AUGUST 2019 | VOLUME 10 | ISSUE 3
FAIR SHARE OF FUN: The 2019 Becker County Fair
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FROM THE M URK: What lies at the bottom of our lake
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Pickleball has become a big part of the summer scene in Detroit Lakes. Local pickleball players were served a nice treat this summer with the opening of the new Detroit Lakes Pickleball Courts at Peoples Park, behind Zorbaz. Pictured here are players with the local pickleball association, gathering during a mixed doubles tournament in late June. The six new top-of-the-line courts are divided down the middle by a large walkway and gathering area with six benches for seating. The courts are open to the public and the association always welcomes new players.
WHAT LIES AT THE BOTTOM OF OUR LAKES?
A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO THE JULY 24, 2019 ISSUE OF THE TRIBUNE
Longtime local scuba diver, Gary ‘Seal’ Thompson, has found a boatload of sunken treasures around DL...........
‘AN EVENT FOR THE MASSES’
Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban and Brooks & Dunn will headline this year’s much-anticipated WE Fest ..................
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Gary “Seal” Thompson talks about his many finds in his diving shop on Little Floyd Lake.
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lame it all on “Sea Hunt,” a popular TV show in the late 1950s and early ‘60s. As a kid, Gary “Seal” Thompson loved this show about the diving adventures of a former Navy frogman. It got Thompson hooked on scuba diving — and hooked on the lure of sunken treasures — at an early age. “I grew up watching that show,” he says. “We had a cabin on Roy Lake by Mahnomen. When everybody else was fishing, I was diving.
They grew ‘em big in the old days: These elk antlers are 570 years old, and were found on the bottom of Buffalo Lake.
I bought my first scuba diving gear with my high school graduation money.” Thompson went on to start his own diving business, Tri-State Diving, on Little Floyd Lake just north of Detroit Lakes. And over 53 years and more than 4,000 dives, Thompson, 71, has found a boatload of sunken, often buried objects — from wedding rings and an ancient buffalo skull to excavators and a rubber chicken. Some historical items he’s found are now displayed on the walls of his shop, including tools lost during the winter ice harvests on Big Detroit Lake — antique packing tools, splitting tools, chisels and others. Most were found with the help of an underwater metal detector. WHAT LIES AT THE BOTTOM OF OUR LAKES? Continued on page 8
This 1916 Evinrude outboard boat motor was found mostly buried on the bottom of Dead Shot Bay. It’s Gary Thompson’s favorite find.
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This radiator cap came off a 1935 Chevy that went through the ice on Big Detroit Lake in 1955 and still remains there. It’s now on display at the Tri-State Diving shop just north of Detroit Lakes. .
controlled the brands — they had to register their brands.” An archeologist by training, Thompson loves the history of the local lakes, and has always enjoyed researching his finds. He probably knows Continued from page 7 as much about the early “They were down in there” logging industry in Becker and had to be dug out, County as anybody, because Thompson says of the ice he also loves to talk to harvest trophies. He’s also people. Over the years, he’s discovered remnants of the spoken with people who were area’s pioneer-era logging involved in the trade, or had industry, and is especially relatives who were. happy with a branding tool He’ll tell you that Big he has on display: “Logging Elbow Lake, at the north companies stamped their logs end of Becker County, was and got credit at the sawmill,” the epicenter of the local he says. Through research, logging trade. Back in the day he discovered that “the the lake was filled with logs waiting to be floated down to Department of Agriculture PAGE 8 | SUMMER SCENE | AUGUST 2019
the sawmill in Frazee, at the south end of Becker County. At one time, the bottom of Elbow Lake was filled with big sunken logs left over from the logging days. Many of them were later salvaged by Otto Johnson, who used a raft made from beer kegs to remove the logs, Thompson says. “Most of the cabins on Ada Beach (on Big Elbow Lake) were built from lumber from the bottom of the lake,” he says. Thompson also helped salvage logs from the bottom of Many Point Lake, and many of those logs went to build cabins at a camp on Lake Plantagenet near
Bemidji. These days, it’s hard to imagine what it was like from 1869 to 1919, when thousands of logs were floated down through Becker County via the lakes and the Otter Tail River chain to the sawmill at Frazee. Some years now, there’s hardly enough water to float tubers comfortably down the Otter Tail River, let alone giant logs. But back then, “they flooded big areas so they could release logs during dry years … the Otter Tail River was big back then,” Thompson says. Dams were built freely across Minnesota to build reservoirs for the logging trade or boat traffic.
The Pelican River was also bigger then, and was used for navigation to get to resorts. Thompson has some antique whiskey, patent medicine and soda pop bottles on display at his shop — some salvaged from the bottom of the Pelican River from the pleasure boat era. “How do you know where to look for bottles? How far from shore a kid can throw it,” he says with a laugh. His favorite treasure is a 1916 Evinrude outboard boat motor he salvaged from the bottom of Deadshot Bay. “It was hard bottom — the prop was sticking up,” he says. He also has two vintage Sears & Roebuck Waterwitch outboard motors. WHAT LIES AT THE BOTTOM OF OUR LAKES? Continued on page 10
These antique bottles that held soda pop, whiskey and even patent medicines were found in lakes around the area.
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A number of icing tools from the historic ice harvest were found (with the help of an underwater metal detector) in Detroit Lake in 1992.
