sunset. But sometimes even an afternoon visit can be rewarding to the quiet, watchful observer. To increase your chances of seeing wildlife, take a drive on the Blackbird Auto Tour Route. This five-mile drive follows the edges of lakes, marshes and meadows. If you feel inclined to exercise, hike the two-mile long Old Indian Hiking Trail and experience the beauty of the maple basswood forest.


Try your luck in one of our five lakes open to fishing. There are many varieties of fish to be caught including crappie, walleye, sunfish, northern pike and bass. A fishing map and regulations can be obtained at the refuge information kiosks or the visitor center.

Visitor Center If you’ve got questions, our enthusiastic

staff has answers. We are eager to help you make the most of your visit. Check out our interactive exhibits and learn about the diverse habitats, which support Tamarac’s many species of wildlife. Learn about the historical use of the refuge including that of the Ojibwe Indians and the European settlers. Be sure to view our large screen presentation entitled: “Tamarac: Its


Life and Legends.” Before you leave, browse in the Tamarac Bookshop. Proceeds from sales support educational programs at the refuge. The visitor center is located nine miles north of Hwy 34. Visitor center hours are MondayFriday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

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Continued from page 22 new country’s pride, freedom and strength. However, as the bald eagle was given this symbolic status, it often overshadows other birds of prey, or raptors. There are many raptors that have equally amazing features to bald eagles and also play a significant role in ecosystem balance. There are seven groups of raptors: eagles, hawks, vultures, owls, falcons, harriers and osprey. The name raptor is derived from the Latin word, rapere, meaning to seize or grasp, which is what birds of prey are known for when hunting their quarry. (The velociraptor is a widely known dinosaur that was also known for speed and strike of their prey when hunting).

Raptors all have many similar adaptations that set them apart from other birds making them master predators of the sky. First they have extremely keen eyesight they use for hunting at high vantage points or far distances, such as while soaring or sometimes while perched on a tree or building. They also have long toes, sharp claw-like talons, and short hooked beaks that have evolved to tear apart flesh and muscle. They have strong, compact bodies with rounded heads to cut back wind resistance. In raptor species, the female is larger and heavier than its male mate. This is called reverse sexual dimorphism, and allows the mated pair to hunt more efficiently for a larger variety of prey. Here are some of Tamarac’s popular refuge raptors and areas you might be able to find them: 24 | SUMMER SCENE | JULY 2010

Osprey — Often called the fish eagle, the osprey noted for its unique hunting style. They hunt by flying over a body of water about 60 feet in the air. When a fish is seen, an osprey will hover for a few seconds, flap a few times and plunge nearly straight into the water. A plummeting bird turns to a feet-first position before going in. This impact makes a large splash, and birds may momentarily disappear below the surface. There are at least two easily visible osprey nests at Tamarac; one is located at the beginning of the auto tour and the other is on Bruce Boulevard. Red-tailed Hawk — The thrilling raspy scream of the red-tailed hawk is often wrongfully credited to the bald eagle. In fact, when you see almost any type of hawk or eagle in a movie from Hollywood, the cry being played is the screech of a red-tailed hawk. They hunt mainly from a perch and may return to the same spot daily. They can also be found on roadsides, as well as soaring over fields, pastures, parks and open woodlands. Broad-winged Hawk —These birds of prey will generally make their meals from insects, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, as well as the occasional songbird. They can be found primarily in forests, as well as perching near roads or trails. However, their nests may be difficult to find because they build in tall trees. American Kestrel — The American Kestrel is the in falcon family. Roughly the size of a robin, its hunting strategies are equally impressive to the larger birds of prey. The kestrel can be found hovering around an open area before plummeting itself to the ground and only stopping seconds short of impact to snatch it’s quarry. Its size does not deter it from attacking prey such as rodents and songbirds. Kestrels can be found throughout Tamarac in forest openings, grasslands and marshes. These majestic, powerful raptors that reign over the skies are fundamental in a balanced forest ecosystem because they serve as waste cleanup by disposing of carrion. They also keep rabbits and other species’ populations in control that may otherwise overbrowse on essential forest vegetation. According to refuge biologists, raptors are helping out several of our special concern species such as the Golden-winged warbler and woodcock because they decrease the rodents and smaller mammals that predate on their young and eggs. In this month of celebrating Independence Day and bald eagles, lets not forget about those other extraordinary raptor species and we invite you out to the refuge to come see these magnificent birds of prey for yourself! DETROIT LAKES NEWSPAPERS

