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Spend Saturday
in Bowbells
for Harvest Hoedown


As the hot summer days descend upon us, one thing is certain–harvest will soon be here.

From the depths of tradition, the city of Bowbells invites you, one-and-all, to come and celebrate the bounty, at the annual Harvest Hoedown.

This city-wide day of fun is set for Saturday, Aug. 16. With a schedule full of variety, there is sure to be something for everyone.

Kicking off the event, the Northland Community Health Center of Bowbells is sponsoring a 5K run/walk beginning with registration at 8:00 a.m. and start at 8:30.

This is a family friendly event for all runners and walkers with educational fun to be had by all. Interested participants are encouraged to pre-register by calling Cindy at 377-6400.

Michael Hatfield has been appointed
Renville County Sheriff as of August 1st

As of August 1st, 2014, Renville County has a new Sheriff. His name is Michael Hatfield. He has been appointed by the Renville County Commissioners as the Interim Renville County Sheriff until after the November 4th General Election. Hatfield is replacing Sheriff Barry Vannatta who has resigned his position as Renville County Sheriff. The Renville County Commissioners accepted his resignation on Tuesday, July 22nd. Vannatta stated in his resignation letter to the Commissioners that he was resigning as Renville County Sheriff due to a law enforcement opening in Burke County with higher pay. The Commissioners thanked him for his years of service with the County.

Michael Hatfield’s name may be familiar to you, as he served as a Renville County Deputy from the fall of 2012 until early February of 2014. Hatfield stated that he left the Renville County Sheriff’s Department due to changes he felt needed to be made but couldn’t do as a deputy. Since that time, he had decided to put his name on the ballot for the position of Renville County Sheriff, and ran against Vannatta in the primary election held in June. Both Hatfield and Vannatta earned the right to have their name back on the ballot on November 4th, and currently both are still seeking that position.
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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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