These scoops, used to clear ice out of ice-fishing holes, were found on the bottom of area lakes.
“A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY THEY’RE THE LARGEST ELK ANTLERS THEY’VE EVER SEEN.” - GARY THOMPSON, ON THE 570-YEAR-OLD GIANT ANTLERS HE FOUND IN BUFFALO LAKE
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And it isn’t only man-made objects decorating his shop: Thompson has a 13,000-yearold buffalo skull and a giant set of elk antlers from 570 years ago. He thought it was just a big tree root when he first saw part of the buried antlers two years ago while diving in Buffalo Lake. He raised about $700 through a GoFundMe page to get the antlers carbon-dated. “A lot of people say they’re
the largest elk antlers they’ve ever seen,” he says. Near the displays of cant hooks and peavy hooks from logging days are rows of fishing poles and lures, some with the old glass eyes. His favorite is an antique wooden Chippewa Falls lure with a spinner inside it. “The weirdest thing I ever found was a rubber chicken,” he says. It was near the Pavilion on the bottom of
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Little Detroit Lake, and he can’t help but suspect that it was thrown there by a member of the Unbelievable Uglies, a Detroit Lakes-based band that was a big hit in the 1960s. The group used to play at the Pavilion regularly and was known for playing around with rubber chickens (it was a ‘60s gag). Some of Thompson’s diving work involves investigation and tracking down leads.
The Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps, for example, had camps in the area and planted millions of trees. But when they moved to a new site, Thompson says CCC policy was to dump all its equipment in the nearest lake. The federal government bought the shovels and other equipment so cheaply that it wasn’t cost-effective to move it, and it would have hurt the local retailers to sell it.
Thompson learned there was a CCC dump site in Bad Medicine Lake, and was able to track down the man who had actually done the dumping. The man took him there by canoe and easily located the spot by memory. “We found all sorts of stuff there,” Thompson says with a grin. He has found and recovered everything from drowning victims to cars that went through the lake ice. He has the radiator cap from a 1935 Chevy that still sits on the bottom of Detroit Lake, where it went through the ice in 1955. He’s still actively exploring today, and continues to do
commercial and salvage diving as well as teach scuba classes, which he says are more popular than ever. He’s living out his “Sea Hunt” dream in fresh waters, and what he finds next in the murky depths, only time will tell.
This buffalo skull, found in Pickeral Lake, is 13,000 years old.
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‘AN EVENT FOR THE MASSES’
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hris Stapleton will be the chart-topping cherry on top of this year’s WE Fest, making his debut at Detroit Lakes’ famous multi-day country music festival as the Saturday night headliner. The popular and award-winning singer/ songwriter from Kentucky is known for big hits like “Broken Halos,” “Millionaire,” “Nobody to Blame” and “Tennessee Whiskey.” A five-time Grammy Award winner and seven-time Academy of Country Music Awards winner — including multiple wins for Best Country Album and Male Vocalist of the Year — Stapleton has racked up a long list of accolades for his work as a performer and composer. He has written and co-written more than 170 songs. Stapleton will be joined at WE Fest by fellow Main Stage headliners Keith Urban and Brooks & Dunn, along with about 20 other country stars, including LeAnn Rimes, Big & Rich, Jamey Johnson, Billy Currington, Jake Owen and many more. They’ll be playing to crowds of tens of thousands of screaming fans at Soo Pass Ranch on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1-3 (there will be limited shows on the Barn Stage the preceding two days, July 30 and 31). “We are always looking for the best artists, as well as new artists for WE Fest,” says Chamie McCurry, media representative for WE Fest. “We are lucky that the stars aligned and we were able to secure Chris Stapleton for 2019 for his inaugural play at the festival, as well as in the area.” An important part of getting an artist to perform, and then return, is making him or her feel at home, McCurry says, and that is something WE Fest organizers always strive for. Stapleton will be warmly welcomed to his new home for the weekend, and the “red carpet” will be rolled out for him when he performs on Saturday, says McCurry. Thursday night’s headliner, Keith Urban, boasts 22 number one songs and has topped the country music charts with six of his seven most recent albums. Right behind Urban in number one singles is Friday night headliner Brooks & Dunn, with 20. The duo is one of the most successful country music duos ever, and will be returning to WE Fest after 10 long years.
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“AMAZING MUSIC, GREAT PEOPLE AND AN EXCITING ENVIRONMENT.” -CHAMIE MCCURRY, WE FEST MEDIA REP To see Stapleton, Urban, Brooks & Dunn and the many other artists perform, either purchase a 1-day ticket, which starts at $110, or a 3-day ticket, which starts at $185. To enter the campgrounds, purchase a separate campground
ticket or a combo music/ campground access ticket. Or, pick up a job at WE Fest to possibly earn a paycheck plus concert tickets and campground access. WE Fest hires for a variety of positions, such as help with parking, toll booths
and campgrounds. McCurry says the perks of working there are “amazing music, great people and an exciting environment.” Now 37 years old, WE Fest is one of the largest country music festivals in the nation, attracting people of all ages,
from all over. In recent years, it has drawn as many as 150,000 people. As McCurry says, “it is truly an event for the masses.” For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit wefest.com.
