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Tinjums Named
Burke Soil District’ s
Achievement Winners

Dale and Patricia Tinjum of rural Powers Lake, this year’s Burke Soil Conservation District’s Achievement winner, were honored at the 76th annual convention of the North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts, held Nov. 23-25 in Bismarck.

The Tinjums were presented with a 16” x 20” aerial photograph of their farm. A photo of the farm was on display at the annual convention.

The display photograph of the Tinjum farm has been placed in the traveling Achievement Award Program exhibit. This exhibit will be displayed at the North Dakota State Fair, several agricultural shows, and many shopping centers throughout the next year.

The photograph will then be placed in the Burke Soil Conservation District office’s “Hall of Fame.”

The North Dakota Soil Conservation Achievement Awards program is a statewide program in which each of the 56 SCDs recognize farmers and ranchers who have made an outstanding effort to conserve their valuable soil resource.
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Mohall Paint and Linoleum building on
Mohall’s Main Street being torn down

Mohall Paint and Linoleum building as it looked on Mohall’s Main Street before being torn down this past week.

The Mohall Paint and Linoleum building located on Mohall’s Main Street was torn down this past week by BCI Construction of Mohall. They were contracted by Mitch Heisler, current owner of the building.

Henry and Emelia Haugan started the paint and linoleum store at the present location in 1941. Emelia ran the business while Henry continued working as a carpenter for several years.

Duane Haugan, son of Henry and Emelia, who grew up and was educated in Mohall, later worked with his father and took over the business. After graduating in 1943, Duane moved to Seattle, WA where he attended the University of Washington for a period of time and worked in shipyards there. He returned to Mohall from the West Coast in 1949 and attended North Dakota State School of Science at Wahpeton, where he learned the plumber’s trade. Duane then joined the family business, Mohall Paint and Linoleum.
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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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