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Upcoming Events



Saturday, May 19

DLA Board "Season Kick Off"

9-11am at Tom Nelson's home (36841 Sherwood Forest Trail)

Open to DLA members not on the board; please RSVP (

DLA President John Davis will preside.


Saturday, June 16

DLA Membership Meeting

10AM at Camp Hiawatha, Baldwin Commons (underneath Chapel)

Agenda includes Beautiful Deer Lake Water Quality Initiative

DLA Board Meets prior at 8AM in Chapel



Thursday June 28

Itasca Waters Septic Secrets Seminar and Potluck

4-5pm potluck.  5-7pm seminar at Wabana Town Hall

Septic Secrets Flyer (providing more information)


Thursday, July 12

DLA Regatta

Who: Any & all.

What: Short cruise around the Lake sharing cocktails &    stories.

Where: Meet off of the tip of Bear Island.

When: at 1400 (that’s 2:00 PM to some)

Why: Because we have some really cool people on this Lake who should get together more often socially.

  • Please monitor our Facebook page for changes due to weather.



Saturday, July 14

DLA Potluck and Annual Business Meeting   

4:30pm at Deer River Town Hall

Agenda includes election of Officers and Board Members, reports from Secretary, Treasurer, and Lake Conservation Committee report, old and new business.  Potluck at 4:30pm, business meeting during dinner.   

Please bring a dish to serve eight- suggestions: A-J (vegetable dish/salad/ dessert, M-Z (meat/ fish/potato/rice/bean dish) 

DLA Board Meets prior at 2:30pm at Deer River Town Hall



Friday, July 20th

2018 DLA Ice Cream Social 

2:30-4:30pm at Camp Hiawatha. 

Rain or shine.  Join us for a fun social event.  We’ll provide the ice cream. 

We need to know how much IC, so please RSVP by Mon July 16 to

Elise at

Map here:



Saturday, August 25


5pm gather; 6pm-dinner At Camp Hiawatha

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The Annual Deer Lake Frolic will be held at Camp Hiawatha on Saturday, August 25th.  Games, food, prizes, silent auction.  The Frolic is a great opportunity for the entire Deer Lake community to come together, including residents, guests, and visitors both from Deer Lake and the surrounding communities, and also serves as the primary annual fundraiser for the DLA.  Please mark the date! 



Saturday, September 1

SPAGHETTI DINNER  5 pm at Camp Hiawatha               

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Our END of the SUMMER SOCIAL annual gathering will be on Labor Day weekend.

For all Lake families and children, as well as your guests.

5pm Social hour, 6 pm Dinner.  Free will offering.   

DLA Board meets prior at 3pm in Baldwin Commons at Camp Hiawatha.


Thursday, September 13th

DLA/Camp Hiawatha Legacy Info Session and Dinner

Interested in leaving a Legacy through your will or estate plan to benefit Deer Lake, Camp Hiawatha, or another favorite charity?  Learn your options from financial experts.  There are numerous ways to leave a legacy without writing a check.

DLA's Deer Lake Legacy Investment Fund helps fund clean water and other DLA initiatives now and into the future.  Up to 5% of Legacy Investment funds can be spent annually on Deer Lake as recommended by the DLEAP Committee and approved the DLA Board of Directors.  We’d like to grow the DLA Legacy Investment Fund to help us provide for clean water and other DLA mission-critical initiatives now and into the future.           

DLA  is joining with Camp Hiawatha to host a dinner where you can hear more about various ways to leave a Legacy.  No salesman will call.  Just an opportunity for you to learn more.   

September 13th, 2018  5-7pm
5 p.m. Fellowship
5:30 p.m. Greetings and Strategies from Thrivent
6:15 p.m. Dinner

RSVP by  email to before Sept 7.

Sponsored and Hosted by:
Jeff Hakala and Ben Weerts Financial Consultants, Northland Region, Thrivent Financial
Camp Hiawatha and Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry
Deer Lake Assn



Summer Golf Outings

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If you would like to join us, contact:

Jim & Trish Bogenrief (218-326-3824)

Gerry & Joan Ratzlaff (218-246-9652)

We play once each month at a different course.  This is a fun day 9 hole scramble with some light competition.  If spouse/significant others do not play golf they are welcome to join us for dinner. - Fees will be negotiated in the Spring and will include 9 holes and 1/2 a cart, all players ride to keep the game moving-- we will collect $2 per player to go towards prizes -- see schedule as follows:  Please RSVP and do everything possible not to cancel, as it makes team assignments extremely difficult




May 29th -- Tuesday - 2:30 PM @ Pokegama Golf Course -- Dinner after Golf (approximately 5:30 PM) at the Pokegama Grill  RSVP by May 22nd


June 19th --Tuesday - 1 PM @ Blueberry Golf Course -- Dinner after Golf at 6 PM at Cedar Creek Grille  RSVP by June 12th


July 17th --Tuesday -  2:30 PM @ Sugar Hills (Ruttgers) Golf Course -- Dinner after Golf (approximately 5:30 PM) at Otis Grill RSP by July 10th


August 21st - Tuesday - 1 PM @ Eagle Ridge Golf Course -- Dinner adter Golf at 6 PM at Cedar Creek Grille  RSVP by August 14th


September 13th -Thursday -  2:30 PM @ Pokegama Golf Course - Dinner after Golf (approximately 5:30 PM) --  RSVP by September 6th 



Deer Readers Book Club

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DLA “Deer Readers” Book Club 2018

Tue, May 29: Ray Bradbury, DANDELION WINE, at Bogenriefs.  Leader: Don Ardery

Tue, June 26: Colin Woodward, AMERICAN NATIONS: at Peltons on Moose Lake., Leaders: Alice and David Stark

Tue, July 24: Al Franken: GIANT OF THE SENATE at Mariers.  Leader: Abby Marier

Tue, Aug 28: J. D. Vance, HILLBILLY ELEGY at Grimsruds on Amen Lake.  Leader: Dave Johnson

Tue, Sept 11: Frederick Backman, A MAN CALLED OVE, at Arderys.  Leader: Jan Hill

Sessions begin at 4 pm.  At about 6 pm we adjourn to go out to dinner, most often to Cedar Creek Grille.   Please RSVP to David Johnson so our hosts know how many to expect and we can make dinner reservations for those planning to attend.  Please contact David with questions. 


Bear Island Trail Maintenance

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No need for prior contact; just come to the Island!

Meet at south end of Bear Island; following Saturday if rain.

Friday June 8, 9am

Friday July 6, 9am

Friday August 3, 9am

Thursday September 6, 9am




County Road 62 Cleanup

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Meet in parking lot of Calvary Pines Baptist Church

Map to Church

Friday June 1, 9:30am

Saturday September 8, 9:30am


Creative Endeavors

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Planning meeting will be 9am Tuesday, June 12, at Pam Brown's home (34910 Deer Path Dr.) 

Anyone interested is welcome!

For questions call, Lovelle Meester 612-240-2175 or Elise Widen 218-246-2708.



2018 DLA Board Meetings 

·      9-11am Sat May 19 TBD location

·      8-9:30am Sat June 16 Chapel Camp Hiawatha

·      2:30-4pm Sat July 14 Deer River Town Hall

·      3-4:30pm Sat Sept 1 Baldwin Commons Camp Hiawatha