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10 FUN THINGS BY DETROIT LAKES TRIBUNE STAFF
1. SCREAM, SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM
Chase after The Ice Cream Truck as it cruises around the Detroit Lakes City Park and Beach area on hot summer days, and then beat the heat with a frozen treat. The truck makes various stops around town every May through September, and is parked at the City Park on Thursday evenings for Trucks and Tunes events. It can also be hired out for birthday parties, reunions and other special events. Visit The Ice Cream Truck Facebook page to find out where it’s headed next.
2. FIRE IT UP
If you haven’t done it already this summer, now’s the time — light up that backyard fire pit, take a seat, pop open a cold beverage and roast some marshmallows with your family, friends and neighbors. Or, roam away from home and enjoy the sight, sound and smell of a campfire. There are
plenty of state parks, state forests, resort campgrounds and other places around the Lakes Area where you can pitch a tent (or set up a camper) and get a campfire going.
3. GOBBLE DOWN TURKEY DAYS
Frazee’s annual Turkey Days festival is not to be missed. The town celebrates all things turkey for these three full days of fun, with turkey-themed events like turkey bowling plus a street dance, parade, pageant, activities for kids, demo derby, flea market, car show and more. This year’s festival is scheduled for July 26-28. For more information, check out the Frazee Turkey Days Facebook page.
4. RIDE THE WAVES
Boating is one of the best ways to enjoy the Lakes Area. The larger recreational lakes around Detroit Lakes are popular for sailing, boating,
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pontooning and water sports, and it’s common for people to boat through several lakes at a time via the Pelican River chain. On summer weekends, Becker County operates a tram to carry boats across a splinter of land in Dunton Locks Park between Muskrat Lake and Lake Sallie. No boat? No problem. Boat rentals are available at J&K Marina at the Detroit Lakes City Beach. Rent a pontoon, speedboat, fishing boat, kayak, canoe, paddleboat, jet skis and more. If you want to try your hand at sailing, Fair Hills Resort, 13 miles southwest of Detroit Lakes on Pelican Lake, offers sailing lessons with a qualified sailor every Monday-Friday from 1-4 p.m. in the summertime.
5. OR, RIDE THE HILLS
Becker County is an ATV enthusiast’s playground. There are miles of ATV and OHV trails around, with the northeastern part of the county being a particular hotspot.
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The Forest Riders Trail in the Smoky Hills and Two Inlets State Forest is a 100-mile scenic ride through Becker and Hubbard counties, on terrain ranging from rolling and hilly to level and smooth. The trail predominantly follows forest roads and trails, and to a lesser extent, county and township roads. For more information and a route map, visit the Becker County Parks and Recreation Department website.com/_site_components/files/ SunnyLocations.pdf 6. GO FISH HUNTING Have you noticed some colorful and creative sunfish sculptures swimming in front of various businesses in Detroit Lakes? There are 18 of them that can be found around town — all that’s left of the 50 that were originally created in 2002. They were all designed by local artists then for a city promotion called “Sunny in DL.” Each sculpture is unique. Find them all!
7. GET TUBULAR Tube rides down the Otter Tail River are always a party, so grab your friends and head to Charlie’s Tubing (218-847-3258) and K & K Tubing (218-847-5734). Both are located seven miles east of Detroit Lakes on Highway 34. 8. BE A PICKER Berry picking is a sweet activity for those who love fresh fruits. The Minnesota Grown Directory lists dozens of berry growers around the state. A couple within easy driving distance of Detroit Lakes include Marotz’s Berries, for blueberries, or Otter Berry Farm, for strawberries and raspberries, both of which are near Perham. Most growers offer pick-your-own or will pick the berries for you if orders are called ahead.
racing and stunt riding, and at the same time support local BMXers, by taking in race at the local BMX club’s track in Detroit Lakes. The DL 412 BMX track is located on the southwest corner of the Becker County Fairgrounds. The club holds races every nice-weather Wednesday at 7 p.m., in late May-October. For more information, visit www.usabmx.com/ tracks/1464. 10. FIND A CRAZY-GOOD DEAL Crazy for a good sale? Every summer, businesses in downtown Detroit Lakes block off a day on their calendars — as well as a few blocks of Washington Avenue — to fill the street with bargains for the annual Crazy Daze sale. It’ll be deals and discounts galore again at this year’s Crazy Daze, slated for Aug. 6. from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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he Becker County Fair will be taking place a little later than usual this year, from Wednesday, Aug. 7 through Saturday, Aug. 10 — which means judging for several 4-H
events will be happening up to three weeks before the fair gets underway. For instance, judging for the 4-H fashion revue, food revue, clothing construction, and Youth in Action
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demonstrations will take place at Grace Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes on Tuesday, July 23. “But we’ll be having a public fashion revue during the fair, at 12:30 p.m.
on Saturday, Aug. 10,” said Becker County 4-H Coordinator Gina Schauer, who is sharing the duties with Leigh Nelson-Edwards this year.
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“We’ll also be doing more demonstrations on the fairgrounds this year,” Schauer said, noting that various 4-H participants will be bringing their animals out of the barns and showcasing them for the public outside of the competition arena, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons, Aug. 8-10.
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for Monday, July 15 at the Strait Rail Ranch in Nevis, and Becker County has two teams competing again this year. “They won the state competition last year,” Schauer said. To showcase their state championship-winning form, the drill teams will be doing a demonstration during the county fair, as well, on Aug. 10 in the Horse Arena, starting at 11:30 a.m.