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hether you’re a guest to the area, hosting family or friends or just looking for a fun way to spend a summer day, the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center is sure to have something right up your alley! The Historic Holmes Theatre brings local, regional, national and international performances to the Detroit Lakes area. There’s even more camp offering for students this summer than ever before! Included are Musical Theatre Camp, Songwriting Camp, Youth Theatre Camp presenting “The Jungle Book,” and many arts and music classes to choose from! Check out the information in our Summer Program Guide. Tuesdays in the Park are back each Tuesday night at 7 p.m. from June 1–Aug. 30. These free concerts feature some of the best area talent in the bandshell in the City Park. From 6-7 p.m. each Tuesday, Habitat for Humanity is holding a picnic dinner, so there’s no need to pack a picnic basket! The 2nd Annual Shakespeare in the Park will be presenting “The Merry Wives of Windsor” June 25-27 and July 1-3 at 7 p.m. at the DL City Park bandshell. Join us as the “FM Kicks Band” presents “A Tribute to Count Basie,” Thursday, July 1 at 8 p.m. They’re on a mission to preserve American Big Band Jazz! On Friday, July 16, at 7 p.m., join “The Shadows,” along with Richie Lee (“Buddy Holly”) and Wayne Luchau (“Roy Orbison”) as they pay tribute to two of America’s biggest rock and roll icons. One of the nation’s top vocal groups, Tonic Sol-Fa is coming 26 | SUMMER SCENE | JULY 2010

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Swimming lessons

Summer Daytime Swim Lessons Session III: July 5-July 15 Monday-Thursday Lessons available at the DLCCC and the DL High School. Levels, times and prices vary. Private and semi-private lessons Our one-to-one and small group lessons are on your schedule and will help you reach your specific goals including improved speed, endurance, strength and confidence.

Youth programs

Summer Dive Camp Grades: 3rd-5th, July 12-29, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. (Thurs. classes end at 5:30 PM) Premier Plus $20, Premier $23, Non-Member $30 Summer Sunfish Swim Team Monday-Thursday, May 3-July 22, 4:00-5:00 PM (some groups until 5:30). Along with instilling the values of sportsmanship and teamwork, Sunfish offers numerous health and wellness benefits. Contact Kim at Ext. 108. DLCCC Summer day camp Action-packed daily schedule including physical activity, field trips, outdoor time and reading. For youth entering grades K-5, Monday-Friday, 7:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m. May 28- September 3 (excluding holidays). 28 | SUMMER SCENE | JULY 2010

Youth Tennis Monday-Thursdays Session III: July 12-July 15 Ages and times vary, Rec. Tennis Courts, Cost: $33 Free Phil Hansen Football Kids Kamp Wednesday, July 28, Ages: 5-9, 4:00-6:00 PM, Ages: 10-13, 6:00-8:00 PM, 8, Cost: Free

Adult programs

Detroit Lakes Mid-Summer Bike Tour & Kids’ Ride See the beauty of the lakes area as you choose a 13-, 26or 43-mile ride on Saturday, July 10. Part of the 75th Annual Jaycees Water Carnival. DLCCC Running-Training Program Wednesdays, June 23- September 8, 6:00 AM, DLCCC, Cost: $60 Premier Plus, $65 Premier, $70 Non-member Get ready for the 15th Annual Dick Beardsley RunSaturday, September 11, 8:30 a.m. This is one of the premier races in the Lakes Area. It’s a great fall race that is ideal for first-timers as well as veteran runners! Masters Swim Classes This class for the adult swimmer is perfect for recreational swimmers as well as competitive athletes. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30- 6:45 p.m. Starting June 15, running through July Sign-up anytime!



Indoor, outdoor markets

Shady Hollow and SuLaine’s flea markets open for weekend traffic


his summer, shoppers will have two choices for flea markets. Shady Hollow, the outdoor market that has been open for 41 years, and SuLaine’s Flea Market, which is new this month and will be located indoors. Shady Hollow has been serving Detroit Lakes for 41 years, many of which have been under the ownership of Ardy Hanson. First as a vendor and then as part owner, Hanson said she’s been a part of the flea market for all but 12 of those 41 years. Shady Hollow is open Sundays. Vendors sell anything from jewelry to clothing, artwork to food, antiques to furniture, books to home décor, flowers to toys. If the name SuLaine sounds familiar, that’s because it is. Sue Petersen is also the owner of SuLaine’s Antique Mall, located in front of the new Boys and Girls Club Thrift Store and More building, formerly Pamida. The flea market location is three miles east of Detroit Lakes in Highway 10, formerly the Tools & More build-

ing. There will be space for at least 60 indoor vendors in addition to the outdoor area. SuLaine’s has an advantage with the indoor space available, but she said she’ll also be able to cooperate with Shady Hollow, exchanging vendors in case of rain or in case she runs out of room. SuLaine’s Flea Market is open weekends.

