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Commissioners Approve
Rezoning for Powers Lake
Transload Facility

By Lyann Olson

The Burke County Board of Commissioners meeting in special session at 8:15 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 to hear zoning presentation by Powers Lake Trading and Transport Company, LLC for a 357 acre facility with a double rail loop totaling approximately six miles of track with transloading of 70,000 bbls/day or one unit train capacity.

The strategic partners are R&R Contracting, Watco Company, AE2S and Oasis Petroleum.

At the regular board meeting later that morning, the commissioners approved the permit application, after the recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Board, to rezone Garness Township (E2 NW4, NE4 SW4, SW4 SE4, Gov Lot 5 of Section 31 T-159-N R-92-W) to industrial for an oil transload facility.

The board also approved a renewal conditional use permit for a gravel pit in Thorson and Cleary Townships; and two building permits, a temporary structure to inspect railcars in Northgate and for a manufactured office building with porches and a garage west of Battleview.


Commissioners declined to sign a release of minerals from Diamond Resources, as the county doesn’t own any minerals.

The commissioners approved the signing of the addendum by the chairman for the agreement with Basin Transload for their portion of $350,000 in the repair of County Road 7.

Two of the properties up for sale in the November land auction have been bought back. The individuals have paid up the taxes. The quit claim deeds were accepted by the commissioners.

District 12 Tournament October 31st, and November 3rd and 4th.....
Glenburn Panthers and MLS Mavericks
to begin their post season play Friday

Members of the Glenburn Panther volleyball team are back row, left to right: Coach Lyndsi Engstrom, Savannah Peters, Sierra Payne, Harlee Gunning, Raylea Folstad, Anna Zelinski, Isabella Spokely, Kaylee Cunningham, Latasha Dean, Megan Berdahl, and Assistant Coach Kelsey Howard. Front row, left to right: Sidney Spokely, Sam Beauregard, Katie Dufner, Parker Bush, Stephanie Rogers, and Samantha Koetter.

The Glenburn Panthers and the Mohall Lansford Sherwood Mavericks are preparing for their post season play which will begin on Friday, October 31st. This year, the District 12 Volleyball Tournament will be held at the Our Redeemer’s Christian School in Minot.

Tournament action will begin on Friday, October 31st with the opening rounds. Pairings for the opening round matches will be as follows:
Our Redeemer’s, the #1 seed, will receive a first round bye.

At 4:00 p.m., Lewis and Clark/ Berthold, the #4 seed, will match up with MLS, the #5 seed.

20 minutes after the first match, Minot Bishop Ryan, the #2 seed, will play Surrey, the #7 seed.
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Opdahl Grocery, Kjelshus Take Top Prize in Chili Cook-off
By Ginny Heth
There was a ‘hot time in the old town’ on Saturday as Westhope Community Club hosted the First Annual Chili Cook-off!
May 10th was chosen as Community Day for Westhope with city-wide rummage sales happening throughout the day as well as the annual Presbyterian Women’s fund raiser serving sloppy joes, pie and coffee. They also had basket- and purse-mania, a silent auction type activity that is fun for all. Included this year in the day’s activities was the Trini Tree Frogs Youth Group detailing the insides of cars. They had a great turn-out for their fund raiser, even having to turn away a couple of cars that arrived after their time was up. Maybe they will have to plan another day of car cleaning since people were so happy to have someone to take on that task for them!
Meanwhile, all around town people’s homes were beginning to smell a lot like a Mexican restaurant as pots of chili were started in anticipation for the Chili Cook-off. Around 3:00 p.m., the Gateway Community Room began buzzing with activity as the ten contestants brought their chili in for tasting......some contestants even brought their own Mexican ambience including table cloths, decorations (even some hung on the wall!) and music!!
Ten entirely different pots of chili were there for the tasting when it began at 4:30 p.m. coming from Westhope Farmers Union (Kevin Schroeder, cook); Westhope Fire Department (Ryan Ellsworth, cook); Double EE Service (Ben Cartwright, cook); John Gruenberg, M&D Pizza (Heather Lee, cook); Presbyterian Children (Lola & Randy Kimpland); Rachel Gruenberg; Kim & Lance Kjelshus; Opdahl’s Grocery (Barb Opdahl, cook); and Westhope Ambulance (UB & Sylvia Schlieper, cooks). There were white chilis, red chilis, and no bean chilis. Some were quite spicy and some were just flavorful, with out the bite! Many contestants included ‘add-ins’ such as sour cream, onions, chips, crackers and cheese to make their offering more enticing. Community Club provided corn bread to make sure everyone had a way to ‘cut the heat’ between bowls of chili, coffee & water with the water being the most popular thing!
In all, nearly 100 people voted and there was a tie for first place! Opdahl’s Grocery and Kim & Lance Kjelshus are the proud winners, sharing a traveling trophy for the year and prize money. Coming in a close third (only one vote separated the three chilis!) was Westhope Ambulance with UB’s Road Kill Chili, who took home a small cash prize as well.
Plans are already in the works for the 2nd Annual Westhope Community Day Chili Cook-off, so get those recipes tweeked, plan on a few decorations for your table (Opdahl’s & the Kjelshus’ both had very nicely decorated tables -- whether that had anything to do with the winning or not.....) and take a chance at bragging rights for next year!!


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