Show, which will take place at Oak Crossing on July 25, starting at 3 p.m.; the 4-H Dog Show, set for 9 a.m. Saturday, July 27 at the Becker County Fairgrounds; and the 4-H exhibit entry and conference judging, which will take place inside the 4-H Exhibit building on the fairgrounds on Tuesday,. Aug. 6, starting at 3:30 p.m. The 4-H Horse Drill Team regional competition is set
And even though the 4-H performing arts competition will be taking place at Essentia Health Oak Crossing Nursing Home on Thursday, July 25, there will also be a public performing arts showcase held on Aug. 10 at 2:30 p.m. “Both the fashion revue and performing arts showcase will be held under the Big Tent,” said Schauer. Other pre-fair competitions include the 4-H Cat and Pet
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Regular 4-H competitions taking place during the fair include the rabbit, poultry and swine shows on Aug. 7; the market goat, sheep, lamb and beef shows on Aug. 8; the horse show, dairy goat and dairy cattle shows on Aug. 9; and the “big event,” the market auction bidders breakfast, at 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 10, when kids will be putting their competition
animals up for public bids. “It’s a premium only auction,” said Schauer, which means that the winning bids will go toward the competitors’ expenses in getting their animals show ready, and also for bringing them to the state fair if they make it that far. “The winners won’t be bringing the animals home,” she explained. Though the 4-H competitions are a huge part of the fair, they’re not the only reason why people go to the four-day event: The carnival midway will open at 5 p.m. on Aug. 7 and at 1 p.m. every other day of the fair, with games, rides and food booths staying open
until the fair closes down for the night. Big Tent events will include performances by comic stunt juggler and entertainer Tuey on Aug. 7 at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. as well as live music from local musician Dan Holt at 7 p.m. Thursday Big Tent events will include accordion player Ethel Duenou at noon; the Becker County Outstanding Senior Citizen awards at 1 p.m.; music by Kris Frost and Kim Softing at 1:30 and 4 p.m., the 34th Infantry Division Army Band at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.; and Bruce Nelson at 7 p.m. Friday’s Big Tent programs will include Greg Kaler’s “George of the Jungle” show
at 4 and 5:15 p.m., and music by Detroit Lakes’ own Tim Eggebraaten at 7 p.m. There will also be kids’ games behind the 4-H office from 2-3 p.m. On Aug. 10, the aforementioned 4-H Fashion Revue and Performing Arts Showcase will be held under the Big Tent at noon and 2:30 p.m., respectively, while ventriloquist James Wedgewood will perform at 1:30, 3:30 and 5 p.m. The Becker County Emerging Leadership, Fair Builder and Century Farm awards will be presented under the Big Tent starting at 6 p.m., and local musician Mike Hokanson will close out the fair with live music at 7 p.m.
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There will also be daily fair button prize drawings under the Big Tent at 9:45 p.m. Grandstand happenings will include a couple of new events on Aug. 7: A demonstration by the Becker County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit at 6 p.m., and automotive barrel racing at 7 p.m. The inaugural April Stenger Memorial Volleyball Tournament will take place inside the grandstand on Aug. 8 at 6 p.m., with team checkin starting at 5 p.m. Cost to participate is $100 per team, and all registrations must be completed and paid for by Thursday, July 25. For more information, contact Tami Bigger at 218-234-6997. Tribune File Photo The Becker County Fair Tractor Parade turned 10 years old in 2018. This year’s parade, set for 8 a.m. on Aug. 10, will feature Massey-Harris tractors.
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Grandstand action at the fair will conclude with two nights of demolition derby competitions, with events for vans, pickup trucks, compact trucks and compact cars on Aug. 9, and derbies for vintage and stock class cars, along with welded pickups taking place Aug. 10. Both evenings of competition get underway at 7 p.m. and continue into the night. Last but not least, the 11th annual Becker County Fair Tractor Rendezvous and Parade will take place Aug. 10, starting at 8 a.m. Tractors will depart from Adkins Equipment and proceed south on Richwood
Road to Roosevelt Avenue, turning west on Willow Street and proceeding to Rossman Avenue, where they will turn south and then proceed to the fairgrounds. The tractors will be displayed on the grounds for public viewing until about 2 p.m., when they will set off on the return trip, following the same approximate route. For more information, or to register a tractor, contact Norman Danielson at 218375-4101 or Ken Shroyer at 218-849-5596. A complete schedule of fair events, including registration information and contact numbers, can be found online at www.beckercountyfair. com. The fairgrounds are located at 1310 Rossman Ave. in Detroit Lakes, and there is no gate fee to attend. A fee of $3 per vehicle is charged for parking on the grounds.
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KEEPING WILD RICE WILD MINNESOTA’S OFFICIAL GRAIN IS GOOD FOR WILDLIFE AND WATER QUALITY AT TAMARAC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE Stephanie Lof | Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge
Minnesota has more acres of wild rice than any other state. It is the official grain of Minnesota and is worth $2 million as a food crop to the state’s economy every year. Wild rice is not only eaten by people but is also an important food source for waterfowl and other wildlife. Wild rice has been found to be the most important food source in this area for waterfowl during migration. It is heavily eaten in late summer and fall by mallards, blue winged teal, ring necked ducks and wood ducks. It provides food for other species including trumpeter swans, deer, moose and muskrats. It is also beneficial to wildlife by providing nesting cover and materials, as well as roosting and protective hangout areas for the young. Wild rice grows in the shallow water of small lakes with inlets or outlets. It does best in the presence of slow, flowing water with a mucky or organic bottom and in areas with relatively stable water levels during the growing season. Plants grow in water depths of 1 to 3 feet. If the water level gets too high, for example during prolonged heavy rains, plants can be uprooted and washed away. Since wetland systems are dynamic and wild rice evolved through natural fluctuations, it is critical that wetlands incorporate these fluctuations in order to sustain longterm wild rice production. Wild rice depends on variations in the water levels in order to be able to compete with other species, such as cattail. Since wild rice is sensitive to water levels, production from year to year is highly variable depending on local water conditions.
This month at Tamarac
Summer is a great time to observe the wild families found in nature. Look for deer fawns close to their mothers, young foxes honing their hunting skills and trumpeter swan cygnets gliding in serene ponds. Experience the vibrant colors and fragrances of summer wildflowers including the Canada anemone, Joe-pye weed, wild geranium, Indian paintbrush and prairie lily. Listen for songbirds, including the golden-winged warbler, as they raise their young.
The most optimum times for viewing wildlife occur around sunrise and sunset, but sometimes even an afternoon visit to Tamarac can be rewarding to the quiet, watchful observer. Explore the edges of lakes, marshes and meadows on the 5-mile Blackbird Wildlife Drive or, if you feel inclined to exercise, hike the 2-mile Old Indian Hiking Trail to experience the beauty of the maple basswood forest. Another option is to venture out on the North Country Trail, which traverses 14 miles through the southern half of the refuge.
Try your luck in one of Tamarac’s 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.
Tamarac volunteers are eager to help guests make the most of their visits. Check out the interactive exhibits and learn about the diverse habitats that support Tamarac’s many species of wildlife. Learn about the historical use of the refuge, including that of the Ojibwe Indians and European settlers. Be sure to view the refuge’s large screen presentation entitled, “Tamarac: Its Life and Legends,” and browse the Tamarac Bookshop. Proceeds from sales support educational programs at the refuge. The visitor center is located 9 miles north of Highway 34 and is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., and weekends 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
► Sunday Wildlife Movies: Nature movies are shown every Sunday at 2 p.m. Submitted Photo Wild rice grows in Flat Lake, in Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is a prized ricing area for Ojibwe tribal members, and ricing permits are issued to tribal members every August for harvesting.
TAMARAC & KEEPING WILD RICE WILD Continued on page 23
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Wild rice is an annual aquatic grass. It completes its growing season in one year. Seeds sprout in the spring, reproducing each year from seed deposited the previous fall. Stalks grow 3 to 10 feet tall by early July. The flowering head grows above the water. The yellow or red grains appear at the end of the stalk in August. Ripe seeds will eventually fall into in the sediment, or “muck,” at the bottom of the lake or river. With favorable conditions, these seeds will grow into wild rice plants beginning the next spring. However, wild rice seed also has the ability to remain dormant until favorable conditions occur. Tamarac Refuge not only provides valuable habitat for waterfowl but was historically and is still a prized ricing area for Ojibwe tribal members. Ricing permits are issued to tribal members every August for harvesting on the refuge. The refuge is not open to non-tribal member harvesting. Ricing season usually begins in late August and goes until mid-September. On average, harvesting removes only about 15 percent of the annual yield, so abundant seed remains for wildlife. Capable of producing over 500 pounds of seed per acre, wild rice provides a food source, offers shelter and increases biodiversity. It also maintains water quality by binding loose soils, tying up nutrients and slowing winds across shallow wetlands. It even helps to reduce algae blooms. Protecting wild rice areas will help ensure all can enjoy this precious Minnesota resource.
On July 28 will be “Disney Nature: Bears,” August 4 will be “Kingdoms of the Sky: Rockies,” August 11 will be “The Sagebrush Sea,” August 18 will be “Beavers: The Biggest Dam Movie You Ever Saw!,” August 25 will be “Kingdoms of the Sky: Andes,” and September 1 will be “Plants Behaving Badly: The Carnivorous Plants.” ► Wild Wednesdays: 10 a.m. on Wednesdays, explore the world of nature with your child during an hour-long adventure geared to kids ages 3 to 6. Meet at the Discovery Center. ► Little Hitch-Hikers of the Insect World: Sunday, July 28 at 2 p.m.; Arthropods who do not hatch from their eggs on or near a larval food source need a way to travel to their food. Hear the story of how some of these small creatures travel to find something to eat. There will be a 1-hour presentation, followed by time outside to observe insects. Presented by insect enthusiast David Israel. Meet at the Discovery Center. ► Wildlife Excursion: Thursday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m.; Explore the refuge with a knowledgeable guide. Search for wildlife and learn about the cultural and natural history of the refuge. Meet at the Visitor Center.
Spring and fall hours may vary.
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS BY DETROIT LAKES TRIBUNE STAFF
the Story Weavers, Detroit Lakes Library, 2 p.m. 26-28: 65th Annual Turkey Days, Frazee 27: 10th Annual Tyler Shipman Memorial Car Show, Frazee 27: Detroit Lakes Class of JULY 1979 40-Year Class Reunion, Every Saturday: Detroit Mountain Recreation Childrens’ Storytime, at the Area Detroit Lakes Library, 10:30 28: 41st Annual Arts & a.m.; Live Music, Richwood Crafts in the Park, Detroit Winery, Richwood Lakes City Park Every Saturday & 30-Aug. 1: Robotics Camp, Sunday: Discovery Dives, Tri- Becker County Museum, Detroit Lakes State Diving; Shady Hollow Flea & Artisan Market, 12672 Cty. Hwy. 17 AUGUST Every Sunday: Wildlife Every Saturday: Movies, 2 p.m. start, Tamarac Childrens’ Storytime, at the National Wildlife Refuge Detroit Lakes Library, 10:30 Every Tuesday & a.m.; Live Music, Richwood Saturday: Lakes Area Winery, Richwood Farmers Market, Peoples Every Saturday & Park, Detroit Lakes Sunday: Discovery Dives, TriEvery Tuesday: Tuesdays State Diving; Shady Hollow in the Park Community Flea & Artisan Market, 12672 Concert Series, City Park Cty. Hwy. 17 Bandshell Every Sunday: Wildlife Every Wednesday: Movies, 2 p.m. start, Tamarac Wild Wednesdays, Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge National Wildlife Refuge Every Tuesday & Every Thursday: Summer Saturday: Lakes Area Thursday Concerts, Lodge on Farmers Market, Peoples Lake Detroit Park, Detroit Lakes Every Friday: Baby Every Tuesday: Tuesdays Bounce stories and activities, in the Park Community Detroit Lakes Library, 10:30 a.m. 25: Stories & Stones, Becker County Museum, Detroit Lakes 25: Trucks and Tunes, Detroit Lakes City Park and Bandshell 25: 3-2-1 Blast Off With PAGE 24 | SUMMER SCENE | AUGUST 2019
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Concert Series, City Park Bandshell Every Wednesday: Wild Wednesdays, Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge Every Thursday: Summer Thursday Concerts, Lodge on Lake Detroit Every Friday: Baby Bounce stories and activities, Detroit Lakes Library, 10:30 a.m. 1: Trucks and Tunes, Detroit Lakes City Park and Bandshell 1: Astronaut Boot Camp kids’ activity, Detroit Lakes Library, 1 p.m. 1-3: WE Fest 37th Anniversary Celebration, Soo Pass Ranch, Detroit Lakes 5-11: 88th Annual Pine to Palm Golf Tournament, Detroit Country Club, Detroit Lakes
6: Crazy Daze, downtown Detroit Lakes 6: Friends of the Library Book Sale, Detroit Lakes Library, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 7: Friends of the Library Book Sale, Detroit Lakes Library, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 7: Adult Writers’ Group, Detroit Lakes Library, 3:30 p.m. 7: Teen Mystery Party, Detroit Lakes Library, 2 p.m. 7-10: Becker County Fair,
Detroit Lakes 8: Pat Surface Woodstock Tribute Show, at the Historic Holmes Theatre 8-11: Looney Days, Vergas 10: 5th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show, Detroit Lakes 10-11: 13th Annual Quake the Lake Powerboat Races, Detroit Lakes 10-11: Pine Point Powwow 11: Parish Festival, Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Detroit Lakes 14: Cruise DL Night, West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes 14: Brown Bag Lunch Series, Becker County Museum 15: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, at the Historic Holmes Theatre 15: Storytime, Detroit Lakes Library, 10:30 a.m. 16: Young Life Family Fun Night, Detroit Lakes City Park 16: Detroit Lakes Craft Beer Tour, Detroit Mountain Recreation Area 16-17: Wolf Lake Harvest Fest, Wolf Lake 17: Young Life Triathlon, Detroit Lakes City Park CALENDAR OF EVENTS Continued on page 28
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930 WASHINGTON AVE.• DETROIT LAKES, MN • 218-847-2645 AUGUST 2019 | SUMMER SCENE | PAGE 25
A VARIETY OF DELICIOUS DINING OPTIONS AROUND THE LAKES AREA
BLEACHERS BAR & GRILL
If sports, burgers and beer rank high on your scoreboard, then come to Bleachers for a hat trick. Voted the best burgers in the Lakes Area! New to menu, taco grinders,philly sandwich, french fries, ALL the sports games you could ever hope to watch on their flat screen TV’s and a scenic deck overlooking Dead Shot Bay for relaxing outdoors. 1/2 price appetizers on Thursdays, Karaoke throughout the year. Don’t forget about 2-4-1 burgers every Sunday! 25807 Cty. Hwy. 22, Detroit Lakes, MN 218-844-6820
DAIRY QUEEN GRILL & CHILL
Fan Food not Fast Food For more than 75 years, Dairy Queen has been a fixture in America. Although much has changed in the world and in the DQ® system through the years, one constant has remained: DQ® restaurants are still, and always have been, the place to find kids’ sports teams celebrating a victory, business people on their lunch break and families taking time out to enjoy great food and soft serve treats. And success for the DQ® system is as simple today as it was in 1940. Satisfied customers lead to successful restaurants. located in the new McKinnley Plaza! 900 McKinley Ave, Detroit Lakes Phone: (218) 847-8154
NOT your AVERAGE hotel bar The Holiday Beach Bar and Grill is the Lakes Area Sports and Entertainment Headquarters. With an excellent atmosphere and an
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amazing view of Big Detroit Lake, we are the place to visit for a night on the town or to just sit and relax on our deck while enjoying a cold, refreshing cocktail. We aren’t just about great cocktails and food, we also offer Electronic Horse Racing and Meat Raffles every Friday night and live entertainment every Saturday starting at 9 pm. You can also enjoy your favorite sports team by watching them on one of our 10 Hidef televisions. Holiday Inn on the Lake 1155 HIGHWAY 10 East DETROIT LAKES, MN. 56501 218.847.2121
ICE CRACKING LODGE
Home of the Famous Thunder Burger, established in 1934, Happy Hour 3-6 PM, $2 Miller Lite and Bud light Taps, Steak Specials every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Class 2 slot machines. Bingo Teleconference Monday and Fridays @ 6pm Reservations Recommended. Open Daily at 11 Closed on Tuesdays. 30389 County HWY 35 Ponsford MN, 56575 218-573-3631
Izzo’s Bar & Grill is Detroit Lakes’ top hot spot! Enjoy the great atmosphere while dining on a wide variety of savory food delivered with exceptional service. Along with daily, weekly, and monthly specials, Izzo’s offers broasted chicken, ten tap beers to choose from, and an array of drink choices to cool you down in the hot summer weather. Visit our exclusive patio overlooking the 18th green of our championship golf course. 22931 185th Street Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 218-439-3028
MAIN STREET RESTAURANT
If you want to experience one of Detroit Lakes’ ‘local hangouts’, you have to stop by Main Street Restaurant! They have been voted the “Best Breakfast in Town” and they are sure to deliver. Main Street Restaurant offers quality, homemade food and big portions at a reasonable price. Open Mon.-Fri. 7a.m.-4:00 p.m. • Sat. 7 a.m.3:45 p.m. • Sun. 8a.m.-1:45 p.m 900 Washington Ave., Detroit Lakes, MN 218-847-3344
PIT 611 SPORTS BAR & GRILL
You’ll come for great food and drinks at unbeatable prices, but you’ll end up staying because of the fun and exciting atmosphere. There is a little something for everyone at the Pit 611 Sports Bar & Grill. Open at 11am. Kitchen Hours Mon-Thurs 11-9, Fri & Sat 11-10, Sun 11-9. Easy to find, hard to leave 15057 Cty. Hwy. 11, Audubon 218-439-6121 www.thepit611.com
SPITFIRE BAR AND GRILL
Food with Attitude New to Detroit Lakes and making quite an impact. Voted #1 Restaurant and #1 BBQ Ribs in the Lakes Area Spitfire Bar and Grill will not disappoint. Bring the party outside with a spacious outdoor patio including an inviting fire bar, large screen tv’s, and rock fireplaces. Open Daily at 11am. Open at 10am Saturdays and Sundays for Brunch. Daily Happy Hours Specials. Catering and Events. 1100 North Shore Drive, Detroit Lakes, MN 218-844-3473 www.spitfirebarandgrill.com
Serving your All American Favorites. Delicious burgers, dogs, chicken and fries plus so much more! Don’t forget that frosty mug of Rootbeer or add sweet vanilla ice cream for the traditional float. Carhop service or dine in. Open 7 Days A Week, summer 11 am to 9 pm, hours seasonally adjusted. Located 1004 Park Ave. S. (Hwy. 71 S.) Park Rapids, MN 218-732-3551. Satisfy your craving for Home Town Flavors at your locally owned A&W Drive In.
Full menu for all to enjoy. Breakfast starts at 8:30 AM with our famous Dorset Pockets & Potato pancakes plus lots of omelets and other goodies. Lunch offers a wide selection of fresh Angus burgers as well as Italian entrees including pizza. Dinner is amazing starting at 5:00 PM with a full Italian menu with our traditional Italian plus more exotic fusion dishes. Thru Memorial Day Open Thurs. - Sun. at 8:30 am Breakfast & Lunch, 5 pm Dinner, After Memorial Day Open Tues. - Sun 8:30 am Breakfast & Lunch and 7 DAYS A WEEK 5pm for Dinner. Downtown Dorset. 218-732-0275. Breakfast $, Lunch $. Dinner $$ [W] F
THE GOOD LIFE CAFE
RAPID RIVER LOGGING CAMP
Fresh, creative food and craft beer in a comfortable atmosphere! Lunch and dinner menus offer a combination of traditional and adventurous dishes, including comfort foods, vegetarian and gluten-free. We prepare unique specials for each meal aligned with the seasons. We also have 14 MN craft beers on tap, cocktails, wine, wi-fi and a kid’s menu. It’s time you got back to The Good Life! Memorial - Labor Day Weekends: Open 7-days a week for lunch and dinner, Seasonal hours and menus online. 220 Main Ave. S., Park Rapids. 218-237-4212 www.thegoodlifecafepr.com. Lunch $ Dinner $ (W) F
The 64-year tradition. ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT served family style. Open 7 days a week, Memorial weekend through Labor Day. Breakfast 7:30 am to 12 Noon. Dinner 1-8 pm. Top off your logger’s meal with a stroll along the Potato River. Hwy. 71 N. Turn on Co.Rd. 18, follow signs. 218-732-3444. $ W]
The local favorite where you will enjoy possibly the BEST burger in northern Minnesota. Plus many appetizers and your favorite beverage. Open 7 days a week. Mon.-Sat. at 11 am,Sun. at noon. 120 S. Main, downtown Park Rapids. 218-732-9443. $ [W]
Full menu served daily. Sink your teeth into the ‘Stompin Burger,” our most popular burger! Chicken, fish, homemade soup & more. Don’t miss Wing Wednesdays! Full bar ~ 4 pm Happy Hour. Breakfast Sat. & Sun. 8 am 11 am. Kitchen open Sat. - Thurs. 10 am - 8pm, Fri. & Sat. 10 am 9pm. Bar open Mon. - Sat. 10 am - 1 am, Sun. 10am - Midnight. Hwy. 64, N. of Akeley 218-652-2964
VACATIONAIRE & CLANCY’S ON ISLAND LAKE
Casual dining in our dining room or on the deck overlooking beautiful Island Lake. Full menu, kids menu, broasted chicken eat-in or take-out. Reservations recommended. Kitchen open until 10 pm. 218-732-5270.
Y STEAK HOUSE
Celebrating 74 years of fine dining in the Park Rapids area on Hwy. 71. Open at 4 pm daily. Prime rib nightly, walleye, jumbo shrimp, BBQ ribs, seafood, choice steaks, chicken, combination meals, children’s menu, nightly specials and your favorite beverage from the Fish Hook Bar. Open 7 days a week. Sun.-Thurs 4 pm - 9 pm, Fri. & Sat. 4 pm - 10 pm.. Reservations appreciated. • 1 mi. North on Hwy. 71, Park Rapids. 218732-4565. $$ [W] F
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Continued from page 24
20-22: Computer Coding Camp, Becker County Museum, Detroit Lakes 20-22: Art Camp, Becker County Museum, Detroit Lakes 22-24: Muscatell Ojibwe Forests Rally Racing, Detroit Lakes 23: Macaws for Paws, Detroit Lakes 23-24: JJ’s Hog Roast for Hospice, Pelican Rapids 24: 14th Annual Boats & Bars, Detroit Lakes
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24: 13th Annual North Country Hiking Fest, Itasca State Park 24: Lake Park Liquor Store and Fireman’s Street Dance, Lake Park 27: Author Candace Simar, Detroit Lakes Library, 2 p.m. 29: Storytime, Detroit Lakes Library, 10:30 a.m. 30-Sept. 2: Western Minnesota Steam Threshers 65th Annual Reunion, Rollag
Every Saturday: Live Music, Richwood Winery, Richwood; Childrens’ Storytime, at the Detroit Lakes Library, 10:30 a.m. Every Sunday: Wildlife Movies, 2 p.m. start, Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge
Every Tuesday & Saturday: Lakes Area Farmers Market, Peoples Park, Detroit Lakes Every Friday: Baby Bounce stories and activities, Detroit Lakes Library, 10:30 a.m. 1-2: Western Minnesota Steam Threshers 65th Annual Reunion, Rollag 1-2: 29th Annual Laddies Loppet Mountain Bike Races, Maplelag 1-2: Shady Hollow Flea
Dining Bleachers Pg. 34 Dairy Queen Pg. 33 Ice Cracking Lodge Pg. 36 Izzo’s Pg. 35 Main Street Restaurant Pg. 32 Pit 611 Pg. 31 Spitfire Bar & Grill Pg. 30 The Holiday Inn Pg. 29
Market, Detroit Lakes 6: Toast to Tamarac, Richwood Winery, Richwood 7: Dick Beardsley Run, Detroit Lakes 7: Grape Stomp, Richwood Winery, Richwood 11: Cruise DL Night, West lake Drive 12: Lakes Area Women’s Expo, Kent Freeman Arena, Detroit Lakes 13: Fire & Ice Fundraiser for Essentia Health St. Mary’s Foundation, Detroit Lakes 21: Fall Festival, Hawley 21: Leather and Leaves Motorcycle Rally For more information about any of these events, visit: http://business.visitdetroitlakes. com/events
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1100 North Shore Drive, Detroit Lakes MN 218-844-FIRE (3473)
LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED
Food With Attitude
SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS: Brunch from 9-11am Bloody Mary & Bottomless Mimosaâ€™s
Happy Hour 3-6pm & 9-close
MONDAY - 1/2 PRICE BOTTLES OF WINE ALL DAY 1/2 price select apps from 9-10pm
Lunch specials 11am - 1pm
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$450 domestic pints all day $350 during Happy hour
$10 Sandwich of the day with choice of side
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GET YOUR LONG WEEKEND ON! SUNDAY OMLETTE BAR PREPARED FRESH RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU!
THURSDAY OUTDOOR GRILLED TO ORDER SIRLOIN STEAK MEAT RAFFLE 6PM TILL GONE
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SAT Breakfast 9 am-12 pm
OPEN DAILY AT 11 AM
Cruise to the Pit Night With Bruce and Tiki Dee SUNDAY FUNDAY 3 PM-7 PM Start your week with some fun Aug 4th Classic Car Show and Shine Aug 18th 5pm-9pm • At the patio at the PIT (Weather Permitting) Sept 8th First 25 cars receive a drink token
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT ALL SUMMER LONG! Party with us on the Patio (weather permitting)
• July 27th - Front Fenders • Aug 30th - Deadbeats • Aug 10th - Q5 • Aug 31st - Krazy Keys • Aug 24th - Front Fenders • Sept 14th - Fat Cats (pre October Fest) EASY TO FIND, HARD TO LEAVE
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