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Certified divers, hop in

Weekends through Labor Day, take a dive and discover area lakes


hen summer’s heat becomes unbearable and you need a way to cool down, think deep down. Every Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day weekend, Tri-State Diving will be leading Discovery Dives in area lakes. “We’re going to try to hit a different lake each time,” certified Recreational Diving Instructor and Evaluator Gary Thompson said, adding that suggestions for diving locations are welcome. Designed for divers who don’t have a boat of their own or are visiting and unfamiliar with the area, Thompson has been taking divers on similar dive expeditions “forever.” “In this area we have some of the best freshwater diving in the world,” Thompson said. “We have 420 lakes within 20 miles.” Discovery Dives are open to certified divers of any age. Anyone who is not certified but would like to try 30 | SUMMER SCENE | JULY 2010

scuba is welcome to call Tri-State Diving and sign up for training sessions. Divers should bring their own equipment if they have it; otherwise, rental equipment is available. “It’s a two-tank dive,” Thompson said. “We’ll dive, come up and have a pop and a snack in between, and then dive again.” Dive expeditions will take off from the dive center, located at 28300 Little Floyd Lake Road in Detroit Lakes. Groups will carpool to the week’s lake, and then take a boat to the dive spot. “We’ll get a little briefing about what they might see down there,” Thompson said, adding that they may glimpse various underwater artifacts. This summer, anyone who wants to discover the mysteries of the area’s deep won’t have to hold his breath. To sign up for a Discovery Dive or for more information, call Tri-State Diving at 847-4868.



Farmers Market is open

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 DETROIT LAKES NEWSPAPERS

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. SUMMER SCENE | july 2010 | 31


Traditional s’mores revamped

Popular dessert now enjoyed without fire, toasting marshmellows


’mores is one of the most popular desserts enjoyed around the campfire and at cookouts. Now you can enjoy the flavor of this delectable dessert without the fuss of toasting marshmallows over an open flame. S’mores history dates back to the early 20th Century. While the actual recipe origin is unknown — considering most camping recipes were passed down from generation to generation — the first printed recipe for s’mores appeared in 1927 in the Girl Scout Handbook. S’mores were popular campside treats because of the portability of ingredients. It was easy to pack a bag of marshmallows, a box of graham crackers and a few bars of chocolate. The combination of sticky marshmallows, smooth, rich chocolate and crunchy graham crackers provides a perfect melding of flavors. However, s’mores weren’t the first pairing of these ingredients. Mallomar cookies and Moonpies also featured these ideal components. To make a delicious desert that builds upon the s’mores flavors and theme at your next summertime event, try this recipe for Frozen S’mores Cake. Frozen S’mores Cake 1 quart vanilla ice cream 1 quart chocolate ice cream 10 or 12 graham cracker squares ¼ cup melted butter ½ tablespoon sugar 32 | SUMMER SCENE | JULY 2010

1 jar of hot fudge 1 bag mini-marshmallows 2 tablespoons water Vegetable shortening Crush graham crackers in a zipper-lock bag or pulse in a food processor until made into crumbs. Add sugar and melted butter to the crumbs, mix and press into the bottom of a spring-form pan. Bake at 350 F for 10 minutes, or until the crust browns a bit Soften ice cream by letting it sit out of the freezer for a few minutes. Use a spatula or spoon to spread the chocolate ice cream over the cooled graham cracker crust. Spread desired amount of fudge topping over the chocolate ice cream. Then spread he softened vanilla ice cream over the fudge layer. Coat a microwave-safe bowl with a thin layer of shortening. Add most of the marshmallows, reserving a few for garnish, and the water to the bowl. Microwave for about a minute to a minute and a half until the marshmallows are melted. Top the vanilla ice cream with the melted marshmallows. Place the cake in the freezer overnight to harden. When ready to serve, place the garnish marshmallows on top and drizzle with a little melted hot fudge. You can use a kitchen torch or a barbecue lighter to add a little browning to the garnish marshmallows to make them look like they were toasted over a fire. Slice and enjoy quickly before it melts. This cake also makes a great alternative to a store-bought ice cream birthday cake. DETROIT LAKES NEWSPAPERS

Eat down the street! Dining in Detroit Lakes 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.

Here’s a list of the best Detroit Lakes has to offer:


Good Food! Good Friends! Good Fun!

Enjoy your favorite foods & beverages, while overlooking Little Detroit Lake.


It’s the Kind of Place You’re Going to Love...

200 West Drive • Detroit Lakes • 218.847.1891 DETROIT LAKES NEWSPAPERS

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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 | JULY 2010


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

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

Tastee Freez Ice Cream Shop & Great A&W Foods





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




The Hotel is now open daily at 11am for lunch. Karoake every Thursday Night! • Pasta • Steak • Seafood • Fish • Ribs • Pizza • Full Bar



1/2 mile West of Detroit Country Club • 847-9913 DETROIT LAKES NEWSPAPERS

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Dine with a view! Turn any evening into a very special occasion with a visit to the Fireside.

Sunday Brunch An immense dose of style dominates a menu filled with classic, eclectic and inventive fare. Our dining room is built around an open-air antique charcoal grill with a sensational view

The Fireside will be offering Sunday Brunch. Along with your menu choice, your table will receive caramel rolls, fresh fruit, bacon and sausage, potatoes and more-all served family style 9:30am to 1pm.

of Lake Detroit. Dinner features nightly. Spectacular Food...Spectacular View! OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK


1462 E Shore Drive • Detroit Lakes • 218.847.